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zebediah49164 karma

Ideally it's a mature and successful project that does everything it needs to. At that point, it shouldn't be innovating quickly, it should be providing a solid stable good experience for its wide userbase. If some people want to jump off to do something radically different again, then they can and should start a new project. (Side note: this is something nice about FOSS. You can just do that.)

As a fairly normal Firefox user, I don't want it to innovate quickly. I want it to work. I want it to work pretty much the same way next year, or in five years.

zebediah4988 karma

Sorta. In the US, the company name is also considered an asset which can (and should) be sold, if they can get any money out of it.

The problem with a straight open bid is that the best price may or may not involve breaking up the assets. While it would certainly be ideal to have open bidding on the whole thing, it's entirely possible nobody else would want the whole thing. So then, you have to have someone decide if a better price will be gotten by selling it wholesale to the one person that wants it, or breaking up pieces and selling those pieces. That's a potentially tricky judgment call.

Then there's always the Sears scam. While the company still exists, you can sell its valuable assets to your conspirators, who then lease those assets back to the company. After some time, those assets have paid for themselves, and now you're just scooping more money out of the company.

Then, when it finally goes bankrupt, you can swoop in and win a bid on the open market, because the remaining assets are so bad that it's still very cheap.

zebediah4958 karma

It's actually quite a different question. Skin growth is one of quite a few adaptive biological processes -- genetically, it's often much easier to have "just grow more if there isn't enough" than "grow to a pre-defined size that must match the rest of your genetics".

As an example, consider how skin responds if someone gains a lot of weight. Namely, it enlarges to accommodate as needed. Or, consider how skin grafts are a thing, by causing the body to produce extra skin in the donor location.

As a specific mechanism,

When chronically stretched beyond its physiological limit, skin displays a fascinating behavior: It increases its surface area to reduce the mechanical load

So while /u/bossycloud phrased it in a backwards way, yes, your skin does "know" how long it needs to be, and expands if its current size is insufficient.

zebediah4948 karma

It is the gold standard for anonymity in this era.

Not quite: it has a number of known vulnerabilities, many of which we know how to fix.

The problem is that the fix badly sacrifices efficiency, and the people that made it decided that it was better to have more people using a somewhat inferior product than to have nobody use it because it was so slow.

Specifically, you send a packet, and I can watch every link between nodes, I can see 1030 bytes leave your computer and reach a node; a fraction of a second later 1020 bytles leaves that node and goes to another; 1010 to another node, and then 1000 bytes goes to a target server. It's relatively easy to figure out that was you.

The only way around that is to have constantly saturated low-bandwidth links between nodes, so I see 1000 bytes every second, whether or not you sent anything.

zebediah4940 karma

A lot of the TPP is really just US law being enforced in other countries.

However, it also prevents reformative law in the US. Once it's "promoted" into treaty form, it can't be changed without renegotiation.

So it both sticks other countries with the US's system, and prevents the US from fixing its own system.