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Comment: Whitehouse responds (Score 5, Informative) 100

by 7x7 (#38697022) Attached to: How SOPA & PIPA Could Hurt Scientific Debate
The Obama Administration has responded to the petitions for stopping SOPA, PIPA and E-PARASITE. The good news: They oppose DNS intervention and action against anyone covered by US law. The bad news: They did not address deep-packet inspection or payment processors.!/response/combating-online-piracy-while-protecting-open-and-innovative-internet

Comment: Re:How sillilly obvious (Score 1) 615

by 7x7 (#35080036) Attached to: Do Tools Ever 'Die?'
That's a good point, but it occurs to me that OpenSSH is in many respects a virtual enigma machine. I think a lot of the comments are mistaking inventions with tools. If encryption is a tool, the enigma machine is a version of it. If inventions are tools, then the entire NPR question is stupid because we know for certain that nobody uses the Inca knot writing since nobody knows how to read it. Or are we looking at three distinct areas? Tools, inventions, and concepts... the line is blurry.

Comment: Re:How sillilly obvious (Score 2) 615

by 7x7 (#35069452) Attached to: Do Tools Ever 'Die?'
The enigma machine - True, though used as a learning tool

the Grand Arcanum (various alchemical processes intended to produce the Philosopher's stone) - But I dare say chemistry is huge.

The Inca "knots tied in a rope" document format. - But documents in written languages are pretty common.

Ancient Egyptian stone drill bits. - But drill bits can be found here and there.

Greek Fire (though arguably Napalm is a modern equivalent) - Yes, Napalm and, well, bombs.

The ancient Babylonian legal code (Hamorabi I think) - But law codes and rule of law is rather abundant.

Vacume tubes - I think this one is beaten to death by other comments.

Any of a number of calendars from civilizations that didn't make it to the 20th century. - Yeah, but we didn't stop using calendars.

Aristotle/Arcamedies model of the Universe - Again, models of the universe do show up occasionally.

The 4 Humors - Borderline. There are new biological models that we use.

Inventions are not always tools. Tools accomplish a task. To extrapolate, the AMC Gremlin and the Ford Pinto are no longer manufactured, but that by no means indicates that we stopped using automobiles.

Comment: Re:Careful word play by Wired (Score 1) 222

by 7x7 (#34702932) Attached to: Wired Responds In Manning Chat Log Controversy
No, according to this article and the article where the log excepts were published, Wired received the logs from Lamo. The Feds now have Lamo's laptop and the original logs (according to the article). The whole reason (according to the article) why Lamo can't remember the exact content and doesn't have the logs is because he surrendered his laptop to the feds.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson