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Comment: Re:What an idiot (Score 2) 180

How about a dead-man's switch, like the ones worn when you drive a WaveRunner or SnowMobile? It might be a physical lanyard, or a more modern approach could be Bluetooth based. When the BT dongle/wristband/whatever that you are wearing gets more than the range of Bluetooth away from the laptop, it auto-locks.

Comment: As tech advances, are we at the mercy of extremism (Score 1) 244

I've noticed a trend that as technology advances, the ability for a single person (or small group) to wreak havoc grows larger and larger. 9/11 taught us that a mere dozen motivated crazy people can kill over 3000. Nuclear technology falling into the wrong hands could endanger many times more. Now imagine a similar scenario in the far future, with virtually unlimited computing power and advanced technology such as the power to fab any weapon or create any pathogen. A single madman may be able to cause death or destruction on a national or even global scale. What options are there for preventing this?

The number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected. -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June 1972

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