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Comment Need an excuse for snooping on the locals (Score 1) 835

Since the US policy of generating foreign born terrorists to justify its military industrial complex has worked so well, why not try the same thing at home and justify the dismantling of the constitution in the homeland. Very soon you'll start hearing about how all this action against citizens is protecting you from home-grown crazies.

Comment Ethical consequences? (Score 3, Interesting) 393

Say this actually works. We create a brain and start down the long path of "teaching" it just like with new-born humans.
What happens when we detect that the brain is "experiencing pain" (we already know that pain has a detectable neurological basis right?)
What happens when we detect the brain is experiencing depression?
What are our responsibilities then? Is this thing a human, a lab-rat, or a machine?

Comment Re:Preserved To Show Who Took over $100 Billion... (Score 1) 215

A. This was done openly.
B. The guy was popular and never lost an election.

Maybe the citizens of his country value different things to the citizens of your country. Which I can see might be a problem if one of the things valued in your country is telling everyone else what they should value.

Comment Re:Both good for the individual & bad for soci (Score 2) 135

Hey there soldier! Worried about PTSD? Afraid your conscience may interfere with your patriotic duty? No need to worry! With our new treatment you'll never have to worry about flashbacks, or fear that you may have to turn whistleblower. War-crimes trials? No fear. We'll make sure you will always be the most reliable and entirely truthful un-witness.

Comment Re:gee, false dilemma much? (Score 1) 714

> when a warrant has been issued by a judge

Seriously? We live in a world where even "after the fact" FISA warrants are not enough for some. Hell, there is currently legislation mooted in various countries that would allow corporations the same kind of powers just because you MIGHT be sharing a movie.

And you think I'm deluded...

Comment Re:Make up your minds (Score 1) 714

Where freedom of speech is illegal Tor use is illegal. Yet there are still those that would exercise their free speech regardless of the risk. Dissidents who use Tor to get their message out or to listen to anothers' message don't do it because it is no risk. They are usually very well aware of the risks they take.

The world is replete wih people willing to commit "crimes" if sufficiently motivated.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.