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Comment I take issue with the cloud software (Score 1) 82 82

What happens when the company goes out of business or decides to stop supporting the product? I can also see the government compelling them not to reveal certain chemical signatures. Software should not be dictated from the "cloud". It needs to be users that are in control. Specifically I don't see a reason why we can't have the software and install it on our own servers if we wish to. So long as we have the option of our own servers I can then concede to using non personal cloud servers for processing speed.

Comment I have no probelm with GMO but I want labeling (Score 1) 446 446

But there is only so much information one can get on a label. Genetic modification is a complex subject. And poisonous genes are easily obtained in the time honored genetic manipulation called cross breading. So foods need deep chemical analysis for all the compounds they contain. Foods even considered safe have marginal toxins that most people can tolerate in small enough quantities. Poison is a relative term.

So I suggest a single domain worldwide as a clearinghouse for information. Companies pay a nominal yearly fee to list info on new products, something like $50. Once listed it's never deleted or edited but annotations with dates are allowed. Something like a country register but worldwide. The information is also available in multiple languages or have separate info per country per their own regulations. Call it online labeling and it's cross referenced to UPC and other product code systems. (I don't think UPC changes if a food company changes their ingredients list.) Maybe a QR code.

I think the managing organization should be a non profit managed by representative from all countries that want to participate. And it should be nominally supported by the countries that join.

The submitted documents become public, can be copied by anyone, and for all intents and purposes are public domain. This allows the organization to fail and then be replaced. The important thing is that the information is available forever so that it is "too important to fail."

Comment Power from vibrating elements.... (Score 1) 38 38

If you can brace one structure and the other structure vibrates then one would have continuous power. I can also see this on wheels for continuous current.

Whatever happened to that miracle device years back that also featured carbon nanotubes... it was suppose to harvest heat. Problem was they needed to figure out how to build micro rectifiers for the nanotubes.

Comment Why don't ssd have a backup read only controller? (Score 2) 144 144

Since SSD's have been known to have catastrophic failures why not market drives that for all intents and purposes can't fail or can easily be repaired by changing fuses or other simple components? If it's the controller that is failing why not have a second low performance backup controller that only works in read only mode? It just doesn't make sense to me that they can't make these things 100% read only reliable or that bad parts other than the flash can't be relapsed.

Comment Database for civil servents comments? (Score 1) 423 423

I'm starting to think that we need a public database for comments from civil service (both elected and appointed) and in the case of appointed positions to correlate it to their elected bosses. We can also collect information about their education and past training.

Whomever this civil servant was at the state department is was lying his a** off. This is a clear first amendment issue and if that wasn't all that was needed there is the 2nd amendment. A child with only a sixth grade education could tell you that.

For elected officials are they no longer requiring an oath to protect and defend the constitution? Are they not responsible for what those under them do or say? This civil servant should clearly be fired. People have used social media to get people justly and unjustly fired from jobs. Why can't we do this with officials from the "state department"? Note I'm not talking about the perfectly reasonable action of trying to change the constitution but rather those that ignore it.

Comment Indeed (Score 2) 546 546

Manning was an idiot. Yet a greater idiot gave him access to files when he wanted to leave service.

Snowden was a patriot. He tried to appeal to his chain of command.

If I were in the position I doubt I would have the balls to do what either Snowden or Manning did. I would take my oath more seriously.

And that is the irony. I have would have more integrity yet what do you do when your bosses that took the same oath as you to protect and defend the constitution shit all over it...

P.S. For how long did the NSA know what was in the Snowden files and what info he had access to? Are you really going to leave your agents in the field like that?

Comment Re:This isn't a question (Score 0) 623 623

Actually there is an unfair practical reason. Marriage in most countries allows transferring property/money without taxation. What would a heterosexual man do to save a few million in taxes? There are already people that get married for immigration purposes.

I'm sure this already happens in a man-woman, woman-man marriage with divorce judges paid off but it takes longer and is a bit riskier, enough so that it isn't rampant.

Marriage is a legal institution not a religious, mortal, or romantic one.

In the United States you have some tax deductions and you can share job related benefits. Should it become legal here how long before it just becomes practical for best friends to "marry" just for financial convenience.

Comment I mostly agree but I think they will continue... (Score 2) 434 434

What should happen is Google should get behind something new to replace android. Something with a license that forces more "open" hardware or drivers and then gets behind multiple "distribution groups".

There is simply not a single path. There are design philosophies. Some like SD card and removable storage others don't for example.

Let people buy their phones from whomever. Just make it trivial to support the phone hardware and change whatever "distribution" you choose to use. Make it impossible for the hardware manufacturers to lock down devices. Then support the 10 most popular/original with 2 million a year grants in exchange for feature development and store rights.

Comment Manditory Car Tracking (Score 1) 114 114

Police and cities might not like it (I'll get back to that in a second) but I think car tracking should be mandatory for everyone. Cars should track their position and speed and report to local antennas located along the road and at intersections where there are signals and infrastructure in place. This achieves a few things...

Traffic tickets are automated. And not just speeding tickets. So everyone will become better drivers since it's no longer a game of catching someone doing something stupid and giving them a big ticket. People WILL change their driving habits. Furthermore since you have half the equipment in your car anyway; electronics systems/software can be installed that will warn/prevent you from doing things that will give you a ticket.

Traffic cops will no longer be necessary. So less police will need to be employed. And since cities save on salaries they can afford to shift some of those people to real crime and violence. Cities will miss out on ticket revenue and will have to make up for it some other way but they will save with fewer police.

Every car is tracked. It will become 100 fold harder to commit a crime. You can't rob a bank, the police will know the location of the getaway car and any cars one could switch to. You can't steal a car. You can't turn off your transmitter or impersonate another car since traffic systems will notice you. You can't get away from the scene of a crime except on foot. They have cameras on buses already. Security cameras on the street are common enough. The more likely are you to being caught the less likely you will commit an offense or in cases of violent passion to flee.

For those of you fearing a tracking state there is just no way to avoid it. Cameras will be installed on traffic lights anyways and with computer software will be able to read every license plate as it goes by. You are and will be tracked according to your car. What I suggest actually gives more benefits to society since they are tracked anyway.

There still can be legislative and judicial rules on using stored tracking data. First rule is every query of the data is tracked and must be reviewed during or after the fact. Further there should be hard penalties for abusing the system. Specifically fines and jail time for cops or exposing them to a personal civil suit. Second there should be security audits by civil panels. In case of ANY critical security flaw the system will be taken offline until fixed.

Comment Why does it need to be replaced? (Score 2) 152 152

Please explain to me why it needs to be replaced? It's took a lot of money to get all that weight up there in the first place. As an engineer I want to reuse and expand and not throw anything away.

NASA can't build tin cans that can survive in space for a hundred years? There are planes from WW2 that are still flying and those rattle. And yes I can understand that they can turn into swiss cheese but that's what patching and welding is for.

Hopefully at some point Elon Musk will be able to back away from the day to day operation of SpaceX and start recycling and manufacturing facilities in space. Things get at least a hundred times cheaper when they don't have to survive the stresses of liftoff. I can see a day when everything is covered with shielding panels and as they get corrupted are replaced, melted down and recast.

Comment Same facts different spin. All about the dollars. (Score 1) 441 441

It's all about cheaper salaries. The truth is that the vast majority of US techies are far superior. But for big box companies with all their managers trying to justify their jobs they actually just want the equivalent of code monkeys and lots of bureaucracy. Americans are truly lazy; we actually want the systems to work and work well so that we can relax and think up new ways to make the system actually easier or more flexible. Code monkeys know the managers only care about numbers so they actually want to make buggy code with lots of simple fixes so as to create the illusion of doing something called work. Fix one error and create two more for next time; this makes your manager happy. These people can be just as smart/lazy/efficient as their American equivalents; they just understand their job is to make their managers look good.

What is happening is that the majority of H1B workers are being hired through labor agencies. They are indeed making a better living than they would back at home. The labor agency is rotating the workers though. There are working more than a 40 hours a week and they know better than to complain because the culture is such that whomever breaks the unwritten rules of silence can expect consequences from their fellow workers/friends at a later time. Your friends and family are punished as well. Think back to the early union days but the union thugs are there to make sure no one complains which would ruin it for the group as a whole.

I have no problem with having unlimited H1B workers so long as they are being paid slightly more than what comparable US workers would cost and are actually getting the benefits they earned according to our labor laws here. So theoretically the number of $100,000 H1B's should be unlimited.

And 90% of the problem would go away if you simply get rid of the agencies and made the tech companies hire directly. They know they are cheating the system and would fear class action suits. They use agencies to buffer their legal exposure.

... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. -- Fred Brooks