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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.

Comment: Combining subjects (Score 2) 634 634

For the people on the bottom that physically work and produce nothing really changes. All that people really need is food and shelter and in the western world we can afford to eat a lot less. The people at the bottom already live paycheck to paycheck and they know how to do physical work and how to fix things themselves. The people that will be hurt are the infirm that our modern society supports which includes the elderly, chronically sick and cripples. Most of us will someday at some point join the infirm.

This is the scenario after a "worldwide bankruptcy" All the land with all the houses and apartments will still exist. All the farmland that produces all the food that overfeeds our country and the rest for the world will still exist. All the fertilizers, chemicals, and natural resources will still exist. At least two thirds of the people, working to produce and distribute the above, will continue doing what they already do. Many of the poorest people of today live in luxury compared to a hundred and two hundred years ago. What will change is the "rich" will be out on the street sort to speak with their bank accounts decimated. There will be a memorable backlash against lawyers, investment bankers, and politicians that support their rackets and games.

Medical patents will be vacated and health care will go back to being affordable. Doctors will be better protected legally and not need insurance like the do now but will be subject to more public records, reviews and audits. Medicine will go back to being affordable comparable to the 1960. There will be no million dollar procedures unless you have a million dollars. People will die at 85 instead of 90. Doctors pay checks will no longer be quite so big but they will no longer need to support the insurance industry and lawyers. They will become more respectable and esteemed members of society back when children wanted to grow up to be a doctor not because of the paycheck but rather to be a hero of society.

Higher education will become affordable again but no longer be government subsidized.

Comment: He's was a nut job; his bosses should be in prison (Score 1) 784 784

Manning is a confused nut. He obviously had and has issues. I could theoretically admired him and condemned him before I found out he was a nut case. (He's not a nut for wanting to be a women; that confusion is just part of his problems.) I have to put blame of those under whom he worked. You don't let a nut job (confused and troubled individual) handle and process classified information. You supervise your employees. I believe his commanders should be the ones in jail.

He was working with classified info. The moment he said he didn't want to be in the army his security clearance should have been revoked and he should have been moved to non secure work. It's really that simple.

P.S. I remember my short stint in the military a long time ago. They kicked me out because I couldn't do enough pushups. My MOS was 74D. I would like had the same access as manning or probably even better since all he did was have access at a terminal. I wanted to serve, had skills far beyond my MOS training and I knew my place and yet they kicked me out because my body didn't respond to traditional physical training.

Comment: Stereo vistion is the first step to VRTV (Score 1) 120 120

I think they will change their minds later but I do agreed that stereovision is a joke. With the Oculus Rift in beta things are just getting started. Anything recorded now in stereovision can later more readily be converted to to whatever VR format evolves. The future is the Oculus Rift and then augmented reality displays that overlay 3d on top of what you already see. Then a shift hopefully of contact lens display.

And finally bionic direct optical nerve interface which could leap frog the contact lens display in my opinion. A similar nerve interface for the ear but not so much for sound but for virtualizing balance and momentum. And finally either a spinal tap or direct brain implant for tapping into the rest of the nerves of the body to simulate touch. There is zero chance of this not happening outside of the human race destroying itself in the next 50 years. The more sci-fi-esque future will be when your injected with nanites at birth and the implants automatically grow in the body.

Back on the subject of 3D. VR/AR displays make real hologram displays academic. If they ever become reality they will be pointless to implement commercially.

You will have many recoverable tape errors.