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Comment: Project administrators held PRC passports! (Score 5, Informative) 142 142

Total and complete incompetence from the Obama administration where the only qualification that matters is political loyalty.

From the article:

"A consultant who did some work with a company contracted by OPM to manage personnel records for a number of agencies told Ars that he found the Unix systems administrator for the project "was in Argentina and his co-worker was physically located in the [People's Republic of China]. Both had direct access to every row of data in every database: they were root. Another team that worked with these databases had at its head two team members with PRC passports."

Comment: Re:Teach the cyborg cockroaches a useful skill (Score 2) 43 43

I am not sure cockroaches are the right insect because they are particularly filthy, eating their own poop and all.

However a few years ago a friend of mine remarked how useful ants would be for such a role, for cleaning the floor of crumbs.

I think if you could find a way to borgify insects the profitable sector would be in agriculture.

Sell dragonflies and mantises programmed so seek out and destroy corn pests. Sell engineered grasshoppers who leave the corn alone but eat everything else.

Comment: Re:Laws of thermodynamics don't apply at GoodYear (Score 1) 221 221

They are just making use of what is normally waste heat which would result is some small increase in efficiency of the total system.
But of course the amount of waste heat energy they can recover is limited by thermodynamics. On a hot day you won't get much.
It is a ridiculous idea. Cool looking tire however.

Comment: I would be suspicious of the hardware (Score 2) 245 245

Just about every sound card ( and everything else ) in the last ten years had been made in a factory in China. What is to stop the PLA from slipping just this kind of malware into a sound card chip? Maybe they can even activate and update using sounds from a television.

Comment: Re: Sales tax (Score 1) 167 167

There are some big advantages to replacing the income tax with a sales tax: Cost of compliance and Personal Privacy. Your personal cost to comply now would be zero. You are no longer have to send a report to the government every year. Because it is none of their business how much you make.
Yes if you are in a business which sells things, you have to pay the tax, but in most states you are doing that already. And your burden to report everyone's income is gone so you are saving time and money there.

When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.