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Comment Re:And? (Score 4, Insightful) 176

If you're in the US, losing the entire Russian government market is a blow to the balance of trade and local economy. This single contract is just representative of everything that's happening across the industry - it's far larger.

But Americans seem to WANT NSL's and are willing to sacrifice the entire tech sector, the basis of their economic growth, for an increased police state. Maybe they'll get to pick the size of their grey tunics.

Comment Re: Too late (Score 1) 335

Republicans aren't "free marke"t or "freedom" people - they're theocratic corporatists. You might be thinking of libertarians - they're more of the "do whatever the fuck you want unless you're going to hurt someone else" mentality. They might think that an SJW company would run itself into the ground in pretty short order, but whatever - they can destroy their company if they feel like it.

Comment Re:Oops (Score 1) 610

That's an idiotic security model, and wired should know it.

Wired probably does, but so what? The surveillance vendors are their customers. They only write content to get you, their product, to visit the site, so they can sell your private information.

They're not going to screw over their customers for your benefit. If you go away, the unwashed masses will still stay and they'll never notice. I can't see why Wired would change anything.

Comment Re:IoT is rebranded home automation (Score 1) 83

Tomorrow you won't have an option. It will become a mandatory insurance and liability device.

It might be cheaper to have drivers who agree to tracking. That's fine - people who don't want to be tracked can pay a little extra (I would, and I haven't had an accident claim in decades). As long as there are people who don't want to be tracked, an insurance company can profit handsomely from it, and there will be a market offering.

The trouble will become when a government forces insurance companies to require tracking. But if that's the case, then the problem isn't with the IoT or the tracking; it's that you've got something that claims to protect your liberty forcing you to engage in certain types of commerce instead. Yeah, yeah, yeah, good livestock management practices on the tax farm - I get it.

Comment ask Shatner who gets credit (Score 4, Insightful) 212

From my experience with kids of this generation, there's one teacher who's responsible for most of the positive increase in mathematical competency in recent years: Salman Khan.

I'm sure you'll find any number of politicians and their cronies at the textbook corporations who will claim credit, but when they mess everything up and the children find themselves mystified and befuddled, they turn to Khan for help.

Comment Re: I am not a physicist but... (Score 5, Interesting) 317

An interesting trend to watch, even if this one doesn't turn out to be verified, is that China is where most of the the significant energy research is happening.

The US will be buying most of its advanced energy tech from China in just a couple decades. A couple decades ago that would have seemed unconscionable.

Say what you want about the relative historical value of the two governments, but one stymies progress with fear-based regulations and denial and the other takes the engineering approach to solving problems. Only one of those can drive prosperity - the leads to despair.

Comment Re: This is why we can't have nice things (Score 1) 276

That's why private property is a good idea. If the natives owned the property (the last monarch's corruption makes it worth a separate argument) , they'd probably want the rent. Or at least the builders would have known ahead of time that building the telescope was not worth their time. If the scientists owned the property then it would have just been built already. The idea of "public property" is what leads to these sorts of conflicts; low - IQ politicians are a far worse way to decide issues then rationally-enforced market discipline.

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