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Comment: Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (Score 4, Interesting) 171

by Charliemopps (#46752243) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

The problem with the NSA is we have no idea what their capabilities are, technologically or legally. They are clearly violating the constitution already and there seems to be no one willing or capable of stopping them. So if they did come to you with a NSL, no matter how ridiculous or unconstitutional it was, what choice would you have? You could go to the media, but how embedded in the media are they? Do they have standing NSLs with all the media organizations out there? You could go outside the country, but those newspapers are government by their own countries version of the NSA who's working in close relationship with ours. This really is a Global totalitarian secret police state. They haven't started herding people into camps or anything, but really... what's to stop them?

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter if it gets funded. (Score 1) 156

by Charliemopps (#46750443) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

Not if the flight mode is totally autonomous. Lets say you don't need interstates anymore. If you want to travel a large distance you drive to a platform somewhere and set your destination. The computer takes over and off you go. Once it lands a few hundred miles away you take over again.

Comment: Re:Even root CA certificates may be at risk. (Score 1) 151

by Charliemopps (#46742873) Attached to: Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

You would not believe what VP's will force you to do to get their $20 million flagship project out the door and then quickly forgotten about after the guy that was forced to do it quits in disgust. There was a time when I'd be surprised by insanely stupid security vulnerabilities but after a few years in the trade I've learned never to be surprised by anything.

Comment: Re:Well, yeah (Score 5, Insightful) 134

No, the NSAs (as well as all government agencies) job is to defend the constitution and protect the citizens of the United States of America. The NSA has abandon the former goal in favor of the latter. They are not mutually exclusive. This country was founded on the principle that we as a people value freedom and liberty over life itself. The NSA, and apparently the president have forgotten this.

Comment: Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (Score 1) 445

by Charliemopps (#46733665) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

As long as you're only targeting republicans for this kind of scrutiny your righteous indignation rings hollow to me. Most democrats supported the war at the time, and our current democrat president continues those same policies, still has troops in those same countries and has, in fact, escalated hostilities in numerous other countries as well. You don't give a shit about the poor souls slain in war unless it furthers your political agenda. It's sad.

Comment: lame (Score 1, Insightful) 33

by Charliemopps (#46732701) Attached to: AT Black Knight Transformer Hits the Road and Takes a Hop

Ok, that thing is lame. It looks like someone built it in their garage (they probably did.) And Monster truck? What? They have it next to a stock F150 and it has less ground clearance, smaller tires and I see no front axle shafts (so no 4x4) and in fact, it's hard to see but I don't think there are rear drive shafts either. All this is, is a giant quadracopter with landing gear off a Honda Civic. They should just do away with the tires to save weight and be done with it.

Comment: wrong (Score 1) 590

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle allows a small region of empty space to come into existence probabilistically due to quantum fluctuations.

Ok, so this entire premise is refuted by this one statement.
This statement assumes there was "Space" prior to the big bang. There was neither time or space prior to the big bang... in fact, there WAS NO PRIOR TO THE BIG BANG. It would be like arguing that "This triangle rolled across the floor while it was a circle"

Secondly, it also assumes that the universes physical laws like quantum mechanics still applied prior to the big bang. There were no universal laws, and once again there is no "Prior to the big bang"

The only way this would work is if the Big Bang were not the beginning of all time and space, and we have mountains of observational evidence that already proves this.

Comment: Uh oh! (Score 5, Insightful) 313

by Charliemopps (#46717647) Attached to: Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

Apparently they never checked her stance on Gay marriage:

“I don’t ever want anybody to be denied rights within our country. I happen to think marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s tradition, and I believe that that’s the right answer. But perhaps we will decide that there needs to be some way for people to express their desire to live together through civil union.”

Condoleezza Rice — Dec. 20, 2010

I guess websites will have to protest and such and then she'll resign after 2 weeks right?

Comment: Is it a lie? (Score 1) 721

by Charliemopps (#46717229) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Is it a Lie? Well lets do an impromtu survey...

There's 313 million people in the US.
7 million signed up.
So that's 2% of the country.

I know exactly 0 people that have signed up for it, and I live in a poor neighborhood.
I visited the site myself and couldn't navigate it well enough to find coverage...

So... how many people do you know that have signed up? Any?

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan