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Comment: Re:"Affluent and accomplished" not the criterion (Score 2) 151

by Animats (#47947465) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

Frankly speaking, I'm mostly surprised that this doesn't already exist.

It does. There's a Craiglist-type feature on Bloomberg trading info terminals. Yachts, rentals in the Hamptons, that sort of thing. You can message other people via the Bloomberg system if you see something you like.

There's a paid social network for rich conservatives. This is independent, not a Bloomberg thing. It's only $5/month, which is apparently enough to keep the noise level down.

There's a persistent rumor that there are special news sources for rich people. There are, but they're very narrow. There are lots of newsletters you can buy for $50 to $1000 a month that provide detailed coverage of obscure business subjects. If you really need to know what's going on with bulk carrier leasing, oil drilling equipment activity, or wafer fab capacity shortages, there's a newsletter for that. Offshore Alert, which covers offshore scams, is one of the more readable ones, and you can see the first few lines of each story for free. There are expensive newsletters devoted to security and terrorism, which give the illusion of inside information, but they tend to be marketing tools aimed at rich paranoids.

If you want to know what's going on in the world, read The Economist. After you've been reading it for a year, you'll have a good understanding of how the world works.

Comment: Re:Still not easy (Score 1) 33

by ColdWetDog (#47946297) Attached to: The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

Not really. What the Fine Article was saying, basically, is that even with planet leading expertise and equipment, making anything other than the biological equivalent of a dirty bomb is very, very hard. The US and USSR could barely do it in the 1990s. Even though the tech has improved by leaps and bounds, actually using that tech has also become much harder.

It's not all that easy to splice DNA together to get something functional. You can get a Nobel Prize for that sort of thing these days. Maybe in another couple of decades, but not tomorrow.

TFA did point out that terror weapons - scary things that don't really kill very many people - are another issue entirely. It doesn't take much to get a populace wound up - all you have to do is chop somebody's head off and put it on YouTube.

Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 4, Interesting) 192

by TapeCutter (#47943037) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other
Whom? - A suprising number of well educated people are still unwilling to give Jane Goodall's pioneering work the recognition it deserves. These same people tend to belive animals are little more than automata, some even refuse to belive chimps have a mind of their own.

Comment: Re:fortress on foundations of sand. (Score 2) 213

by ColdWetDog (#47941467) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Nope. Not for everything. Perhaps every phone conversation, but I don't necessary use my smart phone for talking. If I, for example, work in 1Password which encrypts the data while synching, the NSA can listen in on that conversation and presuming they haven't broken my password or the companies algorithms, that conversation is not understandable.

If it goes into the modem encrypted, having the keys to the modem isn't going to help all that much.

And you're an idiot if you're doing anything remotely illegal on a cell phone system anyway.

Comment: Re:Not a problem... (Score 2) 292

by Baloroth (#47940231) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Midwestern states had higher combined populations than the Northwestern states.

You truly are a blithering nincompoop, aren't you? Can't tell the difference between population and population density ...

Irony: calling the American Midwest "unpopulated", yet calling someone else (who points out that the Midwest is not, in fact, unpopulated) a "blithering nincompoop."

The word you may have meant to use is underpopulated. I know language is complicated, but despite sharing several letters, "un" and "under" do not, in fact, mean the same thing.

Sincerely - One of the tens of millions of people who live in the Midwest.

Comment: Re:Not a problem... (Score 2) 292

by ColdWetDog (#47939905) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Why would you even want to do that?

I can tell you why you don't want to - 'Most of Canada', 'Australia's Outback', Siberia, the Amazon (which you didn't mention) and the Tibetan Plateau (among other regions) serve as enormous ecological buffers. What do you think filters out all of the crap we're putting into it?

We've done oh so well on the parts of the planet that do have significant human population densities. How do you think spreading this out over the rest of the world is going to work?

And you're utopian statement of 'by 2100 even and individual could convert surroundings to their own tastes' is decidedly Star-Trekian. This individual and a Mr. Fusion, perhaps. This individual and a bunch of solar panels, not so much. Not such a bright idea to plan on rearranging the world using technologies that haven't been invented yet. Reality sucks sometimes, but it's reality.

And you forgot all about 'ol Murphy.

Comment: Re:Is this real? (Score 1) 480

by ColdWetDog (#47937919) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

There already is a master key, or, more specifically, a master wrench. Preferably a 1 inch or larger spanner wrench.

Applied to various parts of the body it will do a wonderful job of improving certain specific memories. This isn't designed to prevent the NSA from going after you should they find that desirable (don't kid yourself, twinky). This is designed to protect yourself against two bit private investigators, your local sheriff, the creep down the block and your mother. No security is perfect, but this is lots better default security than most people ever get. Yes, Ms. Random Luser can defeat it by posting their passkey on Facebook or telling their soon to be ex boyfriend, but since security is a process, not a thing, nothing is always completely secure. And especially nothing that is designed to connect to the Internet.

Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 4, Funny) 480

by ColdWetDog (#47937839) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Can't wait to see how people spin this as anything but good news.

-- Complex passcodes take more computational power to crack.
-- More computational power takes more electricity.
-- More electrical use leads to burning more coal and oil which leads to global warming.
-- Global warming is bad.

Q.E.D - complex passcodes are bad.

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