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Comment: Re:Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster 11 March 201 (Score 1) 51

by ColdWetDog (#47959297) Attached to: New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

Things got serious.

Commenting with wit, snark and the very occasional bit of insight went from a light whimsical passtime, to a grave risk of the men in black showing up and disappearing me.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why bath salts are bad for you.

Get off of it. NSA and friends cares not one flying fuck what goes on around here. You aren't dangerous. A group of overweight, Cheetos flavored clowns locked in basement isn't a threat to anyone.

Comment: Re:More and serious threats (Score 1) 107

by ColdWetDog (#47959005) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

Actually, it's television. Before TV (and now the Internet) you pretty much had to see people in person - radio was a poor simulacrum. Now, you can ' be with' your voters, up front and personal, pancaked and coiffed to look perfect.

With the Internet, you can tailor yourself to be exactly what the voter wants you to be. No more bad hairdays. No more potential assassins.

Comment: Nope (Score 0) 110

by ColdWetDog (#47952221) Attached to: Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

While there certainly is an issue with data integrity and retention, it is unlikely that anyone will need their entire DNA sequence "stored" for future use. It's becoming clear that the DNA you're born with isn't the same as the DNA you have when they recycle you. Further, medicine doesn't need your entire genome. Just the part that the doctor (or whatever they're called at that point in time) is interested in.

It is far more likely that you will be resequenced as needed.

Besides, you won't be able to afford it anyway.

Comment: Re:Uses? (Score 1) 71

If you can't figure out a use for this technology, go sit in the corner and let the rest of us talk. Depending on the resolution, this could be used for object identification, for artists and engineers to quickly set up projects, for real estate agents to create quick walk throughs or better descriptions of property. That's just off the top of my pointed little head.

And of course, for the myriad Rule 34 topics that have already been discussed.

Comment: Re:Still not easy (Score 1) 36

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:fortress on foundations of sand. (Score 2) 229

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.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.