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Comment: Re:Should Have be Charged With Treason (Score 3) 442

by Cracked Pottery (#44075049) Attached to: US Charges Edward Snowden With Espionage
You apparently don't know what it is, then. You can't even identify what "enemy" is being comforted. Perhaps the enemy is the American people. There is no war declared that permits the legal definition of an enemy, and not much evidence that the spying has any actual effectiveness at combating terrorism. It is massive surveillance of all forms of electronic communication. Professional terrorists are unlikely to use communication that will be intercepted in this way. The information will almost certainly eventually be used for criminal prosecutions, probably including everything from drug to copyright violations.

Comment: Skepticism? (Score 1) 365

Am I the only one who is unwilling to take at face value a news story from "Courthouse News Service" which reports a lawsuit against the IRS that accuses them of seizing millions of private medical records, but does not identify the plaintiff? The story was repeated by the moonie times, and they couldn't use their vast resources to dig up an easily obtainable public record. Without details, it's just a rumor.

Comment: The Internet has little to do with it (Score 1) 271

by Cracked Pottery (#36417462) Attached to: The Internet Is Killing Local News, Says the FCC
Local coverage was abdicated as a business decision of station owners, most of whom are corporations that own multiple stations in different markets. They are not interested in local communities. The economy has dried up revenue for advertising as well, and local news coverage is labor intensive. Policy decisions by the FCC, removing rules such as limitations of station ownership and requirements for news programming content, have gone away along with the Fairness Doctrine, because of ideologies leading to deregulation and the belief that corporations should be free to do whatever the hell they want.

Comment: Re:If I ever had to take one.. (Score 1) 452

by Cracked Pottery (#32560308) Attached to: The Truth About the Polygraph, According To the NSA
It is obvious to the subject which are the control questions and which are the relevant questions. I have wondered how one can distinguish between responses that represent deception, and responses that represent apprehension that the machine will falsely indicate deception. Some people react more hotly to stress than others, and are prone to produce false positives. Also, people can be trained reduce the likelihood of actual deception being detected.

Traffic-Flow Algorithm Can Reduce Fuel Consumption 328

Posted by timothy
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong dept.
thecarchik writes "New projects from German automakers Audi and BMW promise to ease congestion simply by looking at traffic signals and driving style, in an effort to smooth the flow of traffic. Through a test course in Munich, vehicles were able to post phenomenal fuel efficiency gains simply by adjusting the timing of traffic lights depending on traffic volume — to whatever speed provides a so-called 'green wave' of four or more synchronized signals."

Comment: I doubt this is unusual (Score 1) 229

by Cracked Pottery (#30109464) Attached to: Genentech Puts Words In the Mouths of Congress Members
It is unusual for it to be documented so quickly with respect to an issue that has the level of interest and emotional involvement as does health care reform. Instances of the financial benefactors of Congresscritters getting their sentiments reflected more or less verbatim in the Congressional Record are not novel.

Make it right before you make it faster.