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Comment: LOL You are saying taxes appeal to Republicans ? (Score 1) 293

by Crashmarik (#48952193) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Pull your head out of your rear end.

You are talking about the people that threw George H.W. Bush out of office because he violated his word on "No New Taxes"
You are talking about the people that force their candidates to sign pledges not to raise taxes.

Comment: Re:Ion Thruster (Score 1) 187

by Crashmarik (#48952135) Attached to: NASA Looking At Nuclear Thermal Rockets To Explore the Solar System

I think reusable orbital entry vehicles

The shuttle was very impressive in that they made it work, but in accomplishing the goal of low cost access to space ? Not so much.

Mars landers, and the half a dozen other probes scattered on missions throughout the solar system might be something to brag about

Viking was 1976, nice thing for the Bi-Centenial if your young and Bi Curious you might want to google that. But it's nearly 40 years gone.

What they haven't done is make space more accessible, arguably Arianespace. Orbital Sciences and Space-X have done considerably more in moving humanity towards being a spacefaring species.

Comment: Re:Ion Thruster (Score 1) 187

by Crashmarik (#48950873) Attached to: NASA Looking At Nuclear Thermal Rockets To Explore the Solar System

I'd love to agree with you but NASA hasn't been anything to brag about for maybe 30 years now. The upcoming Space Launch System is looking to be a horrible boondoggle.

At what point would you say criticism is warranted ?

Or at what point would you say it's fair, to ask just what is the point of a Mars mission ? That we should drain resources from just about everything else we do in space to pursue it ?

Comment: Oh indeed (Score 1) 281

by Crashmarik (#48950479) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

That's because google doesn't sell information to people, that Verizon, ATT, Comcast don't sell information about you, that's because there aren't businesses that collect detailed information about you and sell them to anyone who looks.

Oh wait, there are all those things.

Be pleased, it takes a special kind of person to think speaking in pig latin makes their conversation private.

Comment: Could be you aren't thinking (Score 1) 281

by Crashmarik (#48950329) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

All email, social media, banking and consumer purchases take place over SSL connections, and have for a long time. So the "party line" stuff is a non-starter.

So you use gmail, yahoo mail, hotmail, or corporate mail ? You don't think the providers don't or can't parse that ? It's not your mail it's theirs after all.

You don't think the credit card companies don't record and share information with the credit reporting agencies ?

Who. Who else has the budget AND the physical proximity to the bulk of the fiber (which runs through the US) to do a "full take" of what people do online.

Oh I don't know, maybe the people selling you your net access ?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Comment: Re:Could be (Score 1) 281

by Crashmarik (#48947837) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

If it's not a party line, then why does end-to-end encryption exist, oh yes, it's because you clearly haven't thought out what you just said.

Well lets first fix what you said so it says what you actually wanted it to say. If I am mistaken and what you wrote is what you meant well there is no need to reply because it's gibberish.

If it's a party line, then why does end-to-end encryption exist,

Now what you are saying is that it is not a party line because it's possible to encrypt communication on it ?

Well first it being a party line or not being a party line has nothing to do with encryption.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

There is a good definition of how old style party lines work. In the internet case every router listens in on your traffic. So the first part of your statement is a fail.

Now the second part of your statement, Encryption makes the fact that it is a party line somehow makes the internet ? Aside from being irrelevant in the first place, and the fact that the net is overwhelmingly unencrypted (just an instance check the security on this site), you can very easily use encryption on open communication mediums it in no way hinders third party's ability to listen in.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

Now if you would like argue about HF radio, ill be happy to laugh at you a little more.

Comment: Re:Um, duh? (Score 1) 216

by Crashmarik (#48946649) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

You didn't read what I was replying to did you ?

And if you think global warming is bad with just natural sunlight, just imagine gathering MORE of it and beaming it to Earth!?

Oh and next time you start screaming denier at someone like the good little sheeple you are, remember this and how it illustrates that you not only know nothing about the climate models but aren't even well acquainted with the basic physics you would need to understand them.

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- "Ali Baba Bunny" [1957, Chuck Jones]

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