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Comment: Re:Not sure about this. (Score 2) 192

by CrimsonAvenger (#48026109) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

I find myself wondering what laws they actually broke...

It's not like they did any actual wiretapping themselves, so it wasn't the wiretapping laws.

Is there an actual law on the books that allows the Feds to arrest you for making software that ALLOWS wiretapping? If so, I suspect that the Feds should be chasing down a lot more people than just this lot...

Comment: Re:How about protecting the public (Score 1) 296

Drone strikes alone would probably eliminate most of the resistance very quickly, no matter how many small handguns they have,

One should note that if every handgun owner were to target member of the military, as long as the failure rate is not more then 98% or so, the US Military would run out of soldiers before the civilians ran out of handguns.

And this ignores that not every soldier would go along with fighting against American civilians....

Comment: Re:Should we? (Score 2) 258

by CrimsonAvenger (#48012943) Attached to: Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

It's a lot harder to do that with a spacecraft if you know you need the Oberth effect of your destination to make it home.

It's called an "Earth Return Trajectory".

Basically, it's a two-year long transition orbit to Mars. More deltaV to enter the orbit, quite a bit more to enter Mars orbit at the other end, but if you have a problem along the way, you'll be back to Earth eventually (or your bodies will be, in any case) assuming no action on your part.

Comment: Re:cut utility profits from 8% to 41% (Score 2) 491

by CrimsonAvenger (#48008331) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

I have read TFA.

The assumption for reduced profit due to increased PV usage was 8% for a specific northeastern utility company, 15% for a specific southwestern one.

That "up to 41%" number came from "using certain other assumptions" for the southwestern utility.

In other words, TFS is, at best, misleading as hell.

Comment: Re:Think of the children (Score 1) 353

by CrimsonAvenger (#48001647) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

It IS true, law enforcement agencies will REJECT you for having a high I.Q. They , of course, have in mind, that smart people think for themselves

No, they have in mind that they'll spend a metric buttload of money and time training you, and then you'll get bored and go looking for a more challenging job.

Personally, I think even that rationale is suspect. But what do I know, I'm just a guy who was too bright to ever consider law enforcement as a career....

Comment: Re:Someone explain please (Score 1) 211

by CrimsonAvenger (#47993583) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

In fact, this concept of "elite" is changing more and more into what we currently call "politicians".

Once upon a time, we had governments that consisted of the "elite" - nobility, usually, but once we figured out this whole "election" thing, the elite became the guys we elected.

What these various "elites" have had in common throughout history is that they feel themselves to be entitled to tell the rest of us what to do.

And since, in general, they controlled law enforcement and the military (not always distinct entities), if only by the power of the pursestrings and the ability to define law (by, well, passing laws), they were pretty much right.

In the USA, at least, the Constitution was meant to be a limiter on government, so as to fend off the "elite" who wanted to tell us what to do. Alas, we've long since managed to convince ourselves that anything we want has to be Constitutional somehow (which leads us inevitably to "shall not be infringed" being translated as "shall be infringed", and "Congress shall make no laws abridging..." being translated as "Of course Congress can make laws abridging...").

And so, the politicians have once again assumed their historical roles, and "civil servants" have once again become "civil masters".

In other words, things are returning to their historical norms. And will continue to do so absent a revolution or two.

Comment: Re:Exact Opposite of the Obama Campaign Message (Score 2, Informative) 224

by CrimsonAvenger (#47992177) Attached to: Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Obama vowed to improve government transparency and protecting whistle blowers.

Obama has also prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other Administrations combined. Last count I saw was seven by Obama, three by all previous Presidents.

Yes, I know that Obama isn't the one issuing the orders to prosecute. But he IS the one who can issue the order to stop prosecuting them....

Comment: Re:12kW/day? (Score 2, Informative) 268

by CrimsonAvenger (#47989449) Attached to: IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

*sighs* yes, it produces 1600 CUBIC LITERS of it.

To explain (for the slow), liters are cubic decimeters. A cubic liter would be decimeters raised to the 27th power.

Note that we don't actually have twenty-seven spatial dimensions available to produce cubic liters in....

Comment: Re:This has nothing to do with wasting food (Score 2) 383

by CrimsonAvenger (#47988763) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

Actually, as soon as the garbage men show up, it's the governemnt's trash. I don't see why they shouldn't be free to do whatever they want with their property.

If it's the government's trash, why are they threatening ME with a fine if THEIR trash has too much food waste in it?

Seems to me that this new rule is heaven-sent for harassing the neighbor you don't like. Not like anyone can tell WHO put the food waste into a particular trash bin....

Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance. -- James Bryant Conant