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Comment Gov't Excuse is Disingenuous at Best (Score 1) 102

If one ways to damage from the two groups: terrorists and criminals having secure encryption or governments having a backdoor to all encryption, hands down far more damage is done to civil rights and liberty by governments worldwide. I'd rather find other ways to curtail terrorism and crime than let governments have tools for oppression of civil rights and liberties.

Comment "Individual a big ask?" No. (Score 1) 119

Espionage and surveillance work is done by diligence and pricing together bits of data to create an informative model. Every bit of evidential data or prediction narrows the filed of outcomes and increases the predictive capability and probability of the location and behavior even of an individual. Our courts work that way, bit by bit, and the bar for surveillance is much, much lower. No reasonable doubt stuff needed. With limited staff and resources, anything that narrows an individual likely locations and behavior enables more efficient resource allocation is a big win. As for not selling it, they don't need to—they made their money from the government during development and now they are paid to maintain it.

Comment The Catholic Church is of Advanced Age (Score 1) 542

They still protect pedophiles and shun birth control, so while it's been a long time since they persecuted and killed scientists, held orgies, committed incest, assassinated people, had a standing army and attacked other nations, the Vatican is a superstitious anachronism and the whole church should be retired.

Comment Just like the other entertainment giants (Score 1) 592

Microsoft and Steam represent the big dogs in just one of the entertainment industries. The others are mobile, broadcast, film, and audio. The latter three have found ways to limit consumer flexibility in order to increase profits and are constantly striving to boost profitability (holding satellite and cable companies for ransom every time contracts are renewed, delaying release to DVD rental outfits like Netflix to increase theater and DVD purchase revenues, renaming property theft as "piracy" which originally was a violent capital crime, region codes, getting the FBI on their side, etc. for example). Mobile app providers have stores that enforce locking apps to a device-user combination (though some allow multiple devices per account). It is only logical the game industry would like a similar regime of restrictions and take them as far as the market and government judicial/legislative entities will allow. Consoles offer a different feature/restriction mix than PCs but I think they'll eventually die out in favor of more generic devices like tablet-laptop hybrids that offer flexibility in game sources. Microsoft knows this and are testing waters with on-line service delivery a la Office 2013. But they'll stave it off for games as long as they can do so profitably while they build their distribution prowess sufficiently to take on Steam. When you join a market, you submit to the lowest common denominator of consumer demand in terms of price and features. Don't like it? Don't join the market. You have a choice.

Comment Re:Not 1609 kilometers... (Score 1) 263

"I thought we'd been talking about that for years (especially around the time of the Olympics) and haven't stopped."

Talking isn't Doing. Only a Gen-Xer or newer would think: "Hey, I got it done—I Tweeted it! I shared it on Facebook!. For the win!". Not hardly. Those crusty Baby Boomers would like you to know: Accomplished in Cyberspace != Accomplished Physically in the Real World i.e For Real. Sheesh.

Comment No surprise except the hyperbole (Score 1) 292

Where ever an empire puts its assets, its adversaries will seek to capture, control, or disable them.That has been a standard strategy since before the Romans as any student of history would know. Why this is news is a good question since it should have been obvious from the beginning. Any of you folks ever read Sun Tzu? Sheesh. You sound like the "let's ban assault rifles" nannies when 3 to 1 pistols were used in mass shootings and only 323 people where killed with rifles in 2011 while 700+ were killed with fists and 1,700 were killed with knives while over 6,200 were killed with pistols which you'll never ban.

Comment Makes sense for access infrastructure (Score 1) 163

If they destroy the keys, IPs, and URLs used to access hosted data but not hosted data, it would prevent easy access. People can be tortured to give up information so they had cyanide teeth to bite on but devices are easy—just use them even if you have to break into their security—in time you can. So maybe this is the equivalent of a cyanide tooth for access electronics.

Comment It's the battery _and_ the circuitry that matter (Score 1) 184

Since all batteries in an airplane application need charging and monitoring circuits and those circuits are likely to fail from time to time, batteries that start fires when circuits fail are indeed part of the fault equation. Pushing off the blame onto just the batteries is most likely a PR strategy of Boeing's. If the circuit is essentially part of the battery without which the battery could not function, then the blame lies with the designers who used it: Boeing, not the battery manufacturer. This PR seems to me a "spin-control" by japan and their battery industry to limit the PR damage to the battery manufacturer because it is clear now that Boeing is going to layoff blame for their poor design on the battery manufacturers. The fact is these batteries should never be used in any place where their failure will have catastrophic consequences. But that was a decision Boeing engineers made, not the battery manufacturers. Let's keep the focus on the firm that designed the airplane and certainly conducted studies regarding the consequences of the failure of monitoring and charging circuitry on batteries and physical airplane integrity. I sense a Ford Pinto gas tank human cost trade-off calculus moment of truth coming. Wait for it.

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