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Comment Re:non-story (Score 5, Insightful) 151

If its not transmitting the data to the internet, and doesn't have the capacity to store video/audio streams itself its not "recording". That said any device with a video/audio input should have hardware based light indicating if that capability is powered or not. No form of software updating/hacking should be able to disable that functionality.

Comment Re:What purpose does registration serve? (Score 1) 191

"right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms"

Why do so many people blithely ignore the the next part of the same sentence in the second amendment? Even if you buy the garbage that it applies to the "militia" (any able bodied male between 18 and 45 throughout most of the countries early history) the very next part says that it applies to everyone (IE: People).

Comment Meanwhile (Score 4, Insightful) 142

Meanwhile, in the United States our own "glorified dowsing rods" the TSA continues to rake in somewhere around $8 Billion dollars a year in direct costs alone (likely tens of billions when you factor in economic losses, increased road deaths and secondary costs) and is 95% ineffective at finding lighters and knives. And chances are no one responsible for that debacle is ever going to see a fine let alone a prison sentence.

Comment They know which side the butter is on (Score 3, Insightful) 137

From what I understand a large number of their clients these days are governmental, so this move isn't all that surprising. If they took a different stance they probably would end up like QWest when they told the government to shove it when they started their illegal wiretaping program suddenly all of QWests government contracts were canceled and they found themselves under "investigation".

Comment "zero-knowledge encryption"? (Score 5, Insightful) 291

Zero-knowledge encryption? Sounds like they're trying to invent some new buzzword to try to make something almost no one could argue against, secured communications and records for banking, conversations & confidential information (medical records, personal matters, etc). It should also be noted that there is a really good reason for this move to decentralized encryption, the feds simply couldn't keep their hands out of the cookie jar. That and there are no indications that allowing the government full access to communications has any effect on terrorist activity, its pretty obvious that they were hoovering information before 9/11 and it didn't stop that, they've created massive data centers and tied in with ISPs throughout the globe and they didn't stop Paris, Metrojet Flight 9268, Boston or any of the other major attacks. I find it disturbing they can argue for ever increasing levels of surveillance when the massive levels they are already spending tens of billions of dollars and not stopping a few nuts chatting over text messages.

Comment Re:Yeah right. (Score 1) 129

Gold mines don't run on a couple million dollars of equipment either. They have conga lines of multi-million dollar dump trucks hauling material out of the mine (T 282Bs are $4-5 Million each). While there are far fewer of them in a standard mine excavators are also far more expensive, they often cost tens of millions of dollars each. I'd bet that your average precious metal mine requires at least $150 Million dollars of equipment just to get material out of the mine, some much more. When Goldcorp established a new mine in Canada it cost them $2 Billion.

Comment Re:Yeah right. (Score 2) 129

If the yields were the same you would no doubt be correct, but the article suggested that the deposits around these hydro-thermal vents are 10 times the density of modern land based deposits and they don't have to remove massive amounts of stone/dirt covering them in order to start mining, they're sitting right on the sea floor. That of course still doesn't make it a sure thing, but it definitely helps.

Comment Not if, when (Score 1, Insightful) 129

Deep sea mining is GOING to happen, whether it is good for the environment or not. If environmentalists/scientists are afraid of its effects they need to work with companies/governments to ensure that it is done with as little damage as is feasible. Attempts to sabotage it with claims of doom and gloom or wrapping it up in untenable amounts of red tape will only succeed in creating another "us vs them" mentality where each side is constantly trying to screw over the other with lies and propaganda campaigns resulting in more damage to the economy & environment.

Comment Re:This is great (Score 1) 73

No doubt advances in storage technology would go a long way towards making renewables feasible, however the prices need to come down for that to become a reality. Teslas power wall for example will run $3,000 - $3,500 for the battery pack alone (not including inverter & installation. It doesn't appear powerful enough to handle your average homes peak wattage draw, it maxes out at 3.3 KW. I have a small RV generator that can handle 4.5 KW peaks and cost me about $220, most whole house generators put out 15KW and cost about $2,500.

Comment Re:Not the same (Score 1) 518

"The bible has never been discredited"

Buwahahahahahaaahaha, Ah. Either you're lying or you have some very selective perceptions of reality. First of all science is based on proving something did exist/happen, you don't "prove" your argument by someone else not disproving it. It is the burden of the person making the claim to back up that claim with facts & evidence, especially when it is about events that supposedly occurred around/over 2,000 years ago when we can't keep our history from around a hundred years or more ago perfectly straight. Secondly the "Noahs flood" stories in the bible would pretty much blow your statement out of the water, millions of years of global geological/biological evidence with hundreds of years of empirical scientific study show that it is impossible that the entire planet flooded, and we're not even getting to the fact lumber isn't physically capable of taking the stresses necessary to build an arc as described in the Bible.

Comment Re:Athiest Symbol (Score 3, Informative) 518

You might want to actually read history beyond a decade or two. When Social Security numbers were created they explicitly placed requirements (virtually ignored) making it illegal to use for unique ID for citizens. Some of these requirements have quietly been removed in the name of "fighting terrorism". Virtually every attempt at the federal level to openly create a national ID card has been crushed. If you want to go really far back several of the Founding fathers and influential authors made pushes for independence via pen names (Benjamin Franklin, Washington Irving, John Adams).

Comment Re:Not the same (Score 1) 518

"it doesn't have 2000+ years of tradition behind it"

And neither does most Christian sects. Even going back a few hundred years the religion was VERY different from what it is today. Christians often tout "Christmas" as one of these traditions, but what they celebrate today only goes back about 150 years. In early America "Christmas" wasn't celebrated in any real way, in fact in Boston you were fined if you showed any holiday spirit. Going back further to the Middle ages it was much more in common with Oktoberfest then what we know as Christmas.

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania