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Comment Re:CIA IS Right Wing (Score 1) 290

Precisely, when you have supporters and opponents of this law on both sides and crossing party lines. While most GOP candidates seem to be for it, Ron Paul is not alone, and is supported at least by Ted Cruz here. What I want to know is that of the Dems, who opposes the wiretaps? Clinton? Obama? Bernie? O'Malley?

At the very least, Bernie

"He has introduced S. 1168, the “Restore Our Privacy Act,” to amend the PATRIOT Act to curtail overly broad surveillance by the government."

Comment Re:The real insult (Score 1) 387

NASCAR is a sport the same way two idiots punching the living shit out of each is.

Just because it is stupid doesn't imply it not a sport.

If you have a winner/loser, and viewers, it is a sport (regardless of how dumb it is.)

So if I'm playing football in the park with friends and nobody is watching, it's not a sport? But somehow the same activity becomes a sport the minute a non-player shows up?

Comment Re: Damned Lies And Politics (Score 4, Insightful) 202

So now we know for sure which are the propaganda mills in "mainstream" news. I read anti-encryption articles on at least CNN, MSN, Fox, and Infoworld. Are there any others worthy of mention in this context? They are now off my list of "reputable news" sources, though they may be useful for staying up on current events... take it with a grain of salt.

The BBC: Paris attacks: Silicon Valley in crosshairs over encryption
Some gems from the article:
"And I do think this is a time for particularly Europe, as well as here in the United States, for us to take a look and see whether or not there have been some inadvertent or intentional gaps that have been created in the ability of intelligence and security services to protect the people that they are asked to serve."

while attitudes towards creating government backdoors were "hostile", that atmosphere "could turn in the event of a terrorist attack or criminal event where strong encryption can be shown to have hindered law enforcement". Paris may just be that event.

Also, some jackwagon New York prosecutor is calling for legislation mandating phone manufactures use weak encryption and provide backdoors for law enforcement:
A New York prosecutor is calling for federal legislation to weaken smartphone encryption

It's just ridiculous. Intelligence agencies and police have unprecedented data and location tracking on nearly every person in the world and it's STILL NOT ENOUGH for them. They will never be satisfied, even if every person in the world provided them a 24/7 video feed they would demand constant brainwave scans to "protect our children". It's time to say enough is enough and remove the people in favor of a surveillance state from a position of power, either by voting them out of office or voting the people who appointed them out of office.

Comment Whoever gets there first and works them (Score 5, Insightful) 239

I think it should be handled like mineral claims are (were) handled, if you get there first AND you work the claim then you get the proceeds. I don't want it to just be "got there first" or corporations/nations will just go claim everything without any intent of actually extracting the resources. Obviously what constitutes working the claim would need to be determined but that shouldn't be too hard. The problem is that the US can't just legislate this on their own, there needs to be agreement from all nations, or at least all space-faring nations.

Comment Re:The old talent doesn't understand the new stuff (Score 1) 229

Take for example something like handbreak. Unless you *knew* what it was. You would have no idea what that thing did (video editing software).

And even if you know the name of the program, you still may not be able to find it. If you search for 'handbreak' you won't find what you are looking for because it is spelled 'handbrake'. That's something that's easy to see in a menu but hard to recognize when your search fails.

Comment Re:Copper or FO cable? (Score 1) 273

Is anyone using any transcontinental copper any more? I would also assume that if it is possible to tap deep-sea FO cable, that they have done the same already.

I'd like for someone who lays down FO for commercial work to chime in on the feasibility of either a passive or active tap of such deep-sea cable.

Here is an article on current undersea cable eavesdropping, according to it fibre cables are currently being monitored.

Comment Re:Gotta wonder. (Score 1) 223

You're not the reason this is happening, and you're not the people they're targeting. The majority of your old-school RC pilots are the ones who pay attention to the Academy of Model Aeronautics guidelines and whatnot, and generally know how not to be an idiot when flying. What the FAA is worried about is daddy dropping $60 for a Syma X5C to buy for junior's sixteenth birthday, and then junior flying it over the bleachers at the homecoming game and someone getting smacked in the head when he loses a blade by flying too close to a lamppost.

The problem is that the regulation is going to affect the former group of people more than the latter. The people who already follow the regulations and fly responsibly are the ones who will actually register and the people flying in stupid places are the people who aren't going to register. The only thing this is going to accomplish is the headlines are going to change from "A drone crashed on the football field" to "An unregistered drone crashed on the football field".

You have a massage (from the Swedish prime minister).