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Comment: Re:Look this gifthorse in the mouth (Score 2) 59

by Garridan (#47484455) Attached to: SRI/Cambridge Opens CHERI Secure Processor Design

The flippant answer is all that your paranoia deserves.

A healthy amount of paranoia is a must in the security industry. Every piece of security hardware or sofware demands third-party evaluation, even that made by people you trust completely. Not all flaws are deliberate. Thank you for your time, and (at last) thoughtful response.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1037

by Garridan (#46677205) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
Real actual skeptic here (I think). Is the internet reducing religious affiliation because people are being exposed to different opinions? Or is the internet addictive, and does it subsume all of its occupants' time? Atheists are so eager to claim success that they don't even remember to check for confirmation bias and apply occam's razor.

Religious affiliation is correlated with increased mental health and a strong local community. The outspoken minority of religious fucks make the rest look bad to the undiscriminating outsider (oblig).

From where I stand, it looks like people are getting more extreme than their churches. They want to subjugate and punish and judge, and go against all the good parts of their religions. So they are leaving the churches in droves, and taking their hatred and ignorance to the internet. This may be a result of sampling bias (see oblig link above), and begs for good science to be done.

Comment: Re:Of course they did! (Score 2) 103

by Garridan (#46538401) Attached to: NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

And look at you, buying into the government's blame-shifting. This is the opposite of Nuremberg -- don't blame us, we were only giving orders! Blame the eeeevil companies that did the deed, not the innocent government who merely demanded compliance with threat of imprisonment or worse, fines!

Comment: Re:Crap (Score 2) 85

No, you see all of the images from the paper right up at the top. The kicker is that it can only do monochrome. So your x-ray voyeur shots will only work for girls and boys wearing full-body paint under their clothes. Or maybe you can illuminate them with lasers. I'm sure nobody will notice.

Comment: Re:This is what Thatcher was good at (Score 0, Troll) 712

Maybe that's because Stalin was a totalitarian, which totally jives with the conservative mindset. Want to know who else conservatives didn't celebrate the demise of? Hitler. Is that because conservatives are evil? No. It's because they're too blind with greed to recognize any evil other than "taxes" (which they desperately depend upon to keep their businesses solvent).

Comment: Re:god damnit (Score 1) 46

by Garridan (#46450819) Attached to: Court Denies NSA Request To Hold Phone Records Beyond 5 Years

I wonder... could we force them to keep metametadata? Y'know, summaries of what fields were copied out of what databases of what companies on what days? That way, we could still have a snowball's chance at proving that individual customers had their privacy impinged. Of course, this is all rhetoric: no, we can't force them to keep anything, and no, we wouldn't have a snowball's chance at proving shit against the fed. Fun idea, though, having a government that behaves responsibly.

Comment: Re:What's the point of this? (Score 4, Insightful) 117

by Garridan (#46365109) Attached to: Agbogbloshie: The World's Largest e-Waste Dump
Right... so... you want to be sheltered from the worst news from the unprivileged, because you feel powerless to stop it? Tell that to the people in that situation, with significantly less power to stop it! Yes! Let's not talk about the bad things in the world unless the newspiece has a button that you can personally click to solve that problem. That's exactly how problem-solving works. Who knows why the press never thought of that!

Comment: Re:Southland here we come (Score 3, Interesting) 20

by Garridan (#46325311) Attached to: Seafloor Carpet Mimics Muddy Seabed To Harness Wave Power
No, the downside is that the muddy seafloor is chock full of life. The energy absorbed by that seafloor churns the mud, continually stirring around nutrients, plankton, eggs and sperm, algae, etc. A huge amount of sealife spawns in this mud -- stop churning it, and you kill everything there. And as these things usually go... killing a huge number of species tends to open a door to noxious, invasive, damaging monocultures.

"No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it." -- C. Schulz