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Comment Re:The next RSS (Score 1) 182

Of course, all the sites that will want you to sign up for push services are going to be whiter-than-white, squeaky clean upright organizations that would never allow their push servers to be used to send out notifications that attempt to bugger your system or trick you into loading malware. After all, we've all seen how excellently advertising providers work to provide tasteful, subtle, ads that don't distract you from the page you're reading, and would never deliver ads that try to trick you into installing malware on your system...

Comment Re:Conflicting with another California Law? (Score 1) 251

Penal Code 1546 just specifies that they're not allowed to get access without a warrant; the arguments that they'll be fronting for the bill is that, without a backdoor, complying with the provisions of PC1546 won't do them any good, because they still won't be able to decrypt the contents of the device. Never mind that the backdoor is only as safe as the rectitude of the people with access to the backdoor keys; create a backdoor and give its keys to the government, and then you have only the government's assurance that they'd never use it for illegally spying on individuals, that every single employee who would have access to this data has the moral qualities of a Lensman, and that no one outside the government could possibly ever get hold of these keys.

Comment Re:Backdoors are a two-way street. (Score 1) 345

What I don't understand is how none of these politicians who want backdoors into all encryption fail to understand that it would be just as easy for IS or Al-Qaeda or any other group that considers themselves enemies of the United States (North Korea, Iran, etc) to find and use the same backdoors against them.

These are also the same politicians who are saying that cyber attacks are the greatest threat to our economy, while remaining completely blind to the fact that they're bemoaning the dangers of attacks on our electronic systems with one hand while claiming that it's necessary to weaken one of our protections against them with the other.

Comment Re:The biggest problem with backdoors (Score 1) 345

'Daesh' is just the acronym for the Arabic phrase al-Dawla al-Islamiya al-Iraq al-Sham (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), so it's still referring to it as the 'Islamic State', just doing it in Arabic. Calling the organization 'Daesh', though, annoys Daesh, because of the way Arabic lends itself to jokes and puns through pronunciation changes to deliver subtle insults -- 'Daes' means 'one who tramples underfoot', and 'Dahes' means 'one who sows discord', and according to NBC, the organization has threatened to cut out the tongues of anyone it hears using the term. Which, in my view, is reason enough to use it; if they hate it that much, all the better.

Comment Re:This should work about as well as gun-free scho (Score 1) 151

To their credit, the folks bringing the guns haven't been there before, so they didn't get a chance to see the signs.

The laws prohibiting firearms within, what is it, 1000 feet of schools have been in effect for how many years? And got flogged around the media outlets like there was no tomorrow as the solution to armed violence at schools when they were enacted, so the likelihood that they didn't know that just having a gun there was illegal. But if they've already decided that they're going to shoot someone, do you really think that the illegality of carrying the gun where they intend to carry out the shooting is going to deter them? All the 1000-foot exclusion zone does is make them confident that they're unlikely to encounter someone who can shoot back -- lots of defenseless targets.

Comment Re:Drones and Cars and Guns (Score 1) 151

If you load the vehicle up on a trailer, you can take it away without needing any insurance on the vehicle; as DaHat said, license, registration, and insurance are only required for vehicles operated on public roads. You can transport an unregistered vehicle on public roads anywhere you want to, as long as you don't drive it, and the vehicle can be completely unable to meet any of the safety requirements for registration.

Comment Re:The Fine Print (Score 1) 232

It's not that state and local law enforcement aren't getting a cut of seized property now that this program has been shut down; it's that the state asset forfeiture setups gave less of the seized value back to local law enforcement. TFA, IIRC, gave an example of California's process giving 66.5% to local law enforcement, while federal asset forfeiture returned 80% -- the local law enforcement just wanted to get more money out of it.

Comment Re:Watered down agreement thanks to the USA (Score 2, Insightful) 118

From TFA, the reference to Kerry's speech "In the version of the speech he delivered upon arrival in Paris, he said the flat-earthers seem to think that as the world’s oceans rise, the water is just going to pour off the sides." shows the fundamental disconnect; the AGW proponents aren't willing to even consider the premises of the skeptics, so they make ad hominem attacks against the skeptics themselves to make them personally ridiculous and their positions inherently fallacial. It's always seemed to me, though, that if the proponents of one side of a scientific disagreement have to resort to bad-mouthing the proponents of the other side, rather than the research and data presented by the other side, they do it because they know that their research and data won't stand up to close scrutiny in a comparison.

Comment Re:Goodbye Miami, and thanks for all the cocaine. (Score -1) 118

blasphemer! all talk not in line with current climate control agenda is expressly forbidden.
you shall not dissent or stray from that which is known to be true and scientific.

Exactly. "You are charged with preaching wrongful, pernicious, and misleading doctrine about anthropogenic climate change."

Comment Re:Coulomb Barrier (Score 1) 344

Not to imply that this is the mechanism for cold fusion, or even a mechanism for cold fusion, but quantum tunnelling allows subatomic particles to move through space without traveling through the space between the start and end points. Given the oddities involved with quantum effects, it is at least theoretically possible for fusion to occur locally without a high-temperature environment. The results to date, however, argue that if it does occur, it does not occur at a rate that makes it viable as an energy source. So cold fusion as an energy source has two hurdles -- first, proving that it does occur, and then making it occur at a high enough rate to produce useful amounts of energy.

Comment Re:Climate Change (Score 1) 344

From the linked article: "Fossil and temperature records over the past 520 million years show a correlation between extinctions and climate change"

And we all know that correlation equals causation, don't we? The article points out the single charted metric of atmospheric composition and matches that against extinctions, and derives the foregone conclusion that CO2 increase causes extinctions. Nothing about any other possible causes; the goal is to show that increased CO2 is evil, and they've found this correlation, and that's proof enough for them.

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