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Comment: Layers of stupidity (Score 1) 158

by Sloppy (#48940173) Attached to: Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

There are so many layers of stupid in this story, it's hard to address one of them without the embarrassing feeling that someone might read a rebuke of one stupidity, and take it as an implicit acceptable of the rest of the stupidity that you didn't address. If you argue too hard that Yog-Sothoth made a mistake in designing camels, somebody might think you're a creationist.

From the point of view of a malevolent user who intends to use the device to harm someone, why would they want your malware?

From the point of view of a benevolent user, why would they want your malware?

What will happen in the marketplace, if a benevolent user is persuaded to run your malware and then has a problem and finds out that it was due to the malware?

What's so special about the security needs of people in a capital, compared to people everywhere else? And is this special need, really a function of where they happen to be at a moment, or is it based on what their powers and responsibilities (and presumably, replacement cost) are?

I am leaving a few dozen obvious things out because it's tiring to enumerate. That my original point: don't think that just because I missed a totally-obvious way that the idea is stupid, as meaning I would debate one of these points from the premise of accepting a lot of other stupidity. It's not even something I disagree with or think is a bad strategy or an us-vs-them thing. It's just a totally dumb idea, a loser no matter how you look at it and no matter what your agenda is.

Comment: Re:"Rogue"? (Score 1) 201

by swillden (#48939919) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Google is quite happy to see CM and similar third party ROMs flourish

Flourish or tolerate? Honest question. I've seen entire ROMs stymied by small things Google could/should have done as just a decent vendor, regardless of the ROM in question. For instance, a couple years ago the Droid3 port fizzed because the then-Google-owned Motorola wouldn't talk to anybody about releasing specs to turn on the camera.


Your example just demonstrates that Google really did allow Motorola to operate as a separate OEM, not directly influenced by the Android team. It's also possible that Motorola didn't have the option of releasing the specs because of agreements with the camera manufacturer. (Note that I don't know anything about that specific incident, and hadn't even heard of it until you mentioned it. I do know that Google would like its Nexus devices to be much more open than they are, but can't get there without becoming a hardware manufacturer.)

Comment: Re:Majority leaders home district (Score 2) 76

The problem is that the storage of nuclear waste isn't passive, it requires active processes to keep the genie in the bottle.

This is only true for the first 5-10 years after the fuel is removed from the core for the last time. There are dry fuel storage sites all around the country where used nuclear fuel sits in steel casks in concrete bunkers, and is completely cooled by the ambient air and natural convection. This fuel, incidentally, is supposed to be in Yucca mountain.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 1) 194

If all life on earth was destroyed, there'd be one hell of a stable equilibrium, but probably not one many of us would like to occur.

If that were an even remotely-likely outcome, it would have happened. Life is extraordinarily good at surviving and evolving new equilibria.

Natural ecosystems can only be expected to be robust against perturbations they have faced regularly for a time, which usually doesn't include much of what humans do.

Meh, the history of life on this planet is one long series of massive, unexpected perturbations, ranging from ice ages so severe that the equatorial seas are covered with several meters of ice, to massive volcanic eruptions that block most global insolation for years, to massive meteor strikes. In addition, the ice core records show that the planet has undergone radical climate change (much faster and more extreme than what we're currently seeing) without any cause at all as far as we can detect, as recent as 60K years ago.

As long as we rely on nature to survive, we shouldn't scoff at the idea that our actions can have disastrous consequences on our own habitat.

Certainly. Equally, we shouldn't ignore the fact that doing nothing at all (assuming we could) will also have disastrous consequences on our own habitat. Earth changes all the time, in all sorts of ways. If we want stability we need to learn to actively engineer the planet.

Comment: Re: why google keeps microsoft away (Score 1) 201

by swillden (#48939807) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen
Okay, but the issue you're complaining about (pocket muting or hanging up) should be impossible on proper hardware regardless of the screen lock status. So with that out of the way, you just disagree with the screen lock behavior. That's your prerogative, but I don't think it's clearly wrong.

Comment: Re:pot and kettle (Score 1) 201

by swillden (#48939771) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Microsoft has in the past complained that Google Inc., which manages Android, has blocked its programs from the operating system."

MS has a bunch of apps in the Play store.

AFAIK, the only MS app Google has blocked was Microsoft's YouTube app, which violated the YouTube terms of service.

Yeah.. well, those "terms of service" was that they required Microsoft to implement their Youtube app in HTML5, while neither the iOS or Android Youtube app had such a requirement and was not implemented in HTML5.

As I recall it was about not making it easy for users to download copies of videos. I could be wrong.

Comment: Re:Demand (Score 5, Insightful) 114

by Svartalf (#48939129) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

They're all fatally flawed. The biggest problem with biofuels as they currently are is that we're not really doing them right. We're taking food and converting it to fuel- when we should be producing the fuel as a recycling process which isn't the same thing and isn't as "polluting" and the like. It's not a solution, per se, to fuel- but it is a solution to convert what'd go into landfills and the like into something else useful as it can be used for fuel and feedstock for plastics, medicine, etc.

Comment: Re:Still not good enough. (Score 1) 389

by Tablizer (#48937799) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Here are a few acronyms that most citizens hate: IRS, NSA, CIA, DHS ....

I hate dental visits also, but I still go. And citizens generally prefer "protection" from foreign threats. Whether it's all warranted or not is highly debatable. DHS wouldn't exist if not for the 911 attacks. The pendulum of public opinion on such seems to swing back and forth, depending on attacks.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann