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Comment Shipping to decoy addresses (Score 2) 130

Back in March , in a related story, one of Cisco's VPs for security, John Stewart, was quoted in the press as saying that Cisco would ship to decoy addresses to circumvent interception by the Government. Supposedly, this was at a roundtable discussion during the Cisco-Live conference in Melbourne, but there is no video of the discussion on the Cisco-live website.

I've heard he was misquoted and they don't actually do it. Does anybody have link to actual video of this discussion? Are they still doing this? Has anybody used that service?

The original slashdot article is

Comment Europe & Canada... Where are you? (Score 0, Troll) 345

So lots of people her complain about "Big Pharma" and then go on to claim the socialized medicine in Europe & Canada is a superior model with cheaper drugs. How are they doing developing new antibiotics (or drugs generally)? And how do they how do they finance and amortize the cost of development if selling price is so cheap?

Comment And so can fire hoses (Score 4, Interesting) 120

Well if they are talking about the toy in the picture and 40 meters is the height, a fire hose or pitched base ball can bring it down too. If it is low enough to be brought down by a fire hose then it is too low and a nuisance.

What would be more interesting is if sound can bring down a more advanced aircraft that relies on computerized gyroscope stabilization like a F-35 from a few kilometers.

If you were here a bit over a decade ago, you remember these little babies the HERF guns, & They would probably work on drones (and more). Given the Inverse-square law, I don't remember what the range might be though.

Comment Steampunk it! (Score 1) 67

I'd love to see a city/neighborhood install pnumantic tubes for instant delivery. Its a 19th century technology that is proven and feasable but is strangely seldom used. Just laydown 1/3m (12 in) plastic piping, have machine addressable containers, and install electric-mechanical sorters/routers at each node that can read the addresses and kick the container into the correct junction. One the receving end, the receiver would put the empty container back into the system and it would be routed back to the origin or next node calling for an empty. You could have a payment system for container rental/transport.

There would be an inital install cost, but that would be recouped by the cheap operation.

Order milk and a loaf of bread from the grocery and have it delivered to your door in 10 minutes. Mail could be put into the system at the post office and be delivered to the door without a carrier.

Comment Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 3, Informative) 271

Are you jesting? A judge can ban you from everyplace excepting a 5x8 concrete pad enclosed with iron bars (commonly referred to as a "cell").

In reallity, the Gov't rarely punishes non-violent acts of civil disobediance/protest with anything more than a fine and time served while awaiting trial (days to a few months). For history, look at all the anti-nuke demonstrators who regularly chain themselves to the fences at air force bases. The key here is non-violance. As long as nobody got hurt and there wasn't any real possibility of anybody getting hurt, they will give the guy a small to moderate fine.

If he is not close to retirement, he might get fired from the postal service.

Comment Not in the senario given (Score 1) 365

The article gives a post-apocalyptic senario. Most of the high-techy alternatives like solar and nuclear require an establish industrial infrastructure to produce. You will not bootstrap to building a solar panel outside your mud-hut by rubbing two sticks together to melt sand into silicon. You will build a solar panel by producing refined copper and silicon in factories running on coal-generated electricity until you have enough capacity to replace the coal. So no, there is no realistic senario in which you just skip burning fossil fues and go straight to high-tech (unless you want to run the plant by chopping down and burning all the forests, which is probably a worse solution than fossil fuels). Even something like hydro-power requires industrial infrastructure to build large scale. Otherwise how will you get the steel and cement to build the dam? Or the steel and copper for the turbines and windings?

Comment Why not hire in "Flyover Land" before India? (Score 5, Insightful) 442

Serously, I find it amazing that these companies would pay to move a worker from Calcutta but not from Omaha. "Oh we looked in Silicon Valley's and Seattle's rarified labor markets and couldn't find anyone... so now we must look overseas!" Why don't they hire from Nebraska or Kentucky? Why?....because it never even enters their minds.

Next, H1-Bs don't create jobs because they are not allowed to start a company. The system is designed that way. (OK, legally they can create a corporation on paper, but the condition of their visia is that they are only allowed to be employed by their sponsor and aren't allowed to be employed by or draw salary from their own company, so the practial effect is they can't work for their own start-up). If they are creating companies and they or their famlies are working for the start-up, it's a violation of their visa.

Here's how to quash this BS. Create a national registry of unemployeed STEM workers and make them offer to pay the moving costs to move the employee from whereever to the job site. NATIONAL, not just Seattle and San Jose. Make them hire off that list before they can go overseas. If they can show they offered a job and offered a move to somebody in the US and got turned down six times, then they can do the H1-B thing. Next, if they do hire a H1-B because there is no "qualified" american worker, make them sponsor a scholarship in that field and train somebody until they are qualified. If they hire an engineer on a H1-B, then they must pay the scholorship and internship for an american to make him qualified. That newly minted engineer now goes into the job pool.

Comment Civilization IV had a quote... (Score 1) 299

Soon it will be a sin for parents to have a child which carries the heavy burden of genetic disease.

But not yet please. I have two issues: First, We still don't know enough to prevent unintended consquences or complications. We could edit-out one problem and accidently edit-in another.But one day, in the not-so-distant future, perhaps another generation or two, yes - definately. We should erradicate all heritable diseases.

The second thing, I would draw the line between correcting errors/curing diseases and between creating eugenic supermen. Please no Gattica-style selection of socially prefered traits to create a dis/u/topia of ubermenchen and untermenchen.

The quote was from Bob Edwards who until a few years ago was host of NPR Morning Edition. (BTW, the quotes in the game were all narrated by Leonard Nimoy, which was super cool)

Comment Major Version == Major Changes (Score 5, Informative) 199

I thought the point of a major version (not necessarily in the Linux kernel, but software generally), was to signal a major change that either:
  • includes ground-breaking new features
  • includes serious archtectural reworking
  • breaks backwards compatibility

If the changes are merely incremental bug-fixes and minor feature additions, stay with minor versioning. Otherwise, you are not versioning; you are branding (viz: Windows 8... which IIRC is version 6.2)

Comment Probably China (Score 4, Interesting) 412

I RTFA and the links and I didn't see any mention of the source manufacturor, but If I had to guess, I would guess they were made under contract in China and labelled with whichever distributor was buying today's production run.

US FDA/USDA-style regulatory enforcement and quality controls are practically non-existant in China. Just look at the great melamine scare a few years ago where they where bumping up the "protein" level of ingrediants by adding toxic melamine (see and

All imports of food/drug or ingrediants from china should be banned out-right.

Comment Red Cross is the Responsible Party (Score 1) 300

The Red Cross is the international organization responsible for monitoring conduct of belligerents, documenting ,and reporting war crimes and atrocities. The ICRC ought to be publizing this far and wide as an example of the shameful savagery it is.

From Wikipedia: "The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a humanitarian institution based in Geneva, Switzerland and a three-time Nobel Prize Laureate. State parties (signatories) to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977 (Protocol I, Protocol II) and 2005 have given the ICRC a mandate to protect victims of international and internal armed conflicts. Such victims include war wounded, prisoners, refugees, civilians, and other non-combatants."

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