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Comment: Re:Say it ain't so. . . (Score 1) 63

by Idou (#47387867) Attached to: Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators
"Schmoozing is part of sales"
Exactly and when the regulated schmoozes the regulator, what else could the regulated be trying to sell other than various flavors of corruption? That is why, in this case, the schmoozing can only come at the detriment of society as a whole, and it is a significant example of how rampant regulatory capture is in our society.

"I've been invited to boxes by vendors before"
If I were a stock holder of your company then I would take issue with that because part of the price your company is being charged by that vendor covers such activities (which either reduces dividends or intrinsic value of the company). It is simply a form of wealth transfer to the corrupt and a textbook example of the principle-agent dilemma (unless you are both in this example).

Comment: Re:Say it ain't so. . . (Score 3, Interesting) 63

by Idou (#47380817) Attached to: Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators
I see, so because the poster (who could be supporting the agenda of either side) exaggerated, Comcast's invitation is now completely kosher (how many regulator have you schmoozed lately, regardless of the venue?), and the U.S. no longer has a regulatory capture problem that needs to be addressed. . .

You know, for awhile I thought it was the overwhelming power of the wealthy that prevented change, but now I get the sense that it is the underwhelming intellectual capability of people like yourself that are dragging us down. Happy 4th. . .

Comment: And now everyone has your DNA. . . (Score 2) 68

by Idou (#46550249) Attached to: Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA
Well, they always had access to it, but they just could not make it useful by mapping it to a specific identity.

I wonder how many unique individual DNA can be extracted on average by taking a sample of rain run-off from a busy city street? Let me coin the process here as "Gutter Diving."

Comment: Re:Worst Case Scenario (Score 1) 436

by Idou (#46492883) Attached to: Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

Can you repost your scenario . . .

Sorry, I have never seen a "repost" feature on Slashdot (you appear to have been here longer than me, so perhaps you can clue me in on that feature).

Furthermore, NYC is the most populated, densely packed city in the U.S. If you are going to maximize human suffering from a nuclear blast (or MOAB, per other posters), that is the primary target in the U.S. Since the point of my post was that having your own 777 could allow you to pick the optimal position to maximize damage, I believe my choice of NYC was reasonable.

We need to divert the terrorists to somewhere else

I doubt Slashdot posts will be able to divert terrorists . . .

Comment: Worst Case Scenario (Score 4, Insightful) 436

by Idou (#46491975) Attached to: Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'
How hard would it be to make this plane "reappear" as another plane with a flight destination of New York City? It would seem like a legit flight (might have to make another plane disappear, but you have already seemed to master that trick once).

Of course, by then you have had time to retrofit the plane with your crude nuke you have put together (hell, you have the entire space of the 777 to fit the thing, so it could more primitive than the trinity test. . . ). You could then deviate the flight only at the very last minute to the best possible position to detonate for maximized damage (fighter jets would have no time to respond).

Probably being paranoid here, but why else would you need a 777 that could only be used for a short time before being discovered?

Comment: Re:Gun + BC client = $1,000,000,000 (Score 1) 390

by Idou (#46420027) Attached to: Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
Alright, perhaps we need to inform all these countries that they do, in fact, not have currencies . . .

An unstable currency is still a currency (Just because a "thing" has some attribute does not mean we have to create an entirely new "noun." That is why the English language has "adjectives.").

Comment: Re:Gun + BC client = $1,000,000,000 (Score 3, Insightful) 390

by Idou (#46419651) Attached to: Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
Two things:
-Crypto-currencies can still be awesome without "long term inherent stability" (are you sure you are a "geek?")
-You do realize that math covers everything in our universe and BEYOND. Accordingly, I would be careful about what constraints you put on it. . . as it is statistically more likely that your mind is just creating artificial constraints.

Irregardless, thanks for the links.

Comment: Gun + BC client = $1,000,000,000 (Score 4, Insightful) 390

by Idou (#46418899) Attached to: Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek
Other billionaires require some kind of impossibly complicated strategy to steal their billions. . .

Hope he takes the necessary precautions, though. . . Crypto-currencies are awesome. He deserves to spend the rest of his days in peace (For a crypto-genius, he could have picked a better pseudonym, though . . .).

Comment: Re:so, nothing to be seen here, move along? (Score 1) 95

Thank you for the link. I will try to find the underlying data the article is based on. A key attribute I would look for would be the "uniformity" of the readings. When the contamination source is thousands of miles away, a uniformed air distribution could be assumed. With reports of "hot spots" and contamination maps indicating a wide range of contamination densities, I would think a different approach would be required. Either way, it looks like the areas where over 4 million people most at risk (Fukushima and Miyagi) were excluded. I really wish they would just throw all this data at a place like Google Data Explorer.

there shouldn't be a lot of Sr90, considering the ratios measured from ground contamination

I think you are assuming the primary "vector" of contamination is the air and are discounting cumulative effects. Do all foods pull in Cs and Sr in equal proportions to ground contamination? Does Cs and Sr have the same biological half life in humans?

You don't have to trust them to want to know what they are doing, and where they are dedicating the funds allocated to decontamination.

I want to know, but how much control do have when they decide not to tell.

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting. -- Billy Rose