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Comment: Re:A big boat! (Score 2) 113

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48618585) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

The Panama Canal is being expanded to handle larger ships. These are "superpanamax".

In the US, harbors are in the middle of legal entanglements by environmentalists to deepen harbors by 5 feet to handle them, 7+ year battles, longer than the canal took.

Meanwhile, China is building an even bigger canal for even bigger ships.

The center of empire has shifted. The empire that keeps the trade routes open prospers. An empire that turns to lording over its own people falters.

Goodnight, Irene. Your kids will live in an economically broken.1984-like panopticon state ruled by populist memes.

Words don't matter. Actions and history do.

Comment: Re:this is ridiculous (Score 1) 432

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48612015) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

It's more than just privacy -- that they nailed him on something irrelevant...that he wasn't even doing for a month of surveillance yet, smacks of using a de facto general warrant, which the Constitution specifically forbids.

They must list the crime they suspect you of, and present some evidence, and list the things to search and stuff to seize.

They cannot just go get a general warrant to filch through your stuff indefinitely until they find some little law of a myriad existing ones you violated.

That was how politicians abused their power, keeping down uppity people, or people who, you know, didn't pay their donations.a
So government surveillinh him for wn indefinite period, looking for violations of anything, amounts to this behavior.

It would be interesting to see if the decision touches on this.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 432

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48611673) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

No, they don't have that power.

The case a few years ago throwing out Congress' law banning guns within a certain distance of schools was ruled a rare overreach of the general welfare clause justifying domains of legislation for Congress.

To this day, the Supreme Court still acknowledges this principle, even if deliberate misinterpretations of things like General Welfare have voided most limitations.

Comment: Re:Never stopped my old roomate (Score 1) 192

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48604877) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Slightly warmer temps map to warmer seas, etc. But that is not the same as hyperventillation about storms and droughts rampaging across the planet.

The latter makes no sense. You are talking a fraction of a percent energy differences, which amounyts to almost nothing given the low and high emd of temps both rise a little.

Climate scientists, well many of them anyway, are apparently oblivious to this concept as well as regression to the mean. Expect maybe 1 extra hurricane per century, with an average storm strength increase of less than 1%.

This is a thermal sea expansion problem, not a weather severity problem.

Comment: Re:EFF Says: (Score 1) 158

I read a legal analysis of this -- when you are hired to act something, it's for that something, and the implied right of whoever hired you to twist it out of all recognition or use it for other things is not infinitely malleable, sans a speific contract for that.

So there is precedence for her to be able to put the brakes on it.

Is this one such case? Well, that's what's being decided.

Comment: Re:Nesspresso! (Score 1) 270

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48577593) Attached to: Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

As an experiment, you should see if you can get started in San Francisco an outrage meme similar to Uber, but for unofficial K-cups.

"They aren't insured. What happens when one poisons someone? Ther's no guarantee. Any old person could make one in their home."

Same exact stuff the city council is so adamant about.

Comment: Re:PRIVATE encryption of everything just became... (Score 1) 379

This is where higher strategy comes in -- if they could crack it, first few but the very highest would know. But they wouldn't run around as if they'd cracked it. They'd keep it secret, using discovered things only rarely and even then with a believabla parallel construction, and not for legal reasons, but to hide the ability.

This also applies to other hacks and cracks and taps legal and illegal, i.e. mundane spying, and not just. Bletchley Park stuff.

Go read Cryptonomicon for a good feel for this stuff. Ultra code knew the Germans had been cracked. Ultra Mega knew the cracked messages themselves, and consisted of 20 people, but they would supposedly have a random plane "stumble" over an important sub so it could be attacked without revealing the code had been broken. I have no idea how close to reality it was.

Comment: Re:They will either change their mind (Score 1) 183

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48574073) Attached to: Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

It's up to you to set a rate. If you have an inalienable right, then you can charge $0.
Sounds like a dictatorship could use a constitution with a very first amendment observing the inalienable right to freedom of speech and the press, which means the right to clone and distribute your speech.

That's just another thing to get in the way of politicians handing out favors, and, in this case, silencing opposition...of smaller organizations.

Comment: Re:Not sure who to cheer for (Score 1) 190

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#48569261) Attached to: Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

I would much rather have 99% of the web disappear than have it continue in its current state (ads everywhere, selling my info, letting advertisers control content, forcing me to watch an ad and type "I LOVE MCDONALDS" before showing me content, etc.).

Attention: McDonald's. If I ever see this, I'm never eating there again.

Comment: In less than a year, too. (Score 1) 222

"But he also loves brutally difficult games that challenge gamers 2–3 times his age, and he’s frighteningly good at them."

These mad skillz are supposed to impress me? Let me know when he can do something really hard like solo his way to 100 in World of Warcraft without buying an instant 90.

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