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Comment: Why are you hiding? (Score 1) 150

by JeffOwl (#49163391) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses
This will end up being considered suspicious behavior and you will be stopped and ID'd, doesn't matter that you haven't done anything wrong. Not only that but now you have made it EASIER for the network of cameras to track your movement because unless significant numbers of people are wearing these you are going to stand out like a full moon, at night, with clear skies, viewed from somewhere at high altitude away from light pollution.

Comment: Re:Not quite comparable (Score 1) 215

by JeffOwl (#49067361) Attached to: Japan Now Has More Car Charging Points Than Gas Stations
The difference is that in NJ and OR the customer is not allowed to directly use the pump, they have to wait for someone to come over and start pumping the gas for them. That is what I thought we were discussing here. In most other states they just have to be in sight of the pumps. BTW: I have used member only refueling stations that were completely unattended.

Comment: Re:only ancient encryption not breakable by fast c (Score 1) 166

by JeffOwl (#49055835) Attached to: Vint Cerf Warns Against 'Digital Dark Age'
I think what parent is referring to is the analysis that said breaking some modern encryption methods by brute force would literally take more energy than the sun will put out in it's lifetime. This is assuming some extremely small amount of energy to change the state of a bit represented by a single electron or some such thing. What the parent seems to be ignoring are things like quantum computing and whatever may be the next big thing that shortcuts brute force.

Comment: Re:Do they have any authority to do that? (Score 1) 168

by JeffOwl (#49038193) Attached to: Aims To Keep the Airspace Above Your Home Drone-Free

which will work because all people are "rational actors" who will see that their self-interest is served by it. Or something.

Yep, only in this case only hopes, dreams, and fairy sprinkles make adding burdensome GPS + dynamically updating blacklisting (is that even technically feasible?) sound good for the self-interests of a rationally-acting drone manufacturer.

In this context the only reason they would have to comply is to avoid more stringent regulation by the government.

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