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Comment: Re:I'm shocked! (Score 1) 237

by DNS-and-BIND (#47436711) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls
Just to add, Joseph McCarthy was right - there really were communists in the State Department. They would have overthrown the US government if they had had the chance. I know this sounds looney but it's absolutely true, and after the NSA revelations then loonies don't look so looney any more, eh?

Comment: Re: I hate quantum computers. (Score 1) 42

by bill_mcgonigle (#47435963) Attached to: A Peek Inside D-Wave's Quantum Computing Hardware

And supposedly it is no faster than a real computer. What gives?

It's hard to say because it's all "secret sauce" (so everybody just plunks their heels down on some position rather than admit "I don't know") but one thing that's interesting to me is that a handful of blokes out of Canada appear to have built a computer that's about as fast as a Xeon that Intel needed a few billion dollars, thousands of people, and forty years experience to create.

And that was their first commercial version. Maybe somebody will rip one apart and find out it says "Xeon 2650" on the inside, but until that happens I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because they seem to have at least one fairly remarkable accomplishment under their belts.

If the Google guys buy the upgrade, I'd be willing to bet five bucks that it's real, just very early in the development cycle still.

Comment: Re:Why is the FCC involved? (Score 1) 42

Every bureaucracy tries to expand itself, you know that. Rather than actually get the bandwidth to schools that they need (200Kbps per student or so, ballpark) to support real telelearning, which is hard to do (but arguably within FCC purview), especially given the extensive number of rural schools, they lean towards something easy - buying access points, to hook up to their too-slow Internet link because every agency has to be seen "doing something".

Comment: Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (Score 1) 199

At the time of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution [wikipedia.org], 90% of American's supported deeper involvement.

At the time, the American people were being lied into supporting a war, so it's hard to take that number seriously as an indication of truth.

The Maddox fired on ghost ships (RADAR errors) and the Johnson administration explained it as "another attack", insisted the NVA fired first, and sold this as evidence of a pattern of aggressive behavior that had to be dealt with.

50,000 Americans died fighting a boogey man, and killed many more innocents than that. But the MIC profited handsomely, just as Eisenhower had predicted.

The NSA's report was only declassified after the Bush Administration lied Americans into war in 2003, but now we have two documented examples of being lied into war by the USG. It's no wonder that they didn't bother seeking any authorizations for any of the subsequent wars in the Middle East or Africa.

Comment: Re:because: Republicans (Score 1) 80

Funny, here I was thinking that Republicans and Democrats were two sides of the same coin. Now, they're uniquely and blameably wrong? I swear, this is exactly the same "we have always been at war with Eurasia" doublethink that Orwell wrote about. One day, the first idea. The next day, the other - with no acknowledgement of the other idea ever having been uttered.

I thought it was idiotic when I read 1984 way back when, but here it is, live and right in front of my face.

Comment: Re:Hope their hull is bulletproof. (Score 1) 79

by DNS-and-BIND (#47429411) Attached to: SpaceX Wins FAA Permission To Build a Spaceport In Texas

Do you REALLY think they just drew the name Brownsville out of a hat? And then decided to locate there? WTF? You're talking about it like it's some kind of voluntary choice. Please tell me you're not that stupid.

Look at a map of America. Brownsville is at the southern tip. Being as far south as possible as advantageous for putting satellites into orbit. Why do you think Cape Canaveral is located where it is?

Comment: Re:It's geopolitics, not just simple spy flap (Score 1) 211

Ah, OK, so it's not their fault, then. Whew! I thought they might actually have to take responsibility for their actions, but now I see nothing negative can ever be their fault. It's like some sort of mental state that defends itself in the face of contradictory information because the alternative is too horrifying to contemplate...what's that called again? Oh, right, cognitive dissonance.

Comment: Re:I found this article to be more informative (Score 1) 211

by DNS-and-BIND (#47429155) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart
How's it different? Cameras aren't different than your friends and neighbors voluntarily going to the government to inform on you? Can you honestly see no difference there? Or are you just SO KEEN to say NSA=Gestapo that you will make any mental gyrations necessary to maintain your previously-established mental conclusions?

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