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Comment: Re:Where is the misuse of military equipment charg (Score 1) 270

Apology accepted. Your 3) is spot on and there is also serious pressure from those pushing for even more surveillance. They do not even publish statistics of how many producers they have stopped here, likely because the number is so low.


Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry 43

Posted by Soulskill
from the imagine-an-iphone-developed-by-the-government dept.
An anonymous reader writes: If you're a creative engineer looking to build a product, you're probably going to end up starting your own business or joining an established. That's where ideas get funding, and that's where products make a difference (not to mention money). Unfortunately, it also siphons a lot of the tech-related talent away from government (and by extension, everybody else), who could really benefit from this creative brilliance. That's why investor Ron Bouganim just started a $23 million fund for investment in tech companies that develop ideas for the U.S. government. Not only is he hoping to transfer some of the $74 billion spent annually by the government on technology to more efficient targets, but also to change the perception that the best tech comes from giant, entrenched government contractors.

Comment: Re:One of those strange rules of war. (Score 1) 153

by LWATCDR (#47911829) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

"We might stop worshiping veterans and start questioning if all the wars we're in are necessary "
1. It is respecting veterans. They do not decide which wars are just and which are not the voters and elected officials do.

Maybe but isn't a great thing that we have a peace loving president in the Whitehouse.....

Comment: One of those strange rules of war. (Score 4, Interesting) 153

by LWATCDR (#47911645) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

I can shoot you in the head and kill you but I can not just intentionally blind you?

Actually it seems like a simple enough technical problem. When you go to fire the first burst is a range finder burst and then you set the power for the range. Of course this would all be done by the weapon and not the user.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 1) 560

"ad hominem" is not always a logical fallacy if the person expressing the opinion is some how has value added to because of position or expertise and is applicable when issues involving morality or ethics.
Musician that posts material that is offensive to a large segment of the population complains about the , tastefulness, morality and or ethics of getting a free album from popular band. That does seem to fit a valid use for an ad hominem based reply.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 179

by gweihir (#47910389) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

Thanks for giving an example of functional illiteracy. It is one of the problems people relying too much on computers have.

If you try really, really hard and read my statement again several times, you might notice that I actually said that pen, paper and books are technology, but that they are enough technology for learning.

Comment: Re:Where is the misuse of military equipment charg (Score 1) 270

Well, then in your area of the world, things are different than in most. "Low hanging fruits" and all that. Cops cannot do things right if they get orders to produce as many visible results as possible and orders to stay away from things that are hard but would actually help people. I am of course talking about the higher ups giving the orders (and bowing to politics more often than not), not the ones doing the actual work. I do not doubt that many of them would prioritize exactly as you say, but they have to follow orders.

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. -- James Michener, "Space"