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Comment Re:Let's get real (Score 1) 126

If they want to launch it at us, they've pretty much got to get it small enough to fit in a car.

That's an excellent point. But my comment about the timeliness of launch still stands. An eventual car bomb attack that may or may not work is a lot less of a deterrent than a couple of dozen ICBMs.

Comment Re:Let's get real (Score 2) 126

I don't think N. Korea can miniaturize their bombs to that degree. It's probably about 10 tons and bomb-looking as hell. A ground burst also limits the damage. The slow nature of deploying it would make it offensive only - if they were attacked it would be too late to use it. They need the opposite, something that could be launched within a few hours in response to an attack. Something that would sting just enough to make the US decide not to invade.

Actual use would mean suicide, so it's not meant to be used.

Comment Re:Batteries just don't store enough energy... (Score 1) 345

If they get to the theoretical capacity, it is true that they will someday be similar. Propulsive efficiency of jet engines is already very good, there is not much room for electric to improve on this - but they could conceivably be similar.

On the other hand, as the jet fuel is consumed the weight decreases. Batteries stay the same weight for the entire flight.

Comment Re:Just a Few Thoughts (Score 2) 106

No question. The issue is that - under the current Verizon scheme at issue - only Verizon can pursue this business model. Anti-net-neutrality proponents would argue that Netflix should be able to pay Verizon more money for access, and Verizon could then use that money to upgrade. Net neutrality proponents would argue that Verizon should just directly charge their customers to use more bandwidth, and then use that money to upgrade.

Verizon wants a little of both to give themselves something of a monopoly (1). That doesn't benefit anyone except Verizon.

(1) Not really a monopoly, as cell phone service is fairly competitive. Verizon does have the best rural network, though, and they have something of a monopoly outside of metro areas.

Submission + - GOP loses privacy and tech credentials with departure of Rand Paul (

SonicSpike writes: The Republican presidential campaign lost its biggest privacy advocate on Wednesday when Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky dropped out of the race, leaving doubt about whether the remaining candidates can resonate with the tech community or voters concerned about government surveillance.

Taking a libertarian stance on Internet issues including encryption and the National Security Agency's snooping has been a key part of Paul’s campaign effort to attract tech savvy younger voters, while other Republican candidates make hawkish statements in favor of mass surveillance. Tech policy generates less excitement from voters in presidential elections than issues like national security or the economy, however, which in part explains how Paul struggled below 10 percent in most election polls this past year.

Paul began his outreach to the tech industry even before launching his campaign with appearances including visiting the South by Southwest Interactive Conference. During an exclusive interview with U.S. News at the conference he became the first potential candidate to support the right for Google and Apple to sell encrypted smartphones, countering criticism from the FBI that the privacy software would damage law enforcement investigations.

“There is a right to privacy and the government needs to stay out,” Paul told U.S. News, expressing a stance that became a hallmark of his campaign. “If they want to look at your information, if they want to collect any of your data, they should do it with a judge’s warrant with probable cause if they think you have committed a crime.”

Silicon Valley donors cast a wide net supporting both parties during presidential elections, but Paul’s stance in favor of encryption and limits on government surveillance reflected the positions of numerous companies like Facebook, Apple and Google, and promised to attract funding if his campaign gained traction.

Comment Re:ownCLoud (Score 1) 52

This works well for some people (hell, I have a basement server). But I want off-premises backup. Services like Crashplan, Dropbox, etc. are perfect for this. Sure, you could find a technically-inclined friend - but sometimes things aren't worth the hassle and unpredictable bandwidth usage.

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