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Comment Remote energy storage (Score 1) 142

With some work, you could put solar cells in the desert, use them to create Methanol (slowly but surely), and occasionally come by to pick up your fuel. The economics may not be there yet, but something like this could be the future. It would basically take advantage of free energy and convert that into a more dense portable energy like Methanol. That said, fre

Comment Re:I can string 8 words together... (Score 1) 391

That is not true in the US. There must be an identified victim.

Now on the other hand, you could write a paragraph of how you "plan" to commit a crime that you really have no intention of carrying out. That could be construed as conspiracy and you could be placed in jail for life for such an action. Or shipped to Cuba as an enemy combatant and not even see a trial.

Comment Re:Where is deniability? (Score 1) 391

Date and time stamps on it being accessed while in your possession could be used as evidence if you did indeed encounter it. At the least, your home could be raided and all your computers gathered for analysis to see if you made any copies for yourself. Maybe they won't find anything because you are innocent, but it would be an inconvenience at the least.

Comment Re: You've already accepted a roll-back (Score 1) 500

"you can be arrested for any action at officer discretion these day"

You always could. But can you be convicted for a crime you didn't commit? I know it has happened in the past. Back in 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.

Comment NSA key breaking (Score 1) 184

I doubt there are any backdoors in RSA keys, but most https traffic uses 256-bit symmetric keys. Let's say the NSA or whoever has a bank of computers that can crack that key in a day. With today's CPUs, you could encrypt your traffic with 10,000 keys relatively quickly. Then they would have to decrypt each one at a time. Of course, exchanging those keys may be complicated. Maybe to accomplish that you need a 4096-bit key.

The biggest problem with this theory is if they can crack a key, how long does it take? 0.001 second, 1 second, 1 day, 1 year, etc? A 10,000 key deep encryption would be fine if it takes a day to break but obviously not if the process can be completed in 2 seconds.

I've really thought about starting a service that writes OTPs to a 2TB drive, sends them to customers, and they use that to connect back to offshore servers that act as a proxy for them. Then, unless someone tampered with the drives intransit all communications would be secure.

Comment Re:Modernization (Score 4, Funny) 131

Law enforcement will still try to justify their existence by "catching" people for a crime they didn't commit.I remember back in 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for just such an offense. Those men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.

Comment Re:Women are the majority of gun owners (Score 1) 500

Desert Hot Springs, CA - population 27,902 (2013)
16 Pine Bluff, AR - population 46,094 (2013)
Chester, PA - population 34,046 (2013)
East Chicago, IN - population 29,212 (2013)
Chicago Heights, IL - population 30,423 (2013)

Perhaps a town with under 50k people should not be compared to large cities when looking at "murders per 1,000 residents". One murder/suicide can skew the numbers for the whole year.

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