...by sending a NSA --er, NASA drone to spy on them.
Tens of thousands of years just ain't gonna cut it. Water may be necessary for life, but it is not sufficient.
Tell that to the iron respirating microbes of Blood Falls that were in their transient little pool breathing oxygen normally until one sudden winter the surface froze and never receded. All they "needed" was a pool of water and some chemically active elements, like iron and sulphur -- both present on Mars.
Transient lakes are not a good environment - anything that gets started gets nipped in the bud when the lake dries up.
You need a STABLE environment for hundreds of millions of years, and probably oceans, not lakes. Find some banded iron formations and we'll talk.
You're in luck! We found a formation right next to Mars! You're living on it! And we even have rocks from Mars on Earth -- ejecta from impacts -- and estimate that tons of Earth has been spread about the solar system, possibly seeding live just about anywhere that could support it.
Don't get me wrong, I'm just as sceptical as the next person. I'll rightly dismiss any claim without evidence, but I refuse to have a closed mind to possibilities for the very same reason: Every time we've declared places on Earth devoid of life, we've found it thriving there. Used to think life couldn't exist at the bottom of the ocean, wrong. Used to think no life could survive subduction into the crust, wrong. We've had to re-define what life "needs" to survive so many times it's more truthful to say, "we're not really sure where life can't survive." So, if you make an unevidenced claim like, "You need a STABLE environment for hundreds of millions of years" -- I'll give you the same sceptical middle finger: Fucking Prove it, or you're full of bullshit.
You offer scoffing and snark, not insight. Or is it just a failure of imagination?
It's correct to scoff at folks who are scared of Terrorists. You're insinuating that terrorists are nothing to sneeze at, but The Flu Kills Six Times more people EVERY YEAR than a 9/11 attack. Cars and Cheeseburgers kill FOUR HUNDRED TIMES more people than a 9/11 scale attack. You're OK with pissing away taxes to have government agents protect us from WOW playing terrorists? Come the fuck on, man. You sound fucking hysterical and moronic to boot. Do you want to ask permission from a TSA agent before you're allowed to dial the phone? Do you want a DHS employee riding with you in your car, and tossing out your French fries to "protect" you? No. It's been over a decade since 9/11... The cost of our freedom and privacy spent by the NSA is far too much just to "protect" us from something that's one 4000th of the threat encountered on a trip to McDonalds.
So fucking what if in-game currency is used to to channel funds. The threat is fucking pathetic compared to even the greater threat of falling down in the bathtub.
If these people are as good as all the stories say they are, and I'm not saying they aren't, you have to wonder, and worry a little, where they will end up.
Most of the folk at the NSA are not intelligent. They are worse than script kiddies: The NSA "Cyber Warriors" are tech savvy desk jockeys following a fucking flow chart. They purchase exploits from the black market, like any other thugs. They use an automated deployment system that along with the flow chart assess risk and dictates what exploit to deploy and when to stop for fear of being discovered.
If they all got fired, they'll wind up in middle management somewhere. That's the NSA: A "Cyber Army" of Moronic Middle Men. The few that helped design the equivalent of a web interface for Metasploit and ESCHELON / Carnivore will wind up developing websites and database backends. Ooo, I'm so scared.
Freedom isn't free. It costs lives and money. For a country to succeed it must be tolerant of new ideas, thus America has embraced both capitalistic and socialist methodologies and leveraged them to their benefit. When Americans consider the costs of the NSA relative to the lives they supposedly save, it is hard to agree to continue the program considering the threat. Falling down in the bathtub is a far greater threat than the "Terrorist Threat". More lives can be saved by giving away bathtub traction mats than by sponsoring a nation wide spying initiative. As a capitalist I would have to be a fool to spend so much taxes and give up so much privacy for such a little benefit.
Security researchers have a name for things like the NSA: Single Point of Failure. If a contract employee like Snowden can get such data, then state sponsored enemy spies have likely infiltrated too. Thus, the NSA is actually a threat to national security -- They are helping our enemies far more than they help us. The NSA is now deserved of the term used for other invasive, expensive and yet ineffective "protection" schemes: Security Theater. See also: DHS.
Terrorists are a pathetic threat; It takes more bravery to bathe than to stand in solidarity against such attackers as the Boston Marathon Bombers -- An event whereby the NSA failed our nation and proved how worthless they are. Should we outlaw pressure cookers? No: Six times more people die every year from the Flu than a 9/11 scale attack. Every year Cars and Cheesburgers kill Four Hundred times more people than a 9/11 scale attack. Yet, if anyone tried to take away our freedom to drive fast cars or cook and eat fast food we will fight them off, not embrace the "protections"! On 9/11 the terrorists were reminded by the honorable passengers of Flight 93: Attack Americans and Americans fight back. The NSA would do well to remember this: We do not need or want their expensive and invasive erosion of privacy in the name of protection.
To the NSA agents who read statements such as mine as a part of their jobs, and decide whether they will use our porn preferences to discredit the "radicals" who speak out against you: It's no wonder your morale is so low. Your official stance is to lie to Congress. No one can now believe anything you say. No evidence you have ever collected can now be trusted. Your secrecy has become dishonesty and made your job worthless and without honor. How can you even look at yourself in the mirror? Don't like the low morale? Quit your un-American and unconstitutional job. Spineless treasonous traitors deserve far worse than just having low morale.
Just like most mutations are unsuccessful, most creative ideas are not "welfare increasing", after all, the status quo came about for a reason and your idea has to be pretty clever to beat it in all, or even most, metrics.
Consider Da Vinci's Flying Machine. It was a "mutation" that was unsuccessful, and yet was inspirational to nearly all subsequent humans who attempted flight -- The idea that human flight was indeed possible if assisted by winged machines.
Typical short sighted capitalist fool.
A quick analysis of the numbers and mechanisms shows it is not doable today. And it may remain massively uneconomic for the foreseeable future. It is a pipe-dream of people that desperately want to be modern, but have no clue about realities.
Your numbers fail when your logistics are dumb.
Picture this: UPS or other delivery truck driving around, Delivering packages. Any that don't have special delivery options or require anything more than photographic proof of delivery are kept in the back section of the truck, stacked according to route, and accessible by a drone or two. The delivery guy drives slow and stops every so often to give the drones a chance to pick up the next package, perhaps he helps them secure packages while not servicing the ones that require a signature of receipt. Oh no! It's too windy! Well, I guess it'll just be a slow day today using the ordinary EXPENSIVE DELIVERY HUMANS.
Consider the fact that you're using humans to do the work of robots, and now consider all the past labor markets where robots and humans have been in competition -- Like continuous process production, assembly lines, esp. automobile manufacturing. I bet you're one of those fools who would watch sci-fi movies about robots and then smugly declare: "Robotic employees are not doable today, and may remain massively uneconomic for the forseeable future. Robotic workers are a pipe-dream of people that desperately want to join the modern industrial age, but have no clue about realities." Consider that the drones needn't be aerial. Now what moron?
Protip: It's better to keep your mouth shut and have folks think you an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
Well, actually, the article would be more ironic if it were made of iron.
Wouldn't it be better to let individuals decide whether or not the plan is a good idea for themselves? Get real moron, choice is a good thing, less choice is bad.
1) The NSA can get the statistical wisdom from huge PW leaks posted by skiddies who dumped an SQL DB -- Or from those DBs themselves by deploying a single zero day vulnerability against the service.
2) Salted hashes are impervious to rainbow tables.
I would argue that Blackhole was perhaps the most important driving force behind an explosion of cyber fraud over the past three years.
I would disagree and cite NSA's PRISM and FOXACID as a far more important driving force. Even if you disagree about the classification of their action as criminal violations of the US Constitution, consider that they purchase a large volume of zero-day exploits to fuel their "cyber" weapons. This makes selling zero-day exploits on the black market very profitable even if you ended all civilian perpetrated "cyber" assaults.
And when you hack a man, you're a criminal,
Hack many, and you're a terrorist,
Hack 'em all, you're a Government!
My apologizes to Megadeth.
It's definitely not for everyone, and the last thing we need right now is more dis-interested programmers who write crummy code because they're just there for the cash.
Once you realize that programming is essentially applied algebra, then you must ask yourself why it the hell would you even consider depriving the kids of a meaningful way to utilize the mathematics you're trying to teach them? Don't you WANT to extinct that question, "Meh, When will I ever use this in the real world?" and the associated boredom?
Are you a scientist? I don't think you are. If you were you would realize you can't just say shit like "the last thing we need is ___" without testing the damned hypothesis first. Go suck a tailpipe, you are hindering your herd.
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