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Comment: Re:This looks like a canary (Score 1) 119

by Qzukk (#49171947) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

The problem with your XKCD comic is that $5 wrenches only work on one person at a time, and they have to have already decided which person they're going to use the wrench on.

PRISM and other wide-scale NSA dragnets are specifically designed to be as wide a net as possible so that they can collect everyone's information all the time at a minimum cost, and then later decide what to do with it. As the cost to spy on you decreases to zero, so does your ability to be "not worth" spying on.

Comment: Re:I'll tell my insurance company to get right on (Score 2) 245

by Qzukk (#49132299) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

Setting aside socialism, if the system was working anything approaching optimum for the current configuration of third party payers and patent holders and everything else, insurance companies would already be inventing (and/or buying inventors of) drugs and practically giving them away to their members (or cross-licensing them with other insurers cheap to get their members the best drugs available in multiple categories). As a side effect, insurance companies would inherently aim to reduce side effects (guess who pays when you have a heart attack because of taking some drug) rather than cover side effects up (see: VIOXX). It would also eliminate the (real or imagined) conflict of interest between finding cures and finding treatments.

Comment: Re:It is about Christians (Score 1) 285

by Qzukk (#49119735) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

Are you sure no other sub group objects to porn popping into their faces?

I've never had porn just "pop into my face" if I wasn't going and looking for it. Are you sure you're not asking a bunch of people from Utah why they use more porn than any other state? "I swear I didn't go to pornmd.com it just popped into my face! It was a typo! a virus! moonbeams!"

That said, the only groups I can think of who tell people what they can and can't look at or listen to are liberals and bible thumping republicans (also liberals).

Comment: Re: Heating the metal to erase (Score 2) 133

by Qzukk (#49100263) Attached to: Crystal Pattern Matching Recovers Obliterated Serial Numbers From Metal

Maybe not in Europe, but here in the US reloading casings is a thing. http://www.wikihow.com/Reload-... You do need to buy the right equipment though and these days it probably does get you put on lists on either side of the pond.

Casting bullets isn't the preferred way to make them (since these days people want jacketed bullets hollow points etc) but melting lead and casting them from molds is trivial.

Comment: Re:I already solved this (Score 1) 389

by Qzukk (#49078195) Attached to: What To Do After Robots Take Your Job

Politics aside, the biggest problem with this is going to be the housing. Those "low end" apartments almost certainly didn't spring into existence at $0.96/sqft, but upgrading the 600,000 people from soggy cardboard is going to require a lot of new construction, and people building new things are going to want money for that wood, brick and property, even if the entire structure is built with robots. Terrafoam to the rescue, I guess.

That said, if you're willing to not own a lot of stuff or have a bedroom, it looks like 242sqft is plenty of space. It's probably pretty standard in Tokyo too.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.