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Comment: You don't bite the hand that feeds you (Score 4, Insightful) 305

by Sean (#47356407) Attached to: How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Who purchases the services of economists? Who consumes their work product?

A lot of economists are paid by central banks one way or another:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

One useful tactic for managing the economy is manipulating public opinion. Especially the opinion of those members of the public who manage huge quantities of other people's money. The job of the economist then is not necessarily to discover the true state of the economy, but to convince others that is it in a certain state in order to influence their behavior.

Comment: Here's their spam filter (Score 1) 21

by Sean (#46547847) Attached to: After FOIA, Homeland Security Releases Social Media Monitoring Guides

Note - Analysts are to refrain from generating IOI reports that:
1) Include any form of unauthorized PII
2) Include public reaction to DHS programs, policies and procedures unless they are operationally relevant (e.g., long wait times at TSA checkpoints)
3) Focus on individuals' First Amendment-protected activities unless they are operationally relevant (e.g., protest shuts down I-95 - in which case the report should focus on impact to operations and not the subject of the protest)
4) Overview proposed legislation or legal challenges on enacted legislation
5) Have an obvious political bias or agenda
6) Are predictive or futuristic

Comment: Re: Open Source? (Score 1) 156

by Sean (#45976623) Attached to: Phil Zimmerman Launching Secure "Blackphone"

Really? It's not safe if you're using any common software such as Linux, Windows or OS X. Nor is it secure if you're running it on any modern hardware with a CPU from Intel or AMD. And forget about any arm based mobile!

Secure, real time communication is difficult right now.

What do you think you can run that is secure from the likes of the NSA?

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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