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Comment Re:[citation needed] or you're shilling. (Score 1) 331

I doubt he's lying. I'm sure at least 1 person has used either a phone or a hotspot and uses it as his primary internet connection in a location with a strong signal. My LTE gets up to 22MB/s at home. I wouldn't even have to use that full time to hit 2TB, and that's not including upstream, if I were torrenting. The number of people who have done that may be one or two in a million, but they have millions of customers. I would actually be more surprised if he IS lying than if he isn't.

That said, yeah, his response is overly emotional. Just remedy the problem, no need to throw a tantrum about it.

Comment Re:You keep using that word. I don't think it mean (Score 1) 331

The line is a perceptual one, though, not a physical one. If someone sends me a picture through an IP-based chat program, and I copy it to my computer, have I just "tethered?" What about if they do the same with a video? What if I ask them to send me the video first? What if I formalize those requests using a protocol? Where does one draw the line? It's all fundamentally just data being copied and requests being made.

So it's just a question of perception, and perception is subjective. If you're going to run a technological service, provide objective, technical definitions. Structuring a contract with subjective terms is foolish.

Comment Re:https? (Score 2) 144

Probably TrueCrypt, given that's what Snowden told Glenn Greenwald to use, and Greenwald is probably pretty close to the Vice news guys. Also, anyone wanting to protect their data from government surveillance would have been looking at the Snowden story very closely, so it's at least plausible, but very likely IMO, that ISIS uses TrueCrypt as well.

Comment Re:Another technology to be avoided (Score 1) 144

To be fair, outside of Japan, that watch pretty much screams social ineptitude, and terrorists are nothing if not socially inept.

Come to think of it, that watch might be single-handedly responsible for the decreased birth rate inside Japan. It's like a birth control watch. Well, if it had hands anyway.

Comment No, it can't. (Score 1) 613

a finding that...could shed doubt on the "heavenly" origins of the holy text.

No, it can't. No one who believes in supernatural events will be swayed by scientific evidence. At best, it shows that god works in mysterious ways, at worst, that science is flawed, or that science is anti-religion by trying to discredit holy prophets. There is no shortage of mental gymnasts among the faithful.

Comment Re: Short answer? (Score 2) 179

Any modulation that can be used on OTA transmissions can be used in an isolated medium, whether it's fiber, or coaxial cable, or waveguide, or what have you. The question is the medium, not the media, and isolated mediums will always be more efficient. Always.

Moreover, any OTA communication has to be reduced to an isolated medium for processing, so even if, magically, we could get faster speeds through OTA, we'd still be bottlenecked by those pesky endpoints.

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 370

The speaker seems far more impassioned by the ends than the means he used to get there, which is a huge red flag. He speaks delicately about a foundation for universal morality, but forcefully about certain behaviors which are more or less unique to the middle east. That's not to say that he's wrong about his conclusions, but it seems likely that he started with the conclusions and built a logical structure to support them. Why even mention burqas? Why not wealth disparity? Or access to food, or healthcare?

It's a bit like specifying a system architecture for general purpose computing and then saying "...and we could use it to play Tron!" It doesn't mean the architecture is a bad (or good) design, just that one should be wary that the design may be biased toward playing Tron, since that was clearly the goal.

At any rate, he doesn't really provide a clear, logical progression from "there are facts" to "ergo, ethical behavior." The terms are too nebulous, and the goals too ambiguous. For example, he says that "whatever cultural variation there is in how human beings flourish can, at least in principle, be understood in the context of a maturing science of the mind." Well, is that human beings in the individual, or the collective? When there's a conflict between individual flourishing and the collective flourishing, which outweighs the other? And how do we define "flourish," anyway? These anbiguities are all symptomatic of trying to create a framework to support a conclusion rather than the other way around.

Honestly, if humans were capable of defining universal morality, I believe we would have done it by now, or at least have some coherent foundation. It's not something that requires a technological solution; it's applied logic, like algebra, which has been around for thousands of years. Even calculus has been around since the 1600s. Our theory of everything in physics is more complete than any theory of universal morality, and that's saying something. There are simply too many variables. What if infanticide prevented the rise of someone worse than Hitler? Hell, what if Hitler prevented the rise of someone worse than Hitler?? There's just no way to know.

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