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Comment: Missing theory (Score 1) 80

by Therefore I am (#48563371) Attached to: High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

But there are many roads to explore and many ways to seek out room temperature superconductivity.

As with many other discoveries, the stubborn and dedicated researcher will sooner or later find the answer.

We should never be cutting back on research. It is definitely a situation where more is always better than less.

Comment: Re:Easy fix would be... (Score 1) 453

by Therefore I am (#45490217) Attached to: Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future
An easy solution would be to simply accept it as inevitable. As this impending Pharma disaster is going to equally affect people at every level of society we might as well look on it as the world-wide population control that we had to have. Karma on steroids if you like. It really is about time we had a clean sweep...

Comment: Re:Like this is new? (Score 1) 116

Me? I am buying into companies that specialize in mouth hygiene products of all types. It is a near certainty that all future diplomacy and major corporate policy will be discussed in close head to-head meetings in the centre of huge rooms in order to prevent espionage. Bad breath will be a career-ending certainty... Note that head-to-head is exactly the way that head-lice are transmitted to others so expect to be able identify major decision-makers either by their constant head scratching or by their permanently shaved heads.

Comment: Re:Let's all just agree (Score 1) 101

That given the size of many apartment blocks these days there is the nagging thought that it might be kinder to everyone concerned to just not look for these massively destructive objects until we have an absolutely foolproof way of deflecting them sufficiently to provide a significant engineering challenge for future generations. I sweep dirt under the mat too!

Comment: Re:Er, obstruction...? (Score 1) 259

by Therefore I am (#44806973) Attached to: How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch

Although cute, this 'idea' is irrelevant. Even if you made the case that you weren't contravening the letter of the request, you could still be charged with obstruction of justice, should your behaviour alter the conduct of the subject(s) under scrutiny.

Fight fire with fire. Set an industry cut-off date to blackball all specialists, technicians and contractors working in these agencies from future employment in the wider commercial IT world. This will quickly remove many thousands of specialists from the surveillance field and eventually bleed it dry. The same technique will work equally well in all countries that have abusive governments...

Comment: Re:We knew this. (Score 1) 205

by Therefore I am (#44035533) Attached to: State Photo-ID Databases Mined By Police
"I see this getting far worse, not better. Much much worse." There has not been much discussion about DNA databases lately. To think that these would not get into the hands of various government authorities is to believe in the tooth fairy. From government to Insurance companies is a short trip on the old boys network and then the fun starts for Joe Citizen...

Comment: 'The Robert Oppenheimer manouvre'. (Score 1) 70

by Therefore I am (#39392125) Attached to: DARPA Director Leaves Pentagon For Google
First they 'investigate' you with all your colleagues. Then they reduce your security clearance. Next is work on lots of committees that actually do nothing. Finally they farm you out to a huge government contractor with a big title and nothing of any consequence to do. If you don't get the message then, they are quite prepared to dig up Senator Joseph McCarthy to look into your political allegiances. Resistance is futile!

Comment: Re:But which places are... (Score 1) 119

by Therefore I am (#38849511) Attached to: New Privacy Laws Could Boost EU Cloud Industry
I think we should upset the u.s.a. If the whole world stopped using capital letters when referring to the u.s.a. - the u.s. - uncle sam etcetera, then the fools who are allowing the united states to bob and curtsy and pass legislation to the entertainment industry and other powerful lobbies may just get the idea that the rest of the world is kicking back.

Comment: Re:Pirate potential. (Score 1) 172

by Therefore I am (#32347586) Attached to: Titanium Oxide For High-Density Optical Storage

Yes indeed.

While the 'File Savers' of the world are praying for a huge capacity removable disks that have no chemical fade-out over time, the music and film industries are quaking in their boots at the very thought of such a disk.

It hasn't happened yet but you know, just as I know, that it will!

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten