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Comment: Here is a list of things he deserves (Score 1) 822

by A beautiful mind (#46082525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

Let's see:

  • A full, immediate pardon. (as a legal mechanism, not because he committed any crimes by being a whistleblower).
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • A serious discussion and legislative effort about surveillance and how surveillance was allowed to reach clearly illegal levels
  • A continous whistleblower award for the rest of his life, so that he doesn't have to work ever again. He put everything on the line for his beliefs, did more than the vast majority of people. The SEC and other groups already give out multimillion dollar whistleblowing awards for mere white collar crime, exposing the surveillance programs ought to rate higher.

Comment: Re:Eve Online (Score 1) 555

by ThunderBird89 (#45495627) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

I second EVE Online. I've been playing it for better part of 10 months, and now I've gotten to the point where I no longer need to pay. in fact, I've bought the last four or so subscriptions out of in-game money I made working for the in-game empires. If you focus training, you can easily be self-sufficient in two months or so.

Comment: Fingerprint scanners are rarely secure (Score 2) 481

by ThunderBird89 (#44919155) Attached to: CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

Surprise, surprise. Fingerprint identification is rarely secure, some implementations can even be tricked using gummy bears. Really secure ones usually have rather steep costs and bulky supporting hardware associated (usually to check for blood flow to ensure the finger is a live one). Anything in a laptop or smartphone has no chance at real security whatsoever.

But guess what? This probably wasn't an exercise in security, but ease-of-use: being able to unlock your phone with a touch is easier than slide-to-unlock or passcodes. And it was a good exercise (not to mention fun when it was discovered that the software can even interpret a cat's pawprint). It was successful. So what if it can be broken easily, almost all of fingerprinting is the same.

Comment: Neural scanning (Score 1) 374

by ThunderBird89 (#44725531) Attached to: Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph

I'm waiting for the day when truth content can be determined by a quick remote neural scan, integrated into a variety of appliances. This is one of the premises of the anime Psycho-Pass. It would also cut down on gun crime, since guns, like in the show, would only fire when pointed at one who has committed a crime, or is psychologically on the verge of committing one.

Comment: Re:Oh please (Score 1) 68

That actually sounds more like Bullseye. Hawkeye is usually bow-only (but has been shown to use improvised weapons, yes), while Bullseye has been shown to kill a man by spitting his tooth through the target's skull, and is able to use any object as a precise projectile weapon.

Comment: No, node.js and mongodb are cancer (Score 3, Interesting) 354

The real thing that's turning javascript into the lingua franca of the web are really three things:

  1. JS is already supported by all major browsers, modern ones with JIT
  1. asm.js - which turns anything from a LLVM intermediate representation into javascript code that runs around 2x the speed of native c/c++ code in supported browsers and as fast as any other piece of JS code in all the other browsers
  1. HTML5, WebRTC

It's an inside-out stack.

Comment: Re:Making property rights in Space legal is very i (Score 1) 99

by ThunderBird89 (#44090049) Attached to: Planetary Resources Kickstarter Meets Its Initial Goal

That part is actually a bit more complicated than that. And since there have been no cases in this topic before (and likely won't be in the near future), one can only guess.

One important point, though, is that the neutrality and non-sovereignty of space is a ius cogens norm of international law by now: it actually doesn't require a treaty to be upheld, but it's still a good thing to have one. Therefore, I think welcoming such a person would be only slightly less riskier than holding a welcome party for Osama bin Laden (albeit on a different, less physical level).

Comment: Re:Making property rights in Space legal is very i (Score 1) 99

by ThunderBird89 (#44084107) Attached to: Planetary Resources Kickstarter Meets Its Initial Goal

Technically, the 1979 Moon Agreement prohibits private persons and corporation from claiming ownership of celestial bodies. The problem is that the agreement is generally ignored, with few signatories, which include none of the space powers, and therefore it has negligible impact.

It would actually be interesting to see how the arrival of private companies to spaceflight and space resource extraction changes the legal regime: the 1967 Outer Space Treaty is badly outdated, and needs to be updated at the very least, but preferably scrapped and replaced with another, more up-to-date agreement, one that includes the private sector, and also regulates orbital weapons, with a special focus on orbital kinetic bombardment platforms, as well as settling the legal status of extraterrestrial resources and the circumstances of their extraction.

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