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

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

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

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

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 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

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).

It's not hard to admit errors that are [only] cosmetically wrong. -- J.K. Galbraith