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Comment you rebel scum... (Score 1) 302

I suspect that some of her technical staff members have broken federal laws in setting up and managing this e-mail system. It seems unlikely that she would have made an decisions about this directly. (Or at least I hope not. A Senator has a lot more important things to worry about than what mail server is being used)

Comment legislation, why? (Score 1) 705

I am not sure that the Execs are the ones to blame here. If you are a CEO, you probably know shit about crypto and security, and if you hire a 'Expert' security coder you don't really have any way of evaluating if they are good or bad short of waiting to see if they fail to secure your data. I'm not sure that it sets a good president to allow people to be jailed based off their hiring capability.

Anti-hacking laws aren't going to help much, as a lot of hacking crosses borders. It is already a federal crime, what are you going to do, make it a double federal crime? That would totally stop all the black hats.

Perhaps it is on the consumer to ask critical questions of companies that you are giving your personal data to, and be more selective about who you do business to.

Comment It'll never happen - TOO LATE! (Score 1) 280

Quite simply, it's not going to happen. Lol, it has already happened. You already have multiple car companies that will lease you cars for short periods of time, and the only difference is that they get parked at a drop point between customers. If the economics of owning your own car in a dense city prohibits people from owning their own cars, this will become one of the transportation models that will be widely used. Also, if you are speaking toward this never working for the public transportation, you are also wrong, since this is just basically a city bus that you don't have to share with other people. People have been using public buses for a long time.

Comment No thinking needed, actually. This is just stupid. (Score 2) 220

If I have a company accidentally misidentify my network as an attacker, and 'bathack' me, vigilante style, am I allowed to then counter attack and destroy their customer database? are they then allowed to drive over and cut my fiber? Can I then drive to the home of their CEO and execute him in retaliation?

No this is an unbelievably stupid idea, presented by an unbelievably stupid person (Juan Zarate, who is this ass clown?)

Comment Putin, director of Immigration affairs (Score 1) 608

Or perhaps Putin will have him killed is some spectacular false flag operation to make the US government look like total tools.

However, it is quite unlikely Putin cares or is in any way involved in the Snowden case. He is the chief executive of Russia, and has a lot more important things to do than decide if a low level whistle blower gets asylum in Russia or not.

Comment Not enough, more time needed. (Score 5, Insightful) 331

SWATTING isn't a light offence. When you do this there is a very real possibility that someone will end up dead because a cop gets excited, or a homeowner is armed and decides to start shooting. This should be treated as a very serious crime, and if anyone is killed, the person doing the swatting needs to get a murder one charge slapped on them.

Moreover, this kid didn't do this once, but many times, demonstrating that this isn't a spur of the moment 'crime of passion', but that he possess a consistent and dangerous disregard for life. I am all for lighter sentencing for a lot of things, but this is something that you need to come down heavy on people for. Grafitti is stupid teenage hyjinx. SWATTING is really dangerous behavior.

Comment Q: What are your thoughts on Venus? A: hot. (Score 1) 99

the surface temperature is high enough that you aren't going to do much there until you stop the greenhouse effect and cool down the planet quite a bit. It might be a great Terraforming project, though.

One of the speculated effects of a large meteor striking earth is throwing large amounts of dust into the atmosphere, and cooling the planet by blocking incoming solar radiation. We can land on comets and such, so it is probably possible to land an engine or solar sail on a large meteor, and steer it into Venus's gravity well. It would give us some good (real) data on the effect of a large strike on Earth, and would be a fast and relatively cheap way to take a stab at terraforming a nearby planet. More cooling == more space rocks slammed into Venus at 17k MPH....

Comment Radiation abatement: Rock, lots of rock. (Score 1) 99

I also assumed that burrowing would be a early colony strategy, as several meters of rock makes great radiation shielding. Also, you are going to want to start to bring mineral extraction and fabrication technology online quickly to minimize resupply needs. So, while colonists mine resources, they can be constructing habitat space at the same time. Has any thought been given to martian mining procedures? If there is or was frozen water in sub-soil permafrost, isn't there a good chance that if you go deep enough, you might hit a water table? If we drop you off on Mars, what is your dig plan?

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