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Comment: Administration... (Score 3, Interesting) 33

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49772827) Attached to: Bats' White-Nose Syndrome May Be Cured
Hopefully the treatment will be amenable to some sort of relatively 'hands off' dispersal method. Veterinary care as all well and good(and, certainly, if it doesn't work in that environment, it probably doesn't work, so it's an obvious place to do R&D); but cave conditions are difficult enough that you won't make a dent in mortality unless you can 'dust' a cave, or set up aerosol dispersal at a cave entrance, or some other wholesale distribution mechanism. Even something that you have to spray directly on affected animals would be pretty tricky in a lot of these roosting environments.

Comment: Re: Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 653

by jcr (#49772685) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

The Fed is not to blame for the predatory lending practices of the giant corporate banks

The Fed is definitely to blame for providing the banks with an unlimited amount of fiat money to lend. If the banks were limited to lending out their deposits, the interest rates would provide a natural limiting effect.

-jcr

Comment: Re: Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 653

by jcr (#49772681) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Unlike you, I actually understand the economy

As conceited as you are ignorant. How tragic.

if you had at least two brain cells ...and bereft of a logical argument, naturally you resort to being snotty.

The Fed has caused a series of bubbles by fucking with interest rates. Latin American debt, the dot-com bubble, and the most recent real-estate bubble are just three in a series going back to the Fed's inception.

When they interfere with interest rates, they break the crucial information flow. When there's an endless supply of fiat currency, the market signal of the scarcity of capital is destroyed. Read and learn.

-jcr

Comment: The made-for-TV-movie... (Score 1) 38

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49772473) Attached to: Sniffing and Tracking Wearable Tech and Smartphones
While they are admittedly a staple of low-budget action shlock; it seems that the 'celebrities, politicians, and high level business executives'(none of those midlevel guys, do you know what a kidnapping costs, per kilogram of hostage?) would be the least relevant targets for this flavor of attack.

Fancy prominent people are valuable, strategically relevant, or have deranged and dangerous fans. Such people have merited considerable human effort on the part of assorted attackers more or less since the invention of enough society to be hierarchical.

A cheap, ubiquitous, trivial-to-implement; and quite possibly also legal (no reasonable expectation of privacy, yadda yadda) tracking mechanism doesn't change the game for them, it changes the game for every last Joe and Jane Nobody with some RF widget. As cellphones have demonstrated, enough bluetooth to track nearby bluetooth radios, and enough cellular hardware to report back to the mothership is smaller than a deck of cards, especially if installed somewhere with access to power. It's also cheap, potentially vanishingly so compared to things like billboard/signage space in well traveled areas, or other plausible deployment points.

"The CEO of SomethingDyne Corp has been kidnapped! Can you backtrace his bluetooth?" makes a better B movie; but this tracking technique is far more promising as a cheap, ubiquitous, mass observation mechanism(probably for some bullshit 'audience engagement metrics' thing, not even a proper authoritarian dystopia) than it is for picking off some dude in an armored limo with a couple of those ear-radio guys flanking him.

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