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symbolset (646467) writes "In the realm of "stuff that matters", the current outbreak of the world's second deadliest disease continues to expand. 63 new cases are reported in the last week, and suspected cases far afield of the hot zone are reported.

Many reports of a lack of personal protective equipment and medical professionals abandoning their posts are in recent reports. The local populace is developing processes to prevent containment.

Ebola remains the second deadliest infection only because rabies victims have only one survivor reported after onset of symptoms, ever."

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Thirty Four

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An alarm woke me up at quarter to seven and for once I didn't mind a bit, and in fact I was glad it woke me up. I was in the middle of a really weird dream. A herd of cows was stampeding towards me, only they were running on their hind legs and somehow carrying big butcher knives in their front hooves, all singing a Chartov song while coming at me. Too many westerns, I guess.
It was engine seventeen, somethin

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Journal: Morgan Freeman on Mars

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As I was going through Google News this morning I ran across an item about actor Morgan Freeman talking to a couple of astronauts on the ISS at a round table discussion at JPL before an audience of what looked like two or three hundred people, all of whom were JPL employees.

He was there with the producer of his show on the Science Channel Through the Wormhole and with its writer, a physicist.

Comment: Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (Score 0) 150

by DarkOx (#47502651) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

yes but they would get a warrant to search the filing cabinet for the named documents. They *might* discover other interesting documents incidental to the search in the cabinet and they would be allowed access to those. They would not be allowed to remove or copy the other documents. They also would not be allowed to drive to your parents place 5 hours away and search thur boxes of old files there from 10 years ago, unless they specified doing so on the warrant and it would only be allowed if there was reason to think related documents could be there.

E-mailboxes are not perfectly analogous to physical filing containers. People tend to have all of there electronic documents in once place. I think the basic principle of limited searches though means if you can't restrict where, because there isn't an atomic concept of place, than you must restrict what. So I still say minimally having to name a reasonable date range is not asking to much of LEOs.

Comment: Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (Score 1) 150

by DarkOx (#47500323) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

How hard do you think it would be to describe to a Google employee the type of information you want them to search for in (likely) thousands of emails and get a perfect success rate (assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that that's the only satisfactory outcome)?

Not all that hard really. I agree with you in that you probably can't go specifying search terms because all it would take is a few code words having been used and you really might miss what you are looking for. That said a lot of people now have a decade of correspondence in Gmail. I think "the entire mailbox of" is a little to broad for a warrant. Its not fair to just open up all of someones papers for their entire life for investigation.

I would expect in almost every situation there would be *some* criteria short of *all messages* that could be used. Like say all message between "X date and Z dates", when the crime took place on Y date. Bracket it by a year or so, or maybe longer if it was some sort of conspiracy or something at that point the prosecutors have to have some definable reasons and a magistrate has to agree the make sense. Maybe its all messages with an 822 from ${address}; or even mail server IP in ${geographic region}.

Prosecutors should have to demonstrate some knowledge of what they are looking for, just like with a physical search where they have to say: we are looking for a knife between 3" and 7" long, or financial documents related to account XXXX--XXXX-XXX.


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Journal: Nobots Chapter Thirty Three 2

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An alarm woke me up at quarter after six. What the hell? Fire in P117? I put on a robe, and as I trudged down there Tammy was running into the commons. I wondered what was going on.
I got to Passenger quarters 117 and it was a damned drill, the light wasn't flashing and I didn't smell any smoke. I really didn't expect to, because except for Tammy's quarters none of the rest of the passenger section was occupied and

Comment: Re:Time to get rid of Tor (Score 4, Interesting) 122

by DarkOx (#47496319) Attached to: Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

And while we are on the subject:

Its true that some protests and the beginnings of the Arab spring stuff apparently began on Twatter and Facespace; I wonder how much of that was going to happen anyway, especially given that in at least 3 of the four major uprisings the secular movements that seemed so popular online certainly have not proven to be what the people ultimately choose to support:

Egypt - went theocracy and is now back to essentially an autocracy that more or less resembles the one they started out with.

Libya - If you're not an Obama apologist is a failed sate, run by gangs or would be tyrants.

Syria - Ramains to be seen if the rebels will even succeed by if they do will probably be Islamist

Tunisia - Well that one might have kinda worked.

  One is left to wonder if much like Slashdot here in the states, were lots of radical (not to be necessarily read with a negative connotation), ideas get expressed on line, but it seems to amount to a lot of political masturbation because it does not get translated into actions that generate any sort of results at the ballot box. In some respects taking a longer view of the pamphleteers of the late 17th and 18th centuries, and the marchers and organizers of the mid 20th century seem to have had much more influence that the 21st century Internet critics. Oh sure the can manage to get a SOPA or PIPPA shot down once in awhile, but can't get it turned into the sort of third rail the politicians will shy away from touching again for even a year.

So is it possible the Internet is actually harmful to these movements, is it keeping people sitting at home posting on Facespace behind their proxies instead of actually out in the street doing something disruptive? Sure the organizing power of these things is clear but real widely supported political movements always have managed to organize before.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 2) 472

by mcgrew (#47489035) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

It might cause a few deaths but it also sustains the multi billion dollar prison industry and employs well over 1 million people in the US alone

None of those jobs help the economy. Why should people be employed in occupations that have no benefit to society whatever and are in fact detrimental to society?

The government profits from illegal drugs even more than drug cartels do.

Colorado's pot legalization and the multi-billion dollar alcohol industry shows that governments profit a lot more from legal, regulated drugs than outlawing them.

I've known drug addicts, and the WHO is also right about compulsory addiction treatment; compulsory treatment flat out doesn't work. The addict has to want to stop, and it's very hard even when they want to. Alcoholics and other drug addicts relapse more often than not after treatment.

However, should they ever invent the fictional drug in the novel I'm writing (see my journal, the first crude draft is being posted there) I sure hope it's not legal!

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Journal: July 20, 1969 4

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In 1969 I was a seventeen year old nerd in high school, using my slide rule to cheat in math class. I was probably the only one in the school who even had a clue how a slide rule worked, let alone owned one.

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Thirty Two

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The CEO's fone buzzed; it was time to look over the papers from engineering staff, then meet them in the engineering department. He pulled them up on his tablet.
Most of the answers to his queries were interesting and original. He noted that every single one of his engineers rated Robertson as the worst engineer in the shop, regardless of their own engineering specialty, and the one they least wanted to be chief.

"Love may fail, but courtesy will previal." -- A Kurt Vonnegut fan