God bless those Satanists
The issue is, you deal with the system you're with, not the situation you wish you had.
We can't change a transmission protocol or route data over arbitrary connections. This is a collection of everything from very old hardware to brand new, protocols from very old to brand new, in every country in the world, and you can't just arbitrarily rework them. It's the same in the air, too. And when new protocols are made, they're generally in addition to existing ones, not replacing them. I'm not aware of any with error correcting codes or the like (there could be, I just haven't worked with them), but some of them (not all) use checksums (though that's a whole 'nother story... the documentation on how one common type of checksum, that used in datalink messages, is a big fat lie, caused by a screwup in whoever implmented the code the first time that everyone else now has to imitate... but it works, so...).
In the long run, the goal is to move as much traffic as possible to the more automated, more reliable newer protocols. But this is something that's invariably going to happen at a snail's pace.
As I've never messed with them directly, I can't decribe to you the protocols used for physical data transmission at every point over the FARICE and DANICE links - just the message layer on top of them, which is plaintext except for the header marker characters. I've never worked at anything more than the endpoints. But I can tell you this, there's no way we could just go in and replace all of the hardware along the way (you should see the graph of all of the hardware that exists just between Iceland and Britain). It would be an expensive long-term international effort with major potential for disruption in its own right. And it would only help for that particular link anyway. What you really want is how all of air traffic control messages are transmitted - aircraft, atc, tower, etc - everywhere in the world to be switched over to a single, reliable mechanism and a standardized set of international routing hardware. Well, great, join the club, I'd love that too! But it's just not going to happen any time soon without a massive funding surge.
You work with the systems that you have, not the systems you wish you had. Yes, we're working to modernize everything, just like everyone else. For example, in the past year I've spent a good bit of time working on adding in capabilities to one system to help take a sort of "middleman" server that it talks to out of the loop to improve reliability and error logging. But these things don't happen fast. And how many programmers / hardware engineers do you think we have, really? We're no Microsoft here.
Well, no, at least, not the last bit.
My understanding is that the NSA is a pretty large organization and that it's involved in rather a lot of signals intelligence type operations. It's doubtful, in the majority of cases, that $RANDOM_NSA_EMPLOYEE is likely to be involved in the particular scandal of the day you want addressed.
I appreciate this view isn't going to be popular here, where most commenters seem to think that $RANDOM_NSA_EMPLOYEE is guaranteed to be directly involved in reading their emails, which they're obviously doing because they want to root out subversives and blackmail them, rather than because the NSA might, I dunno, be going overboard and doing illegitimate things for a legitimate cause (like tackling terrorism or even spying on rival governments.)
In 100 years or so, there will probably be even better technology available to more effectively add friction to the fault line, or transfer the kinetic energy from the release, so the fault begins to form in some safer place.
Or it'll form in some less safe place. Or somewhere no better and no worse (but without the century-worth of investment.
In fact, your scheme wouldn't work. The stress would just move up to the top (or bottom) of your re-bar reinforced layer and start slipping there. You'd have to chill (to strengthen) the whole lithosphere to a depth of tens of kilometres and up to the surface ; then drill your re-bar all the way through.
And then the fault would start to develop either seawards or landwards of the section that you've locked. Big progress. Not.
The long (and short) of the matter is that the stresses are approaching the strength of the rock. And unless you're going to replace the top 10-or-so kilometres of the surface of the Pacific plate with unobtanium, then that's the way things are going to remain.
There are some things that we can't fix. We have to live with them.
What's next on your agenda for repairing? The steady brightening of the Sun due to accumulation of helium in the core?
Are there seriously people who just up and deleted winamp off their machines because AOL told them to?
Did WinAmp ever have anything to do with AOL? It must have been after I got (and later stopped using) the single-file executable on a floppy. When was it - some time before the millennium? Must have been, because that was around when I got rid of my music collection.
Meanwhile, it wouldn't hurt to have a bit of a side conversation with someone in legal (for a start),
The first legal that you should be talking to is your own legal department - the ones that your trade union hire to protect you (their customers and employers) from your employers.
You do pay your union dues don't you? Otherwise you are so totally fucked. They will sell your ass to Big Boylover in the jail and your family into white slavery. For starters.
due to a greater number of people traveling to the U.S. when they're infectious aka illegals
False equation, presumably from some sort of retarded bigot.
Here's a perfectly reasonable potential : Joe Sixpack had a bad reaction to the first dose of his vaccine and was advised (or his parents were) against taking the second shot, leaving him vulnerable. Years later, Joe works in electronics and goes to sell flange sprockets to the RasPi factory in South Wales (to inject Slash-cred into the story). South Wales being in Europe and Europe being civilized, having free-at-the-point-of-use health care even for filthy foreigners, Joe didn't see any need for special medical care. Unknown to Joe, in a cafe near the RasPi factory he comes into contact with a victim of the recent measles outbreak and becomes infected. While infectious, and not knowing it, Joe returns to the USA, where a million anti-vaxxers are waiting to die.
What is illegal about Joe?
the woman's eldest daughter, who was born in the U.S. and is a U.S. citizen, was called as a witness for the trial. Unfortunately, she mysteriously found herself on the no-fly list as well, and wasn't able to board a plane to come to the trial.
So, fly from Malaysia to [coin-toss] Vancouver, Toronto or Mexico ; travel to nearest convenient US border ; cross there (you're a citizen ; no flying involved) ; travel on to Los Angeles (or another city) by whatever method seems least inconvenient.
This sort of trick works once and once only. So unless this was an important case, someone somewhere has fucked what could otherwise have been a useful trick.
Wan't to completely turn the battery off? You sure can, but that clicker to open/lock the door won't work, nor would the security alarm.
One of my colleagues has experienced multiple problems with two successive Mazdas (I think ; I'm not a car-interested person - I do around 50 miles more/week on the pedal bike than I do in the wife's car) which experienced this sort of power draw. Repeatedly he'd come home from a month working (away at sea), and greet his elderly father at the door of their house (who doesn't have the keys, because he's not well enough to know that he's not well enough to drive), then open the garage (relatively high car crime area), go to start his car
Neither a very good advert for Mazdas (if it was then ; I got something different, so I'll phone him to check if I consider getting a different model), nor their dealers, nor their salemen's ability to understand their customers saying "this is my life ; I need a vehicle that fits my life." To be honest, I can understand my colleague being pissed off after discovering this problem once ; I don't understand why he got a second one.
(My suggestion was to get a solar-powered trickle charger and hook that up permanently ; defeated by the garage, but I don't know why he didn't use a mains-powered trickle charger.)
TL;DR version : cars other than Teslas have battery vampire problems.
I'm imagining a black background with Amazon logo, and a large QR code that the drone can use to identify the landing zone.
Within hours of Bozos or whatever his name is deploying one, the country (whichever country) will be blanketed with people "hacking" their own fakes using paper, a ruler, a pen and some ingenuity.
If you deployed a paper "target" with the address for someone one street further away from the Amazon depot compared to your house, and the Amazon drone delivered the parcel to you, would that be theft? (Note : this is a private delivery service ; not the state mail system.)
Signing for the parcel
Actually, I'll have to go and check that now
Information can transfer faster than light via quantum entanglement.
I'll fix that last bit
via the quantum entanglement of particles whose travel is limited to the speed of light.
If you like your SF, Charlie Stross has a couple of books where the consequences of that are explored (as a plot element of moderate consequence). Singularity Sky (2003, ISBN 0-441-01072-5) and Iron Sunrise (2004, ISBN 1-84149-335-X) ; good enough to live on my ink-and-paper bookshelf.
I mean the total universe, not just the observable universe.
The universe is 14b years old;
The portion of the universe which can be observed from our location in space time has a (almost) homogeneous state, the so called hydrogen re-combination event, about 13.7 Gyr ago. What happened outside that light cone is less certain, and there are hints in the WMAP data set (soon to be updated! Be excited, very excited!) that in some directions the events outside our light cone were not the same as in other directions.
If you're comparing the total and observable universes, you've got to walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
I haven't checked cosmogony recently, but I was really attracted by Turok and Steinhardt's ekpyrotic model, and I don't think that it's been shown impossible. Yet. Maybe with the release of the next tranche of WMAP data.
GP said "almost infinitely", which really is a terribly meaningless and confusing phrase when you think about it.
DON'T DO THAT!
Think about what happened to Georg Cantor as a result of thinking too seriously about infinity.