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Comment: Re:I'm surprised no lawyers (Score 1) 115

by ZeroSumHappiness (#41754747) Attached to: How a Google Headhunter's E-Mail Revealed Massive Misuse of DKIM

Nope. This could be prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

"Knowingly accessing a protected computer with the intent to defraud and there by obtaining anything of value."

By suggesting that Google work with him in his email the impersonation could easily be construed as "intent to defraud" with a job offer being the "anything of value" obtained.

Comment: Re:Is it just me? (Score 1) 580

by ZeroSumHappiness (#41704639) Attached to: Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

Well, it's more likely to need a pipeline. Cheap real estate + easy access to renewables usually means desert. This process requires water. Deserts, as a defining characteristic, lack water. (Yes, yes, I, in an attempt at brevity that this parenthetical phrase defeats, am omitting some fine points about the definition of desert.) Deserts also tend to be rather remote. Therefore, we'll need an incoming pipeline of water (though if you can handle the salinity problem seawater would work fine.) and an outgoing pipeline of fuel. I feel sorry for the poor sap that has to maintain this whole mess of course.

Comment: Re:fight against global warming (Score 4, Interesting) 580

by ZeroSumHappiness (#41704581) Attached to: Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

Well, imagine a world where we have so much energy being created through hydro, wind, solar, nuclear (fission and fusion) that we have a true net surplus. We could make oil with this then pump that oil back into the wells we originally got oil from. True sequestration.

The problem we have today is, fundamentally, that we are outrunning nature's ability to handle our activity. The true, long-term value of this then is that we can speed up nature's process to meet our desires.

The question of whether computers can think is just like the question of whether submarines can swim. -- Edsger W. Dijkstra