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Comment Magic bullet (Score 1) 330

Real or not, red muercury is used to lure rubes into ISIS' ranks as the superweapon for wiping out the superpowers. Without a superweapon on their side, the ISIS rubes know they're looking at a serious butt kicking when the sleeping giant tires of their games - and nobody wants to be on the losing side. ISIS leadership knows this, too, and has fabricated the red mercury story and how close they are to acquiring it to keep membership and morale up. I could also be completely full of shit.

Comment Re:This is a solution looking for a problem. (Score 1) 223

I also wonder if some of these regulations are coming from the really big aviation companies who have pretty much entirely missed out on the commercial drone market and they know that if they craft the regulations carefully enough they will shut out the innovations pouring out of small companies all over. This way it will end up only being large corporations selling to the police, the military, and other large corporations? This completely screws the little guy. But at what point has government taken the needs of the little guy into serious consideration in the last 50 years when it came up against huge corporations?

Safety is a consideration, particularly with all the sensationalized news reports of late. But Industry, while sometimes late, plays the long game and they'd don't like upstart competition. I expect more than a few of the sensationalized reports are actually driven by Industry Interests (they own main stream media so not difficult to do) in an effort to gain control of a market in which they don't yet have much skin.

Comment Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 1) 270

who pose no threat but we do NOT fix the threat

They're doing their best to fix the threat ... they're making life difficult for this guy and anyone else perceived, rightly or wrongly, as a bad actor.

What nobody seems to be doing is fix apparent security problems with onboard communication networks.

Comment Re:Realistic (Score 1) 374

This is exactly the problem with consumer subsidies. We're willing to spend $3k on solar panels or whatever, so that's what companies charge. A $2k subsidy simply lets companies raise their prices to $5k (or more due the "Hey, I got $2k back!" effect) so people will still end up spending $3k, the government gets to feel good for spending our money and the vendors can afford early retirement. The exact thing happened here in Alaska ... new oil fired boilers for central heat used to cost $7k. The State wanted to incentivize people to upgrade old, inefficient boilers to new, more efficient models with a $3k subsidy. It took about 2 weeks for new boilers to jump in price to $10k. Boiler work paid very well during that program's lifetime. Prices did not drop substantially after the program expired because it's hard to knock the bar down once it's been set for a few years.

Comment Re:It's tinfoil time! (Score 1) 232

Our government doesn't yet have enough political power to safely brutalize its general population (though it's doing an increasingly good job on minorities), but it can control most of us never-the-less. Their current interest is in ensuring we don't upset the current balance of power. Thorough surveillance is critical to knowing who, when and in which direction to nudge or blast opposition leaders to the sidelines. Subtle manipulation of current and potential opposition leadership is likely far more successful to entrenched interests' goals than more direct, physical options.

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer