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Comment: Ubiquity is unavoidable (Score 3, Interesting) 107

Even if the police make this data private, the general population will jump in to make this (and most) data such as this freely available. A small box located near your mailbox will be able to record every car that drives by and capture video of anyone walking by.

This technology is already available in the flying world-- where FlightAware makes a plane tracker that publishes flight data from the skies to the public.

Take away lesson is your data will be mined. If you think license plate data is a breach, just wait for ubiquitous facial recognition data going to the public domain.

Brave new world!

Comment: Re:Containment (Score 1) 216

by bhlowe (#49286337) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism
We can cross that bridge when the Jews (or Amish, or Presbyterians) start murdering people over cartoons. A much bigger concern is the religious minorities already living in Muslim-majority countries. If on the other hand, you're referring to the huge rise in antisemitism in France, 95% of that comes from the Muslim immigrants, which will now have an opportunity to separate themselves from their dreaded boogieman.

Comment: Containment (Score 5, Interesting) 216

by bhlowe (#49285623) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism
I think if you want to support ISIS and fundamentalist Islam in a Western country, you should be given a one-way ticket to the Islamic country of your choice. Islam and Western civilization do not mix well. Trying to fight ISIS (or the 20% or so of Muslims who tacitly support it by wanting Sharia Law applied to all) is a terribly bloody idea. Better to let the people of a country run it the way they see fit-- and if that means a 7th century lifestyle, so be it. I am opposed to a "war on ISIS", but not opposed to expelling ISIS sympathizers from any country that doesn't want them. So.. Recruit away... and off ye go to an Islamic Utopia.

Comment: Re:Price of politicizing science (Score 2, Insightful) 415

by bhlowe (#49272495) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science
NASA was established to get America into space and to keep us there. If you want to go to space, don't have the chief of NASA say the President said to focus on making Muslims feel good. If you want to go to space, you have to put a LOT of carbon into the atmosphere. If Obama cared about carbon, he wouldn't have flown to California on TWO 747's on the same day. Its all politics.

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928

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