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Comment: Re:All about trust (Score 1) 105

Honestly, I don't think I've heard but a handful of americans saying that it's fine when we do it.. Pretty much everyone is up in arms over the NSA. What I hear people say - if unapologetically- is that the NSA isn't the only one doing it. And you'll probably never hear much about what the KGB does (I know that's more an equivalent to the CIA than the NSA but I'm not sure if Russia sets up their organizations like the US does).

Still, Google may have a presence in India but it's not an Indian company, per se.

At this rate, it seems like someday in the future we may have to deal with possibility that being on the Internet is like being a celebrity: no expectation of privacy.

Comment: Re:All about trust (Score 1) 105

Yes actually, I do expect there to be some sympathy. Because everyone bitches when the NSA does it. Every other country does it's sharing of spying too, let's not be naive. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it. This was clearly wrong, they targeted another country's corporation, and one that has a huge impact on the Internet, worldwide.
It's only fair that you either get to protest when every and any country pulls something like this, or not at all.

Comment: Re: I always wondered (Score 1) 65

Ugh, not that thing. Close, but there are differences. I had a Leap motion, it broke after a year. But in any case, it never quite worked out that well, and suffered almost as badly from gorilla arm syndrome as a touch screen. I was disappointed with it. It's also difficult to perform small, sensitive movements with your hands in the air hovering over the sensor, despite the fact that LEAP has high definition scanning.
My first thought was this was too similar and just as futile, but on further reflection, maybe not.. if you can just rest your arm on the desktop surface like you would for using a mouse, and not have to aim your fingers anywhere specific this might be comfortable and useful enough to be the "mouse killer" HID developers have been hoping for.

Comment: Re:Good news though (Score 2) 74

by cyberchondriac (#47407993) Attached to: Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers
That's an arrogant point of view. Who are you to judge who's an idiot? And MSNBC is certainly no less biased, and both CBS and NBC have been caught either lying (Dan Rather) or editing/doctoring tapes (as in the Trayvon Martin case).
All the news media are becoming cartoonish extravagances of yellow journalism, but it's trite when when someone feels they must proselytize their bias by attacking selective news sources when news sources weren't a prior part of the conversation; besides, it's just a leftish mantra to be parrotted, no actual thought required. Fox News is not as bad as the strawman lefties make it out to be, but because it gives "those other guys" a strong voice, and it's popular in the face of it's competition, it must be attacked at all costs and at every available opportunity. It just smacks of desperation.
People have been saying that SS is going to be gone before they retire for years, and the danger is real; under Bush, no one challenged that claim, but now suddenly it's just derp?

Comment: Re:Fear Mongers Didn't Want to Let Cassini Fly (Score 1) 45

by cyberchondriac (#47400593) Attached to: Cassini's Space Odyssey To Saturn

Being proven wrong is a good thing in science. The more we prove wrong, the better supported our remaining hypotheses become. We need more people who come up with falsifiable theories that fit our current knowledge, so we can narrow things down further.

But yeah, the sensationalism is not doing science any favors. I cringe when I see Morgan "We only use ten percent of our brain" Freeman present Michio Kaku yet again.

Are you referring to that movie with Scarlett Johansson? Yeah, I cringed bigtime when I heard that bullshit 10% premise trotted out once again; and worse, so many kids idolize Morgan Freeman (apparent via the memes and comments on sites like memedroid), that a good number of them are likely going to believe this hook line and sinker just because he's in the movie and seems to be confused with something of an authority due to his hosting Through the Wormhole.

Comment: Re:Brain ZAP! (Score 1) 284

by cyberchondriac (#47400209) Attached to: Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain
As another pointed out, rehabilitation is pretty much a joke, (especially for the people stupidly incarcerated for minor drug offenses, then they get exposed to far worse behaviors); which just leaves punishment. And increasingly it seems, activist hippies on the far left don't seem to see much difference between justice/punishment and revenge, (typically in capital punishment cases), so this might be a future option.
What I mean by that remark: take the death penalty for example; if we execute a murderer, the counterargument goes that it makes us somehow just as bad as the murderer (despite the fact he's not an innocent like his victims were). Yet, if we lock up someone like Ariel Castro in a high security prison, (the guy who imprisoned several teenager girls in his basement and regularly raped them), you don't hear the same argument, though it's essentially the same logic, a case of doing to the perpetrator what he did to his victims, only the rape would come (ostensibly) from other inmates.
This may be a good compromise.

Comment: Re:It's the Dick Chaney Playbook (Score 1) 534

Extremely doubtful he'll ever be anywhere near that furious. Which is all the more ironic considering this story- Mass is a blue state. How could such a thing happen in a state that's been controlled by the saintly Democrats since forever? But let's bring up Bush/Cheney, which really has fuck all to do with this story.
Election years (and the year leading up to them) crack me up. In the last few months, I've seen more comments about Bush and Cheney on teh interwebs than I have in the past 2 1/2 years.

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.