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Comment Re:Fake God Detector, Blamed For Hundreds of Death (Score 1) 142

Truth is, people have killed, stolen and raped each others forever, it has nothing to do with religion or politics, it's just how people are.

No it's not.

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." -- Steven Weinberg

Comment Re:I'd be wary of Musk, too (Score 5, Insightful) 93

He seems really good at using government subsidies to make money for himself.

Well, that's the point isn't it? To jumpstart private industry? You can't do that without the profit motive.

Tesla paid it's 450 million 2009 loan back with interest in four years and went from the brink of bankruptcy to a market cap of 29 billion dollars. Sounds like a success story to me.

Comment Re:He gets stuff done, making others look bad (Score 2) 93

At this stage, NASA should just funnel money to SpaceX as fast as they can, before the space programs of other countries make them an irrelevance.

Yes I know that's harsh, but how else can NASA sidestep the politicians that meddle with NASA's long-term plans every election cycle?

Well, nothing Musk has done so far is deep space-specific. In fact, the whole manned flight program comes from NASA money. Is he going to design the Mars lander, outpost, return vehicle and fund it all? I doubt it. So in practice it's going to be on the politicians' whim for quite some time still.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 513

The middle east has always been an oil economy, before petroleum it was olive oil. Take out the ability for the Caliph to buy the loyalty of his subject with cheep oil money and the whole region will destabilize (stability is relative). I don't think opening up more drilling leases will help, because the world-wide demand will just absorb any increase in supply.

Comment Re:Wait, they shipped the private key? (Score 1) 65

But what possible use is publishing your private key?

Perhaps, it is to be able to deny responsibility for bad software later, but that's a little too far-fetched...

Well, we're not talking about publishing THE private key to anything Dell cares about. We're talking about publishing A private key that Dell can use to do things on the client's machine that undermine the security model. Why? Well there's lots of potential ways to create revenue or cut costs that way. For example Lenovo did it so they could inject ads into web pages that were supposedly cryptographically protected from tampering.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg