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Comment: Re:Duh Snowden was a stalking horse. (Score 1) 182

by cavreader (#47941241) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

If he had only released the information related to domestic programs he would not be exiled in Russia and under threat of arrest the minute he leaves Russia. He could have used the foreign surveillance information as a bargaining chip to severely limit or even eliminate any legal consequences in the US. He could have returned all the information on foreign intelligence programs for a get out of jail free card. The government would have excepted that deal in a minute. The information on the domestic programs would still have been made public which is what he claimed to be his stated goal. By releasing information on the foreign intelligence programs he showed another goal which was to damage the US in any way possible regardless of the consequences. His claims about vetting the information to determine if the disclosures would be dangerous or not showed an unprecedented level arrogance on his part. How would he know what information is dangerous and what information is not? He set himself up as the sole authority and arbitrator for determining what information constitutes danger.

Comment: Re:I'm not optimistic.. (Score 4, Interesting) 191

by cavreader (#47914629) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

There are currently a lot of smart and well funded global efforts to create alternative energy sources. And people would be surprised how much money the current Oil companies are investing in alternative fuel research. They know eventually that fossil fuel use will decline and they would like to be as dominate in the alternative energy market as they are in the hydrocarbon extraction market. Whoever gets there first with a viable alternative energy source will reap enormous profits. And as long as we are talking about science fiction I think harnessing zero-point energy technologies would be really cool.

Comment: Re: Been there, done that. (Score 1) 100

by cavreader (#47885695) Attached to: China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

Military R&D has translated into the rapid advancement of civilian commercial applications that benefits not only the US but everyone else in the world, friend or foe. If you have a new technology idea and want the government to fund it you need to offer up a possible military application for the science no matter how tenuous. Your chances of getting funding increase. The GPS system started as a purely military project. The feasibility of a redundant node based distributed networking system (ie Internet) was a DARPA military project. The not so visible contributions are advances in materiel sciences, rocket sciences, computer technologies, medical advances in trauma and prosthetics , aeronautics, civilian radar networks, alternate fuel technologies. The navy is working on turning sea water into a renewable energy source for ships at sea and self-sustaining solar powered field tents. All of these technologies paid for by the military budget eventually end up in the civilian domain and as an added benefit you also end up with the most advanced and lethal military force on the planet.

Comment: Re:Decisions, Decisions... (Score 1) 123

by cavreader (#47876635) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

Private space flights will ultimately need the approval of the government and all the various security agencies who constantly monitor and manage orbital traffic. The FAA might be involved somewhere in the approval process but they will hardly be the deciding agency. The government has paid out billions of dollars developing space related technologies for the last 60 years and today the private companies can benefit and take advantage of that accumulated knowledge base to move forward. The break out point in regards to expanding our presence in space will happen as soon as someone comes up with a plan capable of generating a profit. Profit is an extremely effective motivator that really doesn't exist within government agencies and bureaucracies. So far we have relied heavily on limitless military budget to motivate the development of computer systems, material science, high energy physics, nuclear related research, and aeronautic related research and technologies.

Comment: Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (Score 2) 199

by cavreader (#47868745) Attached to: China's Island Factory

Exactly.Beating the crap out of someone has it's uses. International law is useless without someone willing to enforce it. And since the 3 most powerful countries on the planet did not join the ICC that organization is also impotent. Every international territorial boundary of note since the beginning of human civilization has been drawn in blood,and often more than once. Diplomacy only provides the time needed to re-arm for the next war.

Comment: Re:Not so sure (Score 1) 369

by cavreader (#47793299) Attached to: Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

IS is a weapon of mass destruction. No need for secret documents to prove it since they have quite a robust advertising and media campaign to make sure there is no doubt that they are brutal serial killers. It's seems there are a whole lot of people are just fine with standing back and letting the madness continue unabated. All IS needs to do to survive is to launch some attacks on the Israelis and these same people standing around would start proclaiming them saviors and freedom fighters.

Comment: Re:Self-Inflicted Damage (Score 2) 369

Your assuming that IS actually gives a shit about killing their own people. And the people funding that pack of serial killers doesn't live any where near the battle field so no matter what happens they are pretty safe sitting in their 5 star hotels in Qatar and Kuwait. If the so called Arab leaders were not such a pathetic bunch of morally bankrupt , incompetent, greedy, and cowardly pussies they could have prevented IS from ever getting started in the first place.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by cavreader (#47753813) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

I have found it is usually the older guys who are better at analyzing the proposed changes to determine if the new or just different technology is going to provide you with functionality that you don't already have. Making this determination is easier if you understand both the new and old technology you are replacing.

Comment: Re:thing i don't understand (Score 2) 134

by cavreader (#47734781) Attached to: Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

Well he can't run for re-election and that tends to let second term Presidents do things they normally wouldn't do for fear of negatively impacting the next election. The world cannot continue using the earlier Iraqi and Afghanistan wars as an excuse to completely oppose all potential military involvement in any future situation. When making the decision on whether to commit military forces each situation needs to be evaluated separately and on it's own merits. The ISIS threat needs to be destroyed using any means possible. US air support, spec ops teams, and military advisers are working with both the Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces. It's a low risk strategy for the US military and the Iraqi and Kurd ground forces are doing the lions share of the fighting and dying. After all it's their country and their people. In the past the US provided a no-fly zone to protect the Kurds from retaliation by Saddam Hussein after the 1991 Iraqi War. The people in that region are probably the only ones in the world who actually has a favorable opinion on the US. That fact alone is reason enough to try and help them now. Normally I don't think the US should get involved in any military conflicts unless US interests are realistically and directly threatened. There is currently no country in the world worth the loss of even one US soldier. However, in this particular case I am willing to set that requirement aside and support the destruction of a truly despicable group of serial killers.

Just because he's dead is no reason to lay off work.