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Comment: Re:This will be a thoughtful, productive discussio (Score 2) 437

by crioca (#47726139) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Well, i guesd i'm one of your denialist because i have yet to hear an explanation to why all the sudden a long standing natural occurance is given more weight than when it previously naturally occured which was forever. Well, i taje that back. I have yet to hear an explaination that isn't convoluted and makes me laugh.

You mustn't of been listening very hard then, because the concern is that this "long standing natural occurrence" is being unnaturally accelerated and during other times when it "previously naturally occurred" at accelerated rates it resulted in mass extinction and damage to biodiversity.

Comment: Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (Score 4, Insightful) 437

by crioca (#47726109) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Scientists can speculate and debate as much as they want whether it's getting warmer or colder. The issue with the global warming debate is the political demands to translate the science into specific actions,

So you want to keep performing scientific research, but not use that research to inform our actions? That's... genius.

often by scientists who have no qualifications in economics or politics.

Oh yeah, that's a real problem with a lot of political systems; too many scientists making policy and not enough career politicians and business lobbyists. Haw haw haw.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 4, Insightful) 298

I can't imagine this being useful to any sort of authoritarian power in any regular way.

I'd say you lack imagination then, because the first thing that came to my mind was "Boy I bet the police in Ferguson would love to be able to disable people's phones right now."

Used on people en masse it'd be a great way for governments impede and control the flow of information around all sorts of events.

Comment: Re:It's tinfoil time! (Score 2) 232

by crioca (#47667727) Attached to: Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology
I think using this technology in this context is a net negative as it's eventually going to be used against activists, whistle blowers and other individuals that are insufficiently patriotic, not to mention the potential for abuse and hacking.

Does that make me a tinfoil hat wearer?

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 1) 141

by crioca (#47659547) Attached to: Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors
Was literally having a serious work discussion about hacking fridges yesterday. There are a few ways internet enabled fridges could be hacked for profit or for "the lulz"

1. The fridge could be used for pivoting> into your network

2. If the fridge is able to automatically purchase food for you, the payment system could be abused

3. If the fridge is able to automatically purchase food for you, the ordering system could be abused.

4. It could be used to disable the cooling system

5. It could be used as part of a botnet

But the main issue is the potential for brand damage; All it takes is for one overblown headline like "Hackers can use X Manufacturer fridges to Y your Z" to go viral and your company is out millions of dollars in sales.

Comment: Australian Wheel Patent (Score 2) 36

by crioca (#47421217) Attached to: A Brief History of Patenting the Wheel: What Goes Around Comes Around
On closer inspection the Australian patent that was granted is less absurd than it seems, as it was more of a quasi-patent:

Innovation patents last for a maximum of 8 years, whereas standard patents last for maximum of 20 years

Innovation patents are granted without examination, usually within 1 to 3 months,

whereas standard patents are examined only after paying the examination fee, and usually take 2 to 4 years.

After an innovation patent has been granted, the owner or any person may request examination, and such examination must occur before the owner can commerce or threaten to commence infringement proceedings.

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