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Comment Re:Correct. Including the US government. (Score 4, Insightful) 103

If you're an American (or frankly, any innocent person) anywhere in the world who isn't an active member of a foreign terrorist organization or an agent of a foreign power, the Intelligence Community DOES NOT CARE ABOUT and actually DOES NOT WANT your data.

Then why are they collecting it? Why is the fact that they are collecting it so secretive? Why then, do they share this data with other TLAs? Are we just supposed to forget that NSA officials used the data they collected to spy on their love interests?

I've built a lot of databases in my day and I never put data in a database that I did not intend to use. You see, there would be no point in doing that.

If, as you say, the Intelligence Community DOES NOT WANT our data why are they working so hard to obtain it.? Why should American taxpayers pay to be spied on? The government is supposed to work for us, on our behalf, based on our shared goals. It must also act with strict adherence to the principles set forth in the US Constitution, and stop making up highly questionable "interpretations" of law to try to justify highly illegal actions.

Comment Re:Well there goes the cipherhood (Score 1) 92

Say hello to quantum encryption to replace some uses of asymmetric algorithms (which are often only used to exchange keys for symmetric algorithms).

Quantum computers will only be available to those that can afford them so at first you'll see yet another huge capability imbalance between the haves and the have nots. If quantum computer does eventually become cheap enough for the average consumer, I'm not sanguine it will occur in my lifetime.

Comment Re:3D printing is like photo printing (Score 1) 101

There are serious 3D printers by the way that just don't deal in two types of plastic, and other ways of rapid prototyping besides traditional mills, lathes, etc.

You probably meant to respond to the guy that who was talking about plastic 3D printers. I wasn't talking about those, We can use sand and sunlight, the most abundant and cheapest feedstocks we have to print glass. There are printers for printing metal, building materials, human tissues, etc. I get that.

Traditional mill, and lathes, use a subtractive manufacturing process - you take a piece of lumber for instance and remove what you don't want. 3D printers create products using an additive process so in theory they use less material. They should be more efficient and cheaper than the traditional methods eventually.

Comment Re:Unintended consequences (Score 1) 177

Fukishima was a once-in-a-thousand years disaster.

And yet the time from when the Fukushima plant was commissioned to the tsunami that caused significant damage to the plant was 40 years. What bad fortune!

We (humans, presumably) are terrible at making predictions. The book The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb investigates this idea in detail. Incidentally, he made a pantload of money on Wall Street by betting against the conventional narrative that economists are good at quantifying risk.

Incidentally, you may have noticed extreme weather events are becoming more common across the globe. Some of you know the reason for that (the others are Republicans.) Yet we inevitably make predications based on past events.

Comment Re:Ah, yet again... (Score 1) 244

I just finished reading "The Terror Factory" by Trevor Aaronson and it describes in detail how since 9/11 the FBI has been using informants to induce (or entrap, depending on how you look at it) people on the fringes of society to commit crimes. In some cases the targets were so incompetent that they couldn't be trusted to tie their own shoelaces without fucking it up at least twice. People who are no threat at all to societyl, and haven't actually committed any crimes (though they may have thought about it) just so the FBI can claim it is "winning" the war on terror. Anyways, I recommend the book if you really want to read something that will put your panties in a twist.

Comment Re:3D printing is like photo printing (Score 1) 101

really, this points out the thing about 3D printing, it usually is the very most expensive solution to a problem.

Fine. That may be true today. The people involved with 3D printing are typically looking toward the future. It's not unreasonable to expect that 3D printers will enjoy the same exponential growth (and cost reductions) as computers, green energy, and internet access have had.

Comment Above the law (Score 5, Interesting) 258

From TFS:

'Mr. Bush, for the first time, explicitly said that his authorizations were "displacing" specific federal statutes, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and criminal wiretapping laws... the president had "made an interpretation of law concerning his authorities"...

That's the heart of the issue right there. President Bush wrongly believed the threat of terrorism gave him authority to break constitutional law. It actually doesn't, but no one has thus far found a way to correct this mistake. It's absolutely stunning to me after 14 years. The Orwellian-named Patriot Act was supposed to be a temporary measure and yet it's still in place.

Comment Re:Why does the FBI continue to engage in witchcra (Score 1) 262

if someone is nervous that their lies are going to be detected they will potentially show other visible signs in behavior or answering of questions, someone that goes out of their way to beat a polygraph in such an arena is also someone that needs some serious looking at.

Oh, I see. If you don't pass a polygraph test you are guilty and if you do pass a polygraph test you are also guilty. Burn them!

Comment Re:Move and die! (Score 2) 351

You do realize that the ads are coming from a third party and the webmaster really doesn't have a lot of control over this.

Ahem. The webmaster is the only one who has total control over what appears, or doesn't appear, on the website. This is not complicated, folks. If you don't want shit ads appearing on your website, don't accept shit ads.

Comment Re:woooh technology is out to git ya (Score 1) 214

Mostly because he's assuming that an autonomous car will be exactly like a current car + driver ... but with a really stupid robot driver that will do anything you tell it to do. Don't assume that.

I won't assume anything, but I question how autonomous cars are going to negotiate with other cars, something I do on a daily basis. And I'm not just talking about the famous one-fingered salute. For example, to get out of my driveway I need to make a right hand turn on to a busy street that often has a long line of cars stopped at a light. I've found through trial and error that the quickest way to get moving is to roll my window down, stick my arm out the window, give the next car in line a jaunty wave, a toothsome grin, then I clearly mouth the words "Thank You!". Even if they previously had no intention of letting me in, since I've preemptively thanked them, 98% of the time they'll let me go (the other 2% are clearly sociopaths.)

Now with autonomous cars on the road how are such interactions going to be handled?

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly