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Comment meaningless (Score 1) 89

Most of my FaceBook friends are people with whom I went to HS 30 years ago and haven't seen since. Some of my FB friends are people I ones that I never spoke with, unless I count my HS reunion after 5 beers.
Many of my LinkedIn associates are people I met while in career transition. So I had lunch with so and so, hence we reached out since we had some "common interests" Nice as this sounds, we are really worlds apart. However, the kicker is that there are many coworkers out there who turned down my LinkedIn request, and vis versa.
Much of this is probabilistic analysis.
My favorite FB moment was a FB suggestion I had. FB found that I have lots of friends in common with this person. Ok, she is my wife, but maybe she does not want to admit this to too many people.

Comment let me try (Score 1) 137

I guess if the Dutch try it, so can we.
I wonder if this is not being done all ready. Some guy growing drugs notices that there seem to be too many drones flying around and decides to take matter into his own hands. Better than shooting the drones with a rifle, as there is culpable deniability.

Comment selective enforcement (Score 5, Insightful) 391

Incidences like this have and always will be about selective enforcement. There are a plenty of laws on the book, which people violate every day. It is just a matter of who gets prosecuted.
Back in the 1990's, one of the Kennedy's was accused of having sex with his kid's babysitter. For a while, this became a news story, only to disappear into the background.
When the government wants to make a example out of you, they just fabricate evidence to frame you. Look at Nixon and the case of the pumpkin papers. Evidence will be planted to make you look bad. This is especially useful against dissidence and anyone who disagrees with the state. After all, if you are not for us, you are for the "enemy".

Comment Soviet SDI proof of concept (Score 1) 126

The thing about it is that it was built at a time of the Cold War SDI/Star Wars concepts. While as it might have had civilian uses, I suspect that it was a precursor to the equivalent of the American "Thousand Points of Light", a SDI concept that would use a ground based laser to fire into a orbiting mirror which would be redirected towards a target. However, if all you are doing is calibrating and orienting an orbiting mirror, you could sell it to the world as a purely scientific experiment.
The kicker in all of this is the protests mentioned which would disrupt the natural night environment. Now, we have been polluted with lots of light during the night time for the last hundred years, so I doubt that this is hardly a valid concern. I don't think that even the atomic bomb tests, which did irradiate a lot of people in the Pacific did not draw the same level of "concern".

Comment Oil of Oley (Score 1) 70

I heard that Oil of Oley was sued. I think that they reworded their commercials to say that "it makes skin look younger" from the old claims that it "actually reverses effects of aging". Mostly, I think that the company reduced the number of explicit TV ad and rely on "word of mouth" and leave the blame with the cosmetics salesperson to take any hits.
Still, fraud by my definition, but less fraudulent. Olive Oil is just as "effective at reducing lines and wrinkles" but costs a lot less.

Comment Re:Of limited use, but an interesting comment on C (Score 2) 164

Did the same team that developed that code also run an accuracy assessment? Was there a "prize" (contract payment) associated with meeting certain accuracy? I remember reading about facial recognition systems which worked well in labs, but fail in the field.
As soon as developers become aware that they might be identified, I think that they might do things (spoof, run beautify and strip comments) to throw such a system off.

Comment There are lots of qualified people in the US (Score 2) 543

It is surprising how many middle aged obsolete technology professionals you will find if you care to visit your local job career transition networking meetings. It not always that the people don't want to learn a new skill set, but more times than not, its a matter of cost of training. Its hard to fork down money for a training program if you are not working. Moreover, there is another problem in that people are reluctant to lay down cash on a skill set if they are unsure that it will be used in two years. I remember learning COM & OLE. I thought that it was hot shit. Well, it was more worthless than Elvis paraphernalia in another two years. Moreover, most head hunters or corporations will not want you if you only have a training program or a homemade portfolio (or open-source project). Its hard enough selling yourself to upper management if you have the skill set, but are an outsider without business contacts. There is an strong and established good old boys network for most upper end jobs. About the only way to circumvent it is if you know something that some business owner cannot find something thought his connections. I worked in finance, and it is ironic how many people knew each other from early childhood.
On the other end of the age spectrum, I have met many a Ph. D. s in fields that had a glut of people, e.g. medical sciences or in fields that do not have a high demand, Philosophy, Mathematics, Literature, or Oceanography. Most of these former students had unrealistic expectations of job prospects or believed that somehow they would be the one to overcome the odds and land a professorship. After about a two year job search, most come to the realization that they should have became a "short order chef: which has better career prospects. Being broke and destitute, they are looking to retool to become a programmer or bank administrator or "tech writer" and have the mental aptitude to learn what is necessary.

Comment cars are unsafe too (Score 1) 178

Why not grab a shipment of Ford cars being brought into the country too. And how about them iPhones with pesky rare earth minerals extracted from war torn nations? And lets not forget DeBeer's stash of diamonds illegally exported from South Africa. We should take them as they have the potential to release CO2 into the atmosphere if they were super cooled and dropped into a vat of liquid oxygen!

Comment Nerds, the tech you develope today (Score 1) 34

The tech you develop today is going to be tending to you ass in 25 years.
I have been thinking on the side, what can I devise to make life later on easier for me. I was giving thought to natural buoyancy chambers. If I become so weak and feeble, would it not make sense to design a water tank in which to live. I got this idea years ago (1975), when sensory deprivation chambers were receiving a lot of attention

Comment US and Soviet Intelligence quest for psychotics (Score 1) 330

Probably we'd die of laughter if it wasn't "our" money, but the US and Soviets spent huge amounts of money trying to find and control psychotic weapons. One plausible sounding idea was "remote reading". After all, if you could read cards, then why not read "intelligence" documents. I guess Yuri Geller said that he could ready Soviet intelligence on their psychotic weapons research and would suggest further avenues of research. Now, don't these "investigation" have to be scrutinized by experts in a field. Otherwise, there would be an army of people trying all sorts of shit.
The biggest example of bogus science was at Harvard, when the world's leading brain surgeons decided to lobotomize J.F. Kennedy's sister Rosemary. Now, the two biggest problems are that the Kennedy's had access to money and were not morons.

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