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I know it's trite, but violence really isn't the answer. It has dramatic effects, and short terms it gets one ahead, but more often then not it causes more violence and hate back on the initiator.
While in a dangerous world, with dangerous people all around, having a military is essential, we also need to be spending much more on making the world a safer place with diplomacy and solutions, not with better and bigger weapons and endless wars.
as much as people would like to believe they are entitled to a given business, they are not. making a business work and making money are hard.
breaking the law is a crime, and if one proves that another has broken the law, there are extremely stiff penalties, especially for breaking the laws around copyright.
the law does not entitle the owners of copyright to a fine. that's just threats, and threatening your customers and the consumers of your product is bad business.
touche (well, or *not* in the cyber version)
the whole cyber- prefix is getting old and useless.
cyber-crime (it's crime)
cyber-war (it's war)
cyber-stalking (it's stalking)
cyber-bullying (it's bullying)
you get the picture.
I am in exactly this situation, and I'm NOT happy. I bought the G2 and the lockdowns are multiple and very annoying. I cannot delete any pre-loaded apps, including Amazon MP3, FaceBook, web2GO, and like 20 other branded apps, all sitting on there with the "uninstall" button grayed out. WTF? I was told point blank at time of sale: "This is stock Android 2.2". Totally not true.
I went back to the TMO store today to return it, only to find one rep at the store tell me flat out: just wait, and root it. This person said, "I can't wait until I can root mine. What we did is so annoying. They will figure it out, and it will be rooted." If not, I was told I have 30 days to send it back without penalty. If I can't control a computer I bought for $500, I most certainly will return it with a little fuck you to TMO going to everyone I know telling them of my experience. I got her card, and I'll be back in there on day 25 talking about rooting options or returns.
I hope TMO execs read this. I've been a loyal customer for 8 years.
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Breaking: In an astounding fit of partial international cooperation and scientific rationality, the US adopts a mostly metric measure of resource use: the milliliter per mile, or the mlpm
10MPG = 378 mlpm
20MPG = 189 mlpm
33MPG = 115 mlpm
50MPG = 76 mlpm
90MPG = 42 mlpm
The unit is linear, easy to understand, with numbers everyone can grasp (40-400 ish), and most important, it slowly creeps the US mind toward the metric system, one small step at a time! What a breakthrough! When the cars fly, we can try for using km, not miles.
Also, mlpm helps put the idea that gasoline is a great resource, to be used sparingly, by the milliliter, as opposed to "by the gallon" like 7eleven slurpies.
Sadly, in all seriousness, from TFA "Consumption instead of mileage? Nah. Dumb idea. Never work. [sigh]" Probably have to agree with this. Not because it's a dumb idea, but because Americans with the social and business systems in place have shown repeatedly that they will hold onto current ideas so strongly even in the face of overwhelming and obvious evidence showing them to be wrong. Only the real American idol will effect real change in the US system, the dollar.
It seems to me there is an accountability gap for ISPs. Those providing network connections are not held accountable for machines on their network. Yet another example of prices and business practices not matching the real costs of activities.
To me, I would think the real solution, long term, to fixing botnets is creating a tight loop with internal scanning, reporting, warnings, verification, and then turning off Internet connection to machines that are infected. ISPs will need to be "motivated" to take responsibility for actions taken on their network, and they will have to have fully automated systems that take infected machines offline.
It doesn't seem like this is a priority for ISPs yet. Its easier and cheaper to simply ignore the problem.
Science isn't inconclusive. There is statistically significant, or not. In this case, not.
Test another hypothesis or test again if data looks fishy.
After reading over the pdf, "Witness Katerine Martinson" seems like a complete and total douchbag / asshole.
Repeatedly calling police to tattle on her roommate, actively trying to "catch them" in the act of "removing evidence" (which wasn't evidence at the time)... taking pictures and sending them to the police! - all total BS behavior. Then letting police officers into their home to search their place, again trying actively to fuck over her roommate. Then providing license and vehicle information to the police about the roommates, so the police can hunt them down. With enemies like that living with you, you're totally screwed.
Then HIS OWN FATHER let the police into his home. Are these people totally and completely insane? Stupid? Brainwashed? I can't understand it.
Immediately after all that, the police office starts seizing his property.
The position based exchange, of individual qubits, as describing in TFA is for key exchange, leading to a one-time pad . The interesting thing is that once the one time pad is securely created and delivered, the locality is then longer restricted, the " can then be used to send a perfectly secure message" from TFA can then be anywhere.
But from a security point of view, this is nice, but a major part of security holes don't come from technology, they come from personnel and the ability to trick people. Unless you completely restrict the physical location of the people, information encrypted this "perfect" technology still falls prey to human foibles. As stated in TFA " theoretical security is not the same as practical security"
So let's make sure we're all clear: The FBI, the federal US law enforcement, is cracking down on financial fraud. Great.
They are going after dumb people who set up a bank account to launder a couple thousand dollars?
But they're not going after institutional traders who now offer co-location services with enhanced market data feeds, fueling high frequency trading? They are not going after the banking cartels who manipulate the whole economy? They are not going after Paypal for (among numerous things) blatantly lying about international exchange rates? or on and on and on from examples of large, institutionalized financial fraud?
Would it be better to find new and amazing ways to create energy from resources now, or would it be better for humanity to first learn to live within our means as oil runs out?
Humans have shown over and over that in large groups we use all the resources available, don't slow or restrain ourselves in time to save ourselves, and unless there are consistent, strict rules and provisioning in place, we exhaust available resources.
I think it would be better for the long term survival of the species if we ran out of cheap, easy energy sources for several generations, and we designed new culture based on long term sustainability instead of constant growth. If discover or invent an even cheaper, easier way to get energy out of water now, we'll have another "industrial revolution" type of growth, and come to an even worse dead-end when that runs out too.
I think we should mandate legislatively that all video created should use this technology from now on. TV shows, documentaries, big hit movies, home movies, birthday parties, independent films, security cameras, everything. This way, we can clearly establish ownership of video content in all cases. Anyone who has digital video not maked per frame with ownership should be prosecuted immediately.
Furthermore, we should mandate that all hardware created in the future, including TVs and cable boxes, computers and everything capable of reading video - all of it should only be able to play video with the new "who owns this frame" technology - otherwise, people might play video that doesn't belong to them.
And we should include vetting of licensing terms into the hardware system; so that only with the correct license can the hardware play back the video in question.
And we should impose fully automated reporting systems in hardware that detects and reports tampering to the local authorities. Open up that computer case and put in a non-approved, black market video driver: the machine sends and email to law enforcement. Connect a pirate cable box to your TV, and then your TV immediately stops working, and broadcasts a wireless signal that only law enforcement can detect.
I think this technology for copyright enforcement should be placed into prosthetics that sits inside the eyeballs of everyone who wants permission to view video. These prosthetic devices could similarly verify the authenticity of videos frame by frame, check for an approved license, and send out signals to law enforcement if pirated video is detected. Approved prosthetics should be compulsory to obtaining permission to view all videos.
Finally, we should up the penalties for copyright infringement, to instant death - basically we should have our eyeball prosthetics simply explode when unverified video is detected.
Trouble always comes at the wrong time.