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Comment Re:National level? (Score 2) 171

A couple of billionaires are exploring that issue right now. The quantities of precious and heavy metals contained in some asteroids is valued in the trillions.

The preciousness of those materials is in its rarity. If the amount of gold on earth suddenly triples, it'll presumably affect its value. Well, unless we make some arbitrary distinction like the one that attaches different value to artificial vs natural diamond, which everybody accepts for romantic reasons (and to keep De Beers filthy rich).

Comment Re:National level? (Score 2) 171

Other space-faring nations are unlikely to challenge America on this issue, because they have an interest in staking their own claims. (...) Space is big, and there is plenty of stuff out there.

I'm not sure they wouldn't challenge this. While it may only apply to companies in its jurisdiction, what gives US congress the authority to decide about ownership of stuff in space?

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 418

The existing UK laws assume guilty if you do not hand over your key when law enforcement ask for it. It's been like this since the late 1980s.

I was wondering about that... Doesn't this kind of prove that this latest offensive against privacy is not aimed at individual investigations, for which cases as you point out they have long had options? So this is about mass-surveillance.

Comment Re:Must be public pressure in Europe. (Score 1) 210

but it [Gitmo] is specifically for holding illegal combatants captured in the field by the military who are not POWs under the Geneva Convention.

You say "illegal combatants" as if it is an old, established concept in martial history -- as opposed to a fairly transparent sleight of hand to get away with gross violations of the GC. Same reason it is on Cuba, not in the US. Pesky laws and regulations.

It's not a gulag or a concentration camp for political prisoners.

So anything short of that is acceptable?

Comment Re:Yawn... Parent is Russian propaganda. (Score 1) 202

Yeah, except that didn't really happen.

Except that it did. Victoria Nuland admitted to $5B :

the fact you used the word "unconstitutional" is what gives you away as a Russian shill

There was regime change without elections. You and I might consider this "just", given that the previous bunch were pretty corrupt, but it certainly wasn't "constitutional".

NATO doesn't make anyone join by force

That's right, and I don't think anonymous GP was arguing they do. But they do accept or deny membership bids, and accepting Poland and various other former East Bloc nations was a violation of the promises made when the cold war ended.

Comment Re:practically true. Interesting theory $10 millio (Score 3, Insightful) 142

Now, we use Diffie-Hellman every day to do exactly that, as part of https. We thought it was impossible to share a secret on a public forum (or network) without everyone else on the forum being able to read the secret, but we were wrong. Diffie and Hellman invented a way.

Just thought I'd mention Ralph Merkle, the guy gets nowhere near fair credit for having co-invented public key cryptography. In fact, Hellman argues we should talk about Diffie-Hellman-Merkle key exchange.

And there were some guys at GCHQ who independently did pretty much the same. But I credit them less because it was all kept secret and they work for, you know, evil.

Leveraging always beats prototyping.