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Comment: Re:Google may have failed on the flu prediction fr (Score 1) 72

by evelo (#42897459) Attached to: When Google Got Flu Wrong
Personally I find the mania detector quite useful, and hope it can be used to expose other mass-illusions such as hybrid cars being positive for the environment and guns in school being a good thing. I know I won't need a flu shot, but I want to know how many crazy people I should prepare to disbelieve and avoid any given day.

Comment: Re:Now you know for certain (Score 1) 454

by evelo (#40976861) Attached to: DOJ Says iPhone Is So Secure They Can't Crack It

The iPhone sports a master encryption key and DOJ has access to it.

I know the FBI has been asking for something remedial-level easy, like a master key, for ssl since at least the 90s. Do you have a citation or anything? Speaking of remedial-level.. the DoJ still hasn't shown it has *anything* in the way of file evidence for its megaupload case. My wager is on the agents unplugging everything pell-mell before bothering to ask "what's a storage cloud". Ever since they suspended the 4th for certain cases, there are always, um, "very eager" agents on the scene whenever a seizure is in play.

Comment: Re:"Skunkworks" they say, hm? (Score 1) 141

by evelo (#39996017) Attached to: 'Goofing Off' To Get Ahead?
"Skunkworks" is just as diluted and meaningless and expression as "genius" is anymore. For-profit universities of today do not turn out engineers capable of designing an SR71 with sliderules and graph paper. Greed has made our population so stupid, I doubt we could pool enough brains to design an SR71 *with computer modelling today.

Comment: Re:Why Spain? (Score 1) 508

by evelo (#38598786) Attached to: US Threatens Spain For Not Implementing SOPA-Like Law
Let's say the numbers are clean indicators, which I seriously doubt.

I'm not shocked only 1 in 5 people in a country in the midst of a depression bought an American CD last year, I'm shocked 1 in 5 people in a severely short economy DID buy an American CD last year.

Take a look at their usage breakdown. The poorest countries use P2P the most. Who's the braniac counting 'lost sales' here? Can he sue his educators?

If the US government wants more sales in Spain, we should send them more money. RIAA doesn't use the barter system.

Comment: Re:How nice of them (Score 4, Insightful) 243

by evelo (#38308214) Attached to: Feds Return Mistakenly Seized Domain

I know, free speech and all that. However, free speech doesn't seem to be the issue here at all, the issue has nothing to do with what is said, but what is (purportedly) hosted. And domains are arguably not property, so that wouldn't be the issue either, at least not certainly.

Disclaimer: I think these seizures are bad and illegal. I'm just not sure they are "violating civil rights" or "censorship", as seems to be the refrain on Slashdot.

Personally I'm not willing to separate communication over a computer network from face to face communication when it comes to freedom of expression or for that matter accountability for fraud, libel, sedition, civil offenses etc. The domain's owner pays a fee to use that identity for his puposes, and the only purpose of computer networking is communication. It *should be cut and dry, the government should have no special powers to censor Internet communications any more than they should be permitted to pepper spray passive demonstrators. This domain was seized without even contacting the owner and witheld for a full year. No offenses were committed and no due process was given. IMO they did conspire to violate US 1st and 4th amendment rights.

Comment: Re:A bit thin-skinned... (Score 2) 328

by evelo (#37786380) Attached to: High Court Rules In Favor of Top Gear Over Tesla Remarks

If Tesla wants positive reviews, they need to build a car that gets those reviews from testers.

That will never fly here for the same reason that the American Top Gear will never come close to the spirit of the original. This is a BBC thing: sponsors don't pay for the show... people do. Without worry of offending sponsors or friends of sponsors or potential future sponsors, Clarkson can pretty much express any personal opinion he wants. We have a word for that here in TVland: "terrorism".

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.