Also, water consumed by plants and creatures isn't lost forever. Sure, the bonds are cracked to make hydrocarbons, but the H and the O still exists. It's not like our bodies perform nuclear reactions.
The specific legislation to which Alexander referred was unclear. Angela Canterbury, the policy director for the Project on Government Oversight, a watchdog group, said she was unaware of any such bill. Neither was Steve Aftergood, an intelligence policy analyst at the Federation of American Scientists.
The laws were passed and signed into law by the secret FISA Congress and the secret FISA POTUS, naturally!
I'm sure the secret FISA SCOTUS has already reviewed these laws and found them reasonable & necessary.
The Secret FISA VISA.
It's everywhere you want to spy!!
I wonder how long it will take for attacks on the NSA's and their contractors' workers by the public to start?
So, how long until Iron Man, now?
Not long at all. At least, for something a bit less "sci-fi" (umm, "palm thrusters"?) but more practical for the real-world foot-soldier.
But soon there will be very little need for large numbers of (human) infantry.
Atlas rocky terrain and balance tests. http://youtu.be/S-WRjDsyL0s
Robot soldiers that won't question, lie, or disobey orders.
Every megalomaniacs' and oppressive police states' wet-dream.
What could possibly go wrong?
The only thing worse than a self-aware "Skynet" is a "Skynet" under human control. Machines don't enjoy needless cruelty and the deliberate infliction of pain & suffering for their own sakes.
I'm sure whoever accidentally requisitioned hundreds of bipedal forklifts instead of ordinary forklifts got the last laugh that day.
"Nobody ever got fired for buying bipedal forklifts"?
Doesn't have the same ring.
I am STILL stymied by a question he asked once:
"Why does a mirror reverse left-and-right but not up-and-down?"
Turn your head 90 degrees so that one eye is higher than the other. Ta Da, it now "reverses up and down."
[Obvious use]...Great for spying on people's phone communications
Or, alternately, enabling people to set up their own local networks (throw in a dash of encryption, maybe?) when a government shuts down the carriers to aid in suppressing mass political/popular opposition, protests, marches, demonstrations, etc.
It could ultimately be tracked down by the government, but even with no attempts to transmission-wise obscure the source/location (well, lets be real...it would necessarily be on a low-power transmitter, so there's that) it's damned hard, particularly in a dense urban area, to locate a signal from the ground.
There's also the practical matter of logistics for the authorities. There aren't a whole lot of radio tracking & location vans around. The FCC has typically only had one or two in most of the States in the US, with exceptions for the larger States like California where the vast area of the State demands a larger fleet, but still relatively very few for covering a huge area. Michigan for instance had two (one was almost always parked and served as a backup vehicle against mechanical failures/repair) the last I'd heard.
Helicopters would be faster, but there aren't that many so equipped either, even in the military. The military signal tracking capabilities are more focused on weapons systems and target tracking, not domestic small-transmitter rabbit-hunting that doesn't involve something akin to a HARM missile taking out a half-block area. That might go largely unnoticed and be considered by many to be an improvement in large sections of Detroit, but elsewhere it would definitely cause mass anti-government public demonstrations, protests, uprisings, death, and violence.
And, I think we can *all* agree, here...
"Ain't nobody got time for that!"
imagine a driver getting turn-by-turn navigation while a front-seat passenger streams music from the Internet, and each back-seat passenger watches streaming videos on separate displays.
Just because there's an internal network for the car's electronics doesn't mean there's any internet connection (and there'd better not be).
I really doubt it is actually meant to blow itself up though.
If they used the right kind of battery it could
All you'd need to do is build it on a flammable PCB with a nichrome-wire-style electrical ignition element embedded within it, and discharge the (I would assume normally inaccessible without tripping the destruct) battery through it. The destruct could even have it's own built-in and seperate battery
*Poof*, original "Mission Impossible"-style.
"Good morning, Mr. Phelps..."
Sometimes the old tech is the best tech.
What was it you called a country where the government and powerful, "connected" private business interests merge?
Ohhh, silly me! *Now* I remember!
A Fascist Oligarchy, of course!
Welcome to the DRNA comrades! (Democratic Republic of North America) The new flag will be a black silhouette of a boot stomping a human face on a blood-red background.
Just wait until they run out of money they can rape from the domestic economy and begin a policy of international aggression to keep their hookers and blow flowing. The world is going to burn.