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Comment: Re: Climate change is politics (Score 1) 416

by fightermagethief (#49272461) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

The commoners won't be cutting back on resource usage any time soon since they are sold to us by private businesses. In California, there are constantly articles in various papers about the severe drought and yet there is no mention about current flagrant uses such as watering for ornamental plants or car-wash businesses. One would think that a rolling blackout type of policy would be implemented, but that would hurt the profits of utility companies. Of course, Ted Cruz having a hand anywhere near this sort of thing pushes us further from turning essential services like utilities into not-for-profit, socialized companies.

Comment: Re:Well Yes (Score 0) 123

by fightermagethief (#49256351) Attached to: Mass Surveillance: Can We Blame It All On the Government?

If he's not a native speaker, he certainly covers it well to fool me--I'm a native English speaker with about 2 decades experience as a writer/editor in that language, and I'd be happy to interview him for a job my team is looking to fill.

Is this job reference for the purpose of making a point or actually real? If the latter, what sort of role and experience? Would you also consider "hiring" an unpaid intern?

Comment: Re:Blame it all on the government? (Score 1) 123

by fightermagethief (#49254493) Attached to: Mass Surveillance: Can We Blame It All On the Government?

This being said, what do you feel is an appropriate response for the low-man:
socially acceptable things like protest, voting, letter-writing, funding of PACs
discordianism, graffiti, and general subversive behavior, or some other alternative?
Personally, I favor the latter, but I would like to get the input of others.

Comment: Re:i'm going to say something potentially unpopula (Score 1) 123

by fightermagethief (#49254471) Attached to: Mass Surveillance: Can We Blame It All On the Government?

you have secret piece of info {X}

you are going to put it on a public wire, and expect that secret piece of info {X} to magically stay secret

where exactly does that erroneous perception come from?

What about public-key encryption or one-time pads? Theoretically at least, while I am no expert, the concept of transferring something in plain sight while the message remains indecipherable seems to not be an impossible task.

Comment: Re:Yeah but why is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 606

by fightermagethief (#49221065) Attached to: YouTube Video of Racist Chant Results In Fraternity Closure

In the real 1984 it's not Big Brother you have to worry about.

It is though, really. We have to worry about our peers narc'ing us out or otherwise just publishing our seemingly private activities. It's a 'big brother' in the sense that they don't have direct authority over us but can narc us out to mommy or daddy. Not to defend whatever bullshit this fraternity is about. I can't say as I read the article, but I imagine this lack of privacy could have both good and bad results.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"