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Comment: Re:Not fully junk (Score 1) 309

Most of the money spent anywhere could be argued to be more useful when donated towards cancer research. I guess as long as we don't decide that resources are allocated according to a greater good principle, there are a certain amount of people that will end life as a corpsicle.

Comment: Re:Now the Little Brother can watch too! (Score 3, Informative) 63

by fightermagethief (#49425067) Attached to: Radar That Sees Through Walls Built In Garage

I wouldn't worry about it. There is plenty of low-hanging fruit that requires no investment. Do you have cars that were built in the early nineties or earlier sitting in a driveway? They are easy prey. Do you have a doorbell or just a door that can be knocked on? Both of those can be used to determine if someone is home. Unfortunately, only the well-off can afford to protect their possessions with any degree of certainty.

I would like to emphasis that I do not apply or condone the idea of breaking into someone's house or stealing their stuff, I just happen to be good at it. If you don't keep abreast of these kind of methodologies, how can you protect yourself?

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.

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.