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Comment: Efficiency? (Score 1) 177

by idontgno (#49577933) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

That's a concern of dictators and managers.

Free Software is free of those, too. If I'm doing what I'm doing because I want to do it, I don't give a metric ratfuck about your ideas of efficiency.

Thanks. I work in a bondage-and-domination efficiency-driven profit-based business culture for my meager pay. Don't try to "improve" my free time that way too.

Comment: Re:Common sense here folks (Score 2) 118

That's nice. Now you have a head attached to a dying body stuck in an iron lung.

Not to mention that it does nothing for every other organ failing for lack of functional innervation. Which is all of them.

Hell, if you're going to this much trouble, just attach the head directly to artificial life support. More effective, far simpler, and less limited than your preferred solution.

Comment: Re:Common sense here folks (Score 5, Informative) 118

"paralyzed from the neck down" == "suffocating in minutes", since all respiratory impulses are carried on the somatic spinal nerves controlling the diaphragm and the intercostal muscles. Never mind the fact that severed autonomic nerves means no information from or control of any organs: digestive system shuts down, heart never responds to physiologic need and could spontaneously fibrillate... most organ systems shut down.

Sorry, it's absolutely required to effectively re-fuse the entire spinal cord plus the independent segments of the parasympathetic nervous system (such as the vagus nerve) through the dissection plane. Otherwise, you're just attaching a head to a dying body.

Comment: Re:What a scumbag (Score 1) 256

by idontgno (#49536883) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

Above anything, I would like people to say, 'Okay, she's human.

I'd insist on a genetic test before believing even that, from her.

A genetic test would probably reveal that she is, in fact, a cancer. A walking, talking, lying, murdering, moneymaking malignant tumor.

I think that qualifies as irony. "I don't have cancer, I AM cancer."

Comment: Re:Forward thinking... (Score 1) 289

by idontgno (#49521373) Attached to: Robot Workers' Real Draw: Reducing Dependence on Human Workers

In the second scenario, there's really no need to care about people buying things, or really whether or not they starve en masse for that matter.

Well, mostly true, but the Robot Overlords will probably have disagreements with each other, and the peasants make damn fine cannon fodder.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

by idontgno (#49515299) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

That has no chance of being prevented by this.

Of course they do. They get state laws passed banning aftermarket/DIY electronics, in the interests of (safety|emissions|"The Children"|stopping terrorists|whatever the moral panic of the day is).

After that, all it takes is a state regime of vehicle inspections at registration time, and the ability to detect non-standard parts (electronically, and physically). Plus denying registration for a modded car.

Comment: Re:Piping a river elsewhere (Score 0) 678

by idontgno (#49511477) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

On this, the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, I don't think citing the glowing success of sub-oceanic pipeline technology is going to be a very compelling argument.

Still, spilling fresh water into the sea is probably a little more benign than light sweet crude.


The NSA Wants Tech Companies To Give It "Front Door" Access To Encrypted Data 212

Posted by samzenpus
from the let-us-in dept.
An anonymous reader writes The National Security Agency is embroiled in a battle with tech companies over access to encrypted data that would allow it to spy (more easily) on millions of Americans and international citizens. Last month, companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple urged the Obama administration to put an end to the NSA's bulk collection of metadata. "National Security Agency officials are considering a range of options to ensure their surveillance efforts aren't stymied by the growing use of encryption, particularly in smartphones. Key among the solutions, according to The Washington Post, might be a requirement that technology companies create a digital key that can open any locked device to obtain text messages or other content, but divide the key into pieces so no one group could use it without the cooperation of other parties."

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