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Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 3, Insightful) 175

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#47958383) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

There is no perfect security, especially if the attacker is willing to die. The US use attack-drones in a few countries, how well are they set up to defend against them?
When Bush II went to London the Secret Service wanted all kinds of measures taken, including closing part of the London Underground. The mayor at the time said NO. When Bush went to the Frankfurt area as part of the same tour, the Secret Service came up with a laundry list of measures they wanted implemented to reduce the risk, the Germans actually listened and life in a corridor between Frankfurt Airport and Mainz pretty much ground to a halt for a day. Pathetic.

Comment: Re:Yikes (Score 2, Insightful) 238

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#47948441) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Nope, it most certainly is not.
All I can see here is the Soviet Union rising again. I grew up around the fringes (outside) and somehow it seems worse this time around.
Want a laugh? The Scottish Referendum and the Soviet observers are mouthing off that the whole affair was not "free and fair", that it had been manipulated.

This Vlad is sick of this garbage. Oh, and I was in the Ukraine a couple of months back. They have a right-wing lunatic fringe running at around 5% but most of them do not deserve this crud.

Comment: Re:Renewable (Score 1) 81

by Jeremi (#47914911) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Just as a quick jab, maybe I want poor Canadians to be paid by rich beachfront property owning Miamians? Just something to think about.

Hmm, a sort of environmental extortion racket? I like it, but somehow the Canadians don't strike me as quite the type to try it. Maybe I'm wrong about that. :)

Inflation: It would cost more today to retard economic growth and combat climate change than it will in 2025.

Are you sure? Because while the relevant technologies will have no doubt advanced by 2025, the scale of the problem will be that much larger by that time as well. It's not obvious (to me anyway) how one would predict where the "sweet spot" would be, or if there even is going to be one -- it's entirely possible that the problems will continuously grow faster than the technology needed to solve them, so that it will never be cheaper or easier to combat climate change than it is today.

Comment: Re:SF stories optimistic? (Score 1) 191

by Jeremi (#47914875) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

It seems that we are going to have to fight off aliens for our survival.

Er, why does it seem that?

Is it because any aliens that come here are going to want to take our resources? That seems unlikely, since any aliens capable of coming here would also be quite capable of gathering all the raw materials they need from other locations closer to wherever they came from -- avoiding interstellar freight costs is a huge incentive. (the exception might be "exotic" materials that can be found only on Earth, e.g. DNA, which might explain the cattle abductions -- but they only need samples of that since it's straightforward enough to duplicate as necessary)

Comment: Use best practices (Score 1) 267

by Jeremi (#47914785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

The standard IT solution for this problem is to encode the data as DNA and inject it into a few dozen cockroaches, which you then drive to the nearest KFC and set free.

If you ever need to restore from backup, just put some twinkies in a bowl outside your door, and some copies of your data will be available to you by morning.

Comment: Re:Renewable (Score 1) 81

by Jeremi (#47908851) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

The problems I have with it are the government favoring it over a neutral policy and mandates forcing me to use it when it's not yet the least costly.

That raises the question: Least costly to whom?

If, for example, the carbon emissions from your cheap energy today are going to result in my air conditioning bill doubling next year, shouldn't you be held liable to compensate me for the costs you incurred?

Or on a larger scale, if Shell's tar-sands pollution over the next few years causes Miami to have to be evacuated in, say, 2025, should the cost of losing Miami and relocating all of its people not be somehow factored in to our calculations about what is really "cheapest"? Otherwise we're just robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Comment: Re:Something tells me they have had this for a whi (Score 1) 210

by Jeremi (#47895357) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

Hmm. So you get easy access to amazing hardware that previous generations could only fantasize about, at bargain-basement prices, and still you manage to find a way to get upset about it, because somewhere out there, somebody might be making a profit by supplying you with products you want at a price you're willing to pay.

I'm finding it a bit difficult to feel much sympathy for your plight.

Physician: One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs when well. -- Ambrose Bierce