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Comment Maybe they are shielding themselves (Score 1) 365

First, it seems the assumption is that any intelligent life would be like us and burn fuel, use lots of energy, set their thermostats too high, etc. Ignoring any other possible forms of life, maybe those that would produce a heat signature have learned to shield it to prevent detection.

Comment I know who designed the robot (Score 1) 99

The same engineers that designed my Toyota. They thought it would be a good idea to have to replace rear signal lights by remove a panel inside the car and reaching in about 18 inches to TRY to turn the bulb socket in order to remove it. Obviously, the were hoping to sell robots like this to people who needed to replace their turn signals. At least I am not bitter about it.

Comment Why do the laws need to be so different? (Score 2) 44

Is it different if I yell 'Fire' in a crowded movie or if I tweet it? Fifty years ago if the government wanted to monitor communications or get customer records from a company what did they do? If someone hacks my computer and locks up my files for ransom, why is that different from breaking into my home and stealing my file folders? I know there are scale factors: customer records for hundreds vs tens of thousands (or more), breaking into one house at a time vs hacking a million systems with one email, etc. but why does all of this have to be re-invented? It seems like we (government) make it more complicated than it needs to be. Just wondering. (Please do not tell that it is all just different just because it is on a computer. I have been in the business for 30 years, build my own computers, read 2600, etc. so I have some exposure to the field.)

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