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Comment This could not be worded any worse (Score 1, Insightful) 91 91

In the header for this, your last sentence: "This article takes readers from the first Crypto War of the early 1990s to the present-day political battle to keep everyone who uses the Internet safe." The present day battle is not about keeping people safe - it's breaking down people's ability to keep secrets. The cost for this level of protection is way too high.

Comment Why not use Google Apps? (Score 1) 108 108

Google offers free Google Apps for Business for domains with less than 10 users on them - and it's free. Just gotta setup the MX records - I get DNS control for free from GoDaddy as they are my registrar, but I don't host a site at all on my 3-character domain. With that, I can point my MX records to google, and the domain has multiple email accounts on it, all for free. The trick is that the google hides the "get it for free" link on the setup page.

Comment Our #1 health problem is profit margins (Score 1) 668 668

Homeopathy may be crap, but there's no doubt that one of our worlds largest problems is the connection between patents, drug development, and commercial interests focused on profiting on new creations, and not actually spending any time or interest on curing diseases and solving problems using what nature gives us.

Examples of this are rife everywhere - from my own experience, any asthmatic can tell you in the 2000's their rescue inhaler only cost them $15 for the generic - however, when the gas inside the inhaler was changed from a CFC-based propellant to nitrogen, they filed new drug status (for the same ancient drug), purely because they changed the propellant - asthmatics now pay $45 for the same inhaler (with insurance, FYI) with the new gas. Who's to say they won't switch to oxygen or CO2 as a propellant when the next round of patents expire and the prices drop to generic levels?

On the opposite side of the spectrum, herbal remedies can for some things be quite helpful - and some of the "herbal cures" in that realm like Slippery Elm for diverticulitis work very well but are not prescribed by any doctor lawfully as these cures are not tested by anyone officially - because doing so won't guarantee the researchers investment in testing will be paid back because they cannot control who sells that herbal cure afterwards. There are cures in nature that are not being directly researched, presented or even considered by the big pharma community because of this. Many cures in nature are being researched so that the potentially patent-able bits are pulled out for testing and potential commercialization. If they found that chewing a certain leaf or making tea of it cured something important, big pharma would never tell us - not until they pulled the active parts out and sold that to us 15 years later at a premium after extensive testing as well.

I suppose the FDA should be doing this on their own, but that's an extra that's not in their charter..

Comment How does your math hold up when it's $3? (Score 1) 480 480

I don't know about your PowerBall setup - but the payout is when you do the power-play because that engages the multiplier - without it you cannot win the "monster payout" that is advertised. Those are $3 each. When I do play the lotto, I don't even waste my time with PowerBall @ $3 per ticket unless the jackpot is over $250m, and then I know I'm tossing my money away anyway.

Comment AI vs Bad Reporting vs Politicians (Score 1) 227 227

If you want something to fear, you should focus on politicians. I for one would welcome our digital leaders with open arms - I'd fear them far less than the cold logic of a machine. At least logic can be used at that point. Lord knows, logic has no purpose in politics..

Comment Can you guys shorten this to the point? (Score 3, Insightful) 27 27

This video and it's immediate predecessor might have some cool stuff in it, but frankly, the format, run length, Etc. is 100% totally boring. This could be likely summarized in a viral video with some just animation and summaries - seeing 3 people talk in an overlong video is more boring that reading while on the can.

Comment Keys are not dead! Just ait till your fob dies.. (Score 1) 865 865

So my first two keyless cars were nice, Nissan, and reliable. However, I must state something here - except for GM's more than obvious mistake, keys don't generally fail that badly. In the case of my Nissan Cube, when it hit 3 years old and around 40k miles, I had a key die on it. This wasn't covered by the warranty, and I had to replace it. Then I had to hit the dealer for them to program it. The only time I have to deal with the dealer on key issues before was when I lost a key and had to re-train a smart-key with the car, and the pricing of the pure-electronic keys is not friendly. My lost Nissan key was replaced for $80 on eBay, plus $50 a the dealer to program it. My co-worker who just lost his 2009 Mazda CX-9 keycard, and who's second key is flaky, is now looking at a combination of smart-key and physical chip-key replacement, times two - that's $500 just for the two keys themselves, plus $100 from the dealer to program it all up. These keycards from the dealer are $450 each, and just like tires, you can't drive without them. Ouch! I like my car's key. It's something that can be replaced and doesn't cost like someone stole all four of your tires.

Comment Wait - if this makes time perception slow down.. (Score 1) 914 914

The idea of making an evil bastard serve a 1000 year sentence sounds like a clever idea, however, I do believe it falls under the tenants of cruel and unusual punishment. That being said, if a person could serve a 60 or 90-day sentence in 5 days, that would be beneficial to society from a cost perspective if the same level of rehabilitation takes place. On that note, I must ask - if time moves more slowly to the person on this fictional drug, does that mean that learning over time could be ramped up? Could we distort someones internal clock and then feed their brain information that all gets stored? This could be one way to upload someone with all the knowledge they need to complete an education..

Submission + - Why Not Replace SSL Certificates With PGP Keys? 9 9

vik writes: The whole SSL process has been infiltrated by the NSA, GCSB and other n'er-do-wells. If governments want a man-in-the-middle certificate they simply issue a secret gagging order to the CA to make them issue one. Consequently "certified" SSL certificates can no longer be trusted. Ironically self-issued certificates are more secure, but not easily verified.

However, PGP/GPG keys can be trusted and independently verified. They are as secure as we can get for now. Why not replace the broken SSL CA system with GPG/PGP encryption keys? Make the NSA-infiltrated stuff obsolete, and rely on a real-world web of trust?

Submission + - Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?

theodp writes: Back in the day, leprosy patients were stigmatized and shunned, quarantined from society in Leper Colonies. Those days may be long gone, but are our mapping, GPS, and social media technologies in effect helping to create modern-day 'Leper Colonies'? The recently-shuttered GhettoTracker.com (born again as Good Part of Town) generated cries of racism by inviting users to rate neighborhoods based on 'which parts of town are safe and which ones are ghetto, or unsafe'. Calling enough already with the avoid-the-ghetto apps, The Atlantic Cities' Emily Badger writes, "this idea toes a touchy line between a utilitarian application of open data and a sly wink toward people who just want to steer clear of 'those kinds of neighborhoods.'" The USPTO has already awarded avoid-crime-ridden-neighborhoods-like-the-plague patents to tech giants Microsoft, IBM, and Google. So, when it comes to navigational apps, where's the line between utility and racism? 'As mobile devices get smarter and more ubiquitous,' writes Svati Kirsten Narula, 'it is tempting to let technology make more and more decisions for us. But doing so will require us to sacrifice one of our favorite assumptions: that these tools are inherently logical and neutral...the motivations driving the algorithms may not match the motivations of those algorithms' users.' Indeed, the Google patent for Storing and Providing Routes proposes to 'remove streets from recommended directions if uploaded route information indicates that travelers seem to avoid the street.' Even faster routes that 'traverse one or more high crime areas,' Google reasons, 'may be less appealing to most travelers'.

Comment Re:Questionable List (Score 1) 657 657

And this is why Apple is still winning.

Microsoft needs to desperately flush the toilet of all the old. The fact that the Surface Tablet, a supposed walled garden that supports only Flash, but not Java, still needed to perform a Windows Defender scan after it's first update, proves it. They can't break out of their old ways, and they're still not trying.

Comment It's got the right idea, but... (Score 1) 658 658

When did power steering become a safety feature?? Personally, as a commuter who uses drives to a train every day, I'm all for getting a car that's cheap and efficient - and this one sounds perfect. Airbags make perfect sense to me as a safety requirement, but I don't see where traction control should be required - this is what insurance is for. I do see the mileage going down however once it's got the weight added to the doors to prevent passenger smush in side collisions.. and in this country, that means the passengers have to live through an SUV collision.

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