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Comment: Quick and easy law lookup (Score 1) 182

by jraff2 (#49107673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?
Insist that ALL laws be open to the public, not hiding behind expensive pay-walls. Legal decisions that affect literally millions of people are available only to those with the $$$ to pay to view the decisions. Those with out access to the decisions get shuffled through the courts and squirted into prison with out an real avenue of defense.

Comment: Fracking vs Water (Score 1) 168

by jraff2 (#48748269) Attached to: Seismological Society of America Claims Fracking Reactivated Ohio Fault
Fracking needs to be investigated to ensure that NO water supply is contaminated now or way into the future. Because if and when water is contaminated someone is going to have to spend $$$$$ to filter it, pipe or truck in water for the residents, farms, wild life, both animal and plant of the area. The EPA should be looking into this, but the congresspeople that run this country told the EPA hands off, because the money from the frackers paid them off. Right now write you congressperson and demand someone (EPA) ensure that NO water is contaminated, and if and when (because you know it will) it is contaminated the person, company, agency, entity responsible MUST pay the bill not the local residents. Environmental Protections is MANDATORY!

Comment: All Writs Act (Score 1) 446

by jraff2 (#48517745) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices
How does one get around "All Writs Act". Essentially you don't! Functionally you and some conspirator have a agreement to use some form of encryption that may or may not be already broken by some TLAs. When the TLA shows up at your door you MUST decode the message or go to jail. This process absolves anyone else; hardware, software, application, etc. from Gov. action. You and your conspirator become the responsible party. Essentially one must leave the jurisdiction of the TLA that would be interested in your communications. Bye - bye!

Comment: Kitche/Home computer (Score 1) 76

by jraff2 (#48508013) Attached to: Big Banks Will Vie For Your Attention With Cardless ATMs and VR
In the future - 2 or 3 days - an AI will be listening to all communication and take notes, answer questions etc. It's primary interface would be verbal, voice communications. It would have to know the voice and stress level of everyone in the house. Programmers could easily provide one voice recognition, and get money for each voice added to the repertoire This would be the beginnings of HAL or SkyNet depending... It would have to be aware of it's surroundings so as to not interrupt normal conversation or take sides in some human argument, but possibly call police, fire, ambulance when requested. Yeah I know this already was posited by some movie in the past, but it's time has come. How do we put "intelligence" behind the voice recorder? How good are the voice to word translators? Or does what I am proposing already exist. But we must make it smaller, faster, cheaper and much more intelligent.

Comment: Local Competition in Broadband - Never happen (Score 1) 135

by jraff2 (#48397437) Attached to: Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?
Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband? One can not really ask that question with the "pay for hire" congress we currently have in office. The politicians will promis ANYTHING to get in office and then it's the one with the most money who gets the vote. "One man one vote" not really - The most money gets the vote! One must get politicians who listen to their constituents and votes what they want. That won't happen while the major billion dollar corp. can BUY the vote they want! How do we get that to happen, forbid any politician accepting money for himself, his corp. , re-election committee or any other related entity. That won't happen while the current politicians are in office. A Contential Congress made of of all the also-rans who wanted to get into office and make changes. Otherwise "continue dreaming"?!?!?

Comment: Timing would be a major issue (Score 1) 44

by jraff2 (#48272161) Attached to: Remote Vision Through a Virtual Reality Headset (Video)
When attempting to work with Waldos the timing of one's actions gets complicated. Any time over a second delay gets very problematic. The engineers moving the Mars scouts have to think ahead and give commands to the scouts and let them wander toward a destination, but the path, speed, etc. must be handeled locally. With minutes and hours delay it's imposible to use waldos. One would have to issue a series of instructions and delimitations to ensure that what one needs to accomplish actually gets done, then let the local machine/computer decypher the instructions and figure out how to perform them. If one attempted to use Waldos at the bottom of the sea, or outer space, the time delay would very problematic. This all presumes that electrons travel at a limited speed. If one develops FTL communications then Waldos at a distance would be viable.

Comment: Too easy to stomp into quiet (Score 1) 98

by jraff2 (#47976909) Attached to: Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You
What is to prevent the Gov. from infiltrating "Dead Man Zero" and NSLing them into silence! The only way to ensure that the information gets out would be to have multiple storage site scattered around the various countries where the NSL, CIA, FBI and other TLAs don't have standing.

Comment: E-Mail size limits not an issue (Score 1) 334

by jraff2 (#47937051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives
Use Whale Mail or something similar. http://www.sharefile.com/ Or one can sign up with ANY hosting provider, They all proide GigaBytes of storage. Just send a link to the file and let them download it at their leisure, and it won't clog up their E-Mail box with huge files.

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.