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Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 166

by rtb61 (#47971591) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Will US insiders quit whining about spending 5 billion dollars to give the Crimea back to Russia for free after a Ukrainian leader of the Soviet Union stole it and attached it to his homeland. Seriously how many Russian died fighting the Nazi's including their Ukrainian Allies over that bit of territory during the second war world, hundreds of thousands, ever seriously think they were just going to let it go. They saw everything the US was plotting and scheming in the Ukraine that Russia wouldn't seek to capitalise on US arrogance and recover what was taken from them and ensure that US meddling ended up in a huge long lasting mess which only Russia could fix. Putin is neither here nor there, the only thing he most definitely beats out Uncle Tom Obama the choom gang coward on, is he most definitely is not a corporate puppet.

Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 1) 388

by rtb61 (#47970841) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Life Rule, Have as much fun as possible whilst causing the least amount of harm possible. Likely those who are most fearful of death abuse the hell out of that rule causing a great deal of harm by having fun at everyone else's expense. If you really believe you are alive and there is a real dimension, an energy to life, like all other forms of energy it logically must be in balance. That fear re-balancing seems to be what drives those with the worst life balance to desperately fend of death for as long as possible. For others, whose lives are more positively balanced of course, no more than a hopefully peaceful end and a long rest.

Comment: MAD (Score 3, Insightful) 166

by rtb61 (#47970755) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Mutually Assured Destruction, making sure the psychopaths that own the corporations who make the weapons, the corrupt politicians who buy the weapons and fire the weapons, die as well. That's all they care about, as for the rest of us, we are all cannon fodder and millennia of psychopathic war has shown the will use and kill us without limit or mercy, only our refusal to play their game, puts limits on it. A multi-lingual internet where people communicate from all over the world would likely make that refusal global.

Comment: Re:Sales figures are news now? (Score 1) 166

by rtb61 (#47970727) Attached to: Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Sold? sold to whom? End users, retailers, wholesalers, importers or exporters. Hell, using that model you can count the same phone 5 times. The infamous sold out marketing scam is getting pretty old and lame, oh my god, buy it now, buy it before it's too late and you can never get one, buy it or be left behind etc.

If you don't wait 30 to 60 days to buy a new product, then you just become a tester for every one else and the manufacturer as the faults come to light.

Comment: Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (Score 1) 217

by shutdown -p now (#47969411) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

(including the Russians who would have called us out on it had we obviously been filming on a sound stage

FWIW, most Moon landing conspiracy theories claim that Soviets were in on the scam, either because they were bribed (a common theme claims food shipments were the bribe, thereby "explaining" why the USSR didn't have any more devastating famines),

Comment: Re:Quality, not quantity (Score 1) 388

The stuff he scoffs at, exercise, mental puzzles, weird cocktails, have little to do with prolonging life and everything with improving the quality of life, or at least trying to. I wouldn't mind living to 90 in relatively good health, and if there's something I can do when I'm 70 to improve my chances, I'll be doing it.

Comment: Re:temporary vs permanent visas (Score 1) 241

This! Except for:

They're not so great for either the temporary workers or other potential competitors in the labor market, because they are tied until the sponsoring employer *may at its discretion* apply for permanent residence status. Note in this case success is by no means assured, and may take up to two years.

Two years? If you're a lucky one, I suppose that's true. I'm looking at about 4 years right now, and I know some guys from India for whom it's more like 6, and I believe even that's not the worst.

Comment: Re:Screening process (Score 1) 189

by JaredOfEuropa (#47964437) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails
How does this work in Kickstarter? You'd think the campaigners should receive only the amount they initially sought, with maybe up to 10% extra if the pledged amount exceeds that. Once the first backers receive the product, the rest of the funds can be released to fulfill those orders. And if there's a cost overrun, the 2nd tier backers can be given the opportunity to pull out or let their money ride, after which the project can receive additional funding from the remaining backers. That way, the projects are encouraged to spend sensibly, and are required to provide a solid explanation in case they go over budget.

Comment: Re:Changes nothing (Score 1) 189

by JaredOfEuropa (#47963837) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails
You pay for a product that might otherwise not see the light of day. In some cases it's worth the gamble, and I've gotten a few useful products through crowd-funding.

For some projects, I'd be interested in getting a slice of the company (i.e. a chance at financial reward) instead of the finished product in exchange for my contribution. But I suppose there might be a lot of extra legal requirements for such a scheme.

Comment: Re:Something seems off... (Score 1) 75

by JaredOfEuropa (#47963109) Attached to: Researchers Propose a Revocable Identity-Based Encryption Scheme
If IBE requires a trusted third party, it seems to me that its only advantage over having a public key repository is that it can work offline, i.e. you do not need access to the trusted 3rd party to generate someone's public key from an email address, you only need to get and remember the master public key (once). In that case, a public key repository (a service that spits out someone's public key when given their email address) seems to have a lot of advantages, especially in the sense that this repository does not need to be trusted. And it'll handle revocations as well.

Any encryption scheme that requires a trusted third party is not sufficiently private in this day and age.

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.