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Comment: Re:NSA probably already has this technology (Score 1) 120

by TheMeuge (#47897473) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

You are making a fundamentally flawed assumption that the government cares about false positives. I think our no-fly lists, jails, and police militarization are a pretty good indicator that a low false positive rate does not figure into calculations as far as the NSA, TSA, DHS or other TLAs are concerned. A cynical man (or woman) may also wonder about whether true positive rate figures into their calculations at all as well, or whether a power grab is the sole purpose of these agenices.

Comment: Re:Open Many Doors (Score 5, Insightful) 35

by TheMeuge (#47839139) Attached to: Shadowy Tech Brokers Deliver Data To the NSA

It is impossible to enforce the laws when you can catch all the violations

You're asking the wrong question - the correct question is this - how have we wound up in a situation where he have so many offenders, of so many laws, that there's not enough resources to lock them all up even if we knew every last one of them.
The answer is simple - if you create a job which comes with money and power, and where the job description is writing laws - you are going to have more laws. It's inevitable. And in a society where as a lawmaker you are rewarded for being "tough on crime", each subsequent law will be nitpickier and more punishing than the last.
That's it - our own system is going to bury us all in petty crime.
Freedom is the ability to break little rules. Rule of law is when you get caught when you break the big rules. A police state is when everyone is guilty, and it's up the police to decide who gets caught at what time.

As someone who was born behind the Iron Curtain, I promise you that the latter is very very scary.

Comment: Re:You can't sell what you don't have! (Score 3, Insightful) 274

by TheMeuge (#47540193) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

This has nothing to do with their network infrastructure, and everything to do with the fact that they would like you to pay out of pocket to stream media on their network. With a 10gb monthly limit on my 4 user plan, if I go away on a trip and watch 3-4 netflix movies in HD, I've used up my entire monthly allowance, and then streaming becomes pay-per-view at $10+ per movie.

They are annoyed that they have customers who still have an "unlimited" plan, and they are effectively converting those users to having a usable 5gb plan.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile In Humans... (Score 3, Insightful) 157

by TheMeuge (#47440133) Attached to: Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

I'll feed this troll.

...we're lead to believe with enough money for education everyone can be intelligent!

Appropriate general education ensures that we all have a chance to get to a certain level. Surely some people are more intelligent than others at baseline, but like most characteristics it needs to be exercised and developed... in the absence of education, it's easy to waste what you were born with, and that's what general education tries to prevent - the waste of intelligence. The other important role of education is to ensure that no matter what your level of education, you receive instruction sufficient to let you integrate into society.

Comment: Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (Score 1) 162

by kharchenko (#47434405) Attached to: Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

Her usual pharmacy didn't have it in stock, so I had to find another that did.

That sounds familiar. These prescriptions can be a bitch to fill. My father was in a really bad shape after a fall and the doctor prescribed him oxycodone (I don't think it was pure, may be percocet). I drove around the city half the night trying to find a pharmacy that would fill that prescription. After the fourth pharmacy, seemingly innocent "oh, we don't carry that" excuse sounded really disingenuous.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?