All encryption, all the time, and NO BACKDOORS in ANY of it. Ever. Suck it, intelligence community and law enforcement, go have your little fantasy police-state somewhere else WE DON'T WANT IT.
Implying that TALKING about an issue does nothing to AFFECT an issue
Are you doing anything other than hiding behind being an AC? Do not presume to question me, AC, for you do not know me or what I do or do not do, and it's none of your business.
..collateral intrusion into privacy â" we are likely to end up in an ethically worse position than we were before
Translation: Give away your privacy to us, now, or we'll TAKE IT FROM YOU.
Memo to 'Intellgence community': GO FUCK YOURSELVES, ASSHOLES.
Enough is enough. This shit has to stop, now. We are free citizens of our respective countries (..well, OK, some are more free than others, some aren't very free at all. One problem at a time); we are not inmates in a prison, which is exactly how they want to treat everyone: Monitored and guarded 24/7/365, and all communications monitored and inspected. FUCK THAT SHIT!
However: Serious technical challenges, here. In development, they'd have to find some way to simulate the Martian atmosphere; can be done. Martian gravity? Not sure how you'd do that, but let's put it aside for now. 'Autonomous' is putting it mildly! This would have to be a bit more than your garden-variety quadcopter drone. I believe we have the technology for a system to map the ground below it with high enough resolution to allow it to find flat, level ground to land on (laser and/or radar?). I'll assume there are winds of some sort on Mars like there would be on any other planet that has an atmosphere, and we've had enough probes there to know what those winds are like (on the surface, at least). Run-time during flight would be a potential problem, although the gravity on Mars is less than that of Earth so it would take less energy to fly, right? Maybe a combination of an on-board nuclear power source like used on long-range space probes, plus batteries and solar? Unused power generated from the nuclear source and solar together recharge the batteries, wasting little. Of course what I don't know here is what a nuclear power sources' mass is, and would become very relevant for something that is going to fly; have to look that up later. How about disaster recovery? One bad landing, ending up upside down or on it's side, and it's all over unless there is a way to get it to right itself reliably. How about mode of flight? I'm thinking VTOL, which would allow it to conserve power by being able to operate in fixed-wing mode over longer distances, but there's the question of overall mass, and what would the wings have to look like in order to get sufficient lift in the Martian atmosphere?
A million questions! If they did this, I'd love to be a fly-on-the-wall (or a tech working on the project) during development and production of the probe.
I do not approve of any system that will arbitrarily override my basic controls of the vehicle, it's a bad idea. Why should I or anyone relinquish control of braking to some anonymous software writer(s) that may or may not have covered all possible contingencies properly? Just one more system to fail in your vehicle. No, I propose we educate, train, and test drivers more rigorously, and if they're not truly competent, then they don't get to drive.
On the other hand: All it takes is one asshole with a truckload of fertilizer, diesel fuel, powdered magnesium (for good measure), and a little common explosive to detonate it, to ruin a whole bunch of people's lives, permanently.
I'm not condoning politicians' knee-jerk reaction/reflexive power grab/power-grab-by-design, or whatever is actually going on here, but I'm just sayin'..
Unfortunately we seem to be living in a world and time where there are way too many assholes all at the same time, and it's wearing thin on everyone.
However, most people are unable to distinguish between islamists, islamistic terrorists and normal muslims.
So how do you do that, hmmm? It's already been established that gender and age have no bearing on this equation, nor does citizenship or ancestral background, or even what country you were born in, so what's your magic formula?
On a lighter note: Don't know if anyone else noticed it, but I raised an eyebrow and quirked up a corner of my mouth over the use of the word 'atomic' in the summary; did we get transported back to 1945 or something while I was sleeping?