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Comment: Re:Gates? (Score 1) 140

by kwiecmmm (#49284459) Attached to: Gates: Large Epidemics Need a More Agile Response

Why do people give credence to anything this guy says, beyond Microsoft, or more generally, microcomputers, I'll never know.

Maybe because of the vast amount of charity work he has done in the past two decades. His work (not specifically himself but experts that work for him) on malaria, HIV, vaccines worldwide, and other huge issues here and in the third world.

Even if you hate Microsoft, why would you completely ignore his charity work?

Comment: Re:LiDAR solves for vegetation (Score 1) 31

I can't speak to jungles, but in local wooded areas in the US there are enough holes in the canopy to get some lidar data through the foliage. One certainly gets more with leaf off, but leaf on isn't a complete deal breaker.

Yes, but little wholes in the canopy are hardly enough to map the area and most likely not anywhere near enough to find more than a couple mines in areas that probably have at least hundreds of mines.

Comment: Re:Have we handed the government control over it? (Score 1) 347

by kwiecmmm (#49243821) Attached to: FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order

This may not work out in our favor over the long term. How soon before they start overtly regulating content?

This Net Neutrality "gift" may turn out to be a trojan horse. There must have be some other way to ensure the net stays neutral without classifying it as a utility subject to government meddling.

One way that this can be reversed and not negatively affect consumers is if there is a ton more competition in internet access. Most places that I have lived have one or if I was lucky two internet carriers. I don't want satellite and I want a better connection than a DSL connection so my only option is to go with a cable company that provides internet services.

So until there is real competition around the country this needs to be classified as a utility.

Comment: Re:Should read (Score 1) 631

by kwiecmmm (#49140199) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

"Democrats force through socialist regulations." Nothing Obama does in the next year will make durable law, not amnesty, unnatural marriage, communication regulation, healthcare subsidies... A conservative President and congress will set things right in 2010

I sure can't wait for 2010 for this to happen. I expect we will have flying cars by then as well.

Comment: Re:"Broadband" is a stupid name (Score 1) 430

by kwiecmmm (#48933165) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Broadband is a description of the technology, not of bandwidth. The FCC is a technical organization, so why can't they use the correct name?

Because the people who vote on this change are not technical people. And because most Americans would not understand a good technical name.

Comment: WTF (Score 1) 397

by kwiecmmm (#48915145) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

What the hell is this crap: "scare-mongering" and "government's overreach"?

Guess what, the weather is unpredictable sometimes.

Would you rather them say a dusting of snow and then get 2 feet of snow? When that happens it takes 3 times as long to dig out, because snow removal efforts are not properly prepared. Every weather report said that it was going to hit NYC hard. And in the mean time Boston has a foot of snow overnight, and more still falling.

If you are going to post something about the weather, at least make it somewhat of a technological story, not this stupid shit.

Comment: Give it 3-5 years. (Score 2) 385

by kwiecmmm (#48857115) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

The first arrest that happens due to this, will result in appeals that will eventually get this rule overturned as unconstitutional.

This is no different than saying your neighbor committed a crime so we want to search your house as well due to proximity to him. A decent lawyer will be able to make the argument that just because you are on a TOR or a VPN does not mean you are doing something illegal.

TOR was created as a method to allow people in oppressed countries to speak freely, it is funny that the country that funded this is now going to be one of those oppressed countries.

Comment: Re:parachutes? (Score -1) 130

by kwiecmmm (#48830495) Attached to: Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

Really? Well shit, good thing you figured it out.
Better tell all those PHDs and other people who do that for a living before they blindly chuck any more multi-billion dollar probes at Mars without any effective means of slowing down.

Well they did fail to do a conversion from standard measurements to metric measurements on the 1999 Mars climate orbiter. But I do agree with your point, we have successfully landed on the moon which has a lot less of an atmosphere than Mars.

I guess the circuits controlling communications got screwed up, so it was assumed to be lost.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw