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Comment: Kill them all. (Score 1) 85

Mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, etc.

Here someone will say "but that will damage the fragile web of life and kill mother gaia" or some other drivel. The biosphere is quite stable and can survive the loss of all these species without crashing the food web.

Look at a remote tropical island that doesn't have any of these species. They exist. And guess what... they're fine. Will something that eats these things likely have a harder time finding food? Sure. But if the species isn't already on the brink of extinction then it will adapt. If it was already on that brink then chances are it was doomed in any case. Adaptive species don't get into positions like that.

And beyond that, species go extinct all the time. Always have. New species fill their niches or existing species simply expand to fill vacant niches which tends to cause them to splinter and create new species.

Here again, someone will say "but the rate of extinction has increased!" Yes it has. The biggest reason is human transport and trade. You let loose a rat from the mainland onto some little island and it is probably going to go sickhouse on the local species that likely haven't had to work as hard to survive on their little island. And yes, that rat or other relevant more vital species is likely to eradicate or out compete its rivals. Evolution at work.

Beyond that, we are also destroying habitats. And that is sad... We should try to limit that sort of damage when and where possible. However, the mosquito can go fuck itself sideways with a rusty chainsaw. I have literally zero sympathy for that species. And I am quite comfortable geo engineering the world to the extent that nightmare species like that simply don't exist. Mother nature has come up with some very impressive things over the eons. But she has also birthed some monsters. And I am quite comfortable aborting those little experiments.

Here again, someone will say "but humans are the biggest monsters"... then kill yourself. Shut up and kill yourself. I have zero patience for that drivel.

Kill all the mosquitoes.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 382

Free market has no chance when the government creates government backed monopolies. Try to run cable throughout most of the US and you'll be served with some sort of court document to shut down your operation.

The free market would and will sort this out. But the government is getting in the way. Even google and Qwest are having a hard time laying cable. They keep getting dicked around with by government officials. Most of it is local at this point.

We passed some laws in the 90s that made it illegal for the feds to fuck with people trying to lay cable. So that was good. Sadly, the big ISPs just went local and set up a million road blocks across the whole country. A lot of it revolves around small ISPs cutting into the profits of big ISPs which means the big ISPs can't offer discounted service to poor people. So to support the subsidies they are effectively granted monopolies.

it is of course a bait and switch because the poor people aren't given discounted internet because they don't even know how to sign up for it. The discounts are not advertised. So no one signs up for them. And so the big ISPs get a monopoly for the price of bribing every politician from San Diego to Seattle to Portland to Miami. It sound expensive until you realize how cheaply they can be bought. Prices seem to be about 100 grand for large cities, 5 to 10 grand for small towns, and then the bribes only need to be paid when the ISPs want something. A law hits the city council... kill it and get 5 grand.

Comment: Re:Faraday cage? (Score 1) 82

by Karmashock (#48938003) Attached to: Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

If sufficiently attenuated then whether it is totally eliminated or not becomes irrelevant.

What is more, if specific frequencies are specifically interfered with then snooping on the radiation becomes pointless.

The two things people are saying works is kicking out some interference and/or blocking the signals. But really in either case you only need to infer with it to a point. Once it is garbled or attenuated enough that it cannot practically be detected/decoded then who cares. Listen to the white noise at 2 inches from my system all you like. The trick is to reduce the listening range to a couple feet at most with line of sight.

Then the first rule of computer security comes into play. Physical security. If an enemy agent has penetrated your network to such an extent that they are placing bugs a couple feet from your systems then you've got bigger problems then van eck radiation.

Comment: I wonder if Google has made themselves vulnerable (Score 1) 151

by SuperKendall (#48937311) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Google had problems with getting updates out to devices, so they decided to move many functions of Android the OS, into a Google Services library that could be upgraded when the core OS could not...

But doesn't that leave Google kind of vulnerable? In theory a different company could create their own variant of that library, take things the way they want...

I'm surprised Samsung at least has not done that, perhaps Microsoft is considering it.

Comment: Define "Crappy" (Score 4, Insightful) 382

This is exactly the reason why Internet access in the U.S. is so expensive and so crappy relative to other first-world nations.

I'm sorry, but to my mind any definition of "crappy" must include the freedom to access any website, which many other first world nations (like the UK) do not enjoy.

To label it a slower is fine, but just to say "crappy" is ignoring the tradeoff from one kind of crap to another.

Comment: Re:This is logistically impossible. (Score 2) 139

by LWATCDR (#48933659) Attached to: Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

They do but then they take a big expensive ship find the cable and bring it to the surface to fix it.
The real issue is not if it is possible because it is possible. The big question is if it is worth it?
Removing all the 02 mean no fires and reduced corrosion.
It also means more cost for fixing thing that go wrong.
The simplest way to do this would be to flood the bunker with Argon since it heavier than O2 and N2 it should displace the O2 but again the question would be why?

Comment: Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (Score 1) 209

by Karmashock (#48931225) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

I can't have this discussion with you if you're just going to make excuses for ignorance.

Airplanes are not sky donkeys. They're airplanes. The people making decisions shouldn't need to resort to crude and painfully inaccurate analogies to understand technologies they presume to regulate.

If they want to surrender their power and then chat about things from a position of relevance, then that is fine. If however they presume to dictate the terms of the technology then it is completely unacceptable that they don't actually know how it works at least generally. And no... a series of pipes is not generally right. They need to have a basic knowledge of how information moves through the system.

If you want a better analogy since you're determined to be stubborn on the issue... the mail system is also better. It is still bad for various reasons but one does not bill people for road wear.

As to your point that it is wrong to bill per byte over the internet, that runs counter to the fact that billing that way is very common. Most cellphone internet plans include a relatively small amount of data and then they bill by usage. In Australia and Alaska it is also quite common to do that with cable based internet.

Look... this argument bores me. Really. I'm not interested in it at all. Enough.

Memories of you remind me of you. -- Karl Lehenbauer