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Comment: Doesn't mean what is measured won't be useful (Score 1) 162

by marxmarv (#47620423) Attached to: US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

to them. If they can detect the sort of brain activity that correlates with intelligence, certainly this can be expanded to other brain activity. Throw a Union Jack on their screens and see how they respond. Boom, state loyalty tester. Throw two naked guys on their screen, boom, sexual orientation test. Throw scenes of snipers shooting civilians, boom, black ops aptitude test.

The cover story, as usual, doesn't matter.

Comment: Re:relevant to national security? (Score 1) 162

by marxmarv (#47620391) Attached to: US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

It's what they did with Tor, isn't it? Separate the sheep from the goats (i.e. those who have no interest in hiding anything vs. those who do) and watch the hell out of the sheep?

The sheep are more responsive to mass propaganda. There's no need to watch them until they prove themselves goats.

Comment: If you're an Ardweenie, maybe (Score 1) 273

by marxmarv (#47620331) Attached to: Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

Those of us who actually make boards are quite happy to have scopes. Or those of us who work with analog circuits (YES! you CAN still buy REAL OP-AMPS in SO-8 packages OMGWTFBBQ!) or, say, power supplies, or any sort of signal processing. A scope is quite a bit more than a nice-to-have. You may as well tell a machinist a Bridgeport is a "nice thing to have".

Comment: Desktop is what you make it of (Score 1) 115

by marxmarv (#47620163) Attached to: China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

*shrug* Samsung Electronics has some tempting little eight-ARMed chips that would feel great on a Mini-ITX motherboard. Still not FOSS, but if that's really important to you, there's lowRISC (Berkeley RISC-V including development toolchain and Linux image) and just now Parallax's Propeller for your I/O needs...

I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs. -- H.L. Mencken