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Comment: Re:Dear Michael Rogers, (Score 1) 406

by nucrash (#49126447) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

I threw my hat into the political ring at the local level and started sparing by email with my local congressman. I found out he is in fact more interested in collecting his corporate donations and dismantling the EPA than anything else. I should ask him his thoughts on ruining business's opportunity to secure data? And if he is interested in securing a back door into encrypted data, that his emails and text messages between his interns that resulted in the dissolution of his marriage would likely be exposed to the public.

Comment: Re:Dear Michael Rogers, (Score 0) 406

by nucrash (#49126337) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

You mean the same guy who was selling weapons during the Iran-Contra scandal and then threw a future Fox News Corespondent, Oliver North under the bus.

Yes, he would never abuse power. He is all righteous.

Here's the thing, Orwell's main point still applies. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Comment: This has been going on for a while (Score 2) 232

by nucrash (#49047085) Attached to: Iowa Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver's License On Your Phone

I don't see this as any different than Apple pay at some point. If this would help officers obtain validity of the license faster, this might be a benefit.

I don't think this should be a requirement for Iowa drivers, but a perk of driving in Iowa.

The downside that I can think of is that in many areas of Iowa I don't care to carry a smartphone because the lack of coverage there kills batteries.

Comment: But I don't always carry my phone (Score 1) 128

by nucrash (#49037237) Attached to: Study: Smartphones Just As Good As Fitness Trackers For Counting Steps

I know I am counter to popularity, but I don't carry a phone that often. I am not allowed to use it at work, I only use it for tethering at school, and more often than not, I find myself trying to get away from the thing than keeping the annoyance of a device around. As opposed to my fitness tracker, no one questions me having it on, I don't get points deducted in class if I look at it, and no one every asks me to remove it.

Perhaps I am the niche, but in my case, the fitness tracker makes sense for me.

Comment: Re:Literally? (Score 3, Insightful) 645

by nucrash (#48999593) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Fine, if we have to see what they other side is up to, perhaps we should see what we are up to as well. Do you have any idea how many Iraqis were killed during our invasion? I have heard some crazy numbers, but no real death other than a few leaked military videos. How many bombs have we drops, how many families have we burned?

The Jordanian Pilot was shot down, dropping bombs on ISIS/ISIL. He a lot of people in the process. Correction, he probably murdered several people. When you drop bombs on people, I am quite certain they don't instantly die. Many of the people bombed suffer in the process.

Not to say that ISIS is a nice group of people that deserve to be left alone, but if we are going to show horrific videos, let's show both sides instead of just the horrors of what they do. I am tired of seeing our bombs take off, only to have to go over to Al Jazeera to find out where our bombs dropped.

Comment: Re:Necessary but not sufficient (Score 1) 65

by nucrash (#48942129) Attached to: How Gaseous, Neptune-Like Planets Can Become Habitable

Venus would actually be pretty awesome if we managed to perfect carbon capture technology. Though we still have to deal with the problem of Venus being tidally locked. Yeah, not sure where I was going with this.

To the Atmosphere. Balloons will be our savior on the dark side of Venus. :)

Comment: Anti-Encryption Legislation Destroys Economies (Score 2) 431

by nucrash (#48924433) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

France in the 90s tried to legislate and outlaw encryption with only a handful of exemptions allowed. That killed investment in the country. Businesses can't function if you take away their ability to encrypt their data. The government can't allow open access to data. We must have these protections to allow businesses to function. If a company can not protect their data, they will cease to do business there. Think of how many well guarded secrets are out there because of corporate America. Our entire cyber-security industry is built on the idea that ideas can flow from one location to another without everyone prying on what is contained in the message. This should not end. This can't end.

Comment: Re:Stop using Sweden as an example. (Score 2) 255

by nucrash (#48903849) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

But according to the Heritage Foundation, Sweden isn't all that socialist because they have far less regulation. They just have higher taxes and poorer people. Granted, that was a manipulation of statistics, but I found the entire article rather hilarious.

I am trying to find this, but haven't had the luck.

Comment: Re:Dear NCTA..... (Score 1) 255

by nucrash (#48903741) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Name calling is not the way. We should guilt these companies into believing that they are holding us back. They are not being the best in the world. They are preventing America from being the first nation. We should hold them accountable, but also let them know what harm they are causing.

Comment: What happened to American Elitism? (Score 3, Interesting) 255

by nucrash (#48903733) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

This is a series of companies telling us that we don't need the best in the world, all the while we have our government leaders telling us that we are the best in the world.

Friedman talked about how our inter connectivity by the internet has pushed globalization to the forefront, and the US has lead because of this. Now that other countries are taking queue from the US, should our broadband providers become lax and accept the status quo, or should we demand to keep growing? I for one feel that we as a nation should demand more of our companies in order to promote growth, and if they feel the need to stop that growth, then they should be displaced. We have already started by cutting cables to the cable television companies because that no longer fits our needs. If we start to see markets stagnate, then we should have a right to ask them to keep growing. The internet has been key to the global dominance of the United States. Why prohibit our growth. Broadband providers companies, why do you hate America?

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