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Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 184

by rmdingler (#47958519) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

There is no perfect security, especially if the attacker is willing to die. The US use attack-drones in a few countries, how well are they set up to defend against them?

The SS has long been rumored to defend the White House from air attack with Raytheon Stinger missiles from the rooftop, although the first priority is to evacuate the current resident of the Oval Office. Shooting down planes in a densely populated area is one of those lose/lose propositions.

Comment: Re:Bad press (Score 1) 184

by rmdingler (#47958485) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach
Wrong Video goes viral = that's your ass. What a time we live in! The entire fauxmergency is being created by the press's need to fill a 24 hour news cycle.

The colloquial theory is that a free press is necessary to prevent abuses of governmental power, and it certainly has worked that way in the past.

Nowadays, the constant need for another lead contributes to the fear mongering.

Comment: Re:Why purchase service from provider in US then? (Score 1) 110

by rmdingler (#47953481) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad
I think it's fair to say the corporations are at least as worried about losing share in foreign markets, as with the preservation of our personal freedoms.

That said, we are mired in a controversy where corporations and citizens find their collective best interest on the same side.

For all their reputed malevolence, corporations are made of 'snips and snails' just like Soylent Green.... they merely operate with reduced personal liability.

Comment: Re:How long is rent going to go up before?dun dun (Score 1) 71

by rmdingler (#47933069) Attached to: Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco
For me, time away from home is mostly work, and the longevity of the working experience is in inverse proportion to my appreciation of the down time.

I would have to work (away from home) at something, at least part of the time, even if money was no longer a consideration.

Too many days off in a row and I don't have anything to measure against.

Comment: Re:Lucky them. Envy their googliness. (Score 1) 157

by rmdingler (#47913527) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic
"When we hire new talent", Prasad Setty said the company looks for those who are comfortable with ambiguity. It seems clear that's only a hiring credential, as opposed to a mission statement.

We had this conversation on a thread not long ago, but the consensus was the brand of a new product that garners the biggest market share stands the best chance of eventual induction into the Generic Hall of Fame.

It's self-evident your product was marketed FTW if your competitor's customers ask for your product's nickname when they shop. My personal example is when I one and a hundred zeros some random information I need to look up.

Comment: Re:You have all been trained to accept this as nor (Score 1) 286

You have all been trained to accept this as normal- NCSI (the TV show, among most police procedurals) shows the resident geeks (McGee and Abby) operating dragnets on cellphone metadata, surveillance camera images, internet data and metadata, GPS locations and even breaking into classified networks to fetch this or that file on the suspect that they were not supposed or cleared to have. You know they are justified because of the foregone conclusion: you have seen the evildoer doing the bad deed and you are rooting for him get caught. Although real life doesn't work that way people are conditioned to believe if law enforcement bent the rules they did it in order to untangle themselves from the red tape and get the bad guys. Those rules are there for a reason (look up general warrants and why the U.S. founding fathers specifically banned them in the 4th amendment), to prevent the exact kind of abuse that is happening right how. But the media is doing the damnedest effort to convince the people that if police accuse someone he is certainly guilty of something and it is a matter of digging deep and broad enough to nail him.

You're spot on.

But like as not, there have been just as many juries use the bar set by the make-believe CSI teams to exonerate defendants, so there's at least the merit of the disinformation working both ways.

Comment: Re:+-2000 deaths? (Score 1) 119

by rmdingler (#47903963) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola
One of the better sigs I've ever read here was the quote from Men In Black: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. I enjoyed reading The Hot Zone. Though watching Outbreak was difficult due to its implausible plot line, they got the civil breakdown right.

In the west, we have a difficult time living down a major football contest (win or lose) with no rioting, let alone a natural disaster. What advantage are we afforded by natural selection that makes the anarchy of crowds a sustainable genetic trait?

Comment: Re:+-2000 deaths? (Score 5, Informative) 119

by rmdingler (#47898773) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola
Yes. Exponential doubling of mortality is a concern, especially since the virus has reached urban areas in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

For any who are tempted by the comforting thought that this remains an African Problem, remember that the longer the virus replicates inside a host species, the more chances there are for a favorable mutation to take hold.

Favorable for the virus.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe