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Comment MRI, PET, CT (Score 1) 311

It would be great if these technologies could be not only made cheaper, but miniaturized, as well, so that you could go see a doctor and say, "My shoulder has been hurting for two weeks and I don't know why" and he could pull out a pocket MRI and have a look at the insides of your shoulder as easily as he could listen to your heart with a stethoscope.

Comment A Crazy Idea (Score 1) 515

Okay, I have this crazy notion. If Microsoft believes that software that is integrated with the cloud is the future, why don't they publish an API where anyone who wants can provide that service. If I understand correctly, Elon Musk has published information about how to make a charging station compatible with his Tesla cars and anyone with the resources is encouraged to do so. Likewise, why doesn't Microsoft allow us to create our own "cloud" that serves our purposes. (It's a rhetorical question; we know the answer.)

Comment In what context is it ruled to be unlawful? (Score 1) 301

I'm an American here. In what context is the UK's regulation permitting copying of CDs ruled to be unlawful. I haven't read TFA yet, but it sounds like they're saying that this rule is at the national level. Is there some supranational organization that prohibits this or something along those lines?

Comment If it must not happen, assert that it doesn't! (Score 1) 1067

You wouldn't put unsanitized inputs into a database, would you?

You wouldn't post someone's comment on your web page without escaping it first, would you?

So then when should your code that does division not check that its inputs are valid?

Comment Re:I thought this was already banned (Score 1) 851

Do bear in mind that when you see "trans fat" content labeled on products, they are allowed to round to the nearest gram. It is not unheard of to see companies advertise that their product contains "0g trans fat" per serving. This is careful wordsmithing when it would be outright fraud to claim that the product is "trans fat free"

Comment Re:Government Intrusion (Score 1) 837

If you're not 100% certain that the complete details of your trip will be stored for the indefinite future in Ft. Meade or Utah, I have a bridge across the Grand Canyon I'd like to sell to you.

Oh yes, and thank you, Edward Snowden, for courageously doing what is right.

Comment Re: It's My rant (Score 1) 615

Continuing on, there a guy named James Huntington who wrote a book titled "Work's New Age" where he ponders the future of humanity where not everyone can have a "job" as we know it.

He suggested a number of different futures (none resembling the future you seem to have in mind). In one of these futures, the 99% revert to subsistence agriculture. It's an interesting idea to contemplate. I suppose that if such were to happen, the new farmers would eventually produce something valuable that the 1% want, and we'd be back to square 1.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.