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Comment: Re:Work with cloned mice (Score 1) 203 203

The thing everyone always ignores is that no matter what, eventually your brain dies. Whether in you or after you've been uploaded to a computer or another brain or what have you. And when that happens *THAT* you is dead. *YOU* still experience the pain of death. YOU still cease to exist. There is something out there with your memories and thoughts, but they are not you any more than a photo album or journal is you.

The me that got up this morning is not exactly the same me that went to bed last night either, and yet I am still me.

At the point where something is simulated with 100% accuracy it is no different than the original.

Comment: Re:One port to rule them all... (Score 1) 179 179

Finally. Someone as Intel figured that pushing both types of connector that they invented is not such a smart thing.

One port to rule them all. One place to find them

One cable to bring them in and in Thunderbolt bind them

Now let those who bought those $50 Thunderbolt cable cry about bloody murder.

They will, just as soon as Thunderbolt 2 comes out.

Comment: Re:A Nuclear power plant on your legs (Score 1) 179 179

As a result Thunderbolt will also support USB 3.1 (which is currently spec'd at 10Gbps) and can optionally provide up to 100W of power (in compliance with the USB Power Delivery spec) to charge devices via USB-C (like the recently introduced 12-inch Apple MacBook).

I read 100W an I felt the hair singe off my legs.

I think the key word is "optionally". I doubt very many laptops will be able supply that much power for charging.

Apple will probably still supply next to nothing for non-Apple approved products, regardless of what the spec allows for. Plug a Samsung into an Apple USB 3 port and see what you get.

(for those of you looking for a solution to this problem check out portapow)

Comment: Re:Out of scope? (Score 1) 294 294

the target of wiretaps does not have to be linked to a foreign power or terrorism.

I thought the point of the NSA was that they were meant to protect domestic communications from external threats. If the target is not linked to external threats, how can it be justified?

Because it 'might' be linked to external threats.

Comment: Re:Rand who? (Score 1) 294 294

Spin it any way you want, the fact stands that an evil, bad bill failed Republican support 23-30 and won Democrat support 43-1. Period. Live with it.

There are plenty of people, Republicans and others, who want to stamp out islamists carrying on war against the US and all civilized parts of the world, but we don't want to trample the rights and protections of innocents to do it.

I'm sorry, who was it that signed the original Patriot Act again?

Oh that's right - a republican.

It really doesn't matter.

Comment: Re:Rand who? (Score 1) 294 294

A lot of good his little song and dance did... Eh, easy to speak up when nobody is listening.

He single-handedly blocked continuation of authorization of mass metadata collection. That's what he did. A whole hell of a lot more than any of those other pukes did. You don't see mass metadata collection being re-authorized by this new act, do you? That's right. It's not.

Yeah, this new act sucks. And guess what? It passed on the strength of democrats being in the tank by an absurd 43-1 margin. Republicans opposed it by 30-23.

Sure it is - it's just being done by the ISPs instead of the NSA directly. End result = same.

As far as D vs R...I seriously doubt that matters anymore.

Comment: Re:Meet the New Act (Score 1) 294 294

I am totally, completely in favor of building up a third party to rival these two.

Speaking of parties, here is the count:

YEAs: 67 (D = 43, R = 23, I = 1)
NAYs: 32 (D = 1, R = 30, I = 1)
Not voting: 1 (R)

Republicans were slightly more against the bill, Democrats were overwhelmingly in favor of it, and the two Independents were mostly split.

Just out of sheer curiosity, how can 2 independents be 'mostly' split?

Comment: Re:Where is the _FREEDOM_ in that 'usa freedom act (Score 1) 294 294

Actually, it's classic doublespeak, designed to shut down any debate or dissension. To oppose The USA Freedom act is to publicly come out against the USA and Freedom. Just like opposition to the PATRIOT act branded you an unpatriotic apple-pie-hating flag-burning radical.

It also speaks volumes about how brazen our so-called representatives have become. They don't even try hide it - It's right there in your face, and if you don't like it, too bad. There's nothing you can do about it.

I am curious about what words they will use when patriot and freedom (etc) have been played out.

I imagine it will become like the naming of movies...'Patriot Act IV' and Freedom Act IX

Comment: Re:Pain during the winter (Score 2) 129 129

When it's especially cold it would be a pain to undo the bundling just so the ATM can see your face. There's a fine art in layering your clothes (balaclava tucks inside the coat collar, scarf on the outside, etc) to keep the wind out on those -30C days.

No problem, just wrap your head in a scarf when they take the ID picture to start with...

Comment: Re:Those who would give up.. (Score 1) 389 389

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"

Not that it matters who I quote, or what anyone says. This and things much like it will likely get renewed, or they'll happen in secret.

I don't have any good solutions, but it doesn't have to mean I like the idiots in government or their idiotic decisions.

It matters that you give credit, just the same.

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety"
  - Benjamin Franklin.

Comment: Re:Mr. shattered hope (Score 1) 389 389

A much "simpler" change (in terms of concept, not ease of execution) would be to go re-learn the concept of Federalism and take a bunch of power away from the Federal government and give it to state and local ones. The less the Federal government has responsibility over, the less harm unaccountable Congresscritters can do.

Because Congresscritters don't come from states?

What is needed is accountability at all levels. Of course as it's the people in power that make the rules..well, it just isn't going to happen is it.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie