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Comment: Re:Useful Idiot or Russian Agent (Score 5, Interesting) 346

by spencerogden (#47195343) Attached to: Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

From the sounds of his interviews, I think he believed that the information would carry more weight if the source was know. If these were just anonymous leaks, they would be easier to discredit. It seems like he was fully aware of the dangers, and what he would be giving up, and decided it was worth it.

I think he was right, the leaks carry more weight with a name behind them, and further, its clear to the public that he wouldn't put himself in this position just for the "fun" of releasing false information.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 1) 381

by spencerogden (#42226141) Attached to: When I see gov't CCTV cameras, I think:

Why do you assume the government will always be as tolerate as you suppose above? The average American commits something like 3 felonies a day, unwittingly. Sure, these laws, just like laws on sexual practices, should be struck down, but enabling better surveillance doesn't help strike them down.

The reason you should be in favor of a less invasive government is to protect yourself when the people you don't agree with are in power. Because it will happen eventually.

Comment: Re:end of the driver, end of the auto industry (Score 1) 282

by spencerogden (#38129602) Attached to: Toyota To Let People Ride In Self-Driving Prius

Interesting idea. I wonder how much demand would drop. Technically we could all be renting time on Amazon servers instead of owning our own machines, but instead the thin client never worked and we buy millions of computers.

You can call a taxi in may small cities if you are willing to wait 10 minutes for one to show up. Would automated drivers really speed that up? People own a car so they can be independent.

Comment: Re:end of the truck driver (Score 1) 282

by spencerogden (#38129558) Attached to: Toyota To Let People Ride In Self-Driving Prius

Yes, because there are more people starving today, or without heat, or other basic necessities than there were 50 years ago. Has inequality increased? Yes. But you can't ignore the fact that that the average person in the bottom 20% is better off today than in 1960.

And that's just in the US. Around the world millions have been raised out of poverty through the productivity increases from technology in manufacturing and agriculture.

Comment: Re:plenty of money for research. (Score 1, Insightful) 306

by spencerogden (#36816108) Attached to: Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?

In what universe were the equity holders of GM wiped out? The stock never dropped below 28 and now the UAW owns the largest piece valued at $4.8 billion. That the bond holders got a haircut rather than the equity holders was a travesty of contract law and an under the table handout to the union.

Not that the bailout of the banks was any better, but to suggest that the handling of GM is the correct method is crazy.

Comment: Re:Our body has a monitoring system built in (Score 1) 330

by spencerogden (#27299707) Attached to: Body 2.0 — Continuous Monitoring of the Human Body

To use your example of diabetics, I'm sure many people could learn to better listen to their bodies, especially with a training aid such as a real time read our of what they are trying to listen to.

I'm sure many people have certain "feelings" in their body, either moods, or energy levels, that are familiar to them, but they can't correlate it with hydration level, blood sugar, or 10s of other things that might affect how your body feels.

But with a read out, we could learn that "oh, that feeling means a lower than normal (for them) level of testosterone", with out looking at the meter, and know that its time to get some exercise in.

But calibrating your "feelings" is very difficult at present, with out lots of trial and error, or training in sport. This might lead to wider availability of an athlete's level of body awareness.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.