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Comment I must admit... (Score 1) 284 284

If the FBI director is claiming to be so staunchly against something, I'm quite apt to be pleased and support this.<br><br>But let's not forget that encryption hasn't stopped government surveillance as seen in the various leaks over the past year. This is likely double-speak and for all we know, the FBI and other agencies could already have the keys needed to override the encryption. Google, Microsoft, Apple, et al have proven already that their customer's privacy, whether from the government or another third-party, is something they happily ill lie about all the while saying "we had to do it--they made us!"
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Navy May Use Mine-Detecting Dolphins In the Straight of Hormuz 204 204

New submitter cervesaebraciator writes "The Atlantic Wire reports that the Navy has a tested solution to the possible mining of the Strait of Hormuz. The Navy has 80 dolphins in San Diego Bay trained to use their own sonar to detect mines. When they find the mines, the dolphins drop an acoustic transponder nearby, so that human divers might return to defuse it. Retired Adm. Tim Keating cannot say, however, whether the dolphins will be used in the Straight." The Obama administration has reportedly warned Iran that closing the Strait would provoke an American response.

Comment Re:Let them try (Score 1) 146 146

It is a shame that anyone should half to endure such tragedy.

However, I find it incredibly honorable and reassuring to know that at least somewhere in the world, there is a massive group of intelligent, open-minded, and decent people who will not let their government step on them so easily.

We Americans could certainly learn from you Indians, and I don't mean that in a tech or web sense. ;)

Comment Re:Let them try (Score 1) 146 146

Yeah, except how many Americans would actually switch to another platform knowing that the government is actively monitoring or working on censoring it?

Oh, wait... NEXT TO NONE.

Facebook is the new crack and almost EVERYBODY IS HOOKED. Make any changes and the sheep will just keep chuggin' along, like the media, their "representatives," and everyone else they know does. Most Americans truly are sheep, looking to the great nanny state to tell them what to do next (and no, just because we can sit here and bitch on /. doesn't mean that half of what we say or think actually applies in this new world created by "our" "representatives").

Comment Re:All you negative people... (Score 1) 68 68

As simple as not eating grains?

I have celiac's and I can't have dairy, corn, most meats, and I know PLENTY of other people who have seen ADDITIONAL food intolerances crop up over the years.

I think raising funding for it is a great idea. There are so many people out there who have no clue that, just as you said, grains really aren't good for any of us.

Comment Bu...bu...bu...whaddabout da books? (Score 1) 230 230

Believe it or not, some of us actually prefer the feel, texture, and overall appearance of a BOOK. eBooks are nice and all but even when they're printed, they're no where near the same.

I will admit: seeing all these Bargain Book stores around Ann Arbor and Lansing, MI selling Borders property for $.25 a piece really has quadrupled my book collection. I may die before I ever get a chance to read all of them. :)

A man is known by the company he organizes. -- Ambrose Bierce