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Comment: POE OPE DOPE (Score 4, Insightful) 103

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49824919) Attached to: FBI Is Behind Mysterious Flights Over US Cities

Yes, FBI and NSA, you only use it for good, as opposed to Putin, who uses it for evil. The goodness in your heart will prevent your panopticon from being misused to fall into dictatorship, even though nothing in human history gives you confidence in that theory, and the Founding Fathers, who barely freed themselves from a much less intrusive entity, took great care to prevent government from doing what you are doing now, because they knew the flaw in allowing government any power like that was indeed the purity of your heart and your promise not to abuse.

Comment: Re:Does US have any real jurisdiction over FIFA? (Score 1) 184

. The US at large doesn't give a shit, and would on the balance prefer to not have their regular traffic/TV coverage messed with over a niche sport only played in the suburbs by children. I'm perhaps exaggerating

Not an exaggeration, but I have some OT points. There is a lot more money in World Cup Soccar than in, say, NFL American Football. Actually, that's an understatement. The coverage of NFL, the professional production ethics, the skill of the techs and producers, and the resulting broadcast makes World Cup look like what it is, really really shitty production. I can't tell you how many matches I've attempted to watch where it seems like the company producing the footage is using like maybe 3 cameras, and switches the audiences' view between them. What ever non-american production company gets that contract to produce the footage to televise soccar games is going to be very well compensated, and subsequently, very rich. Why can't they produce a broadcast that isn't painful to watch?

I submit that all it would take is for an American production team capable of covering NFL in the way we're all now accustomed to get the contract to cover the soccar games for the popularity of soccar in the US to increase. Actually, I think if some American film students got the contract, it would make the World Cup games 1000% more digestable to American audiences... and the international community would shit kittens at the increase in quality of the sports coverege.

Again, OT, or skew to the point of FIFA corruption, its obvious the corruption isn't merely at the top but extends to all business of the World Cup... otherwise, how could ONLY shitty foreign production companies land a contract to cover the richest sport in the world?

Comment: Re: Sharing is caring - sharing w/everyone is TMI (Score 1) 43

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49822015) Attached to: How Biostamps Can Replace Clunky Biomedical Sensors

Companies like CNN already mine your health status by studying what types of links you click on regularly -- news stories about new heart drugs, or cancer, or this helps with urinary tract infections or dialysis patients.

Doesn't even matter you are just an IP address -- they're selling ads to companies to direct at "someone".

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 2) 346

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49814943) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

Yeah, I need a GPO to block this from Win7 computers where users are local Admins. Yeah yeah, they shouldn't be, but some apps they use require elevated privilege.

Most users who need to be admins are software engineers who are the least likely to update the OS. They need admin rights to install and sometimes run dev tool esoterica, the kind of tools that are the first to break in a new OS.

This neglects high liability areas like embedded medical or vehicles or military, where tools must be re-qualified on each new major OS release.

Comment: Re:Lemme ask you this ... (Score 1) 492

Both are running scare -- little political downside to approving it, massive political downside if an attack happens and it isn't wasn't passed.

Makes no matter if it would have helped or not, those looking to knock out incumbents will scream the incumbent should have done more.

We may predict this will happen now when, not if, the next attack occurs.

Comment: Missing the point here (Score 1) 182

The endless discussion on the advantages of analog over digital recording always gloss over the fact that a customer has to pay $10-20 for EACH album purchased in the vinyl analog format, while a $10-$20 64Gb SD card stores 1200 albums (@12 songs; @ 5Mb per song in 256BPS MP3 format) for the same price. Plus 1200 albums fills the wall of a house and weighs 100+ kilos, while a 64GB SD card is the size of a thumbnail.

The question of preserving sound quality on different media is like being concerned that a Mozart symphony would disappear if the paper that Mozart himself wrote the symphony on crumbled. Instead we just get a new symphony orchestra to play the same notes that Mozart wrote down with the same instruments. And the symphony sounds the same 250 years later without using any recording technology.

It's the musical experience that is important, not the recording of the musical experience.

Comment: Re:Manufacturing buisness supported by government. (Score 0) 349

by magarity (#49808811) Attached to: How Elon Musk's Growing Empire is Fueled By Government Subsidies

government subsidies should be used to build an industry so it can be competitive on it's own, not support it indefinitely

Not possible.
However, government could refrain from regulating in such as way as to prevent new industries from being created and new competitors from entering existing industries.

If it wasn't for Newton, we wouldn't have to eat bruised apples.