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Comment Software Developers? (Score 1) 298

They are going about this the wrong way. You don't want a bunch of software developers coming up with this stuff in competition. I'm sure there are plenty of very competent software developers out there, but what you want is a collaborative group of computer scientists with specializations in cyber security and encryption. This isn't exactly something you want to leave to the lowest bidder. If you want it to be a success, you need to know this system is going to be secure for a long time. How do they plan on judging the security of the contestant entries? With a crack team of security and encryption experts? Why not just have those people design the damn thing, it would take nearly just as long for how thorough they should need to be.

Comment Similar Reasons (Score 1) 921

I tend to think that the same fear and unwillingness to consider the potentially terrifying thought of non-existence that drive them to religion in search of an afterlife are the same forces that drive them to be so adamant about clinging to the life that currently prevents them from having to deal with the idea of non-existence.

Comment Re:That's Spooky! (Score 1) 81

Maybe they have nothing that is in its gaseous form at the bottom of the ocean, but bring it up to the surface and it may turn into gas without all that pressure. And lets not forget, just because something is made of mostly water doesn't mean water is the ONLY thing it's made of. And the entire fish doesn't have to explode to make studying the eye difficult, just enough cellular damage in the eyes has to occur.

Comment Re:Digital traps in an analog world (Score 2, Insightful) 898

Not that I'm trying to argue with your last bit about:

No matter the efficiency advantages of doing otherwise, every penalty applied to a human should be applied by a human.

But, speeding is a crime in that by speeding you are needlessly endangering other people's lives. Laws are not necessarily what is moral and in some cases for need of practicality, laws must be preventative instead of reactionary. Not that I'm advocating the extent to which they go, but by your logic we should remove ALL airport security.

No problem is so formidable that you can't just walk away from it. -- C. Schulz