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Comment: Re:probabilities? (Score 1) 238

The NSAs main purpose used to be codebreaking. I bet a number of years ago a report was sent to the top describing how with modern (at the time) methods encryption would be impossible to crack in any reasonable amount of time and resources. So they switched to the alternative of snooping on the data while it was in plaintext, and trying to introduce weaknesses into future encryption schemes, and using side channels to pick up snippets. Hence their whole existance is based largely on mass surveillance.

Comment: Re:Fuck the foreigners Re:What about inbound? (Score 1) 347

That's what we want to change. The biggest problem is that the enemy of the NSA is anyone that would oppose it, or tear it down. It will move to defend itself by using it's considerable power. It needs to be torn down and replaced with an entity with a more targeted mission and more oversight.

Comment: Re:Fuck the foreigners Re:What about inbound? (Score 1) 347

Creator can be a metaphore here. It doesn't need an agent for the passage to serve its purpose. There is speculation that some of the founding fathers were atheists despite much of the language that was used. The salient point is that we have rights from the moment we exist.

Comment: Re: No story here, move along (Score 1) 208

by tolkienfan (#46964379) Attached to: Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius
Science is created by man. But some theories are consistent with others. You can't have a physical system with inconsistent math. So, actually, you do have a choice. You choose the theories that are most consistent with theory. Your idea of a physical universe with no irrational lengths would imply untenable consequences. But you can choose to subscribe to it if you wish.

Comment: Re: No story here, move along (Score 1) 208

by tolkienfan (#46958357) Attached to: Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius
No, he's not. There isn't any reason to expect that the ratio of radius to circumference of a physical circle is raional, especially if Planck's constant is irrational. There is also no reason to expect such a ratio to be the same for all such "circles", hence no single constant pi. Personally I prefer the purely analytical definition of pi...

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