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Comment: Re:The next generation... (Score 1) 342

by toooskies (#34529578) Attached to: Backscatter X-Ray Machines Easily Fooled

You describe the most unlikely of terrorists: one that is smart enough to plant multiple bombs; to operate a complicated setup; to smuggle multiple bombs on-board; has the acting ability to fool a plane cabin full of passengers when he has exactly no intention of doing so; and despite his intelligence and talents, would discard his life so hastily.

I don't believe a person who could pull off the operation you describe would forfeit his life to a plan with so many ways to go wrong.

Comment: Re:The next generation... (Score 3, Insightful) 342

by toooskies (#34525656) Attached to: Backscatter X-Ray Machines Easily Fooled

The low risk of terrorism is because while blowing up a plane with a bomb is possible, you're pretty much targeting random people. And if you're going to target random people, you may as well blow up a subway in NYC, or a professional sports game, or the security line at the airport. Same people dead, just as much fear (or more), and a lot less security than what is in our airports. Sure, a plane falling out of the sky will also cause collateral damage on the ground, but that is also very difficult to aim, so if anyone on the ground gets hurt it's again a random target. And that can happen anywhere.

What was novel about 9/11 was using the plane as a weapon. As soon as you prevent that (i.e. assuming people want to use the plain as a missile instead of a vehicle) then you never again have more at risk than the people in the plane. And we have-- locked cockpits and aware citizenry is enough to prevent that from ever happening again.

Comment: Re:"We're probably going to do that THIS century" (Score 2, Insightful) 452

by toooskies (#33344358) Attached to: Look For AI, Not Aliens

You think they'd tell you if they were creating something "smarter than a human"?

Moreover, you think they'd tell you if they actually created it?

The only evidence that they haven't is, well, the stupidity of the government-- they certainly aren't using the superhuman AIs for actual governance.

Comment: Shooting the messengers (Score 1) 1088

by toooskies (#33218380) Attached to: Obama Wants Allies To Go After WikiLeaks

I hate when politicians try to shoot the messenger rather than address the message. Sure, it's pretty clearly illegal in the US to distribute this information. However, once Assange made it "public", EVERY SINGLE NEWS ORGANIZATION did the same thing in summarizing what the documents said. They read it, and distributed summaries of the information contained in the documents. Where are the criminal charges for them?

Instead, I want the president of my country to come with answers to questions like:
- When Pakistan is substantially aiding our enemies, and we aren't going to fight Pakistan, how can we win the war?
- When Pakistan is substantially aiding our enemies, why are we giving Pakistan aid money?
- Why are we pursuing the status quo when the status quo isn't working?
- Why would one of our own soldiers give up this information?

I sincerely hope the answer isn't "We need to keep our military forces field-trained, and Afghanistan is the best place to do it. Plus, we need to justify military spending." Or "I don't know, but I don't know how to get out of this war, and no one else does either."

Just like we didn't meaningfully respond to the message that the Muslim world largely dislikes the US for actual reasons (primarily economic) and not just because we don't follow their religion after 9/11. Instead of giving them reasons to like us, we legitimize the hate.

Comment: Re:'Bout time (Score 2, Insightful) 917

by toooskies (#32932926) Attached to: Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

Newsflash: If Apple already knew there was a problem on release day like everyone who reads the internet, who exactly is going to call them and tell them what they already know? Especially when it was well-known that Apple wasn't doing anything to accomodate the problem.

Half a percent means that those people knew

Comment: Re:Flawed survey (Score 1) 443

by toooskies (#32748418) Attached to: The State of iPad Satisfaction

Because I want to use the software that those developers would write.

I want Google Voice.

I want apps that aren't judged by content. Besides a web browser, of course.

I want apps that legitimately work but might conflict with Apple's business interests.

I want things built on third-party libraries, so each developer doesn't have to re-invent the wheel.

I want to trust companies other than Apple.

I want control over what my property can and can't do, and I don't want to have to do something questionably legal (jailbreaking) to do it.

Comment: Re:Dual Edges (Score 1) 780

by toooskies (#32695700) Attached to: SCOTUS Rules Petiton Signatures Are Public Record

The weakness here, then, isn't with publicizing the names. It is with your gay friends who are making a poor assumption about all the signers-- most likely, that all people signing it are anti-gay.

The proper response is to educate the public that your decision to sign the petition was to give the topic as a whole a fair airing in public, and that that is a responsible civic action for a citizen.

Comment: Re:How is this a problem? (Score 1) 411

by toooskies (#32681724) Attached to: Flash Crash Analysis of May 6 Stock Market Plunge

The stock market is a reasonable estimation of the total value of publically available portions of corporations. In other words, a corporation with 8000 employees but that can only support 6000 employees is an unhealthy corporation which cannot sustain itself. Symptoms of not sustaining its employees (i.e. falling profits, lack of long-term planning, declining value of assets, etc) will drive the stock down. Cutting dead-weight jobs improves the stock market because those companies are now healthier-- they're spending less, and immediate returns still look good.

So the stock market is simply a measure of how well publically traded companies are doing. Healthy companies tend to grow, and growing companies hire people.

The stock market has very much to do with things, it just doesn't create jobs directly. But it's precisely an indicator that things are turning around.

Requisite car analogy: companies are the engine of the economy. The stock market is the RPMs of the engine. RPMs don't tell you how fast you're going, they tell you how hard the engine is working. RPMs aren't your spedometer and shouldn't be treated as such, but they are highly correlated with acceleration and maintaining high speed.

Comment: Re:I'd be concerned about overheating (Score 1) 638

by toooskies (#32581052) Attached to: Updated Mac Mini Aims For the Living Room
Everyone buys the Ars article on the discrete graphics problem, without considering the fact that Asus' U30JC is a 13.3" laptop with an i3 and discrete Optimus graphics. Also, every netbook with the ION 2 will have the same number of chips, and they'll be put in 12" chassis and smaller. I'm not saying exactly how they do it because I'm not an engineer; but this problem has been solved. Now, the Mini is another story, but they can put a Mac Mini in any form factor they want. If it needs a graphics chip, they can make it bigger.

Comment: Re:I don't like ads BUT (Score 1) 260

by toooskies (#32537448) Attached to: Apple iAd Drawing Antitrust Scrutiny
Apple is also not an independent and wouldn't qualify under its own terms. Their mention of a provider "other than Apple" doesn't prevent Apple from being excluded. If Apple is also restricted from using this data, then they're doing something consistent and not anti-competitive, they are protecting consumers. But if they restrict data that they themselves collect, then they're anti-competitive. Five bucks says they'll be using the hell out of the data they collect.

Comment: Re:I don't like ads BUT (Score 1) 260

by toooskies (#32537236) Attached to: Apple iAd Drawing Antitrust Scrutiny
Not only is the iOS application market a captive market on a particular device; the device itself is a captive market because of cell phone contracts. The real anti-competitive behavior, though, is that the rules have been changing as Apple sees fit. Apple isn't only setting up policies for their App Store; they are changing their policies to be anti-competitive in response to others. They retroactively change the rules so that people don't get the market they signed up for originally (both on the developer side and the user side).

Mr. Cole's Axiom: The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.