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Comment: inb4 Obama haters (Score 1, Informative) 120

by wbr1 (#48034441) Attached to: The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

On December 4, 1981 President Ronald Reagan signed Executive Order 12333, an Executive Order intended to extend powers and responsibilities of US intelligence agencies and direct the leaders of U.S. federal agencies to co-operate fully with CIA requests for information.[1] This executive order was entitled United States Intelligence Activities. It was amended by Executive Order 13355: Strengthened Management of the Intelligence Community, on August 27, 2004. On July 30, 2008, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13470[2] amending Executive Order 12333 to strengthen the role of the DNI.[3][4]

- From WIkipedia

Thanks Obama

Comment: Re:I'm gonna go with (Score 2) 200

by wbr1 (#47994241) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap
But it does infect your life. It is not on the same level, but it does so much more subtly.

When big pharma patents a drug and makes it so expensive people die, or they push a drug that is useless and even dangerous.

When Monsanto controls a significant portion of how food is produced.

When you cannot look to a local provider for nearly anything (internet, clothes, etc), because either they cannot compete or their prices are too high for everyman.

When laws are passed that curtail your freedoms in exchange for better profits to the few.

It does infect your everyday life, and I would argue that your have even less power to confront it as you would a direct bribe.

Comment: Re:I'm gonna go with (Score 5, Insightful) 200

by wbr1 (#47993319) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap
That is because in the US, it is the upper crust who are allowed to bribe. Regular everyday bureaucrats and gov. officials are fired/prosecuted for bribing. However once you climb above the bottom tier or two you find a good old boys network full of corporate campaign donations, lobbyist dinners, regulatory capture, backroom deals, etc. The corruption is there, but the public is blinded to it, because at least the police busted that person expediting taxi licenses for coke, and the clerk that was deleting parking tickets for half price. Oh and football!

Comment: And who is to say... (Score 1) 98

by wbr1 (#47969825) Attached to: Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You
...that they won't sell your info to the highest bidder? Especially if it is juicy. Or as mentioned, it could be a false flag.

What is needed is a two piece dead man switch. Storage that is encrypted, and a second party to hold the keys. Preferably the two parties do not know each other. Then in your will you instruct the key-holder to send the keys to the storage provider.

This is more complex and more likely to fail in the event of your death, but after that while it may be nice if your info is outed, buty ou are beyond caring.

Comment: Some thoughts (Score 4, Insightful) 635

by wbr1 (#47909727) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels
IANACS (I am not a climate scientist). However, some things to think about. Much of the Antarctic ice is on land. I can think of three reasons why there would be more sea ice.

1.The land Ice is moving to the sea (due to warming, increasing sea level).
2. Fresh water run off and/or higher precip cause the sea to be slightly fresher, causing it to freeze at higher temperatures (still warming caused, and if from runoff still increasing sea level).
3. It is colder, causing more sea ice.

We know for a fact that on average it is not colder ( ), so my money is on some combination of the first two.

More sea ice does increase albedo and thus reduce infrared absorption, which is a negative feedback, but is it enough to reverse the trend locally or globally? That is beyond my ability to predict.

Comment: Disney has no respect for copyright-except theirs (Score 5, Interesting) 137

by wbr1 (#47842849) Attached to: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music
My uncle move to Orlando in the 80s, Still lives there. He is a professional musician, and submitted many songs to the Disny megalith (a few were purchased, I think for the Gummy Bears show).

At any rate, he rarely goes TOO the parks, but was taking family visiting one time and what does he hear playing in Epcot, but one of his -unpurchased- songs. To my knowledge he is still fighting them. While not as big as Deadmau5, it makes it blatantly obvious that as a corporation Disney wants copyright control and DRM to protect itself but cares nothing for anyone else they drop a mouse turd on.

Comment: Le sigh.... (Score 5, Interesting) 167

by wbr1 (#47833725) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification
I am not some anti-GMO freak, although I think it is hubris to assume that we can tinker with genomes without unintended consequences. This quote:

Without a genome, we couldn't do any real advanced research on coffee that would allow us to improve it — not in this day and age.

Is pure shite. It is called selective breeding, and it has been done for centuries. While that may not be advanced enough for you tastes, it works, and it improves plant varietals. You do not have to splice DNA to make improvements.

One day we may just go to far and drop like honeybees in a Monsanto cornfield.

If Machiavelli were a hacker, he'd have worked for the CSSG. -- Phil Lapsley