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Comment Re:What about the rights of those injured by firea (Score 0) 1139

If a wizard suddenly made it impossible for guns to exist in America; they could not pass across any border, the ones inside the country simply turned into nothingness, do you think the rates of assault and murder would instantly go down? Or do you think they'd stay the same, just with different methods?

Say, for example, that ten people are killed per year; five by gun, two by knife, two by baseball bat, and one by strangulation. On Dec 31st, the wizard casts his spell.

What do you think the stats will be one year later? Two by knife, two by baseball bat, and one by strangulation? I don't. I think they'd turn to four by knife, four by baseball bat, and two by strangulation.

Guns are a symptom, not a cause. Unless the root causes in American society are addressed, people will continue to die. The manner of their murder shouldn't even be a point of discussion.

Comment This is true. (Score 1) 142

Think about the technology a scientist from a bare fifty years ago, or even thirty, would need to invent, just to be able to BEGIN to work on a sample of wifi communications, or a Blu-ray.

They have to invent the equipment to listen to it, decrypt it, figure out the file formats, and so on. And these technologies are all designed specifically to prevent that.

Comment Re: Or they could (Score 1) 143

You assume that a) you'll always be in a situation where you can download things instantly and on demand, and b) that you can decide ahead of time, with perfect accuracy, what you'll need and when.

For example: I bought, and use, the TomTom app for my iPhone, rather than the built-in maps app. One big reason? It's all there, predownloaded. Sure, I'll probably never need, say, the California map. on the other hand, I am safe and secure in the knowledge that, anywhere in North America, I have a reasonably up-to-date and accurate map available to me. I never have to worry about being in the middle of nowhere with crap cellular data, and being unable to load a map.

Comment Re:Blaming American Engineers (Score 1) 301

Think of it as 'taking out the garbage by throwing it out the back window, unless Mom announces that she's watching, in which case you carefully bag it up, walk it out to the garage, and place it into the garbage can, after separating out the compost and recyclables.'

Comment I'm confused. (Score 1) 258

John Ashcroft, who was hospitalized when he forcefully disagreed with the president's authorization

Does this mean 'while he happened to be in hospital for something or other, Ashcroft forcefully disagreed with the President's authorization...'

Or does it mean how it reads? "Due to disagreeing forcefully with the President, Ashcroft was hospitalized....

Comment Look at ourselves (Score 1) 275

Pretend that you could fully record two full weeks of received signal and whatever fidelity. Record two weeks of the 2.4 ghz spectrum at, say, a large apartment building. Assume that it's all 802.11 b/g/n with wpa2 encryption.

What's the earliest decade you could hand that recording to a bunch of scientists from, and have them retrieve meaningful communication from it? 2000s? 1990s? 80s? 70s? As you go further back in time, you're not only requiring them to figure out the encryption, but to decode the physical layer, the transport layer, file formats...

Hell, could you hand a group of scientists from 1980 take an unencrypted .mp4 and get it to play? How long would it take them? The 80s meant Commodore 64s. Say it's a four gigabyte file. They'd need to invent something that they could store the data on, just to start working on it!

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." -- Dave Bowman, 2001