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Comment totally agreed! (Score 1) 828

  Teancum does a great job of explaining the gaps that make those to understand this field very skeptical, but keeps as much of a open mind as someone can considering what this is all about.

I will say however, I am continually suprised by the number of scientist from NASA and other "groups" who I either get to talk to or I see speak who seem rather opptimistic about this project.

Quite a curiousity, and exciting to speculate about.

Comment Re:The next major revolution will be quantum..... (Score 1) 54

WOW! Here I was just relaxing on a Saturday morning imagining all the crazy possibilities if we end up being able to transmit state without any consideration of distance. Quantum computing as described in these great vids is just one example of how things can change.

Personally, I don't believe in impossible. Between the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause and now the Speed of Light, I've learned not to let hard boarders block free thinking.

Moving away from a world of just 0s & 1s and adding things like |0>&|1> could have all sorts of crazy impacts in 20yrs that we can't even imagine today.

I was just trying to be optimistic and get a little excited about a concept that really could change our understanding of things, and hopefully get more people to watch those videos and learn more about it. It was meant to be crazy, exciting and hopefully motivational.

Very sorry if I offended your sense of reality, I was just excited about the 20, 50, 100yr possibilities of things like "spooky action at a distance"

Comment The next major revolution will be quantum..... (Score 1) 54

For me, a major fundamental revolution is one that goes beyond improving on itself. A concept or group of concepts that begins and in the end permeates nearly every product and concept throughout the human world.

We are very much into the run of the "Information" or "Computer" or "Digital" revolution in how people are now in mass looking at every single mundane product or process and seeing how this "new" way of looking at things can change/improve/simplify. Evidenced by the Refrigerator with Ethernet port, TCP/IP stack and webserver.

Quantum, or more specifically quantum mechanics will be the next Major human revolution.

Once pure quantum systems are produced and seen to have value we will see an explosion of devices, products, processes.

You will have Quantum Disk Suite, a way of linking drives together so that backups aren't needed.

and Quantum Transceivers to that all those Optical SFPs in your switches and routers won't need cables anymore

and Quantum Video technology so you don't see that lame bloody delay when someone from NY is talking to someone on TV from Paris.

When? Very hard to tell. It will however, just as Industry and 0's&1's did before, change _everything_

Comment How do we train new hackers? (Score 1) 285

When you, myself and many others were younger, you could do all sorts of digital stuff while under 18 without any concerns about geting in trouble.

WIth how things are today, how do we get kids to learn these skills? Where does someone learn safely how to break into a newtwork?

Comment So Companies are people right.......... (Score 1) 440

Maybe if we can argue that the cell signal is a branch of the Cell Company...

And then we all know Companies are People...

So then by killing signals aren't they not only impedeading the trade of legal goods (you may want to order a pizza while protesting), but harming thounds of little partical people, who at the moment are in the form of waves?

Comment Why is anyone surprised by this? (Score 2) 213

Of course they track and watch some Americans. Some Americans are trying to do some very bad things. Simply being a US Citizen does not (unfortunately) mean you don't want to do harm.

Does it need to be done carefully? yes
Does it need oversight? YES
Could it be abused? yes
Can we stop doing it? no
Do we really want them to stop it? NO

it's not like after this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trailblazer_Project they just gave up that line of thought and went on to other things =)

Submission + - Are YOU at the IETF 81 Meeting? Why not? 2

Desmoden writes: Or go to NANOG, or participate in IEEE? Any other standards group? While at the IETF this year I'm bothered by the number of professionals standards folk, and not enough users. These group are for users, but you are all under represented.

So if you aren't here, or don't go. Would love to hear why?

Comment Why don't people understand..... (Score 1) 1017

Why don't people understand. They use children to deliver bombs, women to blow up buildings. They hide explosives in dead bodies on the side of the road. They will do ANYTHING to kill those they hate. They will try to attract the dogs of soldiers to kill the soldier and the dog. They will strap explosives to a dog. They will do absolutely anything they can to kill just one of us.

The FIRST time they find out a stroller gets through, or a baby, or a kid, without being checked? There will be diapers full of plastic explosives before you can get through the line.

ANYTHING out of bounds will immediately be exploited

Do you think the TSA folks like checking under rolls of fat for weapons? Do you think they like scaring kids? They are suffering for our safety.

This is the result of being at war with terrorists. No one likes it, but it's reality.

Don't like it? Don't fly.

Comment You are not going to get an answer you like..... (Score 1) 913

People that value degrees value the entire package. The full well rounded education.

People that have suffered through those long programs spend their lives looking for ways to use that info, and thus will often come up with stories about how some essay they wrote helped them through a problem.

Everyone pulls on challenges they have overcome to help solve new problems. For many people, university is where they were challenged the most often, and for some the only time they were. So it's logical to pull from those experiences and see them as valuable.

If you went off an joined the peace core and did that for four years, overcoming many obstacles you were go on in life pulling from those experiences and telling young people how everyone should join the peace core.

Personally I loved much of the gen education stuff. Law, History etc. Found the English classes rather tiresome to be honest.

However, it's VERY hard to learn if you either don't see value, or resent being forced to learn it. Based on your post I would say you don't need college right now. Keep working, focus, learn, and enjoy it. Learn as fast as you can. In 10 or so years, when you want to learn something new go then you can go to university and learn something like art history or physics. Go when you actually want to, and you will get something out of it, much out of it.

However asking such a question here is rather silly. Those of us who have degrees with talk of all the value of our tribulations and explain that you should just "grow up" and do it. Those of us that don't have degrees will tell you how wonderful our choices were as well I’m sure.

Follow your gut, you know what you need to do, and what you want to do. Will you get something out of all those GE classes? Sure, some are awesome and will force your mind into new areas. Are you a bad or incomplete soul if you get that in other ways? Of course not.

But remember, most people out there have degrees. And those of us who have suffered through our degrees will often resent and look down on those who try to do go without. Many don't want you to succeed and will try to prevent you from doing so. Keep in mind, If you do, it means we may have wasted our time. So without a degree, you will always face challenges, and downward eyes, and disrespect. Often not warranted or justified, but such is life.

So either join the club, or don't. You can't have a foot in both camps. And either camp will attack you for trying ;-)

Comment WOW, what a narrow view.... (Score 1) 913

Being an Engineer is more a method of approaching problems and a personality disposition than some piece of paper. While yes I value the engineering education I got, at the same time I have met many good engineers with a degree in another field. I have also met those with engineering degrees that I do NOT consider engineers.

If you are going to follow your line of thought, you might as well do something silly like have a national exam that all engineers have to pass with some equivalent of a Hippocratic oath and a secret handshake.

Comment What a bunch of knuckle heads... (Score 1) 575

Even if they didn't explicitly blame Anonymous for the attack to even talk of them just shows ignorance.

The loosely formed group sometimes known as "anonymous" are not a for profit organization.

If the goal was $$, this was probably done for bid, or by groups looking to make a profit off the results.

Not a political or statement based event.

Lame.

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