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Comment Re:Can an entire agency... (Score 2) 166

Can an entire three-letter-agency get a corporate hard-on? 'Cause if they can, this gave our favorite one the biggest boner in the known universe.

On the contrary... more likely, either the NSA or the Chinese (or both!) will read this and say "Crap! They figured it out!"

If it's the NSA, we'll see some new laws passed soon giving them broad new secret vetoing power over publishing in scientific journals.

Comment Re:surely the government wouldn't backdoor itself. (Score 1) 138

If they got a very secure algorithm, weakened it in a hard to detect way which makes it easier for the NSA and nobody else then that would be perfectly fine to both use for government documents and to give out to other nations.

We've seen the level of "thought" that goes into these decisions. I doubt anyone with decision-making authority ever considered that weakening encryption so the NSA could get in more easily would also make it easier for criminals to get at the same information.

Comment Re:This is what the Surface RT should have been (Score 1) 151

I'll repeat my title: this is what the Surface RT should have been. I would be happy to trade in my netbook + Nexus 10 tablet for one of these. And the price is very right, especially as it includes basic MS Office capability.

We've already seen how small the market for netbooks is.

Comment Re:Safety? (Score 1) 242

If you're blasting ~2.4ghz RF from one place to another, what happens when something absorptive gets in the way?

Well, if I remember "The Avengers" correctly, you end up with a smoking charred spot where the person used to be.

Did anyone notice a dude in a bowler bat and a cute chick in leather hanging out at this conference?

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