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Comment Re: If you like it (Score 1) 171

You blame him for the health insurance providers taking the opportunity to use him as a whipping boy and take out their aggravation that their golden goose isn't looking too healthy?

In other news, Reagan said that trickle-down economics would work, and George W. showed up on an aircraft carrier claiming victory over a war that wasn't over yet, which we started because of falsified intel. Clinton said he didn't have sex with that woman, either.

Comment Re: And That, Ladies and Gentlemen ... (Score 4, Insightful) 194

Your theory flies in the face of history. Spam now represents the majority of email sent and they only need a fraction of a percent in return in order to reap a significant reward to justify their efforts. This particular clever exploit has been around how long undetected? And all they have to do is take the same code and inject it into the next extension they buy, or roll out. This is even better than spam.

Google's main reason for getting involved in this one is that it's leeching off of their core business. I guarantee that's not something they'll let slide.

Comment Re: RSA sold you out (Score 1) 464

If my entropy is real then knowing the algorithm doesn't help. The problem with the dual elliptical approach used by the spec was that the "randomness" was baked in, and then made to be the default used by RSA. The spec actually allowed for users to change the baked-in numbers; this hack by the NSA relied on success through the ignorance of customers rather than real cryptography. More social engineering than computer engineering.

Comment Re: Nobility (Score 1) 653

Americans have historically held the attitude that ousting people out of their land is their God-given right, using that justification to murder millions of people. Why shouldn't we start doing it to each other? The irony is delicious.

Meanwhile the percentage of poor people in the United States is about to become the majority, and in a democracy, the majority rules, whether by ballot or by baseball bat. Saying "let them eat cake" is usually not a good sign of where things are going.

Comment Re:Which company bought this 'new' rule? (Score 1) 1143

Unlike you, I live downwind of China, in Japan. Uncontrolled particulate pollution is a serious issue. And it's not the count, it's the size. Ask your average veteran coming back from a war what health problems they've incurred living next to the burn pits they use at the encampments. People are dying from this stuff.

You want to reduce the chance that particulate pollution is going to cause problems? Just go out and reduce the population by 90%. As long as we insist on reproducing with no limitations, we should be willing to accept the consequences. There are trade-offs in everything. Particulates are a real thing, and inhaling them, regardless of source, is bad. So the government found a way to take a technology that was outmoded a century ago and forced people to upgrade or stop using it. It's a pragmatic solution to stopping people from poisoning their neighbors.

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