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Comment Re:Snowden is BOTH whistle blower and traitor (Score 1) 424

No, it has to do with his describing how we do things.

Look, I have no doubt that BOTH china and Russia have copied the disk drives, and without his know it either.
BUT, the real treason was not just when he stole drives, but when he speaks about how we do these things.

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

Right there, that is treason. He was not talking about spying on Americans. He was talking about how the NSA does its job. I can not stand MS. They are a very corrupt and inept company. However, they were doing the right things and will burn for it.
Snowden is a traitor in every sense of the word.

Comment Re:Pennies on The Billion Dollars (Score 4, Funny) 226

And don't forget the advanced adaptive screening rate through combinatorial probabilistics with both parallell and serial execution methods. You can also implement multiple selection criteria at once, subselecting some passengers to even more intensive screening methods. Though for expediency I'd recommend the d20.system instead.

Comment Neat, but the standard is HDMI (Score 0) 94

My TV box has HDMI out, my video camera has HDMI out, my surround receiver has HDMI in/out for pass-through, in fact the only places I can find DisplayPort is on graphics cards and screens mostly intended as monitors, not TVs. HDMI version 2.0 with 4K/UltraHD @ 60Hz support should be out any day now (it was scheduled for first half of 2013, apparently a little late) and unless they completely break backwards compatibility I think that's what everything will use. So unless you really want 4K right now(tm) even though content is extremely rare except stills I'd wait a few more months.

Comment Alternative Deep Ocean Power is Feasible (Score 5, Interesting) 189

When you put generators down 5-6000 feet in deep fast ocean currents, which run virtually at constant speed year round, the amount of power available down there is staggering. Obviously it only works near coastline regions, but that is where the large populations tend to be, though not all coasts have deep water currents.

Superconducting long distance transmission lines are improving in capability, so maybe distance is not so much a problem in the future.

It is not technically difficult or polluting. We already put complex anchors and devices at those depths for oil drilling.

No need for radioactive stuff, no cooling, no dead birds, no pulsing noise to humans, no polution.

It takes damn good engineering, but that is what we are damn good at.

Start now.

Comment Re:And the story is...? (Score 1) 453

How about you just stop being such a coward? Seriously.

I am not afraid of terrorists.

I do not fear a terrorist in a plane.

I do not fear a terrorist in a car.

I do not fear him, near or far!

For fucks sake, driving to the airport is the most dangerous part of any trip. The risk of terrorism is statistically insignificant. Can we please stop looking for every opportunity to throw away freedoms in pursuit of security that's not even relevant!

Comment Re:never happen in the states (Score 1) 269

Oh, oh I know the answer to this one. What the private companies are (or rather aren't) offering is the best anyone can do under normal, fair market conditions. So if the government can do it, it's because the government is awarding it indirect subsidies and siphoning off costs to be paid with taxpayer money in some unamerican commie conspiracy to destroy private enterprise and replace it with a protectionist government monopoly. Honestly, for some it's so deeply rooted in them that if the government appears to be doing anything at all better than private companies then they must be cheating somehow.

Comment Re:That's socialism (Score 1) 269

No, it's politicians grandstanding buying things private industry has spent a trillion dollars developing. Without the latter, the former has trouble bringing you a loaf of bread.

Said over the Internet, brought to you by the US government (Internet -> ARPANET -> Department of Defense -> US government). Which is rather beside the point anyway, unless you're still fighting the ghost of early 1900s Soviet-era socialism what it means in a modern context is the government collecting taxes to provide public services which they may or may not be buying from private companies. There's no contradiction between a public road or a public hospital or a public whatever being built by private companies. But sure, give all the credit for everything to private companies. Let me guess, libertar... I mean libertarian?

Comment Re:So just download wordpress (Score 1) 216

Secondly, as of right now, #gay is a verbatim search term. This affects not just porn, but posts about LGBT politics.

Wait, what? Was that part of this change? That's going to cause a firestorm. Are similar terms banned? Did they really just hang a "straights only" sign on the front door of tumblr?

Comment Playing with time (Score 1) 142

If you didn't know the time scale had been messed with, the video looks like very thick oil or honey dripping. Some sort of invariant with liquids, I suppose. I thought it was kind of interesting.

I've done time-lapse videos of clouds and things. Haven't done one of paint drying or grass growing.

Yet. :-)

...laura

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