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Comment what he did say for 5k? (Score 5, Funny) 458

FBI: what did you learn from infiltrating wikileaks?
Sigurdur: Its headed by Julian Assange
FBI: okay...and....
Sigurdur: and he is on a mission to expose a ton of sensitive information about governments...especially american governments.
FBI:OKAY. AND...
Sigurdur: he intends to release any leaks he receives to the public.
FBI: How much have we paid this asshole already?

Comment might not work in all situations. (Score 4, Funny) 41

Doom still hasnt acclimated me to the inevitable demonic invasion of earth from a hell-portal on phobos, and despite rigorous training in Doom 2, i for one am entirely unprepared to fire shoulder mounted rockets at the decapitated head of John Romero.
Half Life however is doing a spectacular job of teaching me how to live and work in a post-apocalyptic society governed by constant surveillance in which i have no real rights.

Comment historical context of licensing in america (Score 2) 371

Established in 1912, regulation of amateur radio was a result of the U.S. Navy's concern about interference to its stations and its desire to be able to order amateur radio stations off the air in the event of war. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio_licensing_in_the_United_States
as most naval communication is encrypted de-facto in the 21st century and often dedicated outside the ham band, the original licensing purpose is rather useless. One could argue in the 50's the radio act served to ensure VHF and UHF television broadcasts and commercial radio would not be interrupted by hobbyists, but the anti-cryptography purposes intended 'do-no-harm' clause smacks of the cold-war.

If hams can't decode messages, they can't identify if the communication even belongs on ham radio. A potentially worse problem is that encryption destroys the harmless nature of Amateur radio.

while hams cannot identify these communications we do regularly hold triangulation contests to see where theyre coming from. The mysterious Yosemite Sam broadcast in the southwest was detected and triangulated by a number of hams during its run with relative success. Again, the "harmless nature" of amateur radio must be re-evaluated in the modern context of the united states government in the 21st century. The NSA warrantlessly spies on us all, we run a torture camp, and execute our own citizens without trial. To continue to enforce anti cryptography in amateur radio is to the benefit of the state, not the amateurs which hold the rights to the airwaves. And if you consider commercial radio as any bellweather for the nature of the radio wave, then its charter to provide a public good is evidence enough the airwaves do in fact belong to the people.
Disclosure: I am a licensed ham operator working toward their general class upgrade.

Comment public vs private surveillance (Score 0) 229

I dont think people are so upset about the mans motive; to educate people about surveillance is a good thing. the problem is 90% of the footage captured by public CCTV cameras is different. Municipalities in the US that receive funding for CCTV cameras do so likely as part of a Homeland Security grant from the federal government and will install low-resolution cameras typically at intersections as government buildings have already been covered. These low resolution cameras are typically designed to reduce the cities expenditure on insurance for police and emergency services as they blow through red lights far more frequently and thus have a greater potential for collision with an automobile than does the average driver.

The footage is, in my personal experience as an accident victim, uselessly low quality and low framerate.

as for private surveillance, ATM video is hillariously low quality (check out youtube for a few examples.) higher end DVR systems in stores and pubs however are only used during an altercation or when required in order to prosecute a violation of law. nobody of any importance has interest to this video.

what the privacy evangelist is doing in contrast is uploading people to a distributed global network of video content which is freely available to anyone at any time. It serves to educate the public about google more than anything else, which is good. Given the potential for my boss, my coworkers, or my loved ones to stumble across the video however, I cant say id think twice about landing a haymaker on the first glasshole to shout "record."

Comment in a word: screwed. (Score 4, Insightful) 57

3d systems, the patent holder for both the process and the hardware that in fact realizes the process, has been doing this since 1986. their polymer, conveniently termed a "resin" on the Form 1 website, seems like nothing more than a creative attempt at skirting patent law. Looking at the 3d systems CubeX or ProJet 1000, the Form1 is the fucking definition of knock-off.
3d printers funded by a kickstarter make for your traditional slashdot-du-jour, but after the litigation dont expect Formlabs to be able to release their product for anything less than what a 3d systems entry-level model should cost. best to save your money go for a Mendel.

Comment lets just update this for brevity. (Score 0) 229

Obama's current->plan() || current->legislation() Face(s) Long Fight

Everything from gun legislation after massive shooting sprees to just keeping the government fucking running has been next to impossible for this guy. Instead, you can thank the party of no for making sure we reaffirm 'in god we trust' and try to repeal healthcare reform 33 times. because thats way more important.

Comment but..why? (Score 1) 377

the range on a model S is ~205 miles, if you go for the top of the line its 265 miles. shouldnt this meet the needs of most drivers? i mean who drives more than 200 miles per day other than a CDL holder?

I think tesla is working like hell to dispel negative publicity surrounding the vehicle. Top Gear didnt do them any favours and the guys at the New York Times basically tried their damnedest to put it on a wrecker and make a story.
I also think the unspoken issue is the same as with a regular car: responsibility. If you want to drive on a quarter tank the entire week, floor it at every intersection and consistently violate the speed limit then so be it, but stop relying on a gas station on every corner to come to the rescue so you can keep treating your car like a toy.
disclosure: im a motorcyclist, so responsibility and range for me personally are something i dont just get to ignore without serious repercussions.

Comment $location is the new silicon valley (Score 1) 243

I hate to see politicians toss this phrase around. Silicon Valley is not just a place with a bunch of nerds working in an internet factory, its an ecosystem of cultural diversity built around technology, art and science. I understand everyone wants a slice of the Tech pie, but New Yorks industry centers on finance. everything im looking at is "large financial firm", none of the startups or 3d printers in tfs. Whining about long term leases making it difficult for your city to be next->siliconvalley() is lik whining about the space under your desk being so insufficient as to preclude you from rewriting the linux kernel.

Comment following in the footsteps of giants. (Score 1) 126

the US did this during the occupy protests. to their credit, it was a largely successful means of quelling civil unrest in New York, preventing unrest in other cities, and downplaying the message that the united states class is a lemon socialism designed to perpetuate a class stratification of the rich and the rest of us.

Comment not to sound picky (Score 4, Informative) 96

im not sure how best to phrase this, but its not a quantum computer in the absolute sense. Its more of a computer in a quantum state that acts as an annealer. all it does is find the global minimum of a given objective function over a given set of candidate solutions. companies that buy it should at least be given full disclosure that its basically a ten million dollar math co-processor...one where depending upon the solver and the equation, mileage may seriously vary. traditional computing has been conjectured to be, at the cost of the D-Wave, not only faster but cheaper.

Comment down the rabbit hole we go (Score 5, Funny) 154

other nefarious and dastardly plots these brave attorneys have uncovered:
1. an image search for 'boobies' using google image search can and will display, actual breasts.
2. Google translate can and will translate nearly a dozen highly offensive english words into any of more than 20 different languages.
3. a youtube search for 'collateral murder' will produce a video of american soldiers murdering journalists in iraq.
4. Google searches for the phrases "edward snowden" or "Julian Assange" provides shockingly inappropriate, unbiased information pertaining to united states foreign and domestic policy.
5. despite dire and repeated warnings by their trustworthy IT staff, google will in fact let you google the word 'google' without any safeguard for the catastrophic consequences that ensue.
6. despite providing readily available search results for filthy pill junkies, google search raises the ire of attorneys around the globe as it fails to provide a reliable and affordable source of high quality pure columbian cocaine for todays savvy litigators and high powered firms.

Comment this is quite different (Score 4, Funny) 98

than the NSA scandal currently sweeping the states. You see, India is under constant threat of terror attacks from surrounding nations and rogue militants that hate its freedom. in order to combat them india needs a system like this, and despite its concerning appearance poses no threat to law abiding citizens. Im sure if you ask anyone involved they can confirm it has already stopped numerous terror attacks.

the United states however...is under constant....hm....

The difference is we told a newspaper. so thats different. also, if you took the time to read the article, this surveillance system is in India, and not in America. so that too is a different thing that makes this not the same. Also we dont call it the NSA.

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