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Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 673

What Snowden did was altruistic and for the good of the people.

You are entitled to your opinion on the matter. Being as he has been unwilling to defend his actions in a court of law or give an official statement on it, we cannot say for sure what his motivations were. We have just as much support for the notion that he did it for the notoriety as anything. If his actions were purely altruistic then why would he not be willing to go for full martyrdom and come back and face trial?

After all, there were other avenues he could have chosen to expose the program. I don't for a moment disagree that the program was wrong, but he could have brought it to the attention of the public in other ways.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 673

Snowdon seems the logical "other pardon".

I disagree, based on the fact that Snowden is still at this moment a fugitive. He has never faced trial. Manning faced trial, plead guilty, and served time. While it is not without precedent to pardon someone who has not been tried (ie, Nixon), it is not easy to make an argument for it.

Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 3, Informative) 92

Most folks drink stale coffee. Try roasting your own (I use Sweet Maria's for supplies) or going somewhere with a roaster on site who is honest enough to tell you the roast date. It should be from 2 to 10 days ago. Flavor development in coffee is a rancidification process. Like cheese, you want to catch it when it is a little, but not too, rancid.

Comment Re:...Or Just Take Aspirin. (Score 2) 92

Let's not forget the effect of helicobacter pylori bacteria on ulcers, they are in general held to be the main cause these days.

I have another theory about the beneficial effect of aspirin, caffine, etc. We evolved with them. Our diet was rich in salycilates and chemicals similar to theobromine or caffine. They came from the plants we ate, some of which were mildly toxic and which we evolved to process to the point that we became dependent on some of their effects. There are a lot of things in the primitive diet that modern people don't eat much at all, like acorns which had to be soaked to remove alkalai and tannin.

If this is the case, taking aspirin and drinking coffee or tea replace substances found in a more primitive diet.

Comment Re: Not really needed for drones (Score 1) 24

Modulation designators that state the payload type don't make much sense with digital data transports. You can do digital TV or anything else with 4 MHz bandwidth. Cellular doesn't make much sense unless they have a really long hover time and drone life, in which case it could be a pop-up base station.

Comment Re:How do they keep doing this? (Score 1) 41

Economic refugees are not the same as war refugees

True, but at what point is state-sponsored oppression of a group of people (say Muslims for example) sufficient to count those people as war refugees if there is no declared war? If a state is actively taking action against a certain segment of its own population, but war is not declared, at what point do they count as refugees?

Comment Re:I'm still rooting for him. (Score 1) 135

and he's assuredly a pensioner

Pensioner in name only. If he was in his 40s in 1971 and lost his job at that time, he likely didn't have enough work history to have accrued much pension. Likelihood of him having taken a job with a pension after this would likely be pretty slim.

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