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Comment Daniel Suarez, misc (Score 1) 259

Daniel Suarez avoids the worst of the ridiculous tech miracles and puts together pretty good stories.

The lesser-known earlier Dan Brown books can be interesting (Deception Point, Digital Fortress).

Not recent: I really enjoyed Rama years ago and have been trying to read Rama II but never seem to get very far (Arthur C. Clarke). I highly recommend reading all four Odyssey books. 2001 is almost exactly like the film, so just watch the flick. 2010, again, if you want to skip the book, the film covers it pretty well. But 2061 and 3001 are worth a read, if for no other reason than to see what kind of future Clarke envisioned in them.

(not) Ludlum: I read one or two post-Ludlum "Ludlum" books, but I quit. I liked the earlier real Ludlum books for the most part. The well-known ones are pretty old now, but Frederick Forsyth books are pretty good. If you're old enough to remember anything about the Persian Gulf stuff around 1991, Fist of God is pretty interesting.

Clive Cussler (and "friends"): Some recent, some not; I still enjoy them. Isaac Bell stories are set in a period (early 20th century) often skipped by others, so that alone makes them interesting. I also find the contemporary Oregon stories interesting. Don't read much Dirk Pitt stuff.

Comment laws falling further behind... (Score 2) 163

Partly because of the paralysis and partly because of the sellout in Congress, laws governing the use of technology in law enforcement have fallen way behind. My knee-jerk reaction is to say "no weaponized UAVs within our borders", but that's just not realistic. LE won't just standby while bad guys weaponize theirs, nor should they. But so far we haven't even gotten control of handheld Tasers. Instead of being used in place of deadly force, they're being used in place of physical restraint or even passive noncompliance, as if they never result in injury or death, which they most certainly occasionally do. I'd say a starting point would be to create federal legislation specifying when Tasers can be used, and it should be pretty restrictive. Then that can be extended to included remote-controlled vehicles. Will such laws preclude the unwanted use of weapons on drones? Of course not. But those doing so may be caught, fired, and prosecuted.

Comment Can't see how... (Score 2) 164

...a national government can fix this, and I believe in appropriate laws and regulations. Unless we wall off the internet into national subnets, and I sure don't want that. I can imagine an international organization in which states become members by agreeing to track and prosecute DDOSers and manufacturers of insecure devices and disallow nonmember states from connecting. Works for a year or two until scope creep turns the organization into a surveillance and enforcement nightmare.

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