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Comment I'm just surprised he admitted it (Score 4, Insightful) 104

The Dickian "pre-crime" possibilities of knowing everything someone looks at or talks about on the net is so obvious that I assumed that everyone knew it was coming, so my only surprise in reading this story is that Zuckerberg slipped up, even momentarily, and admitted that's what he was working towards.

Comment Re:Misunderstaning the Problem (Score 0) 104

All any media outlet needs to do to destroy Trump is to present what he says and does, un-edited, without any spin. The only way anyone could make what he says look good is to pretend that words mean something different when they come out of his mouth than when someone else says them, or, as Kellyanne said, judge him by "what's in his heart", not by what he says or does. I'm not sure I'd be willing to do that for anyone who wasn't a close friend or relative, and even then, I'd have a line I wouldn't cross.

Comment But didn't Einstein say light speed varies sorta? (Score 1) 244

But didn't Einstein say light speed varies in his paper "On the Influence of Gravitation on the Propagation of Light "?

From the proposition which has just been proved, that the velocity of light in the gravitational field is a function of the location, we may easily infer, by means of Huygens's principle, that light-rays propagated across a gravitational field undergo deflection.

? Is this like Snell's law of refraction, but with the refraction causing variation in the speed of light caused by a gravitational field instead of a change in the density of the media that the light wave is passing through? Could this mean that gravity is caused by a change in the density of space around a massive object, rather than its "warping" of space? Is it possible that the only actual physical substance in the universe is the media we know as space, with both energy and mass existing as transverse and longitudinal waves in that media?

Comment You enjoy frustration (Score 1) 269

I just refurbished a 7 year old laptop that originally had Windows 7 Home on it and thought I'd see how it ran with the latest Ubuntu LTS version. I made a live usb stick and booted from it. Everything looked good, until I pressed return at the "Try Ubuntu" menu item. The screen then went black and stayed that way. After some googling I discovered there was an old bug (allegedly fixed) that caused the backlight in some laptops to turn off. The instructions for getting around this were so convoluted, requiring you to first somehow install Ubuntu blind, that I gave up and installed Win 10, which has worked great for everything I want to do with the laptop. I even got it to record over-the-air digital tv using a cheap usb tuner stick connected to an old rooftop antenna. I doubt that I'd be able to do that in Linux, and certainly not as easily!

Comment Re:US Post Office always secure. (Score 1) 454

Vote parent up. Mail-in ballots have a unique ID printed on the ballot. The ID is correlated with the voter's request for a mail-in ballot. When the ballot comes back, the ID on the paper is checked against the ID recorded. You _could_ intercept the ballot on the way in or the way back, but it's impossible to do this on a significant scale without having several inside men in the Post Office.

Most mail-in ballot systems are significantly more secure than many online voting (or vote management) systems in the field.

So the ballot is directly traceable to an individual, who could then be subject to punishment or reward for how they voted.

Comment Re:US Post Office always secure. (Score 1) 454

What's to stop someone from paying people to vote for certain candidates? In the current system, where people go to a monitored location and use a machine or fill in a paper ballot, there is no way to be sure the person votes the way you pay them to, unless they use their phone to take a picture of their votes, and that can be prevented fairly easily. With the mail in system, they can let someone else fill it in, or take a picture or otherwise make a copy to prove they voted the way they were paid to. And how do you maintain the secrecy of mail in ballots? If the ballots must be signed, whoever tallies them will know how you voted, which provides other opportunities for shenanigans. As for unions, at this point, the only really effective ones remaining are those representing police, and that's a big part of the problem with disciplining bad behavior by cops.

Comment Re:Jews OPPOSE themselves (Score 1) 232

Debbie's just disappointed that she hasn't inspired more anti-Arab terror plots, like the one that put Irv Rubin in jail.

Rep. Darrell Issa's battle with a flamboyant conservative Internet columnist who called the Arab-American lawmaker "jihad Darrell" has become a bizarre sideshow to what authorities say was a recent plot to bomb Issa's district office in San Clemente. Issa and his aides said columns written by political commentator Debbie Schlussel might have inflamed Jewish Defense League officials, who allegedly were targeting the San Diego County lawmaker. One of the suspects, Irving David Rubin, chairman of the JDL, gave copies of the Internet commentaries to an FBI informant, who helped thwart a plot to blow up a Los Angeles-area mosque and one of Issa's offices, according to a source familiar with the case.

If Islam is against the Jewish people, why did Muslims protect them when Christians were trying to wipe them out in Europe?

Within a century of the death of Mohammad, in 632, Muslim armies had conquered almost the whole of the world where Jews lived, from Spain eastward across North Africa and the Middle East as far as the eastern frontier of Iran and beyond. Almost all the Jews in the world were now ruled by Islam. This new situation transformed Jewish existence. Their fortunes changed in legal, demographic, social, religious, political, geographical, economic, linguistic and cultural terms - all for the better.

Comment Re:Ionospheric Skywave Propagation at HF freqs (Score 0) 159

In order for HF communications to work effectively and consistently, the sun needs to ionize the atmosphere.

I thought Solar UV deionized the skip layer during the day, which is why AM band signals travel farther at night? I used to work at a station that had to sign off at night to avoid interfering with another station hundreds of miles away.

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