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Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 280

This is known already. Because, you know, physics.

Physics ain't done, son. Lots of stuff is deemed impossible before the next theoretical breakthrough.

When we have a fully-working model of the universe, then we can declare it impossible. Until then, avoid being too certain. The history is science is littered with fools who made certain declarations based on current, incomplete theory.

Based on what we know to date, FTL travel appears to be impossible.

Comment Re:"they'd be back if it happened again" (Score 1) 240

"The police told me they'd be back if it happened again." For what crime? Is it normal for police in Canada to threaten to invade an innocent couple's home for doing something legal?

Tor is a thorn in the side of despotic regimes. They will harass anybody who runs an exit node. Best case, they break down a door and find some pot in an ash tray, then lock this couple up for a few years. It's good for the police union, good for the prison industry, and good for the black ops programs funding their budget with drug smuggling.

Win-win-win (unless you're a subject of the regime).

Comment Re:Totally. (Score 1) 122

his country is full of extremely stupid, gullible, and ridiculously-overarmed people, and a small subset of whom probably thinks it would be a good thing to bring harm to the First Lady.

Meanwhile, Jefferson often complained about the never-ending parade of people who walked into his office at all hours of the day to complain.

But he didn't have a Department of Education. Or bombing campaigns in sixteen countries (the Barbary Pirates not withstanding).

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 280

There's no possibility that aliens capable of FTL would find us remotely interesting. Once you get to that technology, energy and resource problems either have been solved, or become very easily solvable.

And if they care at all about things like us, they already have had probes in our system for eons, by all averages. It would be absurd to think they can't build self-replicating probes at our level of technology plus a few hundred years as a minimum. Once you have that, if you care about the galaxy, you map it.

There's nothing we can tell them that they don't already know. They haven't destroyed us, so they won't.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 51

I do not see them giving it away for free when it is an advertised premium feature in another app.

You know, this was the #1 requested feature for the YouTube app for years and then Google finally implemented it but made it a $120/yr option and threatened lawsuits against apps that provided the capability already if they didn't withdraw from the market. It was probably the most Evil thing I've ever seen Google do.

XPosed Framework has a module that remedies this problem. I would have been glad to pay $10 for an app, but $500 over the expected life of my phone? That's more than the phone costs. I don't want to listen to their music catalog - just some old lectures while I'm doing housework.

Comment Re:CS should _not_ be taught to teenagers (Score 1) 241

We live in a world where it is increasingly important to understand process. Think of teaching a spreadsheet to a kid who understands how a computer works, rather than just thinking the buttons are magic. Understanding is key. Everyone else is going to have their job taken over by a robot or by kids who did have some basic CS.

No one is saying that we teach a CS curriculum in high school, just like not one is saying that we teach math or science or literature or history to the levels taught in college. What some, like the poster are saying, is that we decide the few we are going to educate, and ignore the rest.

In the end CS in high school is a practical problem. CS is still a relatively rigorous topic, and relatively few people understand it. I have sat in rooms with adults playing on an arduino, and most could even to the simplest tasks. They simply are not trained.

In the end we don't have CS in high school for the same reason that in may high schools we have 4 years of required history and English but only three years of math and Science. There are simply not enough teachers. And yes, many teachers will deny it and say that math and science is useless, and no kid needs to know physics or calculus.

I am certainly glad that i did not have parents of go to a school that represented this level of stupidity. Otherwise I would not have a job. I also had to learn to read literature and write and do many other things, even if I did not have an aptitude for it. It is called being educated.

Comment Suspicious Claim (Score 1) 237

and they ensure that the company uses every [sic] they have got, leaving them with no choice but to demonstrate their defense capabilities to the attacker.

This doesn't make sense. To require them to use every defense they have would require the attacker to be precisely calibrated with the defenses the company has.

It's much more likely that the attacker has more offenses that the company doesn't have defenses for or that the attacker has fewer attacks and that the company has defenses that are not employed.

Even more likely is a disjoint match - the attacker has attacks the company is not prepared for and the company is prepared for some attacks the attacker is not employing.

The only way the statement could make sense as written is if the attacker has a priori inside knowledge of the companies' defenses. That would be a much bigger story. More likely is that at least some of the claims in the article are not well-founded and/or outright propaganda.

Comment Re:Statute Of Limitations (Score 1) 527

So what is the statute of limitations on mass murder as a result of fraudulent practice. Have proof, let's see the convictions, let's demand the convictions (victims in the millions, seriously).

You're kidding, right? A government agency signed off on it so nobody gets prosecuted for malicious intent. That's the point of government - to shield certain individuals from liability for what would otherwise be crimes (e.g. extortion of taxes).

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