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Comment Re:Pluto can be a planet again (Score 1) 258

While I like Pluto as a planet, it makes more sense for the new planet to be named Goofy, while Pluto remains the same.
Just as the two characters were both dogs, but Pluto was subserviant to Goofy, and treated with less rights, based perhaps on some of his other characteristics.

With the new planet named Goofy, the class division can still hold.

Comment must be decryptable AT SALE TIME? (Score 1) 353

I would assume that the manufacturer only has to be able to decrypt the phone AT SALE TIME.
In other words, it would prevent encryption from being setup default when the phone arrived, but once the consumer has the phone they could immediately initiate PRIVACY MODE.

To me, this would just be annoying, and would be a step which the less technical might miss (which is why it is better by default), but would be similar to the situation where totally-free Linux distros still let you download Flash, dvd decryption, etc even though they can't include the items *directly*.

Or similar to Prohibition-era products which warned you "Do not add water to this otherwise you will make beer" (at least in NY)

Comment Re:Oh god why. (Score 1) 174

remailers and nyms can do it for email. Unfortunately you get a lot of latency, sometimes added on purpose for extra security (to prevent tracking by timing) You encrypt reply blocks that have nested instructions to send the also-encrypted message along. Each server can only decrypt their own portion. With two servers between you, neither end point knows the other end point. Servers in different countries may be used in series. You can assemble such a reply block and attach it to anonymously sent emails or posts.

Some servers allow you to set up an address, and associate it with a reply block. You then have created a "nym", on a nymserver, and can give out that email address to places rather than a reply block.

An additional part can give the encrypting key to the next server, so the server which decrypts a section encrypts the messages it sends out with the next server's key routinely.

Unfortunately, to have deniability regarding a sent message, you can't send it and have it immediately appear on the other end.

Comment bad title, 500 million worlds in habitable zones (Score 1) 331

Bad title for summary-- even the summary says 500 million of which are probably orbiting within their stars' habitable zones. Of course, the term "alien worlds" could refer to the uninhabitable exoplanets too, including uninhabitable planets in our solar system, but I doubt that this is what most people would imagine. Most people would probably think it means the possibly inhabitable ones-- i.e. the 500 million. While "alien worlds" could mean "foreign celestial bodies", look at the comments-- everyone immediately concentrates on the possibility of aliens or alien life.

Comment Re:Even the linked article claims they were mistak (Score 1) 260

The page (& link) for Settings>Privacy>News Feeds and Wall>Facebook Ads now has NO OPTIONS. It is currently empty, perhaps because of all the upset customers.

I try to keep all of my info private, although I have started to use Facebook to connect with friends & old classmates. This is for the general paranoia of personal data, even though I don't use such simple things as passwords or recovery passwords. Still, I have experience with people's credit card information (inc purchases and purchase locations) and unlisted cell phone numbers being compromised by "social engineering", by ex-wife, friends, etc, without even the claim that they were the person themselves-- just as a "knowledgeable" friends or supposed spouse.

The fact that the privacy settings are by default ALLOWED, and may be kept by any application or advertiser who already has it (and that transfer may happen in an instant) still remains very troubling.

Comment One fish two fish red fish blue fish... (Score 1) 860

Dr Suess!!! (Theodore Suess Geisel)

Who really taught children important lessons about the world, in their most formative years? Really, I love the other doctors, but by that time I had already learned to appreciate those who are different from Sneeches on the Beaches!

footnote: I put on a Hello my name is tag as "T.S. Geisel" and talked to semi-finalist applicants and parents my senior year at Sci&Math. Amazing how far a sport jacket and tag will get you!

Comment viral marketing of art, music (Score 1) 468

The Grateful Dead, many other "jam bands", and other musical groups, have found that freely giving away some of your material HUGELY increases your fan base. Ever since the Grateful Dead started allowing tapers to bring equipment including mic stands, and tape and distribute live shows on a non-monetary basis, their popularity zoomed, they were established as icons of the culture, and they even achieved MTV playlist status with "Touch of Grey". This model works well for them because
  • they have other sources of income in their work/art, such as concerts and commercial releases.
  • they continue to perform new material & new variations, which new and old fans then seek
  • they have a unique style, which is best heard, and even better heard from concert/live recording vs studio
  • fans trading their music, and giving to new fans, is "viral marketing", before the term was coined

Some reasons then why one might want a different model

  • "greedy" for every last penny (perhaps justifiably so)
  • unable/unwilling to keep working and producing great output
  • product, while perhaps original and unique initially, remains fixed, or becomes stale or repititious

Now I am not really going to make the moral judgement of how long someone should be able to copyright their works, and hold them in their own tight control. I would believe that old works should be public domain at some point, and also that creativity deserves some reward.
However, there ARE points in between in which both the artists and the public can benefit overall, and as the Grateful Dead and other artists have seen, giving to your public does not always mean taking away from yourself as the artist. Fair use can help an artist, and the public domain help cement artist in history, but "permitted use" by an artist speaks directly to their strongest fan base and evangelists of their work. Even Stephen King has given away book chapters online, on the premise that you will buy the rest. He may not have gotten much richer, but I'm sure he reached fans.

Or if you prefer, you can wait in front of a book store in the mall to sign your books, and hope to explode into fame.

Comment Re:This article is hoplessly wrong pulp fiction (Score 2, Interesting) 123

I too call BS on the thermal wetsuit trick.
Mythbusters had a 2006 episode in which they tested tricks done in movies to defeat security measures. In particular, they tested trying to defeat thermal sensors, including the method of wearing a wetsuit. They even tried spraying down the suited person with a fire extinguisher to cool them.
The result? The person regained heat fairly quickly, and showed up easily on the thermal sensors.

Comment Re:broadcast will only be to SUBSCRIBING public (Score 2, Interesting) 221

I really *don't* have a problem with CVN acting as a commercial company; I just feel that this is so important as to warrant widespread distribution (without being illegally shown in total of course)
I don't want to commercialize justice more, but perhaps it could be available publicly shortly after subscribers have it, even with some sort of sponsorship if necessary.
There are many models for selling content which don't require the audience to directly pay, and something in that vein would help promote open, public justice (without making CVN or others "shine the light" on this case without money for the cameramen)
In any case, I am for the case being televised to as great an audience as possible.

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