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Comment Re:Not just Southern Spain (Score 2) 101

It's important to note that this is a worst-case scenario
No. The worst case scenario they considered is "Business as usual".

  which typically means its somewhat improbable

Unfortunately not. It's the most likely scenario. The only positive note is that there doesn't appear to be a concerted effort to increase emissions so it's reasonably to reject scenarios with CO2e increasing faster than BaU (unless you think positive feedbacks for CO2 and CH4 emissions are starting to significantly kick in now)

Comment Re:Says Apple, sitting on billions in cash (Score 1) 255

If my bank statement's more than one page long, it's too long. I hate reviewing the things so I like to keep them simple. I've had fraudelent activity on my credit cards, I've had cards stolen when overseas and struggled to remembered all the recent transactions when I've called the bank, and I've been a victim of identity theft.

Budgeting is a lot easier with cash too, especially as you have a physical sense of it leaving your wallet. I'm speaking as somebody who went almost cashless and did even the smallest of transactions by card 15-20 years ago. I've gone back to cash because it's better.

Comment Re:do you want what you buy controlled? (Score 1) 255

A cashless system could easily stop individuals from any purchase deemed unsuitable or unnecessary. Do you want that?

What a boon to those who wish to make healthy lifestyle choices the only available choice! "I'm sorry Sir, that Mt. Dew purchase has been declined by the payment system as your BMI data shared from Obamacare insurers disqualifies you from softdrinks."

NYC would *love* this!


Comment Re: You know what that means. (Score 2) 108

I noticed that two of the three initial sites are train stations, not airports. I guess building entrances can't be far behind.

The TSA has had roving teams checking passengers on metro/city and Greyhound buses. Building entrances will likely be next, yes, post offices etc, then expanded to malls and stores. Soon there will be checkpoints for pedestrians. What, you thought you could risk National Security by walking down the street minding your own business? Terrorist! Gulag...err...Guantanamo for you!


Comment Re:Transfer the Responsibility (Score 1) 61

Make them liable if they do not start patching their own devices.

Don't necessarily even need the cost to go up.

Your device is found vulnerable to hackers. a) release a fix or b) release the source code in a form that allows others to fix it.

In a dream world I could imagine a time where the source code is released with the device. How much IP can there really be in a webcam? The vast majority of the work involved in writing a firmware from scratch would be researching how to address the hardware.

Comment Re:Thoughts (Score 1) 521

I mean C. A language that, while quite old, people use for stuff like kernels that actually need to be reliable. And somehow, WebAssembly is supposed to replace all that newfangled JavaScript with good plain C (they plan to maybe add garbage collection primitives to allow languages which need that, but it's nowhere near priority).

Comment Not Unexpected (Score 3, Insightful) 112

[Fascism Intensifies]

When you give government all these powers to do all this social-engineering and other crap, you can expect that they will be corrupted and conspire against the people with those with wealth and power in the private sector. It's human nature and why the founders did not want the government having the sort of scope and power it does today. The results speak for themselves.


Comment Re:Transparancy (Score 1) 58

@ techno-vampire

        And now we know what Obama meant when he claimed that he'd run the most transparent administration in history: absolutely nothing.

You realise that you're being totally ridiculous as well as having your partisan bias show though, right?

It's insane (and party-political) to suggest that an ongoing counter-intelligence operation, that has been confirmed by a judge to meet the criteria agreed on by law, should be splattered on the front page just to satisfy your idle curiosity.

It's insane because counter-intelligence operations are needed to prevent spies and/or terrorists from being effective when they work here and in doing so and thereby to protect our security.

We have laws and procedures in place to ensure that snooping is done only when warranted. They are being followed and it has been determined that in this case the snoop order is warranted. Even the House Intelligence committee has been briefed (as it should), and apparently they agree too. So much for your smear that it might be "unconstitutional".

Yet there you are posting unjustified, snide, and derogatory comments. Well, that's your right. But it makes your comments squarely party-political because you're trying to make a government, that is simply doing its job, look bad just because you don't like it.

In a word: deplorable.

And here he is in person, kiddies!

The Tool Of The State in all his glory!

Huzzah, Sir! Tyrants past and present approve!


Comment Re:Follow the money... (Score 1) 575

Obamacare should have been a single-provider healthcare. Thanks to Republican governors insisting that their states use the federal exchange, we're already half-way there to single-provider healthcare.

Great! Instead of a pacemaker for a cardiac issue we can then just "give Grandma a pill" to ease the pain while nature takes it's course. Too bad about Grandma but it saves the Collective money, right?

You people have no clue what you're letting yourselves in for in the near future. You think the government is corrupt and over-reaching now? Ha! Once more of the ACA schedule is enacted you're going to have political/ideological enemies, journalists, and critics suddenly and mysteriously have trouble getting health coverage for random procedures, etc, and mysterious and life-threatening mistakes to their personal electronic health records, and sudden IRS trouble related to mandatory coverage as well.

There are few more intrusive, personal, and powerful tools of control over people than to control their access to doctors and medicine. That's why ACA was passed despite ~70% of US citizens opposing it, and don't even try to say otherwise, those refutations have all been debunked. "We have to pass the bill to see what's IN the bill." is a pretty stark admission of how much the public opposed the ACA when they weren't even willing to let anyone see it until they passed it.

Me? Screw the ACA! I'll go outside the US for healthcare.


Comment Re:too big? (Score 1) 158

Government already is limited via the 4th amendment, Wiretap Act, and other statutes.

Now that's funny right there, I don't care who you are!

Two words: "Parallel construction".

The US government has become powerful enough and the power concentrated enough away from the States and citizens to the federal government that those limits no longer have any real meaning or force behind them except as propaganda for the masses.

Rule of Law is no longer applied relatively (nothing is perfect) equally nor universally. Far from it, as a glance at recent headlines proves. Laws in the US currently apply to, and are enforceable against, an individual or business/corporation in direct proportion to the amount of wealth and power they wield. "Too big to fail"..."No intent (when the federal laws in question do not care about nor require intent in determining guilt/innocence, only *possibly* as part of determining the length of prison time) to mishandle Top Secret documents/data".


Comment Re:Escape (Score 1) 521

Capslock (shiftlock) was above the shift key on mechanical typewriters. When you pushed it down it pushed down the shift key with it and then latched. You pressed the shift key again to unlatch it.

Of course, as shift physically moved the hammers down, every single key went into it's shifted state.

But pushing shift was significantly more demanding than typing any of the other letters (at least on any mechanical typewriter I ever saw) so shift lock was more useful when typing repeated shifted values than it is today.

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