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Comment Re:There is at least one big difference (Score 1) 412

Energy and the rules about creation of new energy are contained with the Universe. We have no clue how this would function outside of the Universe. Maybe there's an infinite supply of energy there - more than enough to spawn billions of Universes. Maybe the normal rules of physics don't apply (quite likely, actually) and creating a Universe winds up kicking off a process that spawns two more Universes. I'm not sure how testable any of this is - that's a question for physicists - but you certainly can't discount a multiverse because it would use up all the energy in the Universe.

Comment Re:The real problem is ISALM (Score 2) 289

As an American Jew, I see the efforts to give religion a stronger role in the USA's government and it frightens me. First of all, the religion that's pushed is always Christianity so I'd become a second class citizen unless I decided to worship Christ. Not that I'd support it if Judaism was the "official religion", mind you, because of my second point which is that I've seen where "Religion And State Are Mixed" ends up and it's never good. Historically speaking, we Americans fled from such a system. (The King of England ran the Church of England and you basically needed to be a member of that church to participate in government.) The Founding Fathers wisely saw the problems with this and wanted a Separation of Church and State. They didn't want religion mucking in government or vice versa. Which brings me to the third point. Anyone who wants to mix religion and government is foolish because it goes both ways. Do you really want the GOVERNMENT having a say in how you worship? Or telling you what your clergy must do to be Official Government Church Clergy? Or how your holidays are celebrated? I would think that the same people who want government out of their lives in other aspects would be frightened about having the government dictate their religious practices. Of course, looping back to my first point, when people in favor of this picture "church and state mixed", they picture THEIR form of religion running the show. Replace their religion with someone else's, though, and suddenly they're opposed to this horrible government overreach. As long as they get to impose their will on others, it's fine but they won't stand for anyone else doing the same to them.

Comment Re:Not so. (Score 5, Insightful) 519

You bolded the first part, but the second part is important too:

(A) the electronic surveillance is solely directed at—
(i) the acquisition of the contents of communications transmitted by means of communications used exclusively between or among foreign powers, as defined in section 1801(a)(1), (2), or (3) of this title; or
(ii) the acquisition of technical intelligence, other than the spoken communications of individuals, from property or premises under the open and exclusive control of a foreign power, as defined in section 1801(a)(1), (2), or (3) of this title;
(B) there is no substantial likelihood that the surveillance will acquire the contents of any communication to which a United States person is a party; and
(C) the proposed minimization procedures with respect to such surveillance meet the definition of minimization procedures under section 1801(h) of this title; and
if the Attorney General reports such minimization procedures and any changes thereto to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence at least thirty days prior to their effective date, unless the Attorney General determines immediate action is required and notifies the committees immediately of such minimization procedures and the reason for their becoming effective immediately.

This means that, even if Obama did have Trump wiretapped, it was likely due to connections to a foreign power (likely Russia). So "Obama wiretapped me" is another way of saying "I was communicating with Russia."

Of course, all of these allegations are built literally from Conspiracy ramblings. Trump got his information from Breitbart who got their information from Mark Levin, a conspiracy theorist who thinks Obama's heading a silent coup. (Yes, he's so insidious that he turned over power to Trump while moving his coup forward.) We have a President who - with access to the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc - decides that a right-wing conspiracy theorist is his best source.

And just to add to the head-shakingly-sad nature of this, some Republicans in Congress want to open investigations on Obama based solely off of Trump's tweets (with Trump's staff specifically saying he doesn't need to provide any evidence that this is true). Yet, with all of the Russia connections coming out, they are dragging their feet as to whether a Trump-Russia investigation is needed. Party before Country!

Comment Re:Encrypted File, Encrypted USB (Score 2) 415

Which is one reason why expiring users passwords too often leads to insecure passwords. If your password is going to last for a year, you might use a 20 character string including various special characters and caps/lower case mixing. If your password needs to be changed every month, you'll get the PASSWORD1, PASSWORD2, PASSWORD3, etc. variations.

Comment Re:Hindsight (Score 2) 199

The USB port is right next to the power port. (This is a 3 year old Toshiba Satellite L-70A.) That USB port had previously lost the little plastic tab that the USB leads usually rest on. My best guess is that my son jammed the round power plug into the rectangular USB hole and one of the USB leads entered the power plug, completing the circuit.

Comment Re:Hindsight (Score 3, Insightful) 199

As I told my son after he fried my laptop a couple of days ago (plugged the power cable into a USB slot because he wasn't paying attention), it's not whether you make a mistake or not, it's whether you learn from it. In my son's case, it's "pay attention when plugging in electrical devices." In PwC's case, it might be "don't tweet while handing the envelopes out" or "design the envelopes/cards to more easily convey their information."

Comment Re:Companies doing fine; not comsumers (Score 2) 319

I'm not someone who believes the government solves all problems, but it does have its place. In many situations, removing the government doesn't make people work harder, but just makes big companies and the wealthy take advantage of people more. Less regulations can lead to more unsafe products, dirtier air/water (as they dump their waste where ever they feel like it), or worse employee benefits/pay/working conditions.

In the case of Network Neutrality, I currently have only one option for wired, high speed Internet: Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable). If Spectrum, tomorrow, announced that I needed to pay $5 extra a month for access to Netflix, I'd have three options: 1) pay up, 2) don't pay up, don't watch Netflix, but keep my Internet service, or 3) cancel Spectrum and not have home Internet. Given that 3 isn't an option and that there is a lot that I, my wife, and my kids watch on Netflix, we'd be pressured to pay the extra money. Since there is no competition, voting with my wallet isn't an option. Taking them to court also isn't likely to work - they have a team of lawyers that could tangle me up in litigation until I went bankrupt.

In this example, the only option for me is for the government to step in. The government is (at least theoretically) answerable to me and other voters while corporations - especially monopolies - aren't beholden to do anything for me beyond take my money every month. If Spectrum were to enact a $5 Netflix Access Fee in my example, the FCC (or another government agency) could step in and say "You're not allowed to do this." Spectrum can't just laugh off the Federal Government and would be forced to change business practices.*

* Theoretically speaking. Practically speaking, what companies seem to do is change just enough to stay within the law and then pour money into lobbying the government to walk back the protections in the name of "helping businesses grow." Dealing with the massive corporate lobbying problem is another topic entirely.

Comment Re:Companies doing fine; not comsumers (Score 1) 319

I'm not saying that socialism or communism is the answer. (Then again, socialism isn't the boogeyman that many in the US think it is.) I'm just saying that making the rich richer doesn't result in a better life for the middle class and poor. It results in a poorer middle class, less assistance for the poor, and more money/power concentrated in fewer hands.

Comment Re:There can be only one 'implementation' (Score 1) 319

Then replace "a Comcast.com video" with "a Hulu video." Comcast has an ownership stake in Hulu so the more people who watch Hulu instead of Netflix, the more profit Comcast sees. If they slowed down Netflix, but kept Hulu running at high speeds, then people might switch services and line Comcast's pockets more. Network Neutrality says that this is wrong and shouldn't be done. Comcast is opposing Net Neutrality because they want to fiddle with the speeds of various services to either get those services to pay money ("that's a nice web service you have, it'd be a shame if it slowed to a crawl") or to boost their own offerings ("is Netflix buffering again? You'd never see Hulu buffering!").

Comment Re:Good way to kill the golden goose! (Score 1) 319

You were talking about having to go through gigantic organizations. While you do need to pay a registrar and a hosting company, there are plenty to choose from. You could go with a large company like GoDaddy or a smaller outfit. You can avoid companies that you don't like or switch companies if the one you're with does something you don't like. If you think you can go through life (much less making a website) without dealing with corporations at all, you're sorely mistaken. Fortunately, web hosting/registrars is one place where there's a healthy competition instead of a giant monopoly/duopoly.

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