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Comment Re:How's that different from open source software? (Score 1) 111

Well, if it's open source, it's likely that someone else has done an audit of the code, and even if I haven't looked at each line of code, someone else probably has (if it's popular enough). While it's possible to hide a loophole in popular compilers, I think this is hard to pull off. The government has a lot of resources, but it's also big, slow, and leaky, so I don't think it could pull off a sophisticated compiler loophole without people noticing.

On the other hand, an Windows operating system backdoor is a lot easier to pull off, since it's closed source and controlled by one company. The NSA could put hacks in Windows to capture message buffers from popular messengers, bypassing the whole encryption.


Two Triple-Screen Laptops Were Stolen From Razer's CES Booth ( 165

In a Facebook post, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan said two of their prototype laptops shown off at CES 2017 were stolen. "We treat theft/larceny, and if relevant to this case, industrial espionage, very seriously -- it is cheating, and cheating doesn't sit well with us," Tan wrote. "Penalties for such crimes are grievous and anyone who would do this clearly isn't very smart." Both items were prototype models of a laptop, called Project Valerie, that has three 4K displays. The Verge reports: Tan says that Razer is working with law enforcement and CES management to investigate. He's also asking show attendees to email with any info they might have on what happened. A company representative added that a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction. The alleged theft occurred "after official show hours," says Allie Fried, director of global events communications for the Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES. "The security of our exhibitors, attendees and their products and materials are our highest priority," Fried wrote in an email to The Verge. "We look forward to cooperating with law enforcement and Razer as the incident is investigated."

Comment Re:If that were true, politics AND technical (Score 1) 504

Nuclear cost is actually fairly high if you include fuel and waste handling. It's more expensive than coal, if you don't include externalities. It's hard to compare safety of nuclear vs solar because you are getting into the statistics of small numbers. I used to be a nuclear fan, but that was when solar was really expensive. Solar is now cheaper than nuclear.

Comment Re:Donate how much and for what purpose? (Score 1) 445

Maybe you only want to donate to save a life, but donating one's body for research or training potentially helps more people people survive in the long run. Of course, the latter path means your organs will die, if that's something you actually care about. (But hey, maybe they'll find a way to make your cell line immortal.)

Of course people profit from the practice. Did you think the doctors were working for free? There's no problem with profit as long as the dividends are proportionate to the skills, risk, and labor. All you had to do was check some box, right?

Comment Re:Solar now competitive with coal and gas? (Score 1) 220

Interestingly, this article is intended to debunk the existence of oil and gas subsidies, but then fails to actually debunk some of them.

It claims that Master Limited Partnerships affect people across the board. But in fact, to qualify as an MLP, a group has to have over 90% of its business in natural resource or real estate. So you could say this subsidy affects real estate as well as oil and gas, but it's hardly across the board.

It says that some would consider reduced royalties on Federal lands to be a subsidy, but fails to explain why it shouldn't be.

The other arguments sound reasonable. But that's still $6.1 billion-ish from their own estimate.

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