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Comment Re:I hope.... (Score 1) 88

Sorry I missed your Query. Yes the NSA, the poorly named "National Security Agency".

Where to even begin. First of all, they spy on us, and when unable to do so legally, farm it out to external resources who can. This is a clear violation of privacy rights, but more than that, has a chilling effect on free speech.

They know about software flaws that put us at risk to abuse by third parties, yet keep those hidden so that people like them can abuse those flaws to gain unauthorized access to private information and infrastructure.

They are the enemies of any person who cares about liberty and the abuse of power by individuals with deep pockets.

Comment Re:The name says it all... (Score 2) 162

It's not mispronounced; the first screenshot in this article shows that the menu item (third from the left) is in fact spelled "manbang" and pronounced (using X-SAMPA) as /man.baN/, equivalent to how a conservative English accent would say "man bang" (with open front unrounded A) Here's the Wikipedia article on Korean phonology if you want to analyse it yourself.

...Is it possible you're salty because someone forgot to invite you to participate in Manbang?

Comment Re:What is it that you say? (Score 3, Insightful) 445

Are the polititions going to drop the veneer of giving a shit about the public when they support the very cab companies that have done jack shit for consumers right here in boston for decades?

Everyone I know who doesn't drive, and many who do, uses these services on a regular basis, choosing them over cabs. Anyone who has taken a cab knows why.

Where was the precious regulation for YEARS when cabs were "required" to take credit cards, but regularly just drove around telling people the machine was broken. The local news was doing investigative reports about how bad the cabs were before Uber got here.

Now all of a sudden the poor cabbies who squandered their government granted monopoly for decades are crying foul and the politicians are happy to turn a blind eye to decades of disservice for a buck.

Comment Re:It's not sabotage (Score 4, Informative) 86

Were it that I had mod points! I think the title tells us more about the Ars writer than it does about anything else; your interpretation is much more consistent with the actual study's tone:

Abstract: Most theories of motivation have highlighted that human behavior is guided by the hedonic principle, according to which our choices of daily activities aim to minimize negative affect and maximize positive affect. However, it is not clear how to reconcile this idea with the fact that people routinely engage in unpleasant yet necessary activities. To address this issue, we monitored in real time the activities and moods of over 28,000 people across an average of 27 d using a multiplatform smartphone application. We found that people’s choices of activities followed a hedonic flexibility principle. Specifically, people were more likely to engage in mood-increasing activities (e.g., play sports) when they felt bad, and to engage in useful but mood-decreasing activities (e.g., housework) when they felt good. These findings clarify how hedonic considerations shape human behavior. They may explain how humans overcome the allure of short-term gains in happiness to maximize long-term welfare.

Comment Re:Any military use? (Score 1) 102

Not very usefull. Part of the issue is, they send a stream, and detect a stream, but the actual results depend on both sendinder and detector choices. Only if they are aligned do they get a definite signal, if not, its probalistic.

So your data can't match their data, because you don't know what they are measuring on each measurement. Any one of them could be bunk for you or bunk for them, and you wont know which is which, or what measurement they got when you got it wrong and they didn't.

Comment Re: I hope.... (Score 1) 88

"Fuchs's espionage likely led the U.S. to cancel a 1950 Anglo-American plan to give Britain American-made atomic bombs"

Sounds like it worked out ok. Can't think of a better plan to scuttle than warmongers sharing their toys.

Too bad the internet didn't exist so he couldn't have given this gift directly to the public.

Comment Re:Tracking (Score 1) 203

Well how else would you implement it when nobody is transmitting the data you need in most places, and, I would bet, is even resistent to doing it. As far as I can tell, most towns take steps to make this very prediction harder than it needs to be.

The article is wrong about this being "for impatient drivers", its for distracted drivers, to help them stop being total douchebags who sit at the green light.

People are already ignoring the light cycle. People are already deciding the red light is time to mess with their phone, fuck with the radio, eat a sandwich, etc. None of this is so bad, and many people even have no issue still paying attention.

However, some people, enough of the time, just fucking sit there. I don't care if this encourages people to pay less attention at the moment they rightly identified doesn't require much. I just want them to wake up on time and start moving.

If this demonstrates that this is a good thing and not a bad one, then maybe the data sources needed to do it more widely will open up. (dare to dream)

Comment Re:I hope.... (Score 1) 88

Not really. Either way I am getting what i want right? I have no qualms about paying them for the public release. Sure, I would prefer they do it for ideological reasons but, everybody needs to eat and operational costs can be real, never mind the time they put in.

I mean, why would I make such a specific assumption without any suggestion that its what they would do; esp when they say explicitly its something they wont do, even if the winning bidder asks them to, right in their FAQ, leaving the task of any release to the winner himself quite explicitly.

Plus, if you read the stratfor leaks, you would know the intelligence community has evaluated ideologues under the heading "Patriot": "A source who is betraying his country for ideological, religious, patriotic or other unreliable beliefs. Very dangerous person. He could change his mind."

So, overall, I guess you would say, I hope they are ideologues because they might change their mind and release the info anyway. However, I doubt they are, as even if they think they are, if its real, they have to know this they struck gold and that has a tendency to change motivations.

In fact, the only things I hope are not true: 1. I hope this isn't fake. 2. I hope the NSA or some other secret group doesn't win. and 3. If 1 pans out, and 2 doesn't, I hope this group is ideological enough to change their mind and release anyway.

Good news is, if it is real, it only takes one member to decide to change his mind later.... dare to dream....

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