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Comment Re:Who's to say? (Score 1) 23

Since it's been a more than a couple of hundred years since the USA has had to deal with a King I suppose a reminder of how petty and spiteful autocrats can be was due :(
From the link above:

The questionnaire requests a list of those individuals who have taken part in international climate talks over the past five years

How petty is that?

Comment Re:Malicious Hypervisor (Score 1) 18

"We would like to emphasize that we did not break AMD
SEV itself but rather evaluated the design issues present
in the documentation in respect to their usefulness for a
malicious or compromised hypervisor"

I'd say there's a very slim chance of this happening.
Intel's SGX certainly *sounds* more secure but require changes to source code which could get very, very expensive so unlikely to be implemented in most cases for existing setups.

Comment Re:We do not have the technology (Score 1) 89

Why do people always say "we don't have the technology" when we clearly have it?
Mars missions are not a technology problem, particular radiation and life support are solved problems.

What we lack is know how, and cost efficient approaches: know how why so many landing operations failed, e.g.
Very likely simply due to weather phenomena and atmosphere pressure changes (anomalies).

I agree that manned Mars missions, especially by mini companies, are unrealistic ... but it is a mere monetary and time frame problem, not a technology one.

Comment Re:She won (Score 1) 436

The real problem is winner-takes-all politics. Half the people who voted didn't want Trump or his policies, but the other half gets to dictate for the next four years. Same with Brexit, 48% of people voted to stay in the EU, but some of the 52% of voted to leave seem to think that they have the right to force a "hard" exit.

It's pretty bad in both cases, because the normal balances that ensure everyone has a say and some kind of consensus is reached have failed. The Republicans control both houses and soon the Supreme Court. The Tories dominate UK politics.

Comment Currency is a type of commodity (Score 1) 65

I like the idea of Bitcoin. It's fantastic.

Not if you actually understand finance and risk it isn't. Bitcoin is an interesting experiment in some ways but as a practical matter for real world use it's rather clumsy, risky and impractical. It's flawed in so many ways I barely know where to begin. The only thing about it that I really think might eventually prove valuable is the block chain technology which has applications far beyond bitcoin.

But in reality it's still trading more like a commodity than a currency.

Currencies ARE commodities. The term commodity is specifically used for an economic good or service when the demand for it has no qualitative differentiation across a market. A dollar is a dollar no matter where you trade it. Don't feel bad, a lot of people fail to understand this. Currencies in forex markets are traded very much like other commodities. They're just an abstract/intangible sort of commodity rather than bars of gold or barrels of oil. There is some nuance to the market just like every other commodity but they really are commodities all the same.

Comment Re: She won (Score 1) 436

I honestly can't tell which side you are talking about now. Conservatives have started a list of professors that hurt their feelings recently, and often demand others be silenced so that they can speak free from consequences. They like to put restrictions on other people, especially other people's bodies.

Republican policies have made US healthcare some of the most expensive in the world... Is that what you were referring to?

Comment Re:shameful (Score 1) 81

It's more like following people as they move around in public, i.e. surveillance. I guess the author just confused spying and surveillance, and to be fair they are often one and the same these days.

Just like if you started following and photographing people in a public space you might be asked to leave by the owner of that space, Twitter has decided to boot these guys out.

Comment Translation (Score 5, Insightful) 173

Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to

Translation: "This will result in a lot of pissed off customer calling us about the problem and we don't want the expense".

Comment What benefit to Michigan? (Score 1) 157

And MI is a great state for automated driving systems to test again bad weather road conditions and construction re-routing....

Which is fine but does little for the economy of Michigan by itself. Employs a few engineers and support personnel but what else is the benefit to Michigan? Hope a few businesses take root as a result but I'm not holding my breath.

Comment Hitchhiking is (mostly) legal (Score 1) 157

Isn't hitchhiking illegal in most states?

No, actually hitchhiking is perfectly legal in most places. A few states ban it but in most places it's just illegal to actually stand on the road when soliciting a ride. Stand to the side of the road and you are not breaking any laws. And even in places where it is illegal the police mostly don't care all that much.

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