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Comment Re: How smart is Snowden, exactly? (Score 5, Informative) 106

If you actually read the page you linked:

Snowden instructed top officials and military officers on how to defend their networks from Chinese hackers. During his four years with Dell, he rose [..] to working as what his résumé termed a "cyberstrategist" and an "expert in cyber counterintelligence" at several U.S. locations.

He wasn't just hired as security expert, he was hired for doing counterintelligence. Which is what he does now as well.

Comment Re:How smart is Snowden, exactly? (Score 4, Insightful) 106

The NSA is one of the world's leading secret agencies, what should you expect?

Probably lots of NSA employees are experts on security. Being experts is their job. Even if you aren't one if you start at NSA, their training will make you an expert, at least if compared to what the public knows about these things.

Comment No! (Score 1) 37

The summary title contradicts the first sentence of the summary. And the sentence is correct, not the summary. Kepler doesn't confirm exoplanets, kepler gives a list of candidates. Its the opposite job. The confirmation is done on earth.

Comment Re:Don't autonomous cars have this aready? (Score 1) 56

But there is no autonomous car that is required by law to actually record the info and not faked info that's the best for the manufacturer.

Now, if there is a law, its much easier to fine the manufactuer really big if they try to manipulate the records.

IMO, the black box should be supplied by another manufacturer independent from the car manufacturer, so that manipulation is totally avoided. But probably that won't happen until the industry "learns" and manipulation cases are appearing.

Comment Re:Autonomous cars? (Score 3, Insightful) 56

The usual way to do black boxes is to just record stuff, not sending it anywhere. If there is an accident, the black box data can be read out and the person causing the accident be found out more easily and effectively. That's a good thing IMO. Even if the black box in your own car is used to convict you, its a good system.

Now, as we live in 2016, probably the black box will be designed in a way that it transmits the data live to the manufacturer, maybe even with kill switches. That's a bad thing, and I don't like it. Or take tesla's ability to OTA update the car software. this is just dangerous.

So generally, I agree with black boxes, but do not agree with internet connected black boxes. Cars are not planes, they don't get lost at the bottom of the sea. (I do agree with internet connected black boxes for planes).

Comment Re: The Republicans want to make everyone work (Score 2, Insightful) 1124

In fact, capitalism in its purest form can best be described as "Those who have get; those who have not get bent."

That's feudalism. In capitalism you have to be smart if you want to keep your money. Any company can go bankrupt any day, making your stock worthless. Holding cash will diminish your fortune by inflation. If you are not smart, you lose your money. Lots of aristocrats lost their relevance during industrialisation, because they were not smart. Some invested smartly and kept their riches.

Investing isn't just "doing nothing". You have to chose well and know what will take off and what won't. Do you think warren buffet just sat there all day and drank a coffee for all his life? Or maybe you think he became a freemason and now all he needs is to think of fake stories of how he got his billions?

Yes, you have a better position thanks to the fact that you have money, but getting richer or even keeping your fortune isn't guaranteed.

And i prefer this system ten times over one where somebody inspects your flat, says its too big, and tells you to house more people inside it because its now property of the people.

UBI is a good thing, don't get me wrong. Its just a matter of when and where first it will come. Its less a question of whether. Sometime around this century we simply won't need this many humans working anymore, and if the people in power (whoever that might be) dont want people to starve they'll have to introduce UBI one way or another, whether its free goods or free money.

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