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Comment Re:And us too - soon (Score 1) 394

Face it, the people don't want to really be free. They want to feel safe above all else. They are so afraid of terrorism when the fact is they are most likely to die from complications of their obesity or from a car accident because they were distracted while they were updating their facebook page.

I wonder about this.
Who would take one for the team, if it meant no mass surveillance?
Who would accept the cost in lives from the unstopped terrorism that could* result from a lack of surveillance? (*I know this is a stretch)
Who would be willing to die, if it meant their family would be free from surveillance?

Why not ask people in countries torn by terrorism? Would they exchange terrorism for excessive surveillance?

Comment Insert Subject Here (Score 1) 74

Over the first two years, 57% of optune users died, compared to 70% of standard regimen patients.
Over the final two years, out of the survivors from the first two years,
about 63% of optune users died, and about 66% of standard regimen patients died.

Maybe it just buys time, maybe the cancer adapts, maybe it just needs to be refined.

Comment Re:Why won't Democrats support the outcome? (Score 1) 1321

I really don't understand this us/them mentality that people keep spewing. We all work together, we are family members, coworkers and fellow human beings with the same exact needs.

It's easy to look at them as humans until you're faced with someone who believes that the founder of Planned Parenthood has intended all along for minorities to be aborted out of existence, and that contraceptives encourage perverted behavior and ultimately cause more unwanted pregnancies than abstinence. I can see the slippery slope from his point of view, but it's not like he is advocating for harsher laws to force wayward fathers into raising their unplanned offspring.

That said, I'm entirely sick of hearing this endless rant about how everyone who voted Trump is a racist, misogynist, bigoted xenophobe. People voted for him because they felt he would better represent them. And guess what, if half of the population really is just a bunch of xenophobes, you aren't going to change it with rampant name calling.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 472

Why not? You load them into containers and ship them across the Pacific. The logistics get less immediately flexible, because it does take time to cross the Pacific, but it isn't expensive.

More than a third of their suppliers are in China.
If they get sent the wrong part, or have a quality control issue, it will take them weeks to find out they have a problem. If that quality control issue isn't discovered while the ship is in route, the duration of the trip will be wasted manufacturing non-conforming product.

It also seems intuitive to me that the logistics of making sure that the 300+ suppliers (already in China) get their product to the right place gets more difficult/expensive when you have to cross the ocean, as opposed to tracking completed iPhones from a few factories in China to the US. Is that flawed? Is it really not that much more expensive, despite someone having to manage those logistics?

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 472

No, I got it from a different resource called "my brain" using a technique called "thinking". There is no reason whatsoever that component costs will significantly change just because the phone is assembled in America. Only assembly costs would change.

I see your point, but the logistics of shipping a variety of components (that were natively available in China) can't be cheap.
Also, a US factory worker costs at least 10 times as much as a Chinese worker. If it costs $10 in Chinese labor, its at least $100 for US labor.

Comment Re:So? (Score 3, Interesting) 117

I think they just used small pieces of scrap meal taken out of a scrap yard. Still not as exciting as headline entails, "researchers use scrap pieces that were already a good candidate for the job and probably not representative of whats just lying around"

To make such a future possible, Pint headed a research team that used scraps of steel and brass - two of the most commonly discarded materials -

The obtained scrap carbon steel (1010 steel) and brass sheets (Yellow brass, 67% Cu/33% Zn)

So while the yard may be full of the materials, the majority probably needs to be refined in some way to be a particular form factor... brass sheets, and whatever shape the steel needs to be.

Comment Re:Wikileaks (Score 2) 228

Emails seem to be from 2014, so I would not say this is conclusive evidence one way or the other about Russia and WikiLeaks.

I would expect WikiLeaks to show up in Russian emails regardless of their involvement. If I was Putin, and not involved in the hacking, I would be delighted to receive credit for mucking up US politics. I can easily imagine Putin bragging or laughing it up with his cronies over email.

Comment Re:So, let me get this straight... (Score 1) 161

I have a fantasy in which Liam Neeson gets a robo call and proceeds to dispense vigilante justice (and fire) worldwide.

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for a sucker, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you take me off your list, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.

Comment Re: Equal amounts? (Score 1) 338

Assange never claimed to be objective, but as a purported newsman he doesn't need to. News organizations all over the world have taken an opinion in this race. Assange isn't pro-Trump; he's just anti-Clinton. As am I.

WikiLeaks was founded under the premise of exposing secret/leaked/classified information, as a non-profit. They have unpaid volunteers and pro bono lawyers. They operate on donated money. I think that people donating their time and money have a reasonable expectation for WikiLeaks to be at least somewhat impartial in their activities. I do have a problem with a political agenda emerging after WikiLeaks portrayed themselves for so long as politically agnostic. I think a lot of people who once rooted for Wikileaks do.

Do I think attacking the Hillary campaign is wrong? Not particularly. Especially if the information is being dropped right in their lap. I do expect them to release whatever damning information they receive. What I don't expect is for them to pick favorites. They can't even be bothered to make a token effort to find something on Trump.

Take the EFF. If they started showing partiality towards certain internet providers, certain media groups, certain tech companies, I would have an issue with that. If they gave Google a free pass on a major pirvacy goof, I would be concerned. They have a stated purpose, and I expect them to live up to it.

Comment Re:Equal amounts? (Score 1) 338

What do you propose? Should Wikileaks hold off on Clinton until they have an equal amount on Trump?

I don't know, maybe post anything at all about Trump?
Offer a bounty on his tax returns?

At this point, it seems like Assange is just trying to solidify a relationship with the Republican party in order to get the US off his back.
I'm interested in a Wikileaks that posts about all abuses and corruption in my government.
Not just the ones that help Assange meet his agenda.

Comment Re:Guessing the real story here (Score 1) 90

If I were Yahoo, and my reputation was damaged from this, and I had received a government FISA order that I couldn't talk about, then I would do exactly this same thing. I see this as similar to a canary

Well, that would be similar to a canary if they had done it when it happened, before their reputation was damaged. Now, the damage is done, and they're just looking for someone else to take the blame for them, as opposed to trying to expose unreasonable surveillance.

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