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Comment Re:The Internet is less free... in Brazil. (Score 1) 484

There was a post on Slashdot recently, showing how Google had made public the number of requests for data by gov't for information. Brazil topped the list, beating the U.S. (even though it is 60% of the size of the U.S.). It would seem that Brazil already gets the information you are talking about.

Comment Re:An easier plan (Score 1) 555

No, but we should have access to past data -- it was once common for the archives of the presidential offices to be opened to the public a decade or two after the end of a particular administration (W. ended that tradition). The only two items on your list that should have a longer period are the launch codes (which are not changed so frequently) and the personal information of soldiers (which should remain private for the sake of the soldiers and their families). The rest should be made public knowledge in a timely fashion -- military equipment is constantly upgraded, troop movements are no longer sensitive after the end of the war, and guard schedules should be changed frequently. Why should this information remain secret forever?

Comment Re:So what about CTRL and Fn (Score 1) 806

Agreed. My Lenovo T61, which I love dearly in every other way (especially the little keyboard light, which I'm amazed more companies don't do), drives me bonkers with the CTRL key not being lower-left. They could have put the CTRL key in the normal spot, had a smaller Fn and Win key between, then a normal ALT key to the right of those two.

But, hey, at least they got the positioning of INS-DEL HOME-END and PgUP-PgDown in a nice 6-key block on the upper right, like the Keyboard Gods intended. I'll give them credit for that.

Comment Re:No quite yet. (Score 1) 356

Sitting back and waiting does not lead to much technological advancement. Taking on an ambitious project tends to inspire many advances.

The idea is not to catch asteroids along the way. Rather, the craft would catch one large asteroid of sufficient mass to provide all the raw material needed for the journey. Using an asteroid saves the huge cost of lifting this massive raw material into space.

Comment wind tubines (Score 1) 165

Wow!

2.5 MW.

That's really going to replace those 1,000 MW single nuclear reactors.

Wow, what'ja know, there are wind turbines bigger than 2.5 MW. Erect 10 5 MW or 5 10 MW wind turbines a month for 10 months and you add 1,000 MW of capacity. If work is done all year you've added 1.2 GW. How long will that nuclear power plant of yours take to build? And don't say a year. Construction on Finland's Olkiluoto 3 reactor started in 2005. It was originally scheduled to start operations this year, 2009, but is 3 years behind schedule and isn't expected to start until 2011-12. Also it's cost overrun is EUR1.5 billion so far. And you can't complain that is because of US regulations, nor because of the inexperience of the builders. One of those contractors is the French government owned Areva, Siemens is another. Both companies have experience building nuclear power plants.

Falcon

Comment Re:Biometrics (Score 1) 247

The problem is using biometrics RAW, and as the only authenticator. Sending raw (const) data as part of an authenticator is always very unsafe. So people who do stuff like this are idiots!

If you use the biometric, after Diffie Hellman key exchange as a salt in the challenge that is fine, and helps to defend against replay attacks, BUT all this stuff is in the literature, so there is no excuse for getting it wrong.

People who do, and loose valuable data need their ass sued off!

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