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Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 1) 478

So 200+ ships at billions of dollars each? Yeah, that's gonna happen.

The US spent more than that dropping bombs on the Middle East, not benefit was achieved by the effort, and almost nobody wanted it.

Imagine if all the people on Earth actually wanted something and we could effectively solve the coordination problem (coming soon to a blockchain near you)

Comment Re:Only when it costs them money. (Score 1) 114

There are a few options but all of them require high-jacking IoT devices.

If I were feeling more energetic I'd pull out some comments from here I left a decade ago talking about a guild of Internet engineers and a trust system where certified operators could send cryptographically-signed messages upstream to shut off attacking ports (or requests to do so - that's a local detail).

Yes, we're decentralized, and that's good, but we also need to cooperate.

When homeowners get their Internet shut off because their IoT is attacking and they have to call a local tech to diagnose the problem and pull out the offending light bulb before it's turned back on, suddenly everybody will demand secure light bulbs (except us 'luddites' who are still using dumb dishwashers because we know that complexity breaks).

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 280

This is known already. Because, you know, physics.

Physics ain't done, son. Lots of stuff is deemed impossible before the next theoretical breakthrough.

When we have a fully-working model of the universe, then we can declare it impossible. Until then, avoid being too certain. The history is science is littered with fools who made certain declarations based on current, incomplete theory.

Based on what we know to date, FTL travel appears to be impossible.

Comment Re:"they'd be back if it happened again" (Score 1) 240

"The police told me they'd be back if it happened again." For what crime? Is it normal for police in Canada to threaten to invade an innocent couple's home for doing something legal?

Tor is a thorn in the side of despotic regimes. They will harass anybody who runs an exit node. Best case, they break down a door and find some pot in an ash tray, then lock this couple up for a few years. It's good for the police union, good for the prison industry, and good for the black ops programs funding their budget with drug smuggling.

Win-win-win (unless you're a subject of the regime).

Comment Re:Totally. (Score 1) 122

his country is full of extremely stupid, gullible, and ridiculously-overarmed people, and a small subset of whom probably thinks it would be a good thing to bring harm to the First Lady.

Meanwhile, Jefferson often complained about the never-ending parade of people who walked into his office at all hours of the day to complain.

But he didn't have a Department of Education. Or bombing campaigns in sixteen countries (the Barbary Pirates not withstanding).

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 280

There's no possibility that aliens capable of FTL would find us remotely interesting. Once you get to that technology, energy and resource problems either have been solved, or become very easily solvable.

And if they care at all about things like us, they already have had probes in our system for eons, by all averages. It would be absurd to think they can't build self-replicating probes at our level of technology plus a few hundred years as a minimum. Once you have that, if you care about the galaxy, you map it.

There's nothing we can tell them that they don't already know. They haven't destroyed us, so they won't.

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 51

I do not see them giving it away for free when it is an advertised premium feature in another app.

You know, this was the #1 requested feature for the YouTube app for years and then Google finally implemented it but made it a $120/yr option and threatened lawsuits against apps that provided the capability already if they didn't withdraw from the market. It was probably the most Evil thing I've ever seen Google do.

XPosed Framework has a module that remedies this problem. I would have been glad to pay $10 for an app, but $500 over the expected life of my phone? That's more than the phone costs. I don't want to listen to their music catalog - just some old lectures while I'm doing housework.

Comment Suspicious Claim (Score 1) 237

and they ensure that the company uses every [sic] they have got, leaving them with no choice but to demonstrate their defense capabilities to the attacker.

This doesn't make sense. To require them to use every defense they have would require the attacker to be precisely calibrated with the defenses the company has.

It's much more likely that the attacker has more offenses that the company doesn't have defenses for or that the attacker has fewer attacks and that the company has defenses that are not employed.

Even more likely is a disjoint match - the attacker has attacks the company is not prepared for and the company is prepared for some attacks the attacker is not employing.

The only way the statement could make sense as written is if the attacker has a priori inside knowledge of the companies' defenses. That would be a much bigger story. More likely is that at least some of the claims in the article are not well-founded and/or outright propaganda.

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