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Comment Re:I for one thank them (Score 1) 135

The POTUS using a pseudonym to communicate via email is hardly a scandal,

Most transparent administration evah!

The actual 'scandal', is that it seems Obama lied when he said he only found out about her email system through media reports (a way he has learned about many things).

more of an extra layer of security in case someone does get their hands on classified emails

Why would the President be emailing classified information on an unclassified system?

(and possibly a way to make finding records more difficult).

Bingo. No doubt former EPA chief "Richard Windsor" agrees.

It's even more silly in that Presidential records are generally not FOIAable or subpoenable, even when her SoS emails were being released.

Comment Re:What's wrong with this? (Score 1, Interesting) 135

Interesting how neither the AC nor you put 2+2 together.

Outrage over the allegation of a presidential candidate working with a foreign leader 'against american interests'... while giving a pass to a sitting President who has actively done that for... 8 years now?

No doubt ISIS has been grateful for a Obama Presidency (because power vacuums are such a good idea), and hopes for a Clinton (aka 'no boots on the ground') one to follow.

Russia too has benefited greatly from the opportunities given to them by this administration.

I'm no Trump fan, however I've got a difficult time imagining how Trump could do any worse with Russia than Obama & Hillary have.

Comment Re:I for one thank them (Score 2) 135

If they are behind the release of the fact Obama used a pseudonym to email hillary, despite the fact he denied having any knowledge of her private email. That's good to know too.

This I have not heard of.

It was part of a Friday document dump... you weren't supposed to hear about it:

Comment Re:After the election (Score 0) 135

The time to address these issues is after the election.

That's the only time where anyone can legitimately claim that their concern is real, and not partisan sniping.

Depends on who is in office, or haven't you noticed that during the last 8 years, virtually any criticism of the President was deemed due to racism, just as any disagreements with a Clinton-45 presidency will only be due to sexism.

Politics never ends, it simply changes form through the year & election cycles.

Comment Re:these new companies trying to get around old la (Score 4, Interesting) 251

Haha, what? You're whining about a manufacturer selling their product for whatever price they want to sell it at? Tesla "fixing the price" on their own products that they make and sell themselves, that's funny. How does a single company "fix" the price? They don't "fix" the price, they set the price, that's the price, anyone can buy it at that price. You might as well whine about McDonald's "fixing" the price on a Big Mac because they cost the same anywhere you buy them.

A good example, 80% are franchises and 20% centrally owned but you'd never know the difference. The franchising agreement controls pretty much everything, so would a dealership contract. Some people still hasn't figured out what car dealerships was all about. In the before time, before the Internet and all that the car manufacturer would need a retail store, effectively a dealership since nobody would order a car by mail order or over the phone. But instead of that belonging to a big car company that took all the profits back to their corporate HQ, laws were passed to make that a local business that would keep it part of the local economy. It's a bit of a protectionist racket, but the local customers may have wanted it. Today though you don't need a retail store, because you can do it online. The car manufacturers want to cut out the middle man, the middle men want to stay. It's become a protection racket for e-tail vs retail instead of local vs big business.

Comment Re:Tech Company arrogance. (Score 3, Insightful) 161

1. Technology isn't alive. You can copy it, test it, break it, completely gut all the parts and rebuild it. Ethically you cannot do that with people and animals. And right now if it dies, it is dead you can't undead yet. Unlike technology, it dies you can bring it back to operational again.

And this one is the blocker for the really interesting research now, which is combating aging. This graph is in Norwegian but it should be pretty understandable, it's number of deaths by age for each sex and in total. If you look at age 1-17 it's almost zero. from 18-40 we get to make our own stupid choices but still very low, 40-60 people start to check out, 60-80 it's climbing rapidly and 80-100 almost everyone dies. If we were all as resilient as 20 year olds we could live 1000+ years, we're fighting disease in a more and more frail body. I'm not saying it's pointless but it will get exponentially harder and harder to improve.

The problem is though that nobody wants to experiment on healthy people that don't suffer from anything but aging, that you're in good shape for a 60yo but considerably worse than when you were 20yo is only natural. Beyond that you should eat healthy, exercise and all those other lifestyle choices we're not going to make any real medical effort to make you young again. Could we for example clone a new heart and give me a heart transplant, for no other reason than it got 50 years less wear and tear? Can we fix presbyopia that from Greek literally means "see like old man"? What about a way regain lost hearing, that almost everyone loses with age?

This is not how you would maintain a car, you don't wait for it to break down first before you start doing anything. Parts have life spans, parts need service, parts that start showing signs of wear and tear gets replaced. Humans? Don't fix it if it's not broke, in fact we often can't even fix it when it's broke. You're just supposed to accept that you're not a spring chicken anymore, half your body's systems are failing and doctors are running around with the proverbial duct tape. At some point we have to try experimenting on making healthy people even healthier, to rejuvenate them. We haven't really started yet and we certainly won't finish in my lifetime, nor in the lifetime of anyone I'm likely to meet.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 4, Insightful) 407

Predicted response: "Won't someone think of the children! Guns kill people, encryption doesn't!"

Alas when it comes to proponents of gun control, you don't often encounter honest or thoughtful people. They have a single goal in mind and ignore all of the existing regulation on the books today.

Comment Publish a f-ing book already. (Score 4, Interesting) 407

This is nothing new, Philip Zimmermann was receiving similar threats during the first crypto-war so published the source code of PGP in a book ( and more or less dared the feds to ban a book.

He won.

(this is the short version).

Comment Re:Good for backhauls and maybe some DC uses (Score 1) 73

10GB e-net stuff is still mostly priced at enterprise levels.

The 10 GbE card would be the least of my worries. We have had two operators offering it for "consumers" here because apartment buildings typically have a single connection but most pro routers have dual uplink ports so it didn't really cost them anything to offer it - but the price has been ~10x their gigabit price at $1800/month and $700/month respectively. From what I've understood it's extremely few clients, but... there's always that guy working with 4K dailies both from home and work or whatever and the odd billionaire tech freak I suppose. Personally I got 150 Mbit and could get more but my connection is rarely the problem, I think the only time I'd like a faster line was when my GTA IV installation got irrecoverably borked and I had to wipe it and download ~57GB again. And even that took less than two hours...

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