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Comment Yes (Score 1) 357

At this point in time I'm pretty sure all my emails are in the hands of many entities besides my provider, all of which are thieves by definition. The NSA, foriegn governments, hackers, etc. In fact it's a safe bet that the majority of all emails ever sent are already stolen.

The last people I'm concerned about are CEOs and elected officials. I'm pretty tired of the back door dealings and making them viewable for all to see is not only making things more transparent it's making these people think twice about communicating thier corrupt and self dealing practices effectively restricting them and helping to shut it down.

It's pretty funny now as entities always have had this info and it was always used in closed door shady dealings. Now with the Information Age really under way it's kind of refreshing how all this goes public and makes them stew in their own juices. Finally the shoe is on the other foot with the whole "you have nothing to worry about if you have nothing to hide" meme.

Comment Distributed robotics... (Score 1) 113

While each device will likely be mostly autonomous it will still be necessary to have some kind of system to issue commands. Something with a good line of sight, where you could set up a network. Even better if this system could be a strong AI to help coordinate troops.

A skynet if you will.

Comment Schedule status is complete BS (Score 3, Insightful) 255

The schedule I status needs to go. Certain chemicals in marijuana have shown themselves to be the best treatment for specific kinds of seizures, far better than anything currently available, to say nothing of the myriad of other uses. The evidence it has some medical value is insurmountable and being schedule I prevents much of the research that could be helping people while ensuring that grandma gets the full swat experience.

Getting a realistic categorization based on facts and not propaganda will help to pave the way for legalizing it on the federal level.

Comment Re:So it's Apple's fault that Samsung screwed up? (Score 1) 150

Apple has had non-user replaceable batteries since the original iPhone (almost 10 years now) and they haven't lost a billion in valuation due to that.

iPhones have had battery recalls. Moreover many iPhones, pods and pads have suffered unusually short battery lifetimes. My kids had two iPod touch 5th generation both purchased at the same Apple Store on the same day and both used nearly identically and charged on the same charger the same amount of time yet one battery failed within 6 months and the other is fine after two years. Apple has been lucky with fires and they did lose stock value over the issues with iPhone 5, just not a billion dollars like Samsung.

Comment Re:Ruin it for the rest of us (Score 2) 150

You are far too high up for a cell phone to work on a typical flight. Only during takeoff and landing would you be close enough to towers. Also if you are moving too fast that may cause issues as well.

It can't be that dangerous because fully 1/4 of people never shut off their phone and at least one in twenty is texting, updating Facebook, or straight up placing a call on take offs and landings. I fly a lot and it's amusing how low the level of compliance is.

Comment Non removable battery FTW (Score 3, Insightful) 150

I know it helps with water resistance ease of manufacturing, but when will phone manufacturers reconsider the whole non removable battery issue? Apple was a leading "innovator" of this, now it's being adopted industry wide and we are seeing losses exceeding a billion dollars of valuation. A user removable battery would streamline much of a recall process while adding safety to boot.

Now if only a lack of a USB card and headphone jack would start fires we may see some actual positive changes.

Comment Worst election canadates in 50 years (Score 4, Insightful) 157

Didn't presidential debates used to have actual policy in them? Isn't the purpose to inform voters? It's been almost a nonstop mudslinging, insult, and name calling election every step of the way, from both sides. Kind of sad when you can expect more professionalism from a junior high school presidential election.

Comment Part of the problem is archaic compliance testing (Score 1, Interesting) 79

I'm pretty sure most readers here will agree medical devices in critical applications need to be regulated and tested to a high degree. But the system was never designed around devices with internet connectivity and other communication technology. There isn't even a realistic way to upgrade the security or install patches on these devices without repeating the entire certification process in most cases. The medical community needs to update thier security in some sane and reasonable way. I mean they were almost unable to get 21st century databases (still don't in many cases) the security on devices should be the next big area to be reformed.

Comment Re:Low Level Electromagnetic Fields (Score 1) 61

You're simply not afraid of what you think you understand to be harmless

Fixed that for you. Most people are unduly afraid of many things they don't understand like gluten in foods (for people without celiac or an actual allergy). Most people also are terrible at risk assessment and minimizing risk; most everyone thinks actuarials are boring and serve a nearly pointless function. Reality is always what you believe it to be, it's a basic tautology. However when that perceived reality does not line up with what is actually real, something few people are taught since birth is extremely important, that's when the massive inadvertent harm really starts.

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