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Comment misleading headline (Score 1) 406

I don't want to defend Newt's statements, but the headline is misleading. "Newt said Anybody who goes on a website favoring ISIS, or Al Qaeda, or other terrorist groups, that should be a felony and they should go to jail."

He did not say "visiting an ISIS or Al Qaeda website should be a felony". You actually have to visit and "favor" ISIS.

I still think Newt is wrong, and you should have to prove that you gave significant aid to ISIS or Al Qaeda, but it makes what he said less bad.

Comment US canceled IFR research in 1994 (Score 1) 485

Sadly, the US killed the IFR program just as it was about to be completed.

Quotes from

IFRs use virtually all of the energy content in the uranium fuel whereas a traditional light water reactor uses less than 0.65% of the energy in mined uranium, and less than 5% of the energy in enriched uranium.

In 2001, as part of the Generation IV roadmap, the DOE tasked a 242-person team of scientists from DOE, UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, ANL, LLNL, Toshiba, Westinghouse, Duke, EPRI, and other institutions to evaluate 19 of the best reactor designs on 27 different criteria. The IFR ranked #1 in their study which was released April 9, 2002.

Despite support for the reactor by then-Rep. Richard Durbin (D, IL) and U.S. Senators Carol Mosley Braun (D, IL) and Paul Simon (D, IL), funding for the reactor was slashed, and it was ultimately canceled in 1994 by S.Amdt. 2127 to H.R. 4506, at greater cost than finishing it. When this was brought to President Clinton's attention, he said "I know; it's a symbol."

Bill Clinton announces cancelation of nuclear power research and development

Comment Re:Pot, meet kettle. Ketle, meet pot. (Score 1) 402

I have used an Adobe Photoshop lite version in the past and I don't have a recollection of it being bad, but recently I tried using Gimp to create some simple textures for a game and struggled with this simple task. I had trouble finding how to do really fundamental things like change the size of the paint brush or pencil, or where you can easily select a different color. After searching, I found out how to change the size, but then after encountering next challenge color, and even asking a friend, in case I was just being completely oblivious, he could not figure it out either. Maybe I closed one of the many pop up windows that I needed, and could not figure out how to get back. Overall my experience was very bad with Gimp. I gave up based on a recommendation by others to just use was very straight forward and intutitve. So at least from a non expert user viewpoint, Gimp is a very difficult to use UI.

Comment Re:Nobody is talking about the root causes yet.... (Score 1) 77

I think we need to go further and fundamentaly redesign the hardware architecture that the operating system runs from

Physically Isolate the operating system from the rest of the system. Let it run from completely different memory and storage so that is impossible to access from the rest of the system. Let it be a monolithic program that has its own drivers and its own network stack.

If you need to make a change to the operating system, you must physically switch to the operating system control and from within the operating system pull updates.

Support responsive drivers in user space.

Allow the operating system to pause and inspect the entire system (like a debugger). Allow it to download programs directly to userspace, like an antivirus program. Let it pause all programs while the antivirus runs. Let it remove and add programs from ram and storage while everything is halted.

Support extensive utilties in the operating system image to monitor and repair the user space.

Allow the operating system storage to be physically removed so that it can be replaced or verified.

The concept of root/admin would still exist, but would no longer have access to change anything in the operating system, only userspace.

Comment Re:Easy trumps security (Score 1) 65

If it is not easy, it won't get adopted, and if it does not get adopted what is the point. Ease of use and security need to go hand in hand. We pretty much have to trust 3rd parties. Our computer components, operating system, browser, applictions are made by 3rd parties. I am all for a better mechanism than CA for authentication, but this needs to be convenient. Distributing directly between 2 parties is not convenient. Allowing identifies (public keys) to be managed and audited by public trusted 3rd parties is a great idea, as long as it is distributed and open, so you can go to multiple trusted 3rd parties and get independant validation and audit history of identities.

Comment Re:Alarming Freedom (Score 1) 278

Research the topic "how do cloud formation affect global warming".

Is it a fact we understand the impact of cloud formation on global warming?

Read what NASA thinks about it?

Here is an excerpt: "Right now, we do not know how important the cloud-radiative or cloud-precipitation effects are and can not predict possible climate changes accurately."

My point is not diminish the concern of global warming, but to make the point that when we start talking about science in absolutes, we start to sound like religous fanatics, rather than rational and objective.

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