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Submission + - Driver Privacy Act Introduced in US Senate (

greatgreygreengreasy writes: In 2005, then North Dakota Republican Governor John Hoeven signed into law a bill "ensuring drivers' ownership of their EDR (Electronic Data Recorder) data." Now as US Senator, he has teamed up with Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, to introduce similar legislation at the Federal level. "Under this legislation, EDR data could only be retrieved [for specific reasons]." The EFF has expressed concern in the past over the so-called black boxes, and their privacy implications. This legislation, however, would not address the recent revelations by a Ford executive on their access to data, since in those cases "The vehicle owner or lessee consents to the data retrieval." The bill has gained the support of about 20 Senators so far.

Comment Not really (Score 1) 903

No, if car insurance worked like health insurance, it would cover mechanical problems, like engine blow ups, tire failures, transmission slippage, suspension wear. In that case it makes sense for the insurer to pay for oil changes, new tires, etc as it is less expensive than paying for a new engine, accident caused by blow-out, and the like. Car insurance as we know it is more similar to Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage. If you die or lose limbs, like in an accident, they pay. Much cheaper, not even close to health insurance.

Submission + - This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For (

Jonah Hex writes: "The White House has Responded to the petition to "Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016."

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons: The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it. The Administration does not support blowing up planets. Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?


Comment Obviously (Score 2) 133

... the answer is privatization. The private sector can always do a better job than government, and is much more efficient! Republicans NEED to win this fall so that they can cut funding completely, cut harmful regulations on nuclear research, and get this country back to science's true mission, making money! ~

Submission + - N.Y. Passes DNA Requirement For Almost All Convicted Criminals ( 1

greatgreygreengreasy writes: 'Lawmakers in New York (State, USA) approved a bill that will make the state the first to require DNA samples from almost all convicted criminals.... it would expand the state's database to include DNA from people convicted of almost any crime, even misdemeanors as minor as jumping over a subway turnstile.' Gattaca seems closer than we may have thought.

Comment FTTH in progress here (Score 1) 208

All the local phone companies where I live (Northern ND) have some sort of FTTH plan. I work for a contractor doing the work in people's homes after the fiber is buried, and the larger 'cities' (50 to 3000 people) all have fiber, now we're working on the tiny towns, then the farms, etc. Whatever stimulus money they're getting to do all this sure is working. I hope it works for you all in the future too (especially the gentleman in TN.)

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