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Comment Naive much?! (Score 1) 212

Did anyone ever consider that this project is already in the NSA's pockets? Or, if not, that coercing this new authority (under terrorists laws, and NDA) will only make it 10x easier for the NSA to break into any communication, just busting the balls of a conveniently single cert authority?! Sigh. Anyone in support of this proposal either works for the NSA, or is a blithering idiot deserving of daily monitoring.

Comment Turnabout is fair play! (Score 1) 580

Siily Americans! It's like your retarded Jury system: you can't get on a Jury if you've read about the case in the newspapers, or watched the TV news. In other words, they just get complete braindead morons (which works out well, btw, as those hicks can be easily manipulated). In fact, if I were the FBI, I would not hire anyone, under 50, who HASN'T downloaded music! Just to ensure I'm not hiring yet another autistic recluse, utterly estranged from the world we live in.

Comment 12 Angry men? (Score 1) 347

Yes, I realize, I'm way too late in the game to matter, but..

Am I the only one appalled by a private company (American, of course) deciding one day Justice is now simply dispensed by those with the deepest pockets? What, no Law any more? No due process? No Judges? No Jury? No 'Innocent until proven guilty?

"12 Angry Men" my ass! The USA has got to be the only country I know that has legalized corruption to the point where private companies are just openly taking over the Law from the Government.

This can only end one way: in revolution. And expect no 12 angry men, but at least 120,000,000.

Comment Re:Brain Interface (Score 1) 42

A far more intriguing experiment was that of a mouse I recently read about. Basically, its artificially severed optic nerves were 'guided' to heal again (this can be done with humans too, to a certain degree). Afterwards the mouse's vision was totally garbled, though, as the wires were all crossed, as it were.

Here, however, nature applied a brilliant trick to solve the cross-wiring, fully automagically! The idea is based in a simple physics. When one of the retna's photoreceptor cells 'fires', it does not fire entirely exclusively, but other rods around it are lit up as well (be it at lesser intensity). The math behind this physical phenomenon is pretty straight-forward and predictable. So predictable even, that the mice's brain could already 'ungarble' the cross-wired signals after several weeks! Because if you light up a single rod, and other rods light up as well, but now enter the brain seemingly all across the board, but all still in diminishing intensity consistent with placement of what should have been a nice 'corona' around the main rod, then the math for 're-wiring' them back to their should-be locations is fairly simple. Re-wiring is a bit of a misnomer, actually, as technically not the nerves themselves get re-wired, but how the brain remaps the rods' signals and their corresponding coordinates, so to speak.

So, for connecting artifical eyes to a human optic nerf, it stands to reason our brains will learn the same trick reasonable fast too, and 'auto-rewire' the impulses on their own, without us having to figure out what goes where exactly!

Comment Re:patent infringers! (Score 1) 160

"so now cancer sufferers are willfuly producing cancer genes, in violation of patent law."

You gotta wonder: if you get caught producing cancer genes and/or cells (= derivative works?) without a license, does that also mean the companies and their 'correctional facilities' will seek to cure your cancer?

Comment De-legalize corruption? (Score 1) 72

Why are IP-rights so out of whack? Because all y'all in the US have allowed a political system in which rich, and even richer, folks can buy legislation. In other parts of the world such a thing would be called outright corruption. Not in America, though. You people have legalized corruption.

And i was downright appalled when I first heard the Department of Homeland Security had seized 77 domain names, because of alleged copyright infringment. Yes, that's right, The Department of Homeland Security, created after 9/11, to keep America safe from terrorist attacks! Yep, the very same DHS, grossly abused by none other than Obama, no less (really wish it had been Bush; but alas) for something as banale as protecting the profit margins of the content industry! What is next? Will you deploy the US Army to protect your IP-rights?! The tragic irony, of course, is that a country so focussed on greed would indeed consider copyright infringement an 'attack' on their nation. Holy cow! Can't you people see how insane things have gotten?!

So, my question to you, Mr. Derek Khanna, is whether you think any form of real progress can be made without limiting (or downright outlawing) the buying of legislation? If not, I fear only a full-blown revolution will be able to turn the tide.

Comment Re:The problem (Score 1) 913

... Everybody heralding the death of the desktop and the takeover of tablets has definitely jumped the gun, and Microsoft's attempt to shoehorn us all into their one-size-fits-all view of computing has without a doubt been a failure. They should have made a dedicated touchscreen operating system and forgotten about Surface or at least kept it simple.

Zactly. I remember VALVe's Gabe Newell saying, at some point, he wanted to make games for handhelds too. I grumbled, as I do not like this new 'my life thru my mobile phone' generation. But at least he had the foresight to recognize the different platforms. Microsoft, on the other hand, in what will likely soon be called one of the greatest blunders in the IT industry since decades, with Wiindows 8 tries to be a handheld device AND a regular PC at the same time. That spells fail on both ends.

More epic than the utter fail of Windows 8 is MS' monumental state of denial, though. I mean, you take away the START button, tell people to just find stuff by hand if they really want it on their desktop; then you make said desktop only accessible thru a few extra, convoluted steps. And then, when they're finally there, you offer it stripped of Aero to boot. And then you wonder why no one will touch Windows 8 with a 10-foot pole. Or rather, then you start blaming the PC manufacturers for your own fail. Tsk.

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