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Comment Re:North Korea (Score 1) 158

I've really looked at this problem, couple of issues came up
A) Why did they choose Tungsten Carbide instead of Eglin steel. just does not seem as effective
B) unless the design is conical in nature, 30% of Ball bearings are going towards earth ( could be a lot more if it's a ball design or tube design )
C) in any case, upon a Kessler Syndrome happening, space exploration would stop for 25 to 50 years unless someone comes up with a way to clean up space ( maybe a world wide concerted effort with lasers to clear a basic launch path. )

so the next step is for someone to create the clean up device.

Comment Re: I'm sure he had nothing to hide (Score 1) 895

Um, almost all cases you show were annexations or territory gained from actual open, official conflicts (meaning a declaration of war was sent by one or both sides).

Russia was not at war with Ukraine when it annexed Crimea (or at least won't admit it openly). They invaded the Ukraine, rounded up any opposition, scuttled Ukraine's fleet and faked an election to support the annexation.

We're talking Nazi Germany kind of stunts, not like any of the cases you state.

Comment Re:Body cameras should be retail surveillance (Score 3, Interesting) 110

I have argued this in the distant past and am glad it is getting attention, but we all need to worry about long-term recorded surveillance and the growing developments in machine learning. In the past, the majority of surveillance was recorded short-term and often examined in real-time for human operators to watch over larger areas easily. But we have quickly come to the point where long-term recording is getting cheap enough for indefinite storage. This might seem like a bad thing in itself but made even worse with the fact machine learning also improving to the point where processing hours of the recordings is easily possible with automated software.

This combination means that anyone could in theory be charged with a "recorded crime", meaning that law enforcement did not notice your crime in real-time and no one filed a crime against you but later follow up systems/software found the infraction. At first these systems will probably only be used to help existing investigations but no doubt it will be used later in much the same way as red-light and speeding cameras trying to generate revenue for municipalities.

Should this be allowed in our society? Where do we draw the line?

Secondly, the integrity of the recordings should be paramount. Your idea for encryption is a good one, perhaps expanding it to breaking down the recordings on a 10-15 minute basis with an individual key and checksum for each.

I mention a checksum because we are already at the point where computer generated imagery (CGI) has photo-realism and it could be possible for someone to easily plant images into these streams, allowing the changing of faces, clothing, etc. Body cam footage need to be handled as a chain of evidence and their recordings must be kept secure while also well documented against manipulation.

Law makers need to address this issue now, otherwise this will create a kind of police state that even makes the world of 1984 look like utopia.

Comment Re:Someone has been visited by an MS rep (Score 1) 557

So, instead of modernizing or migrating these antiquated systems that have not been updated in more than a decade now it seems, the entire municipality should migrate the operating system again for their sake and leave them in their sorry state? Seems like a pretty pathetic strawman to me.

Comment Re: Well, once the panels are installed (Score 4, Insightful) 415

Even if you do not believe in the negative effects of the use of coal (global warming, pollution, atmospheric radiation, etc.), you still need to keep in mind the fact that there is a finite source of that energy. If we use up all of the fuel now, we will have no energy to build alternative energy sources later.

So, it is in our best interest as a species and a nation to invest in alternative longer-term energy solutions when primary finite sources of energy are cheap and plentiful now.

Comment Not the first one (Score -1, Offtopic) 101

Funny how political extremists always seem to be the first to embrace new technologies to further their agendas. Hitler for example used the latest magnetic tape recording technology of his days to appear as if he was doing live broadcast in a city while he was in another.

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