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Comment Re:too big? (Score 1) 150

Government already is limited via the 4th amendment, Wiretap Act, and other statutes.

Now that's funny right there, I don't care who you are!

Two words: "Parallel construction".

The US government has become powerful enough and the power concentrated enough away from the States and citizens to the federal government that those limits no longer have any real meaning or force behind them except as propaganda for the masses.

Rule of Law is no longer applied relatively (nothing is perfect) equally nor universally. Far from it, as a glance at recent headlines proves. Laws in the US currently apply to, and are enforceable against, an individual or business/corporation in direct proportion to the amount of wealth and power they wield. "Too big to fail"..."No intent (when the federal laws in question do not care about nor require intent in determining guilt/innocence, only *possibly* as part of determining the length of prison time) to mishandle Top Secret documents/data".


Comment Re:Taking CO2 out?? (Score 3, Insightful) 345

That'd take nuclear - something that intelligent people understand and support, but unfortunately that's a tiny fraction of the voting population.

Anti-nuclear power = Climate Change Denier. Or might as well be. We simply do not have the technology to stop or even reduce CO2 emissions in the necessary time frame at the necessary scale without a massive investment in new nuclear power generating capacity. Really there isn't a meaningful benefit in investing in expensive solar and wind alternatives unless there is also a large scale investment in nuclear power right now.

Well there is a benefit to solar and wind power, but it is mostly so rich limousine liberals can delude themselves into feeling good about their role as they change the planet and cause regional wars and famine and are really just as responsible for all that death and destruction like everyone else is.

Comment Re:Role Reversal (Score 1) 39

Public officials are under more scrutiny than ever.

By a foreign government and not our own 4th-estate or oversight, and current US leaders are willing to rattle the thermonuclear sabres over it...but not Crimea, Ukraine, Syria, etc etc...oh, no! Those little Russian military faux-pas are not sufficient reason to threaten reprisals. But, just release some emails that were supposed to be "polished...with a cloth" and suddenly it's 1962 Cuba.

Kinda tells one where their priorities and loyalties lie, doesn't it?


Comment Re:The Police State expands (Score 3, Insightful) 39

And "privacy experts are concerned!" And the useful idiots think that Mrs. Clinton is their friend.

For decades it's been: "But if we vote 3rd-party/write-in the wrong lizard might get in! We'll just keep voting for the same 2 of them will eventually listen to us!"

"Doing the same thing over and over yet expecting different results is one definition of insanity."


Comment Re:Follow the money... (Score 1) 541

Obamacare reformed the healthcare system.

Obamacare was designed to fail so that the ultimate goal...full government-run, single-provider healthcare...could be rolled out in the US. It was a "Trojan horse" but without any real subterfuge other than propaganda ops shouting down anyone who tried to point this out.

My monthly bill went from $500 per month to $150 per month.

You seem to be the exception rather than the rule. If we actually met IRL you'd be the first person I've ever met whose medical insurance rates went down for a comparable level of coverage due to the ACA.


Comment Re:Population control (Score -1, Offtopic) 347

So, that's it: how to save the world: bring people out of poverty, give them education, and give them access to birth control.

You don't need the totalitarian bullshit.

But that's hard to do, and besides, it doesn't give TPTB ever more control over people's lives and yet another excuse to pick their pockets at gunpoint while not doing anything that actually addresses the 'problem' but merely transfers wealth to those they favor.

You expect any politician worthy of the name to work to empower and lift people out of poverty? Maybe if we had some statesmen instead of politicians, but Trump!/Clinton!

We're SO hosed!


Comment Re:Air into water (Score 2) 155

Or about 5 cents per liter -- not too far off from the 2 cents needed

Thanks for doing some quick math, but "not far" is not how I would describe the challenge... It is not an order of magnitude (10x) of improvement, but even taking your numbers that still means the new device has to be over twice as efficient in a humid area and probably closer to 4 times as efficient in a much less humid area.

Comment Re:The IoT as a connection? (Score 1) 161

But cant they just keep on adding heavy RF shielding?

No. R.F. doesn't work that way.

It's the inverse-square law of transmitter strength versus distance and relative signal strength at the receiver. Possibly comm equipment in a communications van at the scene *might* be powerful enough to punch a signal over the noise, but regular car radios and hand-helds would not be powerful enough. Then, even if the radios at the scene could get a signal to the station/HQ somehow (other than leaving the area or disabling the jammer), there's no way those at the scene will be able to hear a reply nor communicate between themselves over the nearby jammer.

The only practical way they could even partially mitigate such a strategy is to go to full hardened military comms with frequency-hopping, strong encryption, and designed specifically for use in theaters of operation where jamming and other electronic countermeasures can be expected. There isn't a lot of that kind of gear just laying around, and it is far from cheap and requires a system-wide re-tooling of perfectly-functional existing police radio systems at even further expense (and wasted tax dollars).


Comment Re:The IoT as a connection? (Score 2) 161

Ahuxley, I appreciate the thought that went into that, but all that isn't necessary.

Just put a couple of car batteries in a drug house to power a brute-force broadband R.F. noise generator and broadband amplifier to be kicked on when the lookout gives the signal a raid is incoming.

Not only no remotely-controlled drones, no police radios, no cellphones, nada. If it ain't wired together it ain't talking, at least within a few blocks. No tactical comms, no calls for backup, no alerts about fleeing suspects, no calls for med-evac for wounded.

And, it's a lot cheaper, far easier to make, and less labor-intensive.


Comment Re:No they won't. (Score 1) 424

So kid, in a few decades time when you turn 45...

Too late, just turned 59.

No guns for girls either?

Then maybe the second amendment has got fuckall to do with your right to own a gun despite what people running the NRA like that guy that sold guns to Iran and Hezbolla, Oliver North, want you to think.

That's the US Code for militias that defines ages and genders, it is a separate thing from the 2nd Amendment. Reading comprehension, dude!

Every person everywhere is born with the natural right to defend themselves and their property if attacked. The 2nd Amendment simply acknowledges and codifies that fact, while recognizing that citizens owning firearms is also essential for the nation's militia.

You've been played by a traitor and are pretending it is patriotism. That's just so fucked up.

Umm, what? I don't even...

Hello, non-sequitur!


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