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Comment Re:Easily detected (Score 2) 476

Just watch his twitter feed. If he begins making sane, rational tweets you'll know it was hacked.

His tweets are made both by him and his staffers. There was some analysis last year that shows a split between Android and iOS devices as well as the times of day the tweets were made. Basically he makes the un-hinged ones while his staffers make the rational ones. See things like

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 2) 476

Other than his base, I think the rest of the world treats Mr. Trump's tweets the same way they would when read something strange and inexplicable that has gone viral from an eccentric old man that's gone viral.

My problem is that I subscribe to a philosophy that basically says

If I see something wrong on the surface that is obvious to fix, then what am I missing underneath that I can't see?

This sort of thinking assists me in fault finding and problem solving in my job. But applying it to the current administration is making me shake in my boots.

Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 3, Informative) 476

Wouldn't you want to know if his personal phone was compromised and he was carrying it around all over the place?

OMG! Then we'd know where he is every minute of the day! (You do know the President's daily schedule is public record, right?)

OMG the presidents schedule is public. But what happens when there is a security issue and the president is whisked away to a secure location. Do you really think that the schedule is publicized.

Or how about the use of Marine one to transport the president:

As a security measure, Marine One always flies in a group of as many as five identical helicopters. One helicopter carries the President, while the others serve as decoys.

So do you want that security measure invalidated?

Comment Re:Just another mindless attack (Score 5, Informative) 476

Exactly and as it has been pointed out in the past. Top secret meetings have phones barred from entering rooms. I doubt he can get around that no matter how much of an asshole he is.. Hes not Stupid.

Look at what happened in Mar-a-lago with the North Korean issue and the lackadaisical handling of documents in public. If they think that is reasonable then I don't put anything past this administration.

Comment Re:Just another mindless attack (Score 4, Informative) 476

What they forget is no one cares what phone Trump uses to tweet from. As long as he has a second phone to keep the classified stuff secure, who cares if he also keeps his personal phone? Not even the Democrats really care: this is just yet another tactic to try and smear a very popular president.

Wouldn't you want to know if his personal phone was compromised and he was carrying it around all over the place?

At the very least it acts as a big red target painted on his back where ever he goes. At the other end of the spectrum the microphone and camera record and pass on everything it sees and hears.

This is security 101 and not political. That is Trump we are talking about makes it very easy to slip into an argument of "He's a doofus. No, you're just butthurt".

Comment Prohibition doesn't work (Score 5, Insightful) 159

Nature wrote a solid article on the dangers. IMO it's going to lead to some seriously damaged humans before it's closer to perfected. But IMO it will be improved until it's in common use, unless a different technique comes along. In the mean time there's little point to banning it.

Governments that fight markets never win. If Europe and the US ban this technology that just means progress will continue in other places. And there are other reasons than eliminating disease. I could argue the ethics, but that's not the point. Like it or not people are going to do it. We live in the last fully nature-made generation.

Submission + - Your Digital Life Can Be Legally Seized at the Border 3

Toe, The writes: Quincy Larson from freeCodeCamp relates some frightening stories from U.S. citizens entering their own country, and notes that you don't have fourth and fifth amendment rights at the border. People can and have been compelled to give their phone password (or be detained indefinitely) before entering the U.S and other countries. Given what we keep on our phones, he concludes that it is now both easy and legal for customs and border control to access your whole digital life. And he provides some nice insights on how easy it is to access and store the whole thing, how widespread access would be to that data, and how easy it would be for the wrong hands to get on it. His advice: before you travel internationally, wipe your phone or bring/rent/buy a clean one.

Comment Buck fridges (Score 1) 240

Sure we need some new bridges, and there are probably a thousand or so that actually need to be replaced. But our infrastructure is deficient in many more important ways. I just hope money needed for less sexy projects doesn't go to bridges. Her e are some of the things we need more than bridges:

Municipal water supplies. Flint wasn't just a case of local mismanagement, it was just the most visible. Local election reform is needed, but more importantly there are thousands of towns with aging, blocked-up pipes and waterworks. They don't get fixed until someone's house burns down because there wasn't enough mains pressure for the hydrant. Sewage overflows that cost millions to fix, inappropriate water savings programs, and high water taxes for businesses are just three of the symptoms of an aging water supply.

Research on longer-lasting roads. If we spend a billion on this now we'll save a billion per year from now on.

Better isolation and more intelligent routing for the high voltage mesh electrical network. We've spent a good deal on this, but shortcuts have been made. Sagging lines can cascade into regional failure. The most effective and least sexy way to deal with it is building more electrical transit capacity for cities that need it. A few places could definitely use municipal and larger power storage via hydroelectric, batteries, or whatever's clever.

And while we're talking about electricity it's time to reform municipal power to encourage user level solar power. Switch pricing to grid plus/minus usage with an instant rebate for the poor. I know that's not something the federal government regulates, but a study that strongly proves the economics should encourage local adoption of the plan. If it doesn't add in some bullshit grant to encourage it. After it's been working well and obviously saving money for a few dozen cities phase out the grants.

Nuclear power, and use the united house, congress, and prez to tell the NIMBY's to stuff it. Sell it politically by pointing out the fact that coal jobs are never coming back and jobs jobs jobs.

My 2 cents.

Submission + - A massive lake of molten carbon the size of Mexico is discovered under the US (

schwit1 writes: Situated under western US, 217 miles (350km) beneath the Earth's surface. Scientists used world's largest array of seismic sensors to map area. Melting carbon covers an area of 700,000 sq miles (1.8 million sq km). Upper mantle could contain up to 100 trillion metric tonnes of melted carbon. Its discovery challenges what researchers have assumed about how much carbon is trapped inside the planet.

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