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Comment Intimidate Iran or Undermine the Iran Nuke Deal? (Score 0) 441

Interesting timing. I guess this is Israel (or its more ardent supporters) "publicly" declaring that it has nukes to intimidate Iran? Or is this an attempt to undermine the Iran nuclear agreement? Tomorrow's proclamation from the Ayatollah: "The zionists have nukes! We must close the nuclear weapon gap ASAP!"

Comment Depends on where you work... (Score 1) 637

If, like the vast majority of CS grads, your career is to write code for a standard/traditional software company, i.e. web, business apps, etc., then no, you don't need to know a lot about how a computer works. Your goal is to implement business decisions (i.e. write software that makes the business more efficient, more money, etc..) Anything that distracts you from implementing business code, such as memory allocation, vi/emacs, overly complex version control (*cough*git*cough*), "fringe" languages, and so on, is inefficient.

However, if you dislike being a code drone, or just happen to work in a career where scalability, parallelism, performance, and/or resource efficiency is paramount, then yes, you will appreciate a class in C, Assembly, or even an intro EE course that introduces you to IC chips and breadboxes.

On a side note, you will also appreciate taking a few business courses so that you can appreciate how differently business people speak and think from engineers. Heck, I would even recommend a few sociology, psychology, and/or history courses as well.

Comment Blackmail? (Score 4, Insightful) 278

If the NSA can track people's movements, track who comes into contact with them, or just flat out records their phone calls, how many of our local/state/federal politicians, policy makers, law enforcement members, bureaucrats, bankers, CEOs, etc., could be blackmailed based on such information?

Next question. Who controls the NSA?

Comment Re:What about the Little Ice Age? (Score 2) 552

Here's a better example: Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, has a daytime temperature of 800+ degrees Fahrenheit (420+ C), and a night time temperature as cold as minus 270 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 170+ C).

Venus on the other hand, due to its blanket of CO2, is around 860 degrees Fahrenheit (460 degrees C), day or night, at the poles or at the equator.

Venus is nearly twice the distance from the sun as Mercury and receives only 25% of Mercury's solar irradiance. If the sun truly was the only main determinant of a planet's temperature, then the surface temperature of Venus shouldn't be hotter than Mercury's, nor should Venus's nighttime temperature be as high as its daytime temperature.

Comment Blackmail Congressmen, Lobbyists, etc.. (Score 1) 513

So... is the NSA applying this data-mining to our representatives and public officials? If not, why aren't they? Imagine being able to know who has been lobbying whom. Imagine knowing who their paramours are. Imaging knowing what their shopping habits and travel patterns are.

Just imagine if we appointed an enlightened, benign head of the NSA. We would finally have a functional government. Granted it would be a tad autocratic, but hey, pros and cons.

Comment The number is high because... (Score 1) 325

if you can build autonomous cars, you can build cars autonomously. Meaning, cheaper cars, one that "everyone" can afford. Plus, the reduced driver skill requirements will also increase the market.

Also, due to the stringent testing requirements, reliability and robustness are almost guaranteed, and the long testing cycle means that there will be few models to choose from, so factories will benefit from focus and specialization.

Comment Spoofing? RIAA? Targeting? SETI? (Score 1) 111

How long until someone tapes a "Wi-Fi Direct-enabled smartphone" to someone's car and the app is set to go off randomly? Or just puts a transmitter in the middle of the street and sets it to go off randomly?

How long until the RIAA jumps on the words "peer to peer" and that "music files or contact information could also be securely transferred from the home computer to a vehicle’s infotainment or navigation system" via Wi-Fi Direct devices?

How long until a deranged geek realizes that anyone running a Wi-Fi Direct app can be triangulated, tracked, and shot with a weapon hooked up to an automated targeting system?

How long until SETI is ported to Wi-fi Direct apps? Granted, there would need be some hacking needed on the car's CPU/OS as well.

Comment US is going to annex Canada anway... (Score 1) 404

New resources in Canada are being exposed (i.e. thawing out.) Canada can make a claim on Arctic resources which are now in a "land rush" due to also being exposed and explored. Canada is the largest country in the world in terms of landmass and is positioned to potentially have a milder climate to grow crops in when global warming/climate change severely disrupts the climate and weather of the US farming industry.

So we might as well make the "annexation" easier via cultural means instead of doing so via a crude, overt coup or invasion.

P.S. I'm not sure if I'm being funny or serious.

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