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Zimmermann's Silent Circle Now Live

Bysshe Re:Phil Zimmerman is ok in my book (127 comments)

Nope, not mellowed. Just as focused and evangelical on privcay. Just the public eye has moved on a bit.

about 2 years ago
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Zimmermann's Silent Circle Now Live

Bysshe Re:Now, with centralized user tracking! (127 comments)

Zimmermann's one of those hyper-idealists who will defend his position to his own detriment and the detriment of anyone close to him. If you have to trust someone for privacy, its him.

about 2 years ago
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Zimmermann's Silent Circle Now Live

Bysshe Re:Now, with centralized user tracking! (127 comments)

Considering Zimmermann's track record of not including backdoors and that he was investigated for several years much to his personal detriment for several years in the 90s for his release of PGP I think this particular protocol is pretty safe. Lastly and business case is based 100% on total security. If ever it leaked that there's any kind of backdoor it would all be for naught. I highly doubt the core team (there are 4 of them, including Zimmermann, 2 ex seals, and Callas) would risk their reputations on including a backdoor. In addition any real backdoors would flag an interference.

about 2 years ago
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Medicare Bills Rise As Records Turn Electronic

Bysshe Re:Fraud. (294 comments)

Just located this article, starts sounds more and more like fraud to me

Upcoding

about 2 years ago
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Medicare Bills Rise As Records Turn Electronic

Bysshe Fraud. (294 comments)

Doesn't sound like electronic records is the problem. Fraud seems to be the problem.

about 2 years ago
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No Smiles At NJ Motor Vehicle Commission

Bysshe Re:No smiles in Ohio (265 comments)

Oh I'm not so sure. I was smiling when I saw that nutcase lost most of his seats.

about 2 years ago
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Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

Bysshe Re:Probably (761 comments)

No... busdrivers are the busculture.

about 2 years ago
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Meet iRobot Founder Rodney Brooks's New Industrial Bot, Baxter

Bysshe Re:Fawning Rubbish (188 comments)

I'm not sure that means what you think it means.

about 2 years ago
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Dutch Police Ask 8000+ Citizens To Provide Their DNA

Bysshe Living in Holland (374 comments)

There is not great public support for this. Outside of that podunk village there's plenty of people, me included, who would go tell the authorities to go fuck themselves. Slippery slope this is. Destroy data? yeah right. They've also said, only after the case has been solved. What if its not solved? And is data ever really destroyed?

On the radio and in the media they're just not playing the sound bites of people who refuse, they're only playing clips of people who say "what's the big deal if you have nothing to hide". The old line secret police everywhere like to use.

I for one will tell the justice department to shove it if they ask me for this.

about 2 years ago
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Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?

Bysshe Re:If you have to ask... (615 comments)

Were you using vendors wholly staffed by construction workers?!

about 2 years ago
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Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

Bysshe Re:Power in developing countries... (413 comments)

Not different problems since they all contribute to the same effect that we're trying to prevent. The problem being externalized costs not being accounted for as mentioned earlier in the thread. Where they differ is in the engineering, or more specifical in the end use of the resulting energy (being conversion into motion, or into electricity [let's ignore electric engines for a moment]. Also, they can both be addressed by regulating the fuel input, whether that's coal or gasoline, heavy fuel oil, or jet fuel.

more than 2 years ago
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Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

Bysshe Re:Power in developing countries... (413 comments)

That's right. Its the same problem that we're all facing in the airline industry: China, Russia and US oppose European airline CO2 tax.

I'd say tackle the problems in power generation, airlines, passenger cars, land and sea-freight and you've tackled pretty much the whole problem. This can be accomplished by regulating and the input (fuel). Of course the income made from these taxes should go to actually solving the problem then instead of random pet projects from politicians. Regardless, none of this solves India's current problem.

more than 2 years ago
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Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

Bysshe Power in developing countries... (413 comments)

This argument also counts for developed countries in a lot of cases as well:

Power is a commodity. This makes the cheapest provider of it the winner. Current technologies are such that coal is still (often by far) the cheapest source of power. In addition it is one of the few base-load options out there (others being biofuel, nuclear, hydoelectric). With these two features of coal, wind is often times too expensive an option for a country such as India and with an aging grid, the power fluctuations from other sources like wind and solar will often overwhelm the infrastructure.

Technology adoption is rarely the only barrier to a solution. Cost plays a major role and when you're subsistence-living you don't give a shit about whether coal will pollute your environment because you're more worried about where your next meal will come from.

Some will also argue that local power like wind requires less infrastructure. This isn't entirely true. You still need to run the wires from the local power station to the residences. You can save on long-distance transmission lines but considering you need those anyways for the base-load... that's a bit of a non argument.

In general, solar, wind etc are first world solutions where we have the option of paying a bit more to make up for the difference in costs involved in producing the cleaner and more local power and even then... these projects have a pretty high fail rate (Solar fields in Spain, Wind farms in Hawai'i).

more than 2 years ago
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Economists: US Poverty On Track To Hit Highest Level Since 1960s

Bysshe Let's really have a look at spending (696 comments)

Check this out: Government spending by president. This shows that while Obama may have been spending a lot during a recession, something that many economists encourage to balance out the "good years", the real culprits of out of control government spending are Reagan, Bush and Bush.

Reagan can also be somewhat forgiven due to the economic problems in the 80s and encouraging government spending to make up for the loss in business generated GDP, however he was there for 8 years... and that recession did not last 8 years.

Just looking at the fiscal realities, Clinton was by far the best president if it weren't for the repeal of the Glass-Steagall act which set the stage for "too big to fail" banks. Still from a spending standpoint he's by far the best.

Obama is overspending driven by rampant bankster cronyism stemming originally from the Bush era and into the Obama years. This started with TARP (Bush) and continued into QEII, III, and further. There's a good argument to be made that much of the current spending is momentum spending from the second Bush term.

Ultimately we have to look beyond the last 3.5 years and really examine longer term track records before we conclude that the Dems overspend or the Repubs drive up debt.

more than 2 years ago
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Washington State To Allow Voter Registration Over Facebook

Bysshe Re:Lovely (178 comments)

It does depend on your perspective. It still gives me the willies. But you take the bad with the good.

more than 2 years ago
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Asimov's Psychohistory Becoming a Reality?

Bysshe Knowing is not controlling (291 comments)

I'm not too worried about this. Statistics can always be used to extrapolate changes of things happening. Knowing what will happen doesn't mean you can control it and then knowing that someone can predict it will alter the outcomes anyways (think minority report). So overall as long as the predictions are made public and doesn't get classified we'll be fine.

Hopefully these techniques get spread around the world so that the classifying the information won't work.

more than 2 years ago
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Washington State To Allow Voter Registration Over Facebook

Bysshe Re:Lovely (178 comments)

It is different in different countries. Here in Holland when you live/move to a city you are required by law to register with that city (else not be able to get health insurance, vote, or get social assistance). When you're registered they also automatically send you your voter card before elections. Then its up to you if you go to vote or not. Next elections here are September 12th.

more than 2 years ago
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Washington State To Allow Voter Registration Over Facebook

Bysshe Re:Lovely (178 comments)

That would be "Hauptgrammatikführer". Führer alternatively spelled Fuehrer in both English and German when the umlaut is not available.

Sincerely,
Oberhauptgrammatikführer

more than 2 years ago

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The Dutch teleport data, reliably

Bysshe Bysshe writes  |  about 3 months ago

Bysshe (1330263) writes ""In a paper published on Thursday in the journal Science, physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Delft University of Technology reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits separated by three meters, or about 10 feet."

Which, given that the Dutch also invented the stock market, means we can welcome our klomp-wearing overlords in the near future."

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Ferrari's douchbaggery response to years-long fan devotion on Facebook

Bysshe Bysshe writes  |  about 5 months ago

Bysshe (1330263) writes "Ferrari, having been very successful in offline branding, had a criminal copyright case filed against them by a fan who's built up their most popular Facebook page over the past years. Ferrari took control of the page despite no money ever being made off the page. Ferrari's attitudes are much like the music industry's archaic approach to protecting their intellectual properly. The law (at least in the EU, where Ferrari is based) clearly states that fans have the right and own the intellectual property of their fan pages and yet companies that are highly dependent on fans seem determined to use legal tricks to enforce protectionist attitudes instead of taking the more successful route of accelerating the activities of their fans through clear and enthusiastic support."
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Zfone encrypts your voip calls - beta available

Bysshe Bysshe writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bysshe (1330263) writes "The latest project by encryption guru Phil Zimmermann, creator of PGP and privacy champion, is well on its way to revolutionize how we make our voip calls. The public beta has been available for quite a while but I haven't seen news of it on slashdot yet. Considering that PGP Corp has now been sold off to Symantec, it would be great to lend Phil a helping hand and make his newest project even more successful. His dedication to open source and personal rights, even in the face of government pressure demands our respect and our support."
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Obama's first major step in medical research

Bysshe Bysshe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bysshe writes "In a major reversal from Bush's policy, Obama is expected to reverse the ban on federally funded stem cell research which has been crippling the US medical research system for many years. Previous to this the only research done using stem cells in the US has been done by privately funded clinics such as those sponsored by the Howard Hughes foundation."
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Half of Pirate Bay Charges dropped

Bysshe Bysshe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bysshe writes "Half the charges against the Pirate Bay have been dropped. The industry side claims it simplification of the process while the defence claims a significant victory early in the battle.

Industry: Peter Danowsky, legal counsel for the music companies in the case, said: "It's a largely technical issue that changes nothing in terms of our compensation claims and has no bearing whatsoever on the main case against The Pirate Bay.

Defence: "This is a sensation. It is very rare to win half the target in just one and a half days and it is clear that the prosecutor took strong note of what we said yesterday," defence lawyer Per E Samuelson told the TorrentFreak website, which reports on developments in the BitTorrent file-sharing community."

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Woz as Fusion-io boss

Bysshe Bysshe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bysshe writes "Looks like Wozniak is getting a bit bored with his day job and is going for a top spot at Fusion-io as Chief Scientist. Let's hope his involvement means good things for the company, they have some impressive ambitions."
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Making money off Facebook

Bysshe Bysshe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bysshe writes "A bunch of different companies are trying to leverage the facebook platform to make cash. These guys at Needdit have found an innovative way to do so combining the fun and useless aspects of facebook with some real revenue generating e-commerce strategies. Blog coverage can be found here too: http://www.socialmediaportal.com/News/2008/10/Send-virtual-gifts-on-Facebook-through-Needdit-and-Amazon.aspx"
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Sun Microsystems turnaround

Bysshe Bysshe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bysshe writes "Sun microsystems is trying to turnaround their business and recapture the startup environment that its failed at replicating for so long. Their new product line should hopefully put them back on the map as competitors in the datastorage space since they're among the first in general and of the first of the major data storage players to get solid state products in the racks. Come on SUN, bring us something worthy of the old Sparc http://bigtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2008/11/12/sun-gambles-big-as-outlook-darkens/"
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