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In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

ChainedFei Re:How does one determine the difference... (389 comments)

What they should do is legislate that an employer must pay the employee double their current wage while on jury and then limit it to volunteering once or twice a year. The price of doing business in America is you support the balance of the legal system.

about a month ago
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FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

ChainedFei Re:Ok Captain Pedantic... (328 comments)

It is not a straw man if it is a response/criticism/pedantic extrapolation of something you have actually said. Which you did in your original comment. Please look up what "Straw Man" actually means. Thank you for playing.

about 3 months ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

ChainedFei It hasn't happened yet... (294 comments)

...So it's not going to happen soon is a fallacious argument. So is, "This other person who was also a scientist predicted it would happen on X date and it didn't, so subsequent estimates must invariably wrong".

about 5 months ago
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Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

ChainedFei Re:futurists (294 comments)

Great of you to speak for the majority of scientific, engineering and programming people. There's obviously nothing at all to see regarding the singularity. That's why Google, IBM, Yahoo and the rest are ignoring it.. Oh wait, they're not.

about 5 months ago
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Obama Nominates Vice Admiral Michael Rogers New NSA Chief

ChainedFei The only acceptable solution... (138 comments)

...to the problem that is the NSA is the entire dismantling of the NSA as an agency. This indicates that won't happen. I'm, of course, not surprised.

about 6 months ago
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NSA Broke Into Links Between Google, Yahoo Datacenters

ChainedFei Re:NSA denies everything (394 comments)

"We Are Not Recording" also doesn't indicate whether they are actively listening or not.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Broke Into Links Between Google, Yahoo Datacenters

ChainedFei Why would Google Sue... (394 comments)

...When Google itself seems to believe you don't deserve to have certain kinds of privacy? (In regards to Schmidt and Gundotra's perspective that the service they are pushing, Google Plus, is supposed to be an identification service used to make sure that real user information is being used). Yes, this makes Google look bad, but it's also proof as to why not anonymizing yourself on the internet is stupid. (And yes, I realize that anonymization doesn't protect you from the NSA, but it is at least one additional layer of obfuscation, which apparently even Google should realize at this point is important).

about 8 months ago
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NSA Director Keith Alexander Is Reportedly Stepping Down

ChainedFei The real reason he's stepping down... (92 comments)

...Is so that he can work on the review board that is set to investigate the NSA. At least, that's what I imagine will happen.

about 9 months ago
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Millions of British kids cyber-bullied

ChainedFei Seems like... (1 comments)

...Just an excuse for censorship. Don't computers still have an off switch? How is it harassment/bullying when you can turn it off? Is it the bleedthrough to real life? Because if that's the case, maybe kids should learn to anonymize themselves online rather than trust to the vagaries of the intarwebs.

about 10 months ago
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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

ChainedFei It's time to start running folks... (986 comments)

You chummers know what I mean. When corruption and corporate rule have crushed the future, the only real option is Shadowrunning.

about a year ago
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World Population Could Reach Nearly 11 Billion By 2100

ChainedFei Re:Fearmongering in 3...2...1... (322 comments)

My initial statement did not presume that the water disappeared, but water processed through biological systems pick up contaminants.

Also, I'm uncertain whether Omestes' original calculation was based only on consumption of drinking water per individual and was ignoring the obvious externalities of manufacturing usage of water per annum. I imagine if we included all manufacturing and industrial useages of water, the number is likely to be higher.

I am, of course, assuming that Omestes' was not including these latter factors.

about a year ago
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World Population Could Reach Nearly 11 Billion By 2100

ChainedFei Re:Fearmongering in 3...2...1... (322 comments)

Multiplying the Daily water useage into a year, then multiplying it out to an average 70 year lifespan gives 0.000007665

Which is still only 7/1,000,000 of a change in value, but that's assuming consumption and useage levels remain the same and Jevon's Paradox doesn't have a significant rebound from the drop in cost of desalinization.

about a year ago
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World Population Could Reach Nearly 11 Billion By 2100

ChainedFei Re:Fearmongering in 3...2...1... (322 comments)

And what about when the world is consuming trillions of gallons of Water from the oceans? I'm sure the oceans becoming saltier over time (As a result of removal of clean water from the system as well as salts/other chemicals being added from all the pissing people, cows and pigs will be doing with all the readily available water) isn't going to cause any problems.

Oh, wait, no, I mean the other thing.

Systems are not closed, coming up with a solution that makes consumption easier doesn't actually solve problems down the road.

about a year ago
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Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is OK To Fight Terrorism

ChainedFei Bit of Clarification... (584 comments)

Moral relativism is the theory that Morality is a subjective component and, thusly, relative to the viewer. Moral Relativism is directly antithetical to theological morality. Moral Relativism, as a theory, is that Morality does not exist and as such... it says nothing about Homosexuality being wrong.

about a year ago
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Sony's PS4 To Have Less Stringent DRM Than Microsoft's Xbox One

ChainedFei Why exactly... (509 comments)

Is Donglegate wedged into this description? It's completely irrelevant to the rest of the Article, not to mention it wasn't some Political storm, it was an in-group whine-fest of bitchy, epic proportions. Even if Microsoft was making Rape Jokes, it's completely irrelevant to the rest of the article description.

about a year ago
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Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

ChainedFei Being unable to imagine a scenario... (768 comments)

...Where the 5th Amendment would result in a better outcome seems to me to be more a lack of imagination than of accuracy.

Pardon the slightly inflammatory comment.

Say there is a public figure, or an individual whose participation in the community is wholly a net positive. Perhaps they are an Official, the District Attorney, or perhaps they Work for a Charity or an outreach program for under-achieved Youth.

Now, say you have someone that doesn't like this person. Perhaps they want this person's job, or perhaps they were personally affronted or slighted by this person.

Now, perhaps this person isn't guilty of Murder or some other capital felony, but chances are they are guilty of SOMETHING. The individual (Or group, because it could be a group) reports this individual for a crime they know the person committed. The result of this prosecution and subsequently finding the person guilty of something they are in fact guilty of is that the individual in question is removed from the community, or removed from power, resulting in a net loss for the citizenry. In weighing the costs and benefits, this result is a negative as it harms the community as a whole.

This is one example.

Then, take for example, that an individual may have done something that is perfectly legal in many places, perhaps took an ethical stance. Say.... conducted a series of abortions as a doctor, although technically illegal where they reside (This is a theoretical situation, because this COULD happen and has happened some places, particularly during prohibition). Should their technically illegal act result in their imprisonment?

I think the problem with your premise is you are expecting that the ideal society wouldn't prosecute people for reasons that are technically sound, but ethically harmful to the community. The 5th Amendment is to protect individuals who have not, largely, harmed society.

However, it also protects people who have harmed society, because in order to protect the former the latter must also have protections. This is a result of a judicial system that is intended to assume innocence of all individuals, rather than guilt by fiat of presence in the court.

The burden of our judicial system is to prove innocent people as guilty, with the presumption of innocence a forebearance of the law. While this allows guilty people to go free due to the burden of proof as well as things like the 5th amendment, it is also intended to prevent abuses of the system on technicalities such as the examples listed previously.

about a year ago
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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

ChainedFei Re:My goodness (417 comments)

The United States at this time, largely, is Wile E. Coyote standing in mid-air as he chases after the Road Runner, having not looked down at it's situation as of yet...

about a year ago
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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

ChainedFei If you measure victory in just number of Deaths (417 comments)

...Then yes, Al Qaeda is losing. However, if you are familiar with the term "Pyrrhic Victory," you should be familiar with the idea that a person can win technically while also having pragmatically lost. The reverse is also true and has historical precident; a loser can have won their idealogical goal through turning the winning party into a more hated figure than they were.

about a year ago

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Microsoft Wants to give Open Source a Big Hug

ChainedFei ChainedFei writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ChainedFei writes "In what can only be called a changing of tune, Microsoft has put forward 30,000 pages of Microsoft Development Documents previously held under Trade Secret and available only to vendors that agreed to such discreteness.



Microsoft is providing a covenant not to sue open source developers for development or non-commercial distribution of implementations of these protocols. These developers will be able to use the documentation for free to develop products. Companies that engage in commercial distribution of these protocol implementations will be able to obtain a patent license from Microsoft, as will enterprises that obtain these implementations from a distributor that does not have such a patent license.
Could this be a result of the competition with Google, who has long had a good relationship with the OSS community? Or did Microsoft just get a twinge of conscience?"

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Google tacks Astronomy onto Google Earth

ChainedFei ChainedFei writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ChainedFei writes "Over at Tech Crunch, They report that Google has added new functionality onto the vaunted Google Earth project.

The new feature allows users to browse the stars in the sky the same way they are able to browse the earth. From the Google Earth page,

Today, I'm excited to announce we are launching Sky in Google Earth. You can now explore the universe from the comfort of your chair. Zoom in to distant galaxies hundreds of millions of light years away, explore the constellations, see the planets in motion, witness a supernova explosion; it's like having a giant, virtual telescope at your command — your own personal planetarium!
"

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FCC decides 4.6 billion minimum bid for Spectrum

ChainedFei ChainedFei writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ChainedFei (1054192) writes "From Wired News, In a surprising turn for the Spectrum auction, the FCC have stated that the minimum bid for the C-block spectrum being offered in the auction will be $4.6 billion, which coincidentally was the amount that GOOG fronted as a minimum bid to endorse certain open standards for the spectrum being sold.

It is essentially a move to shut out smaller possible competitors while also maximizing the money the auction will generate for the grade-A areas of the spectrum. In addition, any single bidder wishing to purchase the entirety of the spectrum must front a minimum of $10 billion."

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ChainedFei ChainedFei writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ChainedFei (1054192) writes "While currently in the experimental stages, Scientists at Germany's Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience are using MRI Imaging in order to detect higher level decision making as it occurs in the brain before the thought is put to action. Civil Libertarians are naturally concerned as to the usage of such technology, should it come to fruition. Civil Libertarians are, quite understandably, uneasy of such technology. The initial proposed usages of such technology has been put forward as better Airport Security measures as well as Criminal Interrogations, though the possibility of a Minority Report style use loom throughout."

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