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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Jim Sadler Limp (396 comments)

These days our issues are not about knowing what is going on but not having ways to deal with what is going on. I'm certain that law enforcement already could sweep up a couple of millions criminals with information easily at hand but what the heck can you hope to do with all that get arrested? And frankly I do not trust the system when it comes to defining who is or is not a threat. We already have people in prison for utterances that I would not consider a threat. One remark that sent a man to prison was "If I knew then what I know now I would have had a gun in my hand.". In other words even remarks about a situation in the past can be considered a threat in the present if a judge is paranoid and on the evil side of the coin.

yesterday
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Scientists 3D-Printing Cartilage For Medical Implants

Jim Sadler Horrid Operation (23 comments)

Surviving a trachia transplant is about a 50/50 proposition. The operation must be pure hell on the patient.

yesterday
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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

Jim Sadler Better Way (241 comments)

The RCA building in NYC uses compressed air and the elevator is effectively a dart flying up the shaft. With an accelerometer installed to trip the brake if too rapid a descent occurs there is no need at all for cables.

yesterday
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

Jim Sadler AND YET !!!! (333 comments)

Not one single leader will step up and address the real problem. The upper crust gang feels threatened that society will collapse and yet we still hear nothing about causes or solutions. The fact is simple. Almost all of our woes are due to excessive population. If we firmly address the reproduction issue we will knock down pollution, sprawl, unemployment and a host of other issues. The next item is to address greed and stop allowing greed to drive bussinesses. For example we have food that is too expensive. If the US has an expense issue with food the simple answer is to ban all export of food. The same is true of energy. We can stop paying a fortune for oil dependant products if we disallow the export of oil completely. Then we have the obvious to deal with. A large ship these days creates more pollution from burning fuel than 50,000,000 cars do in a year. Obvioulsy at the very least we need to ban the burning of the wretched types of oil burned by ships. These ships do not burn diesel oil. They burn the dregs of oil processing which is about like asphalt. In fact on a cold day you can walk on top of a vat filled with that stuff. It is that thick and nasty. Simply ban that stuff completely.

2 days ago
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

Jim Sadler Cops Frighten Themselves (152 comments)

I suspect that the cops have crossed over into paranoia. I have noticed that certain types of crimes are being pretty much ignored even though complaints about those crimes are numerous. There is a saturation point at which arrests get too common and too expensive. Apparently the cops have been following millions of vehicles and compiling records and are certainly spotting quite a bit of crime. Yet we are not seeing people being swept up in large numbers. I wonder how many people who continuously commit crimes are simply being ignored as a matter of economics and also how frightened law enforcement is about it all. Perhaps we are heading for a situation like we see in Mexico or Italy with crime being almost a part of government of the masses.

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Jim Sadler Cops Gone Wrong (456 comments)

The only way that a traffic flow ap can cause danger to the cops is to stop ripping off the public for fines used to hire more cops. Any idiot can easily figure out a way to lure cops to a spot for bad purposes. And cops going out on a call are in far more danger as the person trying to lure them in has the advantage of preparation as well as choice of location. Cops are way to paranoid in my opinion and they do not have the most dangerous job in town either. Electrical workers and bridge building workers leap to mind.

2 days ago
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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

Jim Sadler Oh Boy! (82 comments)

Thank God I'm not rich enough to own a bunch of stock in companies that make traditional PCs. I think the desktop and laptop companies are about to crash big time. Mini PCs that sell for under $100 already can take care of most user needs. Check out the Banana Pi as an example.

2 days ago
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Germany Plans Highway Test Track For Self-Driving Cars

Jim Sadler Lack Of Faith (90 comments)

Since VW can't even create power windows that are reliable I have little hope for Germany creating a good self driving car.

2 days ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Jim Sadler Primite Is Better (304 comments)

People in many areas suffer major difficulties if a car will not start or function. Complexity leads to vulnerability. The more parts or systems a car has the more likely it is to break or need expensive repairs. Parts and systems also add weight and therefore cause more fuel to be wasted. We need better, primitive cars that are designed to last decades with little maintenance or repairs. Examples could include a stainless steel floor pan which will never rust or a synthetic floor pan and firewall which can not rust. Body panels could be made by Rubbermade so that they do not dent, rust etc.. A 1000 cc engine can provide too much power these days. The best car engines may be as small as 750cc with good engineering, All brass and copper radiators would prevent premature death on many engines. Manual windows need few repairs compaired to power windows. Early VW beetles had a superior heating system that was fairly bullet proof. AC systems should usually be avoided as they add weight and complexity. Dash boards should be quick and easy to remove as should wiring harnesses. Modern brakes are lousy in that they require too freequent repairs and maintenance. If we standardize brake rotors, calipers and master cylinders we can offer super low prices on brake repairs. It may well be possible to produce better cars for 6K than cars now selling for 30K and the operational expenses could drop to near zero. One example of stupidity was getting rid of the 5 mph safety bumpers. Those bumpers saved billions in car repairs. Yet politicians got rid of safety bumpers. Those bumpers also saved a few lives.

4 days ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

Jim Sadler History Still With Us (128 comments)

People have been designing their own car bodies for many decades. They are called hot rods. Very few regulations apply. 3D printing is capable of creating radically strong structures. It is simply due to the fact that they easily do what machining finds next to impossible and on top of that there need be no seams or joints to fail. Compare the thin walls of a plastci milk jug to metal of the same thickness and that plastic is quite strong, lite weight, and free of rust or corrosion issues. Make that same skin a bit thicker and you can't hurt it with a sledge hammer. 3D printing is my best pick for the ultimate, modern, disruptive technology. China just 3D printed a six story apartment building. Workers best be prepared for a shocking change in just about every facet of their lives. Immagine two workers completing a six story apartment building in 48 hours using 3D printing. The plumbing and wiring conduits can be printed into the walls. We might get to the point where the slab the building sits on is 3D printed and just maybe robots will man the printers so that humans have zero involvement. everyone wave by by to the construction trades.

5 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

Jim Sadler Kill THe Wrong Bird (512 comments)

Yes these tech worker visas are corrupt nonsense and we should limit the importation of skilled workers more than we do. But what we must not do is fail to import the cream of the crop of Asian engineers and scientists as well as the same from Europe or anywhere else for that matter. It would have been so easy to deny Einstein admission to the US as well as Goddard and many others. Some of the programmers coming out of places like Taiwan and Hong Kong are miraculously gifted and we would be fools not to ease the path for them to come here permanently. There may be many geniuses born but very few of those geniuses are trained in skilled areas that a nation must have to prosper and those people must be treasured if we are to survive as a nation. Yet I have seen immense prejudice against foreign workers who were highly skilled. One advanced engineer that I knew was working in a labor position and a school board thought he was some sort of lite weight with degrees from Romania. His boss was shocked when i told him that the man was a certifeied engineer with the American Association of Engineers. He got a much higher paying job in another branch of government as an engineer. A liberal arts degree from Romania might not mean much but a Ph.D. in a science or engineering means a person is quite skilled. One fellow told me he was a genius in France but every time his foot crossed our border he was instantly an idiot.

about a week ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Jim Sadler The Irony of Law (244 comments)

Despite the fact that dish Network is superior to 99% of the telemarketing companies due to the fact that Dish network actually delivers a product instead of simply taking your money and delivering nothing they are the ones that get hammered by the law. The sick part of this is that the DOJ prosecutes only a dozen or so telemarketing companies a year and they go after the ones that can pay large fines exclusively. That leaves the merry bands of thireves who are less succesful free to keep ripping people off endlessly. And unlike other issues this one is easy to solve. Each town should advertise to get homes that voluntier to be honey pots that record each and every phone call into the home. That way they could raid every telemarketing room in the US if any laws are broken at all in the solicitation. Usually the people who actually do the calling are not aware that they are commiting major crimes. The managers and owners are the ones that need to be in prisons. I've even seen an unskilled and unkowning grandma made the room manger as the room new they would be raided. The old woman had no clue and was convicted of felonies. One Nation Under God With Idiocy And Injustice For All.

about a week ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Jim Sadler Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (492 comments)

You have just justified the mystics point of view. It is the very nature of science that nothing is ever completely resolved. It means that nothing is ever really a fact as new knowledge often displaces old knowledge. That being the case science oriented people actually act on their beliefs. They consider the state of science to represent facts which is a form of denial. It somewhat puts religion and science on equal footings. Note that considering science as a belief system is only real from a long term view. Consider what were considered facts in 1900 and how many of those facts fell apart. But humans being what they are consider Texas and what those folks can do armed with the notion that religious or pseudo religious beliefs might carry the same weight as science and you end up with lunatics who want to teach religion in science classes. And our broken system tends to give them support. Since we do not have religion classes in public schools it sort of puts pressure on the idea of shifting religion into science classes. Along with that we have a problem in that science can amplify the worst aspects of human nature. For example primitive natives may bash each other over the head at times but only modern man would drop nuclear bombs killing millions or come up with ideas like creating new, deadly, bacteria to use in war.

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

Jim Sadler Over Protective Lunatics (322 comments)

I wonder how many old passwords I have forgotten over the last 25 years. I could not surrender many passwords no matter how hard I tried. I imagine high school kids also forget passwords now and then so some supposed power to force them to reveal a password is wishful thinking at best. And the idea that we should do so much protecting against cyber bullying is a bit off as well. School years teach us many things. Not the least of which is how to deal with a bully. A kid that commits suicide over rants on the net is one heck of a defective kid. The idea that parents and techers might tell kids to buck up and deliver as good a punch as they take whether verbal or physical should be part of raising kids. I have a relative who went through school with severe medial issues. I told him to make buddies with a couple of really big kids in school and explain to them that he could not fight back and might one day need to ask for their help. They took it as a compliment and he never had anyone try to push him around in school as they knew his friends would get very involved. Girls can easily ask guys to help protect them in schools as well.

about a week ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

Jim Sadler Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

There is a problem. Why have Muslim nations not removed clerics who preach that Christians must die from their pulpits? Why are text books in Muslim schools allowed to teach hatred of Christians and Jews? Normal Muslims and governments in the Arab regions need to remove radicals from positions of influence. When these folks are called to their Mosques why are they not instructed that they must love Jews and Christians and not apply religious laws to people outside of Islam? To my eye it seems that governments and normal Muslims are supporting the radicals. Why do the families of terrorists not turn in family members?

about a week ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

Jim Sadler YES!!!! (148 comments)

The US should also have a sizable military force surrounding our reactors. It is one way that terrorists could cause major harm that persists for centuries. Some of the terror loonies are sick enough to try to put a reactor into meltdown. And the retaliation from the US against nations known to harbor terrorists would be severe and perhaps nuclear in nature. My premiss is that terrorism can only harm Islam and followers of Islam. They probably know that but reason that there is a line in the sand that will trigger retaliation and as long as their attacks are low grade they can continue using terror tactics. That may be a very foolish belief as the US or Israel can get a bit crazy at times and any hostile actions may be received and great retaliation applied. One example is the US invasion of Iraq as Iraq was not the source of the 9/11 attacks nor did they have stockpiles of weapons of mass distruction. Who knows what nation we might crush if a reactor was sabotaged in the US?

about a week ago
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Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

Jim Sadler Re:This has been know for a while... (121 comments)

It is simply a black hole collapsing and releasing its energy suddenly.

about two weeks ago
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Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

Jim Sadler Champion (98 comments)

3D printing might receive my award for the most disruptive modern technology. It is obvious that there is a potential to replace almost 100% of the construction trades. And furniture makers might need to pray a bit as well. I am all for 3D printing but just like cell phones and personal computers 3D printing will have numerous ways of displacing human workers. There have already been boats built with 3D printing and I'll bet someone 3D prints an airplane in the near future. Automobiles with frames and bodies built by 3D printing are a distinct possibility. The displacement of human labor is accelerating rapidly. Yet US society has done nothing in preparation of the negative effects on the population. It makes no sense at all to wait until chaos is at hand to start reforming social practices to accomodate permanently displaced workers.

about two weeks ago
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Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

Jim Sadler Sad State of Affairs (102 comments)

Who has answers? Obviously we do need better ways to catch and confine criminals and we also need better ways to tune these people up and make them normal members of society. Punishment simply does not work. On the other hand we have a government with a very long history of wrong doing when we give them any legal powers at all. The FBI has a perverse history. The CIA has gone nuts at times and the NSA seems to have no bounderies. And on top of that local cops are often operating outside the law with the backing of local governments. And it is not that local cops are just after people of minority races. There is some poorly defined Ozzie and Harriet factor that causes cops to want to control anyone that is unlike Ozzie and Harriet in their life style. As a matter of fact a cop's entire world is controlling other peoples' behaviours. It gets to the point where cops can't turn it off. they go off duty and still think they exist to set the behaviour of everyone around them. It is the order part of law and order that is the issue. The cops look for usual and common behaviours whereas different cultures have entirely different modes of behaviour. There was a ghetto near where I worked and it was quite common to see black kids out on their tiny bicycles at three or four AM. I live in a hot climate and the kids simply could not play outdoors during the day. Many of their homes also had no air conditioning or had problems with enough money to pay electric bills. The effect was that almost year round the kids were on their bikes and doing whatever they could to not be bored silly. Some were very dangerous while others were simply poor kids playing. Obviously it is illegal to have kids roaming about in the wee hours when they are as young as eight years and very much at risk in ghetto areas. How can cops deal with this sort of thing?

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Jim Sadler An Ability (361 comments)

Being nice is a valuable ability. Being unable to be nice is a serious disability. It is not such an unusual disability at all. Criminals often suffer large doses of this problem and reach out and touch someone without any thoughts of mercy or decency. Internally they are at war with their own primate nature.

about two weeks ago

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