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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

Lost Race Re:MUCH easier. (239 comments)

Well said. You saved me the trouble of writing a comment not half so clear and complete.

Ask professional drivers. These "ethical" questions are ridiculous. Avoid obstacles if possible; if not, slow down. It's better to crash into something you can't avoid as slowly as possible. It's also best to maintain control just in case the situation changes.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Lost Race Re:Completely infeasible (282 comments)

So, what are you going to use for ID?

So, in that atmosphere, how any single website would ever be able to "authenticate" your ID, I have no idea.

How about tamper-resistant cryptographic biometric devices? Use your government-issued fingerprint reader to log into Big Brother's system, then each server is required to make sure you have a valid current login certificate from BB before providing any services. Complete records must be kept indefinitely and will be audited against upstream connection logs.

Nobody is required to have government ID, but network service providers are prohibited from communicating over the Internet with anybody who isn't logged in with Big Brother.

Obviously this only works within one jurisdiction. Foreign Internet users would have to be handled separately, if at all.

I guess it would be easiest to manage this at the ISP level -- ISPs would be required to require proof of identity (via secure biometric reader) at regular intervals from all users. Then you don't necessarily have to bother auditing web, email, etc, servers.

about a month ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Lost Race Re:Millionare panhandlers (200 comments)

FYI, the sixth one is fiction, satire.

about a month ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

Lost Race Re:Fossil fuel plants get to radiate us all they w (230 comments)

It probably means that the maximum possible lifetime energy production of a photovoltaic panel is less than the energy required to manufacture and deploy it.

I have no idea whether that is true, but I believe it is GP's meaning.

about a month and a half ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Lost Race Re:Ads are good for the internet. (418 comments)

IMO, if ads stopped across all internet sites, or the online advertising industry completely collapsed. The internet as we know it, would be gone.

Correction: The Internet as you know it would be gone. The actual Internet would be just fine. Universities, stores, hobby sites, government, and people generally interested in communicating with each other would pay their ISP bills and continue without interruption.

about a month and a half ago
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Man Arrested For Parodying Mayor On Twitter Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

Lost Race Re:Shut up and take my money (163 comments)

Maybe he doesn't want to bankrupt the defendants before extracting maximal settlement value. They can go to prison after they pay him off.

about 3 months ago
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

Lost Race Headline, summary, and article are wrong (136 comments)

Turing's imitation game was a thought experiment. To explain it simply to an audience unfamiliar with the idea, he started with man against woman, then proceded to man against machine. The specific genders were not important or significant in the thought experiment, just the existence of some difference between the contestants that could potentially be spoofed over a teletype. There was nothing gender-specific or weird about it.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Announces Devil's Canyon Core I7-4790K: 4GHz Base Clock, 4.4GHz Turbo

Lost Race Re:some times are better than others (157 comments)

That is always true. The longer you wait, the cheaper it gets. If you wait forever, it costs nothing.

If you need a job done now then get the cheapest equipment that can do the job. If you don't need it now then wait; the price of computer equipment only goes down.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Blunden's Rejected DEF CON Presentation Posted Online

Lost Race Re: Black market baby powder - Banks? (40 comments)

Conversely, the people who *do* have access to the bigger picture stuff, have no vested interest in giving us the unfiltered truth (or any truth at all),

Of course not. If we knew everything they know, then they wouldn't be special any more.

about 3 months ago
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The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

Lost Race More speculation (475 comments)

There's nothing in TFA that hasn't been speculated in great detail already.

No explanation totally makes sense. Here's my working model of what happened (all speculation of course):

The project has been gradually disintegrating over the last few years -- developers leaving and not being replaced, remaining developers having less time to spend on the project for whatever reason, and the perceived reward for fixing increasingly difficult bugs is not enough to keep people interested. It's just not fun any more.

The to-do list has some really nasty bugs that are difficult to fix and could potentially compromise all TC containers. The remaining developers in the project have been grinding away at these bugs, but haven't made much progress for reasons outlined above. They realized that the project was going to fizzle out before they got anything fixed. A cursory look at the 7.2 code suggests that they had committed to some major rewriting of the code, and bit off more than they could chew.

At this point, what can they do? Reporting the vulnerabilities would be irresponsible since no fixes are forthcoming. Lives depend on some of the secrets their software keeps. Best to push people gently away from TC until the problems can be fixed, if ever, while keeping the details of the vulnerabilities as secret as possible, and giving people realistic expectations about the future of TC development (i.e. none).

They probably had a plan for creating a migration plan that actually made sense, but ran out of resources before finishing, and decided to go with what they had on hand. At this point they were probably down to one very part-time developer and maybe a few unreliable volunteers. ("Hey Jim, where's that page you were writing about Linux FDE? Jim? Hello? Anybody there?")

There was really no good way forward with the resources remaining, so they did the best they could.

Why didn't they find someone else to take over the project? I guess they tried, but couldn't find anyone in their immediate circle of trust who was willing and able. Perhaps they felt that expanding their circle of trust would jeopardize their anonymity.

On the other hand....

"WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is *not *secure *as ..."

about 3 months ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

Lost Race Reading what now? (164 comments)

Would it kill you to put a short explanation or link in the summary for those of us who never heard of it before?

Reading Rainbow is an American children's television series that aired on PBS from June 6, 1983, until November 10, 2006, that encouraged reading by children. As of 2012, it is an iPad and Kindle Fire educational interactive book reading and video field trip app.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about 3 months ago
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Why Snowden Did Right

Lost Race Re:Believe Glenn Greenwald's book got it perfect . (348 comments)

Remember that Edward Snowden was a contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton, and has proven to the world his unimaginable and extraordinary access to the most senstive of NSA programs --- and who owns Booz Allen?

I give up. Who owns Booz Allen?

about 3 months ago
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German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

Lost Race Re:Ridiculous (334 comments)

Wow, that's ten tons of crazy piled into a half-ton pickup.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Your inability to imagine something is not proof of its non-existence; it's only proof of your limited imagination.

As far as the case in Germany goes... It sort of makes sense to prohibit someone from publishing compromising photos of their ex, but requiring that certain photos be deleted is impractical, unreasonable, unenforceable, and just plain dumb. Are they also going to demand that he forgets what she looked like naked? As long as he keeps the photo to himself, what's the difference between that and a memory? Nothing.

Keeping a photo as a reminder of a pleasant experience in your past is by no means crazy or immoral. That's exactly what photo albums are for, and why everybody keeps them! Just because you have a picture of someone (naked or otherwise) doesn't mean you obsess or masturbate to it. My shoebox of old travel photos (including various ex-girlfriends) just sits in the closet until I get nostalgic once every year or five and have a look through it. No obsession, no masturbation, no reputations smeared.

about 3 months ago
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WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

Lost Race Re:No shit, this is the JOB of the NSA (241 comments)

This is EXACTLY what the NSA is supposed to be doing.

The JOB of the NSA is to violate the US Constitution and local laws in other countries? No wonder it's always been so secretive.

If Snowden has a problem with these actions from the NSA, why did he take a job there in the first place?

According to him, he took the job so he could gather evidence and expose the NSA's illegal activities.

about 3 months ago
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WikiLeaks: NSA Recording All Telephone Calls In Afghanistan

Lost Race Re:No shit, this is the JOB of the NSA (241 comments)

The rights of the Constitution only apply to US citizens.

False. The Bill of Rights limits the power of the US government, justifying those limitations by referencing inalienable human rights. The US government is prohibited from violating anybody's human rights, anywhere in the world.

It is US law, it's not natural law.

It's US law, and it applies to the US government everywhere. Even Afghanistan.

about 3 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Lost Race Re:danger will robinson (688 comments)

Huh. 321 - 100 - 40 - 8 seems obvious. 221 ... 181 ... 173.

about 3 months ago
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Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Lost Race Gimme (199 comments)

I'm gonna need some of this gene after reading the articles on alien encounters and noncomputable consciousness. Me dumber now.

about 4 months ago
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Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

Lost Race Re:It will be a disaster. (453 comments)

The human race is incapable of being second fiddle to any other life form,

Nonsense. Look back at history and see the millions of humans who allowed themselves to be enslaved, subjugated, or otherwise oppressed. Humans are excellent at playing second fiddle.

And much of that oppression / subjugation / slavery was based on race or religion, so it doesn't particularly matter if the new overlords are some new kind of "alien", and it doesn't matter what our gods tell us about them. If they stomp their boots on our necks hard enough we will kneel before them.

about 4 months ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Lost Race Re:also (171 comments)

Snowden basically walked out of the NSA with all their secrets; who's to say a few dozen or hundred other contractors didn't do the same thing before him? Everything the NSA knew or had access to before 2013 was most likely available in blackhat circles through clandestine leaks.

Any backdoors in TrueCrypt would be a security disaster, and the NSA has already proven itself willing and able to put backdoors in highly trusted security software. It's also proven itself incapable of keeping secrets.

Worrying about NSA-planted vulnerabilities is not the same thing as worrying about a direct attack from the NSA itself.

about 5 months ago

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