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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Monty845 Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

There is no way the West would attempt to invade Russia after it had already demonstrated willingness to use Nuclear weapons. That is the surest way to nuclear apocalypse. The west would be forced to abandon the Ukraine, and limit its response to sanctions and digging in along the NATO border. Every nation with the means to develop nuclear weapons would look at what happened to the Ukraine, look at what happened to the NATO countries protected by US nuclear arms, and start crash programs to develop or extent their own arsenals. Good bye anti-proliferation.

about two weeks ago

Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

Monty845 Re:Guys, 2020 is just sixe years from now (50 comments)

You could flip that on its head, and say that despite the challenges of a mars colonization mission, and the exponential increase in difficulty that trying to do it in 6 years would add, they wont give worse odds than 1 in 250 that it could happen... given the launch windows, 6 years is too short, even if you really believe in Musk, and think we can colonize Mars... but it does highlight the short windows of these predictions. Just pushing them all out to 2030, and I'd be really interested to see what they start making the odds.

about 5 months ago

Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

Monty845 Possibility of improved driving (226 comments)

Legislatures should wait to see how things develop, and not ban a product before it causes problems, based on the presumption that it will. Consider the possibility that you could build in driver aids to the Google glass that could actually make driving easier/safer. You could augment human senses with car sensors to identify potential hazards sooner then the average person would see them, or even something as simple as making your navigation info easier to see without looking away from the road at all. Second, to the extent that using them is banned, it should require more then just having one attached to your glasses, it should require that you were actually using it. Its simple with a cell phone, there is no reason you would have it in your hand other then to use it, but with Google glass, you could turn it off while driving and just keep using the same glasses. Ultimately it all comes down to legislators seeing an opportunity to get some free press for passing a law that wont piss off too many constituents, regardless of whether a law about it is really necessary. The basis for a law shouldn't just be can it reduce harm, but can it reduce harm substantially enough to justify an intrusion on our freedom to do it. I don't think banning Google glass while driving justifies that intrusion at this point.

about 7 months ago

Next-Gen Windshield Wipers To Be Based On Jet Fighter "Forcefield" Tech

Monty845 What happens when it can't keep up? (237 comments)

What happens when its raining heavily, and a vehicle going the other way hits a puddle, and dumps a massive wave of water on your windshield? What happens when its full inch of heavy slush? I'd say its a nice addition on top of regular wipers, but I'm very skeptical about replacing them.

about 9 months ago

Final Mars One Numbers Are In, Over 200,000 People Applied

Monty845 Re:202586 (176 comments)

Summed it up in one word. Someone offered me the chance to go to mars, hell yeah I'd go, but I'd want to know a lot more about the details of the plan then those guys are providing. There are tons of big hurdles, they can be overcome, but its not gonna be simple, or cheap. I don't think a reasonable person would put faith in the group running this to be able to overcome those hurdles. Now if SpaceX was recruiting for a mars mission, sign me up.

1 year,7 days

We're Number 9! US Broadband Speeds Rise, But Slower Than Many Other Countries'

Monty845 Population Density (355 comments)

Look at the population density, it is a lot easier to provide services like high quality broadband to a dense population. South Korea - 1,303/sq mi Japan - 873/sq mi Hong Kong - 16,876/sq mi Switzerland - 505/sq mi Netherlands - 1,287/sq mi Latvia - 80/sq mi Czech Republic - 344/sq mi Sweden - 60/sq mi United States - 89/sq mi Denmark - 337/sq mi Only Sweden and Latvia really out perform us without having several times higher population density.

about a year ago

One-Time Pad From Caltech Offers Uncrackable Cryptography

Monty845 Got it backwards (192 comments)

A one time pad is impossible to crack in theory, but may be crackable if the method for generating the pad is flawed. Creating true randomness is a tricky proposition, and I don't see why its safe to believe that "shining a light through a diffusive glass plate" will generate true randomness.

about a year ago

(Highly Divided) Federal Circuit Opinion Finds Many Software Patents Ineligible

Monty845 Re: Good! (116 comments)

Right, but value in the fashion industry is more about style, aesthetic, and branding. Very little is about improved utility. People will pay 1000% more for a piece of clothing from a famous designer, but not 1000% more for a branded drug, or branded computer when there is a generic of equal quality and utility available.

about a year ago

(Highly Divided) Federal Circuit Opinion Finds Many Software Patents Ineligible

Monty845 Re:Good! (116 comments)

Suppose I invest $1B in researching a new drug, getting it through FDA approval, and bringing it to market. Then you immediately offer a generic version that is exactly the same composition. Our drugs are functionally identical, there is no way I can offer a superior version because when it comes right down to it, the composition is what valuable, and its easily replicated. How will I make my $1B back when you can offer the drug at a price that never needs to pay back the research investment. Don't get me wrong, the patent system is seriously messed up, but there is a need for patents in some cases.

about a year ago

Over 1000 Volunteers For 'Suicide' Mission To Mars

Monty845 Re:Just a publicity stunt (453 comments)

That isn't even the biggest issue for me. There are several key challenges a real attempt would face, and little to nothing is said about them. 1. Money - Not even considering design, construction or training, and even presuming future price reductions in orbital launch, the launch costs would run north of $100M, and likely much more. Yet almost nothing is said of how that or anything else would be funded 2. Radiation - Both during the trip to Mars, and while on the surface, the crew would be exposed to solar and cosmic radiation, while to some extent increased exposure is just one of the risks, without any mitigation, the crew could be exposed to lethal doses just on the trip there. 3. Landing - Nothing is said of the difficulties of landing on mars. The concept art has heat shields like you would expect of an earth landing module, but nothing is said about dealing with the martian atmosphere. There are of course plenty of other challenges, but that those huge ones are totally unaddressed, and instead they are moving ahead with crew selection, seems very suspect. They are putting the thing they can certainly achieve first, selecting a crew, to distract from the things they may not be able to deal with.

about 2 years ago

Book Review: The Windup Girl

Monty845 Re:Good book, but has some holes (164 comments)

See, thats where it doesn't make sense. They have the infrastructure to make the kinetic energy storage devices and to continue bio engineering, so they should be able to produce solar/wind/hydro/tide power, and did use a limited amount of fossil fuel generated electricity. Even if it wasn't economically viable for the masses, certainly the rich and or gov't would have been able to afford some as a prestige item or for critical purposes. Both solar and wind have major drawbacks, but in a time of such energy scarcity, the draw backs could be lived with.

more than 2 years ago

Book Review: The Windup Girl

Monty845 Good book, but has some holes (164 comments)

There were a lot of interesting ideas discussed in the book, but it fails to really explain why things like solar power were not used... at all... not to mention any other form of green energy that is available even today. It seemed a pretty big hole to me.

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Legislature Conducts Large Online Vote

Monty845 Re:I wish... (152 comments)

Actually, I wouldn't worry about the results not getting released. Instead we would get loaded questions designed to influence the results. A skilled pollster could move public opinion pretty far based on how they ask the questions, and there is no way they would be unbiased. "Do you support closing the gun show loophole" vs "Do you support the ban on the sale of guns between private citizens without requiring a gun shop as an intermediary" Same outcome, but will get very different results.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Wants Spacecraft For Mars Return Trip

Monty845 One Way (193 comments)

Who needs to come back. We should send a one way craft, there would be countless volunteers even if it was clear that they are never coming home. Once there, you could start working to establish a sustainable off planet colony... Would also make getting there a lot cheaper.

more than 3 years ago

80% of Browsers Found To Be At Risk of Attack

Monty845 Uhmm NO (196 comments)

So first I needed to enable javascript for the site. Now it wants me to allow some random website to install a plugin so that it can tell me if my security is up to date... yeah if it can't detect a security vulnerability without me going through a bunch of hoops and ALLOWING it to install on my system, I'm going with the whole thing is BS.

more than 2 years ago

California Wants To Put E-Ads On License Plates

Monty845 Cool idea, destined to turn out badly (624 comments)

The idea is cool, but I would be really pissed if someone could put ads on my car without my consent. But how else will they rake in the money for the state? (Maybe make it optional and split the ad revenue with the driver?)

more than 4 years ago

Germany Demands Google Forfeit Citizens' Wi-Fi Data

Monty845 Re:Privacy laws (318 comments)

You want the data turned over to the government? That is the absolute last thing I would want if google inappropriately collected my wifi activity. The government should supervise the destruction, not be given the data set to do with as they please...

more than 4 years ago

Chrome Private Mode Not Quite Private

Monty845 Re:Pitchforks down, please, no story here (234 comments)

From the google bug tracker: "we (the UI design team) made the choice to purposefully remember incognito zoom levels."

Sounds like the intentionally gutted the security of the incognito mode for the zoom levels... Its one thing if its an oversight, but to do it intentionally reveals a total disregard for the privacy someone using incognito expects.

more than 4 years ago

Net Shoppers Bullied Into "Verified By Visa" Program

Monty845 I've never had a problem (302 comments)

I use a VISA card and have never had a problem with an online merchant refusing a transaction after I declined to use verified by visa... Of course I only use my card when dealing with major retailers, is there some segment of the market the author is dealing with that is paticularly prone to charge backs or something?

more than 6 years ago


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