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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Mr.CRC Re:wimpy talk (183 comments)

Only scoffed?

2 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Mr.CRC Re: Despicable tactic, but... (262 comments)

Yeah, just think of the bonanza of choices of formulation you would be given under socialism!

2 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Mr.CRC Re:Scummy (262 comments)

The free market.

2 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Mr.CRC Re:Can you say... (262 comments)

The solution to the problems caused by the controls is always more controls, at least until everything spirals completely out of control.

2 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

Mr.CRC Re:Can you say... (262 comments)

Why is it always "the evil drug company?!?!" It's the fucking government that created the patent system. We haven't even seriously tried to come up with something better, and even if we did the government would fuck it up.

Like you would really do something different if you were running that company?

2 days ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Mr.CRC Re:No (416 comments)

It's unbelievable that the populace is so stupid that the vast majority of people cannot grasp the difference between private interactions and those between citizen and government. Of course the second civil rights act didn't help the matter.

about a week ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

Mr.CRC Re:in other news... (225 comments)

It's not the flux that matters. It's the flux per unit area, ie., irradiance or radiant exitance. As long as the laser's exit optic is large, the power per area is low. But at the focal point, it's a different matter.

Where the stress exists a laser like this is that they are developing this level of flux in a friggin' fiber! That's before it gets to the projecting and directing optics.

about a week ago
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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

Mr.CRC Re:End of flight as we know it (225 comments)

"free electron lasers..."

Are you freaking nuts? FELs are big contraptions in particle accelerator labs.

The Navy's gadget is a fiber laser. Ie., a diode pumped fiber. Diode lasers are very efficient these days, and fiber lasers and amplifiers are similar. Fiber lasers don't exist except for being diode pumped. This is the only way to get tens of kW from a package size that will fit on a pallet.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

Mr.CRC Re:the very premise is wrong already (414 comments)

What troubles us about dying?

1. It can be very painful.

2. We will never "wake up" again.

Now consider if these conditions do not apply to the AI. Result? A potentially different conclusion.

It seems nearly impossible for humans to see their own assumptions and projections. This causes a great deal of trouble.

about a week ago
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Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

Mr.CRC Re:The LEP only went to 104,5 GeV (90 comments)

Yes, there is more to an accelerator than energy. There's luminosity, beam current, and oodles of other parameters about bunching, etc. all of which affect the data rate and signal to noise ratio when conducting frontier science experiments such as what the LHC does. So the LHC and giant accelerators won't be going away any time soon.

But small accelerator tech. that can put modest energies at modest luminosities into the hands of researchers with $50-250k budgets and small lab spaces would be a great improvement over having to get in line for precious beam line opportunities at the smaller "user facility" accelerator labs.

Get it down to $10-50k and serious amateur scientists/hobbyists will start having accelerators!

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Mr.CRC Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

Is there a scientific basis that punishment is more rehabilitative per unit of economic value expended than other approaches?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Mr.CRC Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

Welcome to the 0.0001%. The ones who try to think of new ideas. We'll be considered ahead of our time. In about 1000 years.

Notice how the refutation always takes this predictable form: "no, things must be the way they've always been (because that's all I've ever known)."

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Mr.CRC Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

Your confusing goal with marketing strategy.

The goal is to generally expand the state, employ prison guard union members and other minions of the criminal justice system, advance the careers of police and prosecutors, and pimp a quasi-slave labor force.

The populace never disapproves because they love to see people get sent away, as long as it isn't them. That's the marketing strategy, though if the people thought about it in economic terms they'd be pissed.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Mr.CRC Re:Standard FBI followup (388 comments)

Troll my fucking ass. If you think I'm defending Awwad, I'm not and you're missing the point:

ACTUAL harm to national security was done by the FBI agents instigating Awwad into stealing classified information and bringing it out into the unsecured "wild." Preventing this breach is the #1 purpose of counterintelligence. Busting people who steal classified is #2, because if it gets to that point, the harm to national security has already been occurred because:

NOW IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE CERTAIN OF THE WHEREABOUTS OF AN INDETERMINATE AMOUNT OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION!

After the Awwad creep gave them a 1TB hard drive on Oct. 23, he was STILL FREE FOR 35 MORE DAYS running amok in a facility with ineptly secured classified (or he would not have been able to steal it--it's supposed to be nearly fucking IMPOSSIBLE!), potentially stealing who knows how much additional classified information besides the photos of some printed drawing that they think they saw him photographing.

So can anyone be sure that he:

1. put everything that he stole prior to the Oct. 23 drop into the hole and that was the only copy?

2. did not copy the classified files onto or through personal computing devices with internet connectivity and which have a significant likelihood of being compromised, potentially by the malware of real enemies hoping to one day suck up just this sort of treasure due to someone's error or incompetent criminal plot?

3. did not explicitly copy, email, or allow via automated "cloud" synchronization the copying of the data onto various internet accessible servers?

That shit could be on 1000 hard drives by now scattered across the globe.

So was this worth it, just to have the satisfaction of putting someone in prison for espionage? What is the point? To put people in prison for espionage while letting the actual golden goose get lost in the shuffle, or to protect the fucking information!?!?!?

If you don't care about the moral dimension that's Ok, because it's irrelevant to this discussion. The fact is that the FBI agents instigated a crime which resulted in the actual uncontrollable release of classified information. But if they had only revoked Awwad's clearance and fired his ass, that would have never happened.

So who is it that endangered national security, and in fact actually compromised it? The FBI agents!

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Mr.CRC Two Very Serious Problems Here, Among Others (388 comments)

Since I haven't seen anyone point this out:

1. According to the article, the Awwad idiot actually went through with delivering classified info at the 2nd "meeting." That means he successfully stole classified from the secure facility in which it was kept.

Now, just because he sold N files to the agents, doesn't mean he only removed N files from the secure facility. Furthermore, he delivered them to agents at a hotel. Which means "out there" in the wild! So before he was arrested he could have actually had >N files copied onto an indeterminate number of his personal net connected computing gadgets, where the info could have wound up stolen by real enemies by malware bots looking for just this sort of thing, or perhaps he sent backup copies to some place where we will never know but someone else does.

In other words, the FBI agents instigated an ACTUAL breach of classified info into the wild, which is a REAL threat to national security. The info could very well already be in the hands of the Russia, China, etc.

It is the FBI fuckers who should be sent up the river!

It is the purpose of counterintelligence to protect ACTUAL national security above all else, which means not allowing classified out into the wild. They could have simply revoked Awwad's security clearance and fired him when they found him willing to commit an act of espionage, but before he actually went through with it. This would have actually protected national security, by preventing the disclosure of classified which is the whole point.

Instead they risked and caused an uncontrollable leak of classified, just to bag some idiot so he'd go to prison and the agents would get good performance reviews. These people are unethical sociopaths. It is immoral to not seek to PREVENT someone from committing a crime if you know they are willing and considering it. A sting like this should be a felony. Not to mention that now each one of us is going to have to pay a share of our life's work just to imprison the Awwad dimwit for a very long time.

2. There is something very wrong with the Navy's handling of classified, if Awwad was able to get it out at all.

In my experience, fortunately not with actual classified which I want nothing to do with since I have ADHD-like forgetfullness and work "outside the fence", but I've been trained about its handling at a national lab, it would be or should have been exceedingly difficult to steal classified in the first place.

Awwad should have never been alone with classified. It should have been on computers which, if they are networked at all, are connected to only a fully air-gapped restricted network. Even the fucking fibers can't be within like 6 feet of those from another network! The USB and other ports should be sealed off with epoxy. Swapping of classified containing hard drives to/from vault and workstation is done under direct supervision by some classified accountant. It might even be that the workers must be at least in a team of 2 or more, I'm not certain though. Workstations which process classified live in a "vault-like room." Stealing this stuff is not easy! Unless their security is very broken, it should be nearly impossible without getting caught.

Look at it this way: If the guy was stupid enough to try to sell the info yet smart enough to actually succeed at stealing some, then the Navy's security is a joke. How many have stolen information that didn't get caught?

Allowing classified to get out of it's secure facility was a collosal fuckup!

If this type of sting, resulting in the actual removal of classified from secure facilities is common practice, then the people guarding our nation are at a minimum incompetent, and at worst they are the actual traitors for being willing to risk causing actual harm to national security for the sake of their personal careers.

There is little doubt that the enemy we should truly fear is within.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Mr.CRC Re: Entrapment is lazy policing (388 comments)

No it's not more frightening, because the vast majority of Chinese who become US citizens integrate very well into our culture, whereas, I'll put it this way, a significant proportion of people from certain other cultures don't.

The smart thing to do is just not give security clearances to non-US born citizens unless there is a very compelling reason, such as, the person is a leading, world-class scientific/engineering mind in a certain field, coupled with very strong background evidence that the person can be trusted.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Mr.CRC Re: Another FBI entrapment case (388 comments)

Actually it's even worse when the stupid agents are now partly responsible for having someone take classified out of a secure facility, where it could have easily been copied onto the guys various net connected computing gadgets which stand a good chance of being compromised themselves.

So the moron agents risked having that info get actually into the hands of the enemy! And at this point, there is no way to know for sure that it hasn't been captured by some foreign malware on that guys computers. This is seriously screwed up.

I'd have those agents fired, at a minimum. What they did should be a felony.

If they knew the guy was willing to sell out, they should simply have revoked his clearance, fired his ass, and ACTUALLY protected national security. Instead they compromised national security in order to bag someone and put them in the joint, hoping to get some sort of career advancement. And these are the sort of pieces of shit we have running the show, folks!

about two weeks ago

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