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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Tempest451 Not yet! (292 comments)

When they discover Warp Drive, True AI, and immortality, then they can run out of new discoveries.

about 4 months ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Tempest451 You missed one. (181 comments)

You missed one. Pay-to-Develop Basically games that stay in perpetual Beta while offering features to move the development along or special early access features for nominal fees.

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

Tempest451 Re:don't believe snowden anymore... (273 comments)

For all the information he leaked, the only thing he didn't leak was the names of the people he tried to report this to. I wouldn't either if it were my intention to infiltrate the NSA from the start.

about 5 months ago
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NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

Tempest451 The Theory is larger than the Conspiracy (347 comments)

I was just thinking, if I wanted to create enough fear that our my enemies would be looking over their shoulders everytime they used the internet, nothing would work better than creating the belief that I was omnipresent on the web. One the one side, people are certain that the government in incapable of managing the simplest of programs or managing it's own affairs, but when given the notion that that same government could orchestrate a massive campaign of internet monitoring and targeted strikes again individuals, most seem to have no doubt of it's validity. Every other week there is a new revelation of the widening scope of the NSA powers to peer into every aspect of our lives and yet when asked, people still believe that same government is buying $400 toilet seats. Perhaps the biggest conspiracy is that the NSA isn't omnipresent, but wants you to think they are.

about 5 months ago
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Yahoo CEO Says It Would Be Treason To Decline To Cooperate With the NSA

Tempest451 Arm-chair Lawyers (524 comments)

A lot of "arm-chair" lawyers here, but the basic thing is that they tried to fight it in open court and they lost, over, done. And if you think the others (Google, Facebook, etc) would have fared any better, you are simply fooling yourself. You can try to reinterpret what treason is all you like, but the fact is they are compelled to comply.

about a year ago
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Yahoo CEO Says It Would Be Treason To Decline To Cooperate With the NSA

Tempest451 Re:Treason.. or... (524 comments)

"Refusing a search w/o a *proper* warrant is not treason. Secret court generated 'warrants' do not count as being proper by any stretch of common law." Apparently they do count.

about a year ago
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Deutsche Telekom Moves Email Traffic In-Country In Wake of PRISM

Tempest451 The NSA Didn't "Steal" Anything from Germany (180 comments)

All information gathered by the NSA in regards to German emails was given to the NSA in a mutual exchange of intelligence information. What the Germans are doing now is trying to wash their hands of any complicity in the matter, even when that very information helped capture two Russian spies. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/trial-of-russian-spies-in-germany-strains-diplomatic-relations-a-908975.html

about a year ago
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NZ Professor Advocates Civil Disobedience Against Mass Surveillance

Tempest451 Are you willing to bet your ass on it? (321 comments)

Everyone touting how great their encryption methods are. I wonder how do they know they are secure or not? How would you know if the NSA was monitoring you specifically or you are simply too obscure to be noticed? Send a threatening email about a politician or a fake terror plot and see how good your encryption is. Are you willing to bet your ass on it?

about a year ago
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MIT Uses Machine Learning Algorithm To Make TCP Twice As Fast

Tempest451 Heuristic Networking (250 comments)

Sounds like application-based routing algorithms that allow programs to design specific routing patterns on the fly.

1 year,11 days
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

Tempest451 Says it all! (237 comments)

"While the lack of contamination is encouraging, Jackson said he wondered whether the unidentified drilling company might have consciously or unconsciously taken extra care with the research site, since it was being watched. " Ya think?

1 year,12 days
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Researchers Now Pulling Out of DEF CON In Response To Anti-Fed Position

Tempest451 We don't like blanket data spying so how about... (204 comments)

Profiling? Let's just spy on Arabs and Asian? It's works for the police doesn't it? Blacks and Hispanics are the criminals, so concentrating on them is how America should reduce crime right? You see, the assumption is that there is some flag or indicator that allows organizations like the police or the NSA to identify potential criminals before they become a threat. News flash...there isn't. At least not often enough to save people from an individual intent on causing massive harm. All I have seen is outrage about the NSA practices, but what I haven't seen, even in the most offhanded opinion, is an option for how to be just as effective without the perceived violation of personal privacy.

1 year,19 days
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Researchers Now Pulling Out of DEF CON In Response To Anti-Fed Position

Tempest451 Re:Fuck 'em (204 comments)

I'd sleep a lot better knowing that at least it will be safe from some 12 year old Chinese hacker.

It's not a 12 y/o Chinese hacker that most US citizens need to fear. It is the unrestrained overreaching of the US government as they push aside our privacy, our rights, our Constitution and our history.

Seriously? And who do you think that 12-year-old Chinese hacker works for (oh yes I said work)? What? You think hacking in China is a hobby? Grow up.

1 year,19 days
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NSA Recruitment Drive Goes Horribly Wrong

Tempest451 Re:NSA muzzles the Press... (530 comments)

"(Disclaimer: I'm not a conspiracy theorist, nut.)" Sure you are, you're just not good at it.

1 year,26 days
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To Counter Widespread Surveillance, Stealth Clothing

Tempest451 Commercializing Paranoia (104 comments)

I see the tin foil hats will be all the craze this fall.

about a year ago
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The Men Trying To Save Us From the Machines

Tempest451 Re:oh great, fucking great. (161 comments)

I'm sorry, but I think you're completely wrong. Intelligence doesn't breed opinion, emotion does. Without the desire to be correct, all answers to the same problem will eventually be the same. The desire to hold on to a theory based on flawed data is an emotional response that machines would and should be without.

about a year ago
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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

Tempest451 The Gorilla in the Room! (619 comments)

So I know everything about the phone except, where's the Gorilla Glass?! I know there is a newer version of the Corning Glass, but I want all the goodness of the S4 to be well protected whether it's the new or old version.

about a year ago
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Why Ray Kurzweil's Google Project May Be Doomed To Fail

Tempest451 Re:You have to start somewhere. (354 comments)

Intelligence is the perception of those around you. If you are perceived as intelligent to a rational person, then you are. Anything beyond that is philosophical and not worth discussion in a practical sense. All I see here is humans trying to make excuses for themselves to appear special. I am sorry, but you parallel processing is impressive, but ultimately reproducible.

about a year and a half ago
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City of Heroes Reaches Sunset, NCsoft Paying the Price

Tempest451 Re:They Need To Be More Specific (290 comments)

"Western" meaning it's market would be primarily to a western audience. Where it is created is moot in an international market, where it sells the most is what's important.

about a year and a half ago
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City of Heroes Reaches Sunset, NCsoft Paying the Price

Tempest451 If you read superhero comics... (290 comments)

This was the game you would be playing. Even after the other two came on the stage, City of Heroes was still the best out there for the genre. They had done amazing things graphically with it considering it had an 8-year-old graphics engine. The best part was the the developers who we as approachable as any player. The Devs listened to the community and made them a part of the games evolution. Some players could actually boast that features they suggested were actually in game because of them. The community even bought the Dev staff dinner after the news came out, that's how close they were. It was like family and you got to be a superhero!

about a year and a half ago
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A.I. Advances Through Deep Learning

Tempest451 Referencing (162 comments)

Computers are great at storing and retrieving data, but what they lack is the ability to reference the data in a meaningful way. An AI can recognize an Eagle, a white star, and red and white stripes, but can't readily see the commonality of those objects to the American Flag. Everything about how humans see the world is pattern recognition, but it is the way we reference those patterns that express our intelligence.

about a year and a half ago

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