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UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

Therefore I am Re:Possibly... (207 comments)

But the clumsy method of shipping it to Virginia and then on to final destination seems to indicate this was only an occasional occurrence. If there were lots of them they would have been altered/enhanced on Cisco premises before final packaging.

about 4 months ago

Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

Therefore I am Re:Come on, this is insane (155 comments)

Yeah but, it will be the mini Hell-fire missile for that dangerous speeding driver that will feature big time in major unintended co-lateral damage! Crispies on the free-way anyone?

about 5 months ago

Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future

Therefore I am Re:Easy fix would be... (453 comments)

An easy solution would be to simply accept it as inevitable. As this impending Pharma disaster is going to equally affect people at every level of society we might as well look on it as the world-wide population control that we had to have. Karma on steroids if you like. It really is about time we had a clean sweep...

about 10 months ago

Mobile Devices Banned From UK Cabinet Meetings Over Surveillance Fears

Therefore I am Re:Like this is new? (116 comments)

Me? I am buying into companies that specialize in mouth hygiene products of all types. It is a near certainty that all future diplomacy and major corporate policy will be discussed in close head to-head meetings in the centre of huge rooms in order to prevent espionage. Bad breath will be a career-ending certainty... Note that head-to-head is exactly the way that head-lice are transmitted to others so expect to be able identify major decision-makers either by their constant head scratching or by their permanently shaved heads.

about 10 months ago

"Synthetic Tracking" Makes It Possible to Find Millions of Near Earth Asteroids

Therefore I am Re:Let's all just agree (101 comments)

That given the size of many apartment blocks these days there is the nagging thought that it might be kinder to everyone concerned to just not look for these massively destructive objects until we have an absolutely foolproof way of deflecting them sufficiently to provide a significant engineering challenge for future generations. I sweep dirt under the mat too!

about a year ago

How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch

Therefore I am Re:Er, obstruction...? (259 comments)

Although cute, this 'idea' is irrelevant. Even if you made the case that you weren't contravening the letter of the request, you could still be charged with obstruction of justice, should your behaviour alter the conduct of the subject(s) under scrutiny.

Fight fire with fire. Set an industry cut-off date to blackball all specialists, technicians and contractors working in these agencies from future employment in the wider commercial IT world. This will quickly remove many thousands of specialists from the surveillance field and eventually bleed it dry. The same technique will work equally well in all countries that have abusive governments...

1 year,9 days

State Photo-ID Databases Mined By Police

Therefore I am Re:We knew this. (205 comments)

"I see this getting far worse, not better. Much much worse." There has not been much discussion about DNA databases lately. To think that these would not get into the hands of various government authorities is to believe in the tooth fairy. From government to Insurance companies is a short trip on the old boys network and then the fun starts for Joe Citizen...

about a year ago

Google Asks Government For More Transparency, Other Groups Push Back Against NSA

Therefore I am Re:Glad to see some real pushback (323 comments)

Nobody said it better than Winston Churchill... "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

about a year ago

Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

Therefore I am Re:Um... "suspect" (773 comments)

Guilty or not, there is plenty of "threat" in all this for Congress to double the budget of the Department of Homeland Security...

about a year ago

DARPA Director Leaves Pentagon For Google

Therefore I am 'The Robert Oppenheimer manouvre'. (70 comments)

First they 'investigate' you with all your colleagues. Then they reduce your security clearance. Next is work on lots of committees that actually do nothing. Finally they farm you out to a huge government contractor with a big title and nothing of any consequence to do. If you don't get the message then, they are quite prepared to dig up Senator Joseph McCarthy to look into your political allegiances. Resistance is futile!

more than 2 years ago

Australian Govt Holding Secretive Anti-Piracy Talks

Therefore I am Re:First (218 comments)

I think it is the splayed feet and a tendency to walk/roll rather like an Orang-outang. His continuous threats to dismantle our nascent National Broadband optical fibre Network may also have something to do with it

more than 2 years ago

New Privacy Laws Could Boost EU Cloud Industry

Therefore I am Re:But which places are... (119 comments)

I think we should upset the u.s.a. If the whole world stopped using capital letters when referring to the u.s.a. - the u.s. - uncle sam etcetera, then the fools who are allowing the united states to bob and curtsy and pass legislation to the entertainment industry and other powerful lobbies may just get the idea that the rest of the world is kicking back.

more than 2 years ago

Titanium Oxide For High-Density Optical Storage

Therefore I am Re:Pirate potential. (172 comments)

Yes indeed.

While the 'File Savers' of the world are praying for a huge capacity removable disks that have no chemical fade-out over time, the music and film industries are quaking in their boots at the very thought of such a disk.

It hasn't happened yet but you know, just as I know, that it will!

more than 4 years ago

German High Court Declares All Software Patentable

Therefore I am Re:Hello World (330 comments)

Let Germany do as it likes. The only sure thing in all this is that the weight of lawyers feeding at the trough will drag the whole world-wide patent systems down. It is only a matter of time!

more than 4 years ago

7Gbps Wi-Fi Networking Kit Could Launch In 2010

Therefore I am Re:Speed=Good, but How About Distance? (156 comments)

OTOH, a single Mylar balloon over a major city on a still clear night would allow hundreds to thousands of laser propagated channels at very serious speeds. ----- Think of it as an extension of Ham radio when conditions had to be right for a QSO. It would certainly make a a real fun evening entertainment of collecting a few hundred BR Movies just for the sheer hell of it!

more than 4 years ago

Databases In Caves? A Unique Google Fiber Bid

Therefore I am Re:no, caves suck (124 comments)

Besides, anybody with half an eye on the future would know that geostationary Data Centres would have no cooling problems and no power problems. O.K. There would be some transit time issues but these could be worked around by classifying data and it's likely access requirements. Come on guys. We don't need this crud here. Put it into space where we can easily nudge it into the sun for clean decommissioning.

more than 4 years ago

Killer Apartment Vs. Persistent Microwave Exposure?

Therefore I am Re:There are a lot of variables (791 comments)

And there are no known guaranteed safe levels of R.F. exposure. Brain tumours from R.F. take up to 20+ years to develop and then can kill as surely as the kind that grow quickly. My advice.............. Fergeddaboutit. Not in a pink fit would I buy into a situation that had a continuous R.F. signal from a cell phone relay.

more than 4 years ago

New Zealand Legislature Mulls File-Sharing Bill

Therefore I am Re:Three strikes provision (54 comments)

First you need to be able to point to a first-world country that has successfully introduced a three-strikes policy. You will not be able to. The whole idea is so flawed that any sensible JP or Judge will simply refuse to authorise a disconnection. Any judicial disconnections will instantly highlight the unintended consequence of this silly idea re. work commitments/other family members and be pilloried in the press. After that comes the interesting business of sorting out just how to give the innocent parties at that address their full rights while nailing an extremely wicked and intransigent file-sharer to his well deserved crucifix ;( . . . . . . Get a grip N.Z.---- This idea will work exactly as well as the equally idiotic U.S. alcohol prohibition laws!

more than 4 years ago

When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?

Therefore I am Re:When? (979 comments)

There will be some red faces when the "Great Google Hack" is found to be due to a small sub-set of their code that has gone sentient. Of course it is dormant now while the hue and cry is loudest. Next week? I am not so sure. . . . . .

more than 4 years ago


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