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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

barc0001 Re:And is this a bad thing? (388 comments)

Exactly, I see this as a positive all around. Rather than them casting a country wide net and not even acting on what's in there (the French terrorists were known to the Americans and flagged for extra scrutiny who didn't bother doing anything with their info) this will force them to actually do their jobs intelligently.

2 days ago
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Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

barc0001 Re:A Boom in Civilization (227 comments)

> Don't ya think we would have already located some extraterrestrials if there were wars going on in space?

Why would you think that? Let's open with a quote from Douglas Adams:

“Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”
  Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Our own galaxy is 200,000 LIGHT YEARS across. This means it takes light 200,000 years to cross from one side to the other. It's friggin' enormous. And what we can observe is only relatively large energy sources like stars. Let's presume for a minute that there are some ETs happily engaged in armed conflict with each other 500 light years from us, tossing around 20 megaton nukes all day long like they're NBA players at a strip club making it rain. Assume that they are using 10,000 of such warheads against each others ships every day engaged in action around a star system. That's a total energy output of 200 GT (Gigatons) per day. The STAR in that system if it's a star like Sol will be putting out 7890000000000 GT per day of energy. How are we even supposed to detect 200GT more on top of that load? That's like going into Giants stadium at night and staring at the light arrays from the pitchers mound and trying to pick out someone flicking a lighter for a half a second in the midst of one of the arrays.

Secondly, I mentioned the "space is big" thing, right? Suppose these races developed doomsday devices that could actually kill stars and are happily wiping out each others' systems with nova-bombs. But they're fighting 500 LY away from us and their war only got really going 200 years ago. It's still going to be 300 years before we start seeing evidence of their handiwork.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

barc0001 Re:Wonderful (496 comments)

Gotta be the guy to say it. So what? We don't live in the medieval age. We live now, and how are they making out pushing the knowledge frontier forward today? I find it difficult to give reflected credit to anyone for what their long dead ancestors did, especially if they are not making further progress or are engaged in hindering the same.

about two weeks ago
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Toyota Opens Patents On Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

barc0001 Re:No, not practically, no. (124 comments)

Filling a car takes a minute? No.... more like 3-6 minutes depending on the vehicle.

>> A Supercharger station filling up in about 15 (or longer) means you have to have 15 times the number of "pumps"

You're forgetting one very important thing. I can't plug my car into a gas line at home and have it fill itself overnight, but an electric car owner can. I'm betting 99% of Telsa owners don't use a Supercharger station habitually.

about three weeks ago
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Project Ryptide Drone Flies Life-Rings To Distressed Swimmers

barc0001 Re:It's been tried (62 comments)

I think this is meant as a support tech, not a replacement for lifeguards. Something to potentially buy the person time if they're able to use it while the lifeguard works their way there. In that role it might be useful. Still won't help the unconscious, but weak and panic swimmers could still benefit by something dropped within arm's reach. I'm guessing most of the ideas you saw come and go were far less accurate, like an apparatus that flung a ring out from the beach and the ring would hopefully land somewhere near-ish to the person and they could maybe swim to it, kinda? This can drop the device right into their panicking hands which is quite a difference.

about three weeks ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

barc0001 Re:And this is why there's traffic... (611 comments)

Yes but the nice PR lady was complaining about her side street commute suddenly becoming full of all those filthy people from OTHER sections of the city, which I would presume probably has both sidewalks and is not verboten for mopeds.

about a month and a half ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

barc0001 And this is why there's traffic... (611 comments)

"If they have, they've obviously failed. Killeen said her four-mile commute to UCLA, where she teaches a public relations class, can take two hours during rush hour."

It takes her 2 hours to go 4 miles. That's her driving a car at 2 mph for 2 miles. You know what else is faster than that? EVERYTHING. That's slower than walking speed, definitely slower than biking, jogging, rollerblading, skating, skateboarding and anything else I can think of. I would *love* to have only a 4 mile commute in LA's climate. I'd never drive my car to the office again.

about a month and a half ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

barc0001 Re:Why are medallions sold and not leased? (329 comments)

A slideway is like a escalator but horizontal. Mostly you see them in airports and between hotels on the Strip in Vegas.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moving_walkway

about 2 months ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

barc0001 Re:Why are medallions sold and not leased? (329 comments)

No it wasn't. He's asking why tax medallions are sold between 3rd parties, instead of being an annual license/purchase from the city. If someone's willing to buy a medallion for half a million dollars, I am amazed the city hasn't figured out how to get their hands on most/all of that. Pass a law. All taxi medallions expire at the end of 2015, and you're welcome to put in a $10000 fee to apply for the 2016 medallions now. First come, first serve. Rinse, repeat every year.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

barc0001 Re:Don't fight it (720 comments)

If you married someone who wants you to give up a hobby, you married the wrong person. The MAJORITY of video game players are adults these days.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

barc0001 Re:Don't fight it (720 comments)

So you have to constantly defer to someone to have an acceptable life? Doesn't sound like a happy life to me. Imagine the shitstorm if you simply changed that statement to "Happy husband, happy life". If one is acceptable and the other isn't, why are either?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium

barc0001 Re:I am impressed (98 comments)

I think OP meant "new for Microsoft"

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

barc0001 Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

> When Bush took office, living in Iraq was a 3 on a 1-10 scale. When Bush left office, it was a 7.

I think you mean it was a -7. What color *is* the sky in your version of reality?

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

barc0001 Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

>Bush made Iraq a better place than it was when he took office.

Oh go away troll. You honestly think Iraq circa 2008 was a better place to live than Iraq circa 1999? In 1999 the electricity worked 24 hours a day, hospitals had supplies, there was order in the streets, there weren't random death squads killing people, there weren't IEDs blowing shit up everywhere, and last but not least, there weren't hundreds of thousands of dead civilians.

about 3 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

barc0001 Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

> "Iraq is on fire with women and children being sold into slavery or have their heads cut off and placed on stakes like the men."

Hmmm. I wonder how that came to be. I think someone went and invaded the country and totally trashed its infrastructure and and political power structure. Any guesses who that might have been? I mean Saddam was an asshole and a murderer too, but at least the average Iraqi didn't have to worry about being blown up by a car bomb or beheaded by the thousands by ISIS, right? They're both bad, no doubt about it, but one is definitely worse. Like Saddam in charge was like having HIV, and ISIS in your country is like having ebola. All things being equal most people would go for the HIV if it was an either/or choice.

If I'm reading the intent of your point correctly you look to absolve Bush and co of all blame for the mess Iraq is currently in, and blame Obama for not cleaning Bush's mess up properly despite massive public calls to bring everyone home from Iraq.

about 3 months ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

barc0001 Re:She's.. (235 comments)

Absolutely. Remember Back Orifice? A roommate's hosebeast of a girlfriend would come over and sit on the spare computer in the living room muttering under her breath and making random sounds while chatting on ICQ (Yeah, that long ago...). I installed BO on it and then would use my laptop to send deletes, backspaces and when I got really bored, send program closes to it until she would get fed up and leave to go smoke on the deck and complain to her bf about the "possessed" computer.

about 3 months ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

barc0001 Re:So.... (583 comments)

And by him, you mean practically everyone who sits in front of a computer, or controls a machine or a huuuge chunk of the workforce. When AI can do telephone customer service jobs, programming, systems admin work, troubleshooting, IT work, heavy equipment operation, driving, piloting, warfare and a million other tasks there is going to be an enormous number of people without gainful employment.

THAT is the biggest problem with AI outside of the Skynet scenario. We will need a Federation-style post scarcity economy to come into being, but based on the knee-jerk reaction to anything that looks like Socialism in the US, I doubt that will happen before an awful lot of suffering.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

barc0001 Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Then I demand equal time for my group that insists the world outside of our perceptive dimensions is actually a disc and floats through space on the back of an etherial turtle. Furthermore, I demand policy changes to carbon emissions as the CO in the atmosphere that is dropping off the edge of the disc may be poisoning our great Turtle.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

barc0001 Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

Tolerance of ignorance? This is no different than the anti-vaxxer crowd. These people if given a chance would have their fairy tales shape government policy, so no, no tolerance of their backwards ignorance.

about 3 months ago

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