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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

currently_awake Re:But would fusion ever be economical? (305 comments)

It's not unreasonable opposition, the current fission reactors were built to make nuclear weapons. If they wanted civilian power they would have gone with thorium as it's much cheaper, much safer, and we have much more fuel.

about a week ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

currently_awake Re:Who needs oil? (305 comments)

The value of the US dollar is dependent on being the reserve currency of the world. If they lose that the dollar will devalue to peso levels. Oil is just one part of that, not the whole thing.

about a week ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

currently_awake Re:https is useless (166 comments)

Modern society is based on trust. You trust the bridge you drive over to get to work won't fall down and kill you. You trust the brakes on your car will work. You trust the phone company to connect you to the police when someone breaks into your house. You can't live without trust. The issue isn't trust, it's how to enforce trust on fallible humans.

about two weeks ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

currently_awake Re:This is just evil. (166 comments)

If you have control of the network (ISP) between the user and the web site you can man-in-the-middle the crypto and do this with https.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

currently_awake Re:On come on now Edward (194 comments)

The Executive branch of the US government doesn't have the legal authority to violate the Constitution of the USA. They can't get that authority by passing a law, only by changing the Constitution of the USA. Snowden is a patriot, who committed treason to protect the people of the USA.

about two weeks ago
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UCSD To Test Safety of Spinal Stem Cell Injection

currently_awake Re:Another Trade Vanishes (43 comments)

I hear (rumour) that the (known to work) cure for diabetes won't be available ever because it would cost too much money from lost drug sales.

about two weeks ago
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UCSD To Test Safety of Spinal Stem Cell Injection

currently_awake Re:Worst that could happen? (43 comments)

You might prevent a future treatment that actually works. I believe that horribly injured/dying with no cure possible should be allowed to "experiment" with anything that has the slightest chance of working, with informed consent.

about two weeks ago
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Patents That Kill

currently_awake Mandatory Generic Licencing. (240 comments)

You patent something, everyone can make it but they have to pay you royalties (FRAND?). Put it into patent law so that automatically happens and everyone benefits.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

currently_awake How to win with surface (337 comments)

These are the ingredients Microsoft needs: Full windows compatibility (not RT), free internet, bluetooth/wifi/cellmodem built in, decent remote admin functionality. This would make the tablet good enough for business and sufficiently ok for home users.

about two weeks ago
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Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email

currently_awake Re:Great (175 comments)

If they hand out everyone's public key then they can give you the wrong key and man-in-the-middle your email to people of interest. If the decryption is done using code you download from them, then it's a software update away from handing over your key. It gets people thinking about crypto (a major step), but this just a stepping stone to real privacy, not the endpoint.

about three weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

currently_awake Re:If they succeed... (322 comments)

If you assume that China owns the ships, the cargo, and the canal then your math changes. They can then undercut all competition and lock them out of the world trade market. Over the long term the profit margins of running the world are huge.

about three weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

currently_awake Re:Interesting (322 comments)

outsourcing is how China got to dominate world trade. Knowingly outsourcing their manufacturing to somewhere else will destroy their manufacturing base like it did the USA. Science and Technology follow the Engineering, Engineering follows the Manufacturing.

about three weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

currently_awake Re:Money pit (322 comments)

The new canal won't compete with the Panama one, because it's wider. The larger ships will have to take the new one (at full fare) while the smaller ships can choose. Given that it's cheaper to use larger ships that means the Panama canal will see a massive drop in use.

about three weeks ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

currently_awake Re:Microsoft (267 comments)

The Skype servers already forward everything to the NSA, why would the OS you run make a difference? Now blocking older versions of the Skype software might cause problems for them, but that's not the story.

about three weeks ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

currently_awake Re:Seriously can you blame them (115 comments)

Doesn't Apple have all their stuff made in China? So it's just the software you're afraid of then. Still the saying is 'don't trust American companies!'

about three weeks ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

currently_awake Re:Another leaker (204 comments)

The NSA needs focus. They are trying to do too many conflicting actions and it just doesn't work. Spin off the foreign spying to the CIA, pass off domestic spying to the FBI, concentrate on securing the network to keep China/Isis etc out of America. Secondly bureaucrats are very good at doing dull repetitive work without making very many mistakes, and that works for security provided you hire the right people. Third: cooking is applied chemistry, so chefs make good bomb makers. There is a reason terrorists use the kitchen to make their home made bombs.

about three weeks ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

currently_awake Re:What else ? (204 comments)

Or maybe they forgot to shut down Snowden's admin account? Maybe it was part of his job, to cancel his own accounts and return the door keys before he quit.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

currently_awake Re:Well there is an issue with cellphones (316 comments)

Available user bandwidth = total tower bandwidth / number of users. Given that total tower bandwidth is limited by spectrum allocation the easiest way to increase user bandwidth is to reduce the service radius of the towers (by having more towers, each cell smaller) so that the number of users per tower is smaller. The cheapest way is to throttle users. If the cell companies don't feel like spending to upgrade their network to be sufficient to handle what they are selling then they should find a way to get rid of those pesky unlimited contracts and meter everyone.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

currently_awake Re:Kinda like - (316 comments)

No, it's like the speed limit for sports cars is 20, everyone else can drive at 50. But only to ease congestion.

about three weeks ago
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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

currently_awake Re:LOL (182 comments)

Those DC exit nodes probably connect directly to a secure government network, so CIA agents and spies can send reports and stuff without it ever going through insecure networks in plain.

about three weeks ago

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