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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

currently_awake Re:Baby steps (350 comments)

We don't need general purpose robots for exploration. We send a mapper robot, then design a robot to explore that environment, then design robots to explore that- it may take decades but that doesn't matter. The only advantage of a human explorer is time.

5 days ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

currently_awake Re:Economics plays a role here (87 comments)

It would be cheaper to develop a vaccine for ebola then to develop quarantine robots to deal with the effects. The reason this hasn't happened is because we let private companies run our medical system (hospitals, drugs, vaccines) instead of having government do this vital task, and private companies care more about making money than saving lives.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

currently_awake Re:more than I can technically achieve over wirele (279 comments)

Run cat5e under the baseboards. Done carefully it's invisible. Or along the roof and paint the cables to match.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Delving Into the Black Art of Super Secure Software Obfuscation

currently_awake Re:virtual processor? (124 comments)

If you need a new processor you may as well just add encryption and local key storage and local memory to an existing processor and let it decode and run the code internally, with all outputs re-encrypted.

about three weeks ago
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The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown

currently_awake Re:What an asshole (305 comments)

Facebook's assets consist of some servers, some software, and a whole lot of public goodwill. They are not properly executing their fiduciary duty to their shareholders when they devalue their assets.

about three weeks ago
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Leaked Docs Reveal List of 30 Countries Hacked On Orders of FBI Informant Sabu

currently_awake Re:What about Israel? (78 comments)

The sad fact is the government of the USA doesn't have any principles. They always do what's in their short term benefit regardless of long term effects. (ex. the overthrow of the democratic governments of Iran and Iraq, abandoning their ally Syria) So long as Israel can pay off the Americans they upset long enough for them to forget the whole mess the Americans will continue to support them.

about three weeks ago
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Leaked Docs Reveal List of 30 Countries Hacked On Orders of FBI Informant Sabu

currently_awake Re: Repeat after me (78 comments)

The legal liability issue is interesting. Since these actions are illegal in those (attacked) countries, and since most of them have extradition treaties with the USA that means members of the FBI should be subject to extradition and trial in those other countries just as they would be if they had been caught (and prosecuted) for breaking American law. Only without the US government covering up or just plain ignoring US law. In theory we might actually see the US government held accountable.

about three weeks ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

currently_awake Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (153 comments)

This could allow you to use your phone while inside a blind spot in the cell network. Instead of deploying a microcell tower to cover half a dozen houses in some valley they could just use this.

about three weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

currently_awake Re:How about protecting the public (302 comments)

This isn't a modern change of affairs. History is filled with the common man rising up against the corrupt noble/lord/king and his professional army. The only times the common man won was when the army was divided AND they had substantial support from some of the rich and powerful.

about three weeks ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

currently_awake Re:Really? (517 comments)

Molten salt (thermal) batteries handle the day/night/no wind problem effectively, we just need to build it. We should also build nuclear power plants to cover base load instead of coal (the dirtiest source of power in the world).

about a month ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

currently_awake Re:Really? (517 comments)

Germany is massively subsidizing solar. Given they are currently going broke I expect the massive subsidies will eventually go away, resulting in a huge price hike in solar and a long delay while they build cheaper coal or natural gas power plants.

about a month ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

currently_awake Re:The Banks Own the Government. (201 comments)

Big money owns the politicians, and they run the whole government. So don't be surprised when the system lets the rich do as they please without consequences. It is impossible to fix this without taking the money out of politics, and no politician in the current system will allow that to happen, because then they would have to compete on a level playing field with honest men. And that would mean they wouldn't be in power and able to repay their rich benefactors or get their own piece of the pie.

about a month ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

currently_awake Re:And thus the balance shifts. (354 comments)

The Police (and the NSA) need to follow the 99% rule. Follow the laws always, except in the 1% case where you have a greater need- like catching that terrorist who plants bombs in our cities. When (not if) the people find out about the 1% law breaking they will accept it, as a rare and justified measure to protect them. When the police systematically break the laws without good cause when the people find out they will lose all respect for all the laws. And once the people don't respect the laws they don't FOLLOW the laws, and the government loses their ability to rule.

about a month ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

currently_awake Cheap food kills (308 comments)

Lowering the cost of food makes more people starve to death, not less. Poor people tend to make their money from selling food to the middle class. Lower the cost (as happens due to massive American agricultural subsidies) and the poor third world farmers starve because they can't afford to buy the cheap food. The best thing we could do for the third world is raise food prices.

about a month ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

currently_awake Re:The Global Food Crisis is not a science problem (308 comments)

Ethiopia exports food. It's one of their leading exports, and has been for the entire history of that country. Production of food has never been an issue in Ethiopia, it was always a distribution problem (mostly the government selling food to buy guns and bullets to fight their civil war).

about a month ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

currently_awake Re:uh oh (478 comments)

Given how they are deliberately destroying other religious groups and their shrines I doubt hiding in churches is possible. They also appear to object to education and libraries, so I doubt they'll find enough of them to hide in. So now the question is what to do after ISIS disbands. I suggest a Sunni state called North Iraq, with the Bathists as the government. Any end state with the Shiites in charge will mean purges and they've already shown they don't get along.

about 1 month ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

currently_awake Re:What am I missing? (124 comments)

I don't see how anything a police department does could count as a trade secret, given that everything they do is covered by FOIA laws. I don't see how admitting to spying on people without a warrant could violate their right to privacy.

about a month ago
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Before Using StingRays, Police Must Sign NDA With FBI

currently_awake Re:A little B and E maybe? (124 comments)

An IMSI catcher is a cell tower that re-directs to another cell tower. So all traffic to and from your phone goes through it. Voice, meta data, data, email, text messages. Of course they are legally required to get a warrant before they tap your phone, but the rest is probably up for grabs. Assuming they follow the law.

about a month ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

currently_awake Re:Great (241 comments)

Dictatorships trying to firewall the internet == under attack by well funded enemies, who are making progress at stealing their secrets and/or undermining their economy. Maybe the NSA isn't as incompetent as we thought.

about a month ago

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