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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

currently_awake Re:Great (236 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.

yesterday
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Boeing To Take Space Tourists On Its CST-100 Spacecraft To the ISS

currently_awake Re:Public access (46 comments)

And what about the space station? Boeing didn't pay for that, and there are real costs associated with visiting (scrubber modules for the life support, if nothing else).

yesterday
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

currently_awake Re: "CipherShed" (242 comments)

That's why there is an entire occupation devoted to handling legal stuff. I'd tell you the name, but every time I think of it the phrase "first up against the wall" jumps into my mind.

yesterday
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

currently_awake Re:they will defeat themselves (950 comments)

When the oil runs out (or we stop buying) the money will run out as well (over there). At that point their economy will collapse, and the poor will end up on our borders as refugees. So make sure we build the walls and guard towers before we stop buying their oil.

2 days ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

currently_awake Re:Does HFCS count? (292 comments)

Corn is only cheaper than cane sugar because of massive subsidies combined with import duties. The (right wing Democrat) government of the USA should get out of the way and let the free market deal with this issue.

2 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

currently_awake Re:Time for new terminology (617 comments)

The sea level during the dino years was also rather higher. The great plains of north America formed UNDER a large inland sea. Nature will adapt to higher CO2 levels, as will we. The question is how expensive it will be. The assorted civilizations of central and south America mostly got wiped out by a warmer/dryer climate (the Spanish helped on occasion). If your retirement fund depends on dumping CO2 into the atmosphere then you will be motivated to argue climate change.

3 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

currently_awake Re:Time for new terminology (617 comments)

melting ice spreads out. The total volume of ice is less but the area of water covered is larger because the ice won't stick together in taller clumps.

3 days ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

currently_awake Re:Oh the irony (200 comments)

They don't know what Snowden took. For a high security the fate of the free world depends on it computer system that's not what I was hoping for.

5 days ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

currently_awake Re:Again? (200 comments)

Given that the politics of the Democrats and the Republicans are currently close enough to identical that most people couldn't tell the difference, how will voting for either party affect NSA funding? I think you'll need to start a third party before voting alters the situation.

5 days ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

currently_awake Re:Meanwhile the world burns (200 comments)

The problem with spying on everyone is you don't have any time left to analyze all that data. The NSA is a data broker, not a national defense agency.

about a week ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

currently_awake Re:HAL 9000 (120 comments)

By analyzing the light in the background of a video you can see what is reflected there (the people behind the camera). If someone in the background of a terrorist vid is talking about their next terrorist strike- I'd want to know what he was saying. It's a pre-recorded vid, you can't set up surveillance gear and the vid isn't good enough to show the sound vibrations.

about a week ago
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DARPA Funds Harvard's Soft Exoskeletal Suit

currently_awake Re:So when is the Captain America exosuit coming? (29 comments)

You want the body armour for combat use, so you want an iron man suit. Having powered legs to increase your capacity is useful too, though not as intimidating. As for the batteries- you can run a fuel cell off of diesel using a reformer, and that's easy to get on a battlefield.

about a week ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

currently_awake Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

How about when you file for a patent it's only a registry, no checks or validity or anything (like now?). And every single time you attempt to use the patent in court it can be challenged (and possibly declared invalid). The government still gets their money, the patent office can continue with their no value added business model, and everyone else can fight the patent trolls in court on an even footing.

about a week ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

currently_awake Re:Get used to it (215 comments)

This struggle will go on until they run out of oil. Then we won't care, and stop meddling in their internal affairs.

about two weeks ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

currently_awake Re:This was not done by Sundance Vacations ... (116 comments)

If a corporation is a person, then it should be possible to put it in jail for its crimes.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

currently_awake Re:Okay, it's time. (789 comments)

And yet the Russian invasion of Georgia is completely ignored. I don't think they even got the lame sanctions Obama paid off the powers that be to support.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech

currently_awake Re:Would it really be worse without patents? (75 comments)

We should replace the patent system with a mandatory royalty system. You invent something, everyone can use your discovery but they must pay royalties to you for a fixed time period.

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

currently_awake Re:Putin is the most out of control leader (789 comments)

The Russian supported civil war in Ukraine will have no serious effects on the US or the EU.

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

currently_awake Re:Unreal... (789 comments)

In a world war it's entirely possible for an artillery unit to have tactical nuclear weapons, with the local field commander having the big red button. Of course this isn't a world war, so I expect the big stuff is safely locked away.

about three weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

currently_awake Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

Putin (Russia) already has everything they wanted. They wanted to secure the Crimea, and they did. He supports the "Separatists" to: 1-make the Nationalists happy at home (win elections). 2-force Ukraine to join a Russian trade block instead of the EU/west trade block (money). 3-prevent Nato from having military bases on his border(national defence).

about three weeks ago

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