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Disney Wants To Track You With RFID

datsa Re:Just one question... (278 comments)

... they take the wristband off you when you leave, right?

Leave?

about 2 years ago
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Disney Wants To Track You With RFID

datsa Re:Why is this creepy? (278 comments)

They track me so I don't have to.

@_@

about 2 years ago
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C Beats Java As Number One Language According To TIOBE Index

datsa Re:C? (535 comments)

Not to mention that virtually every other language is implemented in C.

about 2 years ago
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NASA On Full Court Press To Deflate Doomsday Prophecies

datsa Why? (286 comments)

NASA already released a statement saying that they don't know of any significant astronomical events on Friday, and as far as they know, there's nothing to worry about. Beyond that, people are going to believe what they want to believe, and a "full court press" is not going to change that. Either that or they're in cahoots with Quetzlcoatl.

about 2 years ago
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Pills With Digestible Microchips Approved By US Drug Agency

datsa Unintended Consequences (163 comments)

Am I the only one here who remembers the scene in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest where the hero pretends to swallow his daily sedative and then slyly spits it out? The movie would have been a lot shorter if this technology was around then...

This idea makes some sense with antibiotics, but once you get into psychiatric medicine it's downright scary.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Didn't Delete All Street View Wi-Fi Data

datsa Re:expectation of privacy (150 comments)

Must we design the whole world to protect the least competent people from themselves?

Eh? The "least competent people" did nothing to themselves. Google did it. They went around spying on people who neglected to lock their proverbial doors. The idea that it was the fault of the people who failed to protect themselves is astounding, and flies in the face of the most basic premises of civil society.

This whole argument reeks of "she had it coming, the way she was dressed".

more than 2 years ago
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Google Didn't Delete All Street View Wi-Fi Data

datsa Re:Admitted after being caught (150 comments)

"Shit, we sent hundreds of vans all over the United States and Europe with equipment to collect data that we probably shouldn't have..." FTFY

more than 2 years ago
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Google Didn't Delete All Street View Wi-Fi Data

datsa Re:Admitted after being caught (150 comments)

If people left their front doors open, and Google employees just walked in (because, you know, the door was open), would you be ok with that too?

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Satellite Measurements Show Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Melt

datsa Re:I'm not going to panic just yet... (411 comments)

You know you can add words to your spell-check dictionary, right? :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Google Joining Fight Against Drug Cartels

datsa Re:Next? (253 comments)

But cocaine isn't just highly addictive, it also causes direct damage to one's body. There's a reason crackheads have rotten teeth, deviated septums, and emphysema.

What does that have anything to do with it being a crime punishable by jail time? Alcohol causes liver damage, and tobacco causes lung damage. Should possession of those merit jail time as well? Hell, I live in a city whose mayor wants to ban soda.

If cocaine became inexpensive and readily available in the U.S. it would do horrible things to society. The healthcare and prisons systems wouldn't be able to handle the burden.

This reminds me of the equally baseless argument against legalizing prostitution - as if everyone would do it if it became legal, and society would crumble from the new license. This is typical nanny state mentality. Wouldn't legalizing cocaine in fact take a significant burden *off* prisons and law enforcement?

p.s. I agree with everything you say re Google and vigilantism.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Still Aims For Wayland in Quantal Quetzal

datsa Gotta say... (230 comments)

I love the name.

more than 2 years ago
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Executive Order Grants US Gov't New Powers Over Communication Systems

datsa Re:Extremely misleading (513 comments)

Just like the Emergency Broadcasting System, which was in place for decades, and lets the government take over the airwaves in an emergency. "The Emergency Broadcast System was established to provide the President of the United States with an expeditious method of communicating with the American public in the event of war, threat of war, or grave national crisis. Broadcast stations would have used the two-tone Attention Signal on their assigned broadcast frequency to alert other broadcast stations to stand by for a message from the President."

This seems to be nothing more than an upgrade/extension of that original system, which is honestly pretty important.

more than 2 years ago
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Insects Develop Pesticide Resistance Through Symbiosis With Gut Flora

datsa Re:Curses! (144 comments)

It's a wise decision to welcome us. We've already started to infiltrate your guts and the guts of your loved ones.

more than 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

datsa Re:Not just analytic... (1258 comments)

Really? From the same exact page - "In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views."

more than 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

datsa Re:Not just analytic... (1258 comments)

Early religion was an attempt to fill in the gaps of a society's collective knowledge with some sort of narrative explanation. Before the various deities were imagined to fill in the gaps, humans weren't even smart enough to have gaps. In that sense, religion was the world's first "science".

more than 2 years ago
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Insects Develop Pesticide Resistance Through Symbiosis With Gut Flora

datsa Re:Evelution in action. (144 comments)

It's not that simple. Being able to harbor the new bacteria is now a measure of fitness in these insects. Insects that reject the bacteria will die off (if they haven't already), and insects that do a better job accommodating the bacteria are more likely to survive to the next generation. We happen to be seeing the end product of that process.

more than 2 years ago
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Insects Develop Pesticide Resistance Through Symbiosis With Gut Flora

datsa Re:Curses! (144 comments)

I find this story pretty hopeful, actually. "Life finds a way". Maybe we are also a more resilient species than we give ourselves credit for...

more than 2 years ago
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I believe humanity will first achieve ...

datsa World Peace (637 comments)

Most of the choices require some sort of technological breakthrough that may or may not be possible. World Peace really just requires a fundamental change in perspective. Also, World Peace is unlikely to be a permanently stable system - there are always jerks - but it I think it can be temporarily achieved before, say, teleportation.

more than 2 years ago
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The Dead Past: the Biggest Threat To Privacy Is Us

datsa Expectation of Privacy (130 comments)

He's not blaming the victim. He's saying that the law is largely based on the expectation of privacy, and goes into some detail about how that works from a legal perspective (and how to define privacy in the first place).

Fourth Amendment protections don’t turn entirely on the conduct of any one individual; to a large extent they depend on whether we, as a society, treat something as private.

As the law stands right now, any time you share information with (or through) a third party, whether it's Facebook, Twitter, your browsing habits, or even your finances, the government can legally ask that third party for the information, without a warrant, and present it as evidence against you. The 4th Amendment doesn't prevent that data from being admissible in court; if you share the data with a third party, the third party can legally submit it as evidence. If you don't want a third party to be able to hand over your data in court, don't give them your data. Since people are routinely sharing their data with third party services these days (knowingly or not), it sets up a reduced expectation of privacy for everyone.

That's the law and how it works. Don't shoot the messenger.

more than 2 years ago
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DOJ Asks Court To Keep Secret Google / NSA Partnership

datsa Re:Wouldn't it be clever if... (157 comments)

It seems that most Facebook and Google users can't keep their mouths shut.

more than 2 years ago

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