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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

judoguy She doesn't mind the state controlling everthing (166 comments)

but I don't like the fact that someone I don't know can pick up, if they're a private citizen, one of these drones and fly it over my property.

She's probably just fine with the *state* peeping into your (not her) business. That's the very definition of a self labeled "progressive". Guns, drones, private (no tax man involved) monetary interactions between people, healthcare, retirement, etc.

These things are the bailiwick of the state only. You're too stupid to be allowed to make these decisions.

about three weeks ago

Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

judoguy Re:forest (100 comments)

In the same way that light isn't light if no one sees it? I disagree.

about three weeks ago

Securing the US Electrical Grid

judoguy Re:Cyber is easy, EMP is possible (117 comments)

Cyber is easy - simply no direct connect to the internet. Anything less is effectively nothing. Anything more is not needed.

Not that easy. I worked for a company that did just that. Air gapped completely. We sneaker netted the web orders, etc. back and forth between the internal system and the outside world. Huge pain in the ass, but secure.

When we had to be certified as PCI compliant by our auditors, they wouldn't. Said that the air gap was a security risk! Made us connect and go through the hoops with more firewalls, et al., to be certified so we could stay in business.

I will NEVER believe that they are more secure now than before. We checked the sneakernet data for SQL injection, ran AV, limited removable media to a few trusted and audited employees and so forth. But in the end, we had to get that PCI cert or our bank would refuse to do business with us.

about a month ago

New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

judoguy Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

Saying that the victim had a role in the incident isn't precisely "blaming the victim". Our attention and/or inattention during our activities play a role in the outcomes. It's true that no one deserves to be taken advantage of by some bastard, but it's childish to cry that no one should ever be at risk for carelessness either. Doesn't work with power tools, rock climbing or as any adult knows, interaction with other people.

about a month ago

Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

judoguy Re:But (191 comments)

No kidding. Who needs an earthquake when the power goes out at -30f.

Having said that, I moved here from the South some 25 years ago. I don't think I've had a power loss in the winter here.

We had them all the time from winter ice storms down South. I've lost power up here in the summer time many times from an hour to a week once in south Minneapolis. But thank God/Whoever, never in the winter.

about a month ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

judoguy Re:meh (164 comments)

When your country becomes the largest military force on Earth, then YOU can dictate measurement units.

Until then, neener, neener!

about a month and a half ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

judoguy Re:As long as certain rules are kept (383 comments)

Good point. I'm at an age where my friends are dying every year or so. As someone who has had to "close up shop" for some of them, it's a royal bitch to do when their online life can't be accessed. Stopping the mail, shutting down the online business, etc.

"Oh, they should have prepared for that in advance, as soon as they knew they were going to die". Yeah, well, perhaps in some fantasy world. No, the survivors clean up in real life.

about 1 month ago

Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

judoguy Re:Communist == Spy in America? (165 comments)

To be sure, "Communism" is the perfect example of something that doesn't scale. Works OK for my family (sort of) but starts to become unworkable with two families.

Totally wrecks everything at scales larger than that. Astonishing idiocy to try and apply to a country.

about 2 months ago

Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

judoguy Re:Sick of Denialists (165 comments)

Wrong about a few things. Health care isn't a Communist benefit. Oh, you mean forcing everyone to buy Obamacare. Not a "benefit".

border fences with guards who shoot to kill (Arizona, California border with Mexico)...

Wrong again on a couple of levels.

1. You may be too young to remember, but places like the USSR, East Germany and Cuba kill(ed) people trying to leave, not come in. And..

2. I know a border guard currently on duty. He is constantly told not to engage illegals and to stay away from specific parts of the border at certain times. And they spend a LOT of money and time giving health care, etc. to the illegals they catch

Not remotely similar to the referenced "border fences".

about 2 months ago

Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

judoguy In my case, why not? (125 comments)

In a sensible health insurance market, I might very well want to have insurance companies have my personal health data.

I'm 61 and in perfect health. Literally, perfect health. Superb lipid profile, low blood sugar, not over weight, no diseases, never smoked, don't drink, athlete level blood pressure, etc. I work my ass off keeping this way.

I WANT the damn insurance companies to discriminate on the basis of "pre existing conditions". Note that the term "pre existing conditions" is an insurance industry term, nothing to do with health care.

I damn sure don't want anyone selling any information about me and I'm sure Google will, but as I said, in an ideal world, I'd give it to the parasitic insurance industry.

No, scratch the above. In a ideal world, I wouldn't have to worry about health insurance at all. I only need some now I order to set up an HSA. And I only want to set up an HSA in order to save some money in taxes. In an ideal world, I'd just pay for my own health care and not have to screw around with government corruption and confiscatory taxes in the first place.

about 2 months ago

New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

judoguy Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

No, only bad food tastes bad. People today don't know what healthy food is. Bacon and eggs are healthy foods. Butter is healthy food. Starchy carbs are tasty, but unhealthy foods. Rice cakes are unhealthy food. You may have an eating disorder, but that's a different problem.

I agree completely that exercise for the sake of exercise sucks. The trick to happiness in exercise to find something you can enjoy for it's own sake. Physical activity is great for lots of reasons, but weight loss isn't one of them. If you are on a carb diet, you generally can't lose *fat* from exercise. You can burn glucose OR fat. It's called the Randall cycle . You have to get into a fat burning metabolism to burn fat. Otherwise you're just burning muscle and liver stored glycogen and storing the fat.

I'm a 61 year old judo competitor. A little over 4 years ago, I started eating lots of fat, moderate protein and very low carb intake. I lost 40lbs in about 6 months and it didn't come back. I never count calories, eat tons of eggs and very little grain, whole or otherwise. My cholesterol panels went from getting-ready-to-die to teenage athlete levels. Yes, I get plenty of exercise in the dojo, but that literally hasn't changed in decades. Only the diet changed. Eating fat and cutting the carbs is what made the difference for me and about a dozen of my friends.

about 2 months ago

Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

judoguy Re:makes compete sense. (358 comments)

As an amateur radio hobbyist, im absolutely fed up with people basing their knowledge of healthcare reform solely on what Fox News says

"I'm absolutely fed up with people basing their knowledge of healthcare reform solely on what government supporters say." There, fixed it for you.

about 3 months ago

Chicago Adding Sensors For Public Monitoring

judoguy Re:How To Tell You Live In A Dictatorship (107 comments)

Wrong. The fact that you have permission to do something (for now) has nothing to do with whether you love live in a dictatorship, or more properly, a police state.

The police state simply hasn't come after you, yet.

Don't confuse permission with liberty.

about 3 months ago

France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

judoguy As in many things in life... (138 comments)

...the phrase "That's why they make shotguns" applies here.

about 3 months ago

EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

judoguy Re:This reminds me of a great Simpsons episode (625 comments)

No, to lose weight I have to eat fewer calories than I burn. That's how it works.

Way too simplistic. The human body is vastly more subtly regulated than that. It's not the number of calories nearly as much as the type of calories. Hormones completely control fat storage and utilization and the type of calories ingested hugely affect hormone secretion.

Deprivation is a miserable weight loss strategy and almost always fails after a short struggle.

about 4 months ago

EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

judoguy Re:on behalf of america (625 comments)

The "victims" aren't victims of obesity per se. They, and I used to be a member of that club, are victims of having been systematically lied to by a combination of dumbass "nutrition experts" and the carbohydrate industry/corporate agriculture.

The science regarding mammalian metabolism is well established and uncontroversial among endocrinologists. As one put it a while back "Carbohydrate drives insulin drives fat". I completely ignore the so called Paleo diet, even though I lost 40 lbs. over four years ago and kept it off essentially eating that way. I don't really care what great-great-great granddaddy judoguy supposedly ate. I'm interested in what modern science says. Modern science says that fat utilization and storage are 100% controlled by hormones and hormones are hugely affected by diet. Everything else is superstition.

about 4 months ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

judoguy Re:Why? (309 comments)

Hear, hear! I've spent decades building back office applications. The interactivity demanded by my users FAR exceeds anything a browser based system can provide.

Not to say browser based applications aren't great, even the only way to go for some stuff. They really are, but some things (highly data centric, tightly integrated with other software for maximum utility) aps are best handled by "fat client" applications.

about 4 months ago

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

judoguy May Day???? (247 comments)

What does "get the money out of politics" mean? No one is allowed to tell people about their candidacy? The government would be the arbiter of election information? May Day indeed. Money is power. Politics is power. Anyone who thinks they will somehow remove money from politics is an idiot, or at best childlike.

All you can do is fight over *who* gets to wield it. At least now, bad as it is, I get to contribute to groups that represent my views, even if imperfectly. Seriously, with all the abuses of other moneyed interests,(mine, of course never abuse the system) no one has ever even tried to explain something better to me.

Just some adolescent rant about "getting the money out of politics".

about 4 months ago


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