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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

pupsocket That's backwards. (367 comments)

The original point: choosing an apple product does not automatically qualify someone for the stereotype.

Not: "I am an authority."

Rather: "I am not a sheep."

14 minutes ago
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

pupsocket Re: Why purchase service from provider in US then? (110 comments)

No right. The USA has always asserted a right to prosecute Americans for acts committed abroad.

Not for driving on the left.

yesterday
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

pupsocket Re: Why purchase service from provider in US then? (110 comments)

The laws of the US are relevant and must be followed by Americans everywhere.

Wrong. Local laws apply, with some caveats and exceptions.

yesterday
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

pupsocket Re:Why purchase service from provider in US then? (110 comments)

Yes. If you want to violate USA law you should be using non-US providers to do it.

Or if you want to expose USA corruption.

yesterday
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

pupsocket The horses are back from the taxidemist. (110 comments)

This bill is supposed to persuade foreigners that the United States does not gather data on them, because they aren't included in the warrants.

Well, the NSA and the CIA and other like agencies don't need warrants to gather information abroad, so this law is just a fuzzy stuffed toy to provide false comfort.

What are the Germans going to think? "Oh, what a relief, I am secure knowing that the United States of America spies only on its own citizens."

This bill clarifies that an American corporation colluding in surveillance of foreigners does so with the latitude and secrecy of an intelligence agent.

Meanwhile, it affirms the US Government's power to ensure that the people are not secure from unreasonable searches.

yesterday
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

pupsocket Re:Why purchase service from provider in US then? (110 comments)

Please try to keep up.

Many smug. Much vulnerable. So sophomore. Beware.

Currently, USA LEOs can extract all data a corporation has. (period).

The corporations under USA jurisdiction are a subset of all corporations in the world.

Thus the original question:

Would a customer, then, be more likely to buy a service from a Non-US service provider, as the privacy laws in the US are so porous?

yesterday
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

pupsocket Re:Paralytic analytics (486 comments)

But that's irrelevant.

Perhaps efficiency was the wrong label for how the "best" design undermined "good" design.

If nuclear power had short development cycles and small increments of purchase like the semiconductor market, then it would have sustained its leading technological edge. Instead, massive investment and long lead times ensured everything built was an insult to advanced research.

In the fruition of research as projected by the nuclear industry, fission itself would turn out to be an intermediate kludge.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

pupsocket Paralytic analytics (486 comments)

Seriously? Do you really believe a bunch of hippies put the breaks on something as profitable as Nuclear power?

Coal and oil lobbies, the folks paid to store nuclear waste instead of processing it into new power. Look at those folks. Follow the money. When anything of importance happens it's always money.

Companies like Bechtel, Westinghouse, and GE got special access to governments wherever they wanted, due partly to their oligopoly on big-project experience. Coal plants and refineries didn't damage the "we are the future" mojo of the big contractors who were just biding time.

They were paralyzed by their own analysis of the economics of fission-generated electricity:

1. All the efficiency is in breeder reactors. Nothing else comes close, so don't exclude them from the discussion. All the other options sound like a steam-powered motorcycle.

2. The only problem is that breeder reactors are vulnerable to being weaponized and would inevitably become vectors for the proliferation of fissionable explosives. But killing that research deflated the righteous and greedy zest to shove political decisions on a government -- but only in regard to nuclear energy, and only for the moment.

3. Fusion. Just wait. It's okay, it's not like you can't take take over the world with just oil-field services.

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

pupsocket the Spanish Inquisition (206 comments)

the persecution of scientists

the enforcement of taboos

the "war on drugs" and other states of mind

repression of political opposition to a regime in power

all live by stripping privacy

that's why

about two weeks ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

pupsocket Re:Storage isn't valuable right now (245 comments)

As for 'why' they should pay for the storage, it's because they're seen as introducing the problem. Nuclear and coal at least operate all the time, and nobody is building another baseload plant that would exceed the demand limit.

By operating a high capacity full-time, "base lead" plants are shoving the problem of variability onto other generators and making the swings much worse for them.

If base load plants are cheaper because their capital costs are spread out over more energy, then they are cheaper only for the investors, not the customers. They do not decrease the net price of electricity. They just make peak-demand usage more expensive.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

pupsocket they are just beating up the government (419 comments)

This same line -- shifting the discussion to the long legal process -- was identical in the prelude to savaging Federal Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson and overturning years of defeat in their trial for anticompetitive practices.

Microsoft won't accede to the power of the law. That's all. It has nothing to do with Microsoft's policy toward customers, though they'll say anything.

about three weeks ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

pupsocket Re:Gators (160 comments)

correct spelling: damned Sirial murderers

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

pupsocket The Industrial Era disagrees (262 comments)

Henry George looked from a high hill toward the growing San Franscisco in the 1870's and realized that rising land prices were a bug in in the industrial economy. They punished success.

His book sold more copies than any other in the 19th century in the United States: Progress and Poverty.

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

pupsocket Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (165 comments)

An excellent characterization.

As I understand it, he was arrested for complaining that the war was not going well, which everyone knew but people in high places were forbidden to mention. His problem wasn't that the Nazis were Nazis, but that they were the losing.

As a technocrat under extenuating circumstances, he illustrates the worst moral worthlessness to which a technocrat can fall, and so should not be esteemed. He should never have been celebrated as an American hero.

about a month and a half ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

pupsocket Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (165 comments)

The kindest thing you can say about him was that he had tunnel vision. He was an ambitious man who did not find murderous slavery to be sufficient reason to just take orders. No one can be forced to lead as uniquely as von Braun or forced to fight so hard for control of a project.

Was his behavior understandable? Yes, if you believe he was blinded by obsession. Was it justified? Not by a moon shot.

about a month and a half ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

pupsocket Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (165 comments)

From the article:

"The actual manufacturing was done by prisoners from the concentration camp Mittelbau-Dora. As the historian Michael J. Neufeld has documented, von Braun went so far as to handpick detainees with technical qualifications for this work. (The prisoners were worked literally to death. In all, about 12,000 died producing von Braun’s rockets; for comparison, the rockets themselves would kill an estimated 9,000 people, many of them civilians.)"

about 1 month ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

pupsocket Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

I'm not against trucks. I just think that trains that can carry 600 people downtown to downtown at 300 kph shouldn't be something citizens of the United States can experience only overseas.

P.S. If I wanted to hide, I'd head to the old farm. It's pretty hard to hide in a subway.

about 2 months ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

pupsocket Re:Railroads killed by the government... (195 comments)

The Nordic report cited above indicates that deterioration from environmental effects is not significant. Doesn't sound right, but then none of this matches intuition.

Speculation based on cursory reading: Since trucks do their worst where pavement is rough, the freeze-thaw cycle doesn't get a chance to do its worst because the trucks are too quick at expanding fissures and pounding the edges of cracks. Once trucks start tearing up a roadway, the destruction accelerates because tires bang asphalt at all angles and concentrate their load on a smaller area with shuddering stress.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

pupsocket Re:The car will need a license. (435 comments)

... the least you could do is wait until someone is confirmed to be doing something 'bad' before you punish them ...

We are sympathetic to your point of view, Citizen, but the approach you advocate would delay the expansion of government control over your life. We trust you are not hostile to the radiant future where cars have more autonomy than you do.

about 2 months ago

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NSA Declares War on President

pupsocket pupsocket writes  |  about a year ago

pupsocket (2853647) writes "U. S. citizens can stop pretending that their secret agencies exist to provide deniability to the President. Yesterday the German newspaper of record, Frankfurter Allgemeine, reported that the President told German Chancellor Merkel that he would have stopped the tap on her phone had he known about it. Today, another German paper, Bild am Sonntag, quoted U. S. Intelligence sources that the President had been briefed in 2010. This violation of secrecy should end the myth that the White House tells the secret agencies what they can and cannot do. Sounds like blackmail, the endgame."
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House GOP Asks McAfee to Critique HealthCare.Gov -- But Stay Away from Them

pupsocket pupsocket writes  |  about a year ago

pupsocket (2853647) writes "The House Energy and Commerce Committee invited John McAfee to guide them in investigating the flaws of the new government online facility for obtaining health insurance, HealthCare.Gov. If they were hoping for a like-minded maniac who left treasure and unsolved murders in the Caribbean to now monopolize the cameras with rants against the hopelessness of ever succeeding with ObamaCare, they must have been disappointed to discover a guy with an eye for the main chance, confident of his ability to recommend a successful rebuild. It turned out they didn't have the funds to let him report in person and therefore he decided they weren't serious and declined."
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