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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

rmdingler Re:Bullshit (210 comments)

There is no perfect security, especially if the attacker is willing to die. The US use attack-drones in a few countries, how well are they set up to defend against them?

The SS has long been rumored to defend the White House from air attack with Raytheon Stinger missiles from the rooftop, although the first priority is to evacuate the current resident of the Oval Office. Shooting down planes in a densely populated area is one of those lose/lose propositions.

yesterday
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

rmdingler Re:Bad press (210 comments)

Wrong Video goes viral = that's your ass. What a time we live in! The entire fauxmergency is being created by the press's need to fill a 24 hour news cycle.

The colloquial theory is that a free press is necessary to prevent abuses of governmental power, and it certainly has worked that way in the past.

Nowadays, the constant need for another lead contributes to the fear mongering.

yesterday
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Researchers Report Largest DNA Origami To Date

rmdingler Re:"Self-Assembling?" (34 comments)

No... what in the Universe could have assembled itself?

Ah.

2 days ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

rmdingler Re:Apple REULEZ! (381 comments)

As it is...

Maybe you don't know I think I am.

2 days ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

rmdingler Re:Me too. (381 comments)

The Greek symbol for the abbreviation of 20 microns was likely dropped in the summary.

2 days ago
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

rmdingler Re:Why purchase service from provider in US then? (116 comments)

I think it's fair to say the corporations are at least as worried about losing share in foreign markets, as with the preservation of our personal freedoms.

That said, we are mired in a controversy where corporations and citizens find their collective best interest on the same side.

For all their reputed malevolence, corporations are made of 'snips and snails' just like Soylent Green.... they merely operate with reduced personal liability.

2 days ago
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Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

rmdingler Re:How long is rent going to go up before?dun dun (71 comments)

For me, time away from home is mostly work, and the longevity of the working experience is in inverse proportion to my appreciation of the down time.

I would have to work (away from home) at something, at least part of the time, even if money was no longer a consideration.

Too many days off in a row and I don't have anything to measure against.

4 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

rmdingler No True Scotsman (491 comments)

There is a long and complex history between England and Scotland, and it's difficult for someone outside the drama to weigh in.

But, it smells like a nationalistic cry for independence above all other considerations.

Be careful what you wish for, as you just might get it.

5 days ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

rmdingler Re:Lucky them. Envy their googliness. (158 comments)

"When we hire new talent", Prasad Setty said the company looks for those who are comfortable with ambiguity. It seems clear that's only a hiring credential, as opposed to a mission statement.

We had this conversation on a thread not long ago, but the consensus was the brand of a new product that garners the biggest market share stands the best chance of eventual induction into the Generic Hall of Fame.

It's self-evident your product was marketed FTW if your competitor's customers ask for your product's nickname when they shop. My personal example is when I one and a hundred zeros some random information I need to look up.

about a week ago
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3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

rmdingler NIce! (132 comments)

And don't forget we're still in the infancy of this technology.

With any luck, we'll be printing autos overnight before my youngest is eligible for male teenage insurance premiums.

about a week ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

rmdingler Re:You have all been trained to accept this as nor (286 comments)

You have all been trained to accept this as normal- NCSI (the TV show, among most police procedurals) shows the resident geeks (McGee and Abby) operating dragnets on cellphone metadata, surveillance camera images, internet data and metadata, GPS locations and even breaking into classified networks to fetch this or that file on the suspect that they were not supposed or cleared to have. You know they are justified because of the foregone conclusion: you have seen the evildoer doing the bad deed and you are rooting for him get caught. Although real life doesn't work that way people are conditioned to believe if law enforcement bent the rules they did it in order to untangle themselves from the red tape and get the bad guys. Those rules are there for a reason (look up general warrants and why the U.S. founding fathers specifically banned them in the 4th amendment), to prevent the exact kind of abuse that is happening right how. But the media is doing the damnedest effort to convince the people that if police accuse someone he is certainly guilty of something and it is a matter of digging deep and broad enough to nail him.

You're spot on.

But like as not, there have been just as many juries use the bar set by the make-believe CSI teams to exonerate defendants, so there's at least the merit of the disinformation working both ways.

about a week ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

rmdingler Re:+-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

One of the better sigs I've ever read here was the quote from Men In Black: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. I enjoyed reading The Hot Zone. Though watching Outbreak was difficult due to its implausible plot line, they got the civil breakdown right.

In the west, we have a difficult time living down a major football contest (win or lose) with no rioting, let alone a natural disaster. What advantage are we afforded by natural selection that makes the anarchy of crowds a sustainable genetic trait?

about a week ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

rmdingler The ultimate test of freedom is that of the most (286 comments)

distasteful.

This and recent others, including the Sotomayer story, buoy our optimism the system is still occasionally self-correcting.

It's not over doomsayers, not by a long shot.

about a week ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

rmdingler Re:+-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

Yes. Exponential doubling of mortality is a concern, especially since the virus has reached urban areas in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

For any who are tempted by the comforting thought that this remains an African Problem, remember that the longer the virus replicates inside a host species, the more chances there are for a favorable mutation to take hold.

Favorable for the virus.

about a week ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

rmdingler No Worries. (166 comments)

That's precisely why we have a judicial branch,

to overrule legislated abridgments to our constitutionally-protected freedoms.

It's too bad Mademoiselle Sotomayer isn't in a position to help with that.

about a week ago
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Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

rmdingler Do We Want Our Gov't to regulate the drones? (94 comments)

Regulation is a word that bristles the hair about your neck,

but there are enough flaws in the human condition that we pretty much need some rules to protect us from each other.

This may be one of those times.

about two weeks ago
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CERN Tests First Artificial Retina Capable of Looking For High Energy Particles

rmdingler Re:400v? (60 comments)

I could buy the argument if it were 400c or 400b, but I cannot lay a digit on the 400x theory.

about two weeks ago
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CERN Tests First Artificial Retina Capable of Looking For High Energy Particles

rmdingler Re:400v? (60 comments)

There are times when you can cool something up with the proper application of a crafty suffix at the end of an alphanumeric description, like the two-eighty zee that Datsun/Nissan used to sell.

That the increase in effectiveness is a factor of 400 is impressive enough by itself.

But 400V times the productivity sounds more imposing.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

rmdingler Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

First two questions: Snowden's own words Bro.

I immediately discount any claim of peasant-like fealty to Russia as the vernacular of a man with few options.

Beware /. poster, your experience as one who has not tired of revelations of the corruption of government is not indicative of the public at large.

about two weeks ago

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US Urges Companies to Share Security Data

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 4 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "This CNN story states the US Justice Department is concerned fears of government surveillance are hampering the government's efforts to improve cyber security.

A "whitepaper" given to companies assures them they will face no violations of federal communication laws if they share aggregate data with each other and the government."
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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras Return to U.S. Soil

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 5 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "After remaining abroad since the Snowden revelations broke in June of last year, the two were in New York Friday to accept a Polk Award for national security reporting. Though they cleared customs without a hitch, they are traveling with an ACLU lawyer and a German journalist who are to "document any unpleasant surprises." According to Ms. Poitras, the risks of subpoena are very real.

What, if anything, do you expect the American government to do considering Snowden's case has been officially cited as violating the Espionage Act? nytimes"

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