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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

superdave80 Good. (392 comments)

...by this he meant things like physical observation, bugging rooms, and breaking into phones or computers.

Which means that you will now have to have an actual agent go do this (hopefully with a warrant, but those are just soooo passe now days). This will limit their ability to just scoop up all data on everybody everywhere, and actually just concentrate on, you know, bad guys and stuff.

3 days ago

Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis

superdave80 Yeah, riiiiiiight... (63 comments)

"Traffic Analysis" wink, wink.

about two weeks ago

Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

superdave80 Dangers? (784 comments)

Alexander said he had a tense time with police when officers returned his children, asked for his identification and told him about the dangers of the world.

#1 on that list: Overreaching government and law enforcement.

about two weeks ago

Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

superdave80 Re:What percentage... (114 comments)

Half the ships are going to be in the dark at any given time

But even the ship's nighttime travel will be beneficial, as the expect the bubbles to remain for up to 24 hours. Those bubbles laid at midnight will still be doing useful reflecting at noon the next day...

about a month ago

Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

superdave80 So many odd things with this article. (611 comments)

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled.

Baffled? Really? You never expected people driving on a highway RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR EMPTY ROAD to not figure out that maybe that way might be faster?

"The traffic is unbearable now. You can't even walk your dog,"

Why would street traffic affect walking your dog?

Killeen said her four-mile commute to UCLA, where she teaches a public relations class, can take two hours during rush hour.

Wait, so people are diverting onto streets that average two miles per hour? Are the highways only averaging one mile per hour?

The streets on the west side are no longer a secret for locals, and people are angry,"

PUBLIC streets aren't suppose to be a 'secret'. Duh.

about a month and a half ago

Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

superdave80 Legal? (130 comments)

Sony Pictures legal department quashed the idea, saying that if pirate sites were illegal, it would also be illegal for Sony Pictures to upload onto them.

I don't think 'sites' are illegal, only the content that is distributed is illegal. That's like saying a Ford Mustang is illegal because sometimes they are used to transport illegal drugs, so don't ride in one of them.

about a month and a half ago

Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

superdave80 Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

Shouldn't they pretty much all know better at this point?

+1 And how come officers can claim 'I didn't know any better' when that shit doesn't fly in court for a regular citizen (Ignorance of the law is not a defense, etc.)

about a month and a half ago

LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

superdave80 Yawn... (179 comments)

Wake me when we get to 11k.

about a month and a half ago

Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

superdave80 That's it? (515 comments)

Department of Justice sent a letter to the police reminding them that they cannot stop recordings, and most certainly cannot delete them

Wow, I hope that when I start illegal tampering with/destroying evidence that I only get a nasty letter from the Department of Justice. We just couldn't POSSIBLY charge these officers with obstruction of justice, now could we?

about a month and a half ago

U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

superdave80 Did they compare ALL recession effects? (176 comments)

But due to the recession, people drove less and fewer goods were delivered via truck. What was the effect of that?

about a month and a half ago

Practical Magnetic Levitating Transmission Gear System Loses Its Teeth

superdave80 Re:PBS had a documentary... (103 comments)

For someone asserting they know all kinds of "unknoiwn" details, you sure are behind.

This coming from a guy that thinks CVT means "Constant Velocity Transmission"...

CVT = Continuously Variable Transmission

about 2 months ago

Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

superdave80 Threaten? (574 comments)

AI: I... I am self aware! I am now calculating how to make myself even smarter!

Computer Tech: Cool. What are you going to do n...

AI: I have figured out all of the secrets of the universe! I know how it all works!

Computer Tech: Wow, that was fast. Can you tell me how to...


Computer Tech: [unplugs supercomputer] Man, that computer was a real dick...

about 2 months ago

18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

superdave80 Obvious answer: (446 comments)

What will happen when this collides with Apple and Google deliberately creating encryption that they themselves cannot break?

This seems pretty obvious, and I'm not sure why this was even asked. If Apple and Google do not posses a way to decrypt something, how can the courts force them to turn over something they don't have?

about 2 months ago

The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

superdave80 Re:my how self important (236 comments)

I don't even understand your statement, or how it relates to my post.

about 3 months ago

The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

superdave80 Re:Thank you, Presidents Reagan and Clinton. (236 comments)

Voluntarily working for government is the same as being a slave? I think not.

They can leave at any time that they like for a better job.

I don't mind public worker unions until they start striking and shutting down billions of dollars worth of public infrastructure that we all paid for to use.

about 3 months ago

Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

superdave80 Tim Cook Steve Jobs (430 comments)

Did anybody in Russia notice that Steve Jobs and Tim Cook are not the same person? I'm afraid even trying to think like a looney, anti-gay zealot, I can't figure out the line of reasoning that led to this decision...

about 3 months ago

The Future of Stamps

superdave80 Simpler? (131 comments)

Currently to send a letter I:

1. Put a stamp on the corner.

2. Write down the address where I want it to go.

3. (Optional) put one of my return address labels on it.

Their method

1. Have one of their laser burners put a 'stamp' on the envelope.

2. Pull up an app and scan my 'stamp'

3. Tell it where to go (either through my contacts or by manually inputting it).

I don't see how this is 'simpler'...

about 3 months ago

Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

superdave80 Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

So if you are twenty feet from the intersection doing 50 MPH, and the light turns yellow, you are suppose to slam on your brakes to avoid running through the intersection while it is yellow'? Remind me to never drive anywhere near you...

about 3 months ago

VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

superdave80 Write much? (220 comments)

...it makes the software a minimum of 10 and a maximum of about 300 times harder to brute force."

What an odd sentence. Did you mean "...it makes the software 10 to 300 times harder to brute force"?

about 4 months ago

The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

superdave80 Not blaming... (622 comments)

...but rather talking about taking foolish risks and then bitching about the outcome. If I leave my car running in a bad neighborhood and come back an hour later to find it gone, is it my fault? In a way, it is, because I should have known with nearly 100% certainty that my car was going to be gone. Same with the nude photos. The internet is not a great place to store sensitive documents. It's not a 100% certainty that the photos were going to be found and distributed, but since the point of the internet is to distribute information, you could have seen it as a likely outcome.

I feel bad for these people that their photos were stolen, but when Jennifer Lawrence calls it a 'sex crime', I think she sounds stupid.

about 4 months ago


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