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Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

tchdab1 Re:Great! (208 comments)

Yes - to phone calling and texting, we can now add real-time network analysis of the car to the list of dangerous distractions of the electronic kind.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy

tchdab1 Re:strange complaint (102 comments)

Apparently this is a book about WWII approved by the NSA. I'm not surprised there is no new info here.

about two weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

tchdab1 Communities may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

Let's hope Visa then sues Walmart for not paying a living wage or health benefits, forcing Visa, and everyone else, to subsidize the hundreds of thousands of Walmart employees with government services via higher taxes.

about three weeks ago
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Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

tchdab1 Beyond oversight? (143 comments)

Seems like the NSA and CIA might be by nature beyond oversight. Their job includes assuming that the worst scenarios are possible, which then justifies any action to thwart them, including lying to their overseers in order to keep doing illegal things they think is necessary to prevent those worst possible scenarios. It's bureaucratic paranoia resulting in functional schizophrenia that makes sense within the hive mind but not within the greater public mind that employs them to keep us safe.

about a month ago
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Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

tchdab1 Re:Predictions? (183 comments)

Next threshold: grateful for getting up in the morning.

about a month ago
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Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

tchdab1 Re:Phones perhaps? (111 comments)

Anticipate the convergence of the evolution in useful netlinked hardware with the growth of your target audience.

Shoot for One Google-Walker Per Senior.

about a month ago
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Government Accuses Sprint of Overcharging For Wiretapping Expenses

tchdab1 Re:I'm not surprised (114 comments)

But that's the point of this article. The Gov. did notice the surcharges on its bill and wants them removed. I wonder how long they were on hold before they got to talk with someone who would listen to their story, review the bill, and make a plan to remove the charges or not.

about a month and a half ago
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Government Accuses Sprint of Overcharging For Wiretapping Expenses

tchdab1 Re:Refund on overhearing my pizza order (114 comments)

Interesting that there's no office or central representative that we could ask, "what does the [Tea, TEA] Party mean anyway? Can't even ask the people who are funding it. Some Party.

about a month and a half ago
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Navy Won't Investigate Nuclear Pollution At San Francisco's Treasure Island

tchdab1 Re:Ooh Scary! SLR (121 comments)

Speaking of "ground water", I believe the island is susceptible to high tides now and it (the island) is not getting any higher. A recent study (http://www.bcdc.ca.gov/planning/climate_change/TreasureIslandStudy.pdf) used 55" as a plausible/high level for sea level rise (SLR) by 2100. It rose 8 inches in the last 100 years, according to the same study. Plus the island is isolated as far as public transportation - perhaps people are looking to build in a place near SF that most people have trouble getting to?
Seems like a poor choice for a place to invest in the long term, if it's going to be underwater.

about 2 months ago
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1870s Horse Flu Epidemic Brought US Economy To Its Knees

tchdab1 Re:ICF, no, just a virus (118 comments)

How long before a software virus cripples a good amount of cars and brings "transportation to a halt"?

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

tchdab1 No thank you Comcast (424 comments)

Cut my cord last year. At the rates they charge and the intermittent and barely-broadband service they provide, I can live without their content.

about a month ago
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GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

tchdab1 Re: "Not Reproduclibe" (618 comments)

It's blatantly an attempt to control corporate regulations by holding hostage the definitions of acceptable research.

about 2 months ago
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Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

tchdab1 What about the NSA (206 comments)

Is anyone going to address the NSA surveillance issue behind the law? It's pretty well established that they're sucking up every possible piece of information because their world view is based in maximum paranoia (if the other guys are capable of doing this, they're probably doing this). Yet their info-vacuum yields little to no results. If we judged their potential for abuse like they judge the world's threats, there would be no NSA. So what kind of intelligent intelligence agency do we rebuild the NSA and it's ilk into? Anyone? Boehner?

about 2 months ago
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Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

tchdab1 Re:No. (412 comments)

The show first aired in 1964 - it's been on for nearly 50 years. I think they know something about how they're structured and what they're doing.

about 2 months ago
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Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance

tchdab1 Whistleblower (388 comments)

He's not a traitor, or a hero, he's a whistleblower.
He points out what appears to be wrongdoing, and it's up to our system of justice to determine if that's true and fix it.
After he points it out, the issue stops being about him. Except for people who are offended that they've been made accountable for crimes, and try to make the issue about him instead.

about 3 months ago
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The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

tchdab1 Re:It'll work if you want to suceed (397 comments)

To ascribe several personality factors as crucial to social or financial success is speculation, worthy of research, maybe interesting.
To then anoint specific groups as possessing those traits, especially just on the basis of hearsay, is bigotry.

about 3 months ago
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How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

tchdab1 Re:Sports? (253 comments)

Absolutely! Snacking is my favorite sport, and I work at it daily.

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

tchdab1 Re:Efficiency. (937 comments)

How about letting someone borrow your car and having it drive home alone?

about 3 months ago
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Khosla, Romm Fire Back At '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

tchdab1 Re:"familiar confrontational 60 Minutes style" (117 comments)

And Lara Logan's firing, or rather suspension, or at least a long unwanted vacation from 60 minutes after airing that, um. false Benghazi piece by Morgan Jones who turned out to be Dylan Davies with a different story for US government agencies - Surely 60 minutes apologizes sufficiently when it turns out to be made up!

about 3 months ago

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