A mirror for the passengers to see what they're getting up to in weightlessness - but only allowing six minutes? Hardly worth all that money for just a quickie.
3099 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007
They can get round the filter by just spelling unionise correctly!
Seriously though, filters like that are always bypassed by simply using other words to mean the same thing. And banning those words leads to whack-a-mole, or to using the names of the bosses as the alternate words so they would have to censor their own names.
Inform people when, what, by whom, and for what reason their personal private data has been accessed.
When the investigation has finished, or if it's ongoing then after a fixed time unless an extension is granted by a judge, give the person intruded upon full details of the intrusion.
Yes, yes, you can have your exclusion for "National Security" aka Political Embarrassment. But for the vast majority of those agencies there is no justification whatever for not informing people other than that it will embarrass the snoopers.
"your life was in danger, shoot them dead"
Pretty well any police force will respond with lethal force if their life is perceived to be in danger. For instance if they're aiming a gun at you (or in the US, if they're black and running away from you).
But the idea of someone who is breaking quarantine being so likely to threaten a policeman's life that a special warning must be given is extremely odd.
"long periods with limited or no interaction with ground, required for instance for the periods they spend behind the Sun as seen from Earth, when no radio contact is possible for weeks."
I wonder if it would be worth putting relay satellites at Earth's L4 and L5 points to talk to probes that are behind the sun? (And possibly a further relay at L3?)
"a Googler was despatched to endure the indignities of meatspace and inspect the problem rack with their actual eyes"
Sounds like time for Google to install little robots than can move round the datacentre with a camera so they can check remotely. And maybe have manipulators to fix simple problems such as shoving a loose connector back into place.
"your church... none of them are a bank or financial advisor so they can't be trusted with your money."
Standard trick - use people who the victims know and trust, or are well known and respected in the community. That's the way people work - they assume it's not necessary to plough through all the checks because "X wouldn't lie to me".
Classic example of running a Ponzi scheme in this way: Bernie Madoff
When they demanded that women wear heels, did they make a legally binding commitment to cover all medical expenses for injury to their legs and feet from wearing those ridiculously impractical things? Including injuries from tripping or losing their balance, and also long-term damage from holding the feet in an unnatural position?
There was another problem with the Clipper chip. How do you persuade people in other countries to use computer kit that the US can spy on at whim?
"Only the government can decrypt it" - which government? If you mandate it in your country, what do you do about visitors? Force them not to use their own tech?
Even if you use it among the 'friendly' Five Eyes, they are promptly going to spy on each other.
What do big international firms do? Their executives are flying from country to country carrying kit that contains extremely valuable information. Which governments where and when can grab that for industrial espionage?
He is loudly claiming that the powers are deparately needed to protect us from those terrible $CURRENT BOGEYMEN$.
Where is the evidence for this need? How many times in the last few years did the lack of these powers cause a problem for the police?
No handwaving please. State the number of times, with supporting evidence.
You mean they are treating American Citizens in the same way that they have given themselves the right to treat every other person in the world?
As if American Citizens were just ordinary people? Not shining examples to the rest of the world of what they ought to be aspiring to but obviously can never be because they are not American Citizens?
You know those pictures of active galaxies firing matter out of their poles, but in bursts toggling in opposing directions?
We've got plenty of time to develop interstellar travel and get to the core, then we divert matter into the central black hole to make it active.
But we only let it fire matter in one direction.
The ejected matter goes one way, the black hole goes the other way and drags the Milky Way galaxy with it. So we simply fly the galaxy away from Andromeda.
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