Mass surveillance—where emails and other communications are vacuumed up, stored in databases, and then searched for keywords—doesn’t harm anyone in itself. The problem only arises when the information is used to detain, interrogate, or harass people.What a remarkable concept (translated): It doesn't matter if the government violates your privacy, so long as you don't know it. Just think how this can be applied!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Poor hawks. They were all ready to go to war and wipe out thousands of civilians, make megabucks for the industrial complex, get rid of an uncooperative regime, and keep that oil for America.
Then some stupid politician had to make a stupid comment about how if Syria did some things that Syria would obviously never do, it could all be avoided. How dumb can a politician be?
Because now, Syria is doing those things...
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The radiation level from some of the (leaky) tanks containing waste had been thought to be 100 millisieverts per hour (mSv/h). Why? Because they had been using a device that reads to a maximum limit of 100 mSv/h. When they brought in and used a device with a broader range, big surprise, the real level is 1800 mSv/h.
This could have quite a bit of significance for workers. A lethal dose is hard to be compute—there are lots of factors—but it appears that a lethal dose is around 5000 mSv cumulative. So the difference between 100 and 1800 mSv/h could be perhaps the difference between a worker receiving a lethal dosage in 50 hours versus just 3 hours.
I know Hanlon's razor says malice should not be assumed when stupidity is an adequate explanation, but sometimes it is really hard to tell the difference; especially when there is a huge motive for a little creative stupidity. There is a clear motive in this case: It is so much more expensive to hire workers when they can only work for 4 minutes per year...
I foresee broad usage of this principle in the future. It certainly could have been used in the past: "Well, yes, we did release cyanide gas into the holding chambers, but these devices we used measured the maximum concentration at 8 parts per million, which is well below the safe exposure limit."
(I mean, I would love to say to the officer, "I definitely wasn't speeding: My speedometer said 55 exactly." Think he'd let me off?)
Oh, and by the way, the Japanese government is now assuming responsibility for Fukushima, the cost of which will perhaps be as much as $150 billion U. S. The Tokyo Electric Power Company stockholders are now safe from harm—so long as they stay away from the site.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I originally used it here.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The article starts with the handling of one Charles Ramsey's call to 911 about the woman trying to break out of the house next door. Okay, I listened to it and, while I would prefer to be charitable, Mr. Ramsey has a problem forming coherent, connected sentences that actually convey useful information. The dispatcher did get a bit frustrated but overall, I think, handled the call fairly well.
There's apparently some people who don't agree.
What a shock: A government bureaucracy has an unfair process.