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(Network World)   Online privacy is like the weather: Everyone complains, but nobody does anything about it   (networkworld.com) divider line 15
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2014-04-07 09:47:52 AM
Hey, as a species we do plenty about both, just generally in the wrong direction.
 
2014-04-07 10:53:05 AM
And like with most other questions, people tend to support vague notions but balk when you get to the details. And even that assumes you can get agreement on the definition. Terms like "privacy" and "security" are very subjective.
 
2014-04-07 11:06:33 AM
I just hit the NSA key on my phone and let them fill in my posts for me.
 
2014-04-07 11:31:25 AM
I'm sorry, what can we "do about" weather? We can seed clouds, and that's about it.
 
2014-04-07 11:43:21 AM
That's it then. I'm building seven 1000' high 150' wide walls to hide behind, Good luck getting to me then NSA or weather! Bwa ha ha!
 
2014-04-07 12:19:05 PM
As far as lawyers trolling torrent sites are concerned, I'm in the Netherlands.  That's all I need.
 
2014-04-07 12:38:05 PM
Some people seem to be doing something about it, as private VPN services seem to be gaining more traction.
 
2014-04-07 12:49:14 PM
So it's possible that "unpossible" is a real word?
 
2014-04-07 03:03:05 PM
If by bad weather, subby is specifically referring to man-made global warming.... then yes.  perfect example.
 
2014-04-07 03:12:59 PM
Like not publishing every detail of your life?
 
2014-04-07 03:21:08 PM
I'm behind 7 firewalls so I'm safe.
 
2014-04-07 04:12:03 PM
I don't know what to do about the NSA, but you can always move to California or Hawaii if you don't like weather.  (Some exceptions apply for Hawaii.)
 
2014-04-07 08:30:49 PM

Muta: I'm behind 7 firewalls so I'm safe.


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2014-04-08 05:24:32 AM

Mikey1969: I'm sorry, what can we "do about" weather? We can seed clouds, and that's about it.


Well, we can in theory dissipate certain storms. There is also perfectly good reasons why we don't.

For example. You could hit dense clouds with enough microwaves to lower the cloud density and stop a potentially dangerous storm. The problems being that you would need an enormous number of large microwave emitters, the power used would be absurd and would almost certainly cause brownouts (or worse), and anything in the path of the emitters would pretty much be instantly killed/destroyed. And that is completely ignoring the disastrous effects that could be generated by pumping that much energy into the air with lightning strikes.

A nuke should also work on most storms. I shouldn't need to explain why that one is a bad idea.
 
2014-04-08 08:16:01 AM

Hacker_X: Mikey1969: I'm sorry, what can we "do about" weather? We can seed clouds, and that's about it.

Well, we can in theory dissipate certain storms. There is also perfectly good reasons why we don't.

For example. You could hit dense clouds with enough microwaves to lower the cloud density and stop a potentially dangerous storm. The problems being that you would need an enormous number of large microwave emitters, the power used would be absurd and would almost certainly cause brownouts (or worse), and anything in the path of the emitters would pretty much be instantly killed/destroyed. And that is completely ignoring the disastrous effects that could be generated by pumping that much energy into the air with lightning strikes.

A nuke should also work on most storms. I shouldn't need to explain why that one is a bad idea.


My point still stands that outside weeding clouds, we have no practical solutions to affect weather. Sure, we could also set forests on fire which would affect the weather, but it isn't a practical solution.

Guess I should have added that word.
 
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