Anthony Hecht
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is this thing off??

Anthony Hecht is thinking this might just work, after all.
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Apr 8 Anthony Hecht commented on SpaceX Lands Booster on Drone Barge.
@7 - Hey, you might be right! But, on the other hand, you might be wrong. Personally, I'm much more interested in people who think about what might be possible than people who insist on what isn't. I'm sure you know that history is littered with people declaring things to be impossible that we now take for granted. Is it more arrogant to think you may be able to do something that's never been done before, or to think you know the limits of what's possible?

And can we stop with all this "humans destroying planets" stuff? This planet will not be destroyed by humans. We may very well destroy our ability to survive on it (and that of many other species), but this current eye-blink in Earth's history is no more significant to this big rock floating in the vastness of space than any other.
Feb 22 Anthony Hecht commented on Apple vs USA: What's the Real Issue?.
@31 - Any time/date or comment numbering issues are from our software, not our free-range organic server farm. Our tech support people are me and the people in the room with me here, and we sure try to be helpful when we can. They're all our computers.
Feb 22 Anthony Hecht commented on Apple vs USA: What's the Real Issue?.
@21 - They're not asking Apple to break the encryption, they're asking them to create a new OS that bypasses the "erase after 10 failed password attempts" setting. Without that setting, the gov't would hook the phone up to a machine that can try every passcode very quickly. Apple's position is, correctly, that if they were to create such a modified (and signed) OS, it will get out. You can't put the genie back in the bottle.

@everyone else - Sorry about the autoplay. I didn't notice it because I have long since banished Flash (you should too). Moved it after the jump.
Feb 9 Anthony Hecht commented on Apple Corporation Breaking Phones That Receive Unauthorized Repairs.
While I agree that disabling the fingerprint scanner-related features would be less heavy-handed than disabling the whole phone, the fact that this ONLY happens with this very specific change to a very specific part of the security features of the phone makes it clear this has nothing to do with Apple trying to hurt the third-party repair businesses. They could easily do this when any number of other components are changed, but they don't.

So yes, their response to this tampering is extreme, but so is Apple's stance on the privacy of their users' information. They went to great lengths to develop a security system that can't be compromised, and this is part of that.

Maybe we should be pointing out that Apple is the ONLY major technology company to be taking a hard stance against the government when it comes to installing "back doors" in encryption algorithms? I mean, come on. Knocking them for the way they deal with privacy and security is crazy. I know they're a fun company to hate, and there's plenty to dislike, but on this issue—the privacy of their users—they stand heads and shoulders above everyone else.

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Dec 21, 2015 Anthony Hecht commented on Attention Space Nerds.
@9 - Just that if we can only ever survive here, then we're limited to here and our fate is Earth's fate. And Earth has many times before and will many times again be hit by gigantic space rocks that kill pretty much everything, for just one example. Other bad things can happen, some caused by us, some not. But in the end, without at least considering ways to spread out, this is all we got.
Dec 21, 2015 Anthony Hecht commented on Attention Space Nerds.
@6 - Can you please be specific about the relevant Apollo history?
Dec 21, 2015 Anthony Hecht commented on Attention Space Nerds.
@4 - No, sorry, but you're extremely wrong about the relative complexity of these things. Look into it.