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Internet & Networking The SOPA and PIPA laws were defeated in the U.S. just months ago, and already the forces for internet control are back. Up for vote this week, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) would override all privacy laws so that private companies (like ISPs) can share all information with the U.S. government. No warrants or other authorization required. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) points out the problems with this law. Like SOPA and PIPA, the privacy issues and monitoring could reach far beyond U.S. borders.
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RE[7]: Comment by kwan_e
by Alfman on Wed 25th Apr 2012 18:25 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by kwan_e"
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"Seriously, it would be a good excuse to get a head start on it before we have to face the reality of having to get off this planet in the future."

For sure, I'm always up for a software engineering challenge. However software engineering isn't always able to get around hardware deficiencies. That's where I think the project would stall if we're dependent upon off the shelf components.

If we avail ourselves to more powerful (and perhaps illegal/unlicensed) custom equipment, then the sky's the limit. Software developers don't generally have those kinds of resources though.

At university I was on a team trying to build mesh networks out of bluetooth devices in the early 2000's. We wrote code for the project, but it was mostly theoretical since the actual bluetooth hardware we had was holding us back.

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