And we are here to help you - help you become frightened bunnies that will do whatever we tell you to! We will lie, scheme, rip you off (and blame it on "terrorists"), and then shut the door on your freedoms! Thanks, but I think Snowden is better off in Russia!
My guess is that the NSA has so much dirt on every senator and congressperson that they basically told them "vote for it or go to prison"... Nothing else would explain Obama's reversal of position against FISA before he became President. Overnight, he switched positions from staunchly against it to staunchly for it. It's the canary in the coal mine...
NO! NO! NO! This just invites fraud and other "bad" things! Any "scientific" paper that relies upon paid reviews should be considered suspect and unpublishable. My father was a physicist who published significantly. His articles were all peer reviewed appropriately. He must be rolling over in his grave (if he had one - after donating his body to medical science, the remains were cremated and scattered over the Rocky Mountains) about this! FWIW, he was a Guggenheim fellow, director of NCAR and the NSF, and chairman of the dept. of physics of two major universities, amongst other stuff.
Real science requires close scrutiny, and paid reviews don't do that! The intention of the reviewers may be good (get paid for their time, but still perform due diligence), but the possibility for corruption cannot be constrained - it must be eliminated!
"That raises an interesting ethical question. Should people who have never had their genome sequenced be told the results of this kind of computer-based analysis?"
I think not, but they SHOULD be given the opportunity to find out if they so wish. People can stay ignorant if that is their wish, but they should also have the option to find out what science says about this.
This cruft is what happens when clueless idiots are allowed to write and pass laws. There should be an IQ test, as well as a tech savvy test, applied to all legislators before they are allowed to write or pass laws, especially tech-related ones.
I worked at ComputerLand in the Silly Valley back in the early 1980's and had one of these (Osborne 1) to take home and play with. Useful for the time, but the tiny screen was a major PITA. Eventually, when I left CL I bought a Compaq Plus to take with me as I was becoming a serious programming engineer. I think my right arm is about 5" longer than the left now from hauling that all over the world! That said, it was a very usable system, and I was able to connect a good external monitor so I could use it as a desk top system at home. Those were the days when a 10MB disc and 512K of RAM was top of the line!
My last laptop was a Lenovo Carbon X1 - weighed about as much as a feather, had a battery that would last the day, 8GB of RAM, a dual core 3+GHz i7 processor, plus a 250GB SSD. Ah, progress!
"Has anyone patented a method and system for self-inflicted shaming for being overly sensitive to someone pointing out your flaws?". I'll have to work on that! I do have one patent for adaptive computer systems.
I got a call from AT&T today to try and get me to allow a "free upgrade" my business U-Verse account from 25mbps to 45mbps. After twisting the rep's arm a bit, it seems that the rate would go up about 75% for my internet service! I told him to fark off and leave me alone!
I guess Feinstein will next attempt to censor my brain. After all, as an AP chemistry student (and later chemistry graduate student) I learned how to make such things as nitroglycerin, phosgene gas, and other "innocuous" materials...
Back in the day before the Internet and personal computers or video games, when I was a young teenager, I was allowed to read Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Kamasutra of Vatsayana (with lots of graphic illustrations), and other classics of the genre. Did it ruin me as a man? Well, I have been married to the same woman for almost 41 years (in 5 days) and have 2 great grandchildren, so you go figure!