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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

JeffAtl Re:Encryption chips? (368 comments)

Agree completely and very informative.

Would like to add that it's very a poor idea in the first place to use debit cards for those types of transactions rather than a credit card.

2 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

JeffAtl Re:Probably won't happen soon (368 comments)

Most of their problem was that using a cutting torch to open a hole for the insertion of the water. The heat of the torch in the closed space of the safe melted or burned everything inside.

Also, Mythbusters is almost going to show a successful criminal approach - they are too reliant on the cooperation of law enforcement. The only successful ones they show are ones that are too impractical.

2 days ago
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

JeffAtl Re:Jesus, we're fucked. (351 comments)

Neither do people in other western countries.

about a week ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

JeffAtl Re:Good news (420 comments)

George, no amount of astroturfing is going to convince anyone that the prequels were good or even tolerable. You should have at least hired someone who knew who to write passable dialog.

You were good when you first started off, but now you've been blinded by your own success.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

JeffAtl Re:Those trucks are the best (820 comments)

That's not the reason. Millennials tend to prefer living in-town rather than out in the suburbs.

about two weeks ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

JeffAtl Re:call me skeptical (360 comments)

Nature is a scientific journal - not just a magazine. If you didn't know that, you shouldn't be posting on threads such as these.

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

JeffAtl Re:Why didn't they take them alive? (490 comments)

Actually, the reason to take them alive would be to gather information about their network.

about three weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

JeffAtl Re:They're dead, Tim (490 comments)

Boston was also able to capture one of their terrorists alive which is much more valuable to intelligence agencies.

about three weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

JeffAtl Re:Latest news :D (490 comments)

That's actually not good news. They were much more valuable alive.

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

JeffAtl Re:The ability to speak with my wallet (448 comments)

But you won't get that choice if the channels that you like are no longer available.

Remember, the reason that reality shows have taken over is because of the "race to the bottom" approach that you're advocating.

about three weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

JeffAtl Re:As expected... (400 comments)

IMDB ratings have a serious problem as far as new movies are concerned, as the latest movie of any reasonable quality tends to get many people rating it a "10" (which should mean it's perfect). It takes a while before a movie settles down to what its real rating should be.

IMDB has algorithms to lessen or even disregard votes of 10's and 1's. IMDB also looks at the voter's history to apply the appropriate weight.

You also left out that many newer films also get many people rating it a "1", just because they don't like the franchise or an actor.

about a month ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

JeffAtl Re:That's revolutionary (363 comments)

Then why not do the actual calculations using a more suitable wooden structure like a house?

Again, if you read my original post, I stated explicitly that I'm not endorsing the article, just that using a chair as a benchmark to debunk it is really stupid.

about a month ago
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Chaos Computer Club Claims It Can Reproduce Fingerprints From People's Photos

JeffAtl Re:No details (80 comments)

The point being that although the prints may not show up to the eye in the photo, processing it to enhance the size and contrast may make the prints stand out.

Exactly - the investigators on the CSI tv series have been able to do this for years so I don't know why this is news.. All they have to do to read a person's drivers license from a 640x480 security camera image taken from 200 meters away in poor light is to ask the image processing dude to "enhance image".

about a month ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

JeffAtl Re:temporary (363 comments)

A certain volume of forest will bind a certain amount of carbon. If you want to bind more you need more forest.

Not necessarily. A forest can be harvested, converted into building materials and then replanted.

about a month ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

JeffAtl Re:temporary (363 comments)

Why geological timescales? Seems like that is setting the bar higher than any solution can meet.

about a month ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

JeffAtl Re:That's revolutionary (363 comments)

Isn't algae susceptible to mass die offs?

about a month ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

JeffAtl Re:That's revolutionary (363 comments)

Chairs tend to have very small mass to volume (density) structures. One 16 foot 2x4 piece of lumber (dried) weighs 20 lbs by itself.

I'm not saying that I agree with the premise of the article, I'm just pointing out that you chose a really poor example. You'd do much better calculating how many average sized homes would need to be built.

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

JeffAtl Re:Christians: Easily Butthurt (681 comments)

How does your observation have anything to do with the post you were replying to?

about a month ago

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