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Winter weather this year has been ...

bihoy Re:Australia! (439 comments)

I'd rather deal with Winter than with Cyclones and Mud flows!

more than 3 years ago
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Google Voice Opens To All

bihoy Wildfire connected incoming calls to other numbers (185 comments)

There certainly seems to have been other instances of prior art, though I do not know what actual patents existed. Wildfire 1.0 was released on October 19, 1994 and provided many of the same features.

"Wildfire smooths the process of completing calls and helps you be more available to callers. The system does a good job of identifying callers, so you spend much less time than before tapping numbers into the dialpad or looking up information in your Filofax or PIM. For example, the informed call waiting feature asks callers to speak their name, then plays that in your ear only (regardless where you're calling from) so you can decide what to do. If you ignore the call, Wildfire takes a message. If Wildfire identifies the caller by recognizing the name, she can take further action."

more than 4 years ago
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Self-Destructing USB Stick

bihoy Re:Shame it has a knife on it (223 comments)

Yeah, I'm going to stick with my IronKey. It's a simple USB Drive that will self destruct if you enter your password incorrectly 10 times.

more than 4 years ago
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Lord British Claims He Owns the Moon

bihoy The Case for Lunar Property Rights (144 comments)

According to an article in Popular Mechanics from the June 2008 issue:

With the space race in full flower, though, the real worry was national sovereignty. Both the United States and the Soviet Union wanted to reach the moon first but, in fact, each was more worried about what would happen if they arrived second. Fears that the competition might trigger World War III led to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which was eventually ratified by 62 countries. According to article II of the treaty, "Outer Space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means."

Ideally, title would be recognized by an international agreement that all nations would endorse. The 1979 Moon Treaty was a flop, but there's no reason the space powers couldn't agree on a new treaty that recognizes property rights and encourages investment. After all, the international climate has warmed to property rights and capitalism over the past 30 years.

more than 4 years ago
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If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

bihoy For this group.... (1142 comments)

Basic Social Skills.

I'm going back to my Man cave in the basement.

more than 4 years ago
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How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

bihoy "Who Cares?" is an old argument (533 comments)

As mentioned in John Dvorak's Second Opinion this excerpt sums it up quite well:

Our privacy rights have been eroding for years and just accelerated with the Bush administration. President Barack Obama has been on board since day one.

What sort of society wants to tap the phone calls of all its citizens? What sort of society wants to rifle through your personal belongings after busting into your house? These notions are promoted on TV with shows like "24" and other cop shows, where warrantless searches are common. (Even the actual mechanisms are revealed: "Did you hear a scream for help in there?" "YES! Let's bust in.")

It ironic Eric Schmidt seems to feel differently about his own personal information that that of others.

Schmidt, it should be noted, had a few personal details of his life revealed a few years ago by CNet in an exercise to show the power of Google's /quotes/comstock/15*!goog/quotes/nls/goog (GOOG 590.51, -0.99, -0.17%) search engine. Schmidt was incensed that, for instance, his home address was unearthed, and the company then banned CNet from its press events. Read the CNet article at issue.

Using Schmidt's logic, one has to ask: Why did he care if he wasn't doing anything wrong?

more than 4 years ago
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Building a Searchable Literature Archive With Keywords?

bihoy Is the material copyrighted? (211 comments)

There is also the issue of making copies of any copyrighted material. Unless you have obtained permission to do so from the copyright holder (usually for a fee) you could find yourself in a whole lot of, very expensive, trouble for copyright infringement.

more than 5 years ago
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The Art of The Farewell Email

bihoy Why bother (703 comments)

It seems to me to be more of an exercise in massaging one's own ego. I, personally, find it more productive to use a site like spoke or linkedin to keep connected to my former coworkers. No long winded e-mail necessary.

more than 5 years ago
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Who Poses the Greatest Threat To Your Privacy?

bihoy States looking to track your car with GPS (550 comments)

At least here in Taxachusetts they do.

A tentative plan to overhaul Massachusetts' transportation system by using GPS chips to charge motorists a quarter-cent for every mile behind the wheel has angered some drivers.

more than 5 years ago
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Science's Alternative To an Intelligent Creator

bihoy Can science find God? (683 comments)

In my view science can explain only what we can observe, directly or indirectly. Is it ever possible for mankind to discern the true nature of God from our limited vantage point? Where did this multiverse come from? Is the mutliverse itself some part or aspect of God?

more than 5 years ago
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LHC Forces Bookmaker To Lower Odds On the Existence of God

bihoy What day is it today? (457 comments)

I didn't think that it was April 1st but now I am uncertain.

more than 5 years ago

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Peices of earliest known Christian Bible go online

bihoy bihoy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bihoy (100694) writes "A report on BBC News states "Visitors to the website www.codexsinaiticus.org can now see images of more than half the 1,600-year-old Codex Sinaiticus manuscript.

Fragments of the 4th Century document — written in Greek on parchment leaves — have been worked on by institutions in the UK, Germany, Egypt and Russia.

Experts say it is 'a window into the development of early Christianity'."

Accordinng to a New York Times article, "Not all of it has withstood the ravages of time, but the pages that have include the whole of the New Testament and the earliest surviving copy of the Gospels written at different times after Christ's death by four of the Apostles: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The bible's remaining 800 pages and fragments — it was originally some 1400 pages long — also contain half of a copy of the Old Testament. The other half has been lost.""
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Turning Sugar Water into Biofuel

bihoy bihoy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bihoy (100694) writes "It seems that a company bt the name of Virent has come up with a process to turn sugars directly into fuel rather than an ethanol additive.

Virent CEO Lee Edwards talks about the technology in an online vidoe stating that their patented catalysts turn biomass sugars directly into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, not ethanol, so it has a high energy content that can be dropped in to existing infrastructure, says .

There is also an article where he is quoted as saying "I believe we're at the bottom-end of the cycle on crude oil and that in the long-run crude oil will become more expensive," Edwards said in an interview with MarketWatch. "Virent's got a really unique technology that's able to transform sugars from biomass directly into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. In our view that's the right path to take."

Apparently, compared to water-based ethanol, the fuel contains more energy and it's easier to transport via pipeline since it doesn't absorb water and corrode pipes."

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Self driving Chevy truck tours Boston

bihoy bihoy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bihoy (100694) writes "Well, it doesn't have a drivers license yet so they didn't let it out of the parking lot.
But according to Hiawatha Bray of The Boston Globe "The Chevrolet Tahoe [that was] cruising around the parking lot of the convention center here is named Boss, because nobody's telling it what to do. The truck itself is in charge, steering around orange traffic cones to demonstrate its ability to navigate without human assistance."
Paul Lienert of Edmunds Inside Line, who wants to see it fly, reports at the CES Las Vegas that Chevrolet's Big Boss Man Doesn't Need a Driver. He says "So Toyota's Lexus LS 460 can park itself. Feh! General Motors is here at the Consumer Electronics Show to one-up its Japanese rival with an even edgier invention: a car that can drive itself.""

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