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The Future of Stamps

fahrbot-bot Re:POW! TH' FUTAR! (121 comments)

you had me at LASER

I've now seen the future of mail and it's full of sharks, sending junk mail.

yesterday
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

fahrbot-bot Re:I'm still waiting... (154 comments)

It's similarly illegal to study gun violence under a US public health research grant, even though every other class of mortality is nominally okay.

More pointedly, the US keeps statistics on deaths from gun violence, except the number of people killed by police. From: List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States

Although Congress instructed the Attorney General in 1994 to compile and publish annual statistics on police use of excessive force, this was never carried out, and the FBI does not collect this data either.

Note: This was recently covered by The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

yesterday
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

fahrbot-bot Re:problem (119 comments)

What makes you think our government gives a shit about anything other than grabbing more power?

I'm not sure that sentiment makes sense - or ever has. The Government already has *all* the power, should it wish to exercise it. They make, interpret and enforce (or not) all the rules. All it takes is good people not doing anything to stop bad people.

For example. The Supreme Court recently decided that Freedom of Speech over-rides any argument for a buffer-zone around abortion clinics (and, I believe, other places), but strictly enforces a buffer-zone around the steps of the Supreme Court.

yesterday
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Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

fahrbot-bot People have heard this before ... (124 comments)

they're trying to ease them in gently

... on Grindr.

4 days ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

fahrbot-bot In related news... (130 comments)

... Facebook will also track your progress in Softball games using GPS and your last location on the field, if you've opted in to the Facebook Knows Where You Are at All Times product, to generate a notification when it thinks you've crossed a base or home. If you're safe, you can select "I'm Safe" and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your updated stats.

4 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

fahrbot-bot First rule in government spending (217 comments)

Quoting S.R. Hadden (from Contact): "First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price?"

5 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

fahrbot-bot Re:The Children! (284 comments)

Please think of the children!

Who are downloading things w/o paying for them! Seriously, isn't that all the FBI really cares about these days - protecting copyright holders?

about a week ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

fahrbot-bot Re:humans and chimpanzees split somewhere (154 comments)

Whoa whoa whoa... We know that for sure now? With real quantifiable evidence, that I can see without a paywall? I musta slept through that part of the newcast... Somebody clue me in...

The chimps have already figured out how to get past the paywall.

about a week ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

fahrbot-bot Re:Intelligence isn't that important (154 comments)

experiments that depend on measuring problem solving and it's interaction with the brain have never really been better from smarter creatures

Citation needed. We gave our dog an intelligence test - put a treat under a paper cup and see if he's smart enough to move the cup and get the treat. Dog looked at me waiting for a signal, as soon as I said "OK" he knocked the cup over with his paw and grabbed the treat. Tried the test with our goldfish; he just flopped around on the floor.

Try it with your octopus.

about a week ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

fahrbot-bot Re: So don't use mice or rats for experiments. (154 comments)

What did one lab rat say to the other? I've got my scientist so well trained that every time I push the buzzer, he brings me a snack

I'm pretty sure that any parents with young children know how this works. :-)

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

fahrbot-bot Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

They never say anything about floating seats in the EU. Maybe they assume all the corpses floating around will suffice?

Old joke about a forced water "landing", said in heavy German accent, ends like this: Pilot: "Those passengers that can swim, make your way to the life rafts. Those passengers that cannot swim, thank you for flying Lufthansa airlines."

about a week ago
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Navy Tests Unpowered Exoskeleton

fahrbot-bot Sure, but... (79 comments)

...when mama Alien comes after you, you're going to really miss those batteries and hydraulics. Just sayin' - chance favors the prepared.

about a week ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

fahrbot-bot Re:And Comcast? (204 comments)

The summary implies (by omission) that congestion for Comcast customers hasn't improved since Netflix paid off Comcast. What're they getting for their money?

A direct line to the Comcast 2nd tier support desk?

about a week ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

fahrbot-bot Not sure I care. (158 comments)

Sure 4k might be great, but what shows, what viewing experience, will really be enhanced by this? House of Cards? I'm not sure. It's like TV stations boasting that they have the News in high-def. It's the fucking News. Some of the best high-def episodes I've seen have been on the show Nature on PBS and I imagine that the viewing experience of nature, adventure and science-fiction shows will be enhanced -- Defying Gravity looks great up-scaled to high-def -- but other shows... eh.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

fahrbot-bot Re:I sure don't fit the profile (446 comments)

I met my wife in 1985 when I was 22 and she was 41. I was still in college getting a BSCS and she was a high school English teacher, recently divorced for a second time. We dated until I graduated in 1987 (and got a real job), then I moved in with her and we got married in Dec 1989, in our home with about 15 people attending our "cocktail party and wedding". We were very happily together until she died of a brain tumor in Jan 2006, just 7 weeks after diagnosis. (I haven't dated anyone since.)

Remember Sue...

about two weeks ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

fahrbot-bot Re:Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (622 comments)

I've always said. If you don't want something leaked on the internet. Don't store it on the internet. Be it nude selfies or anything else.

Though it would be nice to live in a world where people (or, in this case, asshats) didn't take things that didn't belong to them and/or access things they weren't given access to - yada, yada, yada - that's why we can't have nice things. In the end, honesty and integrity is all we really have. Ya, that's all naive sentiments, but they're something we all should strive for.

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

fahrbot-bot Lack of understanding, but so what. (975 comments)

It is certainly most unsatisfying that these results so far have no convincing theoretical explanation, but the experimental results cannot be dismissed or ignored just because of lack of theoretical understanding.

Men don't really understand woman and women don't really understand men, but we still want to date each other and the results are not always unsatisfying. For fuck's sake, people didn't know how aspirin worked for (how long?) but still took it for pain and headaches simply because it worked (well).

Build one of these things for small-scale production. If it generates net energy, back-date a patent for this guy. I'd rather see some tax dollars going toward trying something that may fail, than paying Congress' to jerk-off for another year playing piss-ant politics.

about two weeks ago

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Sound Waves as Effective as Brain Surgery at Treating Essential Tremor

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  about a year ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Scalpel-free surgery using focused sound waves appears to be as effective in treating essential tremor as traditional surgery that requires drilling into the skull, a groundbreaking clinical trial at the University of Virginia Health System has found.

All 15 participants in U.Va.'s trial saw a substantial reduction in their involuntary shaking after undergoing the experimental focused ultrasound procedure. The rate of side effects was similar to that of traditional brain surgery. The patients were able to leave the hospital the next day."

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Saudi Royal Backs Imam and Fox News

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "In an awkward moment on Fox News this week, a pundit suggested that a member of the Saudi royal family who has supported the bridge-building work of the imam behind a planned Muslim community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan “funds radical madrasas all over the world.” The awkwardness came from the fact — unmentioned by anyone on the Fox set — that the same Saudi, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, also happens to be the second-largest shareholder in News Corp., the parent company of the Fox News Channel."
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Computer Engineer Barbie coming soon...

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register is reporting, well, the title says it all... From the article and Mattel website:

To ensure the doll accurately reflects this occupation, Barbie® designers worked with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to ensure that accessories, clothing and packaging were realistic and representative of a real computer engineer. Looking geek chic, Computer Engineer Barbie® wears a t-shirt featuring binary code and computer/keyboard icon along with a pair of black knit skinny pants. Computer Engineer carries a Barbie® smart phone, fashionable laptop case, flat watch and Bluetooth earpiece. With stylish pink-frame glasses and a shiny laptop, she is ready to conquer the day’s tasks on the go or from her desk."

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Couple stranded 3 days after GPS leads them astray

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "A couple's SUV gets stranded in deep snow for three days on a remote Forest Service Road after they blindly followed the directions from their GPS-enabled cell — don't worry, they got rescued using the very same phone. Now, I don't have any GPS devices — I use printed maps (ask your parents) — and am curious about the circumstances. Have or would you blindly follow your GPS unit — anywhere?"
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Jet-fighter raygun soon, sharks next.

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register reports: HELL-beam project now one step from jet-fighter raygun, DARPA fridge laser. Advantage: Shark. From TFA: The US military will shortly issue a brace of contracts for "refrigerator sized" laser blaster cannons. One of the deals will see a full-power ground prototype built which will be the final stage prior to America's first raygun-equipped jet fighter.

If it scales down far enough, this would seem to put handheld HELL-guns within an order of magnitude of the striking power offered by conventional small-arms. A 9mm pistol bullet has about 750 joules muzzle energy: a 5kg portable HELL-ray weapon would put out this much energy in a blast less than a second long.

A dolphin can carry a human being weighing up to 100kg along for a ride. A thoroughbred shark in good training can surely match this. Thus, we seem to be looking at practicable head-lazor output in the 20-kilowatt range..."

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Vatican Endorses Darwin, but not ID

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Times Online (and others) are reporting that:

The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.

A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin's theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. "In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God," said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI might be prepared to endorse the theory of Intelligent Design, whose advocates credit a "higher power" for the complexities of life."

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Palin: Africa is a continent?

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Guardian, and others, are reporting the following Newsweek story: Palin Didn't Know Africa Is A Continent

Fox News, a channel that had been generally flattering in its coverage of the "Palin phenomenon", reported that aides were astonished when they learned she was unaware that Africa was not a country but a whole continent. She was also said to be unable to name the countries that belong to the North American Free Trade Agreement: the US, Mexico and Canada. ...

The most colourful new information concerned Palin's spending spree on the campaign trail. Newsweek reported that she ended up spending far more than the $150,000 (£93,000) that was already known about, with up to $40,000 being lavished on her husband, Todd.

A wealthy donor who had offered to pay was shocked, Newsweek said, when he got the bill from the high-end retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. One McCain aide characterised the episode to the magazine as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast".

Google +Palin +Africa +"Fox News" for many, many links..."
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Court: US can block mad cow testing

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Apparently the USDA is keen on protecting the profit margins of the Beef Industry.

The Bush administration can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said Friday. ... Larger meat packers opposed such testing. If Creekstone Farms Premium Beef began advertising that its cows have all been tested, other companies fear they too will have to conduct the expensive tests.

(A slightly longer article can be found on Reuters: Court bars meatpacker tests for mad cow.)

While extra testing may be unnecessary, if Creekstone believes they can perform these extra tests, assume the increased liability for any testing failures and succeed in the market place, then why should the Government interfere? I thought the "Free Market" was suppose to sort these things out. In addition, perhaps the market pressures of increased testing will drive the development of less expensive and more reliable testing, and 100% testing may provide assurances to foreign markets wishing to import U.S. beef. Then again, perhaps the Government doesn't actually want to test more than the current 1% of all cows..."

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