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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

fahrbot-bot Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (490 comments)

The cracking would take longer than the expected lifespan of the universe.

The obvious solution is inter parallel universe travel. We find the parallel universe in which the only difference is that the suspect didn't lock his/her phone and get the data there. Problem solved.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

fahrbot-bot This will take a minute... (218 comments)

I was a kid I've had this deep love and passion for astronomy and astrophysics. This love and passion though never evolved into any formal education or anything beyond just a distant fascination as I got out of high school, into college ...

So which is it, a "deep love and passion" or "distant fascination"? If the former, your life mistake was not pursuing it in college, etc... If simply the latter, then read a few books about it as a hobby. Either way, with two kids and a full-time job, you probably don't have the time and determination to learn enough to "start contributing back to the field" - at least, not anytime soon.

Astronomy and/or astrophysics is not just something you pick up over the weekend. As someone once said, "Traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, boy!"

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

fahrbot-bot Re:Ya, but... (391 comments)

But ask any senior programmer who has dealt with one straight out of school. Very often the lack of real world experience means they're unwilling/incapable of recognizing that someone knows some things they didn't cover in school, and that their theoretical model falls on its face when confronted with other things.

A while ago we had two fresh grads hired as junior programmers. After - literally - two months, one asked when she would be promoted to a senior programmer. I replied, when you don't need senior programmer to help you with all your work.

3 days ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

fahrbot-bot In related news... (198 comments)

Boeing announced that it will do this under a new company named "Uber Lyft".

3 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

fahrbot-bot Can return to? (172 comments)

...Quickflix told Netflix to stop this practice, so Australian viewers will be forced to return to Quickflix and other local alternatives.

Fixed that for them.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

fahrbot-bot Ya, but... (391 comments)

... tech CEOs want employees with liberal arts degrees, because those graduates have critical thinking skills.

... employees with STEM degrees have critical thinking skills *and* STEM degrees. Just sayin'.

3 days ago
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Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

fahrbot-bot Re:Nature (113 comments)

And that's because hydrogen is chemically unstable and hard to store compared to sugars. Neither of those are good things for living creatures.

Exactly. Plants learned *that* lesson long before we did with the Hindenburg. (If you listen very carefully to the video, you can hear all the plants laughing at our naiveté in the background.)

about a week ago
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Researchers Working On Crystallizing Light

fahrbot-bot Re:Things come to mind (129 comments)

How many photons can you store in a cubic cm? Could you then release those photons on demand? How much energy could you store in this sort of a system? Can you use it as a battery? Could it be weaponized?

The British already did this in 1854 - duh. There were even poems about it.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

fahrbot-bot Re:COBOL (385 comments)

My college still teaches COBOL, requiring two semesters of it. But I'm not sure if this is because they illegitimately believe it's still useful or just because of old habit (and to keep the guy teaching it employed).

It's probably because your college still uses COBOL and wants to ensure they can still hire inexpensive grads to support them :-)

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

fahrbot-bot Re:Anthropometrics (814 comments)

However the poor can not and once you get so many people pressed together they fight.

The solution is simple: load them up with tranquilizers/sedatives and stack 'em in like cordwood. ;)

And naked - to avoid the "need" for TSA body scanners and pat downs.

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

fahrbot-bot Re:They used to be called UHF TV tuners (237 comments)

Ahhh anyone remember the joy of pressing the outer tuning ring and going back and forth???

Worst pick-up line ever.

about two weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

fahrbot-bot Re:Yes (152 comments)

Yes! Where? I want it!

Second that. I currently use Proxomitron to filter out all the unwanted (by me anyway) crap on Google's home page (instant, preview, sidebar, link redirects, etc...) and have to use "nosslsearch.google.com" to avoid https (so I can use my filtering proxy).

Yes, I know I can use Startpage and/or DuckDuckGo, but they're not as fast as hitting Google directly. Seriously, for simple searches, 99.9% of the time the JavaScript and crap (et al) on all these search pages (like Google and Bing) is a complete bullshit. Just my $0.02 anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

fahrbot-bot Re:A closed-loop feedback diet system (588 comments)

I (and several others) purchased a blood sugar meter. Basically, we would check our blood sugar levels (BSL) at 1 and 2 hours after eating. We all found that some foods would take us up to 120 (the upper limit for our experiment), but some foods blasted BSL up to 200.

I did this too and noticed the same (though not above 160). I found the following helped reduce those spikes: (a) split one meal into two meals 3-hours apart (b) long walk and/or brief intense spot exercise - which, I've read, helps burn off some of the stored energy in the muscles causing them to pull fresh from the blood stream. Either case, though especially the intense spot exercise, showed about a 30 point reduction in blood sugar.

You might also be interested in this: Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system.

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

fahrbot-bot Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

A single soda is about 300 calories, ...

A 12-oz can of soda is about 140 calories. btw

about two weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

fahrbot-bot Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

Simply eat what your body needs... beyond that, exercise. That is why people are getting fat. Not because they're eating too much but because they're not doing anything.

The article / study describes how the change in diet also results in better blood chemistry (lipids, etc...) and potentially less detrimental cardiovascular impact. I recommend watching Sugar: The Bitter Truth with Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics for similar information, though more focused on refined sugar in the diet and how it's metabolized (similarly to alcohol).

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

fahrbot-bot Re:change.org petition (441 comments)

Well, there was the Declaration of Independence, but those people followed up the petition with gunfire.

Technically, they backed it up with gunfire. Had Great Britain / King George simply acquiesced there would have been no need for any unpleasantness....

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

fahrbot-bot Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Or bleeding on the officer.

You jest, but... From: Sept 2009 in Ferguson, Mo: Ferguson Police Beat Up Wrong Suspect Then Charged Him For Getting Blood On Uniforms In 2009

...police officers allegedly slammed his head against the wall, hit him and kicking him in the head, .... Davis was eventually taken to the emergency room.

He was charged with property damage, ... with the charging documents stating that Davis "did transfer blood to the uniform."

The local prosecutor later dropped the property damage charges, ... because of conflicting reports from the officers involved.

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

fahrbot-bot Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

No, actually, willingness to believe tends to have very little to do with facts.

You've been watching CSPAN, I see.

about three weeks ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

fahrbot-bot Re:Here they come... (336 comments)

To be fair, there's the good Cloud and the bad Cloud.

... and the ugly Cloud. (Worst of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns.)

about three 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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