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TSA Says Screening Drinks Purchased Inside Airport Terminal Is Nothing New

sacremon Re:non-toxic? (427 comments)

It is my training as a toxicologist coming out here, but the term "non-toxic" is nonsense. There is no such thing as non-toxic. Be exposed to enough of anything, including water and oxygen, and it is toxic, even fatally so. The question is "how much is safe". The assumption here is whatever they are using, the amount being used is within the expected maximum tolerable dose for humans. I would start to worry if they are doing this to bottles of baby formula, as what is tolerable for a 60kg adult might not be for a 6kg infant.

more than 2 years ago
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RIAA Chief Whines That SOPA Opponents Were "Unfair"

sacremon "No Duty to Monitor"? Misleading. (525 comments)

"They also argued misleadingly that the bills would have required Web sites to “monitor” what their users upload, conveniently ignoring provisions like the “No Duty to Monitor” section. "

Having just read through HR. 3261 (SOPA), the only mention of "No Duty to Monitor" applies to Payment Network Providers (the people who process credit card charges) and Internet Advertising Services (services that send ads to various websites). There is no "No Duty to Monitor" at all for Internet Sites, Internet Search Engines or Service Providers.

So, no, they were not conveniently ignoring those provisions, because those provisions do not apply to Web sites.

more than 2 years ago
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Setting the various household clocks ...

sacremon Re:Arizona (344 comments)

So just make it official, move to DST all year then figure out how stupid it is to intentionally have your time off by a full hour or more.

You mean like Russia?

more than 2 years ago
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The Empire Strikes Back Added To National Film Registry

sacremon Re:Lucas got two films added (129 comments)

Which means that Lucas and Spielberg are tied at five each for films included in the Registry (unless I have overlooked some).

Lucas: Star Wars, American Graffiti, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire Strikes Back, THX 1138
Spielberg: Jaws, ET, Raiders, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler's List

Oddly enough, neither Wikipedia entry for Lucas nor Spielberg makes mention of the inclusion of their films in the National Film Registry.

more than 3 years ago
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The Empire Strikes Back Added To National Film Registry

sacremon Lucas got two films added (129 comments)

Electronic Labryrinth: THX 1138 4EB was also added. That was a student film of Lucas' in 1967 while he was at USC.

more than 3 years ago
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Woman Tells State Judiciary Committee, "DoD Implanted A Microchip Inside Me"

sacremon As a resident of Dekalb county... (222 comments)

...it was probably CDC, not the DoD, that did it. CDC is based in a neighboring county (Fulton) and has offices in Dekalb. Definitely not county officials, though. The county police just shoot people.

more than 4 years ago
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Military Helmet Design Contributes To Brain Damage

sacremon Make the helmets more shock resistant (294 comments)

There was just an article earlier today (Orange Goo) about a material that helps absorb shock, so why not line the inside of the helmets with the stuff?

more than 5 years ago
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First Proven Diagnostic Test For Alzheimer's

sacremon Fine, we can detect it (66 comments)

We still don't have a cure for it, so you are just telling the person at present 'Hey, you have Alzheimer's! Good luck with that!". I know, there might be treatments that can take advantage of early detection some time in the future, but at present it would just be pretty depressing.

more than 5 years ago
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The 100 Degree Data Center

sacremon Sure, the servers can run at a higher temp... (472 comments)

...but the servers aren't the only thing in a data center. If the switches and routers can't take the higher heat, then you aren't going to get much use out of those servers.

more than 5 years ago
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A Waste Gasification Plant In a Truck

sacremon Break even point? (148 comments)

What is the carbon footprint for the manufacture of this item? How long does it have to be run before the amount of carbon that went into its manufacture is balanced by the amount of carbon not being released into the atmosphere?

more than 5 years ago
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F/OSS Multi-Point Video-Conferencing

sacremon Re:StoOdin (127 comments)

I really don't know where you are getting your math from.

7 participants should have a total of 28 UDP streams (2 video and 2 audio each) and two TCP streams each (for H.245). Add another two streams each if there is H.239, but H.239 works within the bandwidth envelope of the conference itself, so no added bandwidth. So I don't see how a 7 participant conference would have more than 42 unicast connections, 56 with H.239.

If the video streams are 140K and the audio is 56K you are looking at around 1.4M bandwidth before overhead. As most of that is UDP, there isn't that much overhead as compared to TCP streams.

And no, the 45 participants were all live, active participants. The MCU was in a data center, but the endpoints were all over the place, some over LAN links, some over DSL. And they were using H.239.

more than 6 years ago

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