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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

squidflakes Re: SO (377 comments)

Has there been work done on researching methods for recovering land that has been subject to G.R. style farming practices? Is it possible to rebuild topsoil or is that something we have to let time and the insects handle?

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

squidflakes Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

There is also this crazy idea about sensible gun legislation that would help to prevent stuff like this. You know, if we're talking crazy things that will never happen in the U.S.

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

squidflakes Re:Yes! (242 comments)

Oh my god yes! Bring on the Nuclear Hand Drills!

about a month ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

squidflakes Rampant in Photography (306 comments)

There might as well be a Dunning-Kruger effect built in to Photoshop, considering the number of photographers who suffer under the delusion that the terrible shit they produce is actually art.

Full disclosure - I'm a cranky photographer who's not total shit but is still mostly shit.

about 2 months ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

squidflakes Re:Honestly. (235 comments)

Her description of the location of the classified documents sounds like something my computer illiterate grandmother would say trying to relate the plot of "War Games" or "The Net."

What IT person do you know in this world that says shit like that?

about 2 months ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

squidflakes Re:She's.. (235 comments)

"commercial, nonattributable spyware that's proprietary to a government agency"

You can't parse that and have it make sense.

Commercial spyware that's somehow unable to be attributed to a person or organization? That defies the whole point of a commercial software product.

Commercial yet proprietary to a small group of government agencies? Again, that's not really the definition of commercial.

I can believe she had some sort of breach on her machine, most likely malware. Hell, I'd even be willing to believe there was some sort of spearphishing attack against her by someone who wanted data off a well-known reporter's computer but the rest of it just reads like a bad movie about the internet.

about 2 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

squidflakes Re:Cost (473 comments)

That's pure bullshit Conservative non-sense. I've had a pilots license for nearly 20 years and with the introduction of Part 61 licenses and the expansion of the aircraft allowed under sport and private pilots licenses its much easier to qualify these days.

But hey, don't let me get in the way of a good old fashioned big government hatefest. I know it must be terrible to have regulations for people who want to operate a vehicle that requires specialized training, and I'm sure that fuel costs and aircraft costs have nothing to do with it whatsoever. Right?

about 10 months ago
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Flying Snake Mysteries Revealed

squidflakes CAH (78 comments)

This story is only one word away from being a Cards Against Humanity favorite.

about a year ago
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Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

squidflakes Diamond Age anyone? (253 comments)

How long before we're hiring kids to go pick up nano pore condoms off the beach so we can recycle them in to materials to keep the nanobots off our lawns?

Probably never, but I finally get to make the reference!

about a year ago
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Sci-fi Author Charles Stross Cancels Trilogy: the NSA Is Already Doing It

squidflakes Cop out (208 comments)

Wait, so I can literally blame anything on the NSA?

I ran out of ideas and motivation for my next book because of the NSA!

I'm late for work today because of the NSA!

Sorry, I can't afford child support this month because of the NSA!

This really sounds like a steaming pile of bullshit to me. Not that I'm in any way supportive of the actions of the NSA, but stating that you're not going to finish a series because it has become too much like real life just smacks of someone taking an easy way out.

1 year,10 days
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How Google, Tesla, and Uber Could Team Up For the Driverless Taxis of the Future

squidflakes Missing one piece of tecnology (126 comments)

Who will make the "life-like" driver busts that can banter with eleven different sorts of inane chatter? JohnnyCab it is not!

about a year ago
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Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes

squidflakes Re:Other Hurricane Scales (216 comments)

Yep, I rode that storm out in Houston. It was a Cat 2 but HSI 45 while in the Gulf and low 30s at landfall. Katrina was mid-30s at landfall. Most of those points were, of course, for size.

about a year ago
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Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes

squidflakes Other Hurricane Scales (216 comments)

The Saffir-Simpson scale is pretty antiquated for the exact reasons mentioned. Just measuring wind speed gives a very poor idea of how dangerous or destructive a storm will by, and gives no indication of relative size.

The better scale that the AMS is starting to lean toward is the Hebert-Weinzapfel scale, which has a much easier to spell name as the Hurricane Severity Index, or HSI.

With the HSI model, the speed of wind and the size of the wind field are taken in to account so a storm that is moderate intensity but very large in footprint, like Katrina, has a similar rating to a hurricane with a high intensity and very small footprint like Andrew. Both were similar in the amount of destruction they caused but Katrina was only SS Cat 3 at landfall, where Andrew was SS Cat 5.

But hey, lets just make jokes about Al Gore instead, cause Al Gore. Am I right here people?

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

squidflakes Wow (662 comments)

Ok, first off it's the Miranda Warning, not the Miranda Rights. You have them at all times, read to you or not. The warning is there to remind you that you have the option not to incriminate yourself.

Or, at least it was until this decision. Ahh, The Roberts Court, whittling our rights down one 5-4 at a time.

about a year and a half ago
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Quadcopter Drone Network Will Transport Supplies For Disaster Relief

squidflakes Seems familiar (113 comments)

A network of stations where fresh mounts/batteries can be picked up for a courier going over rugged and perhaps dangerous terrain.

So... this would be the Droney Express?

about a year ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

squidflakes Re:"UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?" (626 comments)

I don't think I've ever heard "Wow, you can really taste the snail in this!" so I think you'd be fine.

I wish I could remember the name of the dish, but if you're feeling adventurous, head down to your local asian supermarket/shopping mall, find the food court and start asking if they have snails. Alternately, just look in the warming trays. If you see a bunch of pointy shells stewing away in a greenish-white broth, you've found it!

about a year and a half ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

squidflakes Re:"UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?" (626 comments)

A grasshopper can only get so big due to the way they breathe and some of the problems with being a large creature with an exoskeleton.

about a year and a half ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

squidflakes Re:"UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?" (626 comments)

Snails are a staple in some Vietnamese communities. Its even to the point now where you can get them at some of the more authentic restaurants here in the U.S.

They are boiled in the shell in a creamy sauce after being marinated with some native herbs and my god are they delicious.

about a year and a half ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

squidflakes Re:And You Are Some Magic Insect Sorting Entity? (626 comments)

Funny enough, staunch vegetarians also unknowingly consume insects.

Agreed about it all being in people's heads though. I'd be all for some delicious grasshopper crunchies, or even a Bacon, Lettuce, and Termite sandwich.

about a year and a half ago

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Psychic Cephalopod Predicts Super Bowl Winner

squidflakes squidflakes writes  |  more than 2 years ago

squidflakes (905524) writes "Who knew that marine invertebrate cephalopods were so good at determining the outcome of major sporting events? Hot on the sucker pads of Paul the World Cup predicting octopus comes Paula, the Super Bowl predicting octopus.

Are we ready to accept our new eight armed psychic overlords? Or is this just random chance, researcher bias, or further proof that like us, octopuses have a handedness?"

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