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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

xxxJonBoyxxx Eggbeaters, is that you? (144 comments)

Eggbeaters, is that you?

4 days ago
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Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

xxxJonBoyxxx A Russian, an American and an Italian all walk... (69 comments)

A Russian, an American and an Italian all walk into a space station.

As soon as the shuttle that dropped them off reenters the atmosphere they discover that a fire has started in the living quarters. They crawl into the module with the escape capsules but discover that there are only two of the one-man crafts available. The Russian immediately dives through a door shouting "for the motherland!" The brave American offers the last capsule to the Italian, but the Italian politely refuses. He says, "Nah, let's both take one - I only wish we could be here when the Ruskie gets out of the shitter."

4 days ago
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CMI Director Alex King Talks About Rare Earth Supplies (Video 2)

xxxJonBoyxxx please watch the video (my summary sucks) (11 comments)

>> so please watch the video(s)

Um...the summary makes it sound like some guy's going to read you some Wikipedia pages.

Quick - can someone find an editor (maybe borrow one from TheRegister) that can make this sound at all interesting? To anyone? (e.g., "Rare Earth Expert Says (Shit You Would Not Believe)" or "Which 3 Rare Earths Will Be Exhausted in 10 Years" or "Is It True that Garbage Dump Mining Is a Good Way to Get Rare Earth" or...)

about a week ago
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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Worst day (62 comments)

>> How would you tell?

Highest FTW* ratio. * = Finger to window.

about a week ago
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US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

xxxJonBoyxxx Readying Mechanical Turk...FTW? (62 comments)

Let's see...for $50K...I could probably write up a quick mobile app ($1K) that feeds microphone input into a streaming acceptance service on a server ($3K), that chops it up into wav files for Mechanical Turk processing. Fund that long enough to pass the POC stage ($2K), ride some odds (25%) and cash the check before the tech collapses = $6K for possible $12.5K win = $6.5K possible profit? Er...still no.

about a week ago
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Android Botnet Evolves, Could Pose Threat To Corporate Networks

xxxJonBoyxxx Does Lookout use lazy analysts? (54 comments)

>> "encrypts its communications with the C&C servers, making the traffic indistinguishable from legitimate SSL, SSH or VPN traffic"

Um...if you think simple transport encryption stops a determined analyst (who can hone in on source/destination IPs, initial traffic patterns, traffic volume, local signals or can use an attack proxy for some MITM action)...think again.

about two weeks ago
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Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

xxxJonBoyxxx What service, exactly, is Nielsen providing? (55 comments)

>> they will provide a sense for the first time which Netflix shows are the most popular

Umm...wouldn't Netflix already have this information at its fingertips in its own logs?

about two weeks ago
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Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications

xxxJonBoyxxx So...a leaf blower? (54 comments)

>> ducted fans driven by a four cylinder gasoline engine

Yeah...the guy who blows the leaves off the parking lot has one of these too.

about two weeks ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

xxxJonBoyxxx Must be a slow news day (66 comments)

Must be a slow news day. Didn't anyone ask BH what he thinks of the number "39"?

about two weeks ago
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The New-ish Technologies That Will Alter Your Career

xxxJonBoyxxx IoT Devices...could alter your career...by leaking (66 comments)

When I read the headline I thought, "IoT Devices...could alter your career...by leaking all kinds of stuff about you to accidentally connected Facebook, Google+ and other social accounts."

I don't even think people know what they're getting into out there - here's a guy who's at least trying to get his head around what people are thinking about on
IoT consumer privacy.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

xxxJonBoyxxx Is there anything Obama CAN do? (202 comments)

>> Yes, Obama has failed to stop it. But he didn't initiate it.

We voted for this guy to roll back the surveillance state, get out of the torture business, and retract our forces from Iraq. He had one job - roll back what someone else initiated - and he utterly failed.

>> I suspect a lot of people welcome this crap with open arms

How'd those past couple of mid-term elections go for the current pro-surveillance party (D)?

about two weeks ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

xxxJonBoyxxx "Lap dog press"? (202 comments)

I find it interesting that we're getting great investigative journalism out of places like The Wall Street Journal - reread the name if you don't see the irony - rather than the New York Times, the Washington Post, etc. What ELSE do you guys know about that you haven't revealed yet?

about two weeks ago
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How YouTube Music Key Will Redefine What We Consider Music

xxxJonBoyxxx ad-free subscription music service (105 comments)

>> ad-free subscription music service

Heh. For now. (See cable TV.)

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

xxxJonBoyxxx How f!@#$%ing cool is that?! (74 comments)

Dunno. I'm an adult, and I pay for my own Internet access, so I can swear without my parent's naughty word filter catching it. How 'bout you?

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

xxxJonBoyxxx Er...lobbiest fails to do job, so panic? (127 comments)

>> gridlock...nation's retailers

Er...lobbiest fails to do job, so panic?

>> they would bear the brunt of whatever legislation is passed....there are 47 different state-based security breach notification laws

In other words, they want a single Federal law to replace all the state laws, which would do two things: 1) allow them to concentrate their efforts on watering down the federal law 2) take the ability for people to collect damages against it out of state courts and 3) reduce their notification costs because they would only do the bare minimum required by the federal law (e.g., filing it in a basement drawer marked with "beware the leopard"). I see no "brunt" here. (IANAL)

about two weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

xxxJonBoyxxx Most of Facebook is moms reposting the same jokes (206 comments)

Most of Facebook is moms reposting the same jokes and images over and over again. I actually think I see where Zuckerburg might going with this: since media companies are getting smarter about packing their mass-market content as "clips" (e.g., Jimmy Fallon's bits), they're getting easier for mere mortals to post. However, I don't think any significant portion of videos will actually get posted to Facebook - instead it'll all still be hosted on YouTube, media sites (e.g., NBC) or somewhere else.

about three weeks ago
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Life Insurance Restrictions For Space Tourists

xxxJonBoyxxx Quick tell the OP this applies to Skydiving too... (68 comments)

Quick tell the OP this usually applies to skydiving too. (Check your policy - it might be explictly listed, or just covered under a general "if you die while engaging in a risk sport you're SOL" clause.)

about three weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

xxxJonBoyxxx Turtles. Mofo'ing turtles all the way down. (429 comments)

>> Wouldn't there need to be "something" for the quantum fluctuations to take place in?

Turtles. Mofo'ing turtles all the way down.

about three weeks ago

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