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Comment Re:Arrest him and throw him into Gitmo (Score 1) 626

Personally i think this methodology would be unethical. Besides, if someone is ever expected to carry any material that sensitive, precautions should be taken that preclude one agent caving in from releasing the sensitive data. I would buy 2 or 3 microSD cards, copy the data onto them in a hidden encrypted partition, hide them in the strap of my carry-on luggage, and never let it out of my sight.

Comment Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 109

When Are Averages Useless
I'm not disagreeing with the idea that beer has utility in public health in certain contexts. I just don't like poor arguments.
Although, as to your argument, I may have an amendment. Besides boiling, there's some scientific credence to the idea that fermenting can help to protect humans from food poisoning. Here's a sample. Of course, there's some notorious caveats with that, e.g. coconut tempeh is not legal to sell in some places due to its propensity to foster a lethal type of food poisoning: Toxic Tempeh contaminated with Burkholderia cocovenenans.

Comment yield (Score 1) 292

I perused the ~275 comments here, and didn't see anything about this, so here goes:
The main reason you'd want to focus on quinoa is its productivity. Sure, it's about 1/4 of corn right now, but corn is the most modified and perfected crop on the planet. Quinoa and amaranth are in the beet family, which for whatever reason (probably C4 fixation + a lot of adaptability) sets some records for edible stuff per acre, especially with limited irrigation. There's strains of quinoa and amaranth that produce close to 2 pounds of seeds per plant. Anything with remotely that potential ought to be worked up sooner or later. So, right now, a farmer can produce maybe 1 ton/acre of quinoa compared to 3.5 or so of corn, but that number is going to go way up. Since the C4 pathway is the main reason corn is so productive, I'd expect quinoa yield to be on par with corn sooner or later.

Comment This Is The Trial (Score 1) 431

Every race that populates the universe enters this period. 99% of them blow themselves up with fission bombs or poison their worlds before they come up with practical fusion. 99% of the survivors who came up with fusion blow themselves up before they realize that technology is fucked and we should just chill and grow vegetables.

Comment Re:And criminals (Score 1) 258

If there is no cash, and every transaction is traced, it becomes much more difficult to run a criminal activity.

Okay, let's take bicycles. Most people don't even know that their bicycle has a number stamped into it. Even if they do, and they bother to take a picture, the person who buys it would need to note that number in the transaction record. Say you're the chief of police, there's a wave of bike thievery, and you've spent months making sure that every person who might buy a bike knows the procedure. So the theives switch to stealing seats, wheels, derailleurs, and you're back to square one. Or they find a way to smuggle them out, and you're back to square one.
You could try to implement some kind of UPC registry for every single item, but anyone with any sense would run screaming from that.

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