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Comment: Re:No point; BMorg doesn't want to solve the probl (Score 2) 273

by Amazing Proton Boy (#46661371) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

Your Disney point is spot on. I attended a talk by thier head of parking a couple of years ago and he indicated that Disney is legally allowed to "only" park 3,600 cars per hour on the property but when things get busy they can park over 5,000 cars per hour. That is amazing. More than a car per second with usually no wait at all. That is impressive! Not only that but the cast members that work in parking are always extremely helpful, polite and happy.

Comment: Re:Makes perfect sense (Score 1) 142

The dirty little not-so-secret-anymore is that the IRS simply does not do anything with about 90% of returns other than cash your check or send you a refund for whatever you ask for. They simply are forced to trust that the numbers are right. This is now out in the open and has resulted in a new type of scam where criminals simply fill out bogus returns for hundreds of SSN's claiming refunds. The IRS then happily sends them the money, to the tune of $millions of dollars to single addresses. The US Post office sometimes has to rent bigger trucks just to deliver the thousands of checks.



Comment: Re:Nice picture (Score 1) 252

by Amazing Proton Boy (#38003270) Attached to: Gadget Allows You to Keep Bees In Your Apartment

Pollen is not a side effect. Bees forage for three primary things: nectar, pollen and sap. They make honey from the nectar and "bee bread" from the pollen. Pollen is their only source of protein. Without it they would die. They use sap to make propolis to seal up the hive and glue things in place.

There is indeed plenty in an urban environment. Heck suburban bees live in bee paradise. Year round forage, diverse sources, all that irrigation to keep things in bloom...

Comment: Re:Thanks for all the Fish Wrapper (Score 1) 1521

by Amazing Proton Boy (#37211572) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

The influence and importance of Slashdot in those early to mid years really can't be over stated. Heck, I used to ask job applicants for their UID just to help me sort through all the resumes. Those that answered "What's Slashdot?" went to the bottom of the pile. ;->

Good luck & thank you Rob.


Facebook Master Password Was "Chuck Norris" 319

Posted by samzenpus
from the ad-nauseum-roundhouse dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris.' Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."
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+ - Breaking the Speed of Light

Submitted by hcmtnbiker
hcmtnbiker (925661) writes "A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light — an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time. The pair of scientists say they have conducted an experiment in which microwave photons — energetic packets of light — traveled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart."

+ - Nintendo Wii Remote + WowWee Robot = Hilarious!

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robotsrule writes "The next version of Robosapien Dance Machine, the free open source program also known as Robodance, has support for the Nintendo Wii remote. A brand new video shows the upcoming release in action with a WowWee robot tickling Elmo. The video shows the creation of the script and how the Nintendo Wii remote smoothly interacts with the script. Also demonstrated is the use of voice commands to control a Roboreptile robot. Robodance requires a Windows PC and a supported infrared transmitter. It won the SourceForge Project Of The Month award for May 2005. The new version is expected to be released on February 1, 2007, or sooner."

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