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Comment: Re:Sanity... (Score 1) 422

by Bob the Super Hamste (#47939409) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
What I have always wondered is if I wrote something down by hand using a super secrete unbreakable code that was related to a crime can I be forced to interpret that piece of paper for the police so they can understand it or can I tell them to go fuck themselves with a spindle sander? This is really what is happening with encrypted data I am being asked to interpret it for the police and it is data that is encoded in such a fashion that without my help they can't decipher it and at least to my non legal mind that seems awfully close to violating the 5th amendment.

Comment: Re:Clarification (Score 1) 252

That is why I don't support big beef but will buy from a local farmer who is one of my father's friends. Compared to other cattle feeds corn also is very nutritionally lacking, it may be good for fattening them up quickly and cheaply (this part is changing) but it really isn't good for the cattle. Meat from properly raised cattle butchered at a quality shop flash frozen, not packed in CO2, and not treated with ammonia has such a wonderful flavor and smell. It also is a much darker red almost a purple when compared to the standard meat sold in a store. Problem is that unless the farmer has their own customer base for boutique meat they would prefer to pump them full of antibiotics, growth hormones, and cheap grain to get the ~200 extra pounds on each head all while getting them to market quicker.

Comment: Re:Does HFCS count? (Score 1) 252

Let us not forget about beet sugar which is produced in fairly large quantities around the red river valley (Warning xls spread sheet from the USDA). These 2 states produce about 1/2 the entire US crop of sugar beets (~15 million tons out of ~32 million tons) and both are also corn states too.

Comment: Re:Does HFCS count? (Score 1) 252

The Pepsi and Mt. Dew Throwback are still available where I live (Twin Cities metro area). Although I had heard an interesting stat that I don't know if it is true but seem reasonable that Minnesotans have the highest per capita consumption in the nation of Mt. Dew so that may be part of the reasons. Another guess (purely speculative) would be that we grow a lot of sugar beets.

+ - Scientists Twist Radio Beams to Send Data at 32 Gigabits p/s, Faster Than LTE-> 1

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Scientists from three international universities have succeeded in twisting radio beams in order to transfer data at the speed of 32 gigabits per second, which is 30 times faster than 4G LTE wireless technology in use today.

The researchers, led by Alan Willner, an electrical engineering professor with the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, successfully demonstrated data transmission rates of 32 gigabits per second across 2.5m of free space in a basement laboratory.

Millimetre waves occupy the 30GHz to 300GHz frequency bands. They are found in the spectrum between microwaves, which take up the 1GHz to 30GHz bands, and infrared waves, which are sometimes known as extremely high frequency (EHF)."

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Comment: Re:I moved away from winter (Score 1) 147

by Bob the Super Hamste (#47926271) Attached to: I think next winter will be:

Meanwhile it will be -10F and lots of snow back in MN

Lies, that would be a veritable heatwave in the middle of winter, especially last winter. Although I did have fun blowing soap bubbles outside when it get really cold. Sometimes the rise like a hot air balloon before shattering, other times they would land on the snow frozen but with a hole and the ice would sublimate leaving tendrils of soap, but most of the time they would crash into the house or tree and shatter. It was always fun to watch, since what else are you going to do when the day time high is -25F.

Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 2) 486

by Bob the Super Hamste (#47925989) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Americans might look on with bemusement; I can understand that. I guess it's a bit like Florida choosing to break away from the US, having a pro-Florida political party endlessly demonizing "them" (the rest of the US) as causing pretty much every economic and political woe Florida has going for it. As an English guy, I think this whole situation really sucks. If the UK breaks up, the whole of Britain will be worse off for it, but I suspect Scotland will take the bigger brunt of the pain. And given that it will have made the decision, it will deserve to.

We do have something similar, although it is called Texas.

I have been following this with interest ever since I discovered the BBC World Service on one of the sub channels of Minnesota Public Radio. Being an American it doesn't seem to affect me but I would be for Scottish independence just because I think it would be neat to have a new country. In reality this doesn't seem to be a good reason for the Scots to choose it so it is probably for the better that I am not a resident of Scotland and instead an American.

Comment: Re:They are pretending that they do not know (Score 1) 103

I find this statement entirely believable as something they would say to conference. This sounds like a prelude to a request to have their budget expanded. This sets the scene so that they can point to this conference as a public instance where they pointed out how hard of a time they are having and use it as justification to congress in the next budget go around cluster fuck next year.

Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 2) 391

by Bob the Super Hamste (#47919731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
Although with some liberal arts degrees I highly doubt the critical thinking skills. I off up some of the degrees offered by my school:
Avation (learn to fly a plan)
Physical Education (you get to be a high school gym teacher)
Parks and recreation management (be an events coordinator at a local park or if you are lucky a park ranger with the NPS)

All of these were liberal arts programs, all of them had the same general education requirements as a STEM or any other degree, and all of them were much more vocational than a regular degree. I had roommates who majored in each one of these and even they admitted that apart from the vocational skill training they got nothing from these courses.

Comment: Doc Brown (Score 1) 105

I went to a rejuvenation clinic and got a whole natural overhaul. They took out some wrinkles, did hair repair, changed the blood, added a good 30 to 40 years to my life. They also replaced my spleen and colon. What do you think?

I wonder with these types of artificial filters would there be any benefit for an otherwise healthy person to have this done?

Comment: Re:Snowden is a communist spy and no whistleblower (Score 1) 199

I would go with more of a convenient US annoyance Putin can keep around to poke the US government with instead of communist spy. Also if I didn't want to find out what is is like to experience extreme rendition or be sodomized by a hellfire missile Russia seem like a pretty good country to flee to.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 587

Now that sounds like a range I would like to avoid. I like the one I go to since they take a very strict approach to those things and it sounds like you did as well while you were at that one. That seems to be how a lot of those things are one person leaves and things get lax.

"No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it." -- C. Schulz