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Comment: Re:Fluffy the feel good piece (Score 1) 70

by BranMan (#49587225) Attached to: The Next Generation of Medical Tools May Be Home-brewed

I got fed up with the 4 and 5 blade contraptions as well, and went back 'old school' with a safety razor, soap, and boars-hair brush. Didn't go full old school with the straight razor - that does take too much time to keep sharp, and some time to get skilled with it. The safety razor though is great - blades are maybe 4 cents a piece - I can buy 'em in hundred packs.

Try it - you won't look back.

The one advantage modern razors have though is that you have to really really try hard to cut yourself. The safety I have is not bad (and blades last around 2 weeks it seems), but takes a little care. Straight razor - forget about it.

Comment: Re:They still have to add more risk to the equatio (Score 1) 99

by BranMan (#49184385) Attached to: Has the Supreme Court Made Patent Reform Legislation Unnecessary?

How about this for a potential solution? NIH, as federally funded, cannot or will not patent new devices you (and other researchers) come up with. Fine. How about sending copies of your writings directly to the Patent board - for inclusion in the body of prior art they use to reject patents.

That may be one way to put them in the public domain, so to speak, so that companies could USE your design, but could not patent it for themselves - any patent application would just get rejected via prior art.

May be worth a shot.

Comment: Everything has a cost (Score 1) 698

First off, bummer dude. Good luck with the time you have left.

The only big lesson I ever instilled in my daughter, and I think it stuck, is that everything in life that you want has a cost. It may not be money - in lots of cases it isn't (my daughter's Field Hockey championships and ROTC scholarship for instance) - but there is a cost to everything. Figure out what the cost is, and if you want whatever it is enough to pay that cost - do that, and life is simple.

The other I got from someone else - at some point EVERYONE becomes an orphan. When you can understand and accept that, you at least know you are not alone in your loss - sooner or later everyone has it.

Good luck - god bless

Comment: Re:Useless (Score 1) 75

by BranMan (#49076335) Attached to: Canada's Next-Generation Military Smart Gun Unveiled

I'm neither, so take this with a boulder of salt.
The difference between Soldiers and Marines is that the Soldier generally has a lot more support, and operated in larger numbers.

When the Army goes in, there is generally close air support, artillery support, logistics support, MPs, lots of infrastructure, lots of hardware, Engineer support, etc..

When Marines go in, they generally have a whole lot less, if any, of any of that (No implied slight to the Navy intended). Hence the credo "Every Marine is a rifleman" because it more often comes down to that when the stuff hits the fan (as compared to the Army). So each Marine has to be a lot more of a BAMF - sometimes that's all they have to work with.

Does that help?

Comment: Re:So how are they (Score 1) 109

by BranMan (#48869669) Attached to: <em>Star Trek Continues</em> Kickstarter 2.0

If you ever find a way to download them, please post here and let me know. Us old-timers don't trust this new-fangled intarweb too much - I'd much rather download them, burn them to a DVD and both have a copy forever (everything on the WWW is temporary) and easily pull it out to watch it big-screen.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 562

by BranMan (#48850927) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Key exchange IS the problem - it relies on trust, partially, and obscure mathematics, partially. The keys are used for both parties, by using parts of the others' keys (i.e. the Public half of a Public/Private key pair) to generate the same Secret key. Then that Secret key is used to encode and decrypt messages.

It is not fundamentally secure. The correct way to do it is to physically travel to the other party and exchange Secret keys directly - and use 4096 bit to boot. With keys that long it *is* mathematically unable to be cracked using brute-force methods. Ever.

Comment: Re:Precious Snowflake (Score 1) 323

by BranMan (#48656253) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

Well said sir, well said.

I have only one daughter, and we raised her about how you were raised, and she has turned out very well indeed.

I also have a sister-in-law that is unfortunately headed down the road of your sister, though maybe not for all the same reasons. It is very sad - we still try to get through to her, but the outlook is bleak.

Stick to your guns with your children when you have them. We did, and it does work.

One tip I can give though: The guiding principal I tried to instill is that everything has a cost - it may not be to you, it may not be money (success at sports takes other things than money - time, effort, patience, determination), but there is a cost to everything. Is what you want worth the cost? If so, by all means, go for it, pay the cost and achieve it. But you aren't getting anything for free - that's the real world.