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Comment: Re:Is this real? (Score 1) 150

by ColdWetDog (#47937919) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

There already is a master key, or, more specifically, a master wrench. Preferably a 1 inch or larger spanner wrench.

Applied to various parts of the body it will do a wonderful job of improving certain specific memories. This isn't designed to prevent the NSA from going after you should they find that desirable (don't kid yourself, twinky). This is designed to protect yourself against two bit private investigators, your local sheriff, the creep down the block and your mother. No security is perfect, but this is lots better default security than most people ever get. Yes, Ms. Random Luser can defeat it by posting their passkey on Facebook or telling their soon to be ex boyfriend, but since security is a process, not a thing, nothing is always completely secure. And especially nothing that is designed to connect to the Internet.

Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 3, Insightful) 150

by ColdWetDog (#47937839) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Can't wait to see how people spin this as anything but good news.

-- Complex passcodes take more computational power to crack.
-- More computational power takes more electricity.
-- More electrical use leads to burning more coal and oil which leads to global warming.
-- Global warming is bad.

Q.E.D - complex passcodes are bad.

Comment: Re:Details (Score 3, Insightful) 197

by ColdWetDog (#47936625) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

A couple of thoughts:

The researchers did show some suggestive evidence that gut microflora impacts glucose metabolism and that use of artificial sweetners can disrupt that. The numbers are low and it's not clear how germaine the results are too humans (poor mice...).

However, consider this: The microbiota changes only occur in mice fed ONLY the artificial sweetener. The thesis being that this clogs up some unknown regulatory pathway in the microbiota which leads to glucose intolerance. Although the did perform some mix-back experiments (n=7), they did not perform the standard 'rescue' experiment which, for humans anyway, would be very telling:

What happens with a Diet Coke and a Snicker's Bar? It's always best to test these ideas under real world conditions.

Inquiring minds want to know.

Comment: Re:Grim (Score 1) 202

by ColdWetDog (#47932989) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

No it would not. I would give you a false sense of security. That is an enormous area that is virtually uncontrolled at present. All you need is dozen infected people to wander into some major city at the border of the quarantine region and it's all over.

Nobody has enough military forces to cover that much ground.

Comment: Re:Lots of problems with it (Score 1) 182

by ColdWetDog (#47930903) Attached to: Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Wave generators rely on bolting something down to the seafloor for stability and using the wave energy to push something back and forth. On a deep ocean drilling platform, you typically won't have the organized wave activity found on the coast where the slope of the seafloor guides the waves.

You still have the current (in some places)which could be used to drive a turbine but the big problem is that the energy density isn't all that high. That means you have to capture a wide area of wave or current. Which means big things. Big things in the ocean mean big costs, both in construction and maintenance. The ocean is a mean and nasty environment. WD-40 can only go so far.

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