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Comment: Re:Passed Time (Score 3, Interesting) 101

by ColdWetDog (#49173337) Attached to: Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval To Warrantless DNA Collection

You don't even need to go that far to spoof this sort of surveillance.

1. Collect DNA from hundreds or thousands of humans, animals, plants from your local sewage plant or equivalent.
2. Clear off the icky parts, do a bulk DNA purification that can be done with kitchen chemistry. Much easier than making meth.
3. Freeze dry the stuff
4. Package in convenient creme, aerosol or get (bonus points for 'sporty scent')
5. Sell in local stores as 'natural health aid' - bypasses difficult FDA or DEA regulatory requirements*
6. Sprinkle on before attempted crime or just twice a day along with your tin foil change (you DO change your tin foil regularly, yes?)

7. Profit! **

* in USA only, Depending on status of lawmaking and regulatory agencies, YMMV. Not valid in the Eurozone.
** Patent Pending as soon as we figure out how to do this on a computer.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 0) 230

by ColdWetDog (#49160341) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

And, these days, there are more USB charging ports than expresso stands. You can charge your cell phone from your car, your laptop, any handy wall outlet, the sun and likely from the extra calories in your Big Mac in a few years. The use case for easily replaceable batteries is pretty weak.

SD expansion is only an issue if you don't get enough memory in the first place. Sure, there are edge cases and folks around here are edgier than most - but for the vast majority of cell phone users, these simply aren't very important issues.

Now, decent keyboards - that's another story...

Comment: Re:I have no problem explaining this (Score 1, Offtopic) 87

by ColdWetDog (#49155249) Attached to: Mysterious Siberian Crater Is Just One of Many

There is limited evidence of combustion. You can have an explosion from rapidly expanding gases without any sort of ignition. Some reindeer herders supposedly saw 'flashes' but it is certainly unclear if these were due to a methane ignition, the aurora borealis or just too much fermented lichen.

Comment: Re:No. It's not. (Score 2) 69

by ColdWetDog (#49154065) Attached to: Methane-Based Life Possible On Titan

Why aren't you feeding the poor instead of posting on Slashdot? Isn't that the most important thing? You could have given some well deserved, undernourished child one of your twinkies. Oh wait, the child lives in some stinking desert without a functioning water well in five miles.

Or maybe we could use some of the earth sensing satellites (created by those self same hair-brains) to map out artesian flows and show people on the ground where an inexpensive well could be dug. Or we could give the kid a vaccine (developed by that same complex and expensive infrastructure created by those hair-brains) to keep him healthy so he can go to school and break out of the cycle of fear, anger and misuse that characterizes his world.

Or perhaps not - the world is a complex and often ugly place. Quite a bit more complex than your apparent world view, I won't comment on whether or not your view is particularly unattractive but I'm damned sure glad I don't feel that way.

In case of injury notify your superior immediately. He'll kiss it and make it better.

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