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Comment: Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (Score 2) 135

In very much the same way as a specific brand of laundry detergent is used as a currency in illegal transactions.

Except that doesn't happen. A 100 ounce bottle of Tide weighs about 7 lbs and sells for $10. Your friendly neighborhood drug dealer would need a fucking U-Haul to carry away the detergent equivalent of one afternoon's sales.

It's a dumb urban legend that isn't even remotely plausible.

Comment: Re:Something missing from the summary (Score 2) 77

by GrumpySteen (#47426291) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

The Tesla S has a keyless ignition. The key just has to be in range of the vehicle and you can press the start button and take off, even the key isn't in the car with you. Only after you park the car will it refuse to go any further. All the guy had to do was get into the car and that's not that difficult even if the door is locked.

Tesla wants to examine the wreckage because it's an unusual accident and could provide insights into ways that they could improve the structure of the car, not because they can't figure out how someone started it and drove off.

Comment: Re:What could go wrong! (Score 1) 468

Cost. The wikipedia article says that the cost is similar to the cost of synthetic sapphire. For a cell-phone sized sheet of sapphire, the cost is apparently 10x as much as the cost of a similarly sized piece of chemically hardened Gorilla Glass (source). Most customers would rather save 90% of the cost and get a slightly inferior product that they have to replace sooner.

Comment: Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (Score 2) 415

by GrumpySteen (#47399469) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

The article is written in a way that makes it sound like they might be talking about one case, but there are two separate cases. The case you referenced, where they compiled evidence for seven months, was in Warwick, RI. The case the person you responded to referenced, with the USB stick hidden in a tin in a metal cabinet, was in Connecticut.

Chances are that the Connecticut case was similarly investigated before a warrant was issued and the USB stick found, but the article doesn't give any details on the case.

Comment: Re:1200 C?? (Score 1) 228

by GrumpySteen (#47367711) Attached to: Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Perhaps they got confused because nichrome melts at 1,400C, which makes it seem a bit improbable that it can "heat quickly and reliably to temperatures as high as 2,200 C."

But really, they aren't confused. You and the authors (Nathan Myhrvold & W. Wayt Gibbs) are.

1,200 C just happens to be extremely close to 2,200 F (2,192 F to be precise). Most likely they read somewhere that nichrome heating elements can reliably reach 2,200 degrees and assumed C when it was actually F. Since they're usually limited to 1,200 C, they assumed incorrectly that there was a massive amount of extra capacity for heating, not realizing that the 1,200 and 2,200 values were actually the same number.

Comment: Re:Food chain (Score 1) 107

by GrumpySteen (#47297279) Attached to: Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

You do know that statistically you're more likely to die of bee stings than from a shark, right?


If you're allergic to bee stings, you're far more likely to die from a bee sting than statistics indicate. If you aren't allergic to be stings, you're far less likely to die from a bee sting than statistics indicate.

Statistics based on the population as a whole do not represent the actual chances for a specific individual to die in a specific way. Individual behavior and risk factors tend to average out over a large population and can be ignored, but they can't be ignored when speaking about a single person.

your reasoning so flawed it's almost funny

It's ironic that you should say that....

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.