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Comment: Re:PEDs? (Score 1) 253

by HagraBiscuit (#45984875) Attached to: How would you use science to innovate upon sports?
Have you seen that excellent documentary The Bourne Legacy? Strictly, the option should have stated "military grade" not "weapons grade" Peformance Enhancing Drugs. MGPEDs currently only be used by elite black ops agents or other military type folks with a shorter than average life expectancy such that long term effects are either neglected or never found out about owing to other things prematurely curbing their enjoyment of oxygen. As such, they don't need normal regulatory approval. I suppose an "all drugs allowed" athletics tournament would have a kind of macabre spectator appeal to see just how much some people are willing to fuck themselves up to gain a little bubble-reputation and a little cash, much like X-factor or similar car-crash TV.

Comment: Point of order: Energy cannot be created. (Score 1) 377

by HagraBiscuit (#45100207) Attached to: Largest US Power Storing Solar Array Goes Live
The synopsis states that the facility was... "creating enough energy to power 70,000 homes". This is, as every physics 101 student knows, fundamentally incorrect. The facility may have converted or even harvested enough energy to power 70,000 homes, but it did NOT create that energy. Even the sun, from which the converted energy came, merely converted some of its mass into the heat and light which eventually reached the facility. Yours etc, Viscount Pedantic Bastard.

Comment: Public domain? Mostly, but it achieves nothing. (Score 1) 457

by HagraBiscuit (#43673741) Attached to: US DOJ Say They Don't Need Warrants For E-Mail, Chats
Given the number of servers, gateways, routers, switches any average email gets routed through, it would generally be imprudent to assume that the information contained therein is any more secure than if it were written on a postcard and sent through the mail, with the addition that a copy of the postcard is retained each time it is handled. I can't comment technically on chat messages, but I would assume the same (or similar) to be true. It is illegal for anyone, including government, to open physical mail not addressed to them without judicial oversight, but to read a postcard? I don't think that requires a warrant, does it? It might require some degree of legalisation for the information gleaned to be admissible in a court of law, but even Mr Postman can do the gleaning without getting knuckles rapped. I would imagine that a similar principle applies to emails / chats etc. If I intended to communicate anything I believe could get me in trouble with the authorities, I definitely absolutely positively would NOT do so over email or chat. I imagine that anyone else with even a third of a brain would find other methods too, so governments intercepting emails will likely achieve nothing more than: 1) Creating a hell of a lot more work for already overworked analysts and 2) Seriously pissing off civil liberties groups and the citizenry in general. So, okay go ahead and read all of our postcards to each other, see where it gets you. F#ckin' nowhere except closer to a revolution, I'll warrant.

Comment: How can I contribute... (Score 5, Interesting) 1078

by HagraBiscuit (#43608633) Attached to: Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment
How and where can I contribute to the legal costs for the family of this student? I want them to hire the best advocates money can provide, I want to see that judge humiliated for attempting to destroy the future of a curious student who made a mistake leading to an incident where no harm was either done or intended.

Comment: As usual, cutting edge journalism from the Gruanid (Score 1) 106

by HagraBiscuit (#43001853) Attached to: Doctor Who's Dalek Designer Dies At 84
Firstly, my condolences to the family. RIP Mr Cusick. We are all thankful for your worthy and enduring legacy. Secondly, are there any actual journalists at the guardian? "...suffering from an illness..." can you be a little more specific? Not too impertinent a question, even for a grieving daughter. The rest of the article I could easily have harvested from Whozines or wiki-whatevers. They've lost their balls since the NoTW went to the wall.

Comment: If I remember the story correctly. (Score 1) 420

by HagraBiscuit (#42337313) Attached to: Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away
Tau Ceti V became overrun with sentient robots intent on defending the power grid. We will need to, at some point, send a volunteer out there to shut down the central nuclear reactor in order to wrest back control of the system. One of the first games, (i can recall) where you could save your progress.

+ - Real time trace vapour detector mimics dog nose to detect explosives->

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Researchers at UCSB, led by professors Carl Meinhart of mechanical engineering and Martin Moskovits of chemistry, have designed a detector that uses microfluidic nanotechnology to mimic the biological mechanism behind canine scent receptors. The device is both highly sensitive to trace amounts of certain vapor molecules, and able to tell a specific substance apart from similar molecules.

Free abstract and pay per view article at Analytical Chemistry:"

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+ - SPAM: Best Practices for Maximising Mobile Web Usability

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hansikarakoti writes "Your website may be performing brilliantly for the desktop users, but why limit your reach to just those users? A growing percentage of people across the world are using iPads, iPhones and other small screen mobile devices to access the Internet. With this growth the mobile web usage has been doubling up year on year."
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Comment: A polite word perhaps. Arrest is not the answer. (Score 2) 534

by HagraBiscuit (#41956767) Attached to: Man Arrested For Photo of Burning Poppy On Facebook
The good learned lawyer is completely right in his comments. I imagine there are graves of brave servicemen doing a 1200rpm spin-and-rinse over how much of a bureaucratic, oppressive, surveillance police state the UK has become. The flaming-poppy-posting tosspot has every right to act the goat. Everybody eles has the right to point out to him, his social network of choice, his ISP and the rest of the straight-thinking world how much of a tosspot he is and insist that he should obligingly remove evidence of his recent idiocy and keep his tosspottery to himself in future. This situation looks to have jumped a whole big wodge of escalation and gone straight to legal remedies.

The only thing cheaper than hardware is talk.