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Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 480

We have a lot of diesel vehicles in the world. Finding a fuel that can replace diesel created by processing oil from the ground will allow those vehicles to remain in service, instead of being junked and replaced by hybrids or electric vehicles. [Eventually, they will break down and need to be replaced, but that can be a gradual process.] I'm pretty sure it's easier to convince someone "the stuff coming out of the diesel pump looks and smells different, but it still works" than "you need to replace your existing vehicle."

Comment: Some possibilities (Score 1) 61

by Hotawa Hawk-eye (#49560687) Attached to: The World of 3D Portraiture

Send a likeness of your kids to your parents so the grandparents can see what their grandchildren look like in 3D. Yes, a photograph would do just as well, but there will be some who prefer the 3D representation.

Grandparents can send their likeness to their grandchildren so that even if the grandkids don't see their grandparents often, they'll still know what they look like.

Cosmetic surgeons can print out a "before" statue, make some changes to the model, and print out an "after" statue to give clients a chance to see what their new faces or bodies will look like in 3D rather than just on a monitor.

Related to the above, "save state" for your physical appearance. If you scan in your face and body and then suffer a disfiguring accident you can use the scanned data as a template for the cosmetic surgeon to put you back together. This would probably be limited, at first, to people like actors and actresses, models, athletes in sports where there's a high risk of facial injury (boxing, hockey, American football), or the military who either have a lot invested in their looks or are more likely to suffer disfigurement due to the nature of their work.

Grave markers that look like the person whose grave they mark, or hollowed-out 3D portraits to hold cremated remains as urns.

On a more whimsical note:

Custom awards. 3D print out an Oscar with an actor's face in place of the blank face. Or a sports team where each player poses for their own custom trophy.

A family with many children could turn them into a set of nesting dolls with each child's doll nesting inside their immediately older sibling's doll.

Comment: Redirect from the military budget (Score 1) 198

by Hotawa Hawk-eye (#49538973) Attached to: House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity

How about we redirect some of the defense budget into this social sciences research (in the name of "being able to better detect suspicious behavior on the part of a potential terrorist at an airport" if we need to motivate it to the "Won't someone please think of the terrorists" crowd?)

By one set of measurements on the Wikipedia page, we spend about 4 and a half times what China does in military spending. We outspend China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UK, France, Japan, India, Germany, and South Korea COMBINED. If we redirected or cut 10% from the military budget, we would "only" outspend China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UK, France, Japan, and India. I wouldn't think Germany and South Korea are huge threats to the US.

By the other list on that page, we only outspend China 2.8 to 1, we outspend China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, the UK, and India combined and cutting our spending by 10% would cause us to outspend China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, and the UK.

Comment: Re:As if SMTP were ever secure... (Score 1) 609

by Hotawa Hawk-eye (#49234383) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

And even if she didn't want to risk allowing a virus sent to her personal email account to infect her secure phone via the other email client, you don't need to check your personal email every other minute. If there's a critical or time-sensitive personal issue about which Secretary Clinton needs to know, phones have this wonderful capability. You can send it a voice message; in fact, people now may not know or remember this but phones even allow two-way verbal communication!

Comment: Re:Comment Subject: (Score 1) 113

by Hotawa Hawk-eye (#49227915) Attached to: UK ISPs Quietly Block Sites That List Pirate Bay Proxies

Why not find some way to get them onto the sites of the ISPs' websites themselves? Or even better, the copyright holders' sites -- do they look at the lists closely enough to avoid smacking themselves upside the head? If they're using a "spray and pray" style of takedown, perhaps they will miss one or two of their own URLs.

Comment: Re:Right, but does it correctly model... (Score 4, Insightful) 247

I think the best solution is to head to a harbor. I don't know how fast or how well a zombie can swim, but I'd bet it's slower than and not as well as a ship can sail. A decent sized ship with fishing gear could fish for food and send out "landing parties" (where absolutely no one wears red) to raid the coast for supplies as needed. If it's large enough (think yacht) those landing parties could even rescue survivors and keep them in quarantine (separate locked cabin, trailing the ship in a lifeboat, etc.) for a time to ensure they're not infected before letting them join the normal complement.

Comment: Re:Poorly written headline (Score 1) 93

by Hotawa Hawk-eye (#48998683) Attached to: LEGO Contraption Allows Scientists To Safely Handle Insects

You could build a box with some transparent bricks or windshields as sides. Use some Technic blocks (the ones with holes) and pins to allow additional air in (to supplement what can get in since the blocks aren't airtight when connected) without allowing larger insects to escape. That would allow you to capture live specimens. But yes, that is not the topic of the article.

Comment: Lock box analogy (Score 2) 431

Ms. Caldwell, I have here a lockbox with one key. Please place a $20 from your pocket in the box, lock it, and you hold onto the key. How secure do you think your money is in that box? Do you want the government to mandate that it must have a key to that box?

Now here I have a second key for that lockbox. I (representing the government) am the only one who has access to that key, so you should still feel relatively confident in the security of your money. \begin{JamesEarlJones}We are the United States Government. We don't DO that sort of thing. \end{JamesEarlJones} Do you still feel confident? Are you more or less confident in its security that you were in the first case?

Whoops, I lost the second key or someone stole it from me. Anyone may have access to the second key now. Now how confident are you in the security of your $20? More or less than the first two cases?

When we encrypt our data, we are basically putting it in a lockbox with one key, like the first case. You may think you're advocating for the second case, but a government-mandated "second key" will inevitably (and quickly) be compromised, resulting in the third case.

Comment: Re: Not their fault (Score 1) 397

by Hotawa Hawk-eye (#48920105) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

A couple of inches of snow is one thing.

Almost two feet of snow in Boston itself, and very close to three feet of snow in other places in Massachusetts, is quite another. As it stands right now, only five storms in Boston history (going back to 1892) have higher snowfall totals (the data on that page predates the 2013 storm, which had a higher snowfall total, if I remember correctly.) The ticker at the bottom of the local TV programming listing school closings and activity cancellations for Wednesday (recovering from the storm) takes a couple minutes to finish its cycle.

Comment: Re:Wow .... (Score 3, Informative) 155

From what I gathered from the article, a particular cancer medication needs to be produced using expensive materials (hamster ovaries) because the proteins produced by the ovaries don't get tangled up for some reason. Producing those proteins in a less expensive material (E. coli, yeast) would lead to tangling of the proteins. If they can use the less expensive material and detangle the proteins for less than the cost of producing the proteins in the hamster ovaries, the price of the medication would (hopefully) go down and the supply would increase.

So the next step is to un-tangle proteins produced from yeast, I guess.

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!