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Comment: Free Market at Work (Score 3, Insightful) 435

by Hungus (#38513982) Attached to: Prospects Darken For Solar Energy Companies

How is this a long term bad thing? Either the industry will come up with an idea that will allow a marketable solar power system sans subsidies and thus thrive, or it will die and we can move on to the next idea instead of wasting engineering hours on a failed/NRFPT energy source. In either case we win.

Comment: Re:And Lemme Guess... (Score 1) 197

by Hungus (#36836354) Attached to: Police To Begin iPhone Iris Scans

Obtaining an iris scan is probably invasive enough to require a compelling reason to perform it, and my guess is that under most circumstances that means that one is either 1) already being arrested, or 2) being served a warrant for the collection of it.

Sorry but you would be incorrect.

The Supreme Court has said that individuals do not possess an expectation of privacy in their personal characteristics (see United States v. Dionisio, 410 U.S. 1 [1973]). Thus, the police may require individuals to give handwriting and voice exemplars, as well as hair, blood, DNA, and fingerprint samples, without complying with the Fourth Amendment's requirements.

Iris Scans fall into the same category.

Comment: Re:Treat it like fiberglass or asbestos (Score 5, Insightful) 247

by Hungus (#36702126) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Safely Saw Up Motherboards?

Better yet use a wet saw and keep water running over it the entire time. Then you can filter the water but particulates should never become airborne and so you will never inhale them. You should also be wearing thick non porous gloves what handling them and make certain any think you work with is lead free if you plan on making jewelry out of it.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 160

by Hungus (#36702112) Attached to: Online Social Security Statement In Limbo

Actually you are wrong, Currently SSA takes in MORE money than they pay out. There is no "Fund" as Congress has been "Borrowing" it to fund other parts of the budget. The best way to maintain benefits after the switchover occurs (when more money is being paid out than put in) is to raise SSA taxes now and feather the retirement age again.

Social Security brought in an excess of 68.6 Billion dollars last year. (thats what remained after all payouts were made)

Don't believe me?

The data is here:

Comment: Re:And they do that with socialized medicine! (Score 1) 358

by Hungus (#36491578) Attached to: Infertile Daughter To Receive Uterus From Mother

I have been looking for specific data, I see from world census data that male infant mortality is ~20% higher than female, but I have not yet found a reliable source either way on actual birth rates before the advent of legalized abortion for the US. I know my old biology books (OK, clay tablets in Cuneiform) say that female birth rates are higher than males precisely for the reason I mentioned, genetic fragility, but it is not like they cited the sources well anyway. As for Wikipedia, heh I prefer secondary sources and historical fact.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"