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Comment Re:Get a Sat Phone (Score 1) 376

Just an aside, you cannot legally cross the US/Canadian border with your GMRS radios or travel to a lot of countries. GMRS here in Canada is limited to 2 watts and integrated crappy antenna. My 5watt ham HT can go to most countries and, with a roll-up j-pole strung up in a tree, can probably transmit 100x as far as my GMRS radio.

Comment Re:Ugh, God, there's one in every ARC (Score 1) 376

To anyone reading the above: yes ham has it's version of a "troll." They are these guys who think they work for the FCC and know what amateur radio is "for." Fortunately, the folks on the airwaves are generally the nicest and most helpful people you will ever talk to. These guys, like most other trolls, are more common on Internet forums and are full of it. Amateur radio has been so successful at spurring innovation because it is simply defined by what it is not (commercial radio), and not for some preordained purpose.

<sarcasm>I guess I should get on the repeater tomorrow at 8am when those old timers are "ragchewing" again. That repeater is for "contributing" (whatever that means), not replacing IRC chat </sarcasm>

Comment Re:Cloud Seeding (Score 1) 223

The issue seems to be that either apoc.famine doesn't understand statistics or that the variance of the population is too large. If the effect of seeding is small, and the population variance of clouds is very large, it may require very large sample sizes to test for significance between randomly sampled groups. Remember, each sample requires flying an airliner, so large sample sizes may be prohibitive.

Comment Re:If It Works, It Works But Remember Your Custome (Score 1) 426

That's great for playing a DVD, but absolutely sucks for a complicated task. I see people spending hours clicking around menu-driven software (eg., SPSS, EPrime, Excel) trying to get something to work because they have been trained to never look at documentation (and be afraid of anything that requires typing). /rant

Comment Re:This ain't a patent troll (Score 3, Insightful) 171

Of course, the thousands of people who spent the prior 50 years developing the *methodologies* that he used, will be locked out of synthetic life until their children are middle aged. Despite romantic ideas, invention is not a solitary operation. He may have been the first to the finish line using "shitloads of money," but patents will do nothing but slow down progress. The world will start working with synthetic life in a quarter century, whereas without Venter and patents, the we would have synthetic life in <5 (at the rate of progress in molecular biology).

Comment Re:Patent violations (Score 1) 399

Clones differ from IBM PC's in similar ways different encoders/decoders differ. Some encoders/decoders will be better or worse quality or speed, written in different languages with different compartmentalization, they often have different options or work in different environments.

Of course, arguing about patents is like arguing about the number of angels that can stand on the head of a pin. It's all ridiculous in the end.

Justice Not As Blind As Previously Thought 256

NotSoHeavyD3 writes "I doubt this is much of a surprise but apparently Cornell University did a study that seems to show you're more likely to get convicted if you're ugly. From the article: 'According to a Cornell University study, unattractive defendants are 22 percent more likely to be convicted than good-looking ones. And the unattractive also get slapped with harsher sentences — an average of 22 months longer in prison.'"

Comment Re:Other websites knowing your facebook account (Score 2, Informative) 154

For privoxy, I added the following to my user.action file:

{ +block{Facebook privacy invasions} }

and saved.

Comment Re:i am smug (Score 1) 334

We'll just cut off your fucking food supply.

Oh, the country boy superiority complex. I almost miss that living in the city now. Yes, I know you masturbate while thinking about starving cities and living off your land with just a shotgun and a plow. It's not like your lifestyle is heavily dependent on industry, like your equipment, your (heavily used) vehicles, or your other supplies, let alone, any other technology you rely on. Unless you are a high-producing farmer (as few "country boys" are), you are actually living a high impact, relatively parasitic lifestyle on the rest of society. Your high mileage pickup truck, large, useless lot of land, and the extensive roadway/electric system to support it all depend on people who consume less and produce more than you.

If you think a new "dark age" will be good entertainment for you from behind the sights of your rifle, you need a little more study of history. Unless you are good at coaxing large numbers of the starving poor to pick up weapons in your name, you will lose anyway.

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