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Comment: do you even tinfoil, bro? (Score 3, Funny) 493

by Thud457 (#48206737) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.
Fine, I'll just come out and say it, it's what we're all secretly thinking anyhow.

This is just another nail in the coffin pushed by none other than then N S A.
They want to be able have a documented chain of custody for every component in every piece of your equipment so the cyberpolice can backtrace any illegal encryption and punish scapegoats to justify their exponentially growing budgets. This way they can automatically tell if you done goofed and make sure the consequences will never be the same.

WARNING : may contain MKPUPPET triggers. Processed on machinery that may have also been used to process peanuts. Oops, maybe we should have put that up front.

Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected 390

Posted by timothy
from the short-term-memory dept.
countach44 writes that (in the words of the below-linked article) "Chicagoans are costing the city tens of millions of dollars — through good behavior." The City of Chicago recently installed speed cameras near parks and schools as part of the "Children's Safety Zone Program," claiming a desire to decrease traffic-related incidents in those area. The city originally budgeted (with the help of the company providing the system) to have $90M worth of income from the cameras — of which only $40M is now expected. Furthermore, the city has not presented data on whether or not those areas have become safer.

NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew 392

Posted by timothy
from the couple-of-jockeys-too dept.
globaljustin writes "Alan Drysdale, a systems analyst in advanced life support and a contractor with NASA concluded, "Small women haven't been demonstrated to be appreciably dumber than big women or big men, so there's no reason to choose larger people for a flight crew when it's brain power you want," says Drysdale. "The logical thing to do is to fly small women." Kate Greene, who wrote the linked article, took part in the first HI-SEAS experiment in Martian-style living, and has some compelling reasons for an all-women crew, energy efficiency chief among them: Week in and week out, the three female crew members expended less than half the calories of the three male crew members. Less than half! We were all exercising roughly the same amount—at least 45 minutes a day for five consecutive days a week—but our metabolic furnaces were calibrated in radically different ways. During one week, the most metabolically active male burned an average of 3,450 calories per day, while the least metabolically active female expended 1,475 calories per day. It was rare for a woman on crew to burn 2,000 calories in a day and common for male crew members to exceed 3,000. ... The calorie requirements of an astronaut matter significantly when planning a mission. The more food a person needs to maintain her weight on a long space journey, the more food should launch with her. The more food launched, the heavier the payload. The heavier the payload, the more fuel required to blast it into orbit and beyond. The more fuel required, the heavier the rocket becomes, which it in turn requires more fuel to launch.

God made machine language; all the rest is the work of man.