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Comment: Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 1) 567

I was thinking along a similar line but my suggestion would be to wait until they are almost 18 (allowing plenty of time for the paperwork to go through). Find out as many of the pros and cons as you can and try to provide them with the most data to make an informed decision. Keep their options open as long as you can.

Comment: Ignore the draft (as a concern) (Score 1) 567

by tverbeek (#49192975) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Don't factor your son's draft registration into your decision-making. There is absolutely no will in Washington to reinstate the draft, and to do so after so many decades without it would be political suicide. And even if that changes somehow before he ages out of eligibility, a dual-citizen raised and living abroad wouldn't have much trouble getting a deferment (which goes double if we're at war with Belgium or Sweden).

Comment: Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 323

Never had a problem with the border agents on either side up by Grand Portage. Last summer brought the kids up to see Kakabeka Falls since it was just a day trip from where we were staying on the north shore. It may be more of a function of where the border crossing is as I seem to always have problems when I fly through Newark or JFK but never when going through Atlanta.

Comment: Re:Alternate Bank of Canada Press Release (Score 1) 219

I wouldn't worry about seeing any $10,000 or even $100,000 notes as those reside in private collections and while still legal tender someone would be a fool to try an use one. I would however question where they got a $100,000 note and I believe that the secrete service would also have some questions as those were only used for inter-bank transfers.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 535

Same here. It isn't like my job is so interesting and the drive to the local courthouse is much shorter than my commute. Granted the only jury I was on was a simple civil case that took about 3 hours from start to end so it wasn't one of those trial of the century type of ones where people end up being sequestered for months which would suck. Still justice needs to be carried out and it is my civic duty, I just wish I had been on a more interesting trial instead of one that was so clear it almost bordered on frivolous.

Comment: Re:I'd expect lots of cross-over branding crap (Score 1) 206

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49172321) Attached to: What Would Minecraft 2 Look Like Under Microsoft?
And you know what Lego sets my kids want more than any others? The Lego creator series since while they do come with instructions it seems to be for 3 different models and they come with a lot of pieces. Granted they have a number of star wars sets now but they have far more creator sets as well as Lego city sets.

Comment: Re:How soon will it be made illegal .. (Score 1) 150

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49166241) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses
Never thought of that, but to do it would take someone more ballsy than I as it seems to skate awfully close to the line where a judge would rule against you. That and I don't know where I would get IR absorbing paint like what is used on Minnesota's new license plates which are designed to be easily read by ALPRs with very high contrast in the IR spectrum. This tells me that the cameras they are using don't have IR filters and with enough power being dumped out around the plate it will hopefully screw up the sensor for all the other vehicles around as well.

Comment: Re:How soon will it be made illegal .. (Score 1) 150

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49164469) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses
Wouldn't surprise me especially since most of those devices for obscuring license plates are covers or paints and are easily dealt with in accordance with the law. For example Minnesota State Statute 169.79 sub section 7 states:

All plates must be (1) securely fastened so as to prevent them from swinging, (2) displayed horizontally with the identifying numbers and letters facing outward from the vehicle, and (3) mounted in the upright position. The person driving the motor vehicle shall keep the plate legible and unobstructed and free from grease, dust, or other blurring material so that the lettering is plainly visible at all times. It is unlawful to cover any assigned letters and numbers or the name of the state of origin of a license plate with any material whatever, including any clear or colorless material that affects the plate's visibility or reflectivity.

So in my state any cover one were to put over their plate, including those license plate frames dealers put on, would be illegal. At the same time if one were to rig up a system where one was dumping out massive amounts of IR around the plate in an effort to flood the image that would be legal. Also for the record there are no laws covering the IR emission from vehicles in Minnesota as all light emissions regulations deal with specific colors (white, blue, amber, and red) light, or with flashing lights.

I have done some digging into seeing if flooding ALPRs with IR is possible and while some people seem to say it isn't it seems like their efforts have been fairly half assed. They only put out a few watts of power instead of going for a few hundred watts of power. I want to build a frame that covers no part of my plate but will draw 20 amps at 12V and dump it into a large array of these IR LEDs. From the pictures I have seen where people photograph a 100 equivalent watt bulb showing that even that doesn't flood the image they just didn't take it far enough so ~200W going into some IR LEDs would be about as bright as a 1000 watt bulb which now is starting to get up into the range of back lit by the sun range type of power which will mess with the picture.

Comment: Re:Troll Bait (Score 1) 4

by Will.Woodhull (#49159555) Attached to: A simple question on climate change: heat of fusion of ice

No, I could not. I've got better things to do than to try to repeat the research of other people who know their subject areas better than I will ever learn them.

Your post on the other hand is flamebait. Do you have no better way to bolster your ego? Can you not think of some positive way to score points?

All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.

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