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+ - Can dogs sniff out computer memory like drugs?-> 1

Submitted by FriendlySolipsist
FriendlySolipsist (129062) writes "A dog can be trained to detect computer memory, say the Rhode Island State Police in taking delivery of the second such dog in the nation from the Connecticut State Police. Being able to find hidden computer flash memory cards hidden in drawers and over ceiling tiles will aid their fight against child porn, the police say.

But is there any scientific evidence that such a thing is even possible? Computer parts are made from plastic and metal like almost everything else in a home or office, and computer parts unlike organic plants give off no odor. Without any plausible scientific explanation for how a dog can detect computer parts, is this all just a legal sham to bypass Fourth Amendment probable cause warrant requirements, allowing the human handler to signal the dog based on exactly the kind of "police intuition" that violates constitutional rights?"

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+ - New released NOAA data now confirms decades long cooling->

Submitted by bricko
bricko (1052210) writes "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade.

Responding to widespread criticism that its temperature station readings were corrupted by poor citing issues and suspect adjustments, NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. Because the network, known as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), is so uniformly and pristinely situated, the temperature data require no adjustments to provide an accurate nationwide temperature record. USCRN began compiling temperature data in January 2005. Now, nearly a decade later, NOAA has finally made the USCRN temperature readings available.

According to the USCRN temperature readings, U.S. temperatures are not rising at all – at least not since the network became operational 10 years ago. Instead, the United States has cooled by approximately 0.4 degrees Celsius, which is more than half of the claimed global warming of the twentieth century.

USCRN data debunk claims that rising U.S. temperatures caused wildfires, droughts, or other extreme weather events during the past year. The objective data show droughts, wildfires, and other extreme weather events have become less frequent and severe in recent decades as our planet modestly warms. But even ignoring such objective data, it is difficult to claim global warming is causing recent U.S. droughts and wildfires when U.S. temperatures are a full 0.4 degrees Celsius colder than they were in 2005."

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+ - Forbes: Government Data Show U.S. in Decade-Long Cooling->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming.

Responding to widespread criticism that its temperature station readings were corrupted by poor citing issues and suspect adjustments, NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. Because the network, known as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), is so uniformly and pristinely situated, the temperature data require no adjustments to provide an accurate nationwide temperature record. USCRN began compiling temperature data in January 2005. Now, nearly a decade later, NOAA has finally made the USCRN temperature readings available.

According to the USCRN temperature readings, U.S. temperatures are not rising at all – at least not since the network became operational 10 years ago. Instead, the United States has cooled by approximately 0.4 degrees Celsius, which is more than half of the claimed global warming of the twentieth century.

Of course, 10 years is hardly enough to establish a long-term trend. Nevertheless, the 10-year cooling period does present some interesting facts."

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Comment: Re:Gambling with exchange rates (Score 1, Insightful) 115

by Wonko the Sane (#47371459) Attached to: Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

I expect exchange rates to move in my favor, but that's just a side benefit. The real advantage of abandoning the Dollar for Bitcoin is that my liquidity and savings are no longer tied up in murder-based blood money.

Bitcoin is a human rights movement.

Comment: Re:How long before... (Score 5, Interesting) 105

by Wonko the Sane (#47334415) Attached to: Fixing Faulty Genes On the Cheap

Did you know human livers are a single broken gene away from maufacturing vitamin C from glucose, just like almost every other mammal?

The liver perform every step in the process except the final one, because of a single transacription error that was introduced into the germline back in ancient times

It would be cool to see what happens when they fix that.

Comment: Re:I can stop any time!!! (Score 5, Funny) 710

by Wonko the Sane (#47311359) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

And what's up with this "In 1942, more than 80 percent of Americans slept seven hours a night or more. Today, 40 percent sleep six hours or less" part?

I had to do some mental math to convert those equilvent comparisons 20% got less than 7 hours in 1942, and today 40% get less than 6.

Why would they make me do mental math when they know I probably didn't get enough sleep last night?

Comment: Re:Unwritten rule of parking tickets. (Score 2) 286

It reminds me of an acquaintance who claimed to have worked at a red light camera company, where he bragged about at random times, the traffic signal light could flash red just for 50-100 ms, snap a picture, then change back to green. That way, they could keep the flow of red light camera tickets going but without being caught on driver dash cams with extremely short (or no) yellow lights.

Probably the best way tourists can fight back is to blacklist towns doing those shenanigans, but with larger cities like NYC, that can't really be done.

The best way to fight back is to blacklist everybody who has ever been employed by a red light camera company.

Use LinkedIn to track them down, create a public website where you name and shame them.

If you can find out where they live, confront them at their houses in front of their families and neighbors.

Until there's a social cost which makes acting like an amoral mercenary unprofitable, the number of amoral mercenaries will continue to increase.

Comment: Re:If people would fight their tickets... (Score 1) 286

Unfortunately very little of our "justice" system is geared towards real accountability and equality.

The court system is theater designed to give the peasants the illusion of justice.

It's sole purpose is to increase margins for the ruling class - people who believe they are free require the rulers to expend fewer resources to keep them compliant and productive.

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