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Comment: I think this is the biggest risk. (Score 3, Insightful) 111

by Z00L00K (#47412785) Attached to: A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

I think this is the biggest risk when it comes to a possible new outbreak. Some uneducated people clean out a lab of storage facility and just throws everything in a dumpster without knowing what they are working with.

It has happened before with other stuff (medical records, computers etc.) and it will happen again. The question is if there is something somewhere that is a major danger. Even worse is if there are some vials with biological warfare material that makes Ebola seem like a common cold. Since much of that research is done secretly it's not easy to know - and in some cases everyone that knows may have passed away and the remains of those projects are just stored in a warehouse with a reference to some documents that have been shredded a decade or more ago.

Comment: The title says it. (Score 1) 550

At least I interpreted it as humans being on the edge of becoming extinct.

But in reality that would take something more deadly than Ebola and as contagious as the common cold.

Looking at a larger perspective it do look like we are too many humans around on this planet and that a severe cut to 1% of the current pressure would probably be necessary to solve the problem of overpopulation and environmental impact.

Comment: Re:I don't hire (Score 1) 279

by Z00L00K (#47388911) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

And what is the limit you have to consider for job hopping?

Also consider that if a person has had different jobs in different areas of experience it can be an advantage - it also depends on why the person was holding on to a job for a certain period. It may have been a time-limited job. A year in heavy industry, a few years in commercial software development, a few years in government work - it can be an advantage.

Comment: Re:It depends on how you look at it. (Score 1) 109

by Z00L00K (#47381573) Attached to: Can the NSA Really Track You Through Power Lines?

Add to it the arcing that occurs from bad insulators on the grid - sometimes they cause a lot of RFI - and they are local. Just go out and listen to a high voltage power line when the weather is humid - there's usually a buzzing on the line caused by surface currents on the insulators.

Comment: Re:Hmmm. (Score 1) 109

by Z00L00K (#47381561) Attached to: Can the NSA Really Track You Through Power Lines?

The electric noise would only be useful for a very rough approximation of where someone is located and largely depend on interference on the grid. At best you may find the county or town where someone is located, but it won't necessarily be conclusive since it's important to also match that to the correct time slot.

The noise brought in as location information in CSI etc. is often depending on more distinct noises that are well-known. A subway station has one set of specific noises, a harbor has a different set. Sometimes among the general noises there are some distinct parts that can help pinpointing.

But if someone records the noises of an out of place location and then use that as a background then it will throw investigation off track. It's impossible to realize straight away that a certain noise is good or misleading unless a repetitive pattern is heard because the noise is looped.

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