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Comment: Re:What if he forgot it? (Score 3, Informative) 345

by camperdave (#47418613) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys
It doesn't matter. In the UK, you face jail time for not turning over passwords... even if you can prove you never had them. If the cops think that a photo has steganographically hidden data, you must produce the decryption key, or face jail time. If some anonymous so and so sends you a floppy disk, or USB stick, you must produce the decryption keys to any files on it.

Comment: Re: 2 months, but they all quit! (Score 1) 224

by camperdave (#47410441) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...
No. It's *YOUR* CFLs that are complete junk. I bought a bunch (Philips Marathon, 900 lumen, 15 Watt) about five or six years ago and have yet to have one fail. I don't have any of that "build up to full brightness" nonsense I've seen in other bulbs. It's full brightness right away.

So, given the experience that I and a significant number of CFL purchasers have had, is it any wonder that we scratch our heads at your bad luck and wonder about your power quality.

Comment: Re:oh you fly with no front windows .... how cute. (Score 1) 464

Let me bring up the subject of the entire story: "Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View". So what is the point in bringing up a plane as an example of a windowless cockpit when it clearly has cockpit windows?

Comment: Re:Failsafe? (Score 1) 464

--Agreed, except when the glass is hit by a laser, or covered with ice/snow/birdsplat/debris...

All of those would take out a camera as well, with a window having the benefit that one can simply shift one's head and see out beside the birdsplat/ice/debris/whatever. Straight-Outta-Luck with the laser, with both systems though.

Comment: Shielding (Score 2) 73

by camperdave (#47350109) Attached to: Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record
One of the hazards that long duration space travellers will face is radiation. The Earth's magnetic field draws incoming particles to the poles, thus protecting us. Could these powerful magnets be utilized on spacecraft to provide a similar function, drawing incoming particles to a sacrificial target or an area of the spacecraft that is hardened against radiation?

If you fail to plan, plan to fail.