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Comment: Re:Regardless of any 'sensitivities'... (Score 2, Funny) 53

by wirefarm (#47249369) Attached to: Humans Not Solely To Blame For Passenger Pigeon Extinction

Apparently they were fairly awful creatures—flocks of a few million birds blackening the skies, decimating crops and crapping on everything.
Couldn't we direct our sympathies to a more like-able creature? Wooly mammoths or great awks, perhaps?

Maybe we eradicated them and it's actually a *good* thing. It's not quite the same as how we (as a species) are still hunting the poor ortolan

Call me insensitive, but I really hate pigeons.

Comment: Re:objective list (Score 4, Informative) 231

Wikipedia is very slanted towards recent and Eurocentric events.

Yes, this is somewhat explainable in terms of how much literature has been produced over time, and how much literature is accessible online. Wikipedia isn't the problem here, the problem is that the authors didn't acknowledge this issue, let alone attempt to account for it in their computation. (though it's a long paper, so I might have missed where it was discussed)


This Chip Can Tell If You've Been Poisoned 36

Posted by Soulskill
from the let-somebody-else-test-it-first dept.
sciencehabit writes "When you are dealing with a deadly poison that can be found in food and is a potential terrorist weapon, you want the best detection tools you can get. Now, researchers in France have demonstrated an improved method to detect the most deadly variant of the botulinum neurotoxin, which causes botulism. Their test — essentially, a lab on a tiny chip (abstract) — provides results faster than the standard method and accurately detects even low concentrations of the toxin."

Comment: Re:Don't worry about that (Score 2) 166

by wirefarm (#46492049) Attached to: Goodbye, Google Voice

I'm with you guys. I lived overseas when I signed up for Grand Central, which became Google Voice, so I could get a US number for my mom to call me on, that I would route to a skype number (it's harder to keep the same skype dial-in number if you're as forgetful as me at keeping a balance on it).

Now I have Google Voice going to an app on an old iPhone with no cell service, and use WiFi for 99% of my calls, occasionally sending the traffic to any number of 'burner' phones if I won't be near WiFi.

The funny thing is I had never noticed the MMS issue.

When I'm at the computer, I use the Hangouts plugin for chrome to make and receive calls and it works well, where before I had to be logged into the right Gmail account and have the page open for it to ring. If you use Chrome, I highly recommend it.

Comment: Re:Middle Initial (Score 3, Funny) 227

by wirefarm (#46202575) Attached to: Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Jerry: David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, Richard Speck...
Alice: What about them?
Jerry: Serial killers. Serial killers only have two names. You ever notice that? But lone gunmen assassins, they always have three names. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Mark David Chapman...
Alice: John Hinckley. He shot Reagan. He only has two names.
Jerry: Yeah, but he only just shot Reagan. Reagan didn't die. If Reagan had died, I'm pretty sure we probably would all know what John Hinckley's middle name was.

Comment: Re:Until you experience the speed ... (Score 1) 338

by wirefarm (#46064765) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

I had gigabit in Japan in 2007 or do, as did my girlfriend across town.
I could mount a disk at her place using AFP and a little port forwarding and play movies from her disk as well as if they were on my desktop.

Seriously sweet, especially considering that in around 1999 or 2000, the best you could get was 56K ISDN and evening rates where you didn't pay by the minute.

Comment: Re:New thing same as the old thing (Score 1) 80

by interiot (#44353131) Attached to: Disney Algorithm Builds High-Res 3D Models From Ordinary Photos
3D scanning is really important. Whenever we figure out how to do it faster/cheaper/easier, that's important. 3D scanning is useful for all kinds of future activities, from the maker movement (3D printer + 3D scanner = 3D copier), to gaming (eg. Kinect), to driving (eg. DARPA Grand Challenge), to mobile devices (eg. Google Glasses).

Comment: Re:of course... (Score 5, Insightful) 280

by interiot (#44184395) Attached to: In a Security Test, 3-D Printed Gun Smuggled Into Israeli Parliament

whose idea was it to use metal detectors as gun detectors? Time & technology change... and detection methods must change with them.

If non-metallic guns were truly viable, they would have been used 20 years ago to sneak past metal detectors and kill judges and politicians and airplane pilots. Plastic manufacturing has been around for a long time, the only thing 3D printers do is reduce the cost. There are well-funded spy agencies and a few individuals who would have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for a single gun. And yet none has materialized: [1] [2] [3]

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