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Comment: Re:Rapiscan (Score 0) 146

by danbert8 (#47714753) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

No, Rapey-scan.

I can just visualize the conference room where they decided the name of the product:

Hey guys, we need to name this unconstitutional search device that shows nude images of disgruntled people who will hate us. Any ideas?

Well we want it to sound fast so they don't blame lines on it... How about "rapid scan".

Hmm, that doesn't sound very awesome... How about "Rapiscan?"

But doesn't that look a bit like it has the word "rape" in it?

No! Get your mind out of the gutter Simmons. No non-pervert would ever pronounce it that way!

Well basically something like this:

Comment: Re:This is ridiculous. (Score 3, Insightful) 146

by danbert8 (#47714695) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

It wasn't a failure of security that caused 9/11, it was a failure of policy. The by the book way to deal with a hijacking was to comply with the terrorists with the idea that they just wanted the passengers and plane for ransom, not to use the plane itself as a weapon. Today the pilots would intentionally crash the plane before they would allow the hijackers control over the aircraft.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 174

But it would require us to stop using alternative fuels like ethanol. We have been deforesting land to form new planting fields to grown corn and sugar cane in for ethanol production. That was a climate win right? How could government solutions possibly make us worse off?

Comment: Re:Transparent? (Score 1) 174

You mean any studies that will never get published because they will be called "deniers"? Every claim of death and cost of global warming is hugely inflated. I have yet to see a study that shows any possible BENEFIT of global warming despite the evidence that the warmest times in Earth's history have been the times that life has been most prolific.

Comment: Re:Transparent? (Score 1) 174

No, the claim is that all the scientists now learned how to do science from doing science fairs in school. They follow the same scientific method they learned there. Make a hypothesis. Form your conclusion. Find, manipulate, or fabricate data to support that conclusion. If you can't fudge the data enough, make a graph with inappropriate scale and units to make your data appear to support the conclusion.

That's what you see in science fairs, and that's all of this bullshit. Science isn't always about looking at data and being "that's funny" sometimes it's about having the scientific integrity to say "there is no clear conclusion that can be drawn from this data" or "we weren't able to isolate the variables enough to see a relationship."

Comment: Re:Where do I sign up? (Score 1) 327

If there's no actual investment then why do I get a yearly report from the Social Security Administration telling me how much I have in my fund? If you are agreeing that Social Security is a huge money hole where future generations pay for the retirement of the old, then who WOULDN'T opt out? Probably just the old, not the people paying for the old to retire.

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