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Comment: Re:Removing bins will not fix underlying problem (Score 1) 179

by daryl_and_daryl (#44561515) Attached to: London Bans Recycling Bins That Track Phones

Broadcasting a cloned MAC can also be a useful exploit. Such as, "I can not have been the one to commit that murder - this rubbish bin will testify that my phone and I were next to it waiting for the number 5, at the very moment you claim that attack took place."

Comment: Re:You really can't figure that out? (Score 1) 380

It really is not about being annoyed for a few seconds.

The target audience of the message is someone who read the license plate of the car in question. Realistically this is people who are traveling on the road, or in a service area (Gas Station, Motel, Fast Food). The message appears as text, in California you are not permitted to read text based messages while driving.

So you can not even see what the alert is until the vehicle has come to a full and complete stop.

If my phone is set to silence, and if the Government decides that it will make enough noise to bring to mind a civil defense alarm, I expect that everyone driving alone will pull to the side of the road as quickly as possible and read the message. I expect the message to tell me something like the 'big one' is here and Palm Springs will become ocean front property, and the 5 will be the new PCH in 10 minutes. Also Shamu says so long and thanks for all the fish.

  Not to be on the lookout for 2 people in a blue car in a town of 500.

Comment: Re: nature and consumers (Score 2) 358

by daryl_and_daryl (#44409967) Attached to: GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA To Save It

I submit that we have been undergoing global warming since the since the last ice age. In my view, 160 years is not a LONG time on a global scale.

The thermometer goes back to about 1600. So it is not possible to get any reliable data going back even 500 years.

Given the Earth is about 4.5 billion years 200 years of data does not approach enough for a rounding error.
It is not possible to obtain 3 data points, with enough accuracy to talk about any global change since the height of the Roman Empire. 160 years of knowing about climate change is not even 15% of that time.

Is the climate changing, yes - but there is just not enough data to hold an intelligent discussion about what conditions will be 200 years from now.

Lo! Men have become the tool of their tools. -- Henry David Thoreau