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Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 2) 502

by fahrbot-bot (#47938769) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

The cracking would take longer than the expected lifespan of the universe.

The obvious solution is inter parallel universe travel. We find the parallel universe in which the only difference is that the suspect didn't lock his/her phone and get the data there. Problem solved.

Comment: This will take a minute... (Score 1) 230

by fahrbot-bot (#47938667) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

I was a kid I've had this deep love and passion for astronomy and astrophysics. This love and passion though never evolved into any formal education or anything beyond just a distant fascination as I got out of high school, into college ...

So which is it, a "deep love and passion" or "distant fascination"? If the former, your life mistake was not pursuing it in college, etc... If simply the latter, then read a few books about it as a hobby. Either way, with two kids and a full-time job, you probably don't have the time and determination to learn enough to "start contributing back to the field" - at least, not anytime soon.

Astronomy and/or astrophysics is not just something you pick up over the weekend. As someone once said, "Traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, boy!"

Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 1) 391

by fahrbot-bot (#47920135) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

But ask any senior programmer who has dealt with one straight out of school. Very often the lack of real world experience means they're unwilling/incapable of recognizing that someone knows some things they didn't cover in school, and that their theoretical model falls on its face when confronted with other things.

A while ago we had two fresh grads hired as junior programmers. After - literally - two months, one asked when she would be promoted to a senior programmer. I replied, when you don't need senior programmer to help you with all your work.

Comment: Re:Nature (Score 5, Funny) 113

by fahrbot-bot (#47891965) Attached to: Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

And that's because hydrogen is chemically unstable and hard to store compared to sugars. Neither of those are good things for living creatures.

Exactly. Plants learned *that* lesson long before we did with the Hindenburg. (If you listen very carefully to the video, you can hear all the plants laughing at our naiveté in the background.)

Comment: Re:COBOL (Score 1) 385

by fahrbot-bot (#47864597) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

My college still teaches COBOL, requiring two semesters of it. But I'm not sure if this is because they illegitimately believe it's still useful or just because of old habit (and to keep the guy teaching it employed).

It's probably because your college still uses COBOL and wants to ensure they can still hire inexpensive grads to support them :-)

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 152

by fahrbot-bot (#47812967) Attached to: Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

Yes! Where? I want it!

Second that. I currently use Proxomitron to filter out all the unwanted (by me anyway) crap on Google's home page (instant, preview, sidebar, link redirects, etc...) and have to use "" to avoid https (so I can use my filtering proxy).

Yes, I know I can use Startpage and/or DuckDuckGo, but they're not as fast as hitting Google directly. Seriously, for simple searches, 99.9% of the time the JavaScript and crap (et al) on all these search pages (like Google and Bing) is a complete bullshit. Just my $0.02 anyway.

Comment: Re:A closed-loop feedback diet system (Score 1) 588

by fahrbot-bot (#47809949) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

I (and several others) purchased a blood sugar meter. Basically, we would check our blood sugar levels (BSL) at 1 and 2 hours after eating. We all found that some foods would take us up to 120 (the upper limit for our experiment), but some foods blasted BSL up to 200.

I did this too and noticed the same (though not above 160). I found the following helped reduce those spikes: (a) split one meal into two meals 3-hours apart (b) long walk and/or brief intense spot exercise - which, I've read, helps burn off some of the stored energy in the muscles causing them to pull fresh from the blood stream. Either case, though especially the intense spot exercise, showed about a 30 point reduction in blood sugar.

You might also be interested in this: Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system.

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