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Comment Re:video transmission (Score 1) 198

Presumably the device can be reactivated through the smartphone app as well as deactivated. So the WiFi needs to stay active. And since they cannot control the customer routers to ensure that Wake-on-LAN functionality is present, the main processor needs to stay active to continually monitor the WiFi. About all they could have done better is to deactivate the camera CCD and maybe put the main processor into a lower power state. But such things have a tendancy to introduce hard to debug problems around the time that things go in and out of low power states, so it is easy to see why they might have done the minimum to stop the video stream, rather than gone all out for maximum power savings (which might not be all that much of a saving in the end given what needs to stay active anyway).

Comment Re:Another possibility (Score 2) 68

They already tried this in a number of areas - by introducing large numbers of Asian Tiger Mosquitoes. The males will mate with the Anopheles Mosquitoes that carry Malaria, but no offspring will be produced because the species are not compatible. Since female Mosquitoes only mate once, this renders them childless. It works quite well against Malaria, but the downside is that Asian Tiger Mosquitoes carry Dengue and other diseases that are only marginally less severe than Malaria.

Comment Re:In My Case ... (Score 1) 400

They like to say there is no way to get off the list, but at least one person has managed. However, that was the "no-fly" list, it may be more difficult to convince a judge if you are still being allowed to fly, but are continually subject to additional intrusive searches, as the judge will likely see that as a mere inconvenience, rather than a denial of your rights.

Comment Re:Don't even need to board it ... (Score 1) 400

There are "random" checks as well - where you get a line of asterisks on your boarding pass, and get pulled aside at every step for extra checking. But if you're on a watchlist, it will happen every time, not 1 in 30 or so. I put "random" into quotes, because the only time it has happened to me was when I was standing in line behind a middle-eastern looking woman in October 2001, and they seemed to pick her out by racial profiling. Then I was asked if we were together and I must have said "no" in a suspicious tone of voice or something, as they decided I needed to go along with her to a separate checkin queue for extra checking. It was clearly decided by a human, not the computer who was going into this queue, but the system may have changed after that. Booking one way flights and having someone else pay for them on a company credit card reportedly increases your chances as well.

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