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Comment Re:Hypothetically, what would happen if.... (Score 1) 129

What would happen is the same as what happened after cigarette adversising started to be banned: their profits would increase. Because they were no longer in an arms race with other companies over who could advertise the most (or hoard the most patents and lawyers in this case) they could save the money and make more profit.

Supercomputing

Homebrew Cray-1 140

egil writes "Chris Fenton built his own fully functional 1/10 scale Cray-1 supercomputer. True to the original, it includes the couch-seat, but is also binary compatible with the original. Instead of the power-hungry ECL technology, however, the scale model is built around a Xilinx Spartan-3E 1600 development board. All software is available if you want to build one for your own living room. The largest obstacle in the project is to find original software."

Comment Re:What (Score 1) 570

you're convicted of not handing over the keys, which IS a crime. You're NOT thrown in jail for what you're suspected of hiding. It's because not handing over the keys is a crime, which can be proved (OK you could have forgotten them), but this is government thinking, not rational thinking.

Comment Re:The most secure place (Score 1) 1007

The most secure thing to do is to use passwords that you don't even know yourself, by using something like KeePass to generate and manage the passwords for you. No matter how hard someone beats you up for your passwords you wont be able to tell them because you've never seen or typed them in yourself. You'll also be able to easily have a completely different and secure password for each site that needs one and not have to worry about your memory.

Comment Re:Truecrypt (Score 1) 1007

I keep my keePass file in a truecrypt file and use a password and file for the KeePass unlocking method. That way I have to uncrypt the truecrypt file, open the KeePass file, know my KeePass password and point KeePass to a file that exists on a removable USB stick. Then I can get in. For a lot of sites I let KeePass generate massive complicated passwords so I really cannot type them in accidentally.

I like how you can copy the usernames and passwords to the clipboard and have them automatically removed from the clipboard after a few seconds.
Enlightenment

Submission + - Humans hardwired to believe in supernatural deity?

dohcrx writes: According to a New York Times article published March 4, 2007 6 in 10 Americans believe in the devil and hell, 7 in 10 believe in angels, heaven and the existence of miracles and life after death while 92% believe in a personal God.

"When a trait is universal, evolutionary biologists look for a genetic explanation and wonder how that gene or genes might enhance survival or reproductive success."

"Which is the better biological explanation for a belief in God — evolutionary adaptation or neurological accident? Is there something about the cognitive functioning of humans that makes us receptive to belief in a supernatural deity?"

"Religion made incursions into the traditional domain of science with attempts to bring intelligent design into the biology classroom and to choke off human embryonic stem-cell research on religious grounds. Scientists responded with counterincursions. Experts from the hard sciences, like evolutionary biology and cognitive neuroscience, joined anthropologists and psychologists in the study of religion, making God an object of scientific inquiry."

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