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Comment: Re:Not perfect???? (Score 0) 181

by shock1970 (#39940655) Attached to: Homeland Security: New Body Scanners Have Issues
These machines are in the Philadelphia airport. My first time going through one, I didn't know that I had to remove *everything* from my pockets. It was sensitive enough to pick up my wallet in my back pocket which contained no metal other than what is found inside of credit cards and my Patco FreedomCard train pass. It also picked up my belt buckle... small and thin... not one of those WWF styles.

What the TSA people saw on the monitor was a mono-color human silhouette, with little squares of another color indicating the general area of where the questionable items were on my person.

I was asked if I had anything on my person, and I was patted down just in those areas identified on the monitor. My hands were also swabbed for a particle detector. After that, I was allowed to move on.

Overall, I think the machines worked fine. And while the $90 million spent on machines is a lot of cash, that money went to pay people who did good work in manufacturing the machines, assembling parts, writing code, provided maintenance of the buildings they were built in and so on. It wasn't just thrown out the window. That money went to working individuals who will pay taxes on that money who will give the government an opportunity to pay off the national debt. Furthermore, if those $90 million machines prevent just one terrorist plot that may not have been picked up by the previous generation of detectors, then it will have paid for itself multiple times over.

IMHO, not perfect but good enough.

Comment: Re:Don't RTFA (Score 2, Insightful) 66

by shock1970 (#31699882) Attached to: Scientists Say Toads Can Predict Earthquakes
So the researchers studying the toads obviously don't know much about them other than their mating habits. The toads in my area leave sometime around the mid to late fall. But it's not like they're packing their bags and catching the cheapest Southwest flight to Miami. They really can't leave because even if they hop 5 miles away, its still going to be cold. Perhaps a more astute observation would be that the frogs were not observed to be in the area, which doesn't necessarily imply that they left the area, but possibly, like they do in the winter, burrowed themselves in the ground.

Comment: That seems about as interesting an option as (Score 1) 349

by shock1970 (#31655786) Attached to: Will Your Car Tell You To Put Down the Phone?
my car telling me to slow down because I'm going over the speed limit.

Unless its mandated by law, I highly doubt many people would buy a car with such a feature, myself included. While I'm not one to usually talk on the cell phone, I do have the occasional need to hold the phone up to my ear... or go on speakerphone as to be inconspicuous... if there's a call that needs to be made and it can't wait til I reach my destination. The last thing I want while on an important call is the car issuing warnings or the cell phone asking me to press 7 to continue. I'm sure a large number of people would be in the same boat. (ok... bad choice of words :)

Comment: Hell of a career... (Score 1) 408

by shock1970 (#31587242) Attached to: Gamers Pay To Play With Girls
My wife is looking for employment. She's looking at an executive director position for a small non-profit organization where she might be able to pull in $50K... but she's also a gamer. From TFA, 60% of 8.25 for ten minutes of play... That's $4.95 for ten minutes ~ $30/hour ~ $60,000 / year. "Hey Honey... I found a job for you!"

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.

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