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Comment: not like they don't get this stuff other ways... (Score 1) 215

Google should never have done this, but to think the data they got was much more than they already can obtain through a user's use of Google search and other services is a bit naive. I guess I'm a bit more concerned about how they store customer data rather than this situation where they admitted they were wrong.

Comment: Re:damage (Score 1) 256

by token_username (#29322689) Attached to: Amazon Offers To Return Pulled Orwell Ebooks

The bigger damage is that they've demonstrated that no matter what book you buy for it, they can take it away at any time and you're powerless to stop it. Paper copy is still the best option.

The reason I haven't sprung for a Kindle is for this reason and one other. The other reason is that paper will stick around for a lifetime while electronic formats and devices have no guarantees- especially proprietary ones.

Comment: Re:Their value system is out of whack (Score 3, Interesting) 122

by token_username (#28660203) Attached to: Bletchley Park WWII Staff Finally Recognized

Think about it.

Revelation of a capability will immediately cause adversaries to adapt themselves to minimize exposure to your areas of expertise. That can be instant or point research and be more gradual. Either way, even suggestions of your present capabilities are priceless for an adversary's minimization of risk. That's why intelligence methods are kept secret. A lot of people simply do not get this connection.


Carnivorous Clock Eats Bugs 197

Posted by samzenpus
from the little-office-of-horrors dept.
Designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau have created a clock that is powered by "eating" bugs. The clock traps insects on flypaper stretched across a roller system and then drops them into a vat of bacteria. The insects are then "digested" and the ensuing chemical reaction is transformed into power that keeps the rollers moving and the LCD clock working. The two offer another version that is powered by mice and an even cooler machine that picks insect fuel from spiderwebs with the help of a robotic arm and a video camera.

Comment: Re:News Flash! Civil Servants Corrupt! News @ 11:0 (Score 1) 1057

by token_username (#28506613) Attached to: EPA Quashed Report Skeptical of Global Warming

Everyone does the same cut and paste no matter what side they're on. Sure you can read and read and read about studies. The truth is, we don't have enough data points to truly say. We have 100 years worth of data. Do you know how long the earth has been around? How does that help us establish what is going on is out of the ordinary and caused by humans? Sorry, but it doesn't.

There is something that needs to be done about the way humans abuse the environment, but I think that using this end of the world scare tactic both degrades science to politics and degrades people to an unintelligent crowd that needs to be scared in the right direction.

That's just my opinion though.

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