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Comment Re:gravity (Score 1) 248

Well, the day *has* been lengthening, which means that there is less centrifugal force, which would make weight decrease, even with no actual change in gravity. And T.Rex got pretty heavy, so it might have lost half a pound that way. (That's probably an overestimate, though.)

Comment Re:One Swallow Does Not A Summer Make (Score 1) 248

From the summary I assumed that it was based on modeling the strength of T.Rex's bones, and that the fossil data on footsteps was just included to say that the result was consistent with the apparent data.

FWIW, I doubt that T.Rex often ran even as rapidly as they are indicating. The body seems built more for striding.

Comment Re: Outrun the t-rex... (Score 1) 248

It's not clear that a T.Rex could run for hours...but at its walking pace you'd need to run.

Also, they're comparing the run of a T.Rex to the sprint of a human, but how far can you sprint? T.Rex had a quite long stride, so by the time it hits full speed it probably gone further than you could sprint.

That said, any of our ancestors who were around at the time would be about the size of shrews, and not worth T.Rex even bending over for. So the question would be more "But how fast could a hadrosaur run?".

Comment Re:This is the sort of testing the Feds should do. (Score 1) 315

I'll tell you because of the medical policy changes where I work (I telecommute and live outside the new policies 'covered area') I'm no longer covered by my company's medical care, so I had to go out an look both at the ACA exchanges for my state (NY) or look at full up "private" policies
The ACA plans all sucked, because NONE would cover my 16YO son "He has to go on Medicare"
So, I bought what is considered a Platinum level plan - (4 people, Me, My wife, my 20 YO daughter at college and said 16YO son). Cost? About $2400/month (does not include dental or vision - the company still provides that)
Some of the fun?
I can't use a flex spending account! That's right, the law now prevents you from using a FSA to pay for Gold or Platinum level plans, so this money is all AFTER taxes! (The company does reimburse me for what they used to kick in for my plan when they covered me - less than half)
The best plan I found has a fairly large "co-insurance" (you pay your deductible, AND your co-insurance)
I know what it costs - all TOO well, and have told my MDs "This is out of pocket". One interesting thing - You will find most MDs have a different, lower rate for services "Out of Pocket" (there was some time while the new plan was kicking in I had nothing, even though it became retroactive). Comes from them not having to do all the paperwork!! (plus the insurance companies only pay a percentage of your MDs bill. The bill might say $200, but they have a negotiated rate with your insurance co to take only $80)

Comment Re:Are Passwords on their way out? (Score 1) 233

Biometrics are things you can't change at all. So when somebody cracks yours you are fucked.

And they don't provide 5th Amendment protection. Biometrics is "who" you are. Not "what you know". You can be forced to put your finger on something by a court and a couple of goons, but the court will be violating constitutional rights by forcing you to testify against yourself.

Comment Re: (Score 1) 233

Are we talking about web sites that use type="text" rather than type="password"? If so, then no, never ever ever is that appropriate for a password of any kind.

If we're talking about the UI of an app (either the browser or otherwise) giving the user an option for whether or not to mask, then that's a different discussion.

Now this makes me wonder if I could change the style properties of HTML locally in my browser to turn off the masking on type="password".

Comment Re:what else do you think it does? (Score 1) 233

"does password masking do anything beyond preventing the casual shoulder-surfer?"

Erm...that is precisely ALL it has ever done?! What else do you think it does?

Back in the good ol days of Back Orifice and fast and wild rootkits and viruses there were a bunch of them that would take screen shots.

Most also did keylogging. So there were probably a few cases where unmasking a password put the user at worse risk, but throughout 99% of use over time, the casual shoulder surfer is the only real threat. (Hey, if you get infected, you got all sorts of problems and that little dot over your password isn't significant.)

Comment Re:so frustrating would it be (Score 3, Informative) 315

All (most?) doctors [like me] are well aware that the expiry date for most drugs is notional rather than real. If I or my family get sick I use expired drugs that I have, or have scrounged from the pharmacy.

Not just doctors, the government as well. Our military stockpiles drugs and medication for emergencies, and keeps stuff for a minimum of ten years, often longer. They run extensive tests on it and it's still at 95-100% effectiveness after that time.

Yes, these results are public somewhere. (I forgot where I read them.)

There are a _few_ cases where something went wrong with some of them. And there were studies of public "drug went bad" stories in media. One woman did have kidney damage from Tetracycline (I think), exposed and stored in a damp environment. So even the cases where something happened, the situation was an outlier.

Older drugs are quite safe for the most part and it's hard to pin down reasons why they are not. There COULD be a small risk, but probably isn't. I still wouldn't store medications in a hot car, a pocket, purse, or backpack, or in a garage. But any house or office would be fine and low risk to use after the expiration date.

Comment Re:Kids... (Score 1) 233

This is why I never connect to a projector with the screen duplicated - always extended.

Slightly OT, but there are other good reasons not to clone the display:

  • * Using different native resolutions on both displays. Or at least if you clone it, make sure the projector uses its best/native resolution.
  • * Things you should see but the audience should not, such as
    • - Time code in a video (for pausing at given times, etc.)
    • - Name of image file shown. I often use GQview with the fullscreen window on the projector, so I can keep using the file browser on the laptop.

Comment Re:So our background-RF powered chips need BGP? (Score 1) 69

And not only will you have the CPU overhead of a routing protocol to manage the mesh, now you also need a security structure to handle joining the mesh, validating routing updates, validating the inevitable certificate hierarchy involve in securing everything and so on.

Comment Re:100% of Slashdot has been harassed (Score 1) 242

I'm a dumb fool

Ah you've attempted include yourself (not sure this is actually possible), glad to be of assistance.

I hope you die in a fire.

The irony of fate being what is is that this will probably happen now. Not only to me, but to my lovely wife and our 4 and 2 year old daughters as well. Well done you!

If you notice me stop posting ...

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