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CBSA Reveals Some Laptop Search Info, But Not Much 151

gmcmullen writes "The Canada Border Service Agency took its time getting documents on its policy for border searches of laptops to the BC Civil Liberties Association in response to an Access to Information request the BCCLA filed in October 2009. When the reply did come through, there wasn't much there. The documents were heavily redacted and whole sections of the Access to Information request were ignored, including requests for information on the number of laptops searched and policies for copying data from electronic devices. We did learn that the CBSA knows that 500 megabytes is roughly equivalent to 'a pickup truck full of books,' and use Windows-only software called ICWhatUC to scan for images. Documents also revealed that the CBSA understands that most 'Japanese Anime' is not child pornography, and that your family photos (even with kids in the tub) aren't child pornography either. We've made the documents we did receive available online so you can see for yourself."

Comment Re:FAIL (Score 1) 107

This is true, the only reason this technique was so successful with screwworm is because the females only mate once. So all they got were duds from

By the same principle, sterilizing females would have no effect if the males mate with more than one female.

Submission + - Fox News attacks bugs, Entomologists strike back (

Cazakatari writes: Sean Hannity on Fox News recently blasted Michigan State University for using stimulus funds to preserve their historic bug collection, which has insulted many entomologists (including myself). Supposedly this is wasteful spending, since only a few jobs were directly created. However, the collection is a library of information for research on agricultural pest control research, which no one will deny is both important and makes jobs. Most importantly, the way the news organization leered about ''bug scientists'' has proven their ignorance. If you don't like bugs, entomologists are the wrong people to slander.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 276

That is a valid point, and where things probably get hazy in the study. While I don't really believe using a computer actually burns many calories, it sure as hell burns more than watching TV.

The brain can account for about 20% of daily energy usage, so if the child in question just sits around all day and doesn't exercise, it is plausible to guess that doing something that requires more ''thinking'' than TV will have some difference as far as calorie burning goes.

I doubt it is the only factor though

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 276

I don't think food has anything to do with it, more of how ''active'' someone is. Even just websurfing you have to be thinking about something and making cognitive decisions. The brain is a energy intensive organ, and studies have shown that ''thinking'' increases energy needs. Like you said, watching TV turns you into a vegetable.

What I would like to see is a comparison of watching TV and using something like youtube or hulu. One would hypothesize that they would begin to show similar results.

Comment Re:cancer worries (Score 0) 394

That is one reason it has been so difficult to be officially approved, but now that it is at least starting, this information will begin to come out. New procedures always involve risk. It is unfortunate when 1 in a 1000 treatments kill or adversely affect a patient, but if you want to walk again and are faced with those odds, I think the choice is clear.

Regardless, these kinds of procedures are routine or nearly so already in other animals, I see no reason why it would be much different in people.

Comment Re:Different everywhere? (Score 1) 451

Well in my part of Texas, we don't have winter, we have what I would call ''fronter''. While the north is cold, we experience a balmy 80 degree weather, then a cold front blows through, dropping it to perhaps mid 30's. Then it goes back to 70-80 for a few days. Repeat for October through mid February.

We sit right at where all the air currents collide, bringing a wonderful mix of allergens. Many people I know didn't have allergies until they came here, including me :/

Makes it so hard for the poor weatherman, he's wrong so often about rain that he might as well consult a psychic.

Comment Re:On the bright side (Score 2, Interesting) 447

It only depends on how you do it, just like anything else you have to learn to work the system. Go to a community college for all the classes you can, get good enough grades to go into a larger university, buy your books on amazon or anywhere else cheap, and work while you go to school (best way is to get a job on the university, talk and show interest to your professors and I guarantee they'll get you some lab job with flexible hours within a year). If you can't handle a large load of classes, so what, you'll be saving yourself time later by not being in debt.

I started that late, and I'll be graduating and starting grad school with under $10,000 in debt, all subsidized loans so I don't even pay interest. Granted, I have had some help from family, but not much the past two years, which has been where I accumulated all of the little debt I have.

But most college students want to party one way or another so they end up with that much debt or more in their first year. Like someone mentioned below, most people who will be successful probably don't need college, and those that don't really want to go but are only going because they want a job that pays for them to keep screwing around probably aren't ganna do nearly as well as they'd like.

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