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Comment Re:Nice picture (Score 1) 252

Pollen is not a side effect. Bees forage for three primary things: nectar, pollen and sap. They make honey from the nectar and "bee bread" from the pollen. Pollen is their only source of protein. Without it they would die. They use sap to make propolis to seal up the hive and glue things in place.

There is indeed plenty in an urban environment. Heck suburban bees live in bee paradise. Year round forage, diverse sources, all that irrigation to keep things in bloom...

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Facebook Master Password Was "Chuck Norris" 319

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris.' Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."
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Submission + - Breaking the Speed of Light

hcmtnbiker writes: A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light — an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time. The pair of scientists say they have conducted an experiment in which microwave photons — energetic packets of light — traveled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.
Nintendo

Submission + - Nintendo Wii Remote + WowWee Robot = Hilarious!

robotsrule writes: "The next version of Robosapien Dance Machine, the free open source program also known as Robodance, has support for the Nintendo Wii remote. A brand new video shows the upcoming release in action with a WowWee robot tickling Elmo. The video shows the creation of the script and how the Nintendo Wii remote smoothly interacts with the script. Also demonstrated is the use of voice commands to control a Roboreptile robot. Robodance requires a Windows PC and a supported infrared transmitter. It won the SourceForge Project Of The Month award for May 2005. The new version is expected to be released on February 1, 2007, or sooner."
Privacy

Submission + - Re-shipping scams skyrocketting

sorry-scammed-loser writes: A new online threat, reshipping fraud, is emerging in the form of a massive organized crime ring that is recruiting people in the US and Europe as "shipment handlers", and having them re-ship items to Russia. The criminals are using stolen Visa card details to pay for shipments from many large retail and auction sites (including ebay.com and amazon.com), and having the items shipped to their recruits who re-ship them to addresses they have been provided with. I personally lost a laptop this way that I had auctioned on ebay — I shipped the laptop after verifying that the funds had been deposited into my PayPal account, and two days later was contacted by PayPal who said that the account holder had not authorized the transaction. Now I have no money and no laptop. In my case, the scammers had recruited my re-shipper through an online job posting site, which pointed her to a legit-looking website called expertdelivery.biz that claims to operate offices in Minnesota and the UK (but is hosted in Belize). This reads like an episode of "24"... Please get the word out about this scam, at this point consumer education is the best protection against perpetuation of these scams.

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