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Comment Re:Cyber war (Score 1) 330

Poland agreed to the advanced missile defense systems, including advanced radar stations. They get a pass.

Kenya is safe as long as our coffee prices remain low. Starbucks just announced a price increase, so they better watch their asses.

Comment Re:There are a lot of ACs opposed to this idea (Score 2, Informative) 99

Uh,no. Not even close.

Rare Earth elements aren't "rare", in that there isn't a lot of them. They just don't lump together in easily mineable concentrations. The United States, Russia and Australia (at least) have mega-craploads of rare-earth elements. It is just cheaper to source them from China.

Educate thyself and read paragraph two.

Comment Re:This is why I'm fat (Score 1) 15

Part of it is the way most Americans are taught from birth to "clean your plate."

I agree. I had this argument with my grandfather once, who was complaining how everyone was fat today. I told him it was HIS fault. His entire generation, because of the combination of Great Depression and Dust Bowl, was taught to waste nothing in the way of food.

For the entire lives my parents were told, 3 times a day "clean your plate". I was told that constantly as well.

Combine it with a grandmother for whom an overflowing table was not only a sign of pride but of success and wealth, and we can easily see how we got to size XXL.

I've been in a couple of restaurants where the portions were big enough to feed a small village.

Submission + - Sunflowers Use Fibonacci Numbers (

sciencehabit writes: The spiraling shapes in cauliflower, artichoke, and sunflower florets) share a remarkable feature: The numbers of clockwise and counterclockwise spirals are consecutive Fibonacci numbers—the sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and so on, so that each number is the sum of the last two. What's more, those spirals pack florets as tight as can be, maximizing their ability to gather sunlight for the plant. But how do plants like sunflowers create such perfect floret arrangements, and what does it have to do with Fibonacci numbers? A plant hormone called auxin, which spurs the growth of leaves, flowers, and other plant organs, is the key: Florets grow where auxin flows. Using a mathematical model that describes how auxin and certain proteins interact to transport each other around inside plants, researchers could predict where the hormone would accumulate. Simulations of that model reproduced patterns exactly matching real "Fibonacci spirals" in sunflowers. Based on their results, the researchers suggest that such patterns might be more universal in nature than previously thought.

Comment Re:A legitimate point flagged Flamebait? (Score 1) 193

You know how annoying it is when people try to teach you all about their religious beliefs? You know how you get sick of hearing about Jesus/Allah?

That's exactly how other people feel about you when you start to proselytize with your beliefs. I won't wave my religion in your face and would appreciate if you would extend the same courtesy.


Comment Re:Submit this to the front page (Score 1) 6


The trait of curiosity where people are compelled to figure out the whys and hows of things is rare. It is what makes good engineers and geeks.

It is also the #1 trait I look for when hiring people. I don't really care about degrees, certifications or who you know. Show me you know how to think critically and figure things out on your own and you're top of my list.

Comment Re:File this under (Score 2) 262

My suspicion on the BlackBerry claim is that what was intercepted was regular SMS messages, and not the secure BB PIN messaging.

The latter is what is super secure, because it traverses via the data link to the BES and is essentially opaque to telcos.

While BBs have the PIN messaging capabilities that are super-secure, most people I know just use regular SMS because they don't know any better. And you can't use PIN messaging outside your own BES network.

Comment Re:What is MetaData? (Score 4, Interesting) 337

The software I was working with at the time kept text messages as metadata. However, there was a debate between the FBI (give me everything) and the corporate lawyers of the telco about that. I do not know who won or what the legal standing is today.

My suspicion is that SMS messages are kept as metadata.

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