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Comment Re:You need a water filter, ASAP. (Score 2) 166

I've owned a classic Big Berkey for about 10 years. The filters, while expensive, are the best of their class (gravity fed). You can see, taste, and smell the difference.

I don't know how impartial waterfilterlabs.com is, nor how rigid their testing methodology is, but the top of the line Berkey filters (the black plus the fluoride filters underneath) rank the highest on nearly every category. The systems were designed to filter questionable water in shitty, war-torn, 3rd-world environments, so they knock out pathogens, volatiles, and heavy metals.

Just because quacks may recommend a product doesn't necessarily mean it's snake oil.

Comment Re:Most obvious finding (Score 5, Insightful) 643

One of those dating sites published some stats a while back. The data was interesting.

The take-away from the stats was that men tend to find average women attractive, whereas women only find above-average men attractive.

So, where a dude who's a five is fine with a woman who's a 5, the woman who's a 5 is only responding to the 8's in the pool.

80% of women are chasing the top 10% of men. And because even homely-looking ladies get carpet bombed by responses from dudes just hoping to get a nibble for a cast, they have inflated ideas of what their league actually is.

Comment Re:most people already prefer listening to acceler (Score 1) 296

Don't forget the dramatic montage sickness that infects otherwise decent shows. I'm convinced many montages with pop music are more about tossing fresh musical talent onto the wall to see what sticks more than anything.

Then you've got the signature Abrams Montage which pointlessly amps up drama in shows like LOST and Fringe or movies like his Trek reboots.

The Military

Combat Lasers To Be Added To US Fighter Jets (nextbigfuture.com) 208

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NextBigFuture: The US Air Force plans to arm its fleet of drones and fighter jets with high-tech laser weapons.... Ground testing of a laser weapon called the High Energy Laser, or HEL, was slated to take place last year at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, service officials said...

The Air Force plans to begin firing laser weapons from larger platforms such as C-17s and C-130s until the technological miniaturization efforts can configure the weapon to fire from fighter jets such as an F-15, F-16 or F-35. Instead of flying with six or seven missiles on an aircraft, a directed energy weapons system could fire thousands of shots using a single gallon of jet fuel.

Comment Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 1) 270

So he went on record months before to approach the airline. Next, he tweets blatantly scary "what if" kinda things FROM A PLANE. Snoops snag the message, then snag him, snag his encrypted laptop, ask for keys, to which he says "warrant, or GTFO".

Maybe getting captured was part of his plan? Maybe he's gunning to get legal precedent set on the issue of crypto, passwords, the legal process, and self-incrimination. Bonus points for possibly exposing just how people are monitored online and if the feds can power through common disk crypto.

My guess is he did nothing wrong while on the airline, and even if he is legally compelled (via warrant or legal test case verdict), there will be no evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever.

Maybe the feds will finally show some of their cards?

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