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Comment Frozen Tundra Smallpox Victims (Score 1) 287

There are also people who died of smallpox who were buried in places where they would be below the permafrost line or at a high enough altitude it is always below freezing. Removing the samples from the NIH and the CDC would not remove all of the permanently frozen people in the Yukon, Siberia or high mountain ranges.

Comment Re:HHGG (Score 3, Insightful) 103

Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the NON-existence of God. The argument goes like this: `I refuse to prove that I exist,' says God, `for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.' `But,' says Man, `The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED.' `Oh dear,' says God, `I hadn't thought of that,' and promptly disappears in a puff of logic. `Oh, that was easy,' says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing. - Douglas Adams "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"

Comment Good for hamburger, chicken strips,brats not steak (Score 1) 274

I like this idea for creating ground or processed meat products: hamburgers, brats, chicken strips, chicken nuggets, bacon, jerkey. I don't think we will get to a point where you are lab-growing a pork chop, a steak, or an entire turkey leg. Would these products be kosher? vegan? Is it still an animal product if it doesn't come from an animal?

Comment Once it exists the FBI can take it with FISA (Score 1) 293

The FBI was able to force Apple to hand over the keys to the iPhone 1,2,3,4... because they had a valid warrant from the FISA court. The same thing that also happened to LavaBit. Apple responded by creating a security system where even they don't have the keys. So the FBI is using the All Writs Act to force Apple to create a way to force update the phone to a less secure version. Once this software exists the FBI can go back to the FISA court to force Apple to hand this over too.

Comment Old way 5th Amendment; New Way I do not recall (Score 1) 560

Remember the Oliver North trial where he kept on saying "Upon the advice of counsel I am pleading the Fifth" - that was the 80's way to not incriminate worrisome because if you are pleading the Fifth there is something you can be incriminate for. Now you just follow Alberto Gonzales (US Attorney General) stating "I do not recall" that way you don't have to worry about 5th amendment protection, you just have a bad memory.

Comment Formatting German Legal Documents (Score 1) 310

I wrote a program from an inner room with no windows in a office building in Chicago. (ok, not that weird) I was creating Perl scripts to format German Legal Documents. (getting stranger), I had not previously programmed in Perl (everyone has to start somewhere I guess), I do not speak or read German. (makes the requirements a little weird)

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