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Comment Re:Metastability (Score 1) 141

I heard the lead on a Science Friday interview - he invited everybody in academia to come to his lab to learn the technique on how to make it, as he wants everybody working on the material. It sounds like they can fairly easily do it again, so I am surprised this article makes no note of that.

Well, "surprised" in that I pretend journalism doesn't exist just to sell ads.

Comment Re:Pirate vs. Entrepreneur? (Score 1) 76

Yep. Just look at any Police / Law Enforcement magazine. All sorts of things you can't (easily, legally) get. Those really cool looking H&K automatics that various Government Nasties run around with - you get the semi auto version. And the little clip. Useless in a firefight against Zombies.

Flash bangs. Cell phone intercepts. MVRAPS.

Makes you jealous, it does.

Comment Re:If you have "travel mode" on (Score 1) 131

Maybe, but most likely they'll just see you as another nuisance maker trying to make their job difficult. And in their opinion it's important, valuable, patriotic and you're either non-American or one of the wusses they defend. I'm sure the TSA system has some informal way to shitlist a person so he'll get picked for extra security screenings, luggage checks, extended questioning, "problems" processing forms etc. so any kind of solution that lets the TSA know you're trying to obstruct or evade them is kinda a non-starter.

They're only going to care if you're wrapped head to toe in a Burka or tin foil. And then only maybe.

You do realize that the VAST majority of TSA employees are just trying to get through the day. That includes middle and upper level management. Yes, they realize that most of what they do is security theater - at best - but they still have to do it. Showing up with a blank computer / no social site logins / stupid T shirt or bizarre attitude isn't going to faze them nor will it put you on some magical shit list.

You aren't a special snowflake. Just a random, generic one. And when you melt, no one will care. Get over it.

Comment Re:Weak/nonexistent punishments for faulty notices (Score 1) 72

All patent applications are signed under penalty of perjury. However, the US Patent and Trademark office disbanded its enforcement department in 1974. So, you can perjure yourself on a patent application with impunity.

Unless it's testimony in a criminal case, or the perjury trap in front of a grand jury, or something they want to prosecute like lying on your tax form, the Federal government is in general lassiez faire about perjury, or even encouraging of it with their reluctance to prosecute, especially perjury committed by a so-called intellectual property holder.

Comment It doesn't like going through walls though (Score 1) 63

Or anything solid really. If you have line-of-sight it works pretty well but get anything in the way, and you can have serious issues. I tried it for wireless HDMI and it wasn't able to maintain a solid signal over about 25 feet because there was an interior wall in between the transmitter and receiver.

Comment Re: Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 470

If even true. The cost of a full solar setup is far far far over the claimed $30,000 that supposedly did the land, well, septic, home, and all.

Not really - 280 Wp panels can be had online for $300 each - 20 of them for $6k, which will give you 5.6 kW peak, an obscene amount of potential juice for a typical household that accounts for cloudy days.

Overall cost for a luxury rig if you do it yourself is maybe $12k, maximum (including the inverter gear, battery bank, a small shed to park the battery bank in, etc). You'll have to replace the batteries every 5-10 years (depending on brand/quality., where you live, how much you use it, etc), but otherwise it's quite doable, and you'll pay way more than $16k in power bills over the 25-year expected lifetime of the panels ($150/mo. average power bill over 25 years = $45k...)

Comment Re: Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 470

Lmfao. No. No 50,000. No internet in stix. No jobs in stix. Also need car. You do not live on minimum wage.

I live in "stix"... the nearest town to me is 20 miles away, and it has a population of 2000. Population density out here is 14 / sq. mi. The nearest city is 50 miles east of me.

I have Internet (I recently got 14mbps DSL, and still have 25mbps Satellite Internet as backup to it.) I work remotely most days, but the hour-long commute on the days I do go (downtown PDX) in is actually faster (and way more pleasant) than the commute of some of my co-workers who live in some PDX 'burbs.

  A car? Hell, my commuter vehicle, a cheap-but-damned-reliable 2000-ish vintage minivan, cost me a mere $2,500. I do not live on minimum wage, but once the house/land is paid off (10 years hence - I'm paying it down fast/early), I could *very* easily do so.


My neighbors? Many of them live and work at astoundingly low income (a substantial portion on a fixed retirement income), and do just fine.

Comment Re:has it come to this (Score 1) 188

I'm not disputing government oversight is required. I'm saying I have no reason to trust Google. After all, the US Constitution is more enforceable than Terms of Service, and it is also a limit on what info they can use (e.g. they cannot use your communications with your lawyer or priest) and what they can do to collect the data). Google may value trust now, but it only takes one time when they calculate it's worth the risk x chance of being caught to overstep. And then claim they had to to maximize shareholder value.

Comment Re:has it come to this (Score 1) 188

The guards see a good looking male or female and force them to unlock the phone just to gain access to their most private moments

To focus on a small part of what you said: if you store it on your phone, it's not one of your private moments. Even if the government wasn't the one looking at your data, it's stored and monetized by, e.g. Google.

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