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Comment Re:Tattoo Authentication Methods (Score 1) 194

Would you be OK with the government mandating a permanent tattoo or an RFID chip implanted in your body for "identification purposes" or "security purposes"?

Personally? No. Will it happen? Perhaps, but not anytime in the near future. Will it matter to me? Again, no, it probably won't. Why? Because, so many people will have a problem with it that an alternative method will have to be allowed.

Having said that, if there were a valid reason for a tracking device being implanted, then I probably would do so.

For example, I were a colonist on a tera-forming project that had been ordered to check out an "anomaly" and had subsequently brought back something that then killed the colony and the Marines needed to locate my dead body... I mean they could just nuke it from orbit, just to be sure... However, if they needed to find MY body, then yeah, I'd get the RFID implanted.

Comment Re:Tattoo Authentication Methods (Score 2) 194

I see. So are you declaring that you'd be OK with a state-mandated permanent tattoo on your skin, or an RFID tag surgically implanted in your body? Mandated, as in you submit to it or are imprisoned? That's where this is going, and I and many others are not OK with it.

I think you should think that bit through a little more.

Driver's licenses are state mandated to operate a vehicle legally in the United States. I haven't had a driver's license since about 1994, I still drive almost daily, I have insurance on my cars and they function just fine. I do have an ID card that has my picture on it, (I do still sometimes get carded at some pubs or when buying smokes) however that card has very old data on it. I have been pulled over, but presenting my ID card and insurance has been more than sufficient for the officer.

My point is that you may just be overstating things slightly. Sure, it could become a law that you need to have XYZ to access things, or for identification purposes, but people will object over religious beliefs or other concerns and an alternative will be available - such as an ID card with RFID, rather than a glow-in-the-dark tattoo or a RFID capsule over your right scapula.

I am sure that all sorts of abuses of the system will happen, it always does, but it won't happen like the mark of the beast scenario you're suggesting.

This implant stuff... meh, neat-o tech, but not really something to worry about - I mean hell, if you're worried about Big Brother, we're already fucked, just look around for a minute.

Comment Re:Gun comment pretending to be on topic (Score 1) 55

Great, but how many people died of gun crime while you were telling that story? 2? 5?

I'm not sure about guns, but it seems that at least 1 died from an ice pick rampage, and 40 died from car bombs...

People will kill each other, that is the nature of humanity. Violent crime was a huge problem before guns, it is a problem now and will be a problem in the future.

Comment There is a PPA for that (Score 4, Informative) 147

For quite some time I just resigned myself to the fact that I'd have to boot into windows or use some other poor method to get my netflix on... then Erich Hoover arrived with a heroic flast to his eye, chin thrust forward and proclaimed, "Do not go gentle into that sudo shutdown -r now! Rage, rage against the needlessness of these cursed reboots!

Here is how to install the Netflix Desktop App on Ubuntu. Open a terminal and run these commands:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop More info here:

Comment Re:Business and Government feel they have no choic (Score 1) 297

Very few businesses take anything non-Microsoft seriously.

That is the issue, isn't it? In my environment, all the users have been migrated to linux distros and libre office. Then again, my environment is just that, mine. Any issues of compatibility are minor and usually not worth the hassle of worrying about. IE is a great example, requiring that I do special coding for it, so I've stopped using it. I tell my users that they are using a browser that isn't compliant to the standards and that they should either change to one that is or live with the issue.

This just doesn't work for large companies or institutions that have become dependent upon Microsoft products, users in Windows with stock IE installations want to buy thier products or browse the company's website which basically perpetuates the issue.

I have resolved the problem by removing IE as a supported browser, however, it just isn't feasible for IBM, Dell or even Newegg to do the same. To me, requiring HTML5 compliance has lowered my costs and improved my users' experience (once they experienced the better environment).


Submission + - The Warp Drive could become Science Fact 1

moj0joj0 writes: New calculations of the energy required to warp spacetime suggest the Star Trek propulsion favorite could be tested. A concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994 by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre, however subsequent calculations found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy. Now physicists say that adjustments can be made to the proposed warp drive that would enable it to run on significantly less energy, potentially bringing the idea back from the realm of science fiction into science.

Submission + - Kickstarter Introduces New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines (

OakDragon writes: "Kickstarter has introduced some more stringent guidelines and requirements specifically for the Hardware and Product Design categories. These new requirements are laid out in a blog post called "Kickstarter Is Not a Store." Simulations will now be prohibited. Video cannot show a proposed product, action, etc. — only a real product and what it does at the time. Product renderings and other simulated illustrations also will not be sufficient — the project creator will have to have photographs of a real prototype."

Submission + - Asteroid Vesta Covered in Hydrogen (

DevotedSkeptic writes: "The protoplanet Vesta, a large space rock in the solar system's asteroid belt, is covered with a surprising amount of hydrogen, and bits of Vesta may have rained down on Earth in the form of meteorites, NASA's Dawn probe has revealed.

Dawn spent more than a year orbiting Vesta, a behemoth 330-mile-wide asteroid that circles the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Earlier this month, on Sept. 5, Dawn took its leave of Vesta to begin trekking to the even-larger space rock Ceres, which is categorized as a dwarf planet.

Meanwhile, though, scientists are still poring over the treasure trove of data on Vesta gathered by the probe, and two new studies are reported on Sept. 20 in the journal Science. In one, researchers report the findings of Dawn's Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector (GRAND), which mapped the elemental composition of Vesta's surface."

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Submission + - Ig Nobels feature exploding colonoscopies, left leaning views of Eiffel Tower (

alphadogg writes: The Ig Nobel Prize ceremony has honored a wide array of strange research and advancement over the years, from exploding pants to woodpecker headaches to aggressive parking enforcement, and Thursday night’s ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., was no exception. Particular highlights included a Russian company that turns ammunition into trace amounts of diamond, Japanese engineers who developed a speech jamming device, and research into such critical topics as why coffee is so hard to carry without slopping and what makes a ponytail move the way it does.

Submission + - Record Arctic Sea Ice Melt Reaches Nadir (

Titus Andronicus writes: According to a preliminary announcement from the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the unprecedented (in the satellite era) Arctic sea ice melt season has ended. The melting has surpassed, by a wide margin, the then–freakishly huge 2007 Arctic sea ice melt.

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