Raisins shine!

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The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living. I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.
Henri Poincaré, Science and Method (via observando)

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Burn Notice - Season 5 Episode 4 - No Good Deed ~ Failed Tech

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unclewalter23:

Burn Notice has been one of my Netflix binge watching pleasures. Michael Westen doing his spy stuff, helping people, blowing stuff up.  All in all a very enjoyable show. Sometimes it pushes the limits of logic and physics, but hey it’s all in good fun right?

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This episode had one particularly bad technology fail that I just cannot let pass.  You see, in this one there is a hacker lady who is trying to crack highly encrypted bank files using a cluster of computers which she had some thug steal from a warehouse. Westen and crew thwart her of course but before they do we get to see the high tech cluster this uber-hacker lady had created.

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Behold the high tech goodness of… three late ’90s - early 00’s Dell Dimension XPS towers. Also note that only one has a connected network cable. 

Shall I point out that this episode came out in 2011 and these computers came with Windows 98?

Then I saw this:

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A homebrew PC and a vintage pre-Jobs Mac Power PC 8100.  You know the one Apple made when everyone thought they were doomed? The one discontinued back in 1995 when AOL was going to rule the world?

Thankfully they blew up the antiques, but not until they had to throw in one more technological sin.

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There is the bomb, taped to the back of the antique Dell… a Dell without a power supply.  They aren’t even trying now, are they?

So to recap, a super good hacker lady has a hired thug steal computers, I can only assume from a Salvation Army, to build a “computer” cluster to crack secure files.

She used computers with a combined processing power that is less than my Samsung Galaxy III to break a modern encrypted file.

My inner Tech died a little watching this episode.

-Uncle Walter

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birdandmoon:


Sometimes when I’m hiking in the woods I think “This place is so pristine and wild.” Then I remember some of the changes that have happened to wildlife in the past couple hundred years.

birdandmoon:

Sometimes when I’m hiking in the woods I think “This place is so pristine and wild.” Then I remember some of the changes that have happened to wildlife in the past couple hundred years.

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blastortoise:

okay but when you have holocaust survivors and people who were activists during the civil rights movement supporting mike brown and then KKK members and neo nazi’s supporting the officer you should be able to figure out which side is the right one.

Interesting point, horrible grammar.

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nativefemboy:

thartist72:

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street. A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

powerful Black Science Man

Exactly.

“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.

grrspit:

nessanotarized:

nativefemboy:

thartist72:

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

powerful Black Science Man

Exactly.

“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.

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