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Comment: Re:Salary versus cost of living in each city (Score 2) 134

by Bigbutt (#48893313) Attached to: By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals

I think that a QOL calculator might be pretty difficult. Something you find enhances the area, such as water skiing, might not be appealing at all to someone like me who doesn't much like the left or right coast (oceans) and water skiing in general. I grew up in California and lived in Virginia for 30+ years. I'm quite happy living in Colorado. The roads are much quieter, I ride a motorcycle so the mountains are great fun, I love to hike, snowshoe, and snow ski so being close to the Rockies and several ski resorts is perfect. So my QOL would be pretty reduced by moving to Chicago :)



New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild 128

Posted by timothy
from the we've-decided-to-put-this-in-everyone dept.
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes In Jurassic Park, scientists tweak dinosaur DNA so that the dinosaurs were lysine-deficient in order to keep them from spreading in the wild. Scientists have taken this one step further as a way to keep genetically modified E. coli from surviving outside the lab. In modifying the bacteria's DNA to thwart escape, two teams altered the genetic code to require amino acids not found in nature. One team modified the genes that coded for proteins crucial to cell functions so that that produced proteins required the presence of the synthetic amino acid in the protein itself. The other team focused on 22 genes deemed essential to a bacterial cell's functions and tied the genes' expression to the presence of synthetic amino acids. For the bacteria to survive, these synthetic amino acids had to be present in the medium on which the bacteria fed. In both cases, the number of escapees was so small as to be undetectable."

Comment: Re:There's already high unemployment (Score 1) 479

by Bigbutt (#48834673) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Well, with 70% of divorces filed by women and who knows how many filed by men because women left (my own two divorces were filed by me but my wives were the ones who wanted the divorce), is it any wonder more women are heads of households?

Plus with the divorces, men need the jobs in order to continue to pay child support and alimony. So technically men are still supporting the family but not a part of the family any more.


Comment: Re:Don't Watch TV (Score 1) 148

by Bigbutt (#48814487) Attached to: Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

Sure. I find I'm more interested in other things and basically have no time to turn on the TV and sit and watch it. Since I have a hard time with keeping up on regular schedules, I tend to be doing something else I want to do when whatever show I might be interested in is on. If it's a good enough show per my friends, I might pick up the DVDs and watch them though, like the Walking Dead which I enjoy. On DVD :)


Comment: Re:Don't Watch TV (Score 1) 148

by Bigbutt (#48814413) Attached to: Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

Actually I clicked on Walking Dead since I do buy the DVDs and watch them.

I rented the Heroes first season because of a friend's recommendation and enjoyed it enough to try and watch the second season on TV but the constant commercials were so annoying I stopped.

I do have a problem maintaining a schedule though. The only reason I caught some shows was because my ex would watch them. When her gone, I can't be bothered to remember when a show is on and I'd miss it. After missing a few, I simply stopped trying to remember when a show was on and stopped turning on the TV. The ones I liked because of catching an episode here or there are the ones I just picked up the DVD for like Breaking Bad or Walking Dead.

None of this is meant to be smug or a 'hipster'. I just happen to have other things I like to do and can't be bothered to muck with a DVR or remember when some show or another is on.


Comment: Re:Don't Watch TV (Score 2) 148

by Bigbutt (#48811685) Attached to: Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

I have a couple of TVs but use them mainly for watching a DVD or playing Rocksmith. When the friends are over for a night of gaming, I may have something like Monty Python, Office Space, or Shawn of the Dead (for example) on as background humor. I probably should be clearer and say I don't watch broadcast TV.



CES 2015: WakaWaka Sheds Light On Technology, Profit, and Philanthropy (Video) 17

Posted by timothy
from the beats-candles-6-ways-to-sunday dept.
Camille van Gestel and co-founder Maurits Groen started solar-centric manufacturer WakaWaka with an explicit aim other than making money, though he's certainly not opposed to making some along the way. So it's not a non-profit, but van Gestel calls WakaWaka, which was named in a roundabout way after the Shakira song, a "purpose-driven company," with that purpose being -- no exaggeration needed -- to cast light on the world. They're doing just that, with the aid of recycled materials, low-power LEDs, and efficient solar cells. As a result, one of the portable light products that the group has created has become one of the most valued possessions among people displaced by the war in Syria, and more are lighting up villages in Haiti and elsewhere. I talked with Van Gestel at this year's CES, where the company's picked up a pair of CES Innovation Awards, and he has some advice for people who'd like to turn their technical skills to philanthropic endeavors, especially ones that involve hardware or technical infrastructure. Some of it can be summed up as "Spread the wealth, but don't do it for free." Between ongoing feedback gathered from users, a buy-one-give-one style distribution system, and requiring participation by recipients, he says WakaWaka has been able to reach people with their solar lighting products in a way that's much more valuable than just dumping hardware on them, and along the way has gotten a lot of feedback from the buyers whose purchases subsidize the company's non-profit activities. (Alternate Video Link.)

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