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Comment: I'm convinced... (Score 1) 148

by CODiNE (#49771525) Attached to: Sex-Switched Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Diseases

I used to disagree with the philosophy of the laser zapping mosquito killer...

The information gathered by the non-lethal laser can be used to determine the type of insect, and even its gender because wing beat patterns are unique to each species and gender. This is important in preventing malaria because only female mosquitoes bite humans

But now... if we switch them all to female first, THEN zap them... I can agree.

Comment: Badge of Honor (Score 2) 169

by CODiNE (#49755057) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?

When I was a kid playing games on a PC was hard. You had to learn DOS, keep enough memory free, install sound card drivers after properly setting the DIP switches and avoiding COM port conflicts that made your mouse play music when you used it. Sometimes you had to tweak BAT files to get a game to install, others required manually using pkzip.

Then you learned how to make boot disks with a bare minimum system or crafted your own multiboot setup. JUST TO PLAY. We were motivated, we had to be. Now kids just tap an icon and punch in their password, done. There's no learning required. Sure they're comfortable with web pages but they don't just pick up HTML and JavaScript unless already inclined. Games no longer LEAD to understanding nor require it, they're simply diversions. As soon as they get bored it's back on Pinterest or Netflix.

I'm glad I got into computers when I did because at that time playing games truly lead to learning.

Comment: Re:Being comfortable around crazy (Score 1) 864

by CODiNE (#49689929) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

How about forced sterilization of unwanted groups?

Compulsory sterilization

United States[edit]
Further information: Eugenics in the United States

A poster from a 1921 eugenics conference displays the U.S. states that had implemented sterilization legislation by then
The United States was the first country to concertedly undertake compulsory sterilization programs for the purpose of eugenics.[44] The heads of the program were avid believers in eugenics and frequently argued for their program. It was shut down due to ethical problems. The principal targets of the American program were the intellectually disabled and the mentally ill, but also targeted under many state laws were the deaf, the blind, people with epilepsy, and the physically deformed. While the claim was that the focus was mainly the mentally ill and disabled, the definition of this during that time was much different than ours. At this time, there were many women that were sent to institutions under the guise of being âoefeeble-minded" because they were promiscuous or became pregnant while unmarried. According to the activist Angela Davis, women of predominantly ethnic minorities (such as Native Americans, as well as African-American women)[45] were sterilized against their will in many states, often without their knowledge while they were in a hospital for other reasons (e.g. childbirth). For example, in Sunflower County Mississippi, 60% of black women living there were sterilized at Sunflower City Hospital without their permission.

Darwinism was a large part of these eugenics campaigns, and they continue to this day in some countries.

Comment: Don't fall for that one... (Score 3, Interesting) 190

by CODiNE (#49642685) Attached to: No Justice For Victims of Identity Theft

Franklin notes that he wasn't even required to file a police report to get reimbursed for the crime: "'As long as their loss is covered they move on to [handling] tomorrow's fraud,' Franklin observes.

Good luck to you when they go ahead and sell your debt to a collections agency even AFTER writing it off as a loss. They may waive the bill from your perspective but the debt doesn't go away. Once the collections agencies come after you they won't leave you alone until you show them that police report. Oh and guess what, a record was never made when they waived the debt for you so you're all on your own now.

It may be different with a credit card company, but that's exactly what happened to me with T-Mobile AND Sprint. (Yeah, yeah... fool me twice...)

Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 2) 417

by CODiNE (#49540997) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

There's actually a lot of cross-pollination going in between the 2 platforms. For some things it's easier to release first on the desktop at WWDC and let the devs play with it a year or 2 before it ends up on iOS. Look at the new Force Touch thing they're rolling out. Apple Watch -> MacBook -> iPhones/iPads last.

Then you have things like Continuity in Yosemite that tightly binds a Mac and iPhone, that increases sales of both and prevents commoditization.

Besides, in a few years phones will be at the "good enough" phase like desktops are and people won't be upgrading every 2 years, so the current huge growth of mobiles can't be their only source of income when they start slowing down.

Comment: Re:Never consumer ready (Score 2) 229

by CODiNE (#49453473) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future

RED drives are specifically designed for RAID enclosures to prevent early failure due to vibration and constant sleep/wake cycles. They even avoid synchronizing their vibrations with other disks in the array.

Sure in some situations you can get by with regular consumer gear, but in other situations it's asking for trouble.

Comment: So why buy it? (Score 2) 322

by CODiNE (#49283613) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

Since it's been confirmed as worldwide, what's the point in anyone at all paying for it?

I have a genuine copy, but instead of paying the upgrade fee I could pirate the same thing and legally update for free. Heck I'll just use VM clones on my valid copy and keep the original around just in case.

What's the catch? Will they lose future upgrade rights have have to buy a full copy later on?

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