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Comment My Two Cents (Score 1) 1215

Windows XP allows me to do what I want (I'm not the power gamer I used to be). Pretty much every PC program runs on it.
Don't have a huge budget so don't buy Apple computers. I would use Linux if there were a similar level of apps to PC. Even iOS might not have a broad enough range of apps to satisfy my needs.

I did not find the Mac easy to use the last time I tried, even something as simple as opening a new tab in the background with the mouse was a nuisance. Maybe I would like a modern Mac if I got used to it but XP/2000 was Microsoft's crowning achievement in the OS arena and I'll keep using it until I want an OS that can utilise more than 4GB of RAM. Which might not be too far off.

I have a laptop that came with Windows 7. I installed Ubuntu but the Wi-Fi driver was vastly inferior to the windows one, only booted it up a handful of times.

Comment Permanent DST (Score 1) 646

As a late riser living at 35 degrees latitude, I would personally prefer permanent shift to daylight savings time. It helps me to psychologically handle getting up earlier in the day.

I travelled north (in Australia) where there is no DST in late December and the sun set way too early in the day there for my liking, 6:15pm.

Comment Double standards (Score 1) 66

It's pretty cynical that western governments want to tax harmless carbon dioxide (eg. in Australia) and limit our energy consumption through constantly jacking up the rates yet build extremely power-hungry installations in order to crunch all the data needed to surveil the citizens and build a profile of them.

Comment More (Score 1) 758

Just read TFA, I suspect he's been drawn into the orbit of the "skeptics" movement (deliberate quotation marks) who have blind faith that the government is only there to help people, that no corruption of regulatory agencies takes place, that there is no fraud in science etc...

On a side note perhaps what he really meant to say is that with the growing population we need GMO food to kill everyone off who is unable to access a strictly non-GMO diet. And the more crops that become GMO the harder that becomes. We could be only a few generations away (60 years?) from the unwashed masses disappearing into extinction. Then that seed vault in Svalbard that was created by private financiers for absolutely no reason whatsoever will be put to use.

Comment Bought off (Score 1) 758

I wonder how much was paid for such good PR for companies like Monsanto pushing these untested and unsafe foods onto people. Did this Lynas see the recent long-term Russian study on rats? Now that's actual science, not mere assurances.


Submission + - GM Wheat May Permanently Alter Human Genome, Spark Early Death Read more: http: (

Cinnaman writes: Experts say that the GM wheat currently in development by an Australian governmental research agency could, if ingested, shut down certain genes, leading to premature death or risk thereof to multiple generations.

The GM wheat developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) using public funds is engineered to turn off genes permanently. The organization’s intent to turn off wheat genes, however, could affect human and animal genes.

“Through ingestion, these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes,” says Professor Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety. His report was published in Digital Journal.

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Comment Re:Code is now a Buzzword (Score 1) 298

I definitely think it's a case of people think it's cool to use code as a verb.
Nerds trying to break away the externally imposed stereotype perhaps and make programming trendy.

I remembered that fads and being cool tend to be confined to teenage and maybe early 20s years so I'm guessing that demographic has started this and is on a mission to create a new definition for "code".

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