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Comment: Re: Sudafed (Score 1) 333

by K10W (#49733735) Attached to: Genetically Engineered Yeast Makes It Possible To Brew Morphine

And the products which replaced it are useless. I notice the party of small government has yet to get the government out if that part of our lives. The whole behind the counter/mandatory ID thing is one of the most intrusive, idiotic things in the history of this country and a testament to the social, economic, and freedom disaster that is the war on drugs. End it.

As to this situation, how about we, you know, stop locking people up for wanting to briefly escape the miserable reality we force on too many and start offering proper treatment (including proper pain treatment where applicable) to those who need it? Addiction is no joke, but the crimes that go with it are largely the government's creation. They empower these drug dealers the same way they empowered gangs during prohibition. In a way they deserve each other, but we all end up paying for it.

aye the replacement (mainly phenyl eph) MAY work but not in the dosages that have been tested as safe. I tend to just buy ephedrine these days (in POM OTC asthma drugs in UK like chesteze) because I can just flash an inhaler if I get 20 questions where as blocked sinuses etc didn't seem to stop the 20 question BS here when buying pseudo in UK. Despite no ID needed etc not very intelligent pharmacy staff tend to get a little ott like you're asking to buy Methedrine pills ffs.

Funny thing is hardly any meth would be made from the pills since the price is extortionate and when you consider amount needed, yields (chemistry wise I mean) and all the waste in decanting/filtering etc it would be hundreds of times more expensive before any markup. Most street meth across the globe is either diverted legit supplies or illicit made by crew from bulk precursors (various amphetamines and phenethylamines) bought it MASSIVE amounts. The kind of amounts that get LE knocking or rival crews coming to tax or hurt you because the amount wont go unnoticed. Only time homebrew is worth it is during droughts, similar to the desomorphine homebrew in Australia and later Russia (when it got krokodil name) because users couldn't get heroin. Russian thing is probably due to cost rather than true drought as a lot of global heroin moves that way from Afghanistan green zone.

Comment: Re:Old guy here - pixel art reminds me of bad game (Score 1) 175

by K10W (#49690871) Attached to: The Decline of Pixel Art

Somebody who thinks a photograph is just a record doesn't understand photography at all.

My photography is a record in one I can think, of the vision I had behind making the pic but certainly isn't one of reality. Even leaving post processing out of it to prove even capture stage is heavily influenced by the shooters view and not objective. Lighting with flash/strobes means the lighting is nowhere near record of reality. Add focal length distortions/exaggerations from wide angle depth "stretching" to compression in telephoto, various amount of bokeh, narrow dynamic range (regardless of 12-14bit raw capture it ends up in 6-8bit display formats from rendering on 8bit monitors to print)..... that is just the basics to start and you have something VERY different from both what the human eye sees.

The reality of what is there is different again to the what the eye sees and what we see normally isn't even that but is our brains interpretation of the info which is different again depending on your processing model (such as top down visual) hence the arguments over that blue/black/white/gold dress which came down to top down processing of some peoples brains filling in blanks is you like incorrectly NOT whiteblalance as some articles suggested because they didn't take into account viewers of same screen at same time (identical lighting etc) saw it different but the scientific press tend to be rather uneducated.

Comment: Re:Bigger != Better (Score 1) 87

The way to "get around" the law is to change the law.

You cannot change the law without public support. One way to get public support for repeal is to show that a law is dysfunctional. If drug prohibition laws actually worked, did what they were designed to do, and had fewer bad side effects, then support for repeal would be much weaker. We are better off if people buy their drugs online, then if they get them on street corners. The only people harmed by these online markets are the drug dealers, the police, and the incarceration industry.

considering the funding, behind the scenes pressures over intrests and the privatisation of the prison system (not just the US sadly) somehow I think police and the prison industry wins the most. The goal isn't to "stop" drugs which is clear from methods of operations and who is targeted when

Comment: Re:Ducky Shine 3 TenKeyLess (Score 1) 452

by K10W (#49286059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

I have a Ducky Shine 3 TenKeyLess with Cherry MX Brown switches and I concur. It feels as solid as granite. Best keyboard I've owned and since all of the keys are switch-mounted (in some cases like the spacebar, with additional switch-shaped mounts) I find it easier to clean than other mechanical keyboards.

The solidness of the keyboard makes a big difference on noise. TneKeyLess keeps it even more solid. Yes, the Cherry switches "click", but the my girlfriend has commented that her aging Logitech G110 is actually louder to use because it's so loose and rattles so much in comparison.

I use shine 3 mx browns and in fairness there is not much click unless you bottom them out. If you bottom out any mech keys consider using o-rings

Side note on the ducky is some batches had led's burn out fast, most of those are gone now as happened after a led supplier switch and was sorted BUT [as all brands can experience] the good ones every now and then can burn out an led, my Q started dying. A flangeless 3mm LED are easy to find (some keyboard shops sell them) and easy enough to desolder and bang a new one in. Doing this you realise how well made the shine 3's are, not just the dual pcb but everything else about it is tank like.

Comment: Re:Poor Mr. Ceglia (Score 1) 163

by K10W (#49246723) Attached to: Man Claiming Half Ownership of Facebook Is Now a Fugitive

Somebody has allowed "them" to rule the world. They aren't really smart, actually most of them are pretty stupid, they are just very good at lobbying, they've been doing it for 2000 years. Americans let "them" in after WWII. Now have fun living in a country whose financial, media, and internet industries are controlled by "them".

In fairness they do have their detractors but it is the same media that is tar & feathering critics who dare point out such lack of fairness and abuses as antisemitic. There are some like that but many are pretty tolerant decent people just calling out various human rights abuse, endemic child abuse that rivals catholic church, conflicts of interest and biased media coverage. One of the critics is a rabbi for goodness sake so he is hardly anti Jew. Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg is worth looking up, he's had bleach thrown in his face and completely ostracised for whistleblowing on child abuse cases but nothings been done but like he says these people are one of the biggest donators and have family and friends in most the national government and regulatory boards to financial sectors from banking to IMF. The conspiracy BS annoys me as most the info is public knowledge and boils down to bring but simple answer of it is all about money and control.

Comment: Re:Here is what I *HOPE* is next (Score 1) 296

by K10W (#49006315) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

>"Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?"

Here is what I *HOPE* is next:

1) Stop trying to be and look like Chrome. Just stop.

2) Stop trying to force users to not have tabs on bottom, having a menu bar, having separate buttons, etc. Let users control their user interface how they want.

3) Remove all that developer stuff that 99.99% of users don't use or care about and put it in an addon.

4) Remove all that chat and conferencing stuff that 99% of users don't care about and put that also in an addon.

5) Focus on speed, security, stability, bug-fixing, and documentation. You don't have to be a feature-of-the-month club.

6) Continue to support as many platforms and systems as possible, including old ones.

Oh- and thank you for all the hard work that went into Firefox- the browser of my choice (and that for my users, family, and friends) for the last decade.

these are why I switched to palemoon, firefox built the right way for vast majority of pc users. No reason to play catchup with chrome when the reality is the other way around. Functionality and core use come first thus status bar present as aesthetics second to essential functional stuff, and niche things like accessibility and none common needs are not pushed on everyone "just in case".

Comment: Re:More ambiguous cruft (Score 1) 514

by K10W (#48947893) Attached to: The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

Sterile plants are almost never used.

Monsanto developed that system and last I checked they had NEVER used it for any regular seeds. It was only used in test fields to prevent genes escaping into the wild during testing.

My view on gene patenting is that any natural gene should not be patent able but the process for insertion should be. However, for any custom developed gene that should be patent able.

you can't really patent the process since it is pretty much standard across the industry so you can't slap patents on ligase etc etc. Essentially all the gene subtractions/additions are cut with sticky ends, insert if needed, restick it. Inserting that into something for replication may have a novel process but even thena lot may not be particularly unique. I'm pro some GM and against others, sadly the better stuff tends to be suppressed by the uneducated and the stuff that gets through regardless of pressure is stuff better for company profits and those creating a monopoly on something and the consumer gets little out of it. Still sad the tomato with the gene for enzyme that breaks down pectin got labelled "Frankenstein food" (after his monster not the doc himself) but the uneducated and never heard of it since.

Comment: Re:One interesting side-effect: 3D fakery is harde (Score 1) 141

by K10W (#48808031) Attached to: 3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

Photoshopping a single image can be done easily in ways that make the edits virtually undetectable, even for the casual home user. But an amateur attempting to edit two nearly-identical images (e.g., to modify body shapes, or skin tone, or to get rid of unwanted parts of the scene) would almost certainly leave behind inconsistencies that simple image analysis could detect.

...Today, that is.

There will probably be a niche for home-use 3D Photoshop extensions that perform activities like airbrushing, texture duplication, etc. on two images simultaneously in a manner that always results in a clean combination of the two by effectively performing the edits in 3-space. Heck, such technology may already be in use in movie studios that are cranking out 3D movies with live actors that must be composited with generated scenes.

don't see why this can't be done, working on adding control points in some panoramic software auto adds the points in overlapping images in the right place with little need to tweak despite differences due to parallax error when I've shot with no panohead or attempt to rotate around the nodal point. Having similar functionality in photoshop would work well with many common retouching workflows like freqency sep, dodge and burn, local sharpening and so on. May get awkward with layer masking stuff due to image differences but for most things your average home user needs it'd be fine.

Comment: Re:Win/Lose (Score 1) 463

by K10W (#48745107) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

You don't sound trollish, just naive. The basis of social engineering is "cast the net wide". This is about individuals, not businesses. 95 out of 100 may avoid the hit, but that says more about luck than savy.

if you read my previous comment earlier in this thread you'll see I said that and agree with you on that whole hearted. People are the weakness here which is why I said you need a good admin, stop the none tech staff from being able to break things that much. I've seen it first hand work rather well in 3 large organisations. One the ngo I mention, the other a UK gov service, and the last a little different but same principle was friend who designed the NHS central server system. The most they can do is make a mess in their home folder, they can't do damage to important parts on their own machines never mind wreck a whole network.

Comment: Re:Win/Lose (Score 1) 463

by K10W (#48738525) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

Our company also got hacked. Management sent everyone home, restored from backups. Then we spent a bunch of time figuring out what files were modified in the last 36 hours, and redoing that work over. Note that the hackers target only certain file types, eg. .doc, and .pdf, but not .xls, so were talking mostly about documentation. Unfortunately, our PC's are now limping along because the virus scanner is running all the time now, and so chews up resources.

Our company is Windows-centric for everything except code development (which is Linux using a VM under Windows), and this is a clear example of why Linux is more secure than Windows. Not necessarily inherently, but because Windows desktops are the "mainstream". And hackers target the mainstream!

To wit, I switched to Windows for a year, but subsequently, every search I did to fix Windows problems required putting "Windows" in the search box. This inevitably led to ever more heinously cunning hacker/virus/spyware results which had to be waded through. Try as you might to avoid them, eventually one of them ends up getting you. It ends up being about as much fun as a potato-sack race through a mine-field.

Don't mean this to sound trollish but sounds like you need a better sys admin. Plenty of businesses manage, I have a friend who manages networks for multinational ngo which is mainly windows based on the operator end without problems. Nearly all the users are none IT literate aside from basic how to use spreadsheets/email etc obviously but if admin does their job properly then everything just works fine and smooth for users and it remains secure without unnecessary expense or exotic solutions.

Comment: Re:What's the new hole? (Score 1) 463

by K10W (#48738371) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

Best advice is GET THE HELL OFF WINDOWS!! I have a thriving little business upgrading people who are still on XP over to either XUbuntu or Mint. I've gotten calls after an upgrade with the user saying "I got this weird error when I open this email", and it turned out that the user had an email with the Cryptolocker vector, and the odd error was the malware *trying* (and failing) to encrypt files on an ext4 filesystem... At this point in time, THAT aint happening....

The fault lies with uneducated users NOT the OS choice. The assumption that migrating users to none windows OS will solve this is wrong. Linux isn't immune from these problems like some think, I've run a slackware box since '97ish and never had a problem but don't kid myself about it being immune to malware. I've run a windows box along side and never had problems on that with malware either. It's my actions and understanding which keeps me problem free not the OS.

Also Ubuntu and derivatives are even more of a target due to being very popular and having large part of their user base being none power users with minimal tech skills. Sec through obscurity wont work for long on such large distros either. Old windows OSes like XP may be low hanging fruit but plenty still target the rest of the tree. Won't take long for authors to catch up and tap those niches since they become more profitable as they grow in size, I've already noticed this with mac users starting to experience this more. People need to be educated and understand consequences if they don't become so. There is no quick substitute to learning, safezoning people without supervision never works.

Only thing I found works without educating users is when I've set up slack boxes for family/close friends and I don't give them root access, I set proper permissions and their influence doesn't spread past their home folder on another drive/partion etc. All the browsers are kept up to date by me, adblock/ghostery/noscript permissions tweaked by me on a need basis so occassionally I get a "this site wont work" and within minutes I sort it but most popular sites and their cdn's are allowed already (between ghostery and noscript I can whitelist and blacklist the same scripts on different sites hence the two in tandem). It isn't that much work once it has been going for a short time and it never breaks and there are never issues but only because of active protection, there is no automation that is safe to do this.

Comment: Re:Yes brown fat will help you (Score 1) 234

by K10W (#48709173) Attached to: Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

Of course you can eat 3000kal/day, you can also eat 4000 if your metabolism is fully functional it will not store excess fat unless you are stressed

Nonsense. Metabolism is mostly driven by demand (how much you move), and only to a small degree by available calories. Your argument also make no sense from an evolutionary survival perspective. Excess calories should be stored as fat to survive future times where food may be scarce.

that isn't true, it is not that simple. Muscles actually prefer burning fats at rest and storing glucose from (or converted to from) food as glycogen so there is a store for aerobic erxercise but more importantly for the brain since fats can't cross the blood brain barrier. We need the fats to store fat soluble vitamins too. There are many many factors driving metabolism, the basic ones are activity, hormone levels (made more complex in that some like hgh's have insulin effects), food types eaten and fast periods (including hour(s) long not just days/weeks/months), climate, daylight length, genetics etc etc so it gets complicated and no generalisations can be made.

Most people ask nutritionalists and personal trainers who understand very little and some of it they know the right answer but their reasoning is wrong so they form extra conclusions which are crap. What you really need is to be asking biochemists and molecular biologists and the like those questions or medical practitioners strong in those areas.

Comment: Re:Yes brown fat will help you (Score 1) 234

by K10W (#48709113) Attached to: Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

A completely sedentary person may burn 2000 kcal/day. An hour of exercise can increase that to 2500 kcal. That's significant enough. Of course, it doesn't mean that you can eat 3000 kcal/day. Strenuous of exercise, like weightlifting, can also increase metabolism for up to 48 hours after the actual exercise.

Of course you can eat 3000kal/day, you can also eat 4000 if your metabolism is fully functional it will not store excess fat unless you are stressed. Eating and exercise is not enough to explain the obesity epidemic, it is just the only two things worth talking about to stop it, as the we do not have enough information about the factors that influence the metabolism.

I'd argue we do have enough info on metabolism. It was a hell of a large part of my studies (biochem) in 1 and 2nd year and that was in the 90's and understanding has increased not decreased since then. We know a hell of a lot and understand it extremely well right down to the molecular physics of excatly how it does that not just the fact it does.

The problem is most people I know outside of those education subjects and careers don't know it, including a health care professional who is an expert nutritionalist who I've had to give extra info to a lot as she admits she never heard that but comes back surprised after research at it being well known. People want simple answers and the human body is complex; we want magic bullets, instant solutions, and 1 word answers is my guess at the real problem.

Comment: Re:Ditch the DSLR (Score 1) 108

by K10W (#48531203) Attached to: Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

The gp displays the standard ignorance of a novice photographer, who doesn't even know that he knows nothing about photography because his hardware allows him to take pictures he deems "good". There's a reason there are professional photographers out there that get paid well and use "pro" equipment, but until gp tries to take pictures outside the limited scope of a P&S, he won't realize how limited he is. Should he use a pro-sumer or better grade camera, he may be disappointed in his pictures not being "better" than the P&S, that's not a fault of the equipment but more his failure to understand how to use that equipment to get great pictures. And even then, great pictures don't just happen automatically, it is luck or many tries, and sometimes significant post-processing before a great picture is realized. To be fair, sometimes that is also achievable with a P&S.

Truth to this but lighting is the magic ingredient. PS skills especially well done work frequency sep and subtle accurate changes only go so far if it is poorly lit. I don't just mean artificially lit stuff but same goes for available light although admittedly I tend to use monoblocks in portraiture. Not a quality thing more for the control I have over all light sources and "on tap" perfect light any time of day.

Comment: they know thie market (Score 1) 330

by K10W (#48449075) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio
I'm a big fan of eizo monitors and they tend to produce stuff they know there is a niche for. This seems perfect for mfd use for a lot of different applications. I'm mainly familiar with the coloredge cx and cg series but most of their range ticks all the boxes for many people. I tend to design/edit/grade on a 27" screen and use a 20" just for tool panels and common controls I use whilst wanting to see adjustments large screen. I can utilise the screen realestate on the bigger screen for just workspace/pasteboard/footage and so on and declutter but have instant access to controls at the same time this way.

Thing with this kind of setup is the bigger the primary screen the better and the other screen doesn't matter so much and I'd rather have a CX271 or CG277 and 1 or 2 smaller screens than shrink the primary display to fit slightly bigger secondary/tertiary monitors onto my desk. Side monitors in portrait orientation doesn't always work well either so this seems like a good idea and that is just for my personal needs so I'd consider it but there are probably many more uses.

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