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Comment Re: This legislation brought to you by.. (Score 4, Insightful) 446 446

Every GMO sold in the U.S. has undergone extensive pre-market safety testing. What specifically about this process do you feel to be deficient. Especially in light of the fact that many other tools, such as random mutagenesis via radiation, do not require any pre-market testing depite having actually made people sick (unlike any GMO in the last 20 years).

You pick up the torch, and I'll pick up the pitchfork. GMO LABELLING IS NOT JUST ABOUT SAFETY. What's "deficient" is knowledge of which products are using a technology that people object to on, for example, the grounds that Monsanto's use of patented GMO crops are polluting neighbor small farmers who are then inadvertently find themselves in trouble for patent infringement. Another reason is people don't like new technologies forced on them whether they like it or not. And I'm sure there are other reasons people have for not wanting GMOs. So I'll say it again, GMO LABELLING IS NOT JUST ABOUT SAFETY.

If there's nothing to hide, there's no reason NOT to label if people want it. What's "confusing" is not to label it and leave people wondering. And in fact we see there IS something to hide. They know if they label GMOs some people won't buy them because of it. I can tell you though, if I see two products on the shelf and one says "non-GMO," THAT'S the one I'm buying.

Comment Maybe an NSL for the customer list? (Score 1) 138 138

Might they have been secretly compelled to provide the customer list to the FBI? At this point no doubt the spooks would consider anyone who wanted one as "suspicious". Remember when this was supposed to be a free country? The "home of the brave"? Those were the days, eh?

Comment Simpler & cheaper to use someone else's (Score 1) 266 266

I 3D print from time to time but I use one of the mail order services. They provide far more material and printer options, and have the in-house expertise to keep them operating smoothly. If they make a bad print it's their problem, and they'll make another. For me it's been far more cost effective and simpler than buying my own, which is guaranteed to become obsolete in short order.

Comment Oh, great... (Score 1) 81 81

So now these guys have just proved that you can affect people's preferences for junk food in a video game? Perfect plan by an ad agency ready to collect on the scheme from junk food companies. Now we'll be seeing all kinds of pro-junk-food themed video games...

Comment Re:In case you were wondering... (Score 1) 310 310

I predict next winter is going to be colder than next summer.

Now tell me I just made that up out of thin air.

Also, no one in the 1970s predicted we'd be in an ice age right now, that's actually a good example of something that was "made up". If you disagree, provide a citation.

This sort of thing is why the "skeptics" are generally considered a bunch of complete ignorami by anyone with a brain.

Comment Re:Yes, but not because it's a bad idea (Score 1) 507 507

It violates the KISS principle. From my understanding of it, Agile is an attempt to pipeline the development process. A good idea in principle, but except for me (one time hardware guy turned systems guy then app guy), the entire rest of the team's history are application programmers, QA and doc people who wouldn't know a pipeline if they were flushed down it. So it ends up being a mini waterfall every sprint, because that's as much as they're able to comprehend.

Comment Re:No. (Score 5, Interesting) 507 507

I also have to agree but for different reasons. What I've experienced is Agile as excuse for micromanagement. Projects take much longer than they used to because we now agonize in meeting after meeting over details that used to be left to the developer to decide. Agile is a recipe for managing programmers fresh out of college perhaps, but most I work with aren't those, and they work better when you trust them with more of the detais and have management worry about the bigger pictures instead...

Comment Wait a minute... (Score 0) 301 301

Given the paper's subject matter was gender bias, isn't it legitimate to expect they get opinions from both genders in the process? How do we know the paper itself isn't gender biased? That's like a paper saying that African American's experiences are invalid, written by only white authors-- wouldn't a valid critique of that be that they might want to include some opinions from African Americans?

Comment Re:Quit LinkedIN (Score 2) 227 227

Without even signing up for Linkedin I could tell they were a spam factory. I was getting incessant sign-up emails because a friend was listed and made the mistake of giving them emails of his friends. I yelled so loud I think Linkedin must have put me on their blacklist, as I've not seen a peep out of them since, and that was several years ago. Recruiters are just another form of telemarketer. I remember a good one or two back in the 1980s, but if they still exist they're well hidden. Fortunately, I've been around so long I have no need for such foolishness-- I know enough people now if I were to need it, I can find out about good jobs via word of mouth or personal email. Certainly any place that only wants fresh grads is going to be a place only an actual fresh grad would ever want to work, and even then only long enough to build up a resume.

"What I've done, of course, is total garbage." -- R. Willard, Pure Math 430a