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Comment Re:I wish I could buy GMO seeds (Score 1) 292 292

I'm saying we've been trying to make this problem worse for literally thousands of years. Our current crops are much more resistant to pests than their natural ancestors. We will continue to try to make them even more resistant by multiple methods. Now that we have a pretty respectable understanding of genetics, we even better at doing it by cross-breeding individuals to get traits than we were for the last 10 thousand years. Actually splicing genes together manually is just another step more efficient. The goals haven't changed.

Comment Re:I wish I could buy GMO seeds (Score 1) 292 292

Crops already are invasive species. The majority of them were originally native to the Middle East and we have modified them through manual selection to grow in other regions just as successfully. We count on them to outcompete native plants (if corn (which was actually from Central America I believe) can't outproduce native prairie grasses in Iowa and Nebraska then we won't have any corn).
The point at which it could become a bad thing has already past.

Comment Re:So what (Score 1) 184 184

Seriously though, try mentioning anything in every third conversation for a week (Did I mention my sunburn? I got a sunburn on Sunday. I went kayaking and got a sunburn. My sunburn was really bad. My sunburn is slightly better today. I thought by sunburn was better but it still hurts. My sunburn started peeling today). People will react pretty much the same way they would if you mentioned therapy in every third conversation for a week.

Comment Re:$200M for 224 homes? (Score 5, Insightful) 540 540

There is a decent chance the cost of the land is included, since he's providing it to this project as well. If you're putting together a press release proclaiming your good work (and I don't mean that as a criticism -- he definitely deserves the right to take credit for his work) you might as well make the numbers as complete as you can.

Comment Re:what? (Score 2) 227 227

But at least the reference manual was a reliable source. You may or may not internalize the information, but the information was probably correct. The "experts" you are relying on from the internet might not be anything more than someone who is passing on information that someone else posted on the internet, or just making things up themselves. When you take information from someone who is an authority and has actually applied that information and verified it for themselves, you're better off than just assuming you must know everything because you read something that some guy posted on the internet.

Comment Re:Delete stuff. (Score 3, Insightful) 279 279

I'm assuming he put that line about company time together because it rhymed nicely. But if you're using a work computer for personal stuff, even off-hours, expect your company to know about it. Most of the time that's probably fine. But if there is ever a need for your company to examine your laptop and they find cached images from objectionable late night searches, downloaded movies or music or anything of that nature, you might have to talk to HR to explain it. If those images are of children in compromising positions or something like that, your company will turn "your" laptop over to the police and fire you. Don't kid yourself that using company hardware outside of work hours means your company doesn't feel responsible for what you do.

Likewise, if you resign, it's not your IT department's job to make sure your former teammates don't find out about your "My Little Pony" fan club. If you want to keep that secret from your work, don't use work hardware to do it.

Comment Re:Good for consumers? (Score 3, Informative) 191 191

When DRM is a prerequisite to get the rights to offer the item to consumers at all. I'm not saying it necessarily WAS worth it, but the people who owned the rights to the music wouldn't allow downloads without DRM. So the options to bring it to market were download music with DRM, or don't download music legally. The consumer gets to decide whether they want that deal or not.

Comment Re:any salary at or under 100k/yr should get OT (Score 1) 545 545

Live for a while on $100K in a rural Alabama, and then try it in the San Francisco Bay area. Then come back and tell us that there is a specific number that should be used to determine if you make enough money, regardless of your cost of living.

Comment Re:Abuse of overtime is resulting in unemployment (Score 3, Insightful) 545 545

The thing is that this is really short-sighted (I say this as a development manager). You can force people to work long hours in a horrible job market -- but 100% of your good developers are going to jump ship the moment the market turns around. The only time this strategy makes sense is when two things are both true: 1. The job market is so bad even great developers are scared to quit 2. Your company is so close to going out of business that you don't have the option to think even medium term. You only care about the next month or two of results.

Comment Can Google Glass record for 2 hours on one charge? (Score 1) 357 357

Quite apart from how horrible it would be to try to watch a movie recorded by a camera the width of a matchstick that's strapped to a person's head while they watch the movie, does Google Glass even have the battery life to record a full movie? It seems like this is a symbolic gesture by the MPAA. I get that long-term battery life will probably improve, but why not wait until something is actually a problem before sending out press releases that might annoy your customers?

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