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Comment Re:settled cannon for about a decade now (Score 1) 37 37

Part of me wonders if this is deliberate. No graphics drivers that are useful, no games. No games, no Linux desktop.

Why? AMD has no stake or interest in what OS you game on, they're just looking to sell their hardware. They get no benefit from enabling or pushing a migration to Linux unless they can steal customers from nVidia/Intel that way, which seems highly unlikely. You don't need a conspiracy to explain why companies don't do things that don't benefit them.

Comment Chasing features (Score 0) 103 103

I wasn't exactly sure what he meant by "Chasing Features". Because building features into your product is often a good thing, it makes your product better. After reading the article, what he meant was, "We built features the users didn't want." Which of course is a problem.

His point has nothing to do with that, really. His point was, "instead of being a mindless drone, try to figure out how to make the company better." Good advice, poorly written article.

Comment Re:wrong question (Score 1) 51 51

Honestly, I'd beg to differ. When you cut a human body open you're likely to find a relatively standard set of organs. Even with all conditions and permutations it is a whole less open-ended than say driving a car, where arguably a lot of odd conditions could happen at any time. In short, there's a few vital functions that that the body must uphold and if a robot surgeon does he's not making anything worse. He might not cure everything, but that's not the point.

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 2) 247 247

Millennia is a very short amount of time with respect to the evolution of our genes as a species native to this planet and coordinated with the environment.

Humans can evolve surprisingly quickly. Look how quickly Europeans evolved the gene that allows them to drink milk, for example.

Your argument also supposes that rising above hunter/gatherer is a benefit and desirable.

Yeah, it is.

Comment Re:I wish I could buy GMO seeds (Score 1) 247 247

but that all the types of proteins in the new crop are not known, and their effects when consumed by humans are not known either, neither in the short nor the long span.

Anyone who has these concerns has not actually looked at all the testing that is done on GMO crops before it's released to the public.

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 247 247

The mistake isn't the GMO part. The mistake is considering *grains* food at all. It is not.

ok, here's where you know you've gone off the deep end....when a food that people have eaten for millennia is considered not a food, you need to re-evaluate your dietary ideas.

Cool history fact: do you know that the ability to store grains through the winter might be one of the major things that allowed humans to stay in the same place and build settlements? It helped them to rise above hunter/gatherer.

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 5, Insightful) 247 247

therefore they have a right to know whether or not the food they buy contains GMO ingredients

Then they should only buy food labeled as "GMO Free," which is manufactured specifically for people with those kinds of concerns.

the federal government has a duty to endure that foods and other products are properly labeled, which in this case, would be a large, conspicuous "GMO" on the front label.

Large, conspicuous, and the front of the label? You aren't interested in people being able to inform themselves. If that were the case, you would be satisfied with a line in the ingredients. Your goal is to make GMO scary to people, with a large scary label on the front.

Comment Re:What we have vs. what we want (Score 1) 300 300

A conversation about the internet that is long, long overdue: Is what we *have* what we *want*, and if not, what can be done about it? What we HAVE is a global network that will never, ever let you forget that silly thing you did whilst young and drunk that everyone thought was so hilarious at the time. Is that really what we want?

Maybe not. But it's kinda meaningless to quibble about the negative side effects when it's obvious the positive effects are so huge there's no way we'll give up on it, nobody likes drive-by shooting but it's obvious we're not going to give up cars. Yes, we would like a free global information-sharing network.

Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. - Oscar Wilde