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Comment: Re:Market forces at work... (Score 1) 679

Get your facts straight. GMO crops are more productive in rural India mainly. In tests in the USA and other developed nations, GMO crops will have either higher yield, the same, or lower yield than traditional and hybrid crops. It's really a crapshoot depending on the exact strain used.

Comment: Re: Market forces at work... (Score 1) 679

Do you work in health care IT? There is extensive testing done by nurses and doctors at all levels. I don't know where you get the idea that they can't test. The whole inviting doctors to a meal and test? Not sure why that's illegal, but most companies have doctors and nurses on staff that do the testing. As far as the new codes, there will be incentives to code things properly. I don't even need to pay that much attention to know that. Once they get used to using the new codes, it will become second nature and not take much thought. Or was the explosion of different area codes too much for society to handle to the point that we all gave up on using phones for any communication?

Comment: Re:The problem with most environmentalist ideas (Score 1) 466

by Methuseus (#43212015) Attached to: Why Earth Hour Is a Waste of Time and Energy

They are also the people who are given stipends every month when it's cold so they can afford to heat their home. Or at least that's how it works in Chicago. Unless I'm remembering wrong, those poor enough that they can't afford the gas to heat have to be given a certain amount every month so they don't freeze to death. Same with A/C in the hot months.

Comment: Re:The problem with most environmentalist ideas (Score 1) 466

by Methuseus (#43211997) Attached to: Why Earth Hour Is a Waste of Time and Energy

Gas was about $1.50 for regular ten years ago. See page 176: http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/archive/038403.pdf. Last time it was 98 cents or thereabouts as a national average was in the 80's. I know in suburban Illinois where I lived at the time, the last time it was under $1 was in the late 90's, I believe 1998. You may be right about one specific locality, that it was 98 cents in 2003, but I don't know that I really believe it.

Comment: Re:Lol (Score 1) 384

by Methuseus (#43045293) Attached to: Is Code.org Too Soulless To Make an Impact?

I learned all about tab stops in fourth grade. I haven't had to change tab stops since fourth grade.

In my experience, format painter is a piece of crap and only works half the time. It worked best back in Office 97 of all things.

Throughout my career, I have used lots of Office suites. Lotus Notes (or whatever their office product is called now), MS Office in all its forms, Wordperfect suite, at least four others. Some of them use the same layout so you can find things. Others don't. Learning a basic office suite is the best option.

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