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Comment: Re:This is a rare breed of human. (Score 1) 758

by Olipro (#42489229) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activist Recants

This is really simple. Put a label on the food to identify it as genetically modified. Thou dost protest too much. Why so much resistance?

No, it's really stupid. Take two species of plant, pollinate one with the other. BOOM, genes from both plants are recombined to form a new unique plant. genetic modification.

Comment: Re:This is a rare breed of human. (Score 1) 758

by Olipro (#42484845) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activist Recants

Suit yourself. You can't tell consumers they don't get to know what's in their food without consequences.

They do get to know what is in the food, all the ingredients are right in the packet. the operative word in GMO is the G - if you'd like a full readout of the genes of whatever it is you're eating, go take it to be sequenced - it matters not one iota to your digestion, what does are the proteins, starches etc that are expressed (or not) as a result of those genes, and the information is right there on the packet.

Comment: Looks Fake (Score 5, Insightful) 310

by Olipro (#39039287) Attached to: UK Law Enforcement Starts Seizing Music Blogs
whois indicates the original owner still controls the domain, the server itself is Rackspace owned whereas SOCA's own website is run themselves via Connect Internet Solutions Ltd. - throw in the fact that SOCA haven't made any announcement or press release regarding the alleged takedown and the whole thing looks like a setup, I call shenanigans.

UK Law Enforcement Starts Seizing Music Blogs 310

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-computer-is-broadcasting-an-IP-address dept.
Grumbleduke writes "From Dajaz1 (a site that is no stranger to unjustified copyright takedowns) we learn that the popular R&B website (warning: threatening message on site) has allegedly been seized by the Serious Organized Crime Agency, a UK law enforcement agency, and its operators arrested on fraud charges. Not only does the replacement message contain a number of factually dubious claims, it also shows the visitor's IP address, browser and operating system, and threatens to track and monitor them. At a time when copyright lobby groups are strongly pushing for even greater powers through laws such as SOPA and ACTA, one is left wondering why they think they need them, when police can shut down websites such as this at will."

+ - Unicode Character-of-Death crashes GTK apps on Win->

Submitted by Olipro
Olipro (1531021) writes "A long-standing, but until yesterday undiscovered bug in GTK for Windows has revealed that any application using GTK (such as X-Chat, Pidgin and Wireshark to name but a few) can be made to crash if any non-BMP character is sent for display resulting in much malicious fun across IRC and IM networks. As yet, no word from the GTK devs has been heard."
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Comment: Meh, not a big deal (Score 1) 364

by Olipro (#36790316) Attached to: Firefox Is Going 64-Bit: What You Need To Know
I roll my own Windows builds of Firefox and have been using Win64 versions since before FF4 actually came out; the difference is really minimal; I use 64-bit Flash (square) and Java, everything works and it's native. Currently there is a patch in the works to enable Firefox x64 to use 32bit plugins via the wrapper, which I get the feeling will probably encourage Adobe to not bother releasing a "proper" x64 Flash.

How Today's Tech Alienates the Elderly 453

Posted by Soulskill
from the get-off-my-lawn dept.
Barence writes "A UK academic has blamed unnecessarily complicated user interfaces for putting older people off today's technology. Mike Bradley, senior lecturer in product design and engineering at Middlesex University, claims efforts to be more inclusive are being undermined by software and hardware design that is exclusively targeted at younger users. He cites the example of the seemingly simple iPhone alarm clock. 'They're faced with a screen with a clock face and a plus sign icon, and they couldn't understand that you were "adding an alarm," so they didn't click the plus sign to get through to that menu. Pressing the clock image takes you through to choices about how the clock is displayed, and it's not easy to get back again.'"

Comment: I'm really starting to lose faith (Score 1) 453

by Olipro (#35705724) Attached to: Firefox 5 Details: Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer
First Slashdot posts a load of crap about how nenolod supposedly cracked the Motorola Android certs (hint: he didn't, it was a troll) and now you're quoting bullshit from some no-name site as gospel, go ask someone who actually works for Mozilla what's actually going to be in Firefox 5 and you'll discover that most of that article is complete and utter wank.

+ - Wikileaks causes political storm in India->

Submitted by tanveer1979
tanveer1979 (530624) writes "White in the west wikileaks cable releases have been met with skepticism and negativity towards the messenger, the scene in the developing world is quite different. Unlike their western counterparts, the Indian press is taking the govt to a task, and opposition parties are stalling the parliament.

More than the content of the leaks, what is really interesting is the way the reactions to the cables have been in the general public. While most western voters stood by their leaders, and even called Assange a traitor, in India its quite the opposite, with everybody baying for govt's blood. It could be because democracy is more democratic in India, or maybe because the general notion of the public that all politicians are crooks, and if there is a bribery allegation, it must be true!"

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+ - USPTO Gives Sergey Brin Patent for Google Doodles

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "After a 10-year struggle, the USPTO was convinced to issue Google a patent Tuesday for Systems and Methods for Enticing Users to Access a Web Site, aka Google Doodles. Among other things, Google explains that the invention of co-founder Sergey Brin covers modifying a company logo with 'a turkey for Thanksgiving' and 'a leprechaun's pot of gold for Saint Patrick's Day.' To help drive home its point, Google included an illustration showing the USPTO that hearts could be displayed on the Google home page for Valentine's Day, which would be deja-vu-all-over-again for the 394 lovers who used the UIUC PLATO system on Feb. 14th, 1975. Coincidentally, a request was made last spring for a PLATO-themed Google Doodle to tell the world about the huge set of innovations introduced decades before Larry and Sergey founded Google, but the search giant begged off."

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