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Comment: No, it's not found in the soil (Score 1) 254 254

From Wikipedia : "Diphtheria is usually spread between people by direct contact or through the air. It may also be spread by contaminated objects." There's no mention of it being soil-bourne, so I would assume it's one of the few from that bacterial order that isn't able to live in soil.

Comment: Re:Injecting memories (Score 1) 111 111

They're certainly interested eg. Rebecca Saxe. Yes, she explicitly says the pentagon has called her, though she says she's not returning the calls (see the first question asked at the end of this talk). I guess that's not where she is getting her funding.

Comment: Re:What is systemd exactly? (Score 1) 765 765

So what you're saying is if it's modular in theory, but monolithic in practice it's not a systemd design problem but a problem with developers? Right, got it! In other news : those encryption standards that people say were "subverted" by the NSA to make a correct implimentation less likely are perfectly fine... nothing to see... move along. Any problems are with the developers.

Comment: Re:O...okay? (Score 1) 134 134

Opinions differ... I've seen secretaries balk at LibreOffice, but that's understandable - they're topic experts, and noone wants to throw away so much experience with a product for minimal gain. I've also spoken to a technical writer, and she said she was forced to move to LibreOffice to support her workflow (stylesheet related problems... can't remember exactly what her issue was), but she was glad she made the effort. I haven't spoken to any topic experts about GIMP, but personally GIMP does much more than I ever think I'd need, and frankly I'm lost in front of Photoshop anyway and never wasted the time to get familiar.

Comment: Re:Stop trying to win this politically (Score 1) 786 786

Without an atmosphere we'd have -387 Fahrenheit (-233 Celsius) at night and 253 Fahrenheit (123 Celsius) during the day... so what's your point? Fine tuning couldn't be useful?? My hometown is much more bearable in summer during the night due to being inland (ie. less humid, lower temperatures). I'm not excited about everywhere progressively becoming less bearable due to higher CO2. The fossil record tells us that ocean acidification could be the greater danger in any case - marine algae (estimated to produce 50%-85% of the worlds oxygen) needs to create carbonate skeletons that are vulnerable. Even tough oysters are already dying off in many places.

Comment: Re:But *are* there enough eyes? (Score 1) 255 255

I'd imagine elements of this question are amenable to analysis eg. estimates can be made of the number of: * security bugs per 10,000 LOC * the likelyhood of a "set of eyes" to discover these Given these two, how many orders of magnitude "friendly eyes" (of equivalent skill) are required to make a malicious 0-day acceptably unlikely given XYZ million LOC on a given system.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.