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Comment Re:Biohacking? (Score 1) 49 49

Labelling them is arguably a "warning".

And arguably, it's truth in advertising.

There are labels of all sorts on food. There's a little "K" in a circle that means kosher and there's a symbol for Halal and there's labels that say "Grown in California" and "fresh" and "delicious". Those are not warnings.

There is nutritional information, there's a list of ingredients. If consumers want it, why not a simple little symbol that shows the food was grown from GM organisms?

Remember, it's the consumers that are paying for all the GMO research, for all the products, for all the salaries of all the scientists, for all the marketing and for the lobbyists trying to get the federal government to pass industry-friendly laws.

When an industry tries to get laws passed which are meant to make sure customers DON'T get what they want, it raises red flags.

Comment Why animals can't be given human rights. (Score 1) 37 37

Humans have a right to life. If I see someone getting attacked on the street by a human predator I have the right to act in defense of the person being attacked up to and including killing the attacker. If we give animals the same rights then logically anyone can act in defense of prey animals by killing predatory animals. This would lead to ecological disaster. Also the logical conclusion would be that the dentist that killed that lion would be a hero for all of the prey animal lives he saved.

Comment You'll likely be disappointed with it (Score 1) 2 2

I haven't seen any indication of it including the damning email that was sent from President Lawchair - copied to Hillary Clinton, of course - that authorized the terrorists to make the attack on Benghazi so that President Lawnchair could reap huge political gains. You'll likely therefore file it under "fiction".

On top of that, if it only covers 13 hours from the first bullet, it won't include the SoS initial description as that came more than 13 hours out.

But we can't let those pesky facts get in the way of your favorite conspiracy.

Comment Re:Shorter d_r: (Score 1) 6 6

Furthermore your constant state of goalpost-moving - particularly the fact that you are able to support your team in part but anyone of any other team must support their team 110% of the time - is again noted.

Is that like when you try to typecast #OccupyResoluteDesk to "conservative", or do you have some other meaning in mind?

No. There is no goalpost moving or assignment of blame when I point out that President Lawnchair has secured an executive record as the most conservative president in the history of our nation to date. It is simply a direct observation of what has actually happened thus far.

Comment Re:Misleading headline (Score 1) 1129 1129

Generally speaking, self-defense is specifically listed as a valid reason in laws pertaining to negligent or reckless discharge of firearms. But you'd need to prove that you specifically fired in self-defense, and show that the direction of the shot etc was conductive to that claim. Following Joe Biden's suggestion and discharging a shotgun in the air to scare off the intruder would likely get you charged, for example.

Comment Re:Thank you, early updaters (Score 1) 309 309

I think two cores is enough for most purposes

Really? I'm surprised by that.

Over time I've found the extra cores goes a long way to a better experience.

Obviously I don't disagree with that statement, I bought more than two cores.

It means I can be using two browsers, ripping a CD to MP3, possibly streaming through my Apple TV, and still have a responsive system.

Yeah, but that's the thing, these days you can do that with just two cores if you have a SSD. The web browser I/O is the only part of all those tasks that really punches your computer in the nuts, especially if you have a halfway-decent GPU — basically anything from nvidia or even AMD which will run in the currently shipping driver will decode all common media formats for you.

I'm pretty sure my video card is a cheapo generic Nvidia with 1GB of RAM (which I'm old enough to be in awe of being cheap and generic),

Yes, I got only the 1GB video card myself; if you don't have 4k it doesn't matter much. Few games need more than 1GB to reach their full potential at 1080p or less (I'm playing at 1920x1200, but close enough.) And I too am just old enough to be in awe of how cheap this stuff is. My first computer was a C= 16, then I had an Apple ][+, then an Amiga 500, then when I killed that I got an IBM PC-1 from someone, a 386DX25, and then I got a Sun 4/260 which was kind of hilarious. Had 24MB RAM, though. So yeah, when I can throw these systems together for virtually nothing and they are faster than my first ten computers put together and then some and some of those computers were just as powerful as multiuser systems I was happy to have accounts on elsewhere at the time... it's a good time to be a nerd.

Unless you're the kind of person who launches a program, uses it, closes it, and then launches the next program (do people actually do that?) I've found that tons of CPU and RAM means the machine will be more usable for a lot longer than if you went with less. And it usually means your machine can be bloat proof for a lot longer without becoming horribly slow.

Yeah, I agree with all that, I just think that these days a fairly decent dual-core (especially something from intel with four threads, but even just an AMD processor) is more processor than most people will actually use most of the time, and a really good dual-core will cover all the needs of all but the most hardcore users. I eight cores because I too like to do lots of things at once, but frankly I rarely actually pin more than four of 'em.

Comment Re: So what? (Score 1) 469 469

Business casual doesn't even require suits. A shirt or even a polo shirt is fine.
All it requires is basically that you don't look like a hobo.

It usually requires slightly nicer slacks / khakis, and slightly nicer shoes than hiking/running/tennis shoes. Most people, if given a choice, would rather just wear some worn in sneakers, jeans, and a t-shirt or polo.

Business casual dress codes result in most people having two entirely different wardrobes.

Comment Re:Shorter d_r: (Score 1) 6 6

Furthermore your constant state of goalpost-moving - particularly the fact that you are able to support your team in part but anyone of any other team must support their team 110% of the time - is again noted.

Is that like when you try to typecast #OccupyResoluteDesk to "conservative", or do you have some other meaning in mind?

Comment Re:Shorter d_r: (Score 1) 6 6

Hmm. I point out some of the failings in your conspiracy and you attack me; that somehow makes your conspiracy stronger? Interesting.

As for "abject cretins", you haven't shown any reason why yours are better than mine. Furthermore your constant state of goalpost-moving - particularly the fact that you are able to support your team in part but anyone of any other team must support their team 110% of the time - is again noted.

Comment Re:not there yet (Score 1) 49 49

I was diagnosed as a Type 1 in 1997. Back then, a 10ml vial (U-100) of Eli Lilly's Humulin R or NPH costs--I'm not making this up-- $17.00. Today, without insurance, the same vial goes for $99. And this is for insulin made from recombinant DNA tech that has been around since the '70's like the article mentions.

The wonders of modern science. Pharmaceutical companies use recombinant DNA tech to make a drug cheaper to make but more expensive for sick people to buy.

Ain't it grand?

Comment Re:Biohacking? (Score 1) 49 49

The food religion says GMO is bad until one of them happens to need insulin and also happens to be allergic to "natural" cow insulin, then GMO produced humulin (secreted by a genetically modified e. coli bacterium to be chemically similar to human insulin) is a miracle.

And because tomatoes are delicious, we should all go eat a whole bunch of Atropa belladonna.

The GMO religion believes that every GMO is a good GMO. That no genetically modified organism can ever possibly hurt you, so you must not be allowed to know which foods are from GMOs. They've never heard about NewLeaf Potatoes or LibertyLink Rice.

You know the difference between GMO produced humulin and GMO produced food? GMO produced medicines are labeled. You know what else is different about them? The drug manufacturers who use GMOs have done a good job of marketing their products and the makers of Agent Orange have done a lousy job of marketing their products. Maybe if they used some of the money they spend lobbying congress to pass industry-friendly laws to market GMO foods to consumers, they might be able to sell people that genetically modified foods have worthwhile benefits.

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