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Comment: Re:Fad Ahead? (Score 1) 128

by Reziac (#49144601) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

Not lying, but your average tyro is not going to achieve that. Like the guys on that beekeeper forum said, a single super might produce anywhere from 3 to 20 pounds. But the location and climate need to be optimized. City flora are hardly ideal, and your bees need to be where the nectar is. Where I worked (this was a pro operation, these guys did bees for a living) the supers were on the heavy end, but those bees were taken out to the orchards and buckwheat, or even out of state as conditions might dictate. They didn't make do with whatever the hell was growing around 'em.

(Buckwheat honey, gag. Most of that got exported.)

Comment: Re:Fad Ahead? (Score 1) 128

by Reziac (#49142829) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

It wouldn't be gallons; it would be a few quarts. A lot of the interior of the hive is space for the bees to move around. Figure maybe a third or at most half the volume of the super (the part with honey-laden comb in it) is honey.

http://www.beesource.com/forum...

I used to work in for a beekeeper, mostly building hives and extracting honey.

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 531

by Reziac (#49101681) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

I would hazard that phytoestrogens outmass human-type estrogen by many orders of magnitude. Most plants produce phytoestrogens, and some in huge quantities (notably flax and soybeans).

I would guess that the environmental types have not bothered to distinguish which they're measuring, even if the massively-diluted quantity suffices to do anything (other than be marketable in homeopathy).

Comment: Re:That's a stretch (Score 1) 266

by Reziac (#49101607) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs

Well, here's a question I haven't heard addressed yet:

Did Sony actually know it was spyware when it shipped? Or did they trust what the program's owners said about it?

This is how Superfish markets itself (filched from their website):
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"Superïsh delivers the true promise of visual search. Our patented image-to-image search technology analyzes images from every angle and perspective. The deep data algorithm searches thru millions of possible matches, then ranks and prioritizes your results. This process provides results that are based on how you see things, rather than how you describe them. See why millions of consumers use our visual search technology to find what they are looking for."
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Combine this great-sounding ad copy with a significant cut of revenues (I'd guess Sony's cut was around 30%) and it's an easy sell as preinstalled software. It's pretty obvious from the ad copy that Superrfish is not concerned about presenting their stuff honestly.

No doubt this is exactly how it was presented to Sony's suits. And the suits may have believed it without reservation, and without consulting any either an in-house or independent expert. If so, that's ignorance, but it's not willful wrongdoing.

Comment: Re:But, but, you're using logic and science (Score 1) 328

by Reziac (#49081765) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

But is this 0.05% "effects generally start to be seen" or "rare/low-body-mass individuals start to be affected" ??

And yeah, I expect a good head cold, especially if doped up on various OTC drugs, is more of a downgrade than are a couple beers. And there used to be an OTC drug cocktail that worked great against flu symptoms, but it also made you like passing-out drunk.

Comment: Re:But, but, you're using logic and science (Score 1) 328

by Reziac (#49081159) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

Yeah. Trouble is, the law doesn't do very well with grey areas and judgment calls, especially once you get beyond village-sized civilizations. What is 'unsafe driving' is subjective even among arresting officers (some take any tiny swerve as evidence). So it's had to be defined by a number the courts can point at. :/

Comment: Re:That clinches it. (Score 1) 391

by Reziac (#49080941) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

And having done about an equal number of installs of each across nearly two decades, I've found it's exactly the other way around. The Windows installer pretty much does everything for itself and then the desktop comes up and Just Works. At most I might have to install a driver to get some more-newfangled hardware to work right. And it's never once totally failed to install. Conversely, I've yet to see a linux install work flawlessly out of the box (including Ubuntu, which has annoyed me into giving up on it entirely), and some wouldn't install at all in the first place -- on the exact same hardware that runs any random version of Windows just fine.

I no longer have the patience to twiddle the OS into working right, or working consistently -- frex, I like Puppy, and had it on my laptop for a couple years, but the wireless only worked half the time even with everything being exactly the same from one session to the next (and our entire LUG couldn't figure out why), and I've never gotten sound to work at all. -- And I liked Mandrake 7.2, but there again some things never worked (sound, for one).

And I detest the Mac desktop. So -- I use Windows.

I would LOVE to see linux/BSD do well. We need the alternatives. But my experience has been discouraging.

Comment: Re:os x IS certified official Unix (Score 1) 391

by Reziac (#49080815) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

Good points. To add a few:

--Contrary to popular japes, it's actually pretty damn stable, given even the basic maintenance you'd give your car (and even when neglected for years on end -- just bloody defrag occasionally, people! Would you let your car go forever without an oil change??)
--It supports all manner of random, substandard, and outdated hardware, meaning it will run widely anywhere
--It supports all manner of random, substandard, and outdated software, thus not irritating people who still need such stuff
--it doesn't make me tear my hair out trying to configure (or figure out how to configure) the basics

That said, I'd love to see PC-BSD become something I want to use. But when I attempted to try it a couple years ago, it refused to even install on my test box... which runs Windows bloody damn fine with no issues whatever.

Comment: Re:But, but, you're using logic and science (Score 1) 328

by Reziac (#49080645) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

I suspect the real difference boils down to how each affects reaction time. We know alcohol slows your reactions and fucks up your ability to physically respond, even if your mind was clear. Have there been any studies about how pot affects this?? Cuz I'm guessing it has a less-negative effect on how well your body performs jobs like driving.

You can not win the game, and you are not allowed to stop playing. -- The Third Law Of Thermodynamics

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