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Comment: Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (Score 1) 554

by hibiki_r (#48395137) Attached to: The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Not that I am saying that austerity itself solves anything, but the real reason austerity did not crush the US when we had sequestration but hurts most of Europe is monetary policy, The ECB's laser focus on low average inflation makes the countries that are doing worse overall suffer in case of austerity, because it makes NGDP drop. All you have to do is look at the charts. Since the ECB did not do any QE, all you have to do is plot GDP and ECB rates. In the US, unconventional monetary policy kept going up when things started to look worse (if we skip the first year of the crisis or so, when the Fed was rather passive)

So it's not that austerity works, but that you can have austerity and work if you have a competent central bank. If you switched central bankers but kept the same government spending, The US is the one in double and triple dip recessions, while the EU would be doing better.

Comment: Re:So, does water cost more? (Score 4, Insightful) 377

by hibiki_r (#48375177) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

OK, if that's really how it works, why do American farmers plant so much agribusiness seed? Are they all wrong, and losing money? Because if there's one thing that a farmer will ask when you suggest a change to his growth protocol, is how is it going to make him more money.

Hybrid vigor is a thing, and the only way to maintain said vigor across generations is to grow inbred plants, and then cross them purposefully. This works without GMOs, and is easy to prove.

Again, for your option to be true, hundreds of thousands of farmers in the US are making terrible choices, season after season. 95% of soybeans planted in America come from agribusiness: The seeds people had just can't compete in yield. How do you explain farmer's behavior?

Comment: Re:Alternative? (Score 3, Insightful) 377

by hibiki_r (#48374879) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

No, it's really about a binary label of GMO/No GMO being pretty deceitful, and pretty expensive for what you get, especially for very processed foods.

The argument of wanting information would make a lot more sense if the labeling was actually detailed, as it's not like there is only a single strain of GMO corn in the market: We are well in the hundreds over the years, just with corn and soybeans. Surely a variety of GMO that has been out there for 10 years is different than one that is new for this season, right?

When you make the label binary, then what you are really telling the consumer is that all that matters is whether there are GMOs in there or not, and that only makes any sense for people that just think that GMOs are bad in principle.

There's also the costs involved. It's not as if most companies out there buy their grain from a single farmer, so accurate labeling puts quite a bit of expense into the entire supply chain.

You'd be better off just labeling certified organic. Then you at least only put the onus on those that really want a certification, instead of on everyone. Not that it increases food safety anyway: You'd be surprised by how toxic many treatments that are certified organic can be,

Comment: Hybrids (Score 1, Troll) 377

by hibiki_r (#48374645) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Sure, hybrid corn gets weaker by the generation, but it's also far higher yielding.

American farmers buy it because they make more money buying seeds every year than they would saving seeds. Thinking that farmers from Ghana will not be able to make a rational decision between buying industrial seed every year or saving whatever strain they have already from year to year is a not so subtle form of racism.

Comment: Re:I'm surrounded by morons (Score 1) 613

by hibiki_r (#48290811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Most people's ideas of summer hours have little to do with the hours being shifted within the day, but either with hour extensions (like a zoo, which gets a lot less visitors in the winter anyway), or with office workers out early for the weekend (at my old job, good luck finding someone at the office after 2 pm on friday between the 4th of july and labor day)

Comment: Re:I'm surrounded by morons (Score 1) 613

by hibiki_r (#48290803) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Now that we go back to 'regular time', instead of DST, I have to drive home in the dark, and instead I have light at 6 am in the morning, which I do not want at all.

If we never had DST around here, In the summer we'd have dawn at 5 am in the morning, or something similarly obnoxious, and sunset would happen way earlier than I want. Compare that to the Spanish solution: Spain despite being more or less aligned with England, instead of using GMT, uses CET, or the same timezone that is used in Poland. So Spaniards get dark morning sometimes (that they don't care about anyway), and instead it's never dark before 5:30 or so, and in the summer, sunset is somewhere near 10 PM, which patches pretty well with a world where people wake up and head to work, which starts at some point between 8 and 9. So in American terns, they are in DST in the winter, and double DST in the summer.

Comment: Re:Not actually a new stance (Score 5, Informative) 669

by hibiki_r (#48260617) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Maybe we live in different Americas? Here in Missouri, if it says Baptist at the door, you can expect young earth creationism. And the worst part is, that's not even the worst of what they'll teach you. A friend of mine was OK with the YEC bullshit, but she ended up leaving her church, and really, her family, when she figured out the kinds of things that were being taught to her daughters.

Comment: Re:Bad news for ESPN (Score 1) 139

by hibiki_r (#48155153) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

My point was that HBO has A LOT more high quality original programming than AMC, that lately has a lot more misses than hits. They have good, expensive content, but not enough to warrant subscriptions IMO. And when they have good content, they have trouble paying for it. Look at all the cuts they had to do to Mad Men's run length, and the issues they had with actors and pay. That's the reason they cannot 'move up' to being a premier, pay by itself channel.

In any given season, there are at least 3 new HBO shows worth watching. AMC, not so much.

Comment: Re:Bad news for ESPN (Score 3, Insightful) 139

by hibiki_r (#48155085) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

ESPN has plenty of people that are willing to give them much more than $7 a month for their content: There is an entire demographic that uses TV just to watch sports.
The ones that are really in trouble are smaller channels that still have some real expenses. Think of someone like AMC, that justifies its existence due to a relatively small number of valuable content they finance themselves, while the rest is filler. Would people really subscribe to the channel if all they wanted as 20 hours of television a year?

Comment: Re:symbols, caps, numbers (Score 2) 549

by troon (#48138399) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Aldermore: a bank!

They ask for e.g. first, third and fifth characters of a password that must be between eight and twelve alphanumeric characters, and the dropdowns to make the selection are lower case only.

This means they're storing the password unhashed, at best locally encrypted but decrypted to check the user login. Once past that, the second and final step of the login is to answer one of five questions as previously stored.

Comment: Re:XKCD is correct (Score 1) 549

by hibiki_r (#48137121) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

That website fails at entropy, because it doesn't really take into account multi-word dictionary attacks. For instance, it thinks that CakeBanana is just as strong as LRssBanana, when one uses two common dictionary words, while the other has a lot more entropy.

Naive websites that give people a false sense of security on their password safety are actually hurting our security.

"Why waste negative entropy on comments, when you could use the same entropy to create bugs instead?" -- Steve Elias