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Comment: Re:Problem (Score 1) 144 144

All viruses used in this manner are wired not to reproduce. It means you need to inject a lot more copies of the virus, but there's no chance of mutation in a virus that can't reproduce. And no, they can't spontaneously redevelop the huge number of genes necessary to reproduce; they don't even have the opportunity to do so. It's completely safe.

Life finds a way.

Comment: Re:Still no Flash in mobile ... (Score 1) 364 364

Flash is a plugin. Bug the people who make it -Adobe, not Mozilla- if you want to use it on mobile devices.

Flash is already supported on Android, but the browser itself, in this case Firefox, has to actually implement support for the plugin. To date, Mozilla hasn't done this for the Android version of Firefox.

Comment: Undirected Randomness? (Score 1) 1319 1319

(Disclaimer: atheist)

...they object to the idea that there is a random process out there which is not directed by God.

Who says it's undirected? To us mortals, a lot of things seem random (radioactive decay, genetic mutations, etc.), but who says these things are undirected? A process which seems random to us could make perfect sense to a deity, and could even be directly controlled by said deity. I don't see the need for mutual exclusion here.

Comment: Old habits die hard (Score 0) 835 835

Reminds me of the people who insist that any sort of business conversation happen in person, no matter how far away they are. Need to have a 15 minute chat with some guy in California? Here's your plane ticket, see you in 3 days. VoIP? Never heard of him, here's your taxi to the airport.

Comment: Re:Statement from BART (Score 2) 440 440

Paragraph 1: "We support the First Amendment." (It's scary enough that you even have to say such a thing nowadays)

Paragraph 2: "No First Amendment activities in the trains, boarding areas, or any other part of our property." (I love the "expressive activities" buzzphrase in this one)

Comment: Re:Enough with the version number inflation! (Score 1) 247 247

For example, take removing the status bar. Chrome will expand the little URL popup that replaced the status bar if you continue hovering a link. Firefox 4 and 5 don't. And for some reason they randomly switch between left-aligning it and right-aligning the popup. And for fuck's sake, why don't you just expand the popup to fill the entire horizontal width of the window?! I've got the room to display the entire URL! Why doesn't Firefox bother doing so?!


The early bird who catches the worm works for someone who comes in late and owns the worm farm. -- Travis McGee