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Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 4, Insightful) 585

Unfortunately, they have the backing of this guy who is on some sort of crusade to protect humans and wildlife from those oh so dangerous invisible EMF rays.

Even more unfortunately, he appears to be a bright guy with fairly well established credentials.

The problem is (and this is sometimes overlooked by judges) smart people can be:
a) wrong
b) crazy
c) lying

In this case I think it's (a) with a healthy dose of (b) mixed in.

Hopefully the judge takes stock of the numerous double blind studies where it has been shown that EMF "sufferers" symptoms disappeared when they were unaware of the presence of EMF radiation

Comment Re:Neo-Luddite scaremongering wins again (Score 1) 361

There are quite a few farmers on the wrong end of Monsanto's legal team that would fucking disagree with you

Reference, please?

The only one I can find involves a Canadian farmer who intentionally obtained and used GMO seed from his neighbor's farm. He damn well knew what he was doing, and still it was ruled that he didn't owe Monsanto any money

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 2, Informative) 361

Interesting perspective. Almost entirely wrong, but still interesting.

1) Monsanto does not produce "sterile" seeds. They do hold a patent on that technology, but have promised not to create seeds using that technology. Yes, they could go back on that promise...but how about we wait until they actually do that before vilifying them?

2) They have never "litigated a farmer to death" over "marked strains are found sprouting in their hedgerows". The one lawsuit that occurred was a result of a farmer who intentionally replanted Monsanto seeds from crops adjoining his neighbors farm (who was using Monsanto seeds), after spraying those same crops with RoundUp, so he knew that was was left was pesticide resistant.

In this case, the amount the farmer (after appeal) had to pay Monsanto was: $0.

Comment Re:Crapdroid? No thanks. (Score 2) 154

Android runs fine IFF you get a Google Nexus phone, AND don't go through Verizon or AT&T and have their malware installed.

Or if you buy any Android-compatible phone, root it and install your own OS on it. Seriously, I don't understand why anyone on Slashdot doesn't do this.

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 574

Shouldn't we collectively agree on what is needed, before we collectively decide to pay for them? Is this a democratic republic?

Yes, we should have candidates who clearly state what they intend to have the government pay for then we can collectively decide whether to vote for those candidates or not.

oh, wait....

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 4, Informative) 574

Then whose job is it to address global concerns?

You are aware of the idea of the tragedy of the commons, correct?

Do you really expect the free market to magically solve global issues where the problem domain exists in the tens to hundreds of years rather than the next fiscal quarter? Why would it?

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 574

Not in other developed/First World countries.

Not in other countries that have the same level of medical resources.

For example, in the 1990's, there were more scan machines (MRI, CT, CAT) in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, than in all of Canada. Or, the recent/current stories of the UK's NIH telling the UK public that the level of care can't remain the same and will be diminished.

And yet studies show the overall quality of health care and life expectancy to be higher in Canada.

Perhaps the quality of health care shouldn't be determined by the number of MRI machines purchased?

Comment Re:Scripts that interact with passwords fields aws (Score 3, Informative) 365

JavaScript can also intercept the contents of the clipboard.

Not by default it can't.

True there are potentially bugs in implementation or bad configurations that allow scripts to read the external clipboard, but the same argument could be made against password managers. Poor security / configuration of the browser could allow scripts to read the password provided by the password manager.

Comment Re:Scripts that interact with passwords fields aws (Score 0) 365

There was no equivocation here. The original statement was:

Browser shouldn't allow scripts to interact with a password field. Period.

I thought Lastpass (to name one) uses Javascript to change the form fields, including the password field

The response never equated Lastpass to a script. It said Lastpass uses Javascript to change the form fields in contradiction to the statement that scripts should never be allowed to interact with a password field.

Comment Re:... and the hype for Windows 10 begins.... (Score 3, Insightful) 405

Unfortunately, I agree with you. For technically minded people.

Unfortunately now that the vast majority of PC's are in the hands of people who are only semi-technical and will happily disable the update service, firewall and anti-virus cause their buddy Steve said it made his PC run faster. Steve also recommends plugging the network cable directly into the cable modem as that router thing just causes parity errors.

It's almost like the should sell a "Home" version for the vast majority of people, then have some sort of "Enterprise" or "Professional" version for technical people.

"Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?" -Ronald Reagan