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Comment: Re:Update cycles (Score 1) 391

by alta (#47574153) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

That's how I always did it. But there's always the 'expensive cycle' where the architecture changes and you have to buy a new processor motherboard and RAM all at the same time. When we moved from AGP to PCIx video cards was a particularly expensive.I think that time even the power supply had to be replaced. I only kept the case and drives.

Too bad we can't do this as easily with cars.

Comment: Re:Another Option (Score 1) 152

by alta (#47560425) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

I hope so because that's what I stream.

Then again, I DVR most of it before I watch it so I can skip commercials... So it was streamed at one point, but I since I collect it, I'm not watching it streamed. What a crappy poll.

Maybe if we define streaming as 'Start watching something before you have all of it"

Comment: Re:Funny ... (Score 1) 274

by alta (#47343093) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

You can go from Mobile to Huntsville and only see a little bit of that stuff.

Get off I-65 and it's anyone's guess.

There is the HUGE confederate flag looming over the interstate between Birmingham and Montgomery though, marking where to get off the interstate for the Confederate museum.

Get down in the Southeast corner and be afraid.

Comment: Re:Problems (Score 1) 396

by alta (#47246443) Attached to: "Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

Are you serious about #1. And I'm not ONLY talking about cross field issues, but any Monsanto/GMO issues. You may find this site credible:

Since 1997, we have only filed suit against farmers 145 times in the United States. This may sound like a lot, but when you consider that we sell seed to more than 250,000 American farmers a year, it’s really a small number. Of these, we've proceeded through trial with only eleven farmers. All eleven cases were found in Monsanto’s favor.

And for #2 I'm very familiar with growing bananas in marginal conditions. I lived in Mobile Alabama, and while we can grow banana trees there, the winters often kill them back to the point where they nearly have to start over each year. Do-able but not efficient. But if they can alter the fruit to be more healthy they can alter the tree to be more drought and/or cold resistant.

Comment: Problems (Score 0) 396

by alta (#47245659) Attached to: "Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

Here are my concerns...
and obviously I didn't read TFA.

1. patents? Monsanto? GMO issues? discuss...

2. Invasive species. I'm looking at you kudzu and jap-grass. Now this one may not be a problem. If the things absolutely took over the entire country I'm not sure people would be complaining about the massive amounts of food they have growing everywhere. Now if they took over but because of weather conditions didn't actually produce food, that would be bad. Unless people in uganda actually needs tons of shade.

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