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Comment Re:Speaking of crappy ads (paid posts) (Score 1) 210

Where are you seeing that?

I don't see anything like that on my system

I don't think they show up in the RSS feed either. I pretty much never go to /.'s homepage anymore. ttrss grabs the summary for me, and if it's interesting, I'll click through. It and Full-Text RSS have also been useful for some sites with broken layout that won't show up properly in desktop browsers anymore (National Review, I'm looking at you).

Comment Re:Yes, yes, i'll buy a Tesla. (Score 1) 207

In most "high cost of living" areas the higher wages don't make up for the house prices.

QFT. My sister just learned that lesson and is moving back to Dayton, OH after a few months near Boston. She was being paid more, but probably all of the extra pay (and then some) was sucked up by the $1900/month rent for a tiny old house with no A/C and no garage (or even off-street parking). She was previously paying probably a bit more than half as much for something much newer, larger, and better-equipped.

All she has to do now is let the movers pack up and unlearn driving like a Masshole. :-) (Speaking of which, she gets to get away from those. :-P )

Comment Re:GM producers are shooting themselves in the foo (Score 1) 513

You've just answered your own question. If there is no difference, there is no truth in advertising issue, sot he FTC won't do anything. Whether there is a difference or not, I really can't say and I don't avoid GMO myself, and not preachy about GMO.

My concern is the the fact that some people ARE concerned, and simply have the right to know if itis GMO or not. The controversy and lack of long term science means people have the right to choose, but can only do so if they have information. Technically, that is what the FTC should be fore, but they tend to be spineless when it comes to stuff like this.

Comment Re:Automate trains (Score 1) 96

Union rules required railroads to keep firemen around long after the last steam engines had been retired and replaced with diesel-electrics, even though they had no real job to do. Keeping engineers around when trains can pretty much run themselves sounds like more of the same.

Comment Re:GM producers are shooting themselves in the foo (Score 1) 513

"They might".

They also might not care until there are enough complaints, and there is almost no way to tell if something labeled "Non-GMO" really is, and if there is no current law on it, doing so in seemingly good faith has no consequences. Plus, it is doubtful any government agency is going to go out and look for extra work. Don't hold your breath on the FTC doing anything.

Comment Re:Is that really the right Question? (Score 1) 239

I agree. Furthermore, I'm confused about "laws" regarding ownership. In the future, if I take my ship and go to asteroid xyz, mine it, use the materials in space, is some government or corporation going to sue me because they somehow had technical ownership but no ability to get there? The idea of any government or world government regulating a space object that it has no ability to visit is pure comedy.

Just like in days of yore, you can't claim it if you can't stick your flag in it.

Comment Re:Detecting weapons is NOT the purpose of TSA... (Score 1) 349

Note that the weapons the hijackers allegedly used were ILLEGAL TO CARRY ON PLANES before then

Boxcutters? Nothing illegal about those. I think there was a prohibition on long knives (check your Crocodile Dundee knife, or leave it at home), but most folding pocketknives and other short-bladed cutting instruments would've been OK.

The better part of 20 years ago, Best Buy sent me around to its California stores to assist in merchandising resets. I carried a cheap boxcutter on my keychain as it was something I used regularly at work. It was basically an aluminum frame that held a single-edge razor blade that could be slid out for use and slid back in when you were done. I left it on my keychain as we flew from store to store; none of us brought checked baggage so we could avoid the hassle of waiting for bags. Out of maybe a dozen and a half trips, airport security only gave me grief over my boxcutter once at SFO, and even then I told them I'd already been flying with it multiple times and convinced them to let me through with it.

"People should have access to the data which you have about them. There should be a process for them to challenge any inaccuracies." -- Arthur Miller