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Comment Re:How do they define GM? (Score 5, Informative) 330

It's only a thin line if you want to be a facetious ass and make it one. Genetically modified crops are just that, They're crops that have had their DNA altered with DNA from other species. Cross pollinating a grapefruit with a tangerine to make a tangelo is not GM. Adding the DNA from a jellyfish to a potato pant, just to make it glow when thirsty, is.

Comment Re: Yes (Score 1) 196

If you're prototyping, why in hell not use "hole-mounted stuff"? In the time it takes you to solder on two or three surface mount components, you can have the whole circuit breadboarded up and smoke flying. You can then replace the component that the smoke escaped from and move a wire or two to keep that smoke in. No need to design a complete new board and wait for it to be etched or, worse, ordered and delivered, for each prototype. That's what breadboards are for, for Christ’s sake.

Comment The Science In a SciFi movie... (Score 1) 163

Why all the hype these past few days about the science in The Martian? It's a friggin' SciFi movie, for gods sake. You don't see this crap about the science in the new Star Wars movie, so why this one?

I'll admit I haven't seen the move or read the book, but where in hell does he get the seeds and fertilizer to grow plants in Martian soil? From what I gather from the trailers, this wasn't a colonization mission, so why, if they sent seeds and fertilizer, did they send seeds and fertilizer?

Comment Re:Pointless (Score 1) 155

Not necessarily. NYC != Manhattan; there's several other boroughs which are not nearly as dense, especially Staten Island, which is positively suburban. You're not going to get a cab there standing on the corner for 30 seconds.

You may still get a ride by standing on the corner. You'll not only get to where you're going, but may make a few bucks in the process.

Comment Re:HOSTS file (Score 1) 426

There is criminal energy involved in sabotaging mechanisms such as the hosts-file in order to deceive users. Even thinking of it requires significant criminal energy, and the strong intent to harm users.

You're forgetting we're talking corporate to consumer here, nothings illegal from that standpoint. If you take every third word from every other sentence in every fifth paragraph starting from the third paragraph from the bottom, and wrap around, you gave your permission for them to do this when you clicked Agree.

Comment Re:wish this existed in silicon valley (Score 1) 258

I drive on heavily congested roads for about 12 miles. My car says I average 22 mph.... If there was a bicycle highway that was uninterrupted for this distance, I could save stress by riding a bike rather than a car, with little cost in time.

Until you get one to two hundred other cyclists on that same "highway" all going in the same direction. It'll be so congested you can't even stay on your bike without falling over. Twelve miles is one hell of a walk.

Comment Re:Did they actually mention they were inspired by (Score 4, Funny) 182

People have been dissolving bodies in acid for a long time. Unless they specifically quoted breaking bad as inspiration, drawing this connection is quite ridiculous, and pretty much just click bait.

Actually, yes, in the 2nd link. RTFA for chrissake

The prosecutor explained that the suspects had been inspired by a US TV show Breaking Bad, where the lead characters use Hydrofluoric acid - a highly corrosive acid - to dissolve the bodies of their victims

The prosecutor said it, so it must be legit.

Comment Emergency/Parking Brake Hack? (Score 1) 262

Isn't the emergency/parking brake required to be mechanical? How can you hack a mechanical cable-pulley system?

And this is why it's called an emergency brake here. Unlike the hydraulic braking system, it's supposed to be able to work no matter what. It's also only connected to the rear wheels, so there's less of a chance the idiot who slams it on will lose control.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan