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Comment: Re:Sudafed (Score 2) 333

by bobstreo (#49720731) Attached to: Genetically Engineered Yeast Makes It Possible To Brew Morphine

Or one employee that believes in personal freedom, and also realizes that yeast produced opiates will shut down the cartels, hurt the Taliban, reduce violence, and pretty much make the world a better place ... unless you are either a criminal or a cop.

Unless, of course, the government goes on a pogrom against any large scale yeast operation, in which case only organizations with the resources to operate one illicitly will be able to benefit: the cartels and the Taliban.

Oh the humanity, Budweiser and Miller breweries shut down by the feds.

Comment: Re:alternatives (Score 1) 203

by bobstreo (#49653233) Attached to: Critics Say It's Time To Close La Guardia Airport

I use videoconferencing a lot, but there are many times when it just doesn't get the job done, particularly when you are dealing with people from another country and there is already a language/understanding gap. Communicating in person is still much more effective, as is relationship building.

Plus, there is the added value of actually punching someone in the face when you're there.

Videoconferencing only offers the ability to wobble your balls at them, or shooting them the finger.

Comment: Re:And it's not even an election year (Score 1) 407

They could be serious.

I'm thinking they are very serious. Their "re-election" coffers are running low, and they need financial inducement from bribes, umm I mean "contributions" to increase H-1B numbers.

Otherwise, they threaten to decrease those numbers, causing corporations to actually pay people, instead of selling out their
jobs to the lowest bidder.

Comment: Re:That's great if you have a mobile phone (Score 1) 213

I don't. I tried to sign up with Yahoo a few weeks ago and got cockblocked by this. They required a mobile number.

Yeah, you think that's bad, I don't even have a computer or internet access and they wouldn't let me sign up.I must have sent them a dozen faxes and letters, and I'm still waiting for my so called "free" email account. Is it really "free" if it requires an expensive computer to use it!?

You should have either sent a clay tablet, or maybe a telegram.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 282

by bobstreo (#49219855) Attached to: Scotland Yard Chief: Put CCTV In Every Home To Help Solve Crimes

Then again, Orwell did write that tyranny in UK would come in the guise of nationalism and security

Well, he isn't apparently suggesting the police or state should be able to place a camera in every home, just that it's a smart idea for a homeowner. Personally, I'd have thought that for anyone willing to pay for a home security system this would be a no brainer today. There's countless wireless enabled camera systems that are obviously going to be useful in the event of a burglary.

That said, it's a short term fix. As burglars become more aware of the presence of cameras, they'll start wearing a mask just like folk robbing stores and banks where CCTV is expected already do. Once outdoor cameras become more prevalent, they won't use your driveway to park. There might be a small deterrence factor that would encourage an opportunistic thief to go next door if they can see cameras outside your house, but equally you might just be advertising that you have stuff worth stealing.

I'd recommend a Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe mask.

Comment: Re:Its starts with terror and kidding porn (Score 1) 176

by bobstreo (#49007931) Attached to: Sites Featuring "Terrorism" Or "Child Pornography" To Be Blocked In France

The best part is "ISPs will be able to request compensation from the French government for any extra costs incurred in blocking the sites."

I wonder how much it will cost, and if "extra costs" includes the results of lawsuits for inappropriate blocks and subsequent loss of income.

There's a whole WORLD in a mud puddle! -- Doug Clifford