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Comment: better able to endure drought, disease and pests. (Score 0) 167

by ddtmm (#47833917) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification
"help in the development of new coffee varieties better able to endure drought, disease and pests," Sounds a lot like Monsanto. GMO to fight against pests will certainly backfire at some point in the future. It sounds more like, let's do it because we can, and not because there's good reason.

Comment: Re:Defeats the purpose (Score 1) 232

by ddtmm (#47696897) Attached to: Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It
What's the difference between receiving 100 emails over the course of a week while you're away, and getting 100 emails on the first day back? You still have to go through the messages either way. Either way, the employee has the option of reviewing the messages periodically through the week or dealing with them when they get back to the office anyway. It's kind of a non-issue. I agree with Jason Levine's comment above, "Proper out of office messages will also give you the name and number or e-mail address of the person to contact if this is an urgent matter."

Comment: 60 Minutesdid a good segment on this (Score 1) 122

by ddtmm (#47565629) Attached to: Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating
If the story 60 Minutes did on this is anywhere accurate it doesn't surprise me the cheating is a huge problem. The state of repair of the facilities and systems was so bad, it showed to me that no one in the Command is paying attention. I don't want to say no one cares, but it looks pretty bad. The state of repair of their systems is probably the same as their staff.

Comment: Re:4 Ports, yay. (Score 1) 103

by ddtmm (#46475327) Attached to: Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3
Really? You would rather forego USB3 and throughput in favour of a mouse connector you can plug in without fishing around? Just how often are you plugging in your mouse? In the case of Apple's reversible Lightning connector they embedded a chip in the connector housing to facilitate that, and to no less surprise, detect whether you're using a genuine Apple cable or not. All that makes their USB/Lightning cable over $20. Is that what you prefer?

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