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Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 1) 331

Strictly speaking a Pacific storm is termed a typhoon so hurricanes are almost impossible (one could cross Central America and continue on). The last major one was Typhoon Freda, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1... which caused significant damage and deaths along the Pacific coasts of America and Canada.
Here in BC and south of us we also get some major winter storms where the winds hit hurricane strength and can cause quite a bit of damage.

Comment: Re:So much for long distance Listening (Score 1) 279

by dryeo (#49503295) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

We have a big dual VHF/UHF antenna on a 30 ft pole that can be rotated along with a VHF/UHF amplifier. The antenna needed to be rotated for the best signal from the 2 good signals. This is another disadvantage of digital, with analog rotating the pole you could watch the signal improving from zero to clear and back off when rotated too far. Digital needs time to lock in so you have to rotate really slow and hope you catch the signal.
 

Comment: Re:So much for long distance Listening (Score 4, Insightful) 279

by dryeo (#49502189) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

You get best possible* image with DTV where you would get unwatchable static-covered picture.

The problem with the switch to digital TV was all the channels moved into the UHF band which does not carry as far. Here I used to get ch. 2 and 6 clear and a couple of other ones were sometimes watchable, after the switch to digital we don't get any channels. Being 30 miles outside of one of the biggest cities in Canada means no other options, satellite blocked by hills and trees, no cable, no cell coverage and with the privatized phone system 3 9's means that every 9 days the phone is out for 9 hours (18 hours last time), usually due to cable theft.
FM radio is still good but I'm sure if it switched to digital that would also be gone. This raises the question about Norway and how good the DAB coverage is compared to FM

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 313

by dryeo (#49498655) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Yes it is a wonderful tool, just like so many other tools, it can be of benefit but just like we have axe murders, GMO can also be abused.
The thing with tools is that it's actually the use that has to be judged, not just the fact that the axe amplifies the wedge principal or GMO's actually do have genes spiced in.

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 2) 313

by dryeo (#49498641) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Glyphosate itself is actually pretty harmless (the included surfactants are an unknown as they're not tested), the real danger is when the weeds become resistant and we have to switch to more toxic herbicides. Same with insecticides, BK is very safe but the more insects are exposed to it the more chance of resistance evolving and the farmers needing more toxic insecticides. It's an arms race where the bugs will win.
As an aside, I took a pesticide applicators course a long time back.The guy giving it did talk about when he was in industry and some of his fellow workers would drink 2-4-D to prove how safe it was. Seems they're all dead of cancer now, probably from second hand smoke :)

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 313

by dryeo (#49498617) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

If that pesticide leads to herbicide resistant noxious weeds or insecticide resistant insect larvae it can still be a problem.
Even though you run Linux, you interact with systems running Windows so if your bank catches a Windows virus that wipes out your bank account, your personal computer being resistant doesn't help much.

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 313

by dryeo (#49498547) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Genetic engineering (and selective breeding) is a tool, not the end product. Like so many tools it can be used for good or bad, eg creating more nutritious crops versus creating crops that ship better and are more appealing to the eye but have no nutrition. Even traits that are good in the short term can be bad when overdone in the long term, much like antibiotics, saved umptillion lives but due to misuse (overuse) becoming useless. Think of glyphosate resistant crops leading to overuse of glyphosate leading to common noxious weeds becoming round-up resistant leading to having to use more toxic herbicides and/or only genetically engineered crops being viable with the side affects that PopeRatzo talks about.
The only science with regards to GMO crops in general is that we can genetically alter crops. Science makes no general claims that those alterations are beneficial or not.

Comment: Re:Viability nothing (Score 1) 167

by dryeo (#49497987) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors

So you're talking about taking someones router? But how does that affect music downloading? Whether I borrow a CD and make a copy or steal someones router and use it to help make a copy of someones music should not make the copy made with the stolen router illegal. The law is pretty simple, personal copies are legal around here so whether I come to your house and copy every piece of music you have or connect over the internet and copy the music doesn't matter. I agree that taking someones router is bad but I don't see how that relates to copying music.

Comment: Re:Viability nothing (Score 1) 167

by dryeo (#49490483) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors

Why the fuck would illegally using the internet, I guess by driving and operating a mobile device, or perhaps being on probation with the condition of not using the internet, make downloading music, something that is always usually legal, make it stealing? And does that make reading /. stealing as well?

Comment: Re:Free advertising (Score 1) 218

by dryeo (#49474999) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

Besides what tepples said, there are also the boxed sets, the new mixes, the alternate mixes and alternate versions including live. Think of Dark Side of The Moon, hundreds and hundreds of weeks on the best sellers list and still there (with a few short breaks when it didn't get so much airtime) after 43 odd years of selling. Not only are there kids first getting exposed to it but there are also people buying the 5:1 version which from what I remember of the Quadrophonic version is worth buying.

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