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Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 1) 184 184

> That's cute. You think that actual benefits of GMOs mean anything to the people listening to all the FUD that gets spread about them.

My main objection to GMOs is that they transfer rights from individuals to large corporations.

The "science" aspect is entirely a side show to distract from that.

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 1) 184 184

Well, the pink slime scandal was all about chemicals used in processing that weren't disclosed despite the fact that they remained in the end product in sufficient quantities to make them smell rank.

There are other additives that are in American foods and are unlabeled while being banned in other countries. Some of these are also relevant to some portion of the population that are sensitive to them.

Some people can even smell the farm chemicals on produce if you concentrate them through juicing.

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 1) 184 184

Again, you are using the hubris of science to try and treat it like a religion and to smear any skeptic.

GMO is not a "science". It's technology, and like any tech "it's how you use it". Professors I tend to trust. Chemical companies not so much.

Extreme transgenics also ups the ante a bit and puts us in uncharted territory because these things are NOT the same. If they really were, then Monsanto wouldn't have such a hard on for them. They wouldn't because it would give them no added legal benefits.

Comment Re:Well, sure, but... (Score 1) 184 184

...except the variety of a particular type of plant matters.

The obvious one here is that it has different nutritional content.

Someone in another forum also brought up the issue of allergies. This really isn't rice anymore. It's a hybrid grain. It's really much more like tritcale and they do label for that.

Comment Re:Department of Homeland Security (Score 1) 133 133

You do realize that the TSA is only about 1/4 of DHS by number of employees and 12% of the budget, right? I think you're really selling short the amount of damage they excel at if you only go with stealing cameras and groping underage genitalia.

Comment Re:It's IBM's fault. Everyone copied the PC. (Score 1) 549 549

My Osborne 1 split the capslock key into two regular-sized keys, one for CTRL and the other for capslock. That worked well. (And I really miss Wordstar. Amazing what they could cram into 64k. They had to play silly games, loading and unloading parts of the software from the floppy disk, a really primitive kind of virtual memory.)

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 271 271

That's just BS. I know pre-teens that have sense. We just have this pathological aversion to allowing people to be responsible for themselves and it doesn't stop at the age of majority.

It doesn't help that we actively discourage any development of practical life skills or experience. The fact that we always keep our children locked up at all times is part of that.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 271 271

> But Social Media could. Why shouldn't we let it have a reset button just because life doesn't?

No it could not.

Once something is "out there" then it is out there forever. Even if you go out of your way to hunt it down and destroy it, there will still be hiding places available.

That's why it's absurd to even contemplate the "right to be forgotten". You can't these days.

It actually would be easier for society to adapt to the new reality versus trying to impose a technological solution.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1018 1018

That's part of the reason that we have civil courts and Tort law. Quite often the law won't adequately pursue wrongdoers. Then it's up to you to prosecute the perpetrator. Except that's a very expensive prospect. Most people don't have the resources to do this.

It's much more effective to just shoot hovering trespassers out of the sky. It will be interesting to see what a jury does with this.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1018 1018

> So if your dog wanders on my yard, I can shoot it.

        Of course you can. Uncontrolled dogs are dangerous. They even get plenty of media coverage. They kill small children and other dogs and sometimes are rabid.

> Making up stuff must be awesome. Skip the law school, bro. Just tell the judge how YOU think it works.

        That's no problem as long as you bother to educate yourself regarding what the local law is.

      Assuming that you have to assume the fetal position and re-attach yourself to the state umbilical cord is not the only option.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 82 82

I could see how something that hooks into a video device driver for hardware assisted decoding could bork the OS because at that point you've cross the user barrier. This just seems to be a problem of unraveling the wrapper format. Nothing about that should render the OS crash prone.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein