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Comment: Many people do not care, when money is involved (Score 3, Insightful) 299

by hooiberg (#49300247) Attached to: Scientists: It's Time To Resolve the Ethics of Editing Human Genome
Even if scientists in the Western World ban human editing, there are many parts of the world (For example China; India; South America) where ethics are not always that high up the list of priorities. The technology will be used, as long as there is money to be made by doing so.

From that point of view, we might as well open up the technology for every one to use, and let everybody handle it as he or she sees fit.

Comment: Re:But they help also (Score 1) 366

by hooiberg (#49290243) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids
But taxi drivers are often weirdos, who hardly speak a word of a language I understand as well. And they often do not really know the way all that well... I have no experience with Uber drivers, but it can hardly get any worse. More over, legal taxi drivers beating up Uber drivers is really going a bit too far. We have a legal system to settle disagreements.

Comment: mid-end laptop with high end screen; linux (Score 2) 385

by hooiberg (#49286717) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?
She will have to write articles, and presentations. In physics, this is exclusively done in LaTeX, because of the equations. The faculty is likely to have computation machines in case she needs to do heavy simulations. Heavy computation power is not necessary on the laptop.

I would suggest selecting from the laptops with a very good screen one with relatively low other specs. Because reading many articles becomes tiresome on a low resolution.
For example: Asus Zenbook UX305FA-FB001H-BE

And avoid macs. You just pay more for the same. They are not worth it.

Comment: Pick a keyboard company (Score 4, Informative) 451

by hooiberg (#49273517) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
Essentially, any Cherry keyboard has served well. Many manufacturers of keyboards do it beside their main thing. However, Cherry has keyboard manufacturing as their main thing. And by now, the resulting keyboards are very good and still affordable.

My best one so far is the Cherry CyMotion Master Linux keyboard. And the only 'linux'-thing is that is has a picture of Tux on the button that on traditional keyboards displays the Windows logo.

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