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Comment: Re:Shame this happened (Score 1) 136

by Reziac (#46795393) Attached to: Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

I knew someone in Los Angeles who had disposed of some tired storebought tomatoes by tossing them into the front yard for the birds to eat. The seeds volunteered all over the place and after a few years of benign neglect, their yard was one big self-renewing tomato patch -- producing perfectly edible tomatoes, all of the same variety. Apparently whatever they'd bought at the grocery were not hybrids.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 357

by Reziac (#46781683) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

The real reason is probably a lot simpler: Cost.

Before you break ground on a single-family home in Pleasanton CA, you must cough up in excess of $125,000 (yes, 125 grand) in fees and permits.

I expect said fees and permits are even more expensive in San Francisco proper.

[For comparison, in Los Angeles County a home building permit is $38,000. Here in Montana it's from $50 to $2000 depending where you are.]

Comment: Re:"Something from Nothing" is not science (Score 1) 595

Read pages 126-140 of "Brief History of Time". I'm not talking about physics and as such you should trust Hawking's ideas more than mine. The problem here is that Hawking isn't talking about physics, either. He's bothered by the fact that the Big Bang points to God, at least to him. So he goes off to crazyville trying to get rid of the Big Bang. It's really kind of sad to watch, and it's not science.

As I said, and I quote, "I'm not going to let a belief or disbelief in a deity dictate my feelings about the subject." That makes me more of a scientist than Hawking who sadly allows his belief in the lack of a deity to cloud his thinking in the scientific realm.

Comment: Re:Why would I work for free to make Apple rich? (Score 1) 266

by jeremyp (#46745333) Attached to: Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Not true.

GPL doesn't restrict people from using the software any way they want.

Yes it does. I just downloaded a copy of Gnu Readline. I want to use it as in my new proprietary application that will make me $$$$$. Does the licence restrict me from using it in that way? Yes. That is by design and I do not criticise the developers for making that decision.

Which matters - let me know how trying to run Apple on non-apple hardware without paying for a license goes, in comparison to a GPL'd OS.

That is also by design and I do not criticise Apple for making that choice.

Comment: Re:"Something from Nothing" is not science (Score 1) 595

No he doesn't - he sounds like a creation "scientist" explaining how the earth really *could* be only 6000 years old. Yes, the Big Bang might be an incorrect hypothesis, but I'm not going to let a belief or disbelief in a deity dictate my feelings about the subject.

Comment: Re:"Something from Nothing" is not science (Score 1) 595

In "God and the Astronomers", agnostic Robert Jastrow chronicles the development of the Big Bang theory, and how for decades many physicists resisted it; not because of data, but because it meant the universe had a beginning, which was at odds with their worldview (“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be." --Karl Sagan). They recognized that if there was ever truly NOTHING, that science would never be able to explain why there is SOMETHING.

The question of origins is outside the reach of scientific inquiry. I wish the physicists would stop playing in the philosophical and theological sandbox.

If you read Hawking's "Brief History of Time" he is literally driven nuts by the fact that the Big Bang points to a creator and ends up coming up with an absurd hypothesis that would alleviate the necessity of a big bang. Color me unimpressed.

The fact that anything exists is, in and of itself, strange. Even an empty vacuum is something.

Comment: Re:Whatever you may think ... (Score 5, Insightful) 445

by jeremyp (#46723863) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Two reasons:

The idea that many eyes make all bugs shallow is a myth. Even most programmers don't bother auditing the open source code they download. I bet most of them don't really look beyond the API documentation.

Also, OpenSSL is one of the worst code bases you'll ever set eyes on. It's poorly documented and so complex, it'll make your eyes bleed.

Comment: Re:Calculations (Score 1) 147

by Trailer Trash (#46721927) Attached to: Seagate Releases 6TB Hard Drive Sans Helium

If I'm doing my math right here, that comes out to ~1,900km/s at the outter edges of the platter. That's about 0.6% of the speed of light.

Wolfram Math ...Divide by pi and sqrt to get radius, multiply by 2pi to get circumference, multiply by RPM, divide by 60 to get it in seconds... Correct?

So if it's a third the size of Manhattan at rest, how big is the outer edge at full speed?

Ma Bell is a mean mother!