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Comment: Re:jesus christ, this. (Score 1) 179

by pi_rules (#49316175) Attached to: WHO Report Links Weed Killer Ingredient To Cancer Risk

Not everyone's homes. Here in Europe there's a GMO ban. Just think of how much less roundup is used when roundup ready crops aren't planted.

Probably about half as much. Even without the GMO RoundUp Ready crops you could clear a field with the stuff and then plant corn in behind that in 7 days. Saves on tilling costs and also better for the environment as you're not disturbing soil. With the GMO stuff you might get another spray 4-5 weeks into the crop of RoundUp to kill new weeds but anything beyond that the corn itself will crowd out the weeds.

Comment: Worst Delivery System Possible? (Score 1) 365

by pi_rules (#49057815) Attached to: Smoking Is Even Deadlier Than Previously Thought

I used to chew tobacco. I like nicotine. When I quit chewing actual tobacco I switched to the nicotine gum stuff. I liked the gum more than actual tobacco for obvious reasons like my breath not stinking, I didn't have to spit, leave a bottle at my desk for it, etc. I eventually gave up the nicotine entirely after a year on the gum. I can certainly understand why people like it. I don't fault them for that. It's actually a kinda useful drug.

But getting it by SMOKING tobacco... that has to be the worst idea ever. Health issues, smell, hassle, etc. I don't get it. Gum is -cheap- if you buy it right. I last bought some at around 17 cents for a 4mg piece. I think part of the problem is that retail prices are out of the world. I'd never buy that stuff at Walgreens or any other brick and mortar. I'm not sure why it's that out of whack either. This is from memory but retail you're looking at 50 cents per piece and Amazon is, like I said, around 17 cents.

Comment: Re:Rule #1 of development: Know your requirements. (Score 1) 264

by pi_rules (#48808741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

But if your goal is to have a POS application, stop writing code right now. There exist hundreds of off the shelf POS apps all ready. For Windows, for Linux, thick clients, thin clients, web, desktop, green screen, etc...

Your time would be vastly better spent finding an existing product and adapting your business process to it.

Not always. There's a decent open source POS platform called OpenBravo POS. I successfully put that into our business without much fanfare. The first year was rough as I left too much of the original intact, mostly the product management stuff. I disabled their implementation and built my own C# app to handle the "back office" stuff and things were better. I beat the living hell out of that app to mangle it into how we think of things but that was WAY easier than changing business practices that didn't actually need to be changed.

And when business needs change (selling organic cheese by weight from a local farmer) I just modify it and roll it out. It's way cheaper than actually buying a commercial product given that we've got 26 checkout lanes. I'd imagine the break point occurs somewhere around 12 unless you're really specialized.


Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites 319

Posted by samzenpus
from the here's-to-you-mrs-robinson dept.
teh31337one writes "Google is refusing to advertise CougarLife, a dating site for mature women looking for younger men. However, they continue to accept sites for mature men seeking young women. According to the New York Times, had been paying Google $100,000 a month since October. The Mountain View company has now cancelled the contract, saying that the dating site is 'nonfamily safe.'"

Comment: Re:Drown your name on the engine (Score 1) 888

by pi_rules (#30398290) Attached to: Best Way To Clear Your Name Online?

That's the route I've taken. I blog under my own name and leave comments on blogs under my real name too. Very little is done under a pseudonym these days. Slashdot is an exception as I joined back in 1998 or so and naturally picked a pseudonym because that's what I had been doing since my BBS days that started around 1993. It was around 2003 that I started bombing everything with my real name although that wasn't my intent at the time. I just didn't want to hide anymore.

So, if you do a web search on me you'll find that I'm pretty big into firearms, firearm rights, hang around a more conservative side of the blogosphere which also mostly centers around guns, and a bunch of stuff on mailing lists that I used to contribute to that were technical in nature. And, occasionally I'd drop some tech info somewhere online under my real name these days.

Comment: Re:it interrupts the flow of things and so (Score 1) 844

by pi_rules (#28435071) Attached to: NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

And with all the STDs too. This only works if you trust the other person enough.

Yeah, I'm one of the weird people that doesn't have sex with somebody until I'm pretty sure they're not trying to give me a deadly disease or a lifetime infection.

What confounds me about this is that it appears I'm actually in the minority position. I'll never really understand people that rely on a 60 cent piece of rubber to keep them from getting a fatal disease so they can share an intimate experience with a person that might be killing them in the process.

Then again, I don't get human social interaction a lot of the time. All I know is life's simpler when you don't fark people you don't trust.

Comment: Re:it interrupts the flow of things and so (Score 1) 844

by pi_rules (#28433483) Attached to: NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

Here's one that used to work pretty well for me:

Just bareback it for a while doing it bunny style. (Dogs having sex is kind of gross, but bunnies are cute!) Then you can work on the wrapper while you're doing your thing, get it ready, slide out, slide it on, and you're back in the game with only a 5 second interruption.

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