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Comment: Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 85

by Jane Q. Public (#48183367) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

I find it interesting how the article talks about how the Canadian government owns the IP yet you discuss the US and its rules.

I am tempted to write WHOOSH! here, but I will politely refrain from meaning it seriously. For now.

I did not make a mistake. I was purposefully bringing attention to that difference between those governments.

Comment: Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 85

by Jane Q. Public (#48183341) Attached to: Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

It's the wrong strain, though. Also I'm not sure why the US government would own a Canadian patent.

In reply to this and the other person above:

That was my whole point. The U.S. government can't hold patents, under most circumstances, by U.S. law. Which is, apparently, very different from Canada.

But I know of no law that says it can't hold patents in other countries. I am very skeptical of the ethics of it, though.

Comment: Re:If you want results from the web (Score 1) 179

by Jane Q. Public (#48183311) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

He turned off Spotlight suggestions for Spotlight, not Spotlight suggestions in Safari.

I see. What you said was similar enough to TFA that a brief reading made me think you were saying the same things.

So I stand corrected.

Still, this one should be tested. Does it send a string when Spotlight Suggestions are turned off in Safari as well? We won't know until somebody tries it.

Also, the s_vi issue is very troubling.

Comment: Re:Not a surprise, but is it just one ingredient? (Score 1) 243

by Jane Q. Public (#48183273) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

No, actually every version of the article I've seen bends over backwards to end off by saying "correlation does not equal causation".

Well then, you must not have read the one linked in OP, because it doesn't. And in fact the HEADLINES in both OP

Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

and TFA

Drinking pop daily can shorten your life: Study

directly claim that this correlation IS causation.

So don't try to tell me it doesn't happen, when we have two examples right here in our faces where it did.

Comment: Re: I don't follow (Score 2) 294

by Jane Q. Public (#48182353) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

You haven't actually seen the screen yet have you.

I don't have to. I can do the math.

I don't dispute that they're beautiful displays. I was only questioning their practicality.

What's certainly true is it will be far better than the setup you describe as having at the moment. You just don't realise it.

No, it's not "certainly true" at all. I must have a certain amount of screen real-estate for my work, not extra pixel density, to get my work done. Beyond a certain reasonable limit, pixel density does nothing for me at all.

In fact, a 27" monitor, at ANY pixel density, would represent at least a 60% reduction in my usable screen space.

So don't be too quick to judge. It may be perfect for some people, but for work it's not very practical. At least if you do the kind of work I do. It would indeed be a gross waste of money.

BUT... I agree that it depends on what you want or need. There are people who may not feel that way.

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 290

Interesting but beside the point I was making. It wasn't about what VMWare can do, it was about how well the OS supports it and vice versa.

Those are interesting links, but they just reinforce the point I was making: in VMWare, on OS X, there is a simple one-click option to set up a Bootcamp partition as a virtual machine.

Unlike the examples at those links, it does not require technical knowledge or a lot of configuration. AND, Apple's own VMWare bootcamp drivers assure that you get (approximately) the same operation from your peripherals in your OS and your VM.

So yeah: Apple is still doing it better. These don't refute the point, they're examples.

Comment: Re:They are all going down the toilet (Score 1) 294

by marcello_dl (#48182253) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Ubuntu Unity seems to be the only cool-looking UI left.

I can't say it's not cool looking. As long as all you have to do is look at it, you're set.

My 2c on the topic. Apple knows what to do, the objective is not to make the best looking hi res desktop, it is to make the lower res desktop look like sh1t. Marketing 101.

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 290

Because you complained about modding like a twat, modbomb on the way to as many posts of yours as I can, once I get me one of them piles of 15 I get regularly.

I mentioned a problem with inappropriate modding. I did not "complain about modding like a twat".

Slashdot members are supposed to be responsible adults. That includes modding appropriately, not just marking down because "I Disagree" or because you don't like somebody's personality.

If you modbomb me, it will only reflect on yourself. Sometimes it really is too bad that modders aren't listed when they mod.

Comment: Re:Not a surprise, but is it just one ingredient? (Score 2) 243

by Jane Q. Public (#48182199) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
I didn't see an actual link to the study anywhere, but TFA at least appears to assume correlation = causation. I am very skeptical.

People who consume lots of soda are also (at least in my experience) prone to other bad dietary habits as well. So the causative factor could easily be something else.

They said they compared against (but did not say they specifically corrected for) "age, race, income and education level", but there are a great many other factors that could be involved.

For just one example: if you drink one or more sodas a day, I'd be willing to bet you are also likely to eat more fast-food hamburgers.
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Comment: Re:Geoff Fox is the man (Score 1) 31

by Jane Q. Public (#48182145) Attached to: Watch Comet Siding Spring's Mars Fly-By, Live
Well, I only have one issue with TFA and it's nitpicking a bit, but true nevertheless. It's this sentence:

That's 10 times closer than any comet on record has ever come to Earth.

No, it's not. We have on record (relatively small) comets actually striking Earth, which is about as close as it gets.

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