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Comment: Re:Sad... (Score 1) 224

by sgant (#40442865) Attached to: Google's Own Nexus Tablet Leaks Into the Wild

No, this isn't true. People use the iPad everyday to create, write, paint (yes, other than Draw Something), create all kinds of music with the myriad of music apps and synths and drum machines etc et. It's not a consumption device. It's just a device. People use it in different ways. Shocking, I know...but people use things in different ways than you.

Is it better than a laptop? In some ways yes, in some ways no. Is a laptop better? Again, in some ways yes, in some ways no. Can some people live with the iPad alone? Very much so. My wife has been using computers now for 25 years, she hasn't touched her desktop since getting her iPad. Seriously, she does everything on it. Write, do email, do her banking, read, edit PDF files, log into her work computer via SSH and works in a terminal. If she needs to type something long, out comes the bluetooth keyboard and she types away, then when she finished she puts it away and it goes back to just being a tablet.

Full disclosure, I personally couldn't work this way. I'm kind of set-in-my-ways with my desktop and even a laptop feels cramped. But I recognize that my way isn't the only way.

But let's get back to the "consumption device" thing people throw out there about tablets, and the iPad specifically. I've shown this isn't true for some people. People that don't let others tell them what to do or haven't heard you can't create on it. But lets assume I didn't say that and just go along with you, and others, and say it IS only for consumption. What's wrong with that? Why is this weird insult directed at this device? Do people say that about...I don't know...the Microsoft Xbox360? "Oh, it's just for consumption and watching movies and playing games...not for creating anything". If not, why not? Are DVD players and big screen TV's get this thrown at them too? What about the opposite? "Oh, that guitar is only for creating, you can't consume anything on it".

Okay, I've stepped over into silly-land, but hopefully you get my point.

Comment: Re:BUSTED! (Score 1) 292

by sgant (#29867871) Attached to: Mandatory H1N1 Vaccine For NY Health Workers Suspended

many people have complications of vaccines. This year a Redskins cheerleader was paralyzed after getting the flu shot.

I know, last year I wore a blue hat all flu season and I didn't get the flu at all...therefore blue hats prevent the flu. I have a friend that also wore a blue hat and they didn't get the flu either.

I know someone that got the flu shot and got into a fender-bender a week later. Therefore the flu shot makes you lose control of your car!

Comment: Re:BUSTED! (Score 1) 292

by sgant (#29867855) Attached to: Mandatory H1N1 Vaccine For NY Health Workers Suspended

Um...compromised it with vaccine injections eh? Methinks you need to study up on how this all works or you wouldn't have made such a statement.

100,000 people die from FDA approved drugs a year. Okay, where'd you pull that little factoid out of? Notice you give no context in that? Hey, like this "1 million people die in hospitals each year"....does this mean Hospitals kill people? Is there a vaccine for that?

Is there a vaccine for conspiracy minded Luddites also? We really need that. Also, tell Jenny McCarthy I said hey!

Comment: Re:So in theory (Score 3, Interesting) 263

by sgant (#29408139) Attached to: IE8 Beats Other Browsers In Laptop Battery Life

I have to agree. I'm on a Macbook Pro now and using Snow Leopard with it's 64-bit Safari. Everyone is saying how fast and quick Safari is...along with Chrome, but the simple fact is both of these browsers don't have Adblock so they're actually SLOWER than Firefox with Adblock because they all have to load in those ads.

Maybe Safari and Chrome are fast on a test....but in real world situations without adblock, they're slow.

Comment: Re:Dear Hollywood: DO SOMETHING ORIGINAL! (Score 1) 298

by sgant (#28785573) Attached to: Sam Raimi To Direct <em>World of Warcraft</em> Movie

There's an Oscar that's awarded each year to 5 original screenplays. "Pan's Labyrinth", "WALL-E" and "In Bruges" were all nominated for it as are many others. Original movies are out there...but they're buried under the reboots, remakes, based-on-the-popular-comic, sequels and all the others.

Comment: Dear Hollywood: DO SOMETHING ORIGINAL! (Score 1, Interesting) 298

by sgant (#28782117) Attached to: Sam Raimi To Direct <em>World of Warcraft</em> Movie

You know what, I'm boycotting any movie from now on that's "based" on anything. Be it a book or a comic or a TV Show or video game or a "reboot" of an old movie series or remake of an old movie or whatever. Give me something original.

Come on...I'd take a "Pan's Labyrinth" or "In Bruges" or "WALL-E" over a "Transformers 1 or 2" or "Batman _____(insert verb here)" or "Warcraft: The Movie".

Comment: Re:Hey gramps (Score 1) 224

by sgant (#28583857) Attached to: AOL Shuts Down CompuServe

Like the time we went over to Shelbyville during the war, I wore an onion on my belt....which was the style at the time...you couldn't get those white ones, you could only get those big yellow ones.................now where was I........oh yeah, the important thing was I was wearing an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time, you couldn't get those...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Comment: Re:Does the law have the right direction? (Score 1) 408

by sgant (#27378937) Attached to: Graphic Artists Condemn UK Ban On Erotic Comics

Child pornography is a subset of the term obscenity (at least, if you're a healthy individual it is).

Although drawing a naked baby being raped by guys in rabbit suits might not involve any children who once or ever will exist, it's still obscene. Lots of laws exist to prevent that level of obscenity. There are lots of reasons why it's obscene. Let's not get into that debate though, there's Wikipedia if we need to look up basic definitions.

You brought up an mental image though when describing the scene. Should I go turn myself into the police for imagining a photo of that and not a drawing?

Seriously, shouldn't what you just wrote be considered "obscene" if we're going to label a drawing of it "obscene"? If so, then the editors of Slashdot have a legal obligation to remove all reference to your post.

NASA

NASA Employees Fight Invasive Background Check 354

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the watching-the-watchmen dept.
Electron Barrage writes "Longtime JPL scientists, many of whom do not work on classified materials, including rover drivers and Apollo veterans, sued NASA, Caltech, and the Department of Commerce today to fight highly invasive background checks, which include financial information, any and all retail business transactions, and even sexual orientation."
Sci-Fi

One Species' Genome Discovered Inside Another's 224

Posted by Zonk
from the it's-a-mad-house-a-mad-house dept.
slyyy writes "The Universtiy of Rochester has discovered the complete genome of a bacterial parasite inside the genome of the host species. This opens the possibility of exchanging DNA between unrelated species and changing our understanding of the evolutionary process. From the article: 'Before this study, geneticists knew of examples where genes from a parasite had crossed into the host, but such an event was considered a rare anomaly except in very simple organisms. Bacterial DNA is very conspicuous in its structure, so if scientists sequencing a nematode genome, for example, come across bacterial DNA, they would likely discard it, reasonably assuming that it was merely contamination--perhaps a bit of bacteria in the gut of the animal, or on its skin. But those genes may not be contamination. They may very well be in the host's own genome. This is exactly what happened with the original sequencing of the genome of the anannassae fruitfly--the huge Wolbachia insert was discarded from the final assembly, despite the fact that it is part of the fly's genome.'"

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