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Comment: Re:Why upgrade to the latest shinny new version? (Score 1) 598

by the plant doctor (#48742645) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Hear, hear!

I switched after about 10 years of using desktop Linux, myself. Sure, I can make it all work with the hardware, or I can buy a laptop that has a *nix on it that works. Sure there are bugs, but I'll accept those, none have been showstoppers for me yet.

I did just buy a new Retina MacBook Pro on Saturday, built in October, it only came with Mavericks.

Comment: Re:Maybe the FAA should inform the stewardesses (Score 1) 128

Regarding the EM spectrum thing, I noticed it too. I flew from Houston to Manila with United last year. Taking off from Houston we allowed to use devices, landing in Hawaii we were allowed to use devices. Change planes in Hawaii. Taking off we were allowed to use devices. However, upon landing in Guam (still part of the US and on the same plane) we were not allowed to use devices?

Comment: ~80% chance (Score 1) 42

That I'll get the job I have now.

I'm not at a major university, I'm at a large agricultural NGO with my own lab of 11 researchers and a PhD student who is hosted at the uni down the street. However, according to their model there's less than 80% chance that I'll become a PI.

I'd be interested to know what's different. I realise that it's a model, thus it's wrong. Still, I guess ~80% is a pretty strong relationship for something like this. It was fun to try.

Comment: Re:Tonopah Rob is a Real Farmer (Score 1) 217

+5 Informative? With a statement like this?

Chemical pesticides are less than 100 years old. We got along just fine for beforehand for millennia without them.

You'd best edit Wikipedia, quickly, then!

Chemical pesticides date back 4,500 years, when the Sumerians used sulfur compounds as insecticides. The Rig Veda, which is about 4,000 years old, also mentions the use of poisonous plants for pest control.

Comment: Re:you have OpenCS (Score 2) 285

by the plant doctor (#46785017) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Hmm, Gimp is fairly decent for a Photoshop alternative. I know pros won't be switching, but I'm proficient enough with it that I still prefer it now.

However, Gimp won't cover Illustrator. Inkscape does a damned good job with SVGs.

I'm a scientist, not a designer, so these cover the needs of me and my lab for no cost. I can do nice looking posters and whatnot with these tools, quite efficiently.

Comment: Re:power over phonelines (Score 1) 449

by the plant doctor (#46613535) Attached to: WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever
Mmm, yes, I while had cell phones that I mainly used when I still lived in the States; I also had a landline in my home. Two cordless phones in the house that used. However, I had a cheap corded phone that I just kept in a cabinet in case of an emergency. Like the 7 days we were without power due to an ice storm. Corded phone came out, I was able to keep in contact. Sure, I could charge my cell phone in the car, but I had to leave the car running to do that.

Comment: Re:GMOs=evil business (Score 1) 510

by the plant doctor (#45875061) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

Blaming GMOs for this is silly. We've had herbicide resistant weeds before. It's the cultural practices used in production. Scientists warn of this and companies give guidelines on proper use, e.g. refuges of non-Bt corn to help prevent resistance from building up in insect population, use different mode of action herbicides, etc. but farmers (yes my father was one) often ignore these guidelines and do what's easy. Thus the problems.

Comment: Re:More accurate headline (Score 1) 510

by the plant doctor (#45875031) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

These things worry me. I am an not a biologist, but I am an engineer. Please don't accuse me of being a "science denier" and coming up with "crap."

Well, since you're not "anti-science" why have you not read the literature? Reductions in mycotoxins and pesticide application seem like a verygoodthing to me. Just two articles of general nature, but there's plenty of others out there...

Comment: Re:More accurate headline (Score 1) 510

by the plant doctor (#45874957) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

"a bunch more"? I'm not aware that the label rate of RoundUp changed once RR Soybean was introduced. In fact, there's plenty of scientific evidence that says that pesticide applications and use of fossil fuels and soil erosion were reduced when these soybeans were introduced.

As for RoundUp Ready corn, everyone conveniently forgets Atrazine and the other *zines that were used and leached into groundwater etc. prior to it's introduction.

Your "bunch more" really is a "bunch less".

The tao that can be tar(1)ed is not the entire Tao. The path that can be specified is not the Full Path.