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Comment: Re:Mostly because our food is shit. (Score 1) 409 409

Well yeah, because potatoes are in the same family (Solanaceae) as nightshade and raw potatoes exhibit the exact same alkaloids (at a reduced concentration).

"The family includes the Datura or Jimson weed, eggplant, mandrake, deadly nightshade or belladonna, capsicum (paprika, chile pepper), potato, tobacco, tomato, and petunia."

Comment: Robotics (Score 1) 135 135

Get into robotics, especially any of the companies working on space-bound robotics. There's several companies designing and testing robots right now for space missions that aren't currently feasible for humans to do. There's going to be a need for all sorts of software engineers and other IT specialists for this industry.

(Also because so many industries are heading towards automation, it's good to get in on the ground floor, so to speak, especially in one that is going to do nothing but grow.)

Comment: Nice try with your hyperbole. (Score 1) 161 161

"What's clear is that allowing ad-blockers in iOS 9 could deliver a serious blow to Google, the biggest rival to Apple in the mobile space, because advertising remains a massive portion of the search giant's income."

These people keep saying this, and yet Apple is still considered an also-also-ALSO ran in two of the world's potentially largest markets: China and India. In these markets, Android and other OSes (and the mobile manufacturers behind them) rule the roost and Apple barely makes a dent (and isn't that much in total world-wide market share, either).

Comment: Re:Auto-adjust levels Corel Photopaint (Score 1) 420 420

What is interesting to me, is the fact that the brain itself might be operating automatically in a way that color correction software does when working with photographs for some people, while for others it simply does not do so in a consistent manner, or at all.

That being said, my first self-response when seeing the photo was "The entire photo looks wrong".

I saw a kind of bluish-white and the kind of brown with yellow hints that you see when you shine a flashlight that gives off "yellow" light through dyed black cloth (which is also similar to the effect you get when you apply a little chlorine to cloth that has been dyed black).

Another thing that I found personally interesting to me, was that from my perception, the overall photo itself seemed to have had a blue tint to it, as if the room it was taken in was being lit by a LED light similar to the ones I have in my bathroom (when first turned on, the light they give off is very blue-shifted until they warm up and become a very bright white).

Comment: Re:Firefox for Android FTW (Score 1) 188 188

Try AdFree, AdAway, or minminguard (an Xposed module).

I believe the first two require full root, the module works with either temproot or full root.

Minminguard blocks the API calls in apps directly, so they can't even call for the ad download (thus no ads get downloaded period).

AdFree and AdAway work with the HOSTs file, so it is also recommended to have a HOSTs editor of some sort if you need to manually make adjustments.

I use AdFree and see very minimal amount of adverts - on the mobile version of Slashdot for instance, I only get the static ads in between the post and the comments section, and none of the annoying, moving, flashy, sound-filled ads.

Comment: Re:Better a horse in the race... (Score 1) 437 437

I've found that on any flavor of Unix-like OSes (that aren't on mobile devices), that the only semi-reliable way to get Amazon Instant Video to work properly is to use the nVidia binary-blob over any of the other open drivers, unfortunately. I believe there are still proprietary licensing issues when it comes to the open AMD and Intel drivers that cause HDCP to go wonky at times due to the "incomplete" way it had to be implemented.

Your mileage may vary of course, but at least on the hardware that resides in my home, this is and has been the case for several years now.

Comment: Re:Pay vs. Pirate (Score 1) 437 437

To keep it in perspective - we should have gotten everything published up to 1958 (music, movies, books, etc) on January 1st. Due to the ridiculous theft from the public domain from copyright rent-seekers, we didn't get a single published work entered into the public domain this year. Not one.

Comment: Re:if not collecting the data (Score 0) 75 75

Total sale amount, tax amount, location, time of day,other telemetry data, age of purchaser, name of purchaser, address of purchaser, address of the location, etc of the shop where the purchase was made, and of course Apple's own cut of the deal. There's probably more involving the back end of your banking facility, such as which bank and/or account was used to make the purchase during the transaction.

That's what I can think of off of the top of my head.

Comment: Re: Again... (Score 1) 278 278

They don't even need to do that. All they need to do, is get together with their counterparts in the CIA, FBI, etc, decide exactly what they need and want to happen, then take it to the Congressional Intelligence and related committees to make it happen.

We've already seen at least the FBI chirping in on this with commentary about Apple/Google and their upcoming mandatory default encryption on phones.

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.