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Comment: pasteurize milk (Score 2) 74

by tomhath (#47719227) Attached to: Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis
One of the main reasons we pasteurize cow's milk is to eliminate tuberculosis

. It shouldn't be a surprise that other animals could be a vector.

The pasteurization of milk didn't come into practice until the late 1800s. Back then, tuberculosis was commonly carried by milk. A low-temperature, long-time (LTLT) process, also known as batch pasteurization, was first developed to kill the tuberculosis pathogen. The incidence of tuberculosis contracted from milk fell dramatically, and in fact it no longer makes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's list of foodborne illnesses

+ - FarmBot: An Open Source Automated Farming Machine Aims to Create Food For All->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "Farming has been stuck in a bit of a rut, when compared to other industries. Businesses across the globe have been innovating for decades, while farming has been using techniques that have been handed down from centuries ago. The FarmBot Foundation is creating a machine, similar to that of a CNC mill and/or 3d printer which is capable of being run by sophisticated software and equipped with any tools you can imagine, including seed injectors, plows, burners, robotic arms (for harvesting), cutters, shredders, tillers, discers, watering nozzles, sensors and more. The goal? To bring food to the world's hungry."
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Comment: A lot of assumptions... (Score 2) 98

As I read the article, the researchers couldn't determine the sex of the contributors to the Kickstarter projects. But they did notice that tech projects started by women had more success getting funding. Their laboratory experiment indicated some women are more likely to support other women. So they conclude that the Kickstarter projects have the same causation.

I kind of wonder about that conclusion though. The type of person who would fund a Kickstarter project comes from a much different population than the (I assume) students they used in their lab. That said, it is a reasonable hypothesis. Obama certainly gets virtually all of the black vote, Hillary gets a lot of her support from women.

+ - Chinese National Indicted Over Boeing Hacks->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Su Bin, a Chinese citizen arrested in Canada, has been indicted over a series of hacks of Boeing's network in which documents pertaining the C-17 military aircraft and F-22 and F-35 fighter planes were stolen. Su allegedly communicated with hackers in China to direct the attacks using free Gmail accounts, excerpts from which were included in FBI affidavits on the case."
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Comment: Re:It Shows Up in the Weirdest Ways (Score 1) 371

by tomhath (#47688963) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

They coordinate, interface with other groups and try to solve all issues that prevents the people they work for (the engineers) from doing their jobs

That's probably what the company owner wanted GP to be doing. It would be more valuable to the company than him working as an individual contributor.

Comment: Re:us other engineers matter, too (Score 1) 371

by tomhath (#47688949) Attached to: Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers
Valuing people by their number of direct or indirect reports makes a lot of sense. If I am one of a group of ten people and I'm 20% more productive than the others, my extra contribution only adds about 2% to the total. If I am a good manager my staff might be 5% more productive than an average manager's. Think about it.

Comment: Will it be backward compatible? (Score 1) 413

We're stuck writing apps that support IE8 because companies have so much legacy investment in other applications that require it they can't afford to move up to IE11.

Now if Microsoft came up with a browser that was secure, and supported all the IE8 wierdness, and was industry stand otherwise , and...oh never mind. Just keep calling it Internet Explorer and deal with the reputation.

Comment: Re:No wonder Americans are in trouble, financially (Score 1) 140

by tomhath (#47688135) Attached to: Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

This help explain why a good 35% [theweek.com] of adult Americans' debt is in collections.

The article you linked to does not say that. It does put a few numbers close to each other in way that seems to intentionally mislead a person to that conclusion though.

What it does say is that roughly 35% of people with debt (not all Americans) have a bill (not all of their debt) that is at least 180 days overdue.

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