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Comment Re:A protective valve? (Score 4, Informative) 201

"Valve" is a generic term, slightly archaic for an electronic switch. Some vacuum tubes are called valves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_tube

Since a transistor is simply a crystal triode, the terminology is reasonable.

http://www.beatriceco.com/bti/porticus/bell/belllabs_transistor.html

Comment Re:Liable Party in an Accident? (Score 1) 166

It's not unconstitutional. Or even illegal if there is an insurrection.

Posse Comitatus doesn't apply to the National Guard, Coast Guard or police forces.

It would only be illegal under PCA for Federal Armed Forces.

National Guard has it's own set of regulations, but surveillance is one of the things they are permitted to do in support of state and local police.

Comment Oh bullocks (Score 4, Insightful) 333

The summary is wrong. Folks, please stop reading the abstract, and read claim 1 instead.

This is what is patented:

1. A computer-implemented method comprising: selecting a file having a path name in a distributed file system, wherein the file is divided into a plurality of chunks that are distributed among a plurality of servers, wherein each chunk has a modification time indicating when the chunk was last modified, and wherein at least two of the modification times are different; identifying a user profile associated with the file; determining a memory space storage quota usage for the user profile; deriving a file time to live for the file from the path name; determining a weighted file time to live for the file by reducing the file time to live by an offset, where the offset is determined by multiplying the file time to live by a percentage of memory space storage quota used by the user profile; selecting a latest modification time from the modification times of the plurality of chunks; determining that an elapsed time based on the latest modification time is equal to or exceeds the weighted file time to live; and deleting all of the chunks of the file responsive to the determining.

Comment Re:Whos side should I be on? (Score 1) 284

Did you even read the MSDS? It isn't mentioned anywhere.

The purpose of the soap is to wet the surface of the leaf so the herbicide won't run off after being sprayed.

The tallow amine fatty acids are widely used in thousands of products besides Round Up. Including low irritation baby shampoo, liquid detergents etc etc. They are not considered hazardous except when fish or amphibians are exposed because they adsorb onto gills.Even then exposure is very unlikely because the soap adsorbs on soil and sediments very rapidly, generally before it adsorbs on gills.

You don't have any gills, right?

As I said before, the article and the study cited are flat out preposterous. The ignorance and lack of understanding of the science is appalling.

Comment Oh Baloney (Score 1) 284

There is no evidence that Monsanto would resort to terminator genes when other techniques like careful hybridization would get the same results.

Not to mention it's pretty unlikely the Supreme Court is going to rule against Monsanto in the first place.

Really the article is pretty much a ridiculously transparent troll.

Comment Re:Whos side should I be on? (Score 1) 284

You do realize that the article you cited refers to an in-vitro test of isolated cells exposed to a wetting agent (common terminology: soap) used in conjunction with Round-Up. right? And that almost ANY soap would show similar toxicity?

It is one of the most PREPOSTEROUS attacks on a chemical I've ever seen.

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