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Comment Re:Monsanto v. Schmeiser (Score 2, Interesting) 435

I heard somewhere that farmers who plant Monsanto soybeans (for example) were under contract to harvest all acreage and not hold back seed stock to plant next year under pain of litigation. That way you had to purchase next year's crop from the "company store." Farmers traditionally reserved some of this year's harvest to plant next year - like farmers have done for hundreds and hundreds of years. But not now, since Monsanto will sue the crap out of farmers that plant Monsanto-patented seeds and hold back enough for next year's planting. Monsanto actively spot checks farms, has sued and prevailed both in court and by the thread of onerous legal fees for defense, driving any number of small family farmers into bankruptcy or out of farming altogether. Nice, Monsanto. Intellectual Property.

Too bad the case to be heard by the Supreme Court will be viewed by the Court very narrowly: did the farmer knowingly harvest - and save for next year - seeds suspected to be from plants cross pollinated from Monsanto IP protected plants? The farmer will lose his appeal and the Supreme Court will dodge the issue of Monsanto's - or other companies marketing GM organisms - business practices.

Note that the current administration has brought on board in a variety of positions in the Department of Agriculture and other agencies lots for former Monsanto lawyers. And MPAA lawyers. And no doubt other corporations' former counsel. These folks are going to be making policy decisions that benefit . . . who? You and me and the public interest?

Comment Re:News for nerds. (Score 1) 763

Left Pants Pocket: Primary car key + house key.

Right Pants Pocket: Car Key + house key, and key to brother-in-law and sister's house. And a separate key ring with garage key, 2 keys to get into my place of employment and my office there, and one mystery key that I've had for 25 years. What it opens is a dim memory long lost in the past. I keep it out of sentimentality or maybe laziness. Also have a RFID card that accesses some doors at work.

In my office: All the other keys needed for various secure areas, desk, file cabinets, lock-out devices, et cetera. They never leave work.

In my home: All the other keys needed for file cabinets, bike, tool shed, my arsenal (gun safe). They never leave the house.

Note: I will NOT get locked out of my car or my house, hence the two sets of keys. The car keys (late model Jeep) are embedded in a keyless entry fob-thing. A pretty potent weapon, if you think about it and if you need it. And if I don't have ready access to my, um, arsenal.

Comment Re:Roomba - the nemesis of cats everywhere (Score 1) 79

Funny, my cats ignore these things (Roomba and Scooba). Except for the first day when one of them decided to perch on Roomba and somehow pushed the on button. She had a real puzzled look as the thing beeped and started into its random walk. . . Actually rode the thing for a little while until finally loosing interest, hopping off to find some sun light. Now the dog, on the other hand, was a different story. The dog didn't pay much attention to Roomba at first until Roomba came by and swept up some of the dog food the damn dog habitually scatters around the food bowl while eating. The dog now considers Roomba to be a food-robbing mortal enemy requiring much barking and growling and carrying on until the cleaning cycle is completed. Doesn't physically attack the robot, just walks along beside it going crazy. I've learned to ignore the dog. While I have to admit neither of the robots do a thorough job, they do keep me from vacuuming and moping as often as I did before they arrived.

Comment Re:Nice try (Score 1) 736

"Fucking Cap and Trade doesn't do a fucking thing" Unfortunately "Fucking Cap and Trade" DOES do some fucking things: it is an implicit tax on everyone, including business, that has a strong possibility of seriously crippling the Economy at a time when the Economy worldwide needs some tender loving care. Don't anyone kid themselves: we WILL PAY dearly for Cap-and-Trade in addition to the current reckless government spending and the unbelievable deficits. People will lose jobs. Businesses will close. Future Economic recovery could be impossible or at least take decades. And the folks lucky enough to keep a job will be taxed (implicitly or otherwise) out of their homes. And another thing it will do: It will have NO IMPACT on the problem it's supposed to mitigate and it will create another HUGE bureaucracy to pay for. How about 45 to 50 percent or higher effective tax on the middle class? Just guessing at the numbers; but with the rush to pass Cap-and-Trade and the Health Care Reform boondoggle coupled with the continuous pork-barrel legislation and politicians' usual care and feeding of a multitude of special interests, it may well be that high, perhaps unbearably high. So it looks like we're fucked. Unless people gain a voice state and federal governments and legislatures hear loud and clear, a voice that forces a return to sanity. And to reality. Let's fix the economy FIRST then worry about the other things. Just sayin'

Comment Time to Bite Back (Score 1) 705

Hey folks. Its time to bite these greedy corporations back. Lets find out who is pressing the charges and boycott every last frigging movie these folks ever make or show again until they agree to drop the charges. This is simply ridiculuous. When will it stop? Its time to tech these corporations a lesson that they will not soon forget!

Comment Re:viewers weren't stupid, they were pissed off (Score 1) 246

How about this? After 9/11 when they decided feeding the lunatic fringe was a good idea, advertisers who had more then 2 braincells saw it was a sinking boat and bailed faster then the titanic striking an iceberg. Eventually they came back once the lunatic fringe went away and some sense of normality came back, this allowed them to begin working towards a way to make the site profitable. Ala a gigantic pay system within a pay system. For many people they realized what was happening said: "Fuck you!" and bailed as fast as they could.

Eventually people stumbled back/in/over and they began to recover some more readership but since the haydays when they were popular their site still sucks. And it will never be the same. I too remember reading Salon back in the late 90's when it was actually good, and not part of the lunatic fringe.

They killed themselves, then decided to grab a giant oaken stake and drive it through their heart. Luckily for them, they missed their heart, put it through a lung and it's healed up since then. Now they're a half corpse hoping that by splashing around in the big kids pond again, that they'll get more readership. Let me say: Fuck and them. In that order.

Comment Re:the real threat will be government intervention (Score 1) 388

I said "unqualified", and you jumped to the "executive experience" Republican talking point. I don't think Sarah Palin had particularly valuable executive experience (mayor of Wasilla doesn't count, and she was not governor for long),

She had more experience as Gov of AK than Obama did as Senator from IL. Also, let me add that being a governor, where you alone are seen as being responsible for a state is a whole hell of a lot different than being a senator, where you actions are blurred with those of 99 other senators. So I consider Palin's Gov experience much more highly than I consider Obama's legislative experience.

and I believe experience as a community organizer,

Really? Community Organizer? You consider handing out charity and tax payer money to more important than running and working for you own business? Seriously, has Obama ever held a blue collar job?

Here is your other post:

Here's some ideas. You might work on proving that they failed in some of the following ways and that those failures systematically favored Obama.

        * the facts they presented were incorrect
        * the facts they presented were irrelevant
        * they omitted significant facts
        * they masked editorial pieces as objective journalism
        * the values described in their editorials are not shared by the majority of Americans
        * the facts and values described in their editorials do not support their conclusions

Misrepresent facts? Don't know if I can point to any specific cases. However, there are plenty that were simply not reported/over reported. It's also important to as to HOW they present their stories. How many pictures of Obama have you seen with a aura around his head? How many sexist images have you seen of Palin?

Irrelevant facts? Sara Palin's reading list comes to mind. Did anyone ever ask Biden what he reads? How much coverage did Palin's wardrobe receive? How does that compare to Hillary's? For that matter, I heard more about how much money Palin's wardrobe cost than I heard about Obama's ties to .... well, ANYONE! (ACORN, Michelle's patient dumping scheme, Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, Blaggo...except to try to debunk any connections, of course) Of course, the is AFTER Obama said to judge him by the company he keeps.

Omitted significant facts? Have you ever seen THIS video? That's Joe Biden. I saw the main stream media show fake pics of Palin in a bikini holding a rifle than I saw them show this video. I think this is by far the best example of bias! They'll report crap that makes one side look bad and completely ignore crap from the other side. How many times have you seen anyone other than FoxNews report on "Climate-Gate"? Hell, even /. thought it was important enough to cover! Are /. contributors better journalists than than NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC and CNN combined?

they masked editorial pieces as objective journalism... Remember when Chris Matthews got a tingle up his leg. He was covering the convention as a journalist, not an editor.

the values described in their editorials are shared by the majority of target audience (Fixed that for you). But the main question here should be, do they present a side that differs from the majority of their viewers/target audience? Fox is the only network that does this on a regular basis.

Comment Re:Well..Term limits. (Score 1) 254

Up until the mid- to late- 70s or early 80s - I can't remember exactly - that's exactly what Ma Bell did. You could not attach ANY device or install ANY wiring that was not approved by and/or not installed by Ma Bell's folks. And they did random impedance checks on your phone line at the main switch to make sure you didn't. The Bell system was, after all, a government-sanctioned monopoly, at least until the Great Break Up. Sorry. Couldn't help feeding the troll.

Comment Re:SETI (Score 1) 621

Oooh, create a GOD@Home app... I'll be there... prove the existence of a divine creator on your PS3

Actually in some ways it's about the same as the SETI@Home app...

I mean I can understand the whole Carl Sagan/semi-scientific thing, but if you're going to use CPU cycles, surely folding at home is a better option.

With longer lives we might actually find an extraterrestrial intelligence (notice I didn't use ET, beca Steven use Spielberg has kind of loaded that term with additional meaning thanks to the movie).

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