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Submission + - Subway Fights Back - In Court, Of Course

jenningsthecat writes: As reported here back in February, the CBC, (Canada's national broadcaster), revealed DNA test results which indicated the chicken used in Subway Restaurants' sandwiches only contained about 50% chicken. Now, Subway is suing the public broadcaster for $210 million, because "its reputation and brand have taken a hit as a result of the CBC reports". The suit claims that "false statements ... were published and republished, maliciously and without just cause or excuse, to a global audience, which has resulted in pecuniary loss to the plaintiffs".

Personally, my working assumption here is that the CBC report is substantially correct. It will be interesting to see how the case plays out — but should this have happened at all? Regulatory agencies here in Canada seem to be pretty good when it comes to inspecting meat processing facilities. Should they also be testing the prepared foods served by major restaurant chains, to ensure that claims regarding food content are true and accurate?

Comment Re:They really don't understand. (Score 1) 366

Fair enough. I'd put this very similarly to somebody taking a course on how to paint a simple scene, or a weekend carpentry thing. Just enough to show you some basics, get a feeling for things, and probably appreciate a whole lot more those who are actual professionals at it. The adult will almost-certainly not take it up, but for a kid it may be a gateway for more later in their life.

Either way, I think that things like that are good gateways into appreciating others' work. They're not an instant "I know how how to (whatever)!" but just broaden what you know ABOUT rather than something you can do full-steam.

Comment Re:Terrible article summary (Score 4, Interesting) 109

Actually if I were building another PC soon, I'd do exactly that. Get a 2TB drive cheap ($50-60) and then this for $77. Cheaper than a $99 SSD and the same hard drive, and I don't need to worry about getting a "very large" %APPDATA% directory or have to do configuration of my media, which (large) games are on my SSD versus not, etc. I'm willing to do that now, but I'd be glad to not have to worry about all of that. Just put it all on "C" and then let the Intel "magic" do its job for what I'm running most frequently.

It's the "just make it simple" approach which is good.

Submission + - Drupal Project Banishes Long-Time Contributor Over BDSM Claims (reddit.com)

techsoldaten writes: Larry Garfield, a long time contributor to the Drupal project, was banished from the community over his alleged involvement in BDSM communities. Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal, asked Garfield to leave the project based on his beliefs about equality. The Drupal community has an established Code of Conduct Buytaert feels Garfield violated based on holding beliefs related to gender roles. Thought crime?

Comment Re: Why do you believe that? (Score 1) 456

I hate SMS as well, but realize that many people like it. Sure it has all the problems, but many (usually older, sometimes younger) like the idea of "give me this one number, and I can contact you from it" without needing an email, or some other type of ID. They WANT to contact you via your phone number. Sure they want it secure, via the internet, etc, but they still want your phone number first for that.

So any "universal" solution must support SMS, but I also think that it shouldn't require it, which therefore makes it a non-universal solution, as some people will not want to contact anybody they can't use "a phone number" for, for whatever reason, and others will exclusively use non-phones for it, separating the two groups. But it's still a better solution to have both. Skype I guess is a bit like this, but I don't know how their SMS support is.

Honestly, the "old" Google Hangouts that would mix your SMS and "computer" accounts together when contacting people was the closest thing to universal IMO. Shame more people didn't use it. Skype may be the next alternative due to user base, and "support" of phone numbers (as I said, not sure how this works).

Submission + - NASA has proposed building an artificial magnetosphere for Mars. (phys.org)

Baron_Yam writes: Apparently it is no longer necessarily science fiction to consider terraforming the red planet in a human lifetime.

  NASA scientists have proposed putting a magnetic shield at the Mars L1 Lagrange Point, diverting sufficient solar wind that the Martian atmosphere would thicken and heat the planet to the point of melting the ice caps and causing what remains of Martian water to pool on the surface. While not enough of a change to allow walking around without a space suit, this would make human exploration of the planet a much easier task.

Comment Re:We could never trust government (Score 1) 460

In a properly functioning government, independent bodies are created to gather data for use by the public and politicians. Those bodies are overseen by bi-partisan groups with representatives from multiple parties, and their mandate is independence, transparency and impartiality.

I'd say you're missing one main part there: "bi-partisan groups" is itself one of your problems. In more functional democracies, they're called "all-party committees" because we're not two-party systems.

I agree with most of what you posted, but remember to focus on one of your other major problems, that being your two-party system.

As for those knocking the submitter, at least they were self-aware enough to realize that this may always have been a problem that they were for some reason (ie: their own political bias) ignoring before.

Submission + - Abrupt product termination consequences for Google?

managerialslime writes: I wonder how many good Google products never get adopted because IT executives (like me) are now too anxious about application abandonment?

When I was the CIO at a mid-size company, I rejected adoption of Google Voice, Google Wave, and Google Hangouts after seeing them abandon Google Desktop Search.

I reasoned that if Google could not give multi-year sunsetting like Microsoft, then they were not a partner I could rely on.

At what point will Google's advantage due to the flexibility of abrupt terminations be outweighed by resistance to adopting their products?


Submission + - Meet the "Other" Mark Zuckerberg (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: What's it like sharing a name with the most famous man in tech? For the "other" Mark Zuckerberg, a lawyer in Indiana, it has some perks—prime tables at restaurants, for example—but for the most part, it's a major hassle. People try to hack his Facebook six times a day; he's had his account deactivated because Facebook thought he was trying to impersonate the "real" Mark; and his law office is constantly besieged by people calling and hoping to talk to the Mark in Menlo Park. At Backchannel, Jessi Hempel sat down with the "other" MZ to find out how living with a case of constantly mistaken identity affects his life.

Comment Re:Some mental adjustment (Score 1) 598

Of course, that doesn't change the fact that forcing everyone to switch to UTC would be the most hare-brained idea in history of timekeeping.

Oh it's bad, but I think the 28-hour day is worse: The 28 Hour Day. But we're arguing over which pile of shit is worse, which just means we both agree they're horrible. Let's leave it at that.

Comment Re:i use tor (Score 1) 126

That would actually break other things. Things like the header that you suggest are already encrypted on any "https" website, and thus TOR doesn't know what that is, and can't manipulate it. So the only way for that to work would be to ban https on TOR, which would be stupid, which they wouldn't do.

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