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Comment As a tech insider (Score 1) 111

I am not surprised that tech companies fall for this. Dealing with manufacturing in Asia is already a process that feels sketchy as hell, and we often wonder if we'll ever see the money again when we setup a manufacturing agreement because the process feels so ad hoc. It wouldn't take much for a conman to insert himself into this process without arousing suspicions.

Submission + - SPAM: Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use 1

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.
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Comment Abandoning Time-Worn Processes Leads to Atrophy (Score 5, Insightful) 156

Scientists determined that those people who made use of machine washing rather than hand washing had diminished hand strength and neurological motor communication necessary for fine motor control. Seamstresses who bought thread rather than using the spinning jenny were similarly impaired. But worst off were teamsters who used the internal combustion trucks rather than teams of horses and used forklifts and other mechanical devices rather than loading their vehicles by hand. Their overall body strength was much reduced.

Comment Re:What's wrong? (Score 1) 331

Bzzt. They are domesticated animals bred for a purpose. They would not exist in this form, in their current numbers without human intervention. We've disrupted their natural selection and now humanity is responsible for them. Chickens are no longer wild animals, they may have some very similar wild cousins, but those small populations are falling.

Comment Re:What's wrong? (Score 1) 331

Well good for you. I'm glad that you have pets and they bring you enjoyment in your life. But I can't really be expected to have the same experiences and feelings as you.

I eat rabbits too, and they are mammals. And lots of people keep them as pets. But I don't really see how other people's choices should be relevant to my own choices.

Comment Re:What's wrong? (Score 1) 331

I'm a collection of amino acids, just like a radish, and it's no coincidence.

And I never said we should trash the place in order to raise chickens. I don't even need to eat meat every day.

But I have no problem with the practice. And I have killed and cleaned rabbits and field dressed deer, so it's not some abstract concept to me. (I don't usually like to pluck chickens, it's really messy compared to rabbits, if I owned chickens I'd only have them for their eggs)

idfk why I have to defend my practice of eating meat. one day humans might learn to leave each other alone about stupid shit, but today is probably not that day.

Comment Re:And this is going to be just awesome when..... (Score 1) 512

Man... who doesn't read a lot of science fiction? There are lots of opportunities to discuss SF with like minded people and make friends.

Anyways, I think the courts will have to adapt with technology. They are usually pretty slow to adapt, so we'll see several years where folks are being treated unfairly before there is a course correction.

Comment Always going to be some compromise (Score 1) 319

There is going to be some compromise made unless you're using some kind of globe, or keep the errors on a small scale by only looking at one section of the Earth at a time (like a survey map or county map). That's why we have a lot of different kinds of projections. Using mercator projection is not some kind of white conspiracy against Africa, as some SJWs would have you think.

If we'd give schools a better budget maybe they could afford maps in more than one projection. Not that public schools spend time discussing world events with students anymore.

I'd like students to see a very abstract map that is drawn as flight times between major airports in the world. As I think it is easier to think of far away like India as a 19 hour flight than 13500 km. (Hyderabad in this example).

Comment Re:Beating Commodore 64!!?! (Score 1) 145

I don't think my case is all that unusual. I think there are a lot of Pi's collecting dust these days.

The audio output left a lot to be desired, and the codec hats were rather pricey. So that killed off one of the projects I had in mind.

The 3x Pi1's were for a Plan 9 cluster. But the buggy usb support on Plan 9 kept taking out the whole system and I was too busy with my day job to do more than hack a way around it. The results were not great and I was never able to move from Plan 9 to Inferno (which was the original goal.

If only there were a site like hackaday, except where we could post our failed and abandoned projects. Maybe too depressing.

Comment Re:Microwave popcorn is cutting edge (Score 1) 212

Even water is a chemical. And not only occurs naturally, but can also be synthesized in a lab, through biological processes, or as a by product of combustion.

Artificial popcorn butter is a mix of flavorings. They may be of natural origin, or they may be synthesized. (usually the latter, it's cheaper these days). You can find the same "chemicals" in real natural butter, good old diacetyl, acetylpropionyl and acetoin. (with diacetyl being the famous one)

You can also make your own popcorn in a microwave instead of buying the rather pricey bags. It helps to use rather fresh kernels to avoid too many unpopped ones.

Interesting popcorn seasonings:
* black pepper and unflavored popcorn salt (it's just fine salt), butter optional
* Parmesan cheese - the cheap kind that is like powder, very light tasting if done without butter.
* a spoon of the powdered cheese from a box of Mac'n'Cheese - optional but super cheesey with butter.
* lawry's season salt (better with butter)
* popcorn salt (with butter flavor) - it brings it pretty close to the microwave popcorn flavor some people really like (but this is edible in my opinion)
* sugar and cinnamon - tends to need butter for the sugar to work (superfine sugar can kind of work without butter)
* sugar, salt and instant coffee - it's weird.

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