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How Farming Reshaped Our Genomes

AMSmith42 Re:Being Hunter Gatherer... (144 comments)

...we appear to be adapting to eating sugary, fried or other highly processed food...

I wouldn't consider epidemic rates of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and obesity "adaptation".

about 6 months ago

Australia Air Travelers' Laptops To Be Searched For Porn

AMSmith42 Wow. (647 comments)

Not being Australian, I have to ask, "What does the Australian government have against business and tourism?"

more than 4 years ago

Australian Farmers Told To Dynamite Rabbits

AMSmith42 Did they try... (12 comments)

...the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch?

more than 4 years ago

How do I shut down fraud sites?

AMSmith42 And on the same page... (2 comments)

...the answer to the original question: ?

more than 4 years ago

T-rays used to see through opaque material.

AMSmith42 It's about time (2 comments)

I don't know how many people I've given cancer to with my X-ray specs.

more than 4 years ago

PhotoSketch Image Manipulation Tool Taking the World by Storm

AMSmith42 This seems like the first step... (193 comments) faking video footage a la The Running Man.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook and the Merging of Games and Social Networks

AMSmith42 Imagine that... (40 comments)

...they are discovering that people who played games really aren't anti-social. They would much rather have fun with their family and friends rather than be locked in a room by themselves. You'd think that LAN parties would have been a hint.

about 5 years ago

Futurama Rumored To Return On Comedy Central

AMSmith42 I won't watch it on Comedy Central (259 comments)

Comedy Central took Futurama away from Adult Swim who faithfully aired it for years in syndication. Adult Swim fans were the sole reason Futurama was revived. Adult Swim doesn't seem to get one bit of gratitude from Comedy Central or Fox. I love Futurama, but I'm not going to turn my back on Adult Swim and reward Comedy Central by watching it anymore. If I get withdrawals, I'll just Netflix it.

more than 5 years ago

Chinese Government To Mandate PC Censorware

AMSmith42 Re:E-rate (189 comments)

Yes, the CIPA is what I'm referring to in regard to e-rate. Naturally, an entity wouldn't be subject to it if it wasn't applying for money. Like most schools, as you pointed out, ours does.

I hadn't realized that about the COPA. Thanks for the tip. This doesn't mean that someone won't try again though.

more than 5 years ago

Chinese Government To Mandate PC Censorware

AMSmith42 E-rate (189 comments)

And I thought e-rate was bad. At least this kind of filtering in the U.S. is only mandated in the elementary schools and public libraries... so far.

more than 5 years ago

Ballmer Threatens To Pull Out of the US

AMSmith42 Re:Capitalist flight (1142 comments)

That's one way of looking at it.

- ...He's turning his back on the country that gave Ballmer opportunity to be where he is today.

If the country changes, then it is not the country that gave him any opportunity.

Industrialist Carnegie... would have never entertained the idea of moving factories to China for cheap labor.

If he was a smart businessman, he would have taken his business to the place that made the most sense. At the time, it was America.

Raising corporat taxes doesn't affect the consumer as badly as you believe. Yes some prices get raised, but increased taxation also leads to more cuts internally like plastic desks instead of mahogany, fewer free trips to Vegas, snd so on.

And you know this from... running a large corporation? I've never seen the internal operations of a large corporation first hand, so I'll have to take your word. I would think that office supplies are actually on the bottom of the list for cuts. When this economic crisis hit, I didn't hear a lot about companies selling their desks. I heard about job losses. Why would it be any different for a tax increase?

- If California's standard of living drops, then wages will drop, and eventually the factories will move back here because WE will be the cheaper labor than the Chinese.

Eventually they will come back? Why wait? Just cut to the chase and make it more enticing for businesses to operate in California from the get go?

more than 5 years ago

Google Releases Chrome V2.0

AMSmith42 Re:I could live with no Adblock/Noscript (381 comments)

Would someone at Google please post this for syousef? After all, I'm using Chrome so they are reading this and have all of that information on hand, right?

more than 5 years ago

Google Releases Chrome V2.0

AMSmith42 Re:I could live with no Adblock/Noscript (381 comments)

Actually it's more like I don't want them collecting data on me that they sell later for money without my express permission.

Fair enough. Do you avoid security cameras in stores as well?

So then you would be perfectly fine with your bank, for example, having you do transactions over unencrypted connections? I mean the internet is a public place, right?

If my bank required me to do that, then no, I would not be fine with it. I don't nail my deposits to the side of their building either. And I don't expect any sort of implied privacy when surfing the internet. If I want to do anything private, I'll keep as many hands and eyes off it as possible.

more than 5 years ago

Google Releases Chrome V2.0

AMSmith42 Re:I could live with no Adblock/Noscript (381 comments)

I'm not sure I buy into "usage tracking is an invasion of privacy" mantra. It seems to me this is a modern day "taking your photograph will steal your soul" sort of superstition. Is the internet not a public place? I'm not sure what kind of privacy people expect while using it.

more than 5 years ago

Sony Pictures CEO Thinks the Net Wasn't Worth It

AMSmith42 Where's my PS3? (562 comments)

The Internet ad said I was supposed to get a free PS3. I gave them my shipping address, credit card number, and the e-mail addresses of ten of my friends. What more do they want from me?! I've had enough. I'm visiting the local Best Buy and come inventory day they'll be short one PS3.

more than 5 years ago

New Mega-Botnet Discovered

AMSmith42 Not surprised (257 comments)

This is anecdotal, but after having recently spent a month in Ukraine (please, not THE Ukraine... it isn't plural) and witnessing first hand the rampant use of illegal versions of XP, I am not surprised by this discovery at all. The illegal versions (DVD eXtreme Edition, Fuck You Bill!) can't be subjected successfully to WGA and therefore cannot be fully patched. Blame who you want, but this is how it is there right now. The culture is such that they don't bat an eye at getting a burned DVD in a shiny official-looking case (with XP DVD! printed on it) for way less than what they'd pay for one from Microsoft. To be clear, this is the Ukrainians I'm talking about. I have no idea about the U.S. government buildings.

more than 5 years ago

Mixed Outcome of Texas Textbook Vote

AMSmith42 Funny (646 comments)

I find this entire debate most humorous. On the one side, you have the ID crowd trying to get a foot in the door. On the other, the Evo people don't even want to entertain any such notions. There is more debate on whether there should be a debate than there has been debate on the actual theories.

I am not a theologist. I'm not even religious. As I see it, intelligent design does not equal Creationism or religion. Why does design have to involve omnipotence or faith? Human, mortal scientists are working in labs at the nano level and beyond, creating new devices by design. Who knows how long it will take before they actually replicate life? But I do not doubt that it will happen.

Yet, when the evolutionists hear "intelligent design", they go on the attack. They took existence away from religion some hundred odd years ago and have been paranoid about religion taking it back ever since. They are so on edge that the mere mention (or the discussion of mentioning) of an alternative idea sends them into a frenzy. Is evolution such a unstable theory that they aren't willing to put it up against anything else for scrutiny?

Of course, ask an evolutionist this and it is preposterous. There is no need for discussion. Their theory has been proven time and time again. Just ask any scientist with half a brain! Of course, the amount of gray matter is directly proportional to the scientist's loyalty to evolution. And if you have to ask, you are just stupid anyway, right?

If anything, it is all fun to watch!

more than 5 years ago

Wii System Menu 4.0 Released

AMSmith42 Sigh (94 comments)

Still no native DVD playback? Is this ever going to happen? If it does, I can finally disconnect my PS2...

more than 5 years ago

Most Hackable Coupon-Eligible DTV Converter?

AMSmith42 And this is what you get (479 comments)

when the government tries to force the hand of the free market. They shouldn't be forcing digital broadcast on anyone (especially stations), but they are. So to say that they should be making converter boxes available to everyone is absurd. It is really amazing that anyone expected this program to go even remotely well and then to retort, "The government should have done it this way or that". What everyone needs is not a converter box, but rather for the government to butt the hell out and stick to building our roads and keeping us safe from enemies. We'll do the rest, thanks. /rant

more than 5 years ago



Cueing Audio For Instant Play

AMSmith42 AMSmith42 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AMSmith42 (60300) writes "This is probably a trivial matter for the Slashdot community and there are likely many welcome opinions. Our small high school puts on an annual play. Lately these plays have become more elaborate as community members with specialized talents have stepped up to help with the various jobs. Our audio technician mixes sound effects with Audacity on his Windows XP-based Inspiron 1100 laptop. Come show time, he opens up all of the Audacity project files that he will need which clutters his small screen. He does this because with Audacity there is no noticeble latency between clicking play and the audio actually playing or the latency is acceptable (presumably because they are all loaded into RAM already?).

I'm having trouble finding software that will load all of the audio files that he will need (compiled from his Audacity projects, naturally) into RAM and putting them in a play list, making them instantly available for playing one at a time (as opposed to continuing on to the next sound bite in the list). Does such a thing exist? Thank you in advance."


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