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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

Art Challenor Re:Quick history lesson (130 comments)

I'm sorry, this time it's totally different. For starters, there's much more money to be made by simply ignoring all the possible problems.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Art Challenor Re:I don't get it (809 comments)

Citation? Ask any of the residents of high lattitude and they'll explain that, in summer (or winter), they have daylight - real daylight - until they go to sleep, at which point they frequently use thick curtains to block the light.

If your idea had any credibility these lattitutes would be uninhabitable, or at best inhabited by serverely sleep disturbed people.

Ideally, the bulbs would start warm first thing in the morning, switch to cool gradually over the next half hour and then transition back to warm in the evening.

Ideally, bulbs would produce exactly the same spectrum as sunlight from the time you flick the switch "on" until you switch it "off". CFLs come close. LEDs have a little more of a challenge and tend towards the blue, unless they are attempting historical reconstruction in which case they tend to be yellow.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Art Challenor Re:I don't get it (809 comments)

Are you using "cool" or "warm" white lightbulbs in your house? Daylight bulbs are readily available, so why to people choose to emulate the yellow incandescent bulb color that was the closest filament bulbs could come to daylight (or maybe they were emulating candles)?

about a week ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

Art Challenor Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (316 comments)

RTFA next time -
"Last Friday, Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), along with Reps. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) and John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), signed a letter calling on Holder to end Equitable Sharing."

Republicans called for this to happen.

I'm confused as to what point you are trying to make. Are you suggesting that just because this is a policy they supported, and indeed requested, they won't use it to lambast their opponents in future elections? If so, there is no historical evidence supporting this.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

Art Challenor Re:Fair and balanced, just like Fox News. (556 comments)

Since the goal of all these media outlets is to sell advertising, it's easier if your market is a bunch of gullible morons rather than critical thinkers.

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

Art Challenor Re:America.. (556 comments)

What if Zeus is right and the Christian god is wrong? What if Odin is right and Zeus is wrong? Choices, choices...

Odin promised to rid the world of ice giant, whereas the Christian god promised to eliminate poverty and hate. I haven't seen any ice giants recently...

about three weeks ago
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Would Twitter Make President Obama 'Follow' the Tea Party If the Price Is Right?

Art Challenor Pro-Life & Planned Parenthood (121 comments)

If you're pro-life, why would you not follow Planned Parenthood? Most of what they do is preventative health care for poor women who have no other access to such services - life saving proceedures like mamograms. Or are we talking the crowd that supports life only until birth - like the "pro-life" governors who refused the affordable care act medicaid expansion killing thousands of post-partum people a year?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

Art Challenor Re:This is not a SSL matter (141 comments)

Actually, I would suspect that the greivence is to do with them having the plain text password at all. I recently requested a password reset from a self-described security vendor (anti-virus and similar) who then send, in a plain text e-mail the password itselft rather than a reset technique.

about a month ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

Art Challenor Re:Beyond request? (121 comments)

and clearly Obama vehemently opposed aspects of the program just to ensure that Congress would fund them.

about a month and a half ago
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The Ancestor of Humans Was an "Artist" 500,000 Years Ago

Art Challenor Re:Who said it's "Art"? (59 comments)

To me, this looks more like a form of accounting.

If we're all descended from a bunch of accounts, that explains a lot about the world.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Art Challenor VPS (405 comments)

All the "Virtual Private Server" VPS suggestions seem to be AC so may not make the viewing cut. I'd recommend taking a look at:

http://lowendbox.com/

should be able to find something cost effective that will resolve your issue.

about 3 months ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Art Challenor Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

A little old school, but the original Little Boy would easily fit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Weight 9,700 pounds (4,400 kg)
Length 10 feet (3.0 m)
Width 7
Diameter 28 inches (71 cm)

I suspect that you could find something smaller and lighter in the modern arsenal.

I have to wonder about whether the AC comment:
I whole-heartedly disagree [that there should be any restriction on what weapons a person can own]
is serious. If you could legally own WMD in the US there'd be a nutjob or religious fanatic (local or imported) willing to level every US city. Is it possible that there are people who have not actually realized this? (The only way to stop a bad guy with an A-Bomb is a good guy with an A-Bomb??).

about 3 months ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Art Challenor Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

Nah, that literally would preclude having a handgun under the seat of your car or a semi-automatic in the gun rack. If it fits in the back of my dually pickup and I can still drive it to the grocery store, then it should be covered.

about 3 months ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Art Challenor Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

The Constitution specifies "bear Arms" and yet I'm precluded from owning small atomic weapons, dirty bombs, SAMs, etc. So we're clear that some restrictions are acceptable. Sane restrictions would include keeping guns safe from school shooters.

about 3 months ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

Art Challenor Re:I donated (114 comments)

Actually, it was a good win by GNOME. That they had the money to defend the trademark (and I think that Groupon understood that they would be successful) caused Groupon to back down. GNOME gets the win and the money goes to something useful instead of lawyers fees.

about 3 months ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

Art Challenor Re:CYA (127 comments)

I'm not so sure that armoring POS systems is the cheaper option.

The cheapest thing is to buy off politicians so that they can continue doing what they are currently doing, but shift the blame to the consumer. This, I assume, is the purpose of the legislation. (Cynicism is almost always the model with the most accurate predictions of political outcomes in the US).

about 3 months ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

Art Challenor Re:Typical muslims (389 comments)

I'm not really analyzing motivations, Jihadist, the Christians in the federal goverment voting to invade Iraq, not expanding medicaid - they have the same effect, innocent people die.

I would question priorities. We have enough money for a war in Iraq and to arm ISIS (OK that wasn't quite the goal of arming the Iraqi defense force, but since the leadership of that organziation had been destroyed, the outcome is not unexpected)

Single-payer universal health care would save everyone money (that's a CBO estimate, not mine). The ACA "Obamacare" was, basically, written by the insurance industry. Single payer was never on the table and the insurance industry lobbists spent big to remove the "public option". It'll be interesting to see what happens with Republicans in both federal houses although they can probably continue to hold useless votes on repeal knowing they'll fail and so not jepordizing the campaign funds from the insurance lobby.

about 3 months ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

Art Challenor Re:Typical muslims (389 comments)

No, but opposing Medicaid expansion is and many Christian Governors of US states are doing exactly that. Estimates are between 7,000 and 17,000 (http://healthaffairs.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/Dickman-Exhibit-3-copy.gif) preventable deaths in states that declined the expansion. There's no good way to die, but dying of a treatable disease has to be one of the worst.

And these are Governors that claim to be "pro-life".

about 3 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Art Challenor How about ATM cards (130 comments)

It's really good that the security of the credit card system is being improved. I'm sure that the same thing will happen to the ATM network and operation just as soon as the banks are made liable for consumer losses through ATM fraud. (Today's election day in the US, good luck voting for a candiate that will even propose that solution).

about 3 months ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Art Challenor Poor candidates also (574 comments)

From the other side, there are MANY "programmers" out there who can't program and certainly have no problem solving skills. Copy/Paste from StackOverflow does not result in working programs.

about 3 months ago

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