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PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

D1G1T Re:Wouldnt want it (191 comments)

Only about 30% of Indians are Vegetarian. Chicken is very popular.

about 8 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

D1G1T 90 isn't to level cap (253 comments)

100 is the new cap.

about 8 months ago
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iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

D1G1T Or just an enhanced fitness product (100 comments)

Don't forget that Apple has been offering fitness accessories with Nike since 2006.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

D1G1T what do others use? (299 comments)

Since music is a collaborative art, and you are going to want to share music, aren't you better off using what people in your "scene" are using, whether that's your school program or online forum or in the performance venues you frequent? I'd expect that would trump whatever software might look "best" if you were working alone.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

D1G1T go virtual on a dedicated box (158 comments)

Once you get used to working virtualized with remote desktop access you'll never go back. Fire up a new "machine" for every work-profile. You can tune the number of processors and memory per VM so that big compile or video render won't step on something that needs to be interactive. After seeing http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/p/apple-mac-mini-resources.html I went out and grabbed a mac mini and a thunderbolt ethernet adapter (for dual ports), and downloaded the free vmware esxi package. It makes everything very easy.

about 9 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

D1G1T Re:But how will we know? (684 comments)

Don't worry. Your metric friends to the North with big coats, ice tires and electric block heaters generally laugh at people in the US complaining about the "cold" weather.

about 9 months ago
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Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

D1G1T Re: release of gmo seeds? (510 comments)

The program was called Cell Biotechnology. This was from a genetics professor. I also recall lectures and discussions of ethics as part of an embryology course (use of human stem cells) and as part of a human genetics course (gene therapy, elective abortion after Amniocentesis, etc.). It would sadden me to think practical ethics issues are not discussed as part of any course of study. It has nothing to do with "don't even try". The gist was this: Make whatever you want in a contained lab. Just don't let it out because you won't be able to contain it again. So, if you want a software analogy, it would kind of be like writing a self replicating computer virus that fixes some known bug and then releasing it onto the Internet. Sounds great at first but often doesn't end well.

about 9 months ago
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Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

D1G1T release of gmo seeds? (510 comments)

When I was studying genetics in the late 80's/early 90's, we were taught that releasing GMOs into the environment was immoral. It had nothing to do with whether or not food products were safe, and everything to do with the impossibility of understanding what effect such new organisms would have on the incredibly complex wild environment. When I heard that Monsanto's GMO crops had become superweeds, causing major problems for farmers not growing Monsanto crops, it seemed that what I was taught was correct. From the article, it seems that most of Hawaii's concern is protecting their ecosystems.

about 9 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

D1G1T Re:How many don't use the chrome part? (321 comments)

6 months ago, I think I paid $230 Canadian for my Acer with 2GB RAM, 300GB HD (not SSD), and the short life battery. Models with more RAM, SSD storage, and bigger battery are more. Yes, posted US and Canadian prices always exclude sales tax.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?

D1G1T Re:Or, stay low tech ... (133 comments)

I used to try to keep organized using electronic tools, from the old Newton 120 to Ecco Pro to One Note. I found myself fiddling with software way too much. Now I use black lab books (as above) for work tasks, and pocketable moleskine-style books for personal stuff. If I get really busy with multiple tasks, I keep them in a stack of paper on my desk, and sort by priority every morning. If you need more than this, you might be spending too much time on the process of "keeping organized".

about 10 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

D1G1T Re:How many don't use the chrome part? (321 comments)

Bought my Acer Chromebook with the intention of running Linux on it for use as an on-site network diagnostics machine I didn't need to fear getting stolen. I have found myself using it much more in the chrome side of the dual boot. Web browsing, checking mail, and even the occasional netflix movie. Basically what other people use tablets for, except it has a physical keyboard. It's a great little machine.

about 10 months ago
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Tesla Says Garage Fire Not Charger's Fault; Firemen Less Sure

D1G1T Re:Oily rags (253 comments)

While this is usually the cause of garage fires, I'll bet it is less likely in garages that store vehicles that use neither oil nor gasoline.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

D1G1T don't underestimate the elderly (370 comments)

I know a 70 year old woman who really hadn't used computers much until her recent purchase of an iPhone. She loves it. Facetime, sending pics via sms, email, and google at her fingertips have really enhanced her life. She has become the go-to expert for all her friends and even her daughters on how to use the technology to its fullest.

about 10 months ago
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

D1G1T not that long ago (410 comments)

I set up a couple dial up modems for a backup connection in case of the failure of a much faster wireless link in an industrial application. Dial-up can still be better than nothing.

about a year ago
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How One Programmer Is Coding Faster By Voice Than Keyboard

D1G1T Re:This is like the corded keyboard (214 comments)

Clearly text input with one hand and mouse input with the other is a better input paradigm, but it is still not in use much today.

I can't imagine that keeping my right hand idle for the once a minute or so I use the mouse is very efficient. I suspect the reason that it hasn't caught on is that heavy use of key-binds so that both hands can stay on the keyboard is the true "better input paradigm".

about a year ago
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Canadian Military Developing Stealth Snowmobile

D1G1T Re:Cross Country Skiing (187 comments)

The "expert" isn't very clear on what he's saying, but to someone who was in the Canadian military just before the end of the cold war, I read his statement like this: Concentrating on fighting against a large-scale land-based invasion of the North is cold war thinking. Development budgets should be spent on fighting current threats. BTW, I always looked forward to winter exercises.

about a year ago
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Canadian Military Developing Stealth Snowmobile

D1G1T Re:"Expert" ? (187 comments)

For which the players will need ships not snowmobiles.

about a year ago
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Nokia Lumia 1020 Video and Photo Shoot Preview

D1G1T is there really a market for this? (178 comments)

Anybody who really cares about good photos and video is going to use a dedicated camera with interchangeable lenses, a larger sensor, reduced rolling shutter and RAW. For everyone else, the current phone cameras are "good enough."

about a year ago

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