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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

DriveDog Re:Just (129 comments)

Cat6 for six-toed varieties.

8 hours ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

DriveDog Re:Just (129 comments)

Can't say what you'd get if you downloaded a Schrodinger Cat.

8 hours ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

DriveDog Re:Shame this happened (129 comments)

Depends on the model. Check out how many varieties of potatoes the Inca cultivated. Maybe the reward was the honor of having your child sacrificed, but whatever it was, it must have worked well.

8 hours ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

DriveDog Re:Shame this happened (129 comments)

What you're saying sounds like corporations are paying for development of these varieties exclusively. Are any of these programs partly funded by public monies? Do the facilities or researchers involved at UMN receive any part of their funding/salaries from the public?

8 hours ago
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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

DriveDog Re:Shame this happened (129 comments)

Reminds me of the book Amazon revoked from Kindles because they didn't have electronic media distribution in a contract. In an even broader sense, we might need a law that says once you've paid for something and have taken possession of it, unless it's in a general class of forbidden possessions (bombs, stolen goods, embargoed items, etc.), then it can't be taken from you. Not to mention something else I think you were implying, that no one else can force you to kill a living thing (probably with exceptions like anthrax, etc.).

9 hours ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

DriveDog Clarke... (215 comments)

had the Monolith reporting to someone/something about 450 ly distant. It had reported how bad humans behaved, and was therefore ordered to destroy them. The messages took a combined 900+ years, so it didn't receive orders until 3001. What a coincidence. Or maybe I remember all that wrong.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

DriveDog Re:Make Magazine (282 comments)

I loved Circuit Cellar in Byte. Steve was a good writer. I usually complain of magazines losing their focus. In this case, I'm complaining that Circuit Cellar magazine narrowed its focus too much. For me. Maybe not for hardcore hardware hackers.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

DriveDog Re:Niche publications... (282 comments)

Yep, model RR, R/C aircraft, and a few other categories are the only ones that seem both stable and likely to stick to their old formulae these days. Hey, and thanks for your work. I'm pretty sure you're not making a killing from it.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

DriveDog Re:Short news is dead, long analysis lives. (282 comments)

I mostly agree, with a few exceptions. Home Power, for one. Classic Cars, Classic & Sports Car, and a few others sometimes have some practical articles that would actually be of use to a buyer or owner actually touching the mechanical parts themselves! A few rags like Hot Rod (at least used to) still have hands-on articles, though their preoccupation with cars that sucked even when they were new gets annoying (flame-bait comment: Chevelles, for example). Model RRers have several from which to choose. Still I think, like Home Power, the niche/hobby mags that are decent come from true believers. Some of them never make a profit, but that's not their primary reason for doing it.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

DriveDog Re:NYTimes is left I believe. (282 comments)

Another "good old days" comment... years ago, WSJ had a decent editorial staff, and reported "economics" issues as often as "financial" issues. Now it's more honest to its name—just about Wall Street. Another Murdoch victim.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

DriveDog Re:Aviation Week & Space Technology (282 comments)

Takes me back... from the mid-80s to the early 90s I read almost every page. Haven't seen one lately, didn't know it was still in print.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

DriveDog Re:The economist, New scientist (282 comments)

At first I read not "cyrus" but Cypress, and I thought, actually it does feature Cypress frequently...

Still like SciAm sometimes but I have to agree—they seem to be trying to compete with Discover.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

DriveDog Re:Hunka Hunka Burnin' Byte (282 comments)

They were fat, but I must've missed that issue. Sure it wasn't a Computer Shopper?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

DriveDog Re:Science News, Smithsonian (282 comments)

I've always liked Science News, but it's just what it says, News. I prefer the in-depth stuff from American Scientist. Sort of like the difference between the first years of PC Magazine and the first years of Byte. I wouldn't have missed John Dvorak's Inside Track, but I didn't really learn anything long-term useful from it besides an attitude (thanks John!). I occasionally still pull out a 1980 or so article from Byte to help in understanding something.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

DriveDog Re:Mental Floss (282 comments)

Funny, I thought Tyson and Watterson had been very famous for a long time. But then I realized that no one else in my household knew their names until the last couple of years.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

DriveDog worth reading, or paying for... (282 comments)

I don't actually buy much, but there are a few worth spending time with. They might be available online, but mostly just in the same format as the printed version. Not every issue for any of these, but sometimes Scientific American, American Scientist, Trains, National Geographic, Home Power, Smithsonian, Road & Track... that's about all I can think of without getting into obscure tightly-focused monthlies or geographically specific magazines. I think The Economist has stayed solvent by broadening their appeal. Which means the excellent columns with economics-based analyses of years ago are much rarer. I find The Economist not much different from some of the US-based news weeklies these days, aside from having much better international coverage.

2 days ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

DriveDog Re:Not ergonomic (299 comments)

Yep. Tilt the back and the seat backwards, shift much of that weight resting on thighs to back. Straighten legs out and rest feet on something tilted towards you.

2 days ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

DriveDog Open both eyes, and quit squinting! (299 comments)

I don't know about you. I can walk at any speed all day long, and it feels great, but standing still gets uncomfortable quickly, and my back starts giving me problems after just a few days of that. I still have minor foot issues left over from working in a retail department store for just a couple of years, 30 years ago. So no. No standing desks for me under any circumstances. You're welcome to one. I'm going to be up walking around every 30 minutes and frequently pacing around the cube farm to think, but I'm going to sit while I'm not walking. And I expect a decent chair to go along with a decent monitor. What we all really need is a half hour of walking every 2 hours. The productivity of the sitting time would increase at least enough to offset the time walking.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

DriveDog H&R Block Deluxe+State (385 comments)

...is what I've been using for years. I'm glad that the first year I went electronic I chose TaxCut (H&R Block's software original name) the first time, because I can't see any real difference between it and TurboTax except that TurboTax is significantly more expensive for any particular level of functionality. Using the second most popular in this case is quite advantageous. Sort of like buying an MP3 player other than an iPod. Except for less third-party support, you can get the same functionality for a lot less cash.

3 days ago

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