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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

Misanthrope It's been done (876 comments)

If you have to understand the concepts anyways, why is text worse than a graphical set up? You can't really avoid learning syntax this way if you want to write anything actually complicated.

Also, fuck beta.

about 7 months ago

Quarks Know Their Left From Their Right

Misanthrope Re:We are not an audience (150 comments)

I for one don't welcome out robotic beta overlords
In Soviet Russia users ignore corporate feedback
Hot grits, petrified Natalie Portman, Cowboy Neal.
Goatse is better than Beta.

You're planning on ruining the one good discussion site on the internet. fuck beta.

about 7 months ago

NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass

Misanthrope No Classic UI (158 comments)

I've been reading /. since '98, without the classic UI as an option you have lost me as a user. I will participate in the upcoming boycott.

about 8 months ago

Dried Meat "Resurrects" Lost Species of Whale

Misanthrope Fuck beta (87 comments)

Jesus, I've been coming here since '99. I won't come back if beta is pushed on me.

about 8 months ago

9th Circuit Affirms IsoHunt Decision; No DMCA Safe Harbor

Misanthrope Re:9th circuit is a joke (211 comments)

It sees more cases, so numerically there are more overturned. On average it's rulings are overturned about as often as any other circuit court in the country.

about a year and a half ago

Silicon Valley Before the Startup

Misanthrope I grew up there (57 comments)

My dad bought a house on the edge of a cherry orchard, eventually Fairchild built a plant across the street and then promptly leaked solvent into the groundwater. My sister and several of her friends ended up with large amounts of settlement money due to possible health effects. The Santa Clara Valley was known as the valley of heart's delight and was world renowned for it's stone fruit, especially apricots. It was fun growing up surrounded by tech companies, on the other hand some of the world's best farmland is now fallow.

about a year and a half ago

Annual "Worst CEO" List Released

Misanthrope Obvious pick (121 comments)

Meg Whitman...

about a year and a half ago

Battling Fish Fraud With DNA Testing

Misanthrope Re:Not just Eel (63 comments)

That's not true, the color comes from the same pigment astaxanthin. The amount in the feed determines the color and can be tailored by the farm. Admittedly farmed salmon is horrible and is a bit like raising lions for food...

about 2 years ago

Wil Wheaton's New Show: Tabletop

Misanthrope Actual Ulterior Motive (155 comments)

Getting to hang out with Felicia Day...

more than 2 years ago

Controversial Bioethicist Resigns From Celltex

Misanthrope Re:Well... how else are you gona prove them? (48 comments)

If it's unproven, your insurance company isn't going to cover it, period. So these types of companies are emotionally extorting people by charging high fees in addition to using you as a guinea pig. If the treatment was given for free, as it usually is in proper medical trials it would be a different matter.

more than 2 years ago

Stem Cell Firm May Have Administered Unproven Treatments

Misanthrope Re:What's the point? (221 comments)

Because the average patient doesn't have the background to understand what they're getting themselves into. Without laws to the contrary snake oil salesman can claim whatever they want about a treatment or medication. Do you really want to live in the 19th century?

more than 2 years ago

What Beer Can Teach Us About Emerging Technologies

Misanthrope Re:Homebrew rebound (131 comments)

If it costs $45 for a 5 gallon batch you're probably selling extract beers with liquid yeast. As an all grain brewer who can yeast wash and buys hops in bulk I can knock out 5 gallons of APA for ~12-15 dollars.

more than 2 years ago

Stem Cells That May Make Eggs Found In Women

Misanthrope Re:Unpossible (142 comments)

Can't tell if humor?

more than 2 years ago

The "Scientization" of Yucca Mountain

Misanthrope Re:The science community does the same thing. (226 comments)

You can't seriously investigate intelligent design, it's not science. Any sane university should run anyone who thinks it is out on a rail.

more than 2 years ago

Dead People Scientists Won't Let Rest

Misanthrope Re:Quick question (57 comments)

Dude, that's the benefit of being a scientist. You get to wear Cosby sweaters or Hawaiian shirts and it's not only socially acceptable it's almost required.

more than 3 years ago

I Wish My Car Had A...

Misanthrope The amazing ability (789 comments)

To require no maintenance whatsoever, because there's nothing worse than a car that doesn't work or has issues that make you unsure about driving where you want to go.

more than 4 years ago



Sushi-munching bacteria found in the guts of Japan

Misanthrope Misanthrope writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Misanthrope (49269) writes "In Japan the microflora that live on seaweed has given some of their genes to bacteria that live in the human gut, and in doing so, help them to digest the food. Eleven genes used by the bugs to break down carbohydrates in seaweed also showed up in bacteria isolated from the intestines of Japanese people, but were absent from the gut microbes of North Americans."
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Onions Made Pre-Human Ancestors Cry Too

Misanthrope Misanthrope writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Misanthrope (49269) writes "The sensors in your body that make you tear up when you're cutting onions have been around for 500 million years, a new study finds. A chemical-sensing protein, called TRAPA1 is present in almost all animals as a way to detect potentially damaging chemicals. The ability to detect such harmful compounds, known as reactive electrophiles, would have given animals an evolutionary advantage, as they'd be able to avoid potentially toxic food or dangerous situations."
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Experts claim HIV Patients made Non-Infectious

Misanthrope Misanthrope writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Misanthrope writes "Swiss HIV experts have produced the first-ever consensus statement to say that HIV-positive individuals on effective antiretroviral therapy and without sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are sexually non-infectious. The statement is published in this week's Bulletin of Swiss Medicine (Bulletin des médecins suisses). The statement also discusses the implications for doctors; for HIV-positive people; for HIV prevention; and the legal system."
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