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Carnivorous Plant Ejects Junk DNA

MoonRabbit Re:Unfortunate name (116 comments)

Orobanche uniflora -the official flower of the NYPD.

about a year ago

Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

MoonRabbit Instrument manufacturers (953 comments)

I work in a gov't lab, and we have lots of $100k instruments that are running Windows 95, 98 and XP. Many are not upgradeable, as the instruments are locked into specific proprietary I/O cards, mostly ISA. Most do not have USB. We bought a $50k instrument two years ago that had XP as the OS. I asked management why we would buy a new instrument that shipped with an obsolete operating system and was told "That's the way it came." I find it hard to believe that an instrument manufacturer can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of R&D money to improve their instruments and yet can not afford to update their software to run on non-obsolete operating systems.

about a year and a half ago

Jonathan Coulton Song Used By Glee Without Permission

MoonRabbit Re:Creative Commons (307 comments)

The arrangement that Jonathan Coulton created is licensed under CC. They went so far as to lift the banjo tracks from the karaoke version. The killer is JoCo would probably have been fine with it if they had given him credit for the arrangement.

about a year and a half ago

Jonathan Coulton Song Used By Glee Without Permission

MoonRabbit Creative Commons (307 comments)

specifically, the license Jonathan Coulton uses, allows for noncommercial use. Anyone want to argue that this is non-commercial use?

about a year and a half ago

Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System

MoonRabbit Other than "You have terminal cancer," (368 comments)

The last thing I want to hear at my doctor's office is "we're getting a new computer system."

about 2 years ago

Captive Beluga Was Able To Mimic Speech

MoonRabbit New Ringtone (103 comments)

that's sure to annoy my coworkers.

about 2 years ago

Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

MoonRabbit Creationists (1142 comments)

Creationists often use the argument "Scientists disagree on some of the finer points of evolution, therefore evolution must be false." Why don't scientists turn the argument around to "Creation stories disagree on many points, therefore all creation stories must be false?"

about 2 years ago

The GOP's War on Reality Has Finally Jumped the Shark

MoonRabbit Competency? (2 comments)

Senators and Congressmen should be required to pass a sixth-grade science test before being allowed to serve on Science Committees.

about 2 years ago

Broun: Evolution, big bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell"

MoonRabbit In other news... (1 comments)

The House Science Committee today announced that the Earth is flat and is the center of the universe.

about 2 years ago

The Spread of Do-It-Yourself Biotech

MoonRabbit armpit E.coli incubators (206 comments)

is the name of my Antoine Dodson cover band.

more than 3 years ago

"Right To Repair" Bill Advances In Massachusetts

MoonRabbit Re:Universal, open-hardware car CPU (478 comments)

You're right, it's pretty stupid to have a computer for processing lift gate signals or a passenger presence system.

Also pretty stupid to have an electrical configuration for a car so complex that managing the data and specifications is a nightmare.

Ditto for a manufacturer to have 27 different models of carwith almost no interchangeable parts and "stone age" hardware.

I think there's plenty of stupid to go around.

I will admit that legislation has played a role in the increased complexity of cars, and the manufacturers have probably made a decent effort to comply, but it seems like more and more systems keep getting tacked on; how did we ever survive without real-time tire pressure monitoring? Side-cushion air bags? Multi-zone air conditioning with HEPA filtration? A "Check engine" light that comes on when the gas cap door is left open? Simply making something more complex does not make it better.

about 5 years ago

"Right To Repair" Bill Advances In Massachusetts

MoonRabbit Re:Universal, open-hardware car CPU (478 comments)

Yeah, it's unreasonable to expect the manufacturer of a $30k car to conform to industry standard connectors on the CPU. It's so much easier to create new ones and rearrange the pinout for every different model. What was I thinking?

about 5 years ago

"Right To Repair" Bill Advances In Massachusetts

MoonRabbit Universal, open-hardware car CPU (478 comments)

It's B. S. that every single model of car has a different computer. $700 for a used 93 Toyota ECM that consists of maybe $15 worth of parts? Make a single, universal cpu that can be programmed for whatever car it's going in. Then I can go to the junkyard, get a box out of a wrecked Chrysler, have it reprogrammed at the dealer, and stick it in my Toyota. They can make their software proprietary, I don't care. Make the hardware open. Imagine the state tech would be in if every computer manufacturer made its own cpu, motherboard, graphic processor, interface protocols, operating system and software, and they were all non-interchangeable between models. USB? Which flavor? The protocols would all be different: If you bought a flash drive to fit in a Dell laptop, it wouldn't work in a Dell desktop or any other model of Dell laptop, or anyone else's. Forget about any kind of networking. Software? You only get what the manufacturer loads on the machine. No upgrades, no third-party software. Oh, and if you buy a new machine, the software will all be different. Asinine? Yes. Unlike auto makers, tech manufacturers realized long ago that keeping every single thing proprietary wasn't a good business model. If nothing else, imagine the cost savings to manufacturers if they adopted a universal hardware architecture.

about 5 years ago

Buying a Domain From a Cybersquatter

MoonRabbit Registrars are part of the problem (800 comments)

Several years ago, I was looking at a particular .org domain for a nonprofit site. WHOIS reported that the domain had been registered, the registration had expired, and the domain was "pending deletion". I found out the registrar was dotregistrar, so I jumped through their hoops and paid them $20 a year for the priviledge of "backordering" the domain when they got around to deleting it. They said the "grace period" wasn't up yet (it's normally 15-90 days). Fast forward three years - the domain is still a "pending delete", and I'm out $60. I tried contacting them one last time to find out what's going on. I'm still listed as #1 in the backorder list, but the domain hasn't been deleted. I say the hell with it and refuse to renew for a fourth year. The NEXT DAY, the domain has been registered to a new owner, who coincidentally, is a squatter whose sites are all registered with dotregistrar. Either this is a really unlikely coincidence, or the whole "backorder" thing is a pretty blatant scam.

more than 5 years ago

ICANN Investigates Insider Domain Name Snatching

MoonRabbit Re:Nothing new (152 comments)

It's called "registrar lock" and it basically allows a registrar to hold on to a domain name as long as they want to until they "find the time to delete it." By "find the time to delete it" I mean "slip it to a business partner under the table", and by "waiting list" I mean "backorder." """""""""""".

more than 6 years ago


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