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Mosquitoes Beginning To Ignore DEET Repellent

Phaedrus420 Re:How is this insightful? (232 comments)

Not quite, no. The genetic modification is random, and the mods which are improvements (adaptions) tend to lead to reproductive success. The 'selection' is statistical.

about a year and a half ago

Flying a Cessna On Other Worlds: xkcd Gets Noticed By a Physics Professor

Phaedrus420 Re:Not going anywhere... (148 comments)

Yeah, that sentence was for Venus.

about a year and a half ago

Walk or Run: Are We Built To Be Lazy?

Phaedrus420 Re:Skipping (189 comments)

This is the thread that I was looking for. Skipping may well be the ultimate bipedal locomotion. It is a shame that it's embarrasingly silly, but I guess that's really everyone else's problem. Let's just call them jealous.

about a year and a half ago

New CO2 Harvester Could Help Scrub the Air

Phaedrus420 HEMP (368 comments)

Hemp is the perfect plant for the job.
Thanks for the segue.

more than 2 years ago

EPA Crowdsources Massive Photo Project

Phaedrus420 RTFA (48 comments)

Submission fails to note that they want pictures of the same locations as the original project. That does take a lot of fun out of the comments already posted, though, so, please, carry on.

more than 2 years ago

China Cuts 'Excessive Entertainment' From TV

Phaedrus420 Re:All power to China (336 comments)

Well said, though I would also agree with AC saying "if sheep watch dumb stuff, they get dumber, if sheep watch educational stuff they get smarter," without bringing legislation in to it. Most of our entertainment is not brain food, but there is, I gather, a peer pressure effect, wherein the water-cooler conversation tends to be about stupid crap, and some people end up watching the stupid crap just to fit in. Looking at it from another angle, stupid crap dominates the social networks. Everyone loves to gossip about celebrity bullshit, but anything relevant to the real world is treated as toxic, like people are afraid to engage their brain on anything of substance.

TL:DR - Parents, educators, and peers ought to step up and demand more.

more than 2 years ago

Germans Increase Office Efficiency With "Cloud Ceiling"

Phaedrus420 Re:I wonder (223 comments)

Much cheaper, much simpler, more flexible... Brilliant!

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft To Offer Flight For Free This Spring

Phaedrus420 Re:I prefer the old model... (241 comments)

Flightgear has the Cub. The sim is free. The plane is free. The terrain is free, and based on the real world. I don't know which of those other planes are included, but I will say that the Wright Flyer is a bit of a challenge.

more than 2 years ago

China Cuts 'Excessive Entertainment' From TV

Phaedrus420 Re:All power to China (336 comments)

Fortunately, at least two companies publish man pages for about every make and model that you can think of. You may not know how right now, but you are capable of following the directions and getting it done in one afternoon. Dumb is saying "I can't", instead of "show me how."

more than 2 years ago

Paypal Orders Buyer of Violin To Destroy It For a Refund

Phaedrus420 Re:Sounds Like a Hoax Right Up Until You Read the (362 comments)

Don't know where it's from, but the song "You can't con an honest John" by The Streets suggests a dog and a pub.
"As I have come to realize, running the beats is just getting people's confidence.
This scam only works 'cos that man thinks he's working this scam"

more than 2 years ago

Google Acquires 222 More IBM Patents

Phaedrus420 Re:'tis sad... (73 comments)

Half of the article focuses on this, so the summary is fair.

more than 2 years ago

Nokia: the Sun Can't Charge Your Phone

Phaedrus420 Re:On to the next idea (290 comments)

And people say hydrogen will never provide useful power.

more than 2 years ago

When Getting Rid of College Lectures Makes Sense

Phaedrus420 Re:Lectures are an old technology (212 comments)

I think that the point of that sentence was that people suck at multitasking. If my attention is focused on making my notes match what I see, then I'm not really listening, and if I have poor eyesight or am trying too hard to keep my copy legible, then I'm SOL.

more than 2 years ago

In New Zealand, a System To Watch for Disabled Parking Violators

Phaedrus420 Re:P&T on handicapped parking (551 comments)

Are you suggesting that we try and treat each other like human beings?
That's so crazy, it just might work!
Sorry, I'm just struggling for a way to say: "THIS!"
Now is ours, now.
Let's take good care of it.

more than 2 years ago

EA, Nintendo, Sony Quietly Withdraw SOPA Support

Phaedrus420 Re:Makes you wonder.... (204 comments)

Not to mention that the people visiting these "no clue" sites also have connections to the clueless. I can use social network A to inform my friends about a thing, and they can use network B to inform their friends, and some of us might even gripe about these things over morning coffee in the real world. The speed of information has made the planet a whole lot smaller, and being pessimistic about any one facet in particular is missing the forest for the trees.

more than 2 years ago

EA, Nintendo, Sony Quietly Withdraw SOPA Support

Phaedrus420 Re:Anonymous Threatened Sony (204 comments)

Thank you for mentioning P2P DNS. I was wondering what the internet was planning to route around the damage.

more than 2 years ago

Occupy Protesters Are Building a Facebook for the 99%

Phaedrus420 Re:They're still around? (451 comments)

Isn't that what they call a credit union? I'll see you there.

more than 2 years ago

Christmas Always On Sunday? Researchers Propose New Calendar

Phaedrus420 Re:Not a bad idea but... (725 comments)

Nice catch.
1 mile = 1.609 km
2 km = 1.243 miles

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Cancels Drug-Ring Attack

Phaedrus420 Re:A mature response from Anonymous finally (397 comments)

Pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, corn and cotton. Big, big money.

Wait, no, sorry: Think of the children! Drugs are bad, m'kay?

more than 2 years ago


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Phaedrus420 Phaedrus420 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Wow, so I just yesterday got to "Karma: Positive"

Took me long enough, and haha, I'm still running [pretty much] the same computer :\

Where's the permanent record warning?



Phaedrus420 Phaedrus420 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I like that, "(This will go down on your permanent record)" Is that supposed to scare me straight, or what?

Journal entry, bit one:
I bought a new computer, or most of it. It's an Athlon 64, and dang if it ain't purty.

Journal entry, second bit:
What's with me having bad karma? I've posted all of five times and they're all rated +1, where they started. Apparently I'm a troll. I thought I was polak...

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