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Just noticed

Poppler Re:I do (4 comments)

No problem, I just have to figure out all the URLs to whitelist... if I don't get around to it tonight, I should have it ready within the next couple days.

more than 5 years ago

Is Obama the Visual Basic President?

Poppler New Version (11 comments)

This one is VB.net.

Not ideal, but definitely an improvement over the old model.

more than 5 years ago

Slackware 12.2 Released

Poppler Re:Will it still run on '386 machines (351 comments)

Use a strong root password, DUH. The Bears and Elk up in canada cant hold down shift

Yeah, but that still leaves you vulnerable to brute force attacks. Especially from moose.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Wants Broadband, Computers Part of Stimulus

Poppler Re:China (901 comments)

I don't see how building useful infrastructure is "pork".

more than 5 years ago

Saline Agriculture As the Future of Food

Poppler Re:vaporware.. (153 comments)

Controlled breeding is time-tested, genetic modification is not. That doesn't mean 'don't do it', it means 'extensive research should be done first'.

"Transgene introgression from genetically modified crops to their wild relatives"(pdf)

We still do not have a comprehensive understanding of the risks of transgene introgression. We know that genes can be naturally introgressed between different species, albeit at generally low frequencies and over long periods of time. However, government regulators of transgenic plants are interested in specific transgenes, transgenic events, crops and wild relatives, in time spans of tens of years and beyond. Also, risks must be measured against benefits.

"The Ecological Risks and Benefits of Genetically Engineered Plants"

Discussions of the environmental risks and benefits of adopting genetically engineered organisms are highly polarized between pro- and anti-biotechnology groups, but the current state of our knowledge is frequently overlooked in this debate. A review of existing scientific literature reveals that key experiments on both the environmental risks and benefits are lacking. The complexity of ecological systems presents considerable challenges for experiments to assess the risks and benefits and inevitable uncertainties of genetically engineered plants. Collectively, existing studies emphasize that these can vary spatially, temporally, and according to the trait and cultivar modified.

Much of the research that has been done is encouraging, but there are still many unknowns. Conservatism is warranted when it comes to tampering with complex systems.

more than 5 years ago

Saline Agriculture As the Future of Food

Poppler Re:vaporware.. (153 comments)

Food safety is not the issue, that's tested easily enough.

It's a bit more difficult to predict the environmental impact of introducing modified crops on a large scale.

more than 5 years ago

Saline Agriculture As the Future of Food

Poppler Re:vaporware.. (153 comments)

I've heard a bit about that, very nasty. Makes the RIAA look like honest businessmen.

more than 5 years ago

Saline Agriculture As the Future of Food

Poppler Re:vaporware.. (153 comments)

There's nothing wrong with researching GM crops.

When it starts to get more complicated is when you put them into production without sufficient testing.

more than 5 years ago

For the love of all that's holy

Poppler Re:What the Holy Fuck?????????? (12 comments)

You can still get your list of comments here, and submissions here.

I do agree that it is hideous and generally sucks.

more than 5 years ago

An Open Letter to CmdrTaco

Poppler Yep (27 comments)

Aside from being ugly, the new home pages seem to be utterly useless as far as I can tell.

more than 5 years ago

Let bygones be bygones

Poppler Not surprised (3 comments)

but between this and the talk of Hillary landing at Sate, still disappointed.

I was hoping to at least make it to inauguration day before I soured on him. Oh well.

more than 5 years ago


Poppler hasn't submitted any stories.



Just noticed

Poppler Poppler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The old users.pl is still up. A Greasemonkey script brings the home pages back to normal.

EDIT: removed the script I had posted, it breaks a few things. Will post a fixed one if anyone wants it.


Roots Rockabilly Roadhouse

Poppler Poppler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

This is about my favorite show on the radio these days. Unlike most college radio DJs, these guys have decent broadcast voices, they don't stutter, and their rants are at least occasionally insightful.

Plus, the music rocks.

Tuesdays one to three, listen online or tune to 103.3 FM if you're in central New Jersey.


Stones lack sense of irony, sue rapper for "stealing" song.

Poppler Poppler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Rolling Stones Publisher Sues Lil Wayne

"Play With Fire" is an early period Rolling Stones tune, the B-side from the single for "The Last Time" that also appears on their 1965 album Out of Our Heads. "Playing With Fire" is that batshit Lil Wayne song from Tha Carter III on which Weezy F. implores whoever's listening to "assassinate me, bitch!" and so on.

The two tracks have a hell of a lot in common, musically. And as the Verve could certainly tell you, the Stones aren't too keen on the whole borrowing thing. Reuters reports (via Billboard.com) that Lil Wayne, his artistic collaborators, and his Universal Music Group-owned record label are being sued for copyright infringement by Abkco Music Inc., the publishing company that holds the rights to "Play With Fire".

As the Reuters report states, Abkco is claiming that "Lil Wayne's 'Playing with Fire' is a clear derivative of the Rolling Stones song with the original lyrics and music altered in a recognizable way." Which, uh, yeah, it is. The Stones are seeking unspecified damages from the lawsuit, though your "A Milli" joke is as good as mine. Abkco are also alleging that Wayne's "Fire" features "'explicit, sexist and offensive language' and could lead the public to believe the company and the Rolling Stones approved of and authorized the new version." Because, of course, those dudes' hands are so clean.

And get this: According to another Billboard.com report, the Stones aren't just suing Universal... they're signing a deal with 'em! Because that makes sense.

Wayne, meanwhile, hits the Virgin Festival in Baltimore August 10 and the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans in late October.

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