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Make Way For "Mutant" Crops As GM Foods Face Opposition

Sensible Clod Put your mouth where the money is (194 comments)

Whoever thinks this is a great idea, volunteer to test it :)

After all, evolution only produces better products, right?

Looking forward to results of the study.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding an IT Job Without a Computer-Oriented Undergraduate Degree?

Sensible Clod Re:No (504 comments)

I just got an IT job with no cert whatsoever. It's pretty much an entry-level position, but I was hired because I'm willing to work with people--not make them work with me--and because I demonstrated I had the experience and willingness to learn that were required.

more than 2 years ago
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T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies

Sensible Clod Re:Which is why I buy subsidy free.... (355 comments)

They don't cut you off or give you overages, but they throttle you down to EDGE speeds after the cap. So, yeah, it's "unlimited" with scare quotes.

more than 2 years ago
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Analysis of Galaxy Spin Reveals Universe Might Be Left-Handed

Sensible Clod Re:If the universe spins... (171 comments)

I hate to nitpick, but I had to clarify this: amino acids tend to form in roughly equal quantities of left- and right-handed isomers when synthesized by non-biological processes, but life forms use and manufacture left-handed amino acids almost exclusively.

more than 2 years ago
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Can the Hottest Peppers In the World Kill You?

Sensible Clod Re:Bullshit (337 comments)

So nice, they'll spice you twice.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Discover Mechanism That Gives Shape to Life

Sensible Clod Re:Intelligent Design... (138 comments)

If you knew the Bible, you would not say that, because it isn't true. They do not worship the Bible; they worship the parts that seem to fit their preconceived ideas of God. It's very similar to the way some scientists and economists (among others) ignore data that doesn't fit with their conclusions.

about 2 years ago
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A Few Million Monkeys Finish Recreating Shakespeare's Works

Sensible Clod Re:Dupe.. (186 comments)

Some bored guy at CERN posted it while beta-testing a FTL neutrino network card.

more than 2 years ago
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Tesla Will Discontinue the Roadster

Sensible Clod Re:These guys are actually innovating (523 comments)

Tesla's Roadsters are built on a Lotus chassis. Since Lotus is discontinuing that model, Tesla won't be able to make more Roadsters. It really is that simple.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

Sensible Clod Re:No. (1486 comments)

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axiom:

"In traditional logic, an axiom or postulate is a proposition that is not proved or demonstrated but considered to be either self-evident, or subject to necessary decision. That is to say, an axiom is a logical statement that is assumed to be true."

There is no such thing as a provably true axiom, strictly speaking.

more than 3 years ago
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Hard Disk Sector Consolidates Amid Uncertain Future

Sensible Clod Re:Not saying anything new (237 comments)

"on the order of 1000 hours"
Very interesting figure, is it not? From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoebus_cartel: "The cartel served as a convenient way to lower costs and took on considerable efforts to cap the life expectancy of light bulbs at 1000 hours" (citation)
It might be argued that bulbs manufactured before that (such as the Centennial) could have been expected to last longer.

more than 3 years ago
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Rounding the Bases Faster, With Math

Sensible Clod Re:Hitting the brakes slows you down. (212 comments)

Well, yeah, always obvious in hindsight, but I'm just waiting for someone to say, "If that really worked, everybody would be doing it already."

more than 3 years ago
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Today's Children Are Officially Potty Mouths

Sensible Clod MOD PARENT UP (449 comments)

I was beginning to wonder if there was anyone left who actually understood the subject.

It's kind of like that saying, "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." I posit the corollary, which I saw some time back:

"Profanity is the inevitable linguistic crutch of the inarticulate."

more than 3 years ago
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Dell Settles With the SEC For $100M

Sensible Clod Re:Dude! (239 comments)

I remember upgrading my 200MHz Pentium with a 400MHz package from Evergreen. Guess what it used? That's right, a K6-2, from AMD.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Explains Why Printer Ink Is So Expensive

Sensible Clod Re:No... (651 comments)

I have a LaserJet 4Plus that I got 2 years ago for $20, and I love it. Of course, I've spent another $120 for a network card, memory, PostScript support, and a duplexer, but it's still tons cheaper to operate than every inkjet I've owned. I still haven't refilled the toner.

more than 4 years ago
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Nine Chip Makers Fined $400M In EU For Price Fixing

Sensible Clod Re:Disturbing? (215 comments)

What I found interesting was the amount: an average of about $44 million per corporation ($400M / 9). Contrast that with the profits each one made on this scheme.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Throws Privacy Advocates a Bone

Sensible Clod One more thing (126 comments)

Facebook changed the nature of friendship. It gave people who don't care about privacy the ability to share private information about their friends with complete strangers, without ever getting consent from the friend.

It actually goes one step further than that: It gave people who don't know every single detail of the TOS and all the other agreements the ability to share private information about their friends with complete strangers, without either friend's even knowing they've done so.

more than 4 years ago
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China's Research Ambitions Hurt By Faked Results

Sensible Clod Re:Maybe they'll learn their lesson (338 comments)

Nice find (pdf). Also, that Archeoraptor seems so familiar, I believe that to be the one I was thinking of.

more than 4 years ago
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China's Research Ambitions Hurt By Faked Results

Sensible Clod Re:Maybe they'll learn their lesson (338 comments)

I'm not too proud to admit that I really don't know what a fake fossil looks like and whether it's obvious or not.

Not to say my mind is so open my brains fall out.

I'm not too proud to admit I haven't been schooled in the finer points of fossil identification, but fresh feathers just glued onto the clay/rock are kind of a tipoff.

Sometimes the creationist detector is too sensitive. Apparently someone else modded you down (mod points are not for disagreeing), which was too bad. Oh well, I consider acquired negative mod points wasting some dumb moderator's points.

Anyhoo, thanks for making me go look something up. I learned something.

-- BMO

No problem. I like learning new things, also.

more than 4 years ago

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