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High Speed Evolution

Shavano Re:Is that unreasonable? (242 comments)

Nothing in what you wrote contradicts a word of what I wrote.

What do you suppose happens to the frequency of disadvantageous recessives over several generations in a population where they're very common?

Why do you think harmful recessives are rare in the first place?

12 hours ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Shavano Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (275 comments)

You can load any of a number of non-OEM versions of Android on your phone for free and you have access to the Play Store if you download and install the freely-distributed Google-apps zip.

I'm thinking if they're getting paid, it's for a service such as supporting OEMs in porting Android to their phones.

12 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

Shavano Re:Farm (242 comments)

Good point. How long does it take to produce a new animal breed?

13 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

Shavano Re:Is that unreasonable? (242 comments)

Not so much. With inbreeding, there's strong selection to reduce the frequency of disadvantageous genes.

13 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

Shavano Re:Is that unreasonable? (242 comments)

If the people had an average of 3.1 children per generation, that makes 7 billion people in 20 generations. So, large families not required.

13 hours ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Shavano Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (275 comments)

That only works if Microsoft sells the computer. Somehow, Microsoft wants to get paid for providing the operating system. I don't think that's unreasonable.

What's unreasonable is charging you for a computer that has Windows on it. If the same computer (or a better one) is offered with no OS at a price that's lower than the Windows machine by at least the OEM price of Windows, that's reasonable.

13 hours ago
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Scientists Engineer Cancer-Killing Stem Cells

Shavano Skipping some steps (34 comments)

The article says " In animal tests, the stem cells were surrounded in gel and placed at the site of the brain tumor after it had been removed. Their cancer cells then died as they had no defense against the toxins (abstract)." The next step in the research is to try the treatment on humans."

They're missing a few steps. How about the next step is to try the treatment in live mice and see if continuous chemotherapy has harmful effects on their brains? How about animal models in the same order as humans (e.g. monkeys) before you try it in humans?

yesterday
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

Shavano But will it affect consumers? (275 comments)

How much less do Italians get to pay for a PC with no operating system loaded than for one with Microsoft Windows?

yesterday
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

Shavano Re:$3,500... really?? (281 comments)

And that's just for the wage theft. There's also the issue of the immigration violation.

2 days ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief

Shavano Sekrit anti-government crypto currency (63 comments)

turns out to be much more traceable than the old fashioned kind, because you need the traceability to verify the transaction and establish who "has" the bitcoins.

Look out, Mark Karpeles.

2 days ago
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

Shavano Re:Am I missing the point? (124 comments)

33 MB/s is pretty good even for a LAN link. But I think for most users, this may be pretty much irrelevant because for most people, the bottleneck is between your modem and your ISP.

3 days ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

Shavano Re:Chinese ops a great idea, right? (109 comments)

If you count HK, China makes up a significant percentage of customers. If you don't count HK, not so much. Apple and Microsoft make products that are very costly with respect to Chinese wage scales.

4 days ago

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Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial

Shavano Shavano writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shavano (2541114) writes "Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial Apple Inc. lost its bid to exclude evidence presented by Samsung Electronics Co. at the companies' patent trial in California about a tablet computer developed more than a decade before Apple's iPad was released in 2010. Judge Koh strikes for sanity again."
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Avecto Rollout -- How much pain are we in for?

Shavano Shavano writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Shavano (2541114) writes "My company has just announced that it is rolling out Avecto "Privilege Guard" which will be running on everybody's computer and monitoring what applications we are running and keeping a central applications whitelist. As our IT explained it, applications not on the whitelist will run with a local override. But I just looked on Avecto's website and that's not what they say about their application. They claim that you will have security and IT support savings because users won't be able to run applications that aren't permitted. What they're advertising is supposedly huge savings that companies can get if they take away everybody's admin privileges.

I should mention that most of the computers at my company are in the hands of engineers, scientists and programmers. So everybody is running specialized applications and most of those people have admin rights to their machines because they run programs that require it and in the past IT trusted them to some degree. I think there's a degree of pain coming and I want a gauge of how bad it's going to be.

Does anybody have knowledge of how Avecto really works and whether users will necessarily be locked out of non-whitelisted applications or is it a case where the local user of unapproved programs gets a warning and can give the system temporary approval to run the program?"

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