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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Smallpond Re:It's a little early (346 comments)

Oh, I assumed it was DNA as in GMO... but it's just DNA... that makes a lot of food!

Possibly more interesting to know which foods are free of DNA. Which would indicate they either had nothing to do with any living organism, are highly processed or both!

Marshmallow peeps are DNA-free!

yesterday
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Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

Smallpond Re:Solution looking for a problem (151 comments)

How big a market is this "defensive" drone problem? Seems more likely the market is bullies chasing down innocent drones

Seems like you are a child who lacks a bass understanding of how drones
are used in the real world.

If you ever leave your mother's basement you are in for a shock, son.

The treble with that remark is that it's totally off-key.

about a week ago
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NSA Official: Supporting Backdoored Random Number Generator Was "Regrettable"

Smallpond Re:That's why we gave EMC money (106 comments)

To ensure it's inclusion as default in RSA products.

Yup. $10M to use it as the default encryption mode. They also tried to require it for FIPS certification so pardon my gasps of disbelief.

about two weeks ago
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Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?

Smallpond Re:Whoever is in physical possession of the drugs (182 comments)

Obviously.

In some places it is the sale that is illegal, not possession. That makes it interesting to decide whether a crime was committed and who is guilty.

about three weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

Smallpond Re:Dijkstra's rejection of analogies in learning (303 comments)

The problem is that the model method is a very good way to learn things. When you learn electricity it's always compared to water in a pipe: voltage is like pressure, current is like flow rate, etc. Where it breaks down, as Djikstra says, is on radically new things like quantum mechanics. There is not much in real world experience that you can model that on.

But how much of software is radically new? What in the last 10 years, say, is so new there isn't a well-undertood precept for?

about three weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

Smallpond Re:Procedural vs OO (303 comments)

You mean the oven timer? The smoke alarm is how I tell when my food is ready.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

Smallpond Re:And that's still too long (328 comments)

Sure. Take Snow White for example. Nobody owns a character from a fairy tale.

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

Smallpond Re:revolutionary idea? (328 comments)

English, motherfucker, learn to write it.

ITYM "hire"

No. I find younger creative workers are frequently higher than older workers.

Anyway it's incorrect. The incentive it would create is to kill artists when you want to pirate their booty, er, works.

about three weeks ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Smallpond Re:Terrorists Win (589 comments)

In the case of AQ / ISIS / others, it's because they will never give up and we never "finish the job" in the way Churchill, Stalin, Caesar, Ganghis Khan, early Americans, etc, would have done..

But, in this particular of Sony vs. North Korea, it's pretty hard to blame a private company that's under attack from a military totalitarian state. Especially one that's used to always bullying its way in every possible manner for every possible topic.

It's pretty hard to blame a private company that made a movie about killing a current head of state?

about a month ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Smallpond Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

The red cross also advertises. Does that mean that they are only self-interested, exclusively acting on behalf of themselves and no-one else?

It would if they carved their name in your chest when you donated blood.

about a month and a half ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Smallpond Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Greenpeace has been, for quite some time now, nothing but a group lobbying for its self-interest...

Really? What interest is that? Please be specific. You really need to stop parroting Fox news talking points and thinking for yourself. While this stunt is nothing, if not stupid, Greenpeace's stated mission can hardly be described as "self interest".

Were they planting trees on the Nazca plains? No? Were they advertising themselves? Yes!

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Smallpond Re:It depends (720 comments)

Lying is a felony? Why aren't any politicians in jail?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Smallpond It depends (720 comments)

Drugs you can show completion of a program, swear you've been clean for two years, have testimonials from your preacher, rabbi and yoga instructor.

Theft is tougher and would probably be a bar for any financial company (except apparently at the top executive levels). Might be better to lie or not check either "Do you have a criminal record" checkbox and hope they don't do the background check.

Violent crime, property damage stuff you can just give your side and claim that it was a minor offense and the other party was out to get you. Doesn't look good if you have multiple offenses, though.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

Smallpond Re:Good (156 comments)

We should outlaw puns. If you want to tell a pun to Princess Leia, you should have a Permit to Carrie.

about 1 month ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Smallpond Re:I have nothing better to do... (545 comments)

Jesus, if I ever look at my life and think I have nothing better to do than be in work then I'm jumping off a cliff.

You need to try base jumping.

about 1 month ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

Smallpond Re:when have icrap supported non-apple DRM? (141 comments)

It's a shit acronym and using it makes one a dick. ;) Where are the impersonal Music Players?

Windows Media Player?

about 1 month ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

Smallpond Re:These are real engineers, you Ruby weenies. (197 comments)

What engineering field is using differential equation, which don't already have computer model, on a daily basis ?

But my computer is 12 years old!

about 1 month ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

Smallpond Re:The FAA isn't doing jack (115 comments)

Actually, small surface-to-air missiles should be the all-American response to drones encroaching on flight paths. Has anybody looked into this yet?

about 2 months ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

Smallpond Re:Again... (257 comments)

BART has had automatic controls since it opened in the 70's. However they still have a driver on every train, except when some guy gets off and doesn't make it back on before the train leaves. Making the trains fully automated is estimated to save 10-20% of the operating costs.

about 2 months ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

Smallpond Re:If... (329 comments)

okee

about 2 months ago

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Smallpond Smallpond writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Which is your favorite Pittsburgh movie?

  • Dawn of the dead - Your blood pressure: 0.0
  • Innocent Blood - "Where ze hell is Shadyside?"
  • The Deer Hunter - Does anyone else find Christopher Walken kind of
          creepy?
  • Dogma - I bet they got them "Buddy Christs" at the Giant Eagle.
  • Robocop - Because filming in Detroit was a little TOO scary.
  • Flashdance - I worked in a mill and never saw a welder that looked
          like Jennifer Beals.
  • The Silence of the Lambs - Forget Chianti, I'll have an Iron City
          with that.
  • Groundhog Day - Most days feel the same as yesterday.

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