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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Techguy666 Re:fear (152 comments)

Public skepticism about GMO's has been growing in China and the government there is extremely concerned with anything that can enrage popular discontent.

Just because it's no longer legal to grow genetically modified foods in China doesn't mean that Chinese corporations won't use them. Making GM seeds illegal cuts out a lot of red tape for both the government and the companies, gives China plausible deniability if things go badly in the future, and also gives the government a way to research China's own GMO crops that will somehow be different from the dangerous Western-created GMO products.

about a month ago
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Telstra Fears LulzSec Attacks, Hesitates On Internet Filter

Techguy666 You know there's something wrong with society when (188 comments)

all that stands between us and censorship, corruption, secrecy or other Big Brother-esque ideology are people the public label "vigilantes". Would that not suggest that government, democracy, and even capitalism has failed?

more than 3 years ago
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Interviewing Experienced IT People?

Techguy666 Re:What they bring (835 comments)

I don't have mod points but I would agree with the previous post. Even implying that age is a consideration in any way would just invite a lawsuit. When you say the old timers are more capable of "getting working products delivered on time and on budget", how do you measure this? Ask questions that might flesh out whether your measure of deliverables is the same as your potential hiree's measure of deliverables.

What you want is not so much an employee that is necessarily older but an employee with predictable skills, attitude, and way of thinking (or at least tolerable) in your eyes. As a bonus, you end up with the most compatible person for the role, regardless of age.

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Launches "Frustration-Free Packaging"

Techguy666 Science for the sake of science... Re:lawsuits... (353 comments)

Even if they did, tin snips still aren't very effective at getting open blister packs safely unless you're wearing heavy work gloves, in my experience. You'll still end up with a sharp edge whipping around, even if you're not ripping it open with your hands (which is undoubtably unsafe).

The fact that we have to have this discussion at all just goes to show the level of insanity that went into blister packs.

Assuming the creators of these packages never had the consumer in mind, what if we reverse the thinking and ignore their product... What's the most effective way to open these blister packs?

I was thinking creating a commercial acid-dropper (burn your skin acid, not burn your brain acid)! Something that looks like a coffeemaker that lets you put a package underneath, it'll drop a few drops of concentrated acid around the perimeter of the package and then after a second or two, drop a neutralizing base on the package. No fuss, no mess, no edges because they've essentially been melted into rounded edges... So what if the product might be turned into slag??

Yes, I'm bored at work.

more than 5 years ago

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