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Fossilized Mosquito Has Blood-filled Abdomen

endianx Oh? (86 comments)

After 46 million years, however, any DNA would be long degraded

So you're sayin' there's a chance!

about 10 months ago

Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future

endianx Snobbery? (149 comments)

He praises the lack of "snobbery" about books, and then goes on to declare books to be superior to e-books.

I love books, I have 1400 or so, and I only buy e-books that I don't really care much about (like Microsoft books that will be out of date in 1 year). But that is my preference. I can't make an objective case that books are superior to e-books, and neither can Gaiman.

about 10 months ago

Probe of Einstein's Brain Reveals Clues To His Genius

endianx Wow (195 comments)

50% of the population have a corpus callosum that is above average in size.

about a year ago

Most UK GPs Have Prescribed Placebos

endianx Research (240 comments)

Does anybody else research drugs you are given, or do people just swallow whatever the doctor gives them?

about a year and a half ago

Google Launches 'Keep' To Rival Evernote

endianx Re:note-taking (205 comments)

It depends on the kinds of notes you take. If you are taking notes for a class, maybe not so much.

If you are keeping a list of movies you want to see this year, or a grocery list, those could prompt ads, and is valuable information to sell.

about a year and a half ago

Kali Linux, Successor of the BackTrack Penetration Testing Distro, Launched

endianx Why? (59 comments)

Can someone please explain to me why one would use this distro instead of just installing packages with Debian? I've never understood the appeal.

about a year and a half ago

Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

endianx Re:Reversed in America? (758 comments)

No, American conservatives are very fearful. They fear terrorists, and demand the government protect them, even if that means loss of rights. They fear criminals, and demand guns to defend themselves, even though statistics clearly show that having a gun in your home puts you at greater risk. They fear gays and Muslims and commies and immigrants and regulations. They're not bad people, they just like life as it is, and are fearful of anything that might cause changes in their current life style.

What I can't disagree with anything you said, it is incomplete. In addition, "liberals" are fearful of personal responsibility and a free market.

Both sides are based on fear of freedom.

about a year and a half ago

Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

endianx Re:How does this account for those who change part (758 comments)

This is probably correct. I went from Republican, to Libertarian, to anarchist, over about 8 years. It's not that my views changed all that much (they did change a little), but mostly I just realized that not only were Republicans not the party of freedom, but that there was no party of freedom, or rather, that freedom doesn't come from government. My core desire (to be allowed to act according to my own reason) remained the same.

about a year and a half ago

B&N Pulls Linux Format Magazine Over Feature On 'Hacking'

endianx What's the Point? (301 comments)

Weird. I'm pretty sure I've bought many copies of 2600 at B&N.

more than 2 years ago

Humans Are Nicer Than We Think

endianx Only Locally (372 comments)

This "niceness" requires physical interaction (the ability to evaluate the person's physiological response, through mirror neurons and such). Most of us are hesitant to shove a gun in someone's face and tell them they can't smoke that joint, or they have to pay someone else's medical bills, or they can't marry that guy. However, we are perfectly happy to send government to do those same things. Just as long as we can't see it. Out of sight, out of mind.

more than 2 years ago

Entergy Admits 2005 Tritium Leak

endianx New (385 comments)

because President Obama just put taxpayers on the hook for new nuclear power plants in Georgia

The keyword there is "new".

more than 4 years ago

Police Arrest Man For Refusing To Tweet

endianx Re:Ahh Slashdot (550 comments)

How can you be charged with obstructing government administration when government administration's purpose is seemingly to obstruct. Sounds anti-competitive to me.

more than 4 years ago

Drupal 6 Social Networking

endianx Re:I love Drupal (122 comments)

I see. Thanks. Not exactly what I was hoping for.

What I really want is the ability to customize a site for users based on a group of some sort. So say that group was by city. I want Baltimore users to see the Baltimore page, Atlanta users to see the Atlanta page, etc. They would sort of have their own site, which news and such specific to their group (city). But they would also be able to communicate with other users in limited ways. Does anybody think this is possible with Drupal?

more than 4 years ago

Drupal 6 Social Networking

endianx Re:I love Drupal (122 comments)

Would you be willing to explain a little more about this? Are you saying you have one database and one install of the web application, but are able to run multiple web sites off of that?

If so, can users log in to the different sites with the same log in? Can they communicate with each other in any way?

Or do you just mean that you are running multiple installs of drupal for various websites.

more than 4 years ago

Software Piracy At the Workplace?

endianx Quit (1006 comments)

Your employer is stealing. Quit.

more than 4 years ago

Your Opinion Counts At CNN — But Should It?

endianx Opinion (383 comments)

I find CNN (and other "news" stations) too often use the internet as a way to inject opinions that they don't want to state themselves because it would make them look bias. For example, you read three message from intelligent people who are in favor of government health care, and one from some moron who is opposed. The message is that the majority of people are in favor and the few who aren't are morons. However, the anchors themselves didn't say anything. They were just giving viewer comments. It is a way to inject opinion in to the segments that are officially reserved for news.

more than 4 years ago

Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

endianx DO NOT WANT (1231 comments)

I am very unhappy with Koala (Server install). I can't get Xen working with Grub2. I seem to lack the skills to make the switch from grub2 to grub without messing things up.

I am switching back to Debian. I love having access to newer software in the repositories in Ubuntu, but it isn't worth all this trouble. Why switch to grub2? Was grub one really such a major problem?

more than 4 years ago

Moving Away From the IT Field?

endianx Re:Quantitative trading? (783 comments)

parasite on the working world

Please explain.

more than 4 years ago

What is the Current State of Home Automation?

endianx Re:Links? (409 comments)


more than 4 years ago



USDA bans browsers other than IE

endianx endianx writes  |  about 5 years ago

Dave (1006895) writes "'An Agriculture Department agency has begun enforcing a policy banning the use of Web browsers other than Microsoft's Internet Explorer, to the surprise of employees who rely on other browsers, such as Mozilla's Firefox, to help in developing Web sites for public use.'

It seems the core issue is one of central management. Are there solutions to assist sysops with management of "alternate browser" settings for large networks? If not, it would appear such a solution would be timely."

endianx endianx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

endianx (1006895) writes "Chinese translation error blamed for slur on sofa

Doris Moore was shocked when her new couch was delivered to her Toronto home with a label that used a racial slur to describe the dark brown shade of the upholstery. The situation was even more alarming for Moore because it was her 7-year-old daughter who pointed out "nigger brown" on the tag. "My daughter saw the label and she knew the color brown, but didn't know what the other word meant. She asked, 'Mommy, what color is that?' I was stunned. I didn't know what to say. I never thought that's how she'd learn of that word," Moore said. The mother complained to the furniture store, which blamed the supplier, who pointed to a computer problem as the source of the derogatory label.


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