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Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

kamapuaa Re:Shame this happened (136 comments)

It doesn't *have* to be done. There's a gigantic number of seeds which are commercially available already, there's many government and private organizations safeguarding these seeds, and the amount of patented seeds is comparatively insignificant. In addition, modern farming operations don't save seeds for future crops.

In fact, the basic idea behind Monsanto controlling the seed supply has been standard industry practice for 50+ years. Most vegetables commercially grown are F1 hybrids. In 1960, 99% of corn grown was an F1 hybrid. If you buy a Better Boy Tomato, an F1 hybrid also popular for home gardening, there will be little variation between the plants grown. However, the seed from these plants will be unusable. Peas and beans pollinate their own flowers, so for these plants such a strategy isn't practical. However, that doesn't mean the death of the species - even if most commercially grown tomatoes are F1 hybrids where the seeds are unusable, of course there's still a million variety of tomatoes which may be planted from seed (with a little care) and are easily available.

This is a symbolic marketing/propaganda move against Monsanto. Monsanto developed a soybean that is invulnerable to the safe, cheap, and environmentally benign herbicide Round-Up. They sell seeds with a contract stipulation that the seeds not be re-sown (again, normal farming practice is to buy all seed anyway), and won a lawsuit against a farmer who intentionally grow a Monsanto crop without paying Monsanto- he would buy the Monsanto crop for the first planting of the year, and use saved seed for the second planting of the year.

This group imagines that it's hard to find seeds that aren't patented, or at least that it will be in the future, to make some point that you shouldn't be allowed to patent seeds because think of how horrible it would be if you needed to deal with Monsanto to plant a carrot. However, if that future does come to pass, this wouldn't really help - you'd need something with the infrastructure to supply huge amounts of seeds, not just supply fun little seed packets to home gardeners.

2 days ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

kamapuaa Re:Partial statistics (117 comments)

Right now, the three most pirated games on piratebay are goatsimulator, Minecraft, and Sims 3. Goat Simulator is $10 off steam (very easy), Sims3 is $20 off steam (very easy) Minecraft is any easy purchase as well. What do you want, it's $1 and they mail the DVD to your house on a silk pillowcase?

3 days ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

kamapuaa Re:Partial statistics (117 comments)

People are willing to spend $2000 on a gaming PC and then will pirate a $30 piece of software, so obviously these are people who are willing to pay for games on some level...the idea that nobody pirates as an alternative to buying strikes me as ludicrous, because the people who are most into piracy today are the sort of people who spent all their money on computer games a decade ago.

And it's believable to me that if all "Game of Thrones" torrents became unavailable, more than a few people would be motivated to subscribe to HBO.

3 days ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

kamapuaa Re:ARM is the new Intel (110 comments)

I thought Windows 8.1 was the defecto standard.

4 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

kamapuaa Re:Contact info for the relevant human garbage (792 comments)

I know Slashdotters are a bunch of nerds who got bullied hard and now want their revenge. But what did the judge do wrong? Recording private conversations is illegal and frankly I am glad that I can have a private conversation and not have it used against me in a court of law.

So if the evidence against the bullies was illegally gathered, it simply shouldn't be usable. It's like, if the cops beat up a suspect and he confesses to a murder, I agree that also shouldn't be used against the subject. Because it's important not to have cops beat people up to get confessions, just as it's important that we don't live in some surveillance state where everything we say is recorded and then used against us.

I'm sure the school is anti-bullying and would have offered some help if the boy had directly asked for it. However they don't go along with setting up wiretaps, and good for them.

4 days ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

kamapuaa Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (53 comments)

Freedombox has a wikipedia page, and seems to want to place Facebooking/email/all your communications on an independent private server that only let you communicate with other people who have freedomboxes.

Maybe if they can put this on a machine that costs $5 and requires 5 minutes (or less) of setup it will actually go somewhere. As it is, it's like being the only person you know to own a videophone.

4 days ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

kamapuaa Re:Prediction fail (275 comments)

Plenty of futurists imagined watches that functioned as one-way radios or one-way TVs.

Short of a two-way radio, I can't think of anybody imagining a wristwatch would be a great way to create content.

5 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

kamapuaa Re:Does this mean it's really dead? (245 comments)

The best graphics are generally on PC games that were originally developed for consoles. Computer-only releases are generally MMORPGs or indie games, which tend to have worse graphics.

about a week ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

kamapuaa Re:Transparent OLED (135 comments)

Film: Not popularized by porn
TV: Not popularized by porn
8mm movies: Not popularized by porn
VCRs: Not popularized by Porn
Beta: Yes it also had porn just as much as VHS
Video Games Machines: Not popularized by porn
DVDs: Not popularized by porn
Online Streaming Video: Not popularized by porn
Blu-Rays: Not popularized by porn
Bittorrent pirating: Not popularized by porn
Streaming Devices: Not popularized by porn (are there even any legit porn channels, at all, for any device?)

Porn was basically the only thing to use the multi-angle feature on DVDs, so there is that.

about two weeks ago
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Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

kamapuaa Re:In related news ... (99 comments)

You stay away from my nanna

about two weeks ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

kamapuaa Re:Bullsh*t (130 comments)

After 10 years and massive popularity, Youtube is a great place for cat videos. Bittorrent is a great place for stealing "Game of Thrones." If anything like what you're talking about happens, it's far in the future with some entirely new technological basis.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

kamapuaa Re:This is a REALLY bad idea (328 comments)

You're confusing Anne Frank and Hellen Keller jokes.

about two weeks ago
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

kamapuaa Re:Local content? (96 comments)

Actually, Plex for Amazon Fire is only $1. Personally I have a Roku and Plex is what I use it for 90% of the time, for streaming media that I have locally on my network.

about two weeks ago
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Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

kamapuaa Re:tl;dr (273 comments)

I remember "fuck you Burning Man" parties in the year 2000...

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

kamapuaa Re:Useless outside of the USA (88 comments)

I don't see the issue. Amazon.ca isn't selling the device. Canada's population is about 1/10th of the USA, it's less affluent, and streaming services are less common, so it's not like American devices need the Canadian market to succeed. There are a million devices that are initially released in only one country, this will make it one million and one.

I'm sure Amazon would love to make more money, if this does well and if Canadian streaming services get larger they will probably sell this in Canada.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

kamapuaa Re:No local media support (180 comments)

DLNA is shit, go for Plex.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

kamapuaa Re:Just get a CuBox-i (180 comments)

What the heck? $130 and no remote control? Why would anybody want to buy that?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

kamapuaa Re:Not in the 90s (219 comments)

Huh, there isn't in the US either, but the same old antenna picks up digital signals. I imagine if I cared about optimal results it would make a difference. I am a Computer Engineer but must admit I know almost nothing about such things.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

kamapuaa Re:Not necessarily hate (1482 comments)

A lot of people don't think "it's in some religion so he gets out of jail for free" is valid logic. Being a dick is being a dick, no matter what the Greek Orthodox church may say.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

kamapuaa Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

Saying it's "a different opinion" is under-playing it. "Cheese is delicious" is an opinion. "I will donate money to deny a class of people basic human rights" is something more, something that speaks ill about you personally. I have no plans to stop using Firefox, but you'd have to be a dick to do that.

By your logic Fred Phelps just had a different take on the world, and can't we all just get along?

about three weeks ago

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Companies using new technology to track cars.

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "MVTRAC, is one of several new companies in the process of automatically tracking car license plates to make private databases. They're for use in helping banks re-possess them, or helping police find stolen cars, or really whatever the companies feel like, as the new-found industry lacks government oversight. The New York Times has an article about how it's changing the car repo industry"
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Average gamer is 35, fat and bummed

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "According to a study published in the upcoming October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, US Video game players average 35, are fatter than average, and tend towards depression. Specifically, women video games players tended towards depression, while male video game players tended towards large BMIs. While the study itself points to several conclusions, one researcher noted: "habitual use of video games as a coping response may provided a genesis for obsessive-compulsive video-game playing, if not video-game addiction.""
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Radiohead vows not to repeat music giveaway

kamapuaa kamapuaa writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kamapuaa (555446) writes "Radiohead has said they will not repeat their marketing stunt of giving free copies of their album over the Internet, while merely asking fans to leave money in a virtual tip jar. '"I think it was a one-off response to a particular situation," Thom Yorke said of the band's decision last October to let viewers pay what they wanted for digital downloads of the new album "In Rainbows."'"

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