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Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

kylemonger Re:Printed THC (159 comments)

It depends on how much THC you absorb at once. Maureen Dowd reported a bad paranoid experience in a recent column from too much THC.

I was half-joking, but it doesn't seem like a good idea to wire yeast to produce mind-altering drugs. Anything that can spread through the air via spores ought not be programmed to produce chemicals that screw with people's heads.

about two weeks ago
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Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

kylemonger Re:Printed THC (159 comments)

Yeast is better. Imagine THC-producing yeast spores in the wild. Imagine people and animals tripping out with fungal infections. Imagine the end of the world.

about two weeks ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

kylemonger Re:Widescreen movies (139 comments)

There are lots of IT people on Slashdot and we all carry laptops because a phone just doesn't cut it to get any real work done. But there are many other people who would glady stop carrying a laptop if they could. That's who phones like this are aimed at. I'm like that myself sometimes; I just get tired of carrying a bunch of crap around. I watched a whole season of a TV on a video iPod once just because it was more convenient than a laptop.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

kylemonger Re:It's like we've learned nothing in 5000 years (139 comments)

That's never bothered Apple before. Jobs touted how great the PPC architecture was right up until they switched to Intel. They also touted how great the ergonomics of the desklamp iMacs were until suddenly cramming all the computer components behind the screen was more perfect in the new iMacs. Tablet computers were a joke until Apple decided they weren't. (Well, OK, they were right about that.)

about three weeks ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

kylemonger Re:He didn't sacrifice a goat to the SJWs. (281 comments)

If he'd lost Yakuza money presumably he'd already be dead. On the other hand if he is Yakuza...

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

kylemonger Re:What whas the problem in the first place? (250 comments)

The first statement is a tautology and the second is unconfirmed and could just be FUD-mongering to discourage us from using a product the TLAs haven't cracked. If you give up a privacy tool every time someone merely claims to have subverted it, soon you will have no tools left. By the way, your home is not secure; I've subverted it. Good luck.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

kylemonger Re:What whas the problem in the first place? (250 comments)

As far as we know so far, Truecrypt hasn't been compromised. So ending use of it might be a victory for the NSA and their kind. And all they had to do was sow some seeds of doubt.

about a month ago
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Britain Gets National .uk Web Address

kylemonger Re:Moneygrabbing Nominet (111 comments)

What I wonder is why does it matter. Ever since the first decent search engine came into being, guessing domain names stopped being a necessity. london.uk or london.org.uk or london.frog matters not a whit to me if it's the site I'm looking for. And any decent search engine will distinguish them quite easily. A proliferation of TLDs makes it easier to get the name you want and still have it be short enough to be easy to type. It will eventually make a shambles of the hierarchical structure of DNS but there are ways to fix that too.

about a month and a half ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

kylemonger Re:Still buying DVDs here (339 comments)

Be careful relying on DVD's for archival. I ripped all our discs a couple years ago to ease access and found that for a few I'd waited too long. Disks do de-laminate and sometimes moisture and fungus gets in. (The Pirate Bay was very handy to recover the few discs that went bad. Was able to recover not only the movies but the DVD extras as well. Thanks Pirate Bay.)

about 2 months ago
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The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

kylemonger For those who might dismiss the singularity... (339 comments)

... out of hand, consider that for every other species extant on this planet the singularity already happened: It was us, humans. To think that it can't happen to us is simple hubris.

about a month ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

kylemonger Welcome to the 1980's... (521 comments)

... when GNU Emacs had auto-saving and backup versioning at any keystroke granularity you liked thirty years ago. Next we celebrate the boon of split screen editing.

about 2 months ago
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Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

kylemonger Re:Mutants! (213 comments)

In the face of hard radiation life gets smaller, not larger. Expect really hardy bacteria, not giant reptiles.

about 2 months ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

kylemonger Diffidently I point out... (216 comments)

... that we have courts to redress grievances so that people can go there instead of, you know, forming a mob and lynching somebody. Does this mean that General Mills is now OK with the ropes and torches and all that whenever someone gets sick or thinks they got sick from a General Mills product? Fantastic.

about 3 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

kylemonger Re:Useful Idiot (396 comments)

What does Snowden care about free speech rights in his country of exile? The important aspect for him is that while the U.S. might drop a commando team into any Western Hemisphere country to retrieve Snowden and then say "umm, sorry" afterwards, they aren't going to risk that with China or Russia. I'm surprised the U.S. didn't just let Snowden go to Ecuador or Bolivia or wherever and then extract him. I guess that could still happen.

about 3 months ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

kylemonger wile e. coyote will love this (187 comments)

I'm reminded of the Road Runner cartoon where the Coyote paints a stripe that leads off the roadway and into a rock face. Let's hope no one in the Netherlands both enjoys our cartoons and has a mischievous streak.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

kylemonger Re:Talk is cheap (313 comments)

We're back to where we were in the 1950's

... and honestly nothing of value was lost. Sending people to LEO is about as worthless a goal as sending them to Mars in some flag-planting stunt. Human beings just aren't built for space travel as it currently exists. We should be putting 100% of our efforts into robotics and AI so that radiation-hardened machines can do whatever it is that's still worthwhile to do in space. Then we don't have to waste money on man-rated launchers, waste space and weight for human sustenance and habitation, or waste time and effort designing missions to bring people back alive and sane.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

kylemonger Re:The man with the gun (737 comments)

... until the farmer with knowledge of plants and herbs poisons their dumb asses.

about 3 months ago
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Racing To Contain Ebola

kylemonger Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (112 comments)

There could be some natural reservoir of the virus that was already nearby but is now on the move due to climate change or habitat destruction. Or maybe some unlucky souls found this new vector.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

kylemonger Re:that's why China will do it and we won't. (402 comments)

We've lost all tolerance for risk or voluntary harm in the pursuit of a larger objective.

Last month I watched the Sochi Olympics and before that the Winter X Games. People are willing to break their arms, legs and backs and yes, even die for my entertainment, in exchange for little fame. People who climb and die on high mountains pay to suffer. We have no shortage of risk takers. What we lack are any stated objectives worthy of someone putting their life on the line.

Permanent human settlement is the only goal worth someone risking their lives in long term exposure to the hellish conditions of space. Instead of pussy-footing around with more flag planting missions, just say that we are going to do it. If we're not going for that, then we might as well leave it to the robots.

about 4 months ago
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One Person Successfully Removed From US No-Fly List

kylemonger Re:Fun fact (286 comments)

Too bad getting to common sense took eight years.

about 3 months ago

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