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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

mikeabbott420 Re:Expert. (358 comments)

Arrr matey, it doesn't remain to be seen if the music can be pirated, if an audio track can be heard it can be copied.

about 4 months ago

Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

mikeabbott420 Does this mean genetic testing can daignose it? (222 comments)

It might be very valuable for treatment if the condition didn't come as a mystery and a surprise. It also raises the question of testing in the early stages of fetal development and abortion being used by "carrier" couples to select for lower risk children. I honestly have no idea of what the ethical choices are there but I would lean towards multiple tries if it meant bringing a child to term that doesn't have such a high probability of suffering in its future.

about 4 months ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

mikeabbott420 Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

we're generally more willing to believe a tragedy was accidental and not the result of systemic problems between the police and a particular community when it was accidental and not the result of systemic problems between the police and a particular community.

about 5 months ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

mikeabbott420 This will be hugely popular. (542 comments)

Young and old we all hate fast internet connections the way seals hate fish.

about 5 months ago

Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

mikeabbott420 Re:Fuligin (238 comments)

That's the first thing I thought of. Finally something people can use for Gene Wolfe cosplay ;)

about 6 months ago

"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

mikeabbott420 Re:And hippies will protest it (396 comments)

probably a net increase in arable land for canada and siberia as northern growing seasons lengthen, might lose some fox pelt resources when the tiles flip to green though.

about 7 months ago

Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

mikeabbott420 Re:And Ramadan is coming... (148 comments)

Maybe Ramadan style fasting has benefits as well, perhaps even unrelated to spirituality but the study was about " periods of no food for two to four days at a time over the course of six months ", not sunup to sundown for a month.

about 8 months ago

Obama Delays Decision On Keystone Pipeline Yet Again

mikeabbott420 Re:Does. Not. Compute. (206 comments)

they might not be in favor of shipping oil by rail either, but that's what's happening because of them.

about 9 months ago

Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

mikeabbott420 Re:Business opportunity (167 comments)

It is a trade off, lead lined suits to visit the grave but the flowers you leave last so much longer!

about 10 months ago

Hacker Barnaby Jack Died of Drug Overdose

mikeabbott420 Re:Bad things (195 comments)

Legal drugs aren't made in jungles or unsanitary conditions regardless of any intoxicating property. This is actually one of the arguments for legalizing recreational drugs, e.g. people buying weed in Colorado are far less likely to buy weed that has been sprayed with toxic chemicals like pesticides.

1 year,22 days

PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

mikeabbott420 Re:Ugh (564 comments)

10 billion specialty business applications beg to differ. Mission critical visual basic will keep Microsoft relevant for years to come.

1 year,29 days

Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

mikeabbott420 Re:Weight-saving (521 comments)

back in the early 80's I worked at U-Haul and we had hitches that strapped on to car bumpers, the trailer lights were handled by attaching wires to the car's rear lights.

Today's cars are better in many ways but they don't have bumpers you can pull a trailer with.

The econobox type cars I use for commuting now can't pull trailers at all.

1 year,30 days

Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

mikeabbott420 Re:What the hell is the point of these huge number (366 comments)

In Canada mortgage interest isn't tax deductible so there is more incentive to pay down the principle. It isn't buying homes from cash on hand but it is a little different from the American environment.

If I was an American I might still have a mortgage because it would have made relatively more sense to invest money other ways than it would to pay down my mortgage.

As a Canadian paying down my mortgage had a relatively low ROI but it was risk free and I wasn't giving up any tax exemptions. Canada doesn't allow people to walk away from mortgages and only lose the house either, so that part of the risk equation is different.

about a year ago

Reprogrammed Bacterium Speaks New Language of Life

mikeabbott420 Re:this is amazing (141 comments)

the growth culture contains things required for the transcription that aren't encoded in the organisms dna? that would be less scary and interesting.

about a year ago

Reprogrammed Bacterium Speaks New Language of Life

mikeabbott420 this is amazing (141 comments)

They are creating alien life, with the potential for organisms based on alternatives to the standard set of amino acids. I have no idea what all the implications of that will be.

about a year ago

How Seeing Can Trump Listening, Mapped In the Brain

mikeabbott420 Re:Did not notice effect at all... (51 comments)

I heard the different sounds, bar and far, quite clearly and distinctly.

about a year ago

Gene Wolfe To Be Honored At Nebula Awards

mikeabbott420 My favorite writer (34 comments)

Wolfe is my favorite writer and Peace is my favorite book.

about a year and a half ago

Political Party's Leadership Election Hit By DDoS Attack

mikeabbott420 Re:What makes it really interesting... (100 comments)

gladiator combat would help make up for cutting into hockey night in canada

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 To Feature 'Fast Startup Mode'

mikeabbott420 Re:will they have a real reboot (287 comments)

who has time to RTFA, complain and make excuses?
not me so I picked my favorite two.

more than 3 years ago


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ape disease,human disease - I thought it was intersting.

mikeabbott420 mikeabbott420 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Reading this it occured to me that http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7073 1. The closer to our biochemistry a species is the more dangerous it is as a repository or incubater of destructive disease. 2. The disease that can achieve a steady state in one species can be so destructive it destroys its own hosts in another without eliminating it from the world in general. 3. Kill all the apes, kill all the monkeys ...

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