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Ancient Virus DNA Discovery Could Be a Breakthrough In How Diseases Are Treated

mschaffer Re:Not "thousands" (53 comments)

From the National Geographic article:

More than 1,000 copies of HERV-H litter the human genome. The DNA sequences are unique to humans and great apes, apparently invading primates less than 20 million years ago, said evolutionary geneticist Cedric Feschotte of the University of Utah, who did not take part in this research.

What I would like to know is what did mammals, reptiles, and other organisms do before this.

about three weeks ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

mschaffer Re:Actually... (676 comments)

Wealth, income, fruits of one's labor---it doesn't matter. The salient point here is that the US Government just wants to take what YOU own or earn and do what THEY want with it. This is, of course, a violation of a fundamental right and any government that commits this is unjust.

about a month ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

mschaffer Actually... (676 comments)

Actually, a lot of nerds need to be reminded of what the US Government has become: the largest engine for the redistribution of wealth.

about a month ago
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Cops Say NDA Kept Them from Notifying Courts About Cell Phone Tracking Gadget

mschaffer Giving credit where credit is due... (235 comments)

One can assume ONE of the following is true about the police department:
1. They are completely ignorant of the laws and the Constitution that they have sworn to uphold
2. They conspired to withhold information from the courts.

Either way, I believe that credit should be given where credit is due.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

mschaffer Seriously? (362 comments)

Seriously? We're talking about California. Because Google has money, they should have the right to redistribute it as they see fit.

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

mschaffer The difference is just the proportion... (794 comments)

The difference is just a difference in the proportion of products targeted at a demographic. Safeway has a wider audience and wider variety of products. Whole foods just allocates the proportion of their products differently.

about 2 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

mschaffer Re:"Green" (318 comments)

The number of locations is irrelevant.
At least in the USA, most cars are already very well regulated. The bigger problem lies with trucks.
Also, until fossil fuels are replaced in electricity generation, it's just moonbeam dreams and unicorn wishes. Also, battery production for EVs, hybrids, etc. is not necessarily great for the environment.

about 2 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

mschaffer Re:"Green" (318 comments)

In the US, where over 60% of the electricity comes from fossil fuels, the Tesla is not a green car. Also, it is nowhere near zero emission.

about 2 months ago
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The Ultimate Hopes For the New Cosmos Series

mschaffer Really? (183 comments)

He's Pluto's bounty hunter.

about 2 months ago
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Meet the Electric Porsche From 1898

mschaffer Re:Um... (143 comments)

In a country where the chief executive makes claims that the US invented the automobile....yest, it is appropriate to assume we are all ignorant.

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

mschaffer Not an issue...also it's a product liability (937 comments)

In many areas, this is not regulated by law but by legal precedent. Besides, laws can be changed and precedents evolve.
Besides, depending on the cause of the accident, this could easily fall under existing product liability laws, regulations, and precedents.

about 3 months ago
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Canadian Spy Agencies Deliberately Misled Courts

mschaffer Who watches the watchmen? (62 comments)

So, I see the Canadians are taking notes from the Americans and the British.

about 4 months ago
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TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

mschaffer TSA's real purpose... (337 comments)

The TSA was founded to extend the welfare state. Why else would you create an agency that's sole purpose is to stack grey trays. Remember, the original name for the agency was The Tray Stackers of America. At the last minute, they were forced to change the name, but since their spiffy uniforms and badges were already on order they needed to keep with the "TSA" initials.

After all, if the TSA was really supposed to catch weapons, terrorists, etc. at the airports I believe that even the Feds could have set up a better system.

about 5 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

mschaffer It's older than that... (926 comments)

It's older than that. People haven't changed for 10s of thousands of years. We just have better records of the more recent stuff.

about 5 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

mschaffer Closer to an oligarchy than a democracy (926 comments)

The fear mongers are trying to gain more power by peddling fear to the masses---all the while wealth and power is being redistributed.
Constitutional liberties are eroded one by one in the name of "National Security" and the "Greater Good".
Fairly soon, the USA will be an oligarchy policed by the government's jackbooted thugs standing on the necks of those who oppose the will of the government. Nothing can be hidden from the cameras, wire taps, profiling, meta data, and cameras. All must obey or be put on secret lists, subject to secret laws, and held in secret prisons.

about 5 months ago
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Snowden Seeks International Help Against US Espionage Charges

mschaffer How bad was... (351 comments)

How bad was his first day of work at the tech-support line?

about 6 months ago
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Company To Balloon Tourists To the Edge of Space For $75,000

mschaffer fact versus marketing (104 comments)

It's the edge of space, so I can see them using marketing that touts the ride is "so exciting, you only need the edge."

about 6 months ago

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When is a mandate not a mandate?

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  about a month ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "When is a mandate not a mandate? When it's the ObamaCare's individual mandate, of course. Buried deep within an unrelated rule pertaining to the preservation of some health plans that don't comply with ObamaCare, only the WSJ had noticed the mandate suspension.

Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you "believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy" or "you consider other available policies unaffordable."

Sheesh!"
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Tech firms furious after denied full view of government reply to FISA court

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  about 5 months ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn are a bit miffed at the unconstitutional redaction by the US Government's of the FISA court's response to their requests.
Hoping that things may change these companies made another attempt today with another filing.
Good luck!"

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FDA moves to ban trans fats from food

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  about 5 months ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "The U.S. FDA ruled for the first time that trans fats aren't generally considered safe in foods.
So, in the future you may not be able to enjoy that box of HoHo's after smoking that newly-legalized marijuana."

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Wells Fargo Mistakenly Cleans Out Retired Couple's Home---Twice

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mschaffer writes "If a bank "accidentally" forclosed on your house and destroyed your property, that would be a big invasion of privacy. If the same bank did it twice, you have to assume it's simply malicious behavior. I cannot even imagine what that would be like."
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540-year-old debt. Trillions owed. But will German village get repaid?

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mschaffer writes "In 1562 Berlin borrowed 400 guilders from Mittenwalde (approx 30 km SE of Berlin). Apparently, Berlin has since only paid 1 guilder so far and has ignored the annoying calls of debt collectors and eschewed the minimum payments on their Prussia-MasterCard. Well, Mittenwalde wants it paid back, with interest."
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Apple is target of latest security attack

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "According to a Twit on Sunday, Apple may be the latest high-profile security attack. The hackers claim to have gained access to private data from an Apple Inc server.

A list of 27 user names and encrypted passwords apparently for an Apple website was posted to the Internet over the weekend along with a warning from hacker group Anonymous that the Cupertino-based computer maker could be a target of its attacks.

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Judge already skeptical of Apple's "App Store" cas

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "Well, it looks like the Judge is already skeptical about Apple's assertions about the "app store" moniker.

US District Judge Phyillis Hamilton has already said she will "probably" reject Apple's request to have exclusive access to the term "app store,"
During early proceedings, she knocked Apple down a peg, reportedly saying, "I'm troubled by the showing that you've made so far, but that's where you're likely not to prevail at this early juncture.""

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Is Apple stealing ideas from developers?

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "Apple is famous for going to absurd lengths to enforce its patents and trademarks. It recently sued Amazon for calling its app store Appstore. And it has publicly lectured competitors to “create their own original technology, not steal ours”.

But the company isn't always as fastidious about respecting the ideas of others. Consider the case of UK-based developer Greg Hughes. Last year, his app for wirelessly syncing iPhones with iTunes libraries was unceremoniously rejected from the official App Store. The software developer took the denial in stride, submitting Wi-Fi Sync to the Cydia store for jailbroken iPhones, where the app is a top seller.

Fast forward to Monday, when Apple unveiled a set of new features for the upcoming iOS 5, including the same wireless-syncing functionality. Cupertino wasn't even subtle about the appropriation, using the precise name and a near-identical logo to market the technology."

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TiVo ISP exposes email addresses

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  about 3 years ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "TiVo® Service Announcement

Dear TiVo Customer,

Today we were informed by our email service provider that your email address was exposed due to unauthorized access of their system. Our email service provider deploys emails on our behalf to customers who have opted into email-based communications from us.

We were advised by our email service provider that the information that was obtained was limited to first name and/or email addresses only. Your service and any other personally identifiable information were not at risk and remain secure.

Please note, it is possible you may receive spam email messages as a result. We want to urge you to be cautious when opening links or attachments from unknown third parties.

We regret this has taken place and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We take your privacy very seriously, and we will continue to work diligently to protect your personal information.

If you have unsubscribed in the past, there is no need to unsubscribe again. Your preferences will remain in place.

Sincerely,
The TiVo Team

Well, at least they let us know about it."

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Verizon drops 10,000 911 calls!

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "Looks like Verizon got the FCC's attention:
"U.S. regulators said Verizon Communications Inc.’s networks may have dropped a “truly alarming” number of wireless emergency calls during a snow storm last month, and asked the carrier to investigate."
Makes you wander what's going to happen when all of those iPhones strain the network."

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AT&T Streaks still have Android 1.6!

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "Did you know that AT&T's version of the Dell streak is still being held to Android 1.6? Well, it is. While unofficial updates have been available for months, Dell Streaks in the USA officially only have Donut. (Unlike its European equivalent which has Dell's Android 2.2).

Another announced deadline (today) has come and almost gone, but the promised 2.2 upgrade has yet to be seen.

Of course, AT&T doesn't have any shipping Android 2.2 devices yet, so we know who is to blame. Perhaps they are waiting for the official pre-release of the Verizon iPhone before allowing 2.2 updates."

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Feuding Professor Pees on Colleague's Door

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "So much for higher education at Cal. State Northridge. Strange puddles of what investigators thought was urine started to appear in front of a math professor's doorway. School officials set up cameras to surveil the area.
Well, they caught the little pisher, who turned out to be Tihomir Petrov, another math professor at the school.
Investigators say that Petrov was having a dispute with the other math professor. I say he was pissed.

Apparently, Petrov"

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Where's the beef?

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "Taco Bell's wares are not made with USDA ground beef. According to their bulk container's labels---"which mere customers can't see---they use "Taco Meat Filling". The list of ingredients is gruesome.

Perhaps, Taco Bell needs to "eat their own dog food"."

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Safe Cracking Robot

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "Kyle Vogt and Grant Jordan built this safe cracking robot in 2006. It’s designed to open any safe that uses a Sergent and Greenleaf 8500 series lock. These locks are classified as “manipulation proof” by the manufacturer.
Well, I guess this the locks are still "manipulation proof" as they were only able to open the safe with the correct combination."

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DoD messes with GPS

mschaffer mschaffer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mschaffer (97223) writes "Well, just a short while ago, President Obama pulled the plug on the LORAN navigation system, saving a paltry $35 million a year (after spending $160 million to upgrade it), stating "Now there is GPS." So, what does the DoD decide to do? Yup, you guessed it, they are screwing with the GPS system in the southeastern USA. According to a FAA flight advisory: "The Department of Defense will conduct GPS tests on January 20th through February 22nd, 2011. During testing, the GPS signal may be unreliable or unavailable.""
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