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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

omems Re:Problems (396 comments)

D'oh! You're right too.

about a month ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

omems Could Google buy Amazon? (61 comments)

Google's income stems from making advertisers believe they know what consumers want. As Amazon's catalog grows, it becomes a larger and larger center of what consumers don't just want, but actually shell out for. From a managerial perspective, I'm sure they could talk about saving money by combing their data centers. As a consumer, I'm not sure that I'd welcome such a merger.

about a month ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

omems Re:Problems (396 comments)

They don't have seeds and are bred by splicing new chutes onto existing roots.

about a month ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

omems Re:Do it to Congress instead (194 comments)

Do those old gasbags use the internet? See: a series of tubes.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

omems Re:OpenWRT all the way (104 comments)

That's what I was thinking too. Thank you, kind Wolf.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

omems Re:OpenWRT all the way (104 comments)

Any idea if version Tomato 1.27 is afflicted by heartbleed? I spent some time googling around for the answer, but came up empty. I'm not an expert, so I probably don't know the right places to look. Thanks!

about 3 months ago
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How Facebook Built Natural Language Into Graph Search

omems Tell us what you really think (39 comments)

It shows what they think of users right in the pseudocode:
"In loose terms, the grammar consists of a set of production rules that generate more specific expressions from abstract symbols:
start -> users $1
users => user $1
start => photos $1"

about a year ago
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DHS Steps In As Regulator for Medical Device Security

omems Re:Thanks, Homeland (123 comments)

Hey I just said it was an idea. You kind of gave away that it was a spoiler, you...

about a year and a half ago
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DHS Steps In As Regulator for Medical Device Security

omems Thanks, Homeland (123 comments)

Thanks go to Homeland for giving them this brilliant idea

about a year and a half ago
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Anti-GMO Activist Recants

omems Re:Wow, Monsanto's evil tentacles reached his brai (758 comments)

If one understands how the pesticide works, it's not so scary. Per WikiP: "When insects ingest [BT] toxin crystals, the alkaline pH of their digestive tract denatures the insoluble crystals, making them soluble and thus amenable to being cut with proteases found in the insect gut, which liberate the cry toxin from the crystal. The Cry toxin is then inserted into the insect gut cell membrane, forming a pore. The pore results in cell lysis and eventual death of the insect."

Humans, and I believe all vertebrates, have acidic digestive tracts, so BT is not active and cannot hurt you.

Not to say, in some remote universe, you couldn't be allergic to it, but that's true with any new molecule introduced into your person.

about a year and a half ago
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Surgery-Simulating Dummy Allows Doctors To Develop Skills

omems Cybernetic Brain Artery Model + Realdoll = ?? (30 comments)

horrible, horrible, life-changing, permanently-scarring bloodbath.

At least until you get the tentacle mod.

more than 2 years ago
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NYC Bans Mention of Dinosaurs, Dancing, Birthdays On Student Tests

omems Selective pressure (470 comments)

Hey NY, you're raising wimps!

more than 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

omems Duhhhh (1128 comments)

That's the great thing about science: you don't have to trust it! It's got all the evidence right there! Sure, you have to believe all the data isn't fabricated, but that's a much smaller chasm than, oh, say, a bigwig in the sky is calling the shots. Maybe that's just me.

more than 2 years ago
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Berkeley HTML5 Timeline Tool Can Show a Day, Or the Lifetime of the Universe

omems Other timelines (86 comments)

Here's another decent open source timeline I've used. It's not immediately scalable, but with a little db knowledge, I think it could be modified. http://www.simile-widgets.org/timeline/

more than 2 years ago
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Active Video Games Don't Make Kids Exercise More

omems Proper controls (304 comments)

In order to balance out self-selection bias, they should have switched what type of game the kids had halfway through.

more than 2 years ago
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BigDog Robot Gets Much Bigger

omems Fancy prancer (158 comments)

Look at me, I'm a dandy prancing (headless) pony.
Is there a non-high-stepping mode?
At least one need never worry about it sneaking up and prancing one to death.

more than 2 years ago
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Super Bowl Bust: Feds Grab 307 NFL Websites; $4.8M

omems Priorities (198 comments)

I recommend going to the ICE Facebook page (WTF?) and let them know how much we appreciate their hard work protecting us from fake jerseys and other insidious chotchkies.

You know, add yourself to the list of people to monitor. Fuckfaces all around.
Too bad we have to use our real names...

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Are fake security updates a real threat?

omems omems writes  |  more than 2 years ago

omems (1869410) writes "A recent report by the EFF discusses the use of commercial software by oppressive regimes. What caught my eye was a link to an older report in the WSJ that claims the spyware was installed by the use of fake updates to iTunes and Flash.

Is such a thing possible? If so, how would it be done, and how can we protect ourselves from it?"

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