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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

omems Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

Right??
My HVAC had to be manually switched from heating mode to cooling mode, but otherwise, the whole point of a thermostat is to keep the temp the same.
Of course, I say this from a city that's currently 69 F, but since the office AC is running I have a space heater going. Talk about a waste of energy.

4 days ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

omems Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

These sorts of explanations are very interesting. Thanks!

about two weeks ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

omems Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

I visited Cairo and Giza in the spring of 2013 and can confirm there were almost no tourists. There are, however, men with machine guns guarding the pyramids and sphynx, as well as the main museum, in addition to metal detectors and visual inspections upon entering these places (though you could enter from the desert and avoid them in the case of Giza). The violence I witnessed wasn't random acts of terror, but civil/political unrest before Morsi got the boot.

Money, including tourism dollars, is very much a motivating factor for the parties involved. I don't have a comprehensive knowledge of the politics, but the locals I talked to reviled Morsi precisely because of his lack of money (and his allegiances). Most visibly, infrastructure and the jobs created in its construction and maintenance, that Mubarak had, was sorely missed.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

omems Re:Dont mess with my coffee!!!! (167 comments)

Assuming you're talking about the Vendômois study, that paper was retracted by the journal.

The line of rats used are prone to tumors even with normal food. Combine that with a small sample size and one cannot say whether it was the food or their normal bad genes that caused the tumors.

I'm not saying it's impossible, but to my knowledge there are no well-designed studies that actually demonstrate a causal link between eating GMO foods and disease.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

omems Re:This is robusta coffee they're talking about (167 comments)

Good catch.
They go on to, "present a draft genome of the diploid Coffea canephora, one of the two founder species of the tetraploid crop Coffea arabica." Which is to say, in the course of evolving, the genome was duplicated. Then, with a redundant set of genes, there was greater opportunity for mutations to either inactivate one copy, or have novel functions arise--like new flavonoids and alkaloids. Compared with most animal species, plants as a whole are particularly amenable to genome duplications, for reasons I don't know.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Open Sources Internal Threat Monitoring Tools

omems Re:Only problem is the name (20 comments)

As an end-user and not a marketing weasel, I value non-marketing speak. I especially roll my eyes when companies trademark stupid names and then insist on including the symbol in every instance. (thankfully you won't see that here because I am unable to get this commenting system to reproduce it)

about three weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

omems Yay! I can lose my data cheaply now! (183 comments)

After my only two Vertex drives spontaneously died when the power was cut, I'll never own another OCZ product. This turned out to be a common problem with the first gen Vertex, and I will not forgive their engineers. Thankfully my backups worked. +1 for Acronis.

about a month ago
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

omems Re:From Finland (54 comments)

That's because they're the same thing, just different manifestations thereof.

about 2 months ago
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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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 5 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 5 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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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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