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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

pubwvj Paper or Pottery (119 comments)

The old systems work. The electronic system is too prone to failure and abuse. Paper or pottery shards.

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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

pubwvj 90% of "people" online are spammers (45 comments)

The numbers are actually adjusted for spammers because 90% of the email addresses and blog commenters are spammers, are spammers, are spammers, are spammers...*whack*...

2 days ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

pubwvj Bogus (143 comments)

Eggs are one of the most perfect foods. Eggs are something anyone can produce in their own home with a chicken, or better yet, in their yard. Feed it scraps and you get free eggs. We keep about 300 chickens out on pasture. We don't have to buy any feed for them because they eat insects and other pests. The result is we get tens of thousands of nearly free eggs which are rich in protein, healthy fats and other nutrients. Corporations can't improve on eggs - they're just jealous because they can't make enough money on eggs. Accept no substitutes.

3 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

pubwvj Blame America! How PC! (372 comments)

Yes, blame America!
How politically correct!
Hate the creators.
Losers.

4 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

pubwvj EU is getting Lame (331 comments)

The EU thinks too much of themselves. Google is not an EU company. The EU doesn't have any control over Google. If the EU doesn't watch out Google may buy the EU and put them down, discontinuing them in an end of life product cycle as they've done with some other annoying things. Bugs get squashed.

about a week ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

pubwvj Can I have it a bit warmer please? (366 comments)

I would like the temperature raised by 10ÂF. That would be most pleasant. Oh, wait, we're already making significant progress on that! Bravo! I like.

(If you want to complain about warming please move to Vermont or Maine, or any other northern region this time of year. We'll show you why warming is such a great idea!)

about a week ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

pubwvj Does a pig need leaches? (215 comments)

Agents work in the entertainment industry because the talent is switching between gigs frequently so they need someone keeping work lined up for them.

As an employer: In the programming industry a programmer with an agent would be a big "DO NOT HIRE" flag to me because it tells me this programmer is not stable.

As a programmer: I would see an agent as a leach that is siphoning off a percent of my income with no benefit to me. Call it the stupid tax.

about two weeks ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

pubwvj Re:Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (105 comments)

When you demand a citation try just Googling. It's faster and right there at your finger tips. It's there even if you're not lazy. I would not want to take the joy of learning and exploration away from you nor encourage your lazy tendencies so consider finding the citations as an exercise for your mind and path to self-improvement.

about two weeks ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

pubwvj Re:No programming? (200 comments)

This is the goal. That will provide the platform, the OS so to speak, for then overlaying the data set which is the user's personality allowing us to transfer ourselves from a dying human organic body to a immortal machine body.

I should say immortal with the slight qualifier of, "until the manufacturers obsolescent you and fail to offer a forward path for your legacy data set." Bummer dude. You're out of date.

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

pubwvj Simply raise the price (323 comments)

This is not a real problem.
Demand goes up.
Supply doesn't match demand.
Prices go up.
Demand adjusts downward to meet prices.
Simple market corrections.
This is not a real problem.

about two weeks ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

pubwvj Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (105 comments)

This reminds me of the cases where they used Curare for anesthesia. Turns out all it was doing was paralyzing the motor systems so the still fully conscious patients couldn't scream or otherwise react as the surgeons operated.

Might be a good idea to ask the octopuses afterwards if they remember from during the anesthetized time period. This can be done and would find out if they're really out cold or if they're just locked in.

about two weeks ago
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How To Mathematically Predict Lightning Strikes

pubwvj Re:Yes random, but not uniformly (41 comments)

What you see as random I see deeper causes. It is really not random. There are probability curves, but it's still not random.

about two weeks ago
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How To Mathematically Predict Lightning Strikes

pubwvj Not Random (41 comments)

Lighting is not nearly as random, or unlikely as people seem to think. We live along a lightning prone ridge where copper ore veins come to the surface. I can tell where not to stand, provided you want to live, and where to go if you want to get hit by lightning. One can feel the charges building. It is not random but rather physics.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

pubwvj Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

I know very well what a hybrid is. I do genetics. Part of doing farming. I think you don't have much connection with the real topic. Theory only takes you so far.

What I'm seeing in many of the comments is a complete disconnect from the realities of farming. The farmers in Africa don't need Big Ag heavy iron intensive farming. They need small scale sustainable practices, seed stock and livestock that they can work with at low overheads without a whole lot of high tech and annual costs. Because people on SlashDot have become so disconnected from the land they don't tend to understand what small scale farming, the type done at the 4H level, really means. These aren't 10,000 acre wheat fields with dozens of huge combines. It's small scale. Different world. Sustainable. Reality. Something that will last through each collapse.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

pubwvj Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

Yet just because it has become uncommon in Big Ag does not change how important and valid it is. Don't confuse the practices of the Big Ag producers with best practices. Small farmers are still doing selective breeding of their own stock, both plants and animals. I do. I now a lot of other farmers that do. It's a very common practice - just not at the Big Ag level.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

pubwvj Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

I get the feeling you didn't actually read my original post carefully but instead just reacted based on your own emotional state having to do with other issues on your mind.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

pubwvj Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

"Why is the farmer responsible for saving the best seed to improve the next generation instead of a big corporation?"

Simple: Vertical integration. The more I do as the farmer the more money that sticks to my palm rather than getting paid out to "Big Corporations" and out as taxes. Farmers use vertical integration for the exact same reasons Big Corporations use it - we improve our bottom line.

"Why shouldn't farmers best seeds possible"

And there's the quandary. You see the seed that I save and select over the generations is the BEST seed for my growing conditions, soils and management. The seed provided by Big Corp is designed to work with their pesticides and herbicides, their artificial fertilizers and equipment which the farmer must then buy into as well increasing the farmer's costs. Best does not mean the same thing in all situations. My seed stock, be it plant or animal, is far better than Big Corp's, for my situation. This also gives me control over my systems rather than putting me under the thumb of Big Corp.

"We don't expect farmers to build their own tractors"

Funny you should mention that because actually farmers tend to be engineers and inventors, often building machinery and systems for their own use. Farmers tend to be on that leading edge of technology while the big manufacturers like John Deere are producing for the masses. If a machine doesn't do what I need I either modify it or build my own. Standard Operating Procedure on many farms.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

pubwvj Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

You and several of the other posters are demonstrating your disconnect with agriculture. We've been using hybrids for thousands of years. Hybrids are not new. Seed doesn't go bad using it year after year. Good selective breeding involves saving your best seed and stock to make the next generation and with each generation it gets better. Crossing to gain new traits is standard operating procedure.

Don't buy into the Big Ag mantra that you can't do this stuff yourself. It really isn't all that difficult.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

pubwvj Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

You are demonstrating a classic lack of understanding about farming and agriculture. Reality is not the either or situation that you hypothesize.

In the real world we save our best seed and livestock year to year using that to grow the next generation. With each generation the plants and animals become more adapted, stronger and do better with the local conditions. The seed and livestock are free, other than having to save some back from the harvest. This is how we have traditionally improved our stock, both plants and animals, for thousands of years. It works without paying high prices for fancy seeds.

Thus the option is #0, which you completely neglected to consider.

about two weeks ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

pubwvj SOP Delays (301 comments)

Standard Operating Procedure on things that might be security risks or violate privacy is to have a time delay before the materials can be released under the Freedom of Information Act and typically heavy redaction. I can just see the delivery:

"Your request for the video will arrive in 30 years. The 10 billion seconds of video you requested will be redacted to all zeros for privacy and national security reasons. Since it will be MPEG compressed this will allow us to deliver in a single byte. Watch your email box. G'day."

about two weeks ago

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Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 6 months ago

pubwvj (1045960) writes ""Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident."

Wrong. That demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of how evolution works.
Change a bit.
Test code.
Does it run better?
If so then make many copies.
Loop back to beginning.

It's a little more complicated but that is why evolution works. It is not an accident. It is a test bed."
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FDA Bans Farms

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 8 months ago

pubwvj (1045960) writes "Following implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act which will band the feeding of pre-consumer food wastes to livestock and stop the practices of composting food wastes the FDA has taken the next step by eliminating farming and food production altogether. Once this operational change is implemented all food will be synthesized safely in the industrial settings. See FDA press release at attached link.

http://sugarmtnfarm.com/fda-ba..."

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Vermont Company Advances Porcine Organic GMOs

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about a year and a half ago

pubwvj writes "A small Vermont company has mad major advancements this year in the burgeoning field of Organic GMOs which play to the all natural food markets. The claim that crossing pigs and spiders they have been able to produce the worlds first eight foot hogs that offer longer loins and more hams and shoulder pier pig. (photo). Perhaps more importantly is that the longer body length of the engineered swine have resulted in a more efficient grazer that does not require the high grain feed inputs normally associated with pork production. Pasturing in turn means true green eggs and ham. Note that this is the same company that several years ago released the egg laying pigs although production levels were never found to be economical."
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BURGLARY TIED TO JOURNAL NEWS GUN MAPS

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "The Journal News in New York provided a shopping list map to burglars of where to find guns. Now at least one burglary has been tied to the Journal News map."
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Robots are Revolting - Tourist Killed

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "In Denmark the robots are revolting, killing and maiming innocent bystanders. "Police in Denmark say an American tourist was killed and four people were slightly injured when hit by a runaway electric vehicle on a Copenhagen pedestrian street. ...the small garbage collecting vehicle started rolling by itself after the driver had stepped out to empty a trash basket... the tourist was hit by the vehicle and dragged for several yards. Four other people sustained minor injuries Wednesday.""
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Apple & EPEAT Mend Fences

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "Apple Boycotted EPEAT because EPEAT standards were lagging and hampering creativity. EPEAT announced they'll work with Apple. Apple announces they'll return to the EPEAT friendship circle. In other words, Apple's boycot worked. EPEAT is now willing to change to meet Apple's needs for design improvement. All of this was to force EPEAT to update the standards and it worked."
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Bad Asteroid Art

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pubwvj writes "This Reuter's Report: U.S. doing little about asteroids story on MSNBC has perhaps the worst artist rendition I have ever seen. The asteroid is said to represent the one of 65 million years ago. Yes, it was big, but it was not 300 miles high and the flames did not start while it was still in outer space. The artist should have done his research and should take full responsibility for such exaggeration. Things like this destroy science. Next the editors and fact checkers need chucking."
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