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Experiment Suggests Monkeys Can Do Basic Math

pubwvj No surprise - Dogs can do math (86 comments)

We have livestock working dogs. They do guarding and herding as well as other jobs on our farm. They do math. They can differentiate less, more, count, know numbers (we use numbers with them) and do simple addition.

Yes, these are not your ordinary pet dog - they're bred for intelligence and work at their jobs from a very young age so this may not be representative of all dogs. However, if our dogs can do math I'm not at all surprised monkeys can and I expect apes including chimpanzees and dolphins can probably do math too. These are social, cooperative animals and most of them are hunters which tends to develop brain hardware and skills.

3 days ago

Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

pubwvj Photoshop, Acrobat and Illustrator (285 comments)

I would love to see an alternative to Adobe for Photoshop, Acrobat and Illustrator. I have used Photoshop and Illustrator (licensed owner) since versions 1.0 and now have CS4. I don't want Adobe's Cloud version. I don't want to deal with the cloud or subscription based software. CS6 won't save files in CS4 format so I don't want it for that reason too. Just as we have OpenOffice it would be nice to have OpenCS.

about a week ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

pubwvj What's wrong with the rest of them? (466 comments)

Only 56% expect to become millionaires?
What is wrong with the other 44%?

about a week ago

52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

pubwvj Re:Don't be an Employee (108 comments)

Ha! Working for someone else is far more of a risky gamble than working for myself. As an employee you have to satisfy your boss and the clients. As my own boss I only have to satisfy my clients.

Odds of success:
Boss% x Client% Client%

You have a much higher risk as an employee.
I'm taking less of a gamble as an independent.
Pretty simple math.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

pubwvj Funny Times (285 comments)


They're sometimes too far radically left leaning but still lots of good stuff. At least they're funny (most of the) times. :)

about a week ago

52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

pubwvj Don't be an Employee (108 comments)

One more reason not to be an employee. Work for yourself.

Of course, they're going to get your photo in other ways. Facebook, blogs, etc.

about two weeks ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

pubwvj We' never see tax code simplification (422 comments)

This is why I don't think we'll ever see tax code simplification: there are too many people making too much money with the exiting overly complex system. They have a lot of money and they want our money so they will spend gobs of greenbacks to prevent any simplification of the tax code.

Greed rules.

about two weeks ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

pubwvj Re:And they've already stopped (631 comments)

And if it hadn't been brought to so much heat they would have just kept beating up old ladies, and anyone else they could get away with abusing.

Remember: only 10% of the government is evil. That is more than enough.

about two weeks ago

This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

pubwvj It was a joke. (275 comments)

It was not supposed to be a real watch. It was a joke. A spoof. A representation. It's funny anyone would think that cover was representing a real prediction. Crimminy.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

pubwvj iFarm (737 comments)

I farm. I use some technology but everything I do I can do without any of the modern tech falling back gracefully to older and older ways. My kids farm with us and they understand these things and the need.

Civilizations rise and fall. There will be another fall. Another dark age. Maybe this decade, this century, this millennia. *shrug* I enjoy technology but I don't let myself be dependent on it. If there is a fall, my pastured pigs will be worth more than gold and bitcoins will be useless.

about two weeks ago

How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

pubwvj Delta Zero (1037 comments)

Before the internet I had no religion. If the internet were to take away my religion I would be anti-religion...? Hmm... Hasn't happened. I also have not become pro-religion either. My views have not changed as a result of the internet.

I am pro-reason. When religion catches up then we can talk.

about three weeks ago

To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

pubwvj Chocolate (179 comments)

The other option is chocolate which is even higher in antioxidants! Chocolate BBQ Ribs!

about three weeks ago

Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

pubwvj So much opportunity - Not a Big Deal on the Proble (128 comments)

Nest sounds cool. I like the remote off, with no remote device. Could be voice activated instead and that might solve the problem.

This has the potential for a lot of very interesting things. It is a platform for sensors.
Air Pressure
Motion Sensor (earthquake)
WiFi extender ...

Put one outside too. Network and log the data.

Then for people who want to participate, send the data to the weather bureau folks for collecting some seriously large aggregates of data on the environment.

Also useful for businesses. e.g., monitoring processing work rooms, refrigerators and freezers.

There is so much potential here. And if they are manufactured in sufficient quantity it will drive the unit cost down which will lower the price which will increase market penetration so we have nests in everyone's nests.

Right now I have too many different devices all serving these functions. I would rather have several nests around. Then, sure, one will fail but I'll just move a less vital one to it's location while I get a replacement (2 days on Amazon Prime). Hmm... Stick them to the ceiling or wall plate with a magnet. I use magnets for things like this all over the place - works great.

about three weeks ago

Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

pubwvj Compatibility at Issue (180 comments)

The winning device will be agnostic, supporting all content:

AmazonTV misses out by not supporting all content paths. e.g., iTunesStore
AppleTV misses out by not supporting all content paths. e.g., AmazonPrime

Both need to be supporting disks at the very least with an optional plugin drive that they sit on to look like one nice neat device for those billions of existing DVD and Blueray disks.

My Vote: no buy yet.

about three weeks ago

Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

pubwvj Better Wind Profile - Something More To Fail (496 comments)

Oh, my, two more things to fail at the most inopportune moments. So is this going to increase the cost of the cars too?

On the other hand, the benefit is a better wind profile so better gas mileage. Should that be kilometerage by now? *sign*

about three weeks ago

The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

pubwvj Re:Key Feature... (176 comments)

There is another solution. We don't worry about it. In the morning everyone gets up early. If you stayed up late reading or something you still get up early in the morning for chores and breakfast. We also have rules of respect. Being quiet in the evening is one of those rules because other people are sleeping so they can get up in the morning to work. If kids are raised this way it rather solves the issue.

Back to the smart bulbs - too much technology. Wasteful. Expensive.

about three weeks ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

pubwvj No Service (449 comments)

I realize you city dudes have a hard time with this idea but there are large swaths of the USA, and world, where there is no cell phone service. POTS is all we have and I had to lay a mile and a half of my own cable to get that. There is something called mountains that make radio, TV, cellular, WiFi and such not work so well.

about three weeks ago

Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

pubwvj Re:Space travel (357 comments)

"In the end it will also not matter, because when these people reach the distant location, there will be no compatible civilization on earth left."

The point isn't to come back. The point is to go out.

"There is no point in deep space travel as long as we are not able to go faster than light or at least close to light speed."

No point that you understand. There is a point for those of us who would like to seed our planet's life and culture out to the stars. Maybe we'll develop faster than light which will over take those ships, or maybe we won't. But if we don't send out seed ships then we won't have and someday when the rock with our name on it hits Earth we'll be wiped out. This is a very big reason for sending out seed ships.

Personally, I think they should be live ships, not just storage of corpsicles.

about a month ago

More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

pubwvj 1 in 3 are Alcohol (367 comments)


30% Alcohol related
25% Cellphone related
  5% Texting (separate?)
60% of accidents could be eliminated if people would stop using cellphones, texting and driving drunk.

That would be really nice.

about a month ago

Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

pubwvj Porkcoin Mining (275 comments)

If you send me $30,000 (a pittance compared with $3 million) I'll supply you with pork for life. Real food in the real world which you can really eat. You can also trade your real pork for other real goods with other real people or just serve it up as a delicious meal with real friends in the real world.

Hundreds of real people have send me real money like the above and smaller amounts to get their real pork CSA Pre-Buys. It's real. This money helps us finish building our on-farm USDA/State inspected butcher shop. That's creating real infrastructure in the real world funded by real people at a real farm producing real food.

Be a part of something real and get real benefits.

-Walter Jeffries
a Real Pig Farmer
on a Real Mountain
in the Real State of Vermont

about a month ago



FDA Bans Farms

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about three weeks 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.


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Vermont Company Advances Porcine Organic GMOs

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  1 year,23 days

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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pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about a year 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  |  about a year and a half 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  |  about 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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