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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

rnturn Nice of Corporate Media to... (307 comments)

... provide an excuse for their buddies in the chemical, pesticide, and GMO industries that allows them to ridicule the American consumer as a bunch of no-nothings. "See... these rubes^Wpeople don't even know what they're talking about so why should we have to label food that contains man-modified genetic material or household chemicals that contain chemicals that nobody's been able to prove with 100% certainty cause cancer?"

Perhaps the paper was trying to indict the educational system but, more likely, that's not how this poll's result are going to be used.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

rnturn Re:Thumb (400 comments)

I've been using a Kensington Expert Mouse trackball for years and left-click with my thumb, right-click with my pinky, and manipulate the large track ball with the other three fingers. I got it after my index finger started to develop signs of arthritis after having used a regular mouse for so many years. (Anyone remember the Logitech 3-button bus mouse and the Point text editor? (Yeah that long.) I want to find another one of those trackballs.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

rnturn Re:What, you can't remap mouse buttons on the G600 (400 comments)

Why wouldn't xmodmap work for the OP? It's not portable but, if you're the type that carries their personal mouse around with them, the configuration commands could easily be stashed on a USB drive and loaded onto any (UNIX/Linux) computer you're going to attach your mouse to.

yesterday
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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

rnturn Other than the obligatory security theatre... (107 comments)

... just what would the fighter escort hope to accomplish? Are we really ready to order fighter pilots to shoot down airliners over a phoned-in threat? I guess all it'll take now to spook passengers and completely disrupt air travel in the U.S. is a few bozos with bunch of pre-paid or stolen cellphones.

yesterday
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

rnturn Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (790 comments)

``We even instruct children to 'stop, look, and listen'.''

So the govt. puts out PSAs that urge people to `stop, look, and look again' when crossing the street. It's a good practice, anyway. Cyclists don't make much noise -- most of the noise made by a car is from the tires and the road surface and a bike's skinny tires make the cyclist much more stealthy -- and a bike/pedestrian collision can be nearly as deadly as one involving cars. Of course, the govt. could always mandate that cyclists clamp something to the fork that is used to hold baseball cards in the spokes. (As a kid, I actually preferred using plastic-coated playing cards as they were louder than baseball cards.) I actually expect something like that to be making its way through local legislatures instead of teaching pedestrians to be more alert when crossing the street.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

rnturn Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (790 comments)

My hope is that there'll be a way to define your own fake car noise. I'll want my silent electric car to emit a sound like George Jetson's "car".

3 days ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

rnturn Re:Real reasons for the layoffs (263 comments)

``IBM simply moves the job to a cheaper foreign country where they have an office...''

Indeed. I recall reading a story about IBMers being told that the internal posting for a job was not intended for U.S.-based employees. Recent news tells us that IBM is laying off N people but hiring the same number. So it's all good, of course. Wanna bet on how many of those new hires are going to be based in the U.S.?

4 days ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

rnturn I doubt that... (224 comments)

... will stop my tin-foil-hat-wearing friends from going overboard whenever one of their conspiracy-obsessed friends posts a comment about chemtrails or whatever government-is-out-to-get-you theory of the day is making the rounds.

4 days ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

rnturn I would never have been able to... (778 comments)

...participate in any childhood activities if a**holes like these cops and bureaucrats had been around when I was that age. Our Little League practices were over a mile away and we rode to/from the field -- sometimes as a group but often alone -- without anyone calling the cops. We rode bikes to the public pool -- well over a mile a way -- all summer long, crossing all kinds of busy streets along the way. Even at night. Again nobody called the cops.

Of course, this was a time before pins started showing up in Halloween candy and the kindly old lady down the block could still hand out homemade popcorn balls in your trick/treat bag without risking spending the rest of her life in the big house or on some predator list. I can't quite pin down the time frame when it began but, apparently, some disease began afflicting adults that caused them to hate children. And the unafflicted adults began overreacting to the sight of a child unaccompanied by a cordon of security guards by calling the police whenever they catch a glimpse of one.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash

rnturn Re:Awesome (95 comments)

Heh. I couldn't get FF to even download it. A portion of the download "form" was obscured and inaccessible under FF. I had to fire up Opera to see the complete form and do the download.

about two weeks ago
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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

rnturn Because 3D television... (141 comments)

... has been such a big hit?

Next new thing on digital cameras: Curved Screens. Just you wait. They're gonna be huge. HUGE I tell ya.

about two weeks ago
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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

rnturn Re:Image quality (141 comments)

Bah! With a phone camera, it's not point-n-shoot but point-n-pray. In the time it takes the camera in my phone to let me get the zoom set to what I want and then focus on the subject, my point-n-shoot camera has been powered on and has already let me take several shots that are, you know, actually in focus. Especially if I'm indoors. I'm not a big user of flash unless I can adjust the output -- most camera's flash units are too "hot" (IMHO) and overexpose the subjects -- and I've yet to see a phone camera with that feature. My phone's camera is all but useless for taking sharp photos unless the subject is lit by the noon day sun and then it's nearly impossible to see the subject on the screen with all the ambient light. The resulting photos look in-focus on the camera but when I view them on my computer I'm often left wondering "what the heck were you focusing on?". Nothing looks really sharply in-focus. By-product of the crummy optics, probably.

If I know I'm going some place where I'll likely want to take good photos I'll take my DSLR. If the locale isn't exactly camera friendly, I'll slip the point-n-shoot into my pocket. As an absolute last resort I'll use the phone's camera but I find its photos barely passable.

You're right about it being about having the camera on you. Back in the film days, folks would often keep a smallish 35mm with them at all times. Far easier to whip out that little Rollei than dragging the big Nikon or Canon out of the camera bag in the back seat.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

rnturn Re:For that matter... phones. (790 comments)

``The telephone company stopped supporting pulse dialing almost 3 years ago.''

We must have just beaten the cutoff date when that nasty thunderstorm took out our power for a couple of days about then. Our only means of communication was to use an ancient Radio Shack pulse-dialing phone (no... we hadn't dumped our land line yet) or spend enough time at a local coffee shop charging a cellphone. The trouble we had using that phone during the time the power was out wasn't whether the phone company was accepting (or not) the pulse dialing, it was every place we called that had a freakin' phone menu that only understood touch tones. Since then, we've dumped the land line but the old RS phone is still sitting down in the basement. I just made a mental note to include it in the next bin of old computer parts I haul away to the local electronics recyclery.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

rnturn Re:"A related article suggests..." (255 comments)

I'd rather hear Sesame Street Grover's ideas about taxes and government than Grover Norquist's. I'm certain that I'd find them more interesting than Norquist's one-dimensional, "taxes bad!" ideas.

about two weeks ago
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Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

rnturn Cut Down On Olympic Bloat (232 comments)

Get rid of the sports that cannot measure the success of the competitors using the Olympic motto: higher, faster, stronger. That means no figure skating, no synchronized swimming, and, especially, no more rhythmic gymnastics. Essentially, nothing that requires assigning a number to a performance via a panel of judges. (I'm a little torn about any sport that chooses winners based on the points that they score on a particular day but when I think about the excessive coverage given to beach volleyball in the last few Summer Games I lean hard to the "drop them, too" side.)

Just think how much less expensive it would be to hold an Olympics would be if all those judged "sports" were taken out. The potential sites for the games would mushroom without a need for all the additional venues for the judged events. Cities that hold the Games can rarely afford to and the citizens wind up footing the bill for facilities that will rarely see use after the closing ceremonies. Plus, if it would get Bob Costas' interviews with prepubescent gymnasts off the air, we all win.

about a month ago
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Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

rnturn Old news... (179 comments)

This information was making the rounds 1-2 years ago. Seems some submitters are way behind in their reading.

about a month ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

rnturn Seriously? (190 comments)

Some people might call what they're trying to patent price gouging.

about a month ago
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Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

rnturn Re:um.... (156 comments)

Maybe, just maybe, if the USPS wasn't required to prepay the retirement benefits for employees who haven't even been born yet (and their children who may become postal workers), they'd be able to make a profit. That wasn't mentioned in the article you referenced. My guess is that providing the reader of that little tidbit of information would interfere with their "USPS = inefficient govt. agency" narrative.

about a month ago

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