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Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

stagg Summary is wrong. (1229 comments)

I was wondering why they'd have "sprayed insecticides over them." According to the article, "the trial was also allegedly sprayed with herbicide." There's a real distinction there. The article itself is about as long as the summary anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees

stagg Re:Oh Jonesy (218 comments)

That only works if your profit margins can spare 30%.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Linux At the End of Its Life Cycle?

stagg President of Microsoft Russia (676 comments)

Well, the president of Microsoft Russia should be a reliable, trustworthy source for this kind of analysis, right? Right?

more than 4 years ago
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Professor Has Camera Surgically Implanted In the Back of His Head

stagg Re:Not implanted (119 comments)

There wouldn't be much gained by actually implanting it in your skull either.

more than 4 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

stagg Re:so the oss hater fud-monkey works for oracle (500 comments)

What's more, it might actually be MORE consolidated. "We want The Document Foundation to be open to code contributions from as many people as possible. We are delighted to announce that the enhancements produced by RedHat and the Go-OOo team will be merged into LibreOffice, effective immediately. We hope that others will follow suit. "

more than 4 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

stagg Re:LibreOffice is painful to pronounce. (500 comments)

The webpage explains that "The OpenOffice.org trademark is owned by Oracle Corporation. Our hope is that Oracle will donate this to the Foundation, along with the other assets it holds in trust for the Community, in due course, once legal etc issues are resolved. However, we need to continue work in the meantime - hence "LibreOffice" ("free office")."

more than 4 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

stagg Re:LibreOffice will join the ranks of Linux... (500 comments)

That's part of being "open," and many consider that diversity to be a huge advantage. Don't even get me started on: "I just want to use something that WORKs and that is NOT from MS."

more than 4 years ago
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RDS Protocol Bug Creates a Linux Kernel Hole, Now Fixed

stagg Re:Note to linux devs (89 comments)

The same article announcing the existence of the exploit announced the existence of the fix. That's pretty good support if you ask me, and it's hard to be too worried under those circumstances.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Fixes 10 Bugs In Chrome, Pays $4000 Bounty

stagg Scabbing (114 comments)

Bug bounties are really not far off from Scab work at all. Companies use bounties and contests to replace what could otherwise be lucrative positions for permanent employees. And as long as there are people out there willing to do the work for free, the company has no incentive to create those positions. They just paid 400$ a bug to get god knows how many people to run QA for them, and paid out the ten people that got in fresh, reproducible bugs the fastest. This is great for the companies running the contests, but it sure isn't good for workers or the industry.

more than 4 years ago
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Flawed iTunes Stands Out Among Apple's Products

stagg Apple's had lots of misses... (390 comments)

Apple and Google both seem to do a really good job at drawing the media attention to their hits and not their misses. There's always a back catalog of unsuccessful software, this is just a fairly high profile case.

more than 4 years ago
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DNA-Less 'Red Rain' Cells Reproduce At 121 C

stagg More recent publications... (149 comments)

It looks like more recent publications have resolved this: "The alga was identified as a specie belonging to the genus Trentepohlia. The region in Changanacherry from where the red rain was reported was found to be densely vegetated with plenty of lichen on trees, rocks and lampposts. Samples of lichen collected from there also were cultured in the microbiology laboratory of TBGRI. The study showed that the lichen collected from the site gave rise to algae similar to the ones cultured from the spores obtained from the rain water samples. The spores in the rainwater, therefore, most probably are of local origin." http://web.archive.org/web/20060613135746/http://www.geocities.com/iamgoddard/Sampath2001.pdf

more than 4 years ago
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UN Telecom Chief Urges Blackberry Data Sharing

stagg Re:Who do you trust more? (196 comments)

For the record, I'm inclined to agree. The ideal situation is for the government to enforce some level of encryption and security on carriers and hardware/software developers. Your average end user doesn't know or care about security and encryption, but many of them should. Better that we have the keys to the data in our own pockets. There's a lot the government can do as far as ensuring that records aren't kept, checking how they're stored, and so on. Audits can and do happen, at least in some places.

more than 4 years ago
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UN Telecom Chief Urges Blackberry Data Sharing

stagg Who do you trust more? (196 comments)

Someone is going to be deciding what to do with your data here, either the individual companies or the government. Personally, I'd rather that the government made the call (whether it be to keep data private, use it, etc) than maintain the current situation, where we have to beg companies to maintain our privacy, and then trust them to continue to do so. Those of us who live in democratic countries elect our government, and the theory is that they're accountable. We do not elect corporations and private companies. As with Google's "Do not be evil," promises that our privacy will be maintained are often made graciously, and perhaps with the best intentions, If your government isn't accountable, you can replace them. If RIM, Google, or anyone else decides to abuse your data... what then?

more than 4 years ago
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Another Gulf Oil Rig Explodes

stagg Re:No Oil (423 comments)

I don't think that's necessarily going to soothe people. They've seen the repercussions at their worst, or very near it, and now they're seeing what looks like evidence of a high failure rate. Outrage can be expected, and to some extent it's understandable. It's anecdotal evidence, and screams of observation bias, but the existence of those biases does not mean that people are wrong. Scrutinizing the source of all that outrage can't possibly hurt. A properly functioning government would ensure that's done.

more than 4 years ago
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9 Ideas For Coping With Space Junk

stagg Obligatory space elevator post... (149 comments)

If only we could finish the space elevator, we could use it to bring the garbage back down to Earth! Or bring janitors to the stars! It's only ten years away!

more than 4 years ago
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GMail Introduces Priority Inbox

stagg Don't they already have a tool for this? (242 comments)

I thought that's what filters were for. Gmail is getting a bit cluttered with features. The elegance of it was always one of the big wins for me. I'd rather have one simple, configurable feature that allows met do many things than a hundred buttons on my screen. Filters and tags already pretty much covered this.

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox Live Pricing To Go Up To $60 Per Year

stagg Re:Perhaps you've never heard of saturation (199 comments)

There are only so many people that want game consoles. The idea that their sales will go up and up forever is silly.

Although they did try to address this with a 50%+ failure rate in the first year...

more than 4 years ago
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How Star Wars Trumped Star Trek For Scientific Accuracy

stagg Re:But the real question is: (495 comments)

These responses have taken the question with unprecedented seriousness. I forgot where I was.

more than 4 years ago
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How Star Wars Trumped Star Trek For Scientific Accuracy

stagg But the real question is: (495 comments)

Which would win in a fight, the Millennium Falcon or the Enterprise?

more than 4 years ago

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Canadian DMCA on the horizon.

stagg stagg writes  |  more than 4 years ago

stagg (1606187) writes "Canadian DMCA on the way:
"With mounting pressure from the U.S. — there have repeated meetings with senior U.S. officials in recent weeks — the PMO sided squarely with Moore's vision of a U.S.-style copyright law. The detailed provisions will be negotiated over the coming weeks by the respective departments, but they now have their marching orders of completing a bill that will satisfy the U.S. that comes complete with tough anti-circumvention rules and no flexible fair dealing provision.""

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SQA training and cerification for a newbie?

stagg stagg writes  |  about 5 years ago

stagg (1606187) writes "I've recently begun a job in SQA, with a liberal arts background and no formal training. I've been considering testing programs that might help me out. The end goal is of course to be better at my job, impress my employer, and bolster my resume should I find myself having to move on some day. ISTQB test training looks promising; does anyone have any experience with it, other options, or with the field in general? Advice for a competent young liberal arts major carving out a place for themself of the tech field?"
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Walkthrough of a Titan missile complex

stagg stagg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

stagg (1606187) writes "Attached is a link that I discovered on BoingBoing. The website contains an amazing walkthrough of a Titan missile silo. The amount of information available is staggering, right down to the operations manual for the complex. Very cool! The gentleman responsible for much of this information seems to be planning to turn it into a data storage center for secure information. http://www.terrastories.com/bearings/titan-missile-history"

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