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Monogamy May Have Evolved To Prevent Infanticide

zipn00b Re:-1, Flamebait (256 comments)

Is that why I'm in this handbasket??????

about 9 months ago
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Sony & Panasonic Plan Next-Gen 300 GB Optical Discs By the End of 2015

zipn00b Re:DVD Life Time 2-5 years (289 comments)

I've had mixed experience even from the same spindle under basically similar storage conditions. Some discs read fine 10 - 15 years later (or more) and occasionally one gives issues. Maybe the drives that did the original burn play into the lifespan as well???? I know definitely that not all discs from any given spindle were burned on different machines and/or different drives as I typically had various machines lying around of varying ages, hardware, OS, etc...

about 9 months ago
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Several Western Govts. Ban Lenovo Equipment From Sensitive Networks

zipn00b Re:Their loss (410 comments)

You need to be more specific as there are a few governments with that kind of track record.......

about 9 months ago
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Several Western Govts. Ban Lenovo Equipment From Sensitive Networks

zipn00b Re:Their loss (410 comments)

I loved Thinkpads back when IBM built them for much the same reasons as they were much easier to work on than many. I recall as IBM was selling the division to Lenovo that there were concerns the Chinese would put backdoors into the systems and yet the sale was approved anyhow. Then it hit the news briefly that the US government was likely going to stop buying them for that reason which made them look rather silly for approving the sale and then wanting to cut off buying them. I guess though it's only natural with all the BS going on right now for the fearmongering about Lenovo to happen yet again. Going by that reasoning though I suppose TVs, washing machines, etc. could be spying on us as well. Actually though I'd expect the NSA to contract with them to gain the "meta-data" so they don't have to do it themselves.........

about 9 months ago
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English High Court Bans Publication of 0-Day Threat To Auto Immobilizers

zipn00b Re:They never fixed it so far (168 comments)

I must have misread the posting then. I know that if you have a working key most vehicles have a sequence in the manual that let you program a replacement key fairly quickly. Making one by pulling the key code over the OBD plug though would be interesting but not necessarily something your average car thief would be doing but there are definitely some parts "sourcers" that might do something like that as they make enough off a vehicle to be worth the time and trouble......

about 9 months ago
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English High Court Bans Publication of 0-Day Threat To Auto Immobilizers

zipn00b Re:They never fixed it so far (168 comments)

Is it a diesel? Those things last nearly forever!

about 9 months ago
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English High Court Bans Publication of 0-Day Threat To Auto Immobilizers

zipn00b Re:They never fixed it so far (168 comments)

To my knowledge that's a known FEATURE of many systems - not just BMW. However many vehicles will only accept a total of like 3 or 4 keys. But it allows a quick way to replace a lost key whether done by the dealership or by the owner. It DOES require a functioning key with the systems I'm familiar with (can't afford a BMW) so in like a valet parking situation there's a risk but valet parking is always a risk. Anytime somebody besides you has access to the car and the key there's a risk. I've also seen "blanks" for a variety of models of vehicles on the internet often at considerable savings over going to the dealer. I think one vehicle the dealer wanted like $250 for a lost key and I got a "blank" for $40 and programmed it in just a few minutes - well worth the difference........

about 9 months ago
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Same Programs + Different Computers = Different Weather Forecasts

zipn00b Re:Damn you people (240 comments)

I have no clue why but this thread is making me hungry..........

about 9 months ago
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GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA To Save It

zipn00b Re:nature and consumers (358 comments)

And that's exactly what they're doing - HOWEVER some of that cheapness is artificial because of the subsidies involved. The subsidies seem to be some sort of sacred cow and everybody is scared to touch them because it's made out like the family farmer will suffer. The reality though is the family farmer is damn near non-existent nowdays and odds are can't qualify for those subsidies thus it's just the huge corporations getting them so things like GMO corn can be sold to cattle "farms" for LESS than actual production cost and yet the corn producers are making a profit because of subsidies. And the most amazing thing is a lot of junk food is so cheap due to the subsidies and yet real, high quality FOOD often doesn't qualify for those subsidies and thus is more expensive. I personally think we need to kill the subsidies and have some decent labelling and let the market sort out what's viable instead of artificially making a market for things like GMO. Let people decide for themselves if they want to consume it. Some of the GMO is probably just fine but not let us CHOOSE?????

about 9 months ago
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GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA To Save It

zipn00b Re:nature and consumers (358 comments)

And to make it even worse some of the DNA manipulation is geared towards allowing heavy use of various insecticides and fungicides and such or have them 'built-in" to the plant so we're ingesting THAT stuff as well. Topically applied *icides at least can be partially if not completely washed off while those that are genetically implanted can't be yet the pro-GMO lobby seems to think we don't need to know about that either since it's been deemed "safe".

about 9 months ago
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GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA To Save It

zipn00b Re:nature and consumers (358 comments)

Still would be nice to have some sort of labelling though. If we're going to be in a free country it's nice to have true freedom to select what we want instead of "some big mix of GMO and non-GMO from 20 different countries" which we often get nowdays. Even if there's no GMO in it most commercially grown stuff is so mixed which is why nasty cases of e. coli, salmonella, etc. are so difficult to trace. And that goes for not just fruits and vegetables but meat as well - ESPECIALLY ground meat. Typical food labelling in the US sucks big time right now and even buying "organic" with the requirements supposed to be in place there could get interesting as big food producers keep trying to mess that up. Sad thing is not everybody is in a position to go to a real farmer's market or belong to a co-op or grow their own so they're pretty much at the mercy of the big agro-corps who buy politicians....
Anyhow I'd love to see an example where a random mutation that has occurred naturally has ever produced anything toxic. The current methods of DNA modifications are not truly known to be with no ill effects for long-term either for the plants themselves or for those who consume them. All we really know is that some very big money is going into the process and when big money goes in the end result for the consumer is not necessarily for the best. SO informed choice is even more a concern here but I'm big on making informed decisions anyhow like did this come from a local grower or someplace halfway around the world? I've seen the labelling on some foods from other countries and, especially in Europe, they seem to include more of that sort of info than we get in the US.......

about 9 months ago
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GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA To Save It

zipn00b Re: nature and consumers (358 comments)

Yes. Viral replication needs name resolution too..... :P

about 9 months ago
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Tim Cook May Not Know Why, But Samsung Is Winning in China

zipn00b Re:Better Value Phones to Americans (327 comments)

HA!!!! I personally have never been there but have heard similar stories for years. And not just in mainland China either........

about 9 months ago
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Tim Cook May Not Know Why, But Samsung Is Winning in China

zipn00b Re:Here's the reason... (327 comments)

Both parties hold major blame for Vietnam though - Johnson wanted to go in big and Kennedy didn't which is one of the conspiracy theories about why Kennedy was killed. SO, in essence the Democrats are as much to blame for ramping things up. Like any war there was plenty of money to be made by the right people thus we ended up in a war. The rest of us just kind of get fucked in the process. And getting KIA isn't necessarily the worst fucking you get either.........

about 9 months ago
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NSA Utah Data Center Blueprints Reveal It Holds Less Than Thought

zipn00b Re:Big disappointment (197 comments)

Oh you said Vorlons. And I was about to recite some very horrid poetry.............

about 9 months ago
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Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

zipn00b Re:IRS Too? (835 comments)

In other words they were just doing the job they were hired for.........
I've seen all types from cops that were trying to do the right thing to the ones who were running protection for organised crime to ones who managed to make it through the training and psych evals yet only wanted the badge to wield power over the public. Unfortunately LAPD has quite the reputation for the latter. Had an interesting discussion over the police actions in the Dorner incident with the trainer at the local police academy. He didn't agree with the way LAPD handled that either.

about 9 months ago
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MIT Uses Machine Learning Algorithm To Make TCP Twice As Fast

zipn00b Re:All Jokes Aside... Still No. (250 comments)

Odds are the hydrogen wasn't the culprit but only a piece of the problem. There were a number of crashes of airships that were using helium for lift rather than hydrogen that ALSO went up in flames. Part of the flame spread on the Hindenberg seems to indicate the skin went up in flames and it's possible that the hydrogen may have ignited after the skin. Every eyewitness report seemed to indicate a different version of what might have transpired. All that can be said for sure is that a number of airships burned and crashed BOTH hydrogen and helium based......

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

zipn00b Re:Metro UI (467 comments)

I've never had much of an issue with KDE as far as stability. However it's become rather a pig in later releases and I have mostly older hardware so it's not so pleasant unless you try to tweak all the fancy shit off on those. But then I wouldn't run Windows 7 on those boxes either. Overall though I've rather liked KDE for years now (since FreeBSD 4.x - don't recall what version of KDE at the time) It pretty much did what I wanted in the way of a GUI and if I needed to do something else that's what terminal sessions were for.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

zipn00b Re:Metro UI (467 comments)

Wasn't all hat - seemed to be a bit of ass too..... :)

about 9 months ago

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