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Comment: President was educated to do his job: it shows (Score 5, Interesting) 139

by ColMstrd (#41538871) Attached to: French Science and Higher Education Programs Avoid Austerity

yeh, the French know that sacking the public sector in times of crisis does not help the economy; quite the reverse in fact. M. Hollande is old school ENA (Ecole Nationale d'Administration) which turns out highly-educated senior French bureaucrats and politicians, who, whatever else they may be, are not daft.

Comment: Seed bank? Bah! Apocalyptic spectacle more like (Score 3, Informative) 115

by ColMstrd (#34075022) Attached to: How the Global Seed Vault Aims To Fight Future Famine

A single seed bank like this doesn't make any kind of biological sense. It is remarkably unlikely to be useful in the event of catastrophe: it's a long old road up there to Norway to replenish stocks of some ancient carrot variety from most parts of Europe.

If you actually wanted to guard biodiversity, you would encourage social networks of gardeners to replant varieties each season and share the ensuing seeds. The French organisation Kokopelli does this, but seems to suffer from legal harassment rather than incur the subsidies it would receive in any sane world.

An analogy for the slashdot crowd might be Napster (centralised) vs. BitTorrent (distributed).

I put up my thumb... and it blotted out the planet Earth. -- Neil Armstrong

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