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Comment: Re:Shame this happened (Score 1) 136

by MozeeToby (#46789315) Attached to: Plant Breeders Release 'Open Source Seeds'

Because he knowingly went out of his way to make copies of seeds that he knew were protected by patent law. I hate Monsanto's business strategy, more because I think it completely undermines the potential for genetically modified seeds than anything else. But the guy knew exactly what he was doing. Just because he did it with a field and a bottle of round up instead of a genetics lab doesn't change the facts.

Comment: Re:Query (Score 1) 326

by MozeeToby (#46788295) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

This article feels like all those ads you see at the bottom of news stories that are disguised to look like related news. They all talk about how great things are in Detroit and how cheap the land and buildings are and how the economy is "booming". Is it sad that Slashdot has fallen so far that my suspicion meter is starting to move when I see articles like this?

Comment: Re:Better leave now (Score 3) 233

by MozeeToby (#46781815) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

It's been done several times in fact, though I don't know if it's ever really been a central plot line.

The Revelation Space series has shades of that, but it's mostly background information that doesn't come directly into play. The "Amerikano" generation ships that colonized nearby stars (often less than ideally inhabitable) which were massively outstripped once the "light huggers" which could make the trip in a few years subjective time.

The Sector General has something similar, though with FTL ships replacing the generation ships. I think they find one of the old ships drifting through space, the inhabitants all dead or nearly.

Comment: Re:City within a Building (Score 1) 98

by MozeeToby (#46767305) Attached to: Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

The Sears Tower (sorry... the Willis tower) was even designed to be modular. Its 9 stacks built into a single building, more stacks could be added to the edges, the shorter stacks could be expanded vertically at least to the height of the taller (and probably somewhat taller, not sure on that though).

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 1) 431

by MozeeToby (#46747073) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

There is nothing specifically wrong with America's education system.

You're making some assumptions there. Perhaps part of the problem with America's education system is that certain demographics are undeserved. I grew up in a small and poor town, attended public school and got an education that, while certainly not the best money could buy, was more than enough to prepare me for college and eventually the workforce. Meanwhile, school districts with comparable wealth in the inner city schools of the same state are underfunded trash.

Why the disparity? Part of it is cost, it simply costs more to operate a school in an inner city environment. Part of it is teachers, once inner city schools got the reputation they have many good teachers fled. Part of it is, undoubtedly, cultural. Inner city cultures (completely irrespective of race IMO) don't tend to value education as much so the school gets less support from the parents of students and has a much harder time fundraising even though wealth levels are about the same. The point is that the end result is lower quality schools, which in turn leads to poorer outcomes.

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