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Comment Re:Side Effects (Score 3, Informative) 41

I have a friend with Friedrich's Ataxia, and CRISPR is one of the silver bullets she's praying for. FA cripples then kills you: wheel chair by 25, dead by 40 is often the case (it hardens the heart so it can't pump). While CRISPR has some unknowns and risks, having FA is a certainty. FA affects a single gene pair, so if you can replace either side of that gene, you have solved the problem, the mitochondria will start producing frataxin again, and the nerves will stop being slowly destroyed.

There are no treatments and since it is so rare (1 in 50,000 have it in the US, 1 in 30k in Europe, almost no one in Africa or Asia), few are investing in finding a cure or treatment. FA isn't the only orphan disorder like this. So yes, I'm quite happy to see CRISPR move forward.

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 270

You forgot margin. They have incredible margin on their products. Their concern is total profit, not units sold. They could easily drop their prices in other markets to keep market share, but the net profit to them might be lower. It isn't like iPhones prices are anything relative to their cost. Their price is based on what people will pay.

Comment Re: too much $, but no, 3 months pay (Score 1) 186

Bill the city/state? Are you an idiot? The police department doesn't just "fix crime" and send a bill to the tax payers. They ask for more and more funds all the time, so that would get lost.

Whether or no 36k is reasonable or not, the courts can decide. It sounds a little high, but not extraordinarily high.

Comment Re:So name them already (Score 1) 265

You are mistaking an actual example (my office) with a stereotype. I didn't say all offices are like mine, I'm saying his stereotype is inherently false and gave a specific example to refute his central claim that the stereotype exists. In the world of Graham's Hierarchy of Disagreement , that would be considered in the top tiers of how to debate a topic, ie: using more than contradiction and instead providing evidence.

Comment Re:The first time didn't help. (Score 1) 265

You would be shocked how often that backfires. They have lawyers on staff, paid to take chicken shit threats and shove them back down your throat. They can outspend you in a second flat, and run you into the poor house defending yourself. No, threatening a company and making claims they intentionally did something bad (particularly when you really don't know the whole story) is just a good way to end up broke and defeated.

Comment Re:Port Scans are normal, stop whining! (Score 1) 265

They aren't followed up my malicious activity unless their is a vulnerability to exploit. My guess is all this port scanning has forced the guy to lock his system down pretty tight. It might now be safer due to all the port scanning.

Excessive port scanning is abuse, but your ISP isn't going to address it, only the other guy's ISP is going to because that is where it originates, and only they can threaten to pull their access if they don't stop it. Efforts on this end are useless; keep hammering their ISP and their company, but don't expect a lot of result.

Comment Re:The first time didn't help. (Score 2) 265

Expect the CEO to send it to IT because he doesn't understand it, and for it to simply disappear. CEOs are about making money, they don't like being the complaint dept. unless it is a complaint from a huge customer that is threatening to not give them money. They don't make the big bucks because they can deal with port scans.

Comment Re:Another day, another future battery tech story (Score 4, Insightful) 151

Great idea, and as soon as you suspend all patents, every company trying to make money off of this will say "fuck it" and go do something else.

Greed is a bitch, but it can drive innovation. The whole idea of patents is that you have to give your invention away after 17 years, so society has benefited greatly by the patent system. It isn't perfect (like stupid software patents, which aren't "things"), but you fix a system, you don't erase it and all the gains.

Comment Re:bjoo hjoo (Score 4, Informative) 347

That is very likely. Dealerships contract out people all the time to install pin striping and other specialty logos. Remember all those fancy graphics on Toyota trucks in the 80s? They didn't leave the factory like that, I worked in a dealership then. These guys know exactly how to remove the old sticks from other dealerships or company logos without leaving a film or scratch. The dealer just got lazy and wholesaled it out. It probably isn't illegal (although it probably was a lie), but it is very bad business.

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