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Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1) 71

by Rei (#48938019) Attached to: FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

That's because most physics and chemistry experiments don't breed and multiply.

Neither do infertile mosquitoes; your point?

They are talking about something that happens literally in their own backyard.

Really, you think there's no products of modern chemistry in your backyard?

They are right to do a risk assessment.

And there have been risk assessments done, by regulators, taking into account the scientific data. Risk assessments are not something for Joe Bloe and his GED who reads NaturalNews and thinks that "GMO mosquitoes" means that they're going to bite his children and spread a zombie plague.

Changing the balance in an ecosystem can have huge consequences.

Contrary to popular belief, changing the bottom of a food chain rarely has major consequences; it's the changing of the top of a food chain that tends to have the biggest consequences. The higher up the food chain you go, not only do you have more of a profound impact on the landscape (look at how radically, say, deer overpopulation transforms a whole ecosystem), but also the more species tend to be generalists rather than specialists. Generalists means the ability to switch more readily between food sources, meaning changes further down have little impact on them. But if you eliminate a top predator from an area, the consequences further down can be profound.

Comment: Trying the same abuse: Charging monthly (Score 1) 86

by Futurepower(R) (#48937519) Attached to: LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release
It amazes me how many companies are trying the same abuse: Charging monthly. It is not possible to OWN the software. If an employee uses another computer for 6 months, or is sick for 6 months, you still have to pay for the original computer. Also, there is constant outside control.

And you have to pay monthly for backup computers.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 368

can you make a plain language argument countering my point?

i am saying a high cost to market entry creates a natural monopoly. no government is needed to create it. it's a natural consequence of the underlying costs of the market sector in question

where am i wrong?

i think my statement is pretty straightforward and without error

you simply paste a link

i'm sorry, but "go read my religious literature" is not an argument. in fact, i would say you have no argument. you have an unfounded faith in an unsupported belief. a bit of foolish trendiness, which is all your link represents, that will fade to history, along with such nonsense as phrenology and lamarckism, as dead ends of academic thought

the emperor has no clothes my friend

the cult of the free market fairy: the free market fairy solves all problems! how? don't ask silly questions, don't think, just BELIEVE

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 368

agreed except for two points:

1. for chronic conditions there isn't informed choice. choosing oncologist A over oncologist B because A smiles more doesn't mean much. 99.99% of us lack the educational capacity in oncology to know which is the better oncologist.

2. broadband for the narrow topic of internet connectivity is pretty much about fiber/ cable. it's too slow to get it over dial up/ cell networks/ satellites (unless you live in nunavut, not much choice otherwise). so when we talk "broadband" the topic is for all practical purposes only about the guys running fiber in your average urban/ suburban environment

which is a natural monopoly the government should own, then lease the fiber fractionally to everyone and anyone who pays a fee and wants to offer a service, any service. pretty much the same economic model of how we auction off the EM spectrum to radio, television, wifi, telephony, etc. that's the way it should work with fiber

Comment: Re:Not too big to fail (Score 1) 48

by drinkypoo (#48937383) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

If you're seeing that enough to make a comment about it, maybe you should look to a different source.

I have to return stuff I bought on eBay all the time, and occasionally stuff I buy from Amazon. It's not a big deal that some of the stuff from Aliexpress is garbage, until I get stuck with a bill and pile of shit. That hasn't happened to me yet, though.

+ - FDA wants to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino (1640221) writes "In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area. Scientists have bred male mosquitoes with virus gene fragments, so when they mate with the females that bite and spread illness, their offspring will die. This can reduce the mosquito population dramatically, halting the spread of diseases like dengue fever."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Great! (Score 1) 48

by drinkypoo (#48937289) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

How do you become surprised that you're getting fake watches, sunglasses, et cetera from Alibaba, anyway? It's believable that a few items will legally trickle through channels as advance demo units and the like, and wind up on eBay, but it's not at all believable that some random Chinese outfit can legally supply you anywhere from one to several thousand pieces of genuine Casio watches or LV handbags or even Cisco routers, for that matter.

Comment: Re:Not too big to fail (Score 1) 48

by drinkypoo (#48937247) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

So far, my experience with Alibaba (Aliexpress, anyway) is that at least on small items they are happy to refund you and ding the shipper. They don't care about those guys, if they go out of business and get broken up for parts or whatever there will be another guy right behind them with some more crappy crap.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

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