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Biotech

Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the origin-story-for-superyeast dept.
New submitter dunnomattic writes: "Researchers at New York University School of Medicine have achieved a milestone in synthetic biology. A fully synthetic yeast chromosome, dubbed 'synIII,' has successfully replaced chromosome 3 of multiple living yeast cells. The researchers pieced together over 250,000 nucleotide bases to accomplish this feat. Dr. Jef Boeke, the lead author of the study, says, 'not only can we make designer changes on a computer, but we can make hundreds of changes through a chromosome and we can put that chromosome into yeast and have a yeast that looks, smells and behaves like a regular yeast, but this yeast is endowed with special properties that normal yeasts don't have.' Work is underway (abstract) to synthesize the remaining 15 chromosomes."

Comment: Re:"...as we migrate our audience..." (Score 1) 232

by Specter (#46186783) Attached to: Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

+1 This is the most concise argument I've seen yet for why the current commenting system is so loved:

"... because the design permits unfettered chaos while providing the means for users to wade through it quickly and efficiently, so they can easily promote the best content to the top!"

OMG...focus your efforts on making this feature of the site more awesome and forget the rest of the window dressing.

Comment: Re:"...as we migrate our audience..." (Score 1) 232

by Specter (#46186269) Attached to: Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

You're wasting your breath frinsore. Many of us who had early access to the beta complained about the exact list of things that has the general /. population so upset. We were ignored.

You had your constructive feedback Soulskill and you pissed on it. Please stop coming here pretending to want feedback.

If you actually give a shit stop talking and prove it. Fix the stuff you've broken in beta.

Comment: Bullshit (Score 1) 2219

by Specter (#46186157) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

You are in fact not listening.

1) Vast wastelands of wasted white space in the margins? Still there.
2) Comment moderation slider? No.
3) UID Friends/Foes in the headers? No.
4) Ability to quickly link back to threads I'm commenting in? No .... The list goes on.

WE ARE YOUR REVENUE. We are the eyeballs you sell and the creators of your content; content (comments) that keeps people coming back. We are telling you that you're fucking up.

If you were listening we wouldn't still be having this discussion.

Transportation

Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else) 135

Posted by timothy
from the ok-so-which-tragedy-do-you-mean? dept.
malachiorion writes "I'm surprised I haven't seen more coverage of Lockheed Martin's autonomous truck convoy demonstration — they sent a group of robotified vehicles through urban and rural environments at Fort Hood, without teleoperation or human intervention. It's an interesting milestone, and sort of a tragic one, since troops could have used robotic vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan. What's fascinating, though, is that Lockheed is hoping to get into Afghanistan just before the U.S. withdraws, to help ferry gear. Plus, they have their sights set on what would be the defense contractor's first real commercial product—kits that turn tractor trailers into autonomous vehicles. Here's my post for Popular Science."
Java

Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans 109

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the will-no-one-think-about-cyberdog dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this quick bite from Info Q: "Oracle is seeking feedback from the Java community about what it should work on for the next version of Java EE, the popular and widely used enterprise framework. As well as standardizing APIs for PaaS and SaaS the vendor is looking at removing some legacy baggage including EJB 2.x remote and local client view (EJBObject, EJBLocalObject, EJBHome, and EJBLocalHome interfaces) and CORBA."

Comment: Re:Herpin' the Derp (Score 1) 599

This is actually a very interesting question. For pure software you're licensing, not purchasing, and so the doctrine of first sale doesn't apply unless the license allows it. For a durable good like a car or a washing machine, clearly a second hand purchaser wouldn't be party to the original license contract and the software must convey with the vehicle (or appliance) as the software is integral to the function of the device. Generally speaking though, I thought contracts of adhesion were prohibited by law, so the second hand buyer might in fact be in the clear.

I wonder (not enough to look it up) if there's any established precedent on the question?

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