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Sex-Switched Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Diseases 122

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-girls-allowed dept.
cstacy writes: Only the female mosquitoes bite and transmit viral diseases such as Dengue Fever. Scientists have finally discovered the elusive genetic switch called Nix, that determines the sex of these blood sucking insects, and hope to selectively eliminate females to control the spread of diseases. "Nix provides us with exciting opportunities to harness mosquito sex in the fight against infectious diseases because maleness is the ultimate disease-refractory trait," explained Zhijian Jake Tu, an affiliate of the Fralin Life Science Institute and a biochemistry professor from Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 669

That would endanger jobs. Look, lemme explain it to you.

You pay taxes, so Mommy Merkel can stuff that money into Greece. So the Greeks can pay for the weapons you delivered. So the companies that built the tanks and subs can avoid paying taxes and employ you.

So, in a roundabout way, you're paying so you can work for the company you work for. I know it is supposed to be the other way 'round, but hey, this is the new economy. You don't get paid for doing your job. You pay to have one!

Comment: It could endanger TTIP? (Score 3, Interesting) 146

by Opportunist (#49768315) Attached to: EU Drops Plans For Safer Pesticides After Pressure From US

Dear EU sponges,

Shouldn't that be a good reason FOR pushing for this leglisation?

So, lemme recap, we not only don't get any protection from dangerous pesticides but we also get it so we can still have a trade agreement that has no beneficial effect whatsoever for EU corporations?

Thanks. Who are you working for again, just so we know? We're kinda confused.

signed, the idiots paying for you useless asshats.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 669

If they get busted out of hte Euro zone, Germany is jumping over the cliff after them.

The Greeks don't just get money to spend. They get loans with a detailed list of things what to do with those loans. And what they have to do is hardly in their interest. They don't get to invest or to create any kind of stimulus for their industry and economy. They get to sell what's left of profitable stuff to the cronies of the countries that pump money their way (not quite for the market value, of course), get to pay their debt to the lender countries (hey, we want our money back, ya see!) and have to cut back pretty much any kind of spending that would allow them to actually recover.

That money is not going to help Greece much. The only thing this money does for Greece is to uphold the pretense that they are not bankrupt a little bit longer. First, we want to squeeze them dry, force them to ruin their economy to the point of no return and THEN dump them. Why should we let them off the hook when there's still meat on them?

And when we have totally ruined them, we can still treat them like the other countries we already did and either install some dictator that buys our guns for the few scraps that we let him have or wait for them to find any kind of resources we can then squeeze out of them. You think just because Greece is in the EU that we don't treat them like a colony? Think again.

Comment: Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 3, Interesting) 669

The intention of the IMF is not to help those it gives money to. The intention is basically to control them.

When Franz Josef Strauss, a German politician who was renowned for being hardcore anti-communist and would generally fit well into the right edge of the current US Republicans, was asked why he offered a billion Marks loan to the GDR, he pretty much said "We have to make them dependent on our money like the addict to the drug".

And that's basically the IWFs function now. Though FJS could not even dictate how they may spend the money, unlike the IWF now.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 529

by Reziac (#49763981) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

Another consequence is that because it digs deeper in the pile, it tends to put a lot of affirmatively-actioned applicants in over their heads, who otherwise wouldn't have qualified academically. So it actually increases the failure rates among those minorities. And this is somehow seen as evidence that we need more affirmative action...

Comment: Re:Kaspersky is not special (Score 1) 288

I bought the Hacking Exposed books.... they were enlightening: Linux isn't really 'safer' than Windows; it just has a different set of vulnerable points (fewer of 'em, but penetrating deeper into the system and more likely to persist across versions). If you want true security, run Netware.

The patching system may be the real culprit, tho: It's been pointed out that when a Windows version becomes "unsupported" there's an abrupt cessation of newly-found vulnerabilities. Why? Because the bad guys discover the holes mostly (perhaps entirely) by reverse-engineering the official patches ... which with Windows, tend to be monofocused on a single bug, making the hole fairly easy to ID, and thereby paint a handy target on unpatched machines. Conversely linux updates are, to my grok, more likely to address a bunch of stuff at once, making any single hole harder to identify. Likewise, Windows service packs (which address a bunch of stuff at once) have not typically been followed by a rash of newly-found vulnerabilities.

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