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Comment: Re:Funny ... (Score 1) 274

by alta (#47343093) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

You can go from Mobile to Huntsville and only see a little bit of that stuff.

Get off I-65 and it's anyone's guess.

There is the HUGE confederate flag looming over the interstate between Birmingham and Montgomery though, marking where to get off the interstate for the Confederate museum.

Get down in the Southeast corner and be afraid.

Comment: Re:Problems (Score 1) 396

by alta (#47246443) Attached to: "Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

Are you serious about #1. And I'm not ONLY talking about cross field issues, but any Monsanto/GMO issues. You may find this site credible:

http://www.monsanto.com/newsvi...

Since 1997, we have only filed suit against farmers 145 times in the United States. This may sound like a lot, but when you consider that we sell seed to more than 250,000 American farmers a year, it’s really a small number. Of these, we've proceeded through trial with only eleven farmers. All eleven cases were found in Monsanto’s favor.

And for #2 I'm very familiar with growing bananas in marginal conditions. I lived in Mobile Alabama, and while we can grow banana trees there, the winters often kill them back to the point where they nearly have to start over each year. Do-able but not efficient. But if they can alter the fruit to be more healthy they can alter the tree to be more drought and/or cold resistant.

Comment: Problems (Score 0) 396

by alta (#47245659) Attached to: "Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

Here are my concerns...
and obviously I didn't read TFA.

1. patents? Monsanto? GMO issues? discuss...

2. Invasive species. I'm looking at you kudzu and jap-grass. Now this one may not be a problem. If the things absolutely took over the entire country I'm not sure people would be complaining about the massive amounts of food they have growing everywhere. Now if they took over but because of weather conditions didn't actually produce food, that would be bad. Unless people in uganda actually needs tons of shade.

Comment: Re:UV (Score 1) 123

by alta (#47171121) Attached to: Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

I'm sure the plastic that's exposed is broken down but...

1. This article is mostly about plastic that's melted in beach campfires along with a bunch of other crap. If the UV rays are only hitting the surface of the plastic it's not going to break down the crap inside.

2. Stuff floating in the ocean only has a little bit exposed to the UV Rays. Most of it is going to be underwater. Even if it rolls around in the waves what spends times exposed is going to be much less than something sitting stationary getting hit by the sun.

Comment: Get this off /. (Score 5, Insightful) 482

by alta (#46891487) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

First, this article is stupid and made more dumber for reading it.

Secondly, people like to finance everything. You're just financing your phone. It just makes it a little more complicated that it's hidden in a monthly service. It's that simple. Doesn't need a story. Can we un-post this?

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