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Comment: Why do people need more vitamin A ? (Score 1) 396

by amias (#47246751) Attached to: "Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

most GMOs are created in response to a need that doesn't exist because of the nature of who gets to decide about what gets the research.

GMOs are made for profit by businesses to maximise shareholder value/revenue first and to answer the demands of their market second , pretty much like any physical product of a major corporation.

A while back there was a lot of noise about vitamin A enriched rice , which came with many stories about how the west was going to save those poor people in hot countries from famine with extra vitamin A. Most of the hype about that is steadily falling away as study after study shows serious long term problems with GMO and that vitamin A in rice did not transfer into the body as well as first thought.

This is yet another case of big business trying to play a humanitarian card yet retaining patents , lucrative profits and applying restrictive licencing.
It is this kind of 'humanitarianism' that causes the majority of problems in poorer countries by providing funds for corruption and disrupting local solutions or resolutions that allow communities to take control of their destinies.

There is a growing tide of resentment and resistance outside the west which if unchecked will spark off a round of terrorism that will make 9/11 look like a kids party.

We must stop interfering , none of us would like other countries doing this to us , the hypocrisy must stop and it is we the consumers that must vote with our money and our votes to stop it happening.

Comment: Re:Yeah, but.... (Score 1) 1198

by amias (#47194433) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

whilst there are more people with autistic and aspergers symtomps working in computing that most other industries there is still an underlying behaviour we all exhibit that is grumpy and short tempered regardless of gender , this is not related but IMHO inherited.

I think the intention of the OP was to point out that we males in the it community need to as a community address the problem of bad communication skills as we are likely to be caught up in the wider problem of male misogyny if we don't take a clear stance against it. We are also wasting the capable resources of many females who are dropping out of tech projects because of this abuse and having to pretend to be men to participate.

We need to reinforce good behaviour and as men we need to confront those exhibiting misogynistic behaviour and make it abundently clear that is not acceptable , just the same way as we do with racists.

we are responsible for the world and we must act like it , no excuses

+ - Alternatives to Gmail (web and IMAP, paid) 2

Submitted by TheGratefulNet
TheGratefulNet (143330) writes "I want to cut the cord with google and the first step is to find a good email/ISP provider. With all the snooping going on (by governments and the data center raids that happen in the US), I'd like to find an *offshore* (maybe Europe?) provider who emphasizes 'freedom' aspects, such as end to end security, data encryption on local disks, keeping absolute minimal logs/purging them frequently; as well as having a decent enough set of spam filters that they actively maintain. I *want* to pay for the sevice since I don't want ads or to have to spend time blocking stuff. I'd like to support a right-thinking ISP; are there any left, out there? Help me find a trusted offshore ISP that will likely be around and who does not do DPI and other evil things. Any recommendations for well-behaved ISPs out there?"

Comment: Re:Not your problem. (Score 1) 619

by amias (#36386240) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

only if it was a very very crap spam filter.

most spam filters i've worked on use weightings and so when importing this information it would add a strong weighting for
that user against that mail and not so strong weighting against the mail for other users. Other users could have weighting
for this mail as ham which should cancel the weighting against not to mention many other mitigating factors.

a good spam checker rarely rules out a message on a single criterion.

Toodle-pip
Amias

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