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Biotech

Insects Rapidly Becoming Resistant To GM Corn 368 368

DrHeasley writes "BT corn, which contains the DNA for Bacillus thuringensis toxin, was once hailed as the final solution for insect predators on this valuable crop. Now it turns out that insects, and evolution, are smarter than we thought, and the corn that contains the built in pesticide is no longer reliably protected."

Comment: Re:Free market for the win (Score 1) 644 644

Agreed. If there is a need for Firefox, it will still be alive somehow. I've never really used Firefox after all these years. Have been using Opera since nothing can replace it. Started using Chrome too for the past couple of years and have grown to like it, but still can't replace Opera as the main browser. Firefox? Meh.

Comment: *Yet another* one from Google? (Score 1) 96 96

How many times has Google been launching "a social network" (or "social integration")? First there's Orkut (failed), and then FriendFeed and its Blogger integration, and then Google Buzz (major fail!), now this Google Me. Just buy out Facebook (or Zynga, or both) and be done with it.

Comment: Mod parent up (Score 1) 531 531

I too hate variable scoping in Javascript, even PHP is slightly better in that variables are local inside functions. There are other small annoyances too. But the biggest is: Javascript has been given monopoly on the client side for too long. I wonder how much better can the Web be if there were more competition on the client-side browser language.

Comment: Unstable (Score 1) 278 278

$ grep kill ~/.bash_history | grep opera | tail -5

killall -9 opera

killall -USR2 opera

killall -9 opera

killall -9 -9 -9 opera

killall -9 opera

$ grep kill ~/.bash_history | grep opera | wc -l

175

I've used Opera for years since the 5.x days and have always loved it, but the past year it's generally becoming less stable and more annoying. It always seems to eat 100% cpu after some time, or crash at other times. Some builds are really terrible, stability- and performance-wise. Meanwhile Firefox is getting faster and faster and more stable and I'm finding myself opening Firefox more and more often.

However (unfortunately?), nothing comes close in handling lots of open tabs like Opera.

The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker

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