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Comment: example monoculture and sexual reproduction (Score 1) 259

by fonske (#46522891) Attached to: Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests
Phytophthora infestans A1 type created famine in 1845 in Ireland and Flanders.
Blight was largely under control in 20th century until the Oömycete got the chance to sexually reproduce with the A2 type imported from latin America to Europe around the 1980's.
Potatoes are largely from the "bintje" variety because consumer wants so. And potatoes are "cloned" by planting tubers from previous harvest.

Comment: At my wife's work they don't badge... (Score 2) 427

by fonske (#46396145) Attached to: All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech
She hates to be reminded of the fact that she can't be working more then 6 hours a day. Yet she has a way of making sure that all my surplus hours are carefully filled in with me doing extra tasks like grocery shopping, going to the doctor with the kids etc... She get's to appreciate both sides of the spectrum all in her advantage.

OneDrive Is Microsoft's Rebranded Name For SkyDrive 197

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the sesame-street-suing-over-use-of-one dept.
SmartAboutThings writes with news that Microsoft finally figured out what to rename SkyDrive, after losing rights to the trademark last year. From the article: "Microsoft has just announced that SkyDrive, their cloud storage service, will be renamed to OneDrive very soon. This follows the news of trademark infringement case filed by British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB) last year over SkyDrive branding. Microsoft had initially hinted at fighting BSkyB's claims over SkyDrive branding, but then decided to step back and rebrand their cloud offering. The Redmond giant has registered and has also posted a promotional video on YouTube announcing the upcoming change."

Comment: bring it on: WOII technical records (Score 1) 150

by fonske (#45975765) Attached to: How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform
Eperlecques (near Watten, France) V2 launcher bunker: 120000 cubic meter of concrete
I guess the bombing campaign by the Allies ("Crossbow") was also a record.
The bunker remained intact but the oxygen compressors were too much of an explosion hasard during the earth quakes caused by the "tallboy"-bombs so that the V2 launching got postponed until the end of the war happened.

Comment: Re:A projection of what? (Score 1) 433

by fonske (#45668605) Attached to: Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram
Testable, indeed, but always from an observation standpoint to which can be referenced to reproduce these tests (=consistency). Since an absolute, grand unifying, written-in-stone standpoint does not exist -ie human observation is limited by its senses- I will gladly accept (a tiny bit) of herd behaviour around a mystical energy pool that linguistically is referred to as God.
The bloody rooted "Christendom" led by one (male) pope, the tribal herd behaviour of Muslim (tribalism being exactly what the Prophet tried to fight by unifying under Allah (= Arab for God)), the predecessor Bhudism with its way to enlightenment and Hinduism before Bhudism with Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as a trimurti around the energy pool and the mythical tales even before that should instigate a critical stance to what happens around you (=observation).
Religion so wants to let you believe in its holy guiding lines to live by, it should put a healthy bloke on his "qui vive" (a gallicism in Flemish as a way of referring to extreme alert behaviour).
This "qui vive" is a great departure point for science.

The bogosity meter just pegged.