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Comment How? (Score 2) 333 333

I'm not sure how they hope to contain such a yeast strain. Sure, they can lock it up *now*, but for how long will that last? It'll only take a single corrupt employee, or group of employees, being offered more money than they could ever hope to make in several lifetimes. Then it's out in the wild. Unless they plan on building in some kind of critical vulnerability in the strain, any home brewer can replicate the yeast with ease. Even if they do build in a critical vulnerability, it'll be an "addon" and thus, possible to disable.

I foresee another "War on Drugs" coming, where the objective in unobtainable. Fortunately after the first round of funding, the objective becomes irrelevant ( of course, the cynic in me is YELLING that the objective IS the funding..but I digress ).

Comment Dear TV Manufacturers (Score 1) 119 119

You're still not going to fool me. Years ago when my old CRT TV failed, I upgraded to a largish screen LCD. Works perfectly fine, still, even close to 7 years later.

I didn't need a 3d tv, or a 4k later. I really don't want a "smart" tv, despite the deliciously ironic name. I'm not going to upgrade every couple years, no matter what you try.

I half expect "smell-o-vision" next.

Comment Re:Merely scratches the surface (Score 3, Insightful) 950 950

A valid point as well; young women's ability is overvalued while young men's abilities are undervalued.

However, I suspect how society has been treating men for the past several decades plays into the VG and porn "addiction". We're told any sexual advances we ( men ) make are wrong, and they objectify women, but we're still expected to make them or we're "not men". Well, guess what? A lot of us are tired of the doublespeak and the games where we're always at a disadvantage ( one way or another, we're "wrong" ), so instead we choose to check out.

Why bother? Why waste all that time and energy for a potential reward? Video games and porn are a guaranteed rate of return and thus, a better value.

Comment Merely scratches the surface (Score 5, Insightful) 950 950

He's looking at the symptoms and declaring them to be the problem without any real understanding of the underlying causes.

Guys focusing on video games and porn are a natural result in a society which is heavily biased in favor of women. Hell, I'd rather avoid dealing with women romantically too, given all the risks involved. All it takes is the mere accusation of rape, and a man's life can be torn to shreds. But even beyond that, we see a legal system completely set against men; custody, domestic violence, divorce? All stacked against men.

So more men are choosing porn and forgoing women. Seems like a perfectly rational response to me.

Comment Re:sampling bias (Score 1) 405 405

I'm not even talking about asking questions. I LIKE questions from my trainees, shows they're paying attention and have a genuine interest in learning. I don't even mind the "that way is stupid, we should do it this way instead" comments as I learned they're much the same question as "why do we do it this way?", just wrapped differently.

No, I'm talking about solely the bitching and moaning. The "they don't pay for vision?!" or "Why won't they send me to training?", or my favorite ( I hear this a lot ), "We have to clock out for lunch?". It seems to always be a shock to them how the real world operates. I'd like to think I was better than that when I was there age, but I was probably every bit as bad.

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