Slashdot stories can be listened to in audio form via an RSS feed, as read by our own robotic overlord.


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Given a healthy input of science fiction... (Score 1) 262

Just one of them is from a book on genetically modified fish

That is the only one that even comes close. Here is the quote from the book.

sterile or genetically modified fish are commonly incapable of producing viable offspring.

Genetically modified fish produce offspring but they are not viable. Since sterile fish produce no offspring the also produce no viable offspring. That is also not a formal definition.

Every reference to a formal definition equates sterility to the inability to produce offspring. How about this quote from the Concise Encyclopedia Biology;

Sterility, infertility: the partial or complete inability of an individual to produce functional gametes, and in a wider sense viable zygotes, under existing environmental conditions.

Since the mosquito offspring pass far beyond the zygote stage this definition does not apply.

If you can quote a formal definition I might believe you. Inferring from usage is not a formal definition.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 2, Informative) 262

This technique does not sterilize the male. Offspring are still created but they die quickly. This is a different process.

The modified males then mate with wild females whose offspring die, reducing the population.

If the males can mate and produce offspring they are not sterile.

Comment: Math (Score 1) 255

The number of drives seems to be large. The calculations are exponential therefore as the cluster gets bugger the number of spare disks get much bigger.

Drives spares Total
5, 15, 20
10, 55, 65
30, 465, 495

That's a lot of disks. There is a point that space and power overcomes the human cost.

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 282

by jklovanc (#48929663) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Actually, the social shunning/shaming of those who advocate positions that are detrimental to society

Name calling is not shunning or shaming. It is attaching the person and not the argument and therefore has no place on civil discourse.

All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

Today, all one needs to do is say the government wants it and many will assume it is bad. It is the flip side of the same coin.

You made some good points and I will think about them.

Comment: Re:LSM (Score 1) 247

by jklovanc (#48929639) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

On a one for one basis I can see your point. The calculations get different when you can replace banks of elevators with a couple of shafts. It also reduce the floors pace on each floor taken up by shafts. A LSM elevator can cost many times the cost of a rope elevator but still come out less expensive in the long run. Then there is the issue of vary tall building that even the new rope can not handle. Neither of us have the numbers so we have no idea where the break even point is.

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 282

by jklovanc (#48928299) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

The main deterrent is knowing the police are in an area. Otherwise it falls into the category of being anywhere, so why not commit crime x here?

I live in a relatively small town and know how many police officers are on duty at one time. If I know where all those police offices are I also know where they are not.

Sorry but your "scenario" misses a huge piece. People do not go to jail for having beer spilled on their shirt. If the police can not prove alcohol over the limit in the person's body they do not go to jail.

You're innocent? Prove it.

It is called a breathalyzer/blood test that the police will perform.

You also completely missed the point that even if someone gets tracked an pulled over the general public was not privy to the exact location of that person.

Finally, do you realize the manpower needed to put that chain of events together? Sorry but a DWI charge is not enough to justify that amount of manpower to any police force.

Programmers used to batch environments may find it hard to live without giant listings; we would find it hard to use them. -- D.M. Ritchie