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Sex-Switched Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Diseases 148

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-girls-allowed dept.
cstacy writes: Only the female mosquitoes bite and transmit viral diseases such as Dengue Fever. Scientists have finally discovered the elusive genetic switch called Nix, that determines the sex of these blood sucking insects, and hope to selectively eliminate females to control the spread of diseases. "Nix provides us with exciting opportunities to harness mosquito sex in the fight against infectious diseases because maleness is the ultimate disease-refractory trait," explained Zhijian Jake Tu, an affiliate of the Fralin Life Science Institute and a biochemistry professor from Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 1) 350

Anyway, Apple never did this, because they want people to get their music from the iTunes music store, and everyone else doesn't because the carriers won't let them [at least here in the US].

My older iPod nano has an FM radio built in for listening to music. (It does not have any Internet connection; iTunes is via USB.)

Comment: already illegal (Score 1) 150

by cstacy (#49166565) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses

Many states have laws on the books, rarely enforced, that make it a crime to hide your face by wearing any kind of mask in public. In the past, this has been about masked bandits. In the near future, you will be arrested for wearing these "invisibility" (IR or whatever) glasses in public. There will be sensors to detect when you're wearing them, and a handheld app for tagging you. The result will be a physical intervention (guard or policeman comes over to you) or correlation with your communications device emissions, photo/video stream as you walk around past public cameras, and license plate tracking. And once you've worn the glasses, there will be plenty of evidence to come knocking on your door for the "masking" crime. Whenever they feel like coming to get you, since the statute of limitations will be 6 years or something. I wonder what the catchphrase will be in the advertisements admonishing people not to "mask".

Comment: Re:Attack vector Port is SSH (22), passwd guessing (Score 1) 98

by cstacy (#49023481) Attached to: New Multi-Purpose Backdoor Targets Linux Servers

chihowa writes:
But you have to brute force a username as well as a password. These attacks aren't in any way targeted and "root" is present everywhere. I've never seen anyone try to ssh into my machines as the user geantvert or chihowa. Have you?

Well, not before today...

Comment: Re:Whaaaa? (Score 1) 113

by cstacy (#48981093) Attached to: Pilot's Selfies Could Have Caused Deadly Air Crash

What article did you read? The one i read said:

"It added the pilot didn’t have sufficient certification for night flight with passengers or flying on instruments alone."

I guess its possible, but ive never heard of someone getting their commercial before their IFR.

The Commercial certificate does not require an Instrument rating.
However: The pilot, age 29, held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for single engine land, multi-engine land and instrument airplane.

But he did not meet the currency requirements, particularly FAR 61.57(b).
According to all available documentation, the pilot undertook an illegal flight for which he was not qualified.

Flying at night can be very disorienting, hence the currency requirement. That alone could have caused the crash. This has been happening since long before portable electronics were invented. There is no evidence that cell phone cameras were used on this flight. Actually, we know that his GoPro camera definitely was not used. He had a habit (documented on GoPro) of careless and reckless operation: using a cell phone in critical phases of flight (including allowing passengers to use their flash cameras). On some previous flights, both were used, which is why the NTSB is wildly speculating that cell phone/camera usage is what happened this time.

Comment: Re: I am not sure what the hoopla is about (Score 1) 307

by cstacy (#48948347) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

That oath is to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic!

What the fuck do you think a "domestic enemy of the Constitution" looks like? Look for the suits with an American flag lapel pins. That's where they hide.

So you think people who sometimes wear suits are evil, and people who wear lapel flags sometimes are evil. Would it surprise you to learn that the person who posted the article exactly matches your description?

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