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Comment: Re:So what's the point? (Score 1) 287

by ChromeAeonium (#48900557) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

such as reduction in crop diversity,

Note even remotely how things work. Diversity is genetic sum of what you grow. Genetic engineering is a way of improving crops. They're not at all the same thing. What you are saying is like saying that spinning rims on cars are bad because it reduces the number of car models. It doesn't make any sense at all.

or unintended consequences

Oh like what? If you have evidence that there is some intrinsic deleterious effect of GE crops, show it. Otherwise, what you are doing is vacuous speculation. I could just as easily speculate on the 'unintended consequences' of vaccines, wifi, water fluoridation, or anything else I fell like opposing today, and it would be just as meaningless.

So "the point" is clear: to use labels to introduce non-health related message to consumners.

I call that deceiving people to advance an unscientific agenda.

Comment: Re:Damn Meant to include this (Score 1) 287

by ChromeAeonium (#48900491) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Not quite. The insecticide in question is the Bt toxin. It has a very specific mode of action, affecting only coleopteran and lepidopteran insects, like European corn borer and cotton boll worm, and of course its only going to significantly affect the things that are actually eating the corn. Contrast that to insecticide sprays, and you get benefits in terms of field level insect biodiversity.

Comment: Re:not honest (Score 1) 287

by ChromeAeonium (#48900427) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

It can never be "pro-science" for information to be withheld from consumers.

Evolution is just a theory. I demand it be labeled on textbooks.

A study once found a link between vaccines and autism. I demand that parents be informed prior to vaccinating their kids.

Is either of those anti-science? If so, why? I'm just giving people information.

Thing is, a fact taken out of context and presented to those without the basic background information is deceptive. You want to lie to the public to force your anti-science agenda.

"Does somebody own the intellectual property on the corn in this cereal?"

Implying that GMO=patent and non-GMO-no patent. This is not the case. If you were well informed about the thing you wish to regulate,you'd already know that, and wouldn't be insinuating a falsehood. This is the problem here. Maybe the regulation of scientific matters should be left to those of us who actually understand the topic, and not put to popular vote of those who don't actually know the issue.

Comment: Re:not honest (Score 1) 287

by ChromeAeonium (#48900373) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Oh, the corporate conspiracy card, that didn't take long. My university has often been accused of being part of that conspiracy. We're not, and it is an easily verifiable matter of public record, but the lovely thing about a conspiracy is that everything that disproves it is just part of the conspiracy. It's great for when you want to make wild claims with bugger all to back them.

Comment: Re:buy the competition (Score 2) 75

by c (#48898295) Attached to: Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

It's ancient history, but when Microsoft put some money into perl-on-Windows development, there were a lot of ruffled feathers and panicky headlines.

It didn't amount to anything even close to "taking over perl", even during the nastier stretch of Microsoft's "embrace and extend" era, but asking people to remember things that happened so long ago is obviously too much.

Comment: Re:They already have (Score 1) 661

by Bruce Perens (#48897151) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

There is no reason that we have to pick one and abandon work on the others. I don't see that the same resources go into solving more than one, except that the meteor and volcano problem have one solution in common - be on another planet when it happens.

The clathrate problem and nuclear war have the potential to end the human race while it is still on one planet, so we need to solve both of them ASAP.

Comment: Re:Farscape (Score 1) 249

by billstewart (#48890771) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

My local cable company didn't carry The Sci-Fi Channel until just about when Farscape went off the air (idiots! This is Silicon Valley, what did they *think* we wanted to watch? ESPN?) so I never saw enough episodes to really catch on, but it was kind of fun. And ST:TNG happened during the years I didn't have TV, so the few times I saw it were always the same annoying episode with Q in it for some reason.

Comment: X-Files vs. Bab-5 - ouch! (Score 1) 249

by billstewart (#48889595) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Babylon 5 vs. Star Trek ver N+1? Easy choice, Bab5 wins hands down.

But X-Files was why I had a TV in the first place. We'd had an old Amiga monitor and VCR to watch movies, which eventually got replaced by a TV/VCR combo, but my wife saw X-Files when she was staying at a hotel for a conference, came home and rented all the available videos at the video store (remember video stores?), and then one day I came home and there was a coax stretched down the stairs from the cable jack, and I was told that if I didn't like it I could move the cabinet that was in front of the living-room cable jack.

Comment: So. Effing. What. (Score 0) 99

by pegr (#48887563) Attached to: U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

You could do interesting things to my car via the OBD-2 port, but I don't lose any sleep over that either. Rapid7 is a security products vendor. EVERYTHING they do is to further their interest in SELLING PRODUCTS. (Nothing wrong with that.) But I am damn tired of security product vendors telling me the sky is falling.

Heard that the next Space Shuttle is supposed to carry several Guernsey cows? It's gonna be the herd shot 'round the world.