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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida 73

Posted by samzenpus
from the I've-seen-this-movie dept.
MikeChino writes In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area. Scientists have bred male mosquitoes with virus gene fragments, so when they mate with the females that bite and spread illness, their offspring will die. This can reduce the mosquito population dramatically, halting the spread of diseases like dengue fever.

Comment: Or divide it into Californias (Score 1) 372

Find me a predefined region that's approximately 450k km^2 and you might have the answer.

California is one. The Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon) is another. So is the Dakotas (North Dakota and South Dakota). And there are plenty of other Sweden-sized tri-state areas.

Comment: Video search != video hosting (Score 1) 146

by tepples (#48937257) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Heck, Microsoft doesn't even have a compelling YouTube alternative!

whaa? videos.bing.com is a total pornucopia.

It's not the same thing. Bing Videos is a search engine, analogous to the Google Videos search engine. YouTube also offers hosting for videos uploaded by users. And in fact, for one random category I just viewed in Bing Videos two minutes ago, a large number of the videos were hosted on YouTube. Bing Videos is to Google Videos as what is to YouTube?

Comment: Xbox Live Arcade (Score 1) 146

by tepples (#48937233) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Trying to understand how Microsoft defines "exclusive":

MSFT will not allow a game on their device if it had an exclusive elsewhere.

Then how did any of the Xbox Live Arcade games, which were originally exclusive to proprietary arcade system boards, get released? Or are these all in the "too large to be intimidated by them" category?

Comment: TOS bans use of third-party clients (Score 1) 286

by tepples (#48937141) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

I said "clients", which you wrongly inferred to mean getting them from the service provider.

I guess I made this mistake because WhatsApp has been fairly aggressive over the past week at blocking third-party clients, and I seem to remember that Snapchat "expressly prohibits" their use.

Comment: Parents will have to buy PCs (Score 1) 286

by tepples (#48937103) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

So what you're saying is that programmers need more than an iPad?

Agreed. And with programming classes becoming more widespread in high schools, a lot of parents will have to upgrade their kids from an iPad to at least a Raspberry Pi if not a full-scale PC.

I wouldn't want to program on a netbook either

This is where my taste differs. During freezing or wet weather, I ride public transit to and from work, and in my satchel I carry a 10" laptop on which to work on hobby programming projects.

Comment: Windows Phone != Windows (Score 1) 286

by tepples (#48931775) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

There's Instagram, Vine and Snapchat clients for Windows

...Phone. I visited with Windows 8.1 and got these:

You can use the whatsapp web client on your device so long as you have the app on a smartphone to register.

From the Android download page: "Tablet devices are not supported". I have no smartphone. Is a smartphone still a luxury, or has it become a necessity?

And as I said you can run the Android apps in bluestacks.

Is BlueStacks based on Google Play or AOSP? Android distributions based on AOSP lack Google Play Store and thus cannot download Google Play Store-exclusive applications. In any case, it appears that BlueStacks is something that "everyone's gonna have to install" just as Flash Player and Java used to be; did I miss something in my assessment?

Comment: Re:Sticker shock of a new computer (Score 1) 286

by tepples (#48931641) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Laying that complaint at the iPad is like whining that you can't carry 4 people on the motorcycle you just purchased...

When you need to haul people, you can take the bus. What's the computing equivalent of public transit? And does it have the same drawback of not operating at night or on Sunday?

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