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Comment: Re:you have OpenCS (Score 2) 273

by the plant doctor (#46785017) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Hmm, Gimp is fairly decent for a Photoshop alternative. I know pros won't be switching, but I'm proficient enough with it that I still prefer it now.

However, Gimp won't cover Illustrator. Inkscape does a damned good job with SVGs.

I'm a scientist, not a designer, so these cover the needs of me and my lab for no cost. I can do nice looking posters and whatnot with these tools, quite efficiently.

Comment: Re:power over phonelines (Score 1) 449

by the plant doctor (#46613535) Attached to: WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever
Mmm, yes, I while had cell phones that I mainly used when I still lived in the States; I also had a landline in my home. Two cordless phones in the house that used. However, I had a cheap corded phone that I just kept in a cabinet in case of an emergency. Like the 7 days we were without power due to an ice storm. Corded phone came out, I was able to keep in contact. Sure, I could charge my cell phone in the car, but I had to leave the car running to do that.

Comment: Re:GMOs=evil business (Score 1) 510

by the plant doctor (#45875061) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

Blaming GMOs for this is silly. We've had herbicide resistant weeds before. It's the cultural practices used in production. Scientists warn of this and companies give guidelines on proper use, e.g. refuges of non-Bt corn to help prevent resistance from building up in insect population, use different mode of action herbicides, etc. but farmers (yes my father was one) often ignore these guidelines and do what's easy. Thus the problems.

Comment: Re:More accurate headline (Score 1) 510

by the plant doctor (#45875031) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

These things worry me. I am an not a biologist, but I am an engineer. Please don't accuse me of being a "science denier" and coming up with "crap."

Well, since you're not "anti-science" why have you not read the literature? Reductions in mycotoxins and pesticide application seem like a verygoodthing to me. Just two articles of general nature, but there's plenty of others out there...

http://www.ask-force.org/web/Benefits/Phipps-Park-Benefits-2002.pdf http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1081/TXR-200027872

Comment: Re:More accurate headline (Score 1) 510

by the plant doctor (#45874957) Attached to: Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

"a bunch more"? I'm not aware that the label rate of RoundUp changed once RR Soybean was introduced. In fact, there's plenty of scientific evidence that says that pesticide applications and use of fossil fuels and soil erosion were reduced when these soybeans were introduced.

As for RoundUp Ready corn, everyone conveniently forgets Atrazine and the other *zines that were used and leached into groundwater etc. prior to it's introduction.

Your "bunch more" really is a "bunch less".

Comment: Re:GMO won't fix this (Score 2) 400

by the plant doctor (#44806591) Attached to: Interview With Professor Potrykus, Inventor of Golden Rice

"Fix poverty". Which immediately leads to the question, *how* do you fix poverty? Don't you fix poverty by giving the poor more opportunity to grow and make what they need?

It's well established that human health and poverty are closely linked. Fixing human health is one of the steps to fixing poverty. Healthy people are more capable of working than those that are ill.

Comment: Re:GMO won't fix this (Score 3, Insightful) 400

by the plant doctor (#44806581) Attached to: Interview With Professor Potrykus, Inventor of Golden Rice

So in your world, blindness and other consequences of nutritional deficiency is in no way a driver of poverty?

Poverty and well-being are inextricably linked. It's a vicious cycle. If you can start breaking into it at any point it's helpful. Golden Rice is just one entry point into this cycle.

Comment: Re:Idiots are against Golden Rice (Score 5, Informative) 400

by the plant doctor (#44806523) Attached to: Interview With Professor Potrykus, Inventor of Golden Rice

The simplest solution seems to be to grow some carrots or other vitamin A rich food alongside rice. But, maybe you're right and they need every inch of their land to grow rice and can't spare any for other vegetables.

Have you actually set foot in a rice paddy here in Asia? I'm guessing not. Rice is extremely unique in its ability to grow under monsoonal conditions. I'm not aware that carrots are fond of 5cm of standing water throughout the growing season.

Beyond that, as the grandparent noted, these people use all the land to grow rice. It's not that there aren't good solutions (from a Western developed country standpoint), it's that this one FITS the problem at hand.

Comment: Re:In the absence of glyphosate (Score 2) 208

by the plant doctor (#44612595) Attached to: GM Rice Passes Unexpected Benefits To Weeds

Might be wrong, but bacillus thuringiensis is primarily used because of it's effectiveness as a -pesticide-. Glyphosate, as discussed here, is primarily used as a -herbicide-.

Both are pesticides...

Bt is used as an insecticide, both in GMO and conventional forms.

Glyphosate is a herbicide.

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