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Comment Looks surprisingly good (Score 2) 45

Well, I'm cautiously optimistic about this. Far as I'm concerned, last truly great Sonic game was Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Sonic Adventure & Sonic Adventure 2 were okay 3D platformers (for their time at least, the first being a bit better than the second IMO), but almost everything past that has been memorize the death drops go where the game wants you to go, and maybe for some reason push button combos to do tricks of some sort along the way. Even Sonic Generations, which a lot of people rated highly (for reasons I don't understand) was no better. They just haven't been any fun lately. Sonic has not aged as well as Mario, and as a long time Sonic fan I really hope they can go back to their roots and make more of what made the Genesis era Sonic so good. Judging by the small bit I can see in this video, it looks like they might be doing that.

And if you think this is just nostalgia talking, there are indeed modern games that are exactly what I'm talking about. If Genesis era Sonic type games are your thing, the best one right now is Freedom Planet. It is an excellent gem of a game, with developers who continue to add on for free what other developers would sell as DLC. It is what the past decade and a half of Sonic should have been, and if you're a fan of 2D platformers, I can't recommend Freedom Planet enough.

Comment Re:what a bunch of bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 76

You are a scientific researcher but you don't want to make your results publicly available?

I'm guessing they're not, just an AC troll. Researchers don't get paid whenever something they write is downloaded; the journal leeches are paid whenever someone without a subscription buys access, or paid through subscriptions. If anything, not having your work more available is hurting you, since less people can read, access, and cite your paper. I really can't think of what advantage there would be, intrinsically anyway, to publishing in a paid over an open journal.

Comment Re:well intentioned? (Score 4, Insightful) 209

The NSA reached spying on Americans one step at a time, each step thoughtful and with the best of intentions.

Bullshit. There is no possible noble justification for spying on and lying to the American public then trying to make an example out of the hero who revealed your treason. If some average person did something like that, say put a camera in a private area, then got caught, saying 'I had good intentions and just wanted to protect them' would look like a pathetic excuse. These assholes were on power trips, not making mistakes with good intentions.

Comment Re:Monopoly (Score 1) 378

That makes no sense. How does a transgene affect anything? You do realize that big seed companies were there long before genetic engineering was a thing and that these same companies sell non-GE seed too yeah? You want to talk about corporate control of basic necessities of life, that's a fine conversation to have, but pinning that issue on genetic engineering is like being opposed to the concept of cooking because of the prevalence of McDonald's.

Comment Re:Yes, sure, but... (Score 1) 378

But what about the dirty tricks companies play, such as patenting a gene sequence?

If they are doing that to naturally occurring gene sequences, as opposed to artificial ones they designed, fair point. But I can't think of that occurring. On the other hand, the first generation of GE soybean is not off patent. What, specifically, is the problem with patenting something you brought made for a set period of time so that you can get a return on that investment and fund future work before it falls into the public domain?

Or deliberately modifying the genome so the plants are fine with respect to food, but don't produce viable seeds

And that was developed (although never implemented) at same time complaining that GE crops cross pollinate other crops (like every other outcrossing plant on the planet) then that might be some evidence of malice. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. And if they were not hybrid seed to begin with which generally do not produce superior progeny in the next generation.

Comment Re: Shill accusations? Nooooo! (Score 2, Informative) 378

One of the type of genetic modifications performed involves modifying the plants so that you could actually use more chemical crap without hurting the produce.

That is a misconception. It doesn't enable you to use 'more' herbicide, it enables you to change when and what you use. Instead of a series of pre- and post-emergent herbicides you can have fewer applications of a less harsh herbicide. Ideal? No, but do you have a better weed management strategy?

For example, using more herbicides and fertilizer to promote the growth of crops using the latter but preventing weeds from doing the same using the former results in the Gulf of Mexico becoming a eutrophicated, dead zone.

That's actually the exact opposite of true. Because of herbicide tolerant crops, more and more farmers have switched to no-till systems, and have used herbicide applications instead of tillage for weed control. Thing with tillage is, it helps with weeds, but tears up the soil and contributes to soil degradation and fertilizer runoff, the nitrogen from witch causes eutrophication. If dead zones are your concern, you should be supportive of things that facilitate no-till farming.

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 5, Insightful) 391

I'm always a bit baffled by how the world keeps looking at Germany and Japan's WWII histories. Germany's is 'What we did was horrible, never forget when we did' and Japan's is always 'What was done to us was horrible, never forget what happened to us.'

Anytime I see any sort of WWII memorial sort of thing here and there, it's almost always about either the Holocaust or the Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombings. Well, those are two very different things. The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, the Rape of Nanjing, Unit 731, the so-called 'comfort women' (or to call that what it actually was, sexual slavery)...I mean, without even considering Pearl Harbor, let's not pretend that there wasn't one hell of a lead up to the bombings.

It just seems wrong that we spend so much more time talking about the thing that ended the war than the actions, and victims, that made those means necessary.

Comment Re:Par for the course (Score 5, Insightful) 407

This is increasingly apparent. My computer constantly bugs me about installing something I don't want, and I keep hearing stories of people whose computers decide to update anyway without their explicit permission, and of people who try to revert after the upgrade but have problems doing so. I paid for Windows 8. I don't really care for it, I preferred the last version, I liked the Start menu is much more useful than whatever the hell I've got now is called, but that's what I've got on my machine, and if it is really my machine, than I get the choice to do what I want, how I want, when I want, and if I want. Microsoft it seems does not appear to agree with that and can't take no for an answer. I don't care if Windows 10 is the best thing ever; it's my property and my choice.

I've for years been one of those uncommon people who has had experience and done work on Mac and Linux systems but still preferred Windows. Next computer I get, and I'll likely be in that market soon, I do not think I will get a Windows machine. This is too much humbug, and I don't like where Microsoft is taking things. If this story is accurate, this is more of Microsoft trying to control what should be under your sole command and ownership, and that's not acceptable.

Comment Re:Yeah, me, too (Score 3, Informative) 56

Well I am an academic at a public institution, and I sometimes have the same problems when I hit something my institution does not have a subscription for, or does not have access to a certain year (some journals we don't have before or after a particular year). Yeah, I can get ultimately get it if I want, but it's bullshit that I have to jump through hoops, or am expected to shell out money to do my work, just to get papers my tax dollars already paid for. All I want is what is mine. The people paid for this research, they should get access to it. Full stop, end of story, no exceptions, not next year, not when (if) the copyright expires, NOW. Copyright infringement is downloading something you did not pay for. This is not copyright infringement because you have in fact already payed for it. This is getting what you are owed, what you and I have already paid for through our taxes. Leeches like Elsevier and their ilk are the thieves who are stealing from us, not the other way around. Good on anyone who makes publically funded research rightfully available to the public.

Comment Re:radiation compared to what? (Score 4, Interesting) 144

Bingo. It doesn't have to be scientifically accurate or in any way meaningful, it just has to be bounced around on social media with a scary caption to the point where the FUD moves faster than the facts. Standard Greenpeace MO. Notice how they opted to use images of schools and nurseries too, gotta work in that nice 'think of the children!' bonus.

Comment Re:Why conceal it? (Score 1) 740

which are already labeled on the packaging.

Sometimes they are, but the key things is that they are voluntary and not required by law, and when was the last time you saw a non-Kosher or Haram label? No one is saying never have labels; I'm saying don't make them legally required.

And how does one "take responsibility" if they do not have all the requisite information?

I literally said exactly how in my post. There is a certain list of things you avoid, or by explicitly labeled as non-GMO variants. That's how you do it. Just like how a Muslim knows not to eat bacon, even if there is no label in the ingredients section specifically saying that it is Haram, you can tell quite simply what foods probably contain GE ingredients learning about your own dietary restrictions and checking the ingredients. If you can't be buggered to spend 10 minutes learning about your own dietary belief system, then either you don't really care much about it anyway, or the push for labeling is just an attempt to further stigmatize genetic engineering. Given that major anti-GE groups like the Non-GMO Project clearly state what you need to do to avoid GE crops yet people still push for labels, this whole manufactroversy is clearly the latter case.

Comment Re:Why conceal it? (Score 1, Insightful) 740

That's a pretty poor case you're making. If someone is knowingly, intentionally, violating patent law or breaking a contract they signed, that's their fault. I suppose you could complain about the very concept of plant patents if you care to explain how crop breeders getting paid a fair price for their work, selling something that no one is forced to buy or use but is still desirable enough to command a premium seed price, is somehow wrong.

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