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Comment Law enforcement would love another gentic database (Score 1) 177

So if law enforcement is able to keep a database of animal DNA, and match that back to an owner... what's to stop them from using that database for other, perhaps more "interesting" crimes? An owner putting their pet into this database (or getting a pet already in it) would be tantamount to putting themselves in the database, considering the amount of pet material that an owner sheds.

Comment Even the article spins it negatively (Score 1) 265

They start off by saying that it's "the females that bite and spread illness," and that they'll be releasing only male mosquitoes. Then they take the concession that there's no guarantee that "**only** non-biting males will be released," and spin this into saying that folks will have "millions of flying, biting GMOs in their neighborhoods." Come on, now.

Comment No More DMCAs for google, then? (Score 1) 137

So if search results are free speech, then does that mean that law enforcement can't force them to remove search results via DMCAs? It's still not illegal material, but rather effectively *talking about* (linking to) illegal material that was generated/hosted by someone else. It's always been odd to me that you can write an article about an entire collection of sites (including ones that are illegal), or even archive them, but a search engine can't auto-index a complete set of sites (including the ones that are illegal).

Comment Sorry, but this is invalid (Score 1) 350

First, it sounds like your tried to replicate a "study" that had already taken place. In doing so, however, you used a different platform, Mechanical Turk, and did not use any exclusion criteria... but you still made the assumption that the two populations were the same. You do note that you made this assumption, but I would argue that the Facebook and Mechanical Turk populations are not identical -- particularly with respect to their socioeconomic status, maturity, and probably even their race -- all of which would be critical confounding factors in this study. Unless you have some form of data to back these assumptions up, they are invalid. Furthermore, as has been pointed out already, your sample size is entirely too small.

Comment Re:ASUS RT-N16 (Score 4, Informative) 427

I would have to second this: The ASUS RT-N16 (or even the Asus RT-N66) is the 802.11N successor

If you're looking for the latest tech (802.11AC), I would say the go-to would probably the Asus RT-AC66U or Asus RT-AC68U (or for internal antennae, the Asus RT-AC56U) with the close runner up being the Netgear AC1900

As you can see, Asus has really taken hold of the "open source router" market (you can install Tomato/DD-WRT on these), much as the WRT-54G did back in the day.

Comment To add to: Summary is terrible (Score 1) 52

Actually, the paper that this summary is referencing goes the opposite direction and talks about the 1) numerous studies that have already been performed to evaluate safety and 2) outline numerous more that will need to happen.

Fourth, our current knowledge of the risk management (5,11,36,37,95) and containment (35,38) issues associated with gene drives is largely due to the efforts of researchers focused on mosquito-borne illnesses. Frameworks for evaluating ecological consequences are similarly focused on mosquitoes (39) and the few other organisms for which alternative genetic biocontrol methods have been considered (96). While these examples provide an invaluable starting point for investigations of RNA-guided gene drives targeting other organisms, studies examining the particular drive, population, and associated ecosystem in question will be needed.

Go ahead and check out the references (and the rest of the paper) if you're genuinely interested in this topic. This is not mad science, nor is it Pandora's Box.

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