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Comment Re:Not exactly (Score 1) 470

It's more like bashing Ford for it's role (along with GM) in, say, killing off public transit or the electric car. The producer is distorting the market and large parts of human civilization for their long term profit; and doing it at a scale that's hard to grasp...

More like bashing all car companies, including Tesla, because of those business practices of companies like Ford and GM.

What does Golden Rice (GMO), developed to save lives, non-profit, by academics, have to do with Monsanto? Big agribusiness business practices and mono-culture crops were a problem before GMOs entered the picture. Why not actually address the root of the problems, which are the business practices, rather the the technology?

Comment Re:Quit it already! (Score 1) 470

Why would you expect golden rice to somehow be less expensive than regular rice? And besides, any land suitable for growing rice is suitable for growing other vegetables.

Golden rice was not developed for profit, it will cost exactly the same but have more nutrients. It is for subsistence farmers who are lacking vitamin A, due to extreme poverty.

You are acting like there are not thousands of children dying and going blind every year due to vitamin A deficiency. Now for no reason, because a zero additional cost fix has been developed.

Comment Re:It's wrong because... (Score 3, Insightful) 294

Many scientists today refuse to let facts get in the way of their theories.

That is a complete myth and would be irrelevant even if it were true. Regardless on what your hypothesis is, in science you present evidence for or against it. Others can verify your claims. That is why, in science, frauds are eventually exposed, unlike virtually anything else. This is also why science has such a strong reputation.

By the way, you are confusing the difference between a hypothesis, a scientific theory and the layman theory.

Comment Re: "...sink or swim on their own..." (Score 1) 121

Putting that issue aside, the question then becomes, what is that cost? Any price you put on it is simply made up.

Actually its quite simple. The cost of sequestering the carbon dioxide produced along with the energy. (Which could fluctuate with market/technology). In other words, the extra cost should be the same cost to clean up the extra pollution produced. Otherwise the polluter is being subsidized by a price paid by others.

Say you compare bio-diesel with regular diesel, bio-diesel would be expected to cost more in dollars because it involved removing CO2 from the atomosphere. To be comparable with regular diesel you would have to include the cost of removing the CO2. That would be an exact and non-arbitrary price, since the CO2 pollution causes the damage.

We just don't like where these numbers lead and no one wants to penalize their country by acting responsible while everyone else just pollutes the world to their economic advantage.

Comment Re:Misleading summary (Score 1) 366

If so... it's an improvement.... but the requirement that the entrepreneur front, essentially 39% of the funds, to raise less than $100K.. would appear to be unduly burdensome. The requirement for a CPA audit would also appear to be unduly burdensome.

The person raising this money, should have a less-expensive option: that does not require losing a significant amount of their funding. And they should have an option of disclosing that no audit has been or will be performed.

They do: and that option is to raise funds from friends and family.

As long as they don't use a website to gather the funds in an organized manner. Say a bunch of small investments from a large group of friends over a large, geographic area.

Submission + - Feds aren't 'knowingly' weakening encryption, says U.S. official (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: A U.S. official Tuesday defended the government's encryption efforts in response to disclosures that the National Security Agency (NSA) has the ability to crack encryption protections. Patrick Gallagher, undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology and director of NIST, said that the leaks "would appear to attack our integrity." Gallagher, speaking at an Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit here, said that NIST's role "is to support a technical understanding of the strongest, most secure computer security, including encryption that we can. We are not deliberately, knowingly, working to undermine or weaken encryption technologies," said Gallagher.

Comment Re:oh boy ! (Score 2) 391

Individuals who find innovative ways to use these new technologies can become very wealthy.

Are you sure? The article seems to be give specific examples of how established industries are using the US system to stifle new companies that are being innovative and more efficient. Now which theory agrees more with class-mobility decreasing rather than increasing. Class mobility is probably the greatest indication of how much importance a society is placing on talent and effort instead of inherited positions and wealth.

Comment A classic -The "anti-science" crowd (Score 1) 218

While at the hospital, I asked a nurse if she had seen Guillain-Barré syndrome from the Yellow Fever vaccine. She said that this was the first time she had seen it from the Yellow Fever vaccine but they see regularly caused by the Flu vaccine.

I am cautious with other vaccine also--weighing the benefit against the know effects of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Knowing the about, I would say that BMO is ignorant of the science of vaccines and his comments are only his opinions. Autism is not the only affliction to be concerned with.

The parent is probably classic anti-vaccine logic. The flu itself causes Guillain-Barr&#233 at a much, much greater rate than the vaccine. An extra 1 in 100000 people who got the swine flu shot in 1976 developed Guillain-Barr&#233. And since no real direct mechanism can be found, that still might be correlation and not causation.

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/guillainbarre.htm

Comment Re:time for more apprenticeships over older collge (Score 1) 226

Programming skills in combination with other actual skills can be quite valuable. A lot of scientific software has poor usability because it was written by people who have no idea what realistic use cases or productivity bottlenecks are.

As for settling for bachelors-level jobs, CS is a very different world from science where work experience matters much more than degrees. But a bachelors in CS and 2 years work experience is probably worth as much as your PhD. Demand does not really match difficulty of the degree, but how replaceable you are.

My background is fairly similar, but I skipped out at the Masters level to work in industry. In science, PhD really would help get an interview though. HR would have screened out my resume through official channels...

Comment Re:Declare the compounds (Score 1) 364

By every medical or fact based study, marijuana, shrooms and LSD are among the safest drugs ever known. Psilocybin and LSD are completely non-habit forming; as in they are much, much less addictive coffee.

Meth is not some new drug. It was the typical biker 'speed'. And there were many years when the US was producing massive quantities of amphetamines for prescription use.

The vast majority of heroin users are not addicts, but occasional users. Similar to how the vast majority of people who drink are not alcoholics. The brain damage levels of alcoholics are incredible and much more severe what a cocaine addict has. (I am not advocating cocaine use; the heart attack rate is very high.)

The medical facts are a VERY different story than is portrayed and then there are problems like the complete lack of evidence prohibition reduced alcoholism. Alcoholics made sure to get a dealer.

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