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Comment Re:Missing the point.... (Score 2) 470

That may be the point from your personal perspective but when I read news reports about people destroying research crops in the middle of the night, and calling for the banning of 'GMOs', people I've met who claim that it's unnatural and therefore wrong, or that modifying the genes of a carrot will give you cancer, they lose all credibility to me.
From my experience that's the public face of the Anti-GMO movement.
'GMO' stands for Genetically Modified Organism, it doesn't stand for predatory patent practices or carcinogenic pesticides and if it's easier for some political movement to conflate all these things into one easy to name bogeyman at the expense of actual productive uses of the technology, they'll get no support from me.

Comment Re:paying dividends is dumb (Score 3, Insightful) 103

They serve text and and video, and in exchange they take 5% of the money pledged to projects.
I'm sure they have their servers and a team to maintain and keep their code and design current all covered.
So what exactly do they need capital for?
Do you expect them to branch into unrelated fields, build their own OS inside a browser, explore how 3D-printed IoT VR-goggles can be leveraged for crowdfunding just because they have some spare cash?

Comment Re:I don't code (Score 1) 515

It was mandatory at an elementary school I went to for a year, I didn't even get to pick the instrument because I moved there at the start of the year and everyone was already assigned.
I haven't played the instrument since and have very little memory of the whole thing, but I don't see any problem with the concept.

Comment Re:SpaceX's Next Big Challenge (Score 1) 150

Well, Tory Bruno is claiming the ACES upper stage will be a sort of space tug, it will stay and get refueled on orbit and then will be able to reposition payloads launched to it.

They can also just remain a second option for 'Assured Access to Space' and collect whatever subsidies are required to keep them afloat until someone else like Blue Origin or Orbital ATK make them redundant.

Comment Nope. (Score 1) 207

I read pretty slowly, and even so I sometimes catch myself having read a few lines of text but haven't really fully processed them so I go back and reread them.

I've also noticed a certain change of the pace of my reading as the scene plays out in my mind, I might read faster if things are happening quickly from a character's point of view.

So I think I'd lose the nuances of both the meaning and pacing if I tried to read faster.

Also, it's quite possible to follow the plot of a movie while watching at 2X speed but I wouldn't consider doing that unless there was some sort of artificial time constraint that required me to know the plot rather than enjoy the experience.

Comment Re:Why is google doing autonomous cars then? (Score 1) 95

I was thinking about when I read a recent story about BMW getting into driverless car research.
I bet a lot of existing car companies, rather than start their research programs behind, having to each collect their own data, would jump at the opportunity to license the sensors, software, road data from Google while having them share the blame when something bad happens.
And Google wouldn't have to spend any money on getting into manufacturing.

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