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Comment Re:so there you have it folks. (Score 2) 482

She hasn't been particularly as overtly anti-vaccine as she could be, which is good, but she has given some pretty wishy-washy answers on the topic of alternative medicine and pandering to the corporate conspiracy crowd. At a time when she should be giving a scientific answer she gave a politican's one; something she would no doubt attack other politicians for doing if the topic was climate change (and rightfully so of course).

Although, on the topic of genetically engineered crops, she has just been consistently in the wrong, and the recent thing about 'subjecting children to wifi' was pretty silly as well.

Comment Re:Criminal (Score 5, Insightful) 482

Yeah well there's just so many other options to choose from. You've got the corporate Teflon, the thought crime promoting nutcase, the de facto plutocrat who would let the invisible hand screw us right on over, and the conspiracy nutter who thinks wifi will fry your brain, and two of them don't even count. The options are so shitty I can't even protest vote, and if you go to any of the more minor parties you find theocrats, would-be communist overlords, and other assholes. There is literally no one who represents me, no one promoting reasonable reform where necessary without all the usual wingnut idiocy. This election day I see no get out of bed, except maybe to write in I. C. Wiener on my ballot. This election is genuinely disheartening.

Comment Re:Much rejoicing... (Score 5, Insightful) 154

I absolutely agree. In theory, one would think that the internet, being a global phenomenon, should be treated as such with no one nation having control. In practice, we have other countries bending over backwards to justify their anti-freedom of speech actions, and that's not okay. I'm not going to say that America is perfect...far from it, and in many many ways...but when it comes to freedom of speech, there's really no one even close.

I keep seeing these stories about how this or another person got fined or arrested for saying the wrong thing, a lot in Europe lately, and I see people defending this as completely acceptable, arguing that they still have freedom of speech, just that freedom of speech does not include unpopular sentiment that they disagree with. Saying unpopular, unsavory, or downright asshole-ish things is the exact definition of freedom of speech. The idea does not exist to defend popular ideas, it exists to ensure that everyone, even people who might be downright wrong or mean, get a voice. There are places where if I say the Holocaust did not happen (wrong and hateful), sing a song about how Erdoan is a scull fucking douchebag (honest and accurate), or reject the state's religion or political ideology (every individual's choice), among plenty of other things, I could face legal consequences.

And regardless of how you feel about any of those things, you don't get to take away another person's voice. There are ideas that I consider to be extremely dangerous and actively harming people and the planet but that I argue against them; doesn't mean I get to censor them. Speech is a human right, and that's end of the goddamn story. Recent events continue to show that not everyone agrees, and now they get greater control over the worlds most important communication medium? I don't like that. They say they will not compromise openness on the internet, but this is in a world where censorship in the name of 'preserving dignity,' whatever the hell that's supposed to mean, is argued to be not a violation of the human right to free speech; I ask them to lay out clear guidelines for openness. Like I said, America isn't perfect, but on this issue I trust the US a hell of a lot more than I do any other country.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 2) 145

I really don't want a unified OS. With the requirements by carriers, device makers, and governments, any cellphone OS will be locked down to keep the user out, while letting in plenty of remote attacks, be it the local country's LEOs, advertisers, or whatnot. I want my desktop OS to remain open, not rendered into some iOS variant where someone else controls my workflow, interaction with apps, ability to use hardware, and physical security of data.

Comment Re:I thought we wanted security (Score 1) 61

At the _minimum_ a source code escrow service, so if a contract is left unfinished or a business files for bankruptcy, the work made can be picked up by others and things continued. If I were paying someone megabucks to write up something, either the source code will be part of the contract, or it will be escrowed so that one party doesn't have a monopoly.

Comment Re:Do I have this right? (Score 2) 183

The difference between herbicide and pesticide

Technically speaking here, as per legal definitions, a pesticide is anything that kills an unwanted organism. An insecticide kills insects, a miticide kills mites, a rodentacide kills rodents, a fungicide kills fungi, an herbicide kills weeds, and all are technically pesticides, although in the common vernacular, pesticide and insecticide are frequently used interchangeably.

I agree with what you're saying, and the parent poster most likely was using the word pesticide to mean insecticide (because there is a lot of confusion around those terms), but in case anyone tries to get pedantic on you for making the probably correct assumption that the parent posted didn't know what they were talking about, you should know that referring to an herbicide as a pesticide is technically correct, although imprecise and confusing.

Comment Re:Do I have this right? (Score 1) 183

We label added vitamins and nutrition facts as those are actual components of food. Genetic engineering is not a food component, and it makes no more sense to label it that it does to label something has being produced through doubled haploid hybridization, grafting, or any of the other many things that go unlabeled (most of which the average person has no idea is occurring). The other difference is that there haven't been years of fearmongering targeting vitamins; is it really informative when you tell people just enough of a fact (but not all of it!) such that they might assume the wrong thing?

You wonder why there is opposition toward singling out one aspect of crop improvement out of many, not telling any of the essential details that would make it actually meaningful information, knowing full well that your average person doesn't really know what it means anyway and may think something incorrect upon seeing it? That's what I would call a lie of omission. Your argument is no more than a variation on 'if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear' which has always been bullshit.

At any rate, Obama just signed a labeling bill a few days ago. We'll see how that one goes.

Comment Re:Do I have this right? (Score 1) 183

Which has been going on for decades, long before genetic engineering. Surprisingly, plant breeders want to get paid too. If you don't like it, that's fine, there are countless varieties of crop that are not patented or off patent (for example, the patents on Honeycrisp apples and Monsanto's first generation of glyphosate tolerant soybeans have expired and both are now free to use). It is an option, not an entitlement, to use newer varieties.

You want to talk to be about short vs long term benefit, what happens when the people who invest vast amounts of time, effort, and money developing the new crop varieties you indirectly benefit from can have their hard work taken right out from under them by someone reproducing them cheaper and leaving them with the bill?

I'm not sure how you can say patents are bad then demand to use the work patents have provided for. That's a very logical inconsistent worldview. That having been said, we should all piss and moan at our local politicians demanding more funding for public land grant university crop variety development programs.

Comment Re:Do I have this right? (Score 1) 183

GMOs aren't bad because of the gene manipulation itself. Instead, they are considered bad because that manipulation results in significantly higher concentrations of pesticides being used on GMO crops

No, genetic engineering is totally the reason; the goalpost has just been moved some given how indefensible and ridiculous of a reason it is. In the case you mentioned, people should ask themselves if farmers are spending extra of GE seed just so that they can spend extra of additionally unnecessary pesticides because they have no idea how to farm and need some city dweller to explain it to them, or that there is more to the story. It is the latter.

Yes, there are crops genetically engineered to be resistant to herbicides; what do you think farmers did before these crops? It isn't as if weeds are some new problem, they've always had to be controlled somehow, but before this, they sprayed a combination of different types of herbicides at different stages of seedling growth (and before germination) along with soil eroding tillage, to control weeds. Now, you have a single herbicide applied fewer times with less tillage. Yeah, more of that particular herbicide is used, but that's hardly the issue; these things are used for the type of herbicide and time of application, not the amount which can be applied, contrary to the popular misconception in your post. The context here (which the anti-GMO activists that so many people listen to somehow always conveniently neglect to mention) is critical.

And if that doesn't tell you that the issue has always been genetic engineering, and not herbicides, ask yourself why people protest things like the Rainbow papaya, which is virus resistant no chemical inputs involved, or Arctic Apples, which have the consumer orientated trait of non-browning. Or ask why Clearfield wheat, which is conventionally bred to be herbicide tolerant has not been the target of protest. When GMOs that do not involve pesticides are opposed and conventionally bred crops that do involve pesticides are not opposed, you very well can't claim the actual reason for opposition is the pesticides.

Comment Oh goody, bipartisan support (Score 3, Insightful) 531

I think the real interesting bit, which the summary decided to leave out, is in TFA:

Clinton's campaign reportedly says that it supports the pledge's goals.

If memory serves (and I could be wrong), wasn't Clinton one of the advocates for greater control of video games back when that was the menace du jour that we must protect children from?

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:Ship is sinking (Score 2) 124

I hope CyanogenMod continues. Combined with Nova Launcher and some other apps, it makes a very stable, decent platform for day to day use, and a phone upgrade (assuming it has an unlockable bootloader) doesn't mean a UI change.

The alternatives are "meh". At best, I there are people in the XDA forums who are top tier ROM chefs, making something custom that helps a device work quite well, but this can vary on device and how popular (or not) it might be. Most likely it might be a factory ROM, rooted, and debloated, but I'd rather have something built right from the ground up.

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