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Comment Re:The real problem... (Score 1) 286

My guess is that they only do it because they got some pretty severe threats from the EU behind the scenes.

Not even behinds the scenes. The GDPR-rules that will be implemented by 25 May 2018 stipulates, among other thing, that any organization that collects or process data about EU citizens must get consent and inform the individual about what is collected and how it will be used.
The fine for non-compliance is up to 20,000,000 EUR or up to 4% of the annual worldwide turnover, whichever is higher. Not exactly peanuts.
A good guess is that this is a preparatory move to ensure that they are complying with this when it hits.

Comment Re:Quick, get your tinfoil hat! (Score 2) 446

Yes, there are some legitimate problems with GMOs, but they are legal issues, not health or environmental ones, and no one is talking about the alternative: More fertilizer, more water, more land use, more fuel to get less food.

Regardless of this, why shouldn't food be labeled with that it is?
If you want to buy genetically modified products since they're less environmentally straining, or for other reasons like higher nutrient values or such, you must have labels to be able to make this choice.
If want to stay away from genetically modified products due to being afraid of potential harm, or other reasons, you must also have labels to be able to make this choice.
What your choice or reasons are is irrelevant to the question of labeling food. Without relevant labeling, you have no freedom to choose what you eat.

Comment Freedom of choice. (Score 2) 446

I don't understand the problem with simply specifying what they are selling?
And as a consumer, regardless of if you are for or against the creation, use and spread of genetically modified organisms, why would you ever not want your food labeled with what it is?
For instance, where I live, food is usually labeled with where it has been produced and where it's been packaged. Since I think needlessly long transports of goods are idiotic, I tend to buy as locally produced and handled meat and vegetables as possible, even if it sometimes is a bit more expensive due to my country's high cost of labor and strict regulations on how you are allowed to treat your animals and what pesticides you allowed to use.
If the food hadn't been labeled, I wouldn't have the freedom of choosing where I want my food produced and packaged.
Same thing with actively genemanipulated food. If it isn't labeled, I am not free to choose if I want to buy "naturally" breed products or if I want to buy genetically modified products. That freedom is dependent on the producers informing me of what they're selling me.

Comment Re:Certainty in Science (Score 1) 236

Shouldn't we as scientists be more careful with our words, and say that dark matter is BELIEVED to make up more of the universe than does visible matter, based on our current leading theories?

A very good point, and one that often is missed when talking about scientific subject.
But one also has to differentiate between what is reported that a scientist, a group of scientists, or a scientific study says, and what they actually say.
Quite often, what is reported is a complete misinterpretation of what was said, or is being intentionally made wrong in order to make a sensationalistic headline.

One other thing that is often missed or ignored by media reporting on scientific matters is that there often are different possible explanations, and that different scientists work on different studies of the same thing at the same time and might come to conflicting conclusions that are both as probable.
Scientists or science is often referred to as one coherent group with one mind. =P

Comment Re:well.. (Score 1) 760

Overall...no, I'm not for outrageous fines for folks that are rich. It seems lately, for some reason, so many out there are treating wealth as something evil and bad.

Having fines for breaking the law being a percentage of your income isn't about punishing rich people for being rich.
It's about having the fine being a deterrent to crime.
If a fine is 0.00001% of your yearly income, you might not really care if you are fined or not.
If a fine is 10% of your yearly income, you might be more reluctant to break the law that would give you said fine.

Comment Blinding? (Score 1) 274

What I always wonder when I read about laser weapons is how they affect unprotected eyes of people in the vicinity of the weapon or the target.
When laser weaponry is finally deployed in military forces and used in places where you can not be certain that civilians aren't in the area, will said military then be making civilians blind?
If so, laser weapons should be made illegal.

Or is the range at which the laser is damaging to eyes so small that it isn't a problem?

Comment Re:Hard to believe (Score 1) 804

The service aspect is not all positive.. With a vendor built, a component failure means a 2 week minimum turnaround where you're out of a machine.

This is why many professionals choose to either buy equipment that comes with, or pay a little bit extra for, 3 year on-site next business day hardware service that includes replacement parts.
The key here is "on-site". Unfortunately for people who uses software that require OS X, Apple doesn't offer this.

Comment Re:I know that I need mine (Score 1) 136

There are also studies that indicate that you should not get eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, but should wake up for an hour during the night.
Apparently, some argue that this is how we evolved to sleep an thus this should be the most healthy way.
The only reference I could find on short notice is the Wikipedia article on Segmented sleep

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