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Comment Let it go (Score 1) 125

Give the new sysadmin full administrative access to everything he/she will need to do the job. By all means, make sure you retain administrative passwords and keys, but only use them if the unthinkable happens (your sysadmin gets hit by a bus or you have to fire him/her). As other posters have said: expect mistakes, expect the new sysadmin to be less than perfect, steel yourself to accept 'good enough'. Listen. Don't let the shit flow downhill; your job as a manager is to give your staff (even a staff of 1) room to do their job, and shelter them from the sturm und drang in the board room.

Comment Need a GM to alter FEMALE mosquito's lifespan (Score 4, Interesting) 140

What they really need is a genetic modification that leaves the male mosquitos essentially unaltered, but causes the females to have a shortened lifespan, ideally unable to reach sexual maturity. GM males would continue to compete with normal males for surviving females; each successful mating by a GM male would produce a new generation of GM males to continue the process, but all females of that generation would die before ever having a chance to bite a human or breed.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.