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Comment Some background (Score 2) 97

Many moons ago, the music + movie industries managed to convince the Dutch government to get legislation passed that put a levy on any blank CD/DVD media which increased their costs, which was collected and paid to the movie + music cartels to get reimbursement for 'missed revenues' due to unauthorized copying. (Which is rather annoying when you only use discs for personal use with your own content)

An somewhat unintended side-effect of that was that it more or less legalized downloading and copying for personal use as well, since the content industry already received the levy for the discs. When they later tried suing people for unauthorized downloading/copying, they had a very hard time getting anything to stick because "we already paid for it".

Now they are claiming that the Dutch government's slow response to the 'problem' is costing them a bazillion dollars, and want to hold them liable for missed revenues.

The root of the problem is that the music + movie industries are having buyers remorse for the initial legislation they forced through.

Comment Hm.. (Score 1) 179

It's a questionable benefit for whoever gets to sit at the 'perfect' spot directly in front of it, but a definite downgrade for all other seats in the room who will all get more image distortion and weird reflections. All things being equal, personally I'd pay extra NOT to have a curved screen.

Comment Re:Good luck... (Score 5, Informative) 301

Not really, as long as there are sufficient females from other, non-genetically altered branches, those strains should be more 'successful' in the quest for survival and eventually the genetically engineered ones will die out,

Um... No.
You are misunderstanding how this works:

The whole POINT of this is that is tips the balance of the scales: you start with countless non-genetically altered mice, and throw in a handful of engineered ones that only breed males, and will pass on the trait to their offspring.

The starting point on the island will be roughly 50% male, 50% female. All of the engineered mice will only create more males, no females. They will mostly breed with random, non-engineered mice, creating more engineered male mice in the process.

Now all of a sudden the the balance of mice on the island a generation later is 51% male, 49% female. Those 1% extra males will also pass on the all-male feature to their offspring as well, increasing the percentage of engineered mice and decreasing the percentage of 'normal' mice. The generation after that may be 53% male, 47% female. A few dozen generations later you will be close to seeing 100% male and 0% female. The chances of any random pairing of mice birthing female offspring becomes vanishingly small.
Existing females die of old age or predation without new females to replace them. Population numbers crash, and the species dies off completely on the island, except for maybe some small, physically isolated groups

Don't forget that each mice can create TONS of offspring, and those all interbreed again. They typically have 5-8 offspring at a time, and can have 5-10 litters a year. This happens FAST. The engineered feature will spread exponentially across the population, with no stopping it. It's an avalanche.

Comment Good luck... (Score 5, Insightful) 301

...keeping it contained.

Those mice got onto the islands accidentally in the past, and one of them can just as easily accidentally end up on another island/continent where they can instigate those populations to crash as well. May take longer if it's just a single individual, but if the effects do indeed persist across future generations then it will grow into a tidal wave over time. Very hard to stop if let loose in an unintended area, and can end up crashing entire ecosystems.

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