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Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

Genda Life is risky... (478 comments)

We hate to see our children get injured, so we wrap them in wool, then bubble wrap, with a layer of nerf for good measure. We put them in schools that won't crush their fragile egos, declaring everyone's a winner. These pampered, protected children grow up into risk averse adults. Without getting them killed, there's a lot to be said for teaching kids and adults to take chances, push beyond their limits and discover both the cost and value of living a larger life.

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Genetic Convergent Evolution: Stunning Gene Similarities Among Diverse Animals

Genda Re:Could be hidden in junk DNA (164 comments)

The junk is fast becoming an area of serious study. the fact that it doesn't encode protein seems to belie the fact that it controls morphology, gene expression, and in fact looks to be fractal in nature and incredibly information rich.

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Genetic Convergent Evolution: Stunning Gene Similarities Among Diverse Animals

Genda Re:Horizontal gene transfer (164 comments)

For 1, maybe even 3 or 5 genes, not 200.

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Genetic Convergent Evolution: Stunning Gene Similarities Among Diverse Animals

Genda Re:Blind Sense (164 comments)

Sorry, there've been bats since the early Eocene around 52 million years ago, and since the ancestor of cetaceans came from land around 30 million years ago (and had no reason for echolocation), the trait was developed as they evolved into ocean going creatures while bats were happily echo locating the whole while. Sorry, interesting hypothesis... how did you account for echo locating genes getting back from cetacean to land dwelling animals?

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Genetic Convergent Evolution: Stunning Gene Similarities Among Diverse Animals

Genda Re:Explains SciFi Shows?? (164 comments)

Actually xeno-biology is fascinating. You could base information encoding structures and chemistries in endless ways, and it's possible to imagine the DNA role being taken by all kinds of other carbon based structures (include complex sugars.) This all speaks to organic chemistry like our own. There's no reason that far more exotic chemistries that don't live in liquid water or require fatty acids couldn't exist, even complexes of other states of matter (plasma, or the thin skin of a neutron star where neutron degeneration could create phase changes,) Many of these ideas have been the source of good science fiction, and the well has hardly been tapped. Still looking for forward to the possibility of exotic life on Titan!

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Genetic Convergent Evolution: Stunning Gene Similarities Among Diverse Animals

Genda Re:English (164 comments)

You seem to have mistaken wealth and power with fitness. I expect that in a century, your Great Grand Children will greet one anther with a cheery "Ni Hao!"

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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

Genda Re:US Allies are starting to turn their backs on t (369 comments)

I'm pretty sure that there are a lot of people in Central and South America who would argue with about how benign America's involvement has been.

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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

Genda Re:Biased charges, clearly tilted toward convictio (369 comments)

Dude... look up the word RENDITION. Dirty deeds done in the dark of night cheap. A whole lot of innocent people enjoyed the hospitality of middle eastern prisons on Uncle Sam's dime.

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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

Genda Re:Absolutely the case (369 comments)

And you best believe there are a nation of lefties howling like banshees about it. Nobody who believes in human rights, personal liberty, or due process thinks the Patriot Act is anything less than a Neo-Fascist Nightmare come true... I'd be happy to introduce you to communities of Dems looking to impeach Obama.

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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

Genda Re: Absolutely the case (369 comments)

This is a complicated problem. We're just getting out long drawn out wars, that have bled our economy dry. The rebels aren't exactly a bowl of cherries and picking the lesser of the two evils is quick becoming a full time job. Our closest bar fight partner just begged off. How big a barbeque do you have? Pin pricks, or ground the entire Syrian air Force? Boots on the ground? What are the repercussions in the region for any of the choices we make?

The US just marching into people's countries to whip a little Texas justice on them like Walker Texas Ranger is getting a little old.

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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

Genda Re:In Soviet Russia.. (369 comments)

Sorry, we only have the punchline... "Rectum, hell it killed him!!!", let us know if you can come up with a joke...

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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

Genda Re:Shaky? (369 comments)

The problem with false conviction actually involves a variety of issues, incredibly poor handling of eye witnesses, prosecuting attorneys counting coup towards political advancement and the punishment proffered on innocent defendants who refuse to plea out because of their innocence (and conversely innocent defendants that choose to plea out rather that face draconian sentences.)

All off this is weighted heavily against poor. Public defense is a joke in most states, and nonexistent in the very places it's most needed. Our system has slowly been reworked to criminalize poverty, mental illness and public protest. I can understand the informed of other nations wondering what the hell happened to the USA. I know I do.

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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

Genda Re:Shaky? (369 comments)

Only when speaking of cheap pizza or Parkinsons...

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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

Genda Re:Times have changed. (369 comments)

Which lead us to phrases like "Oh baby, I just love your big throbbing extradition!"

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Global Warming Spreading Pests Far and Wide According To Study

Genda Re:Still want it? (193 comments)

The shrill, is the sound of people noticing you're on fire... and too smug to look down, drop and roll... that doesn't make the one's shout ignorant. If you had the faintest clue about biology, thermodynamics, biochemistry or ecology, you might be just a wee bit more concerned, there are some pretty dark futures that are absolutely within the realm of possibility if you follow climate change to it's conclusion. These futures don't include homo sapiens, in fact many don't even include vertebrates.

The debate among scientific circles is virtually nonexistent. Hundreds of thousands of scientists from many dozens of diverse scientific fields have created a consistent picture of our world from which it is nearly impossible to escape global climate change and environmental disruption. This is especially important in the face of human population pressures. The only debate is limited to special points interest, and scientists on the payroll of fossil fuel producers or members of ideological groups who refuse to believe their own eyes. In this case, I tend to go with the VAST majority, and throw out the ideologues at both ends.

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Global Warming Spreading Pests Far and Wide According To Study

Genda Re:Pests (193 comments)

That's not exactly correct, but it's really poor science to talk about an entire body of work involving thousands of separate research projects and researchers, in overly broad and general ways. Some work certainly has more rigor (and is therefore more authoritative) than others, and this news blurb talks about such a diverse population of pests (virii, viroids, bacteria, fungi, insects, nematodes... ad-infinitum) impacting everything from forest health to the growing occurrence of tropical fungal disease in humans occurring in temperate regions, that the trends spoken of here are a powerful indictment on issues of global climate change.. the average movement for pests (most thrive in warm climates) is about 3 km per years north and south (migration towards the poles.)

So at one level you're right, this could be gremlins herding trillion of lifeforms from dozens of different classes away from the equator, however watching these creatures move in lockstep with local changes in climate (and even micro climate), and watching what amounts to tropical conditions carry these lifeforms to places they've never been before, suggests that your observation, while humorous lacks a certain intellectual vision.

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Global Warming Spreading Pests Far and Wide According To Study

Genda Re:Generalized Hypothesis in a Generalized World (193 comments)

So first thing, there are no laws created by environmentalists... those would be legislators. The stupid you're impugning lives with folks who use environmental concerns exactly the same way the folks on the other side of the legislative fence use concerns about energy. Backroom deals with monied corporate interests getting stupid laws passed in their own interest that in fact exacerbate the issues in the real world, but make someone a lot of money. Real environmentalists appreciate that human beings are a inseparable part of the environment, and that ideas that force suffering or deprivation on vast populations would undermine ecological sanity on a global scale.

Technology is already beginning to provide huge opportunities to create environmentally sound alternatives to our current lifestyles, while at the same time giving us access to a world that is truly human compatible, even socially empowering. Agendas and dogmas are indications of people with ideologies to inflict on others, and these people seldom the source of workable solutions.

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Microsoft Seeks Patent On 'Quieting Mobile Devices'

Genda Good plan... (71 comments)

Am I being overly concerned about building an access channel into the phone designed to yield aspects of phone control to another party. I can't imagine that hackers and cracker worldwide wouldn't hit this new feature like a schist-storm looking to use it as a pry tool to access control of people's Win-Phones. I guess MS is safe as long as the number of users is too small to justify the interest of the hackers.

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China launches alternatives to Android, Google Drive, iOS, iTunes

Genda Genda writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Genda writes "Baidu, the Chinese software service giant, has announced it will soon be launching a new smartphone and the cloud-centric operating system (OS) that will power it.

The phone is the Changhong H5018 built by Foxconn and will be the first mobile device powered by Baidu’s "Cloud Smart Terminal" environment. Establishing a new era of sub $150 (1,000 RMB) devices in China.

A 100 GB storage area on Baidu’s cloud Netdrive will be given to each new phone customer, on Wangpan. The Google Drive-like service stores clouded multimedia while linking to the desktop service. The phone will include standard services like Baidu Music, Baidu Map and a broad host of other applications.

Baidu is also preparing its own dedicated app store — the Baidu Cloud Store — which it says will provide access to “a huge range” of apps to cater for the needs of smartphone owners."

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Somebody out there is TROLLing for trouble...

Genda Genda writes  |  about 10 years ago I looked at the rating provided my last two comments made on Monday, 09/06/04. Each got a -1 for Troll. Who the heck is moderating these and how could either of these comments, in direct response and contextually appropriate to the person with whom I replied, be considered even vaguely a troll.

I looked at them again, the content of those remarks may be inflammartory to some, but only to those who have committed the very acts upon which I was commenting. There's a growing polarity in this country, and it scares me, sides choosing up, and boths believing that the only way America can survive, that their personal beliefs can survive, is by murdering all dissent inside and outside of it's borders. We are powerful because of our diversity. We must again, regain our sanity, and listen to those with different perspective, ideas, and life experiences.

The topic of the item to which I commented was "Censorship". Isn't it ironic, that somebody saw fit to mod me down, hide my comments, drown out my contribution to the greater conversation because he/she was uncomfortable with my opinion and the facts I had to share. That's the other problem screaming to be acknowledged. When our leaders, and all people decide that facts, simple truths, the kind that are self evident, must be hidden, destroyed, or lied about to promote a belief system, their personal world view, we as a culture are in immediate danger. Paving the truth over to justify fallicious ideology is a recipe for certain disaster. It takes a kind of Intellectual Courage, to every day measure one's beliefs against the world, discarding that which is neither sound, nor supported by the facts. I am seeing far too much hunkering down on both sides, protecting ideological turf, with little or no regard for the facts, or the truth. The ends do not justify the means. We are either an ethical people or we are not. Sadly, it seems that more and more, we are not.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that censorship could happen even here, on Slashdot, a bastion of thinking and intelligent discussion. It just points sadly to the increasing breakdown of meaningful conversation and debate in this society. A need to shove one's opinions down the neighbors throat. We need to stop, and look at the world we're making. It's not a pretty place. It's not the kind of place I want anvbodies children growing up in.

Genda

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Response to pie in the sky...

Genda Genda writes  |  more than 10 years ago Seems I struck a nerve with my post about creating a sustainable world. I enjoyed the countercomments (that actually had something interesting to say), and would love to talk to those folks at length. The whole point to engineering a space is to prevent it from suffering the kind of problems our existing civic centers face. Automated recycling including tertiary water recycling, cogeneration, cameras every 20 feet to record and track criminal activity, the list of things one could do, if one built a city from the ground up today, is mind boggling. One might start with a city core, housing maybe 50,000 people, and hosting several thousand business' ranging from small sales and service to large technological service providers and manufacturing. The infrastructure would obsolete most of the overwhelmingly expensive problems facing our current civilization.

Once the core was transformed and fully operational, it would prove to be the economic engine, to sustain further growth. Modular additions would spread out from the core, like growing pie slices, until the entire population for the region could be held in the bounds of a super city less than 20 miles in diameter. No poverty, no starvation, almost nonexistent crime... certainly no violent crime, and a bustling economy would be the hallmarks of this place. The surrounding land cleaned and put back to it's prestine state for access and recreation by people, and free use by wildlife. Millions of people in a small space being productive, producing value and service, creates a tremendously powerful financial engine (look at the economies of major cities around the world and multiply times 10.)

Certainly this will be an expensive endeavor. Going to the moon was an expensive endeavor. Building the Panama Canal was an astronomically expensive endeavor... it was however, necessary and it altered the way the world did business forever. We need to take that kind of leap, that kind of reach to make possible, a life worth living for all people everywhere.

Genda
"To live in a brave new world, some poor brave bastard has to be the one to make the new world real." -me

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