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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

NoKaOi Won't anyone think of the dengue and chikungunya?! (245 comments)

Extinction is wrong! The hippies worked really hard to bring measles back from the brink of extinction, they're not going to stand idly by while the evil scientists with their GMO abominations try to send dengue and chikungunya off the annals of history! It's a slippery slope, next thing you know they'll want to use this technology will be used to get rid of those cute little malaria protozoans!

yesterday
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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

NoKaOi Re:So.... (245 comments)

The problem is that they are genetically modified, and the hippies refer to them as "GMO Mosquitos," and thus they are unnatural abominations. They think that the mosquitos will bite people and infect them with their GMO DNA, as if they were vampires that turn humans into giant GMO mosquitos. When informed that they are releasing males, and males don't bite, they either deny that males don't bite, or insist that the few females will still make it through will bite and infect people with their GMO DNA that will cause cancer, gluten intolerance (seriously, I heard that one today), kidney disease, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, IBS, ALS, MS, Parkinson's, birth defects, and a few others that I don't remember. And no, I am not making that shit up and I am not exaggerating, anti-GMOers' grasp on reality is approximately equal to Scientologists.

yesterday
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

NoKaOi Re:"Broadband" is a stupid name (408 comments)

Yeah, well, I'm an Engineer. Misuse of technical terms is one of my pet peeves. :)

So then you must enjoy eating Organic, chemical-free vegetables, like tomatoes?

yesterday
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

NoKaOi Re:What are the practical results of this? (408 comments)

Even when some ideological icon does run on his own (e.g. Ralph Nader)

He might have been an ideological icon, but let's clarify one thing: He sure as fuck wasn't ideological about his platforms. He was the Green Party candidate and his platform was the environment, but he was pretty much one of the worst things politically to happen to the environment. If he had bowed out and endorsed Gore, Bush wouldn't have been president, simple as that. And no doubt he knew that (despite what he says publicly), because he's not dumb, so he just didn't give two shits about the environment. Or is somebody honestly going to try to tell me that more than half of the people who voted for him would have voted for Bush instead of Gore, especially in Florida where it would have decided the election?

(in Nader's case, the Democrat party immediately started screaming "OMG you'll split the vote and then they will win!")

Which is exactly what happened, despite Nader's denial. Regarding Florida, Nader himself says that "in the year 2000, exit polls reported that 25% of my voters would have voted for Bush, 38% would have voted for Gore and the rest would not have voted at all." Which means Gore would have netted 12,665 votes over Bush, which would have won him the election (Bush won FL by 537 votes). So either Nader is really bad at math, or he's a dirty liar.

yesterday
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

NoKaOi Re:too much money (152 comments)

And yet they claim not to have resources to go after real crimes that they deem petty and unimportant, like theft.

3 days ago
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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

NoKaOi Re:morons (83 comments)

Oh, and to clarify, Mars isn't a vacuum, it has atmosphere, just not much.

4 days ago
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NASA Considers Autonomous Martian Helicopter To Augment Future Rovers

NoKaOi Re:morons (83 comments)

How stupid are these people?!

Smart enough to have tested a prototype in a vacuum chamber that simulates Mars' atmosphere. And probably smart enough to RTFA before bashing somebody else. But I'm sure after reading a one paragraph summary that you are more educated on the topic than they are.

4 days ago
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Fish Found Living Half a Mile Under Antarctic Ice

NoKaOi Re:By diving in it (78 comments)

Since the site only has scientific value because it has been sealed away for millennia, I'd have thought they'd take more care about preserving its microbial integrity and not just go diving in it.

You're confusing this with Lake Vostok.

4 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

NoKaOi Re:Encryption? (196 comments)

If I worked for Wikileaks, I think I'd be encrypting everything especially if it involved using a Google server.

Or better yet...don't use an email provider with any US presence.

4 days ago
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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

NoKaOi Re:its worth remembering that terrorism is effecti (110 comments)

the solution to the US terror problem seems simple. stop treating third world countries like they're children. quit overthrowing elected leaders and installing dictators, stop propping up nation states with a history of violence, and start treating the people who live in these regions as more than "hearts and minds" that you have to "win."

But then the terrorists win! Instead we need to be at war with them, and to win* that war we need to get that pesky constitution thingy the hell out of the way!

*winning the war on terror == giving large sums of money to defense contractors, and getting reelected by convincing the populous that they will get blown up if they vote for the other guy.

5 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

NoKaOi Re:You see that too? (512 comments)

Or he's genuinely concerned about us STEM workers. Or the GOP wants to get STEM workers to switch sides (we're generally very strongly Democrat voters).

No, I'm quite certain he doesn't give a shit about STEM workers. It's the GOP's anti-immigration, pro-xenophobia ideology. But since the GOP also has their pro-corporation, anti-middleclass ideology, it's amusing to see what happens when those ideologies conflict. What it really tells us is that the particular companies he's beholden to aren't big H1-B'ers, so he is free to go with the anti-immigration ideology. Exxon Mobile, for example, only has 47 H1-B employees, out of 75,000 employees, so this probably doesn't even warrant a phone call from their CEO.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

NoKaOi Re:No way! (512 comments)

'You get what you pay for' is also common sense.

No, you don't always get what you pay for, but you don't get what you don't pay for.

about a week ago
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

NoKaOi Re:Make an example of them. (247 comments)

The quarter ending 6/30/2014 shows Dish Network had a net profit of $213Million. Considering the penalty could be up to $912Billion, a full year's worth of net (not even gross, so the year would be a draw, not even a loss) profit should be the minimum . That would be $852Million, any thing less is just a slap on the wrist.

By the way, the article is from early this morning, but Dish Network's shares are up 3.4%. Clearly shareholders aren't taking this seriously, so why should the company's executives take it seriously? They need to be made to take it seriously.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

NoKaOi Re:More proof (666 comments)

The need for separation of science and state becomes more and more obvious every year since 1947.

NO. There already is too much separation of science and state, as evidenced by this very issue. There needs to be less separation of science and state, but we need to make sure that it's science defining policy, and not policy defining science. Try reading that again but replacing the word "science" with the word "reality" and you'll see what I mean.

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

NoKaOi Re:Robocalls to my cellphone: 'Ineffective' (217 comments)

I don't answer calls from numbers I don't recognize anyway, and I recommend everyone else do the same.

That's not an option for everybody, especially those who use their cell phone for business purposes.

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

NoKaOi Re:Wrong direction (217 comments)

You have to have explicit permission in order to do a robocall to a number.

How do you define explicit permission? If it's buried in page 12 of a user agreement that you have to sign, is that explicit permission? From a legal perspective, how do you separate that from the actual real-world permission like what you're thinking of? How about a line on page 12 that explicitly gives their "affiliates" permission to robocall you?

about two weeks ago
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Cyber Attacks Demonstrated On Autonomous Ground Vehicles

NoKaOi Re:Sounds like concentrated bullshit.... (52 comments)

And that an old carbureted vehicle without a single transistor can be carjacked with a gun and a mask. And can crash into other cars. The real question is: Is the risk of causing deaths higher for autonomous vehicles or human driven vehicles?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8

NoKaOi Re:MicroSD card? (325 comments)

Than how about they add some memory dedicated to the OS? The stuff is not that expensive these days...

They do. It's part of that 16GB that they advertise. This is how pretty much all devices are advertised. Do laptops and desktops come with a separate disk for the OS? When they advertise the size of the hard drive do they subtract the size of the OS? How about other brands of phones or tablets?

These people are completely ignorant about what they are suing for, in which case they have no business suing, or are suing just to sue (or because their lawyers are hoping to turn it into a class action suit, settle, and rake in millions while a bunch of people get 50 cents each), in which case they still have no business suing.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

NoKaOi Re:What rules prevent them from doing this already (221 comments)

Any new competitor would now need to start from the very beginning like the smaller companies did in the 80s and 90s in obtaining access.

No, it wouldn't be like back then at all. Back then, they didn't have to fight a huge company with lots of money for lobbying and lawyers.

about a month ago

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