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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

aviators99 Re:I guess the FDA hates birds (258 comments)

There was a RadioLab podcast on this very subject about ten months ago: http://www.radiolab.org/story/...

The prevailing wisdom seems to be that the ecosystem will not take a huge hit. I believe the quote was something like, "It will just be like Los Angeles is all the time". The best they could come up with was that it could allow some better predators to thrive, but they seemed pretty unsure.

However, I do agree that people tend to underestimate these sorts of impacts. More ethanol use == more dying people in Africa, for example. At least someone figured out before Bill Gates implemented his idea of using barges to steer hurricanes away from the SE and Caribbean that it would have apparently caused famine in the UK...

 

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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

aviators99 Re:I guess the FDA hates birds (258 comments)

Dear FDA, Please consider the ecological side-affects. With mosquito repellent & decent medical care most humans can survive mosquito born illness, but birds and other bug-eaters will starve.

You left out mosquito repellent manufacturers and decent medical care providers.

yesterday
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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

aviators99 Re:= $912,000,000,000 (247 comments)

There will be a fine, but I'll be surprised if it ends up being more than even $30M.

I think you're right. But basically what that means is that they will only be penalized for 1,875 of 57,000,000 calls. Sends a clear message: please violate this law -- you won't be penalized for 3/1000th of one percent of them.

about a week ago
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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

aviators99 Re:math (181 comments)

It's very likely that the people with money to buy a Tesla make too much to qualify for the tax credit.

Everyone qualifies for the BEV tax credit. There is no income qualification other than that you've had to pay enough tax to be able to use the tax credit. So it's possible that you make too *little* to use the tax credit; not too much. I actually had to manufacture tax spend to make sure that I could use it. I paid my property taxes earlier than I would have so that it would be in the right tax year.

about two weeks ago
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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

aviators99 Re:How much bandwidth *do* they have? (219 comments)

And those China servers, through proxies, can get what sort of bandwidth to SPE?

about three weeks ago
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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

aviators99 How much bandwidth *do* they have? (219 comments)

I read here that they have a single IPv4 block.

At 100mb/s (with nothing else using it) it would take 3 months to download the "100TB" that is said to have been downloaded. At 10mb/s it would take 30 months. (All approximate). This is end-to-end bandwidth, including all of the hops in between, like these proxies (for when they weren't sloppy).

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

aviators99 Re:Maths (525 comments)

Apparently you don't need to know math to become a Senator. Montana isn't big enough to save you "an hour" by going an extra 10mph end to end, let alone Bakken to Bozeman.

I "I meant over my lifetime," said Senator Sales. ;-)

about 2 months ago
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Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

aviators99 Re:Drake equation (219 comments)

This impacts Drake equation and might shed light as to why we have not detected any other sentient life in the universe.

No, it does not impact the Drake equation at all. The drake equation is based on R* and f(p) which are the the "rate of star formation" and the "fraction of those stars that have planets" (from your link on wikipedia). Both of these numbers are not affected by this finding.

about 3 months ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

aviators99 Re:Mind Numbing Stupidity (372 comments)

Strictly speaking, he was not asymptomatic when he took the subway rides. He was not yet febrile, but "felt run down".

about 3 months ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

aviators99 Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

Reinforcing an already existing ban was to make sure foreign markets don't try to muscle in and sell direct.

The last minute change to the law was to change one word; the word that caused Massachusetts to lose the case against Tesla. This had nothing to do with foreign cars.

about 3 months ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

aviators99 Re:So now he has no nose? (161 comments)

(Forgive me. The first image that came to mind when I read this story was the movie "Sleeper", when they were trying to clone the assassinated leader using his nose.)

Yes, I am shocked at the lack of quotes from "Sleeper" in here.

"I've seen him shoot a nose!"
"Checking the [nose] cell structure!"

about 3 months ago
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Research Finds No Large-Scale Exploits of Heartbleed Before Disclosure

aviators99 Re:Hmm, strong evidence of null-activity by NSA? N (20 comments)

"... our detector" = "strong evidence of a negative we're trying to prove..."

It's interesting how one detector can be "strong evidence" that the NSA didn't do something in secret, I think.

The research had nothing to do with the NSA (the article about the research decided to bring them up). To me, the main objective of the study was to see if the widespread revocation of certificates in a short period of time was really warranted. IMO, it was not, and my opinion seems to be validated by this study.

It *is* possible to prove this sort of negative (I'm not saying they did). For example, if you wanted to prove that heartbleed was not used on a particular system, you could set up logging in advance. You could then extend that to multiple systems, and so on. My point is that you can't use the "you can't prove a negative" argument for things like this (and also that the NSA had nothing to do with this study).

about 5 months ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

aviators99 Re:...really? (157 comments)

Simple solution: they can see them in the showroom, and buy them online..

This is already Tesla's model. You can't buy a car at the showroom; only online. Each showroom has at least one Mac you can use however you want, and an employee will help you if you have any questions. But you can't pay there.

about 5 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

aviators99 Monitoring the sky 500 feet up? (215 comments)

Seems impossible. This would have to be some peer-to-peer/mesh network model of traffic control. I hope they aren't really planning on using ground-based radar for this. It would require too much infrastructure.

about 5 months ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

aviators99 Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

"Dumping" as an economic term refers to protectionist rules that disallow foreign companies to "dump" products into the US. It wouldn't apply here because Google is a US company.

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

aviators99 Re:So there is a problem... (174 comments)

So there is a problem and they are avoiding recall?

A problem doesn't have to be out of warranty to cause a recall. This move would not make a difference.

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Model S Hacking Prize Claimed

aviators99 Re:Poor password selection (59 comments)

Yes, thank you for correcting the inaccuracies. There is no "PIN" for accessing a Tesla. There is a password, with complexity requirements.

You cannot honk the horn or control the windows from the app while the car is moving.

The "hack" was likely a set-up. Could potentially be done with a MitM/replay attack, but that would still lead me to believe it was a set-up.

about 6 months ago
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Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

aviators99 Re:SSN on POS? (68 comments)

Full-featured POS systems can handle things like payroll, invoicing, inventory/food ordering, bill payment, appointment reminders for customers, etc.

about 6 months ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

aviators99 Enigma (244 comments)

Check the museums and see if the Enigma Machines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enigma_machine) are mysteriously missing. A layperson might call that a "typewriter".

about 7 months ago
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FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

aviators99 Re:Personal opinion on this.... (199 comments)

Controlled airspace goes down to ground level in an inverted cone shape at controlled airports, that is quite wide. This is to allow IFR traffic to take off and land at controlled airports and never leave controlled airspace. So you can't fly 10 feet next to a large airport without breaking the law, but you can fly 10,000 feet in remote areas without telling them anything and be legal. It can get a bit complicated when learning to fly in the midst of 3 international airports while taking off from an uncontrolled one. I usually flew without touching controlled airspace, but had to keep track of my position when I got near them.

Just trying to give you some information for your viewpoints.

I think you're confusing "positive controlled airspace" with "controlled airspace", but you are otherwise correct.

But I do wonder about the true "uncontrolled" airspace and how the FAA's rule-making may or may not apply. This is different from what you describe. I believe you are regularly flying in "controlled airspace", in which you usually don't have to deal with controllers Uncontrolled airspace is rare in areas where manned aircraft fly, but is probably more prevalent where drones fly.

about 7 months ago

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Forecast Calls for 7 Hurricanes in '08

aviators99 aviators99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aviators99 writes "AP delivers a story about a Colorado State University researcher, and his 2008 prediction for Atlantic Hurricanes. The fact that he was off by 40% in 2006 and over 30% off in 2007 doesn't seem to phase this mainstream university. Note also that in 2007 hurricane predictions were changed after the season started. I guess in pseudoscience you can have do-overs."
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