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Comment Re:Nature finds a way. (Score 1) 301

They probably haven't even seen this:

https://soylentnews.org/articl...

http://www.nature.com/news/gen...

Lab experiments showed that the mutation increased in frequency as expected over several generations, but resistance to the gene drive also emerged, preventing some mosquitoes from inheriting the modified genome. ...

Resistance to gene drives is unavoidable, so researchers are hoping that they can blunt the effects long enough to spread a desired mutation throughout a population. Some have floated the idea of creating gene drives that target multiple genes, or several sites within the same gene, diminishing the speed with which resistance would develop. By surveying a species’ natural genetic diversity, researchers could target genes common to all individuals.

Comment Security theatre (Score 1) 147

If someone (generally meaning someone I don't or shouldn't trust) has my phone, I consider it compromised. Finger smudges are the easiest way to get into a pattern-locked device; this demonstrates that there are others. As JWZ says,

And if the screen locker is not secure, then it's better to not lock the screen at all: giving the impression of security when there is no actual security is far worse than having no security at all. It's a matter of expectations: if people don't expect to be able to lock their screens, they'll log out. But if they expect to be able to lock their screens and it doesn't actually work, then they're screwed.

[from https://www.jwz.org/xscreensav...

I use pattern lock to stop my phone auto-dialling Aunt Sarah when its in my pocket, not to keep other people out. If I had a flip phone, I wouldn't have a lock screen at all.

Comment Re:some level of minimum wage is still needed or l (Score 1) 426

The point of the UBI is that no one should need to work if they don't want to. It is equivalent to giving all people a minimum wage job that involves doing nothing useful.

If companies want to hire volunteers to work for free, that's fine. If they want to pay a small amount per hour, that's fine too, because the people are already being paid sufficiently for that work through the UBI.

Comment Harvard Medical School (Score 1) 192

The answer, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, is "not quite."

Oh, well, that's okay then. Everyone, pack up your computers and smartphones; they're completely useless. Let the medical school researchers diagnose your conditions in the future, because this is the best it's ever going to be.

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