May I be the first to say
Welcome to the 1960's!
95 posts • joined 27 Nov 2007
“What started as a curiosity-driven, fundamental discovery project has now become the breakthrough
strategy used by countless researchers working to help improve the human condition,” Doudna said.
Frightened yet? We should be.
I can't express it any better than Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) did in Jurassic Park:
"The lack of humility before nature being displayed here staggers me..."
and "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should."
Movies aren't real life, of course, but art does imitate life.
Sadly, it's often when humans tragically tinker with forces they only think they understand, justifying their experimentations with tantalizing
visions of perfect implementations of idealistic concepts.
Thalidomide, anyone? Spoken to anyone from Pripyat lately have you?
Would it be wonderful to eliminate disease? Who could argue against that?
Reverse the aging process? Where do I sign?
Make every man tall, dark, and handsome? Well...
Remove the troublesome habit of of thinking in liberal/conservative/libertarian/etc. ways? Hmm...
How long do you think it will be before CRISPR becomes a weapon?
As is most of human history when viewed objectively.
China stole so much IP from US companies, anyway?
or have they?
Just wondering how one empire might steal IP from another...
Does the US have evidence they don't want to reveal for fear of alerting the opponent of their capabilities?
Can you ever prove - or disprove - a conspiracy?
Who will win the next cup final?
(sorry for slipping in a bit of reality there.)
"The DirectStorage API, like other members of the DirectX family, will bypass many of the steps taken by existing storage APIs to improve performance."
As long as security and/or stability aren't compromised in the process.
And Microsoft would *never* do anything like that, would they. Would they?
...reaches for Windows NT Ring 0 Programming for Dummies book...
For a time, I too, was worried about self-important self-appointed zealots working feverishly to rectify a problem they didn't fully (or nearly) understand with un-tested methods and unknowable consequences for the entire planet.
Then I began seeing articles about CRISPR/Cas9 (gene editing for dummies -
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CRISPR/Cas_Tools) and was comforted to know this will solve all our problems well before we self-destruct the environment we inhabit.
Once these fools (humans) begin fiddling with the human genome in a substantial manner, '12 Monkeys' and 'I Am Legend' are going to look much more like prophecy than science-fiction.
But, anyway, it's a lovely day outside, isn't it?
Causality: (noun) - the relationship between cause and effect.
Q: Is the Earth's climate changing?
A: Always has, always will.
Q: Is the current change in Earth's climate the result of human activity?
A: Obviously. Not. Perhaps. Insufficient data for analysis?
Q: Is reducing pollution of mankind's only home desirable?
A: Not too bright, are we?
No main characters over the age of 21 are allowed.
It was discovered this reduces the tendency of the audience to reason, follow plotlines, etc. and also improved sales of small, furry toy creatues in the cinema lobbies.
Mine's the one without the toy light-saber in the pocket...
The picture in this story, purportedly showing the NSA repacking a bit of Cisco kit, or kit being shipped in a Cisco box, or a box designed to look like an actual Cisco box, is very convincing.
I now firmly believe Cisco uses brown cardboard boxes to ship some of its products.
Beyond that, I wouldn't want that to be the only evidence in a case against anyone, even a creepy out-of-control government agency. Then again...
Perhaps the main reason for SQL Server's growth was its affordability.
Now, the same brain trust that forced TIFKAM onto a server operating system (Windows Server 2012) feels they can go head-to-head with Oracle on price. Many firms using SQL Server are in for an eye-watering surprise when they receive their next bill. Not a small increase, not a modest increase, but a jaw-dropping price increase. At least one shop I know of is working on replacing SQL Server with PostgreSQL; they simply can't afford to continue using SQL Server.
Sadly, these same geniuses (at Microsoft) didn't add value corresponding to the price increase - Hekaton, etc. are nice, albeit limited improvements, but are incremental improvements and are far from justifying the new (core-based) licensing model pricing.
Expect more defections as the new reality sinks in.
"...That’s how we learn what’s really happening in our communities and our country and our world. And that’s how we decide which values and ideas we think are best –- by questioning and debating them vigorously, by listening to all sides of an argument, and by judging for ourselves."
And then sits quietly while we are told violating our Constitution is legal. And that there's sweet FA we can do about it.
...the land of the wee, and the home of the knave!
(yes, I live here.)
And yet, as bad as this decision is - and it is shockingly bad - it pales in comparison to the long-term effects of the horrific Citizens United decision.
Returning to the most recent travesty; will one of DC's finest please pull any or all the five idiot Supremes over and provide a complete and intimate understanding of what they have done? Pretty please?
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