Shaping up to be a busy week on the work front — tons of stuff to do, plus an office move thrown into the mix for fun. Hopefully won’t be as quiet ‘round here as last week was, but don’t be surprised.
Long time readers might remember that I’ve ranted before about why I don’t typically link to things on Scripting News, despite Dave’s sometimes insightful writings. (And despite Dave and Frontier being instrumental in me starting Genehack in the first place.) One of Dave’s recent posts provides a capsule summary of the reasons, and also summarizes why I think editing ‘live’ files without proofing them is a Bad Thing. Maybe it’s my academic background, but I always think of the ‘net as equivalent to print, and putting something on the ‘net as equivalent to committing it to the historical record. At that point, the content should become inviolate. You want to post follow-ups, or retractions, that’s okay — just don’t retroactively edit the content. That’s my viewpoint, anyway.
WANT! Santa, please take note.
Okay, so we’ve apparently got some terrorist CD-ROM, supposedly from the bin Laden group. (Not gonna bother to dig up a link; try CNN or something.) My question: why are we releasing this information? Wouldn’t it be better, assuming that the thing is real, to just sit back and utilize the info to more easily foil terrorist plots and stuff? What am I missing?
AAAS advises against augmentation of human abilities via genetic engineering. Although it seems like they’re hedging their bets somewhat. Despite the fact that I think this is going to happen sooner or later, I think the idea of some sort of committee to develop guidelines is a good idea. Where do I sign up?
I had one more link, about a expression profile XML DTD released by a biotech company, but I just posted it on NodalPoint. So jump over there and have a read if it sounds interesting.
And now, I’m off to bed…