I know, right? I just went to Google to find another example, but nothing came up.
You mean nanoparticles of a substance called "vanadium dioxide" , don't you?
"Flu virus predicted to take US congress in 2014 with 96.34% certainty."
Exactly, he's just trading on his name. He would never have gained that many readers if he hadn't already been famous for... er... I'll get back to you.
Evan Selinger, a technology ethicist at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, says Google Flu's failures hint at a larger problem with the algorithmic approach taken by technology companies to deliver services we all want to use. The problem is with the assumption that either the data that is gathered about us, or the algorithms used to process it, are neutral. Google Flu Trends has been discussed at slashdot before: When Google Got Flu Wrong."
Might be a good first step to become qualified to write about technology.
That kind of competence is what is supposed to distinguish an op-ed writer from an amateur blogger.
It's not an obscure compound, and you can tell exactly what it is from the name.
First you have vanadium - which is right between titanium and chromium on the periodic table; it's a moderately common metal (somewhat more expensive than copper), used mostly as a steel additive. Even if you've never heard of vanadium, the name pretty much tells you that it's an element (which forms oxides, apparently).
Second, you have oxygen, which... yeah.
These are freaking scientists; learning to use tex for scientific publishing is first-year undergrad stuff. How would you even draw something like a Feynman diagram in Powerpoint?
If the only recorded information is your own notes, then you need to either stenograph the talk with no time to digest (which leaves you with the same problem as the information-filled slides did, plus finger cramps), or risk missing something important.
I'll concur that slides are a very poor format for a handout, though, and senseless if you're not even projecting the slides during the talk. Just hand out the notes.
People can die suddenly and randomly of natural causes; even famous people.
Fiction may abhor a coincidence, but real life loves them.
When simply starting the client kills my X session about every third time.
My Debian installation regularly manages to lock up nouveau to the point where it has to be shut down via ssh or a hardware switch. This has happened at least once or twice per week for almost a year, more when running any graphics-intensive program. I'm not sure if this is representative, but WTF.
Rational thought and empathy aren't a religion, they are essential qualities and to deny them is to deny your own humanity.
1.) People trust idiots they know over scientists they don't know.
2.) People don't respond well to being informed they are wrong.