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Comment Family histroy more accurate (Score 1) 176

I do not think that anyone has pointed out that even with samples sizes that big, we can only figure out the genetic architecture of complex disease to an extent that makes it no better than family history for predicting disease. In fact, I hazard it will still be an order of magnitude worse. Obviously, the researchers did not point that out to the health insurance companies paying for it because I am sure that they will still find many interesting things.

Comment Unlikely... (Score 1) 98

We do not know enough (or anything for the sceptics...) about the actual genes that control these traits, so I doubt this test is any more efficient than just examining the parents phenotype and predicting based on that. In fact, given they are stupid enough to think they can predict better, they probably are doing worse...

Submission + - Handling Interviews after being a Fall Guy

bheer writes: "Salon's Since You Asked column is carrying an interesting question right now — what do you say in interviews after getting fired as a fall guy at your last job? Cary Tennis, who writes the column, admits he may not be the best person for this sort of question. So I thought I'd ask Slashdotters what they thought about this. Software developers are sometimes able to get away blaming the business requirements/analysis process, but anyone with any experience in this business probably has had nightmares about being the fall guy and may even have a strategy or two up their sleeve. How would deal with being in such a crummy position?"

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall