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Comment: Re:Junk science/reporting (Score 1) 33

Well, lots of people since DNA is pretty easy to destroy using a bunsen burner. That said, this isn't all that impressive. Lots of handwaving and little actual instrumentation (did the temperature actually get to 1000 degrees near that screw head or was it protected). It does point out that even naked DNA on something like a meteorite could well survive the entire trip down in a viable conformation.

That opens lots of possibilities such as panspermia.

Comment: Re:All or nothing (Score 3, Insightful) 65

by ColdWetDog (#48477365) Attached to: Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

Doubtful it will be a 'switch' like one thinks about in electronics or logic. It is a complex pathway so there will be plenty of other regulatory and counter regulatory effects. Of interest, is that there are a number of drugs already in trials that work on similar pathways, so it's a bit doubtful that these researchers have found a magic bullet type of thing.

And even if they can shut it off completely in animal studies, it is a long road to developing a useful clinical treatment.

Don't short opium growers just yet.

Comment: Re:How about transfer rate and reliability? (Score 1) 192

by ColdWetDog (#48474945) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

MTBF is proportional to the bridge reliability.

Well this is obviously a problem.

With the Captain, First Officer and bog-knows who all jumping into the transporter for every little issue, it's no wonder that the efficiency on the bridge suffers. You're supposed to send down expendable people to the surface.

Comment: Re:Education versus racism (Score 1) 474

by ColdWetDog (#48448919) Attached to: Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

This is the problem - there is subset of individual policemen and entire departments that AREN'T courteous or reasonable. They start out hostile and alienating. The interaction also starts out at an a very unequal power level. When you are placed in this sort of situation, it is much harder (and much more important) to finesse it exactly right.

It can be done, such individuals and departments often aren't the sharpest pencils and with a bit of training and fore thought, you can work around them but it's harder. And also recall that not every alleged perp is all that sharp / sober or even interested in defusing the situation.

So play acting these types of confrontation can be extremely effective. Unfortunate, but effective.

'These are not the perps you are looking for .... '

Comment: Re:If you're not driving and not owning... (Score 1) 453

by ColdWetDog (#48443899) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

...isn't this just the equivalent of taxicabs? Why do so many futurists seem obsessed with pushing a taxi-based future?

If they actually called them taxis, we probably wouldn't even give it a discussion. But combine words like "personal" and "public transportation"...

Probably because we've all seen Fifth Element.

Comment: Re:That's what One-Plus-One is! (Score 1) 157

by ColdWetDog (#48434069) Attached to: Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Right. If there are a half million Cynaogen mods out there, hell, let's make it a full million, they certainly don't represent "people getting their knickers in a twist". According to Wikipedia, there are something like 7E10 cell phones out there. 1E6 modded phones means absolutely jack.

A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough For Love"