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Comment: Re:And we know this because...? (Score 3, Interesting) 473

by ElektronSpinRezonans (#36478040) Attached to: No, We're Not Headed For a New Ice Age
When I read a paper in a good journal, I trust that it has been peer reviewed and any over-interpretation were addressed prior to publication. I know because that's how my papers were published. It doesn't always happen of course, scientists are usually too eager to create a story, but regardless, I trust the raw data collected in a study. Pretty much the only way to dispute data is to accuse them of forgery. In climate science, where everyone is looking over everyone's shoulder, it'd be pretty stupid to forge data...

So, I'm afraid I disagree, that's not how science works. More to the point, what scientists consider "Science" and what is propagated to the public as "Science" are different, thus being skeptical are different concepts for both parties. I am skeptical of the "Discussion" section of a paper, and the general public should be skeptical of everything they are presented as Science.

Comment: Re:Even though it was published in Nature News... (Score 3, Informative) 63

by ElektronSpinRezonans (#33923990) Attached to: Supercomputer Sets Protein-Folding Record
This was not an ab initio, calculation. It's all atom MD, which itself is an approximation. People have done ab initio calculations on 10-15 residue peptides, but that's about all you can do with current computational power.

I believe the article is published in Science not because of its computer utilization (i.e. using a bad-ass super computer), but because of its biological relevance. They managed to characterize not only the peptides conformations, but also their mutant's behavior in silico.

Comment: Re:Just sequence them.. (Score 3, Insightful) 149

by ElektronSpinRezonans (#33457460) Attached to: DNA-Less 'Red Rain' Cells Reproduce At 121 C
Ah, youngling, you have many years until you have that PhD in your hand. What you're suggesting is a negative results, caused from "not seeing what we wanted to see", which can be rebutted in a million different ways, most of which you probably do not know yet. This is one of the reasons the peer review process exists. I personally do not believe anything I read on a non-peer reviewed paper, unless of course it is coming from well documented, well funded full professors.

Comment: Re:"this gives a sense of the relative size of ato (Score 1) 140

by ElektronSpinRezonans (#29663825) Attached to: New Graphical Representation of the Periodic Table
No one benefits from learning a confusing (and some parts plainly nonsense) representation of an academically accepted knowledge. To say the least, an 8th grader could have written this. The original paper is not peer reviewed, submitted by an author who works at Microsoft India (as he claims since there's no way to check), with a proud hotmail email address, and 8 references... Why is this posted on /. again? Oh yes, nice colors!

Comment: Re:Volcanoes (Score 1) 248

Actually it's not. In 1850s (exact year evades me) a volcanic eruption caused a prolonged winter that caused Europe and North America to see snow in summer. No crops grew that year, there was famine... But again, this is temporary. What we are putting into the atmosphere causes long term damage.
Operating Systems

Google's Android To Challenge Windows? 269

Posted by Soulskill
from the depends-how-strong-the-android-is dept.
PL/SQL Guy writes "Search giant Google is set to offer its free Android mobile-phone operating system for computers, opening a new front in its rivalry with Microsoft by challenging the dominance of the company's Windows software. Acer Inc., the world's second-largest laptop maker, will release a low-cost notebook powered by Android next quarter, said Jim Wong, head of information-technology products at the Taipei-based company. Calvin Huang, an analyst at Daiwa Securities Group Inc, says that adoption of Android-based netbooks will likely eat into Windows' share of PC operating systems." Meanwhile, notes reader Barence, Asus is continuing to distance itself from Android, saying it "isn't a priority."

18 Android Phones, In 3 Flavors, By Year's End 152

Posted by kdawson
from the age-of-the-android dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Andy Rubin, senior director for Mobile Platforms for Google, has announced that by the end of the year there will be 18 to 20 phones using the Android OS made by 8 or 9 different manufacturers. Google will offer three different versions of Android OS: a completely free and generic flavor with no pre-loaded Google applications; a slightly customized version that comes pre-loaded with Google apps like Gmail and Google Calendar; and a completely 'Google-fied' Android OS bearing all sorts of Google branding and integration with Google's services. Will Park reports that the expectation is that 12 to 14 of the upcoming Android phones will use the slightly-customized version of Google's Android OS requiring the manufacturer to agree to a distribution deal with Google that would allow the handsets to come pre-installed with Google-ware. The remaining 5 or 6 Android phones will come to market completely decked out with 'The Google Experience' and a Google logo on the phone. This third option provides risk and reward opportunities because the openness of the store could be a hit with consumers, but could also lead to poorly constructed or offensive applications that could give Google a taint. When it comes to apps, Rubin says: 'We want to abide by the law, but not rule with an open fist.'" Yes, it seems he really said "open fist," though he probably meant "iron fist."

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 2, Insightful) 375

by ElektronSpinRezonans (#27749791) Attached to: Cablevision To Offer 101 Mbps Down, No Caps
They will have a smaller pool to monitor. Who else would pay $100/month other than the P2P users? Cablevision is also the perfect company for RIAA because they already demonstrated that they are scared shitless of getting into trouble. They have an office actually sending warning letters to users who download copyrighted material via P2P.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?