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Comment 2 > 1 (Score 1) 260

Sure it's anecdotal, but I've heard and read more news stories from the Tevatron than the LHC in the past two years (if you ignore the non-science "This and That Broken!" news pieces). It's grievous; don't begrudge our actually grieving it.
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State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor 574

Everyone knows how boring a debate on a controversial abortion bill can get on the Senate floor. So it's no wonder that Florida State Sen. Mike Bennett took the time to look at a little porn and a video of a dog running out of the water and shaking itself off. From the article: "Ironically, as Bennett is viewing the material, you can hear a Senator Dan Gelber's voice in the background debating a controversial abortion bill. 'I'm against this bill,' said Gelber, 'because it disrespects too many women in the state of Florida.' Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman 'who happens to be a former court administrator.'"

Salad Spinner Made Into Life-Saving Centrifuge 87

lucidkoan writes "Two Rice University students have transformed a simple salad spinner into an electricity-free centrifuge that can be used to diagnose diseases on the cheap. Created by Lauren Theis and Lila Kerr, the ingenious DIY centrifuge is cobbled together using a salad spinner, some plastic lids, combs, yogurt containers, and a hot glue gun. The simple and easily-replicated design could be an invaluable tool for clinics in the developing world, enabling them to separate blood to detect diseases like anemia without electricity."

Comment Re:When this thread has ended ... (Score 1) 1255

I'd like to see an analysis of the instances quoted.

Ab-so-lutely. And frankly, I'll be more inclined to dive into said analysis when I can go to RTFA for its info, and not find it taking the form of a complaint--a whiny complaint containing heavy injections of prejudice in its own right, a la srlinuxx: "I accepted that's just the way men are. They've always been that way and they always would."

Comment Re:/me gets out the tub o' salt (Score 2, Insightful) 133

That doesn't get around the bottleneck at all.

I get nearly 2X the speed of a single drive that is limited by SATA. Theoretically, that might not be the same thing but for all *PRACTICAL* purposes, it gets around the bottleneck just fine for me :-)

Yep, doubling your bus count usually doubles your transfer speed. *rolling eyes*

Comment Re:flicker probably not an issue (Score 1) 133

The US Air Force got pilots to identify a plane in a pic flashed up for a fraction of a second. The fraction where it dropped below 90% accuracy was 1/220th of a second. Also, if you reverse your test and flash white on a black wall, for most people the fraction of a second to see that the flash occurred is in the order of ten-thousandths of a second.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang