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Comment Re:Typical (Score 1) 239

I can't be the only one who has been disappointed for over 30 years by the 3.5mm headphone connector. I think the failure mode for every set of headphones that I've ever had has been the stupid 3.5mm connector (or worse, the socket in the device). I don't have an iPhone, so I don't really have a dog in this fight - but I'll be thrilled if this leads to better connectors for headphones.

Comment Re:Usage? (Score 1) 66

From the article: 'But in contrast to its conventional form, it is soft and malleable by hand' - so not quite usable for jewelry

That depends on what sort of jewellery you're using it for.

While I wouldn't claim to be a jeweller, I have probably made more items of jewellery then the other hundred people on this boat, and repaired a number more. I could certainly envisage using, for example, the red form as the centre piece for a pendant, with (say) alternating "rays" of gold and silver sheet (or gold rays laid over a silver foil base) to represent a sunburst.

That's without the intrinsic interest (well - to a chemist and mineralogist) of these essentially different allotropes of the metal.

Comment Re: Ministry of JUSTIVE prevents access to INTERNE (Score 1) 68

Though many places allow prisoners to vote, i don't know if the UK is or isn't on that list.

The UK government has recently been told by the courts that they have to allow prisoners to vote (if they're on an indefinite sentence, IIRC), and the UK government are livid about being told that that is the law.

Comment Re:There needs to be a very detail visual 4D sim (Score 1) 102

A comet the size of Jupiter would be a Jupiter.

To get this amount of dimming, you'd need an awful lot of comets (possible - let's say a Jupiter-mass worth of them), and for them to be in a relatively compact group. That would be (as I mentally draw models of the system) concentrated around something like 1/10th of the circumference of the orbit. And you'd need something to hold them in that position.

My mental imaging is suggesting that this could be a dense "Trojan" swarm held in place by a "Super-Jupiter" whose transit we haven't observed yet.

Comment Re:Slashdot is not your personal blog (Score 1) 164

The guy has got up my nose more than a few times with that shit that he used to do through - was it Medium, Vice, or MediumVice, or some such piece of shit. It got to the point that I was looking for ways to actively block his stuff from coming up again (short of completely trashing Slashdot.

But props to the guy - he has improved his posting somewhat the last couple of months, and has squeaked back into being worth paying attention to. In particular, in this one he STARTS with a link to TFP (that The FUCKING PAPER, for the multitude of Slashdotters whose association with science is more in their imagination than the reality) on ARXIV. So I think he's learning his craft.

I've no idea what his writing on Forbes is like because I can RTFP, so I don't need second hand presentations. But if he's trying to be a science journalist there, then the fact he's appreciating the importance of primary sources is worth noting and encouraging.

Comment Re:Book misses major points (Score 1) 145

I agree that the total cost from MAW is relatively small. I'm not sure your metric is necessarily the bestf one looks not at all cancer funding but cancer research in children, one gets a much larger fraction. About 5% of all funding is for children's cancer ( says 4%) so this would be about 20% of funding for children's cancer. That may not be the best metric, because much cancer research applies to cancers at a broad age range, so I think I'd agree that the total amount is relatively small. According to Makke a Wish's own description they make one wish on average every 37 minutes which means they are making wishes for about 20,000 kids a year. In contrast, as the above link to St. Baldrick's notes, even for just St. B they came up about 8 million dollars short of funding all of the grant proposals that got considered to be outstanding. And they are very much not the only example of this sort of thing.

On the other hand, there's a serious problem in at least allied fields where people claim that their basic research is cancer related so they can more easily get grant money. In my own field, math, one has people doing all sorts of abstract stats or imaging work or differential equation modeling which people claim is cancer related, and it generally is related in the sense that one specific application might be some sort of cancer research. So that suggests that in some respects funding is actually over-saturated in which case Make A Wish isn't doing that much direct harm.

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