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Comment: Re:Not the first by 5 years (Score 1) 91

by IronicToo (#36699760) Attached to: Spanish Surgeon Performs First Synthetic Organ Transplant
Ok, I messed that up. The above quotes were from here: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-trachea-transplant-stem-cell-20110708,0,2121263.story I had too many of the same story open at the same time. I do recommend the above story for more info on how the fits in with previous work.

Comment: Re:Not the first by 5 years (Score 1) 91

by IronicToo (#36699736) Attached to: Spanish Surgeon Performs First Synthetic Organ Transplant
If you RTFA, second sentence: "The surgery marks the first time a trachea grown from a patient’s stem cells and seeded onto a synthetic, rather than a donor, structure has been transplanted in a human." and the fifth sentence: "We talked to Dr. Anthony Atala, a pioneer in the field who in 1999 transplanted the first of several synthetic bladders into young people with bladder disease."

Comment: Re:Non-issue really (Score 2) 358

by IronicToo (#35817572) Attached to: New Houses Killing Wi-Fi
Mod parent up, worthless article by a clueless author. Has anyone ever tried blocking WiFi with aluminum foil? It doesn't work, one of my electrical engineering professors tried it to use it to isolate two antennas from each other, aluminum foil had no effect. Leaves on the other hand (due to high water content) stop it dead. A better article would have talked about the hidden dangers of planting trees around the house. Not sure how cell would behave (very different frequency).

Comment: Defenceless (Score 1) 1276

by IronicToo (#35210768) Attached to: Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google
Well we have finally done it, we have found the one person/idea/opinion/product that absolutely no one on slashdot will defend as having some merit from some viewpoint. The absolutely only thing slasdot can agree on is that Glenn Beck makes terrible illogical arguments. Anyone dissent? Going once, twice.......

Comment: Re:Replicator (Score 5, Insightful) 633

by IronicToo (#34678556) Attached to: Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:
Actually we have more than enough food to go around right now. We don't have a food shortage problem we have a wealth inequality problem. This is a political/moral problem. A replicator would not change this any more then refrigeration, fertilizer, or tractors solved the hunger problem (despite the huge increases in food production they enabled).

Comment: Carefully Targeted (Score 1) 361

by IronicToo (#34509090) Attached to: Stuxnet Still Out of Control At Iran Nuclear Sites
The researchers who found this noticed it will only activate on certain controllers that are controlling centerfuges built in either Iran or Poland I believe. There are additional restrictions, I think something about a certain percentage must be or Iranian manufacture of something. Since there are virtually no Iranian centrifuges outside of Iran it is as targeted as it is possible to be to only Iranian nuclear processing facilities.

HTML5 vs. Flash — the Case For Flash 510

Posted by timothy
from the here-and-now-has-an-advantage dept.
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner offers seven reasons why web designers will remain loyal to Flash for rich web content, despite 'seductive' new capabilities offered by HTML5. Sure, HTML5 aims to duplicate many of the features that were once the sole province of plugins (local disk storage, video display, better rendering, algorithmic drawing, and more) and has high-profile backers in Google and Apple, but as Wayner sees it, this fight is more about designers than it is about technocrats and programmers. And from its sub-pixel resolution, to its developer tools, to its 'write once, play everywhere' functionality, Flash has too much going for it to fall by the wayside. 'The designers will make the final determination. As long as Flash and its cousins Flex and Shockwave remain the simplest tools for producing drop-dead gorgeous websites, they'll keep their place on the Internet.'"

Comment: Re:Most people... (Score 1) 892

by IronicToo (#32381086) Attached to: The "Scientific Impotence" Excuse

Scientists really have to do a better job at communicating clearly with less jargon

While I tend to agree with you about jargon, the ironic thing is that jargon is explicitly created to communicate more clearly. It is all about speaking to your audience, if you are talking to a fellow slashdotter you say "dual core CPU", if you are talking to your grandparents you say "computer with two brains". Both are very clear to their target audience and incomprehensible drivel to the other, so which is "communicating clearly"? Many concepts are very hard to break down into terms of microwave ovens, buying groceries, and fixing your car analogies. But I agree that just because something is hard that we should quit trying.


Senators Demand NASA Continue Spending On Ares 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the needs-new-rims-for-his-chariot dept.
FleaPlus writes "Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL and ranking member of the appropriations subcommittee handling NASA funding) and Robert Bennett (R-UT) have added an amendment onto an emergency spending bill for military operations in Afghanistan, reiterating that NASA must continue spending its funds on the Constellation program, particularly the medium-lift Ares I rocket. Alabama and Utah have strong ties to Ares/Constellation contractors, and both senators are opposed to the new direction for NASA, with Shelby describing it as a 'death march' for US spaceflight and criticizing the emphasis on commercial rockets."

Comment: Phone Manufacturers Don't Upgrade Software (Score 3, Interesting) 636

by IronicToo (#31248084) Attached to: Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices
The real issue here isn't an Android problem at all, it is the fact that manufacturers/carriers never upgrade the software. They have no incentive to, they already sold the product and made their money, why would they waste time/money making sure the new version will work? It actually works in their favor not to as the customers have to spend more money getting a new phone with new software. Until you actually own your phone and can upgrade it at your discretion this will continue to be a problem. Or buy something from Apple who actually understands this and has the clout to force it on the carriers.

Breaking the Squid Barrier 126

Posted by timothy
from the calimari-for-the-5000 dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Steve O'Shea of Auckland, New Zealand is attempting to break the record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, with the goal of being able to raise a giant squid one day. Right now, he's raising the broad squid, sepioteuthis australis, from egg masses found in seaweed. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because the squid he's studying grow rapidly and eat only live prey, making it hard for them to keep the squid from becoming prey themselves. If his research works out, you might one day be able to visit an aquarium and see giant squid."

Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos 428

Posted by samzenpus
from the two-pound-hammer-and-ten-penny-nail dept.
wisebabo writes "Nathan Myhrvol demonstrated at TED a laser, built from parts scrounged from eBay, capable of shooting down not one but 50 to 100 mosquitos a second. The system is 'so precise that it can specify the species, and even the gender, of the mosquito being targeted.' Currently, for the sake of efficiency, it leaves the males alone because only females are bloodsuckers. Best of all the system could cost as little as $50. Maybe that's too expensive for use in preventing malaria in Africa but I'd buy one in a second!" We ran a story about this last year. It looks like the company has added a bit more polish, and burning mosquito footage to their marketing.

Comment: Re:Seems reasonable (Score 1) 505

by IronicToo (#31077382) Attached to: Call For Scientific Research Code To Be Released

If 99% of the people are idiots and 1% of them ask a question you cannot immediately answer; congratulations: you just got 1% smarter and 1% is a HUGE gain in any endeavour worth earnestly chasing.

That sounds very good until you have to deal with that 99% who are trying to discredit you and ruin your career. You should read to get a little taste for the kind of "questions" you usually get: http://www.conservapedia.com/Conservapedia:Lenski_dialog The whole question is a little bit mute anyway as a mechanism for dealing with this, any many other problems, is already used: replication of results. Published results are generally not widely accepted until they can be replicated in a different lab. This overcomes any coding errors, but more importantly, equipment errors, user errors, random chance, and even active data manipulation. I think what most people who are not actively involved in research fail to realize is what an iterative process science is. Early results are often, maybe even usually, error ridden. This can come from bad code or anything else. But as more people work on it and improve it the errors are removed and the final product is something very close to ground truth, and the longer it is discussed the closer it gets to that goal. If you don't believe me I would ask you where you think computers, automobiles, pain killers, vaccines, rockets, cameras, genetically modified mice, and skyscrapers come from. All of those required an incredible detailed, and accurate, knowledge of how the working components function. Science, it works bitches.

Life would be so much easier if we could just look at the source code. -- Dave Olson