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Comment Re:The real link (Score 2) 40

So this article says the opposite of the summary: the material reverts to it's original shape when body heat is applied. That sounds more useful for medical applications.

The summary speaks of a material that loses it's original shape as body heat is applied (and presumably regains it once it cools down). That sounds less useful.

Comment Gun control to the rescue (Score 2, Funny) 183

Fortunately, we know from gun controllers what all the arguments are for regulating something during a moral panic:

- We must regulate this assault science.
- No more than 7 strands of DNA -- why would anyone ever need more than that?
- Scientists must register and be fingerprinted by their local sherrif.
- They must keep all their test tubes in a regulation safe when not in use.
- Scientists shouldn't have access to automatic equipment. No military-style scientific equipment either.
- One equipment purchase per scientist per month.
- Buying scientific equipment for another scientist will be a felony.
- Convicted felons won't be allowed to possess scientific equipment.
- Scientific equipment will only be allowed to be sold through a licensed dealer, with Federal background checks.

These and other common-sense controls will help keep us safe from these rogue scientists. We must enact them now, before it's too late!

Comment Re:Clinton vs Sanders (Score 1) 386

Because Democrat voters are less reliable than Republican voters. When there's huge publicity and a maximum effort to drag every last unmotivated person to the polls to vote for President, Democrats do better. During off years unmotivated people stay home and Republicans do better.

Comment Re:Clinton vs Sanders (Score 1) 386

That's not it. Mid-term elections don't go well for Democrats, and they don't go well for the President's party in general. If the President is Sanders, that's a steep hill to climb already.

Is Sanders a charismatic leader that can ignite and unify the country? Would you buy a used car from anyone who answered "yes" to that question?

Comment Re:Boycott Hertz. (Score 1) 386

Hertz is already doing pretty bad. Uber and Lyft are a huge problem for the rental car companies. And Hertz in particular has accounting irregularities. They're going to have to redo the last 5 years of their financials.

Their only saving grace is that car rental has become an oligopoly. The Obama Administration allowed Avis to merge with Budget and Hertz to merge with Dollar/Thrifty. Avis also bought Zipcar. The other company in the 3-way oligopoly is Enterprise/National. Car rental pricing has been artificially high with less competition.

Uber and Lyft, and the entrance of some smaller competitors (because the car rental business has low barriers to entry -- really, how hard is it to rent cars?) are starting to bring rates down again.

Rather than simply boycotting Hertz, I suggest using a service like Hotwire. Wait until the day before you need to rent a car and then go to Hotwire. Rental companies can either rent you one of their cars for cheap or leave it sitting on their lot earning them nothing. If there are no good deals (because of high demand or because the local city has a high tax on car rentals) just use Uber or Lyft.

If your company has an exclusive deal with Avis or Hertz for business travelers, your company is overpaying, probably by a very large amount. Do some price comparisons with Hotwire and email them to the decision makers. That would be the worst thing for Hertz.

Comment Re:No (Score 5, Interesting) 173

And even if the current crop of voters *did* learn their lesson (which they did not), the next generation has not learned it, and will make the same mistakes all over again.

I don't think the next generation will side with law enforcement. What did the police ever do for them besides hassle them, give them traffic tickets, and threaten to raid their parties? We have the lowest crime in decades and safest highways ever. Law enforcement is generally not needed and increasingly feared by regular people.

The people who like law enforcement are 55+ and remember trying to raise a family during the crime wave times of 1970-1990.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 0) 555

Tenured academic jobs are usually easier and often pay considerably more than private sector jobs.

And it's not a "fraud". It's a field that reached a conclusion with a very high degree of uncertainty. The conclusion is true. There's a real phenomenon. It either means a lot or a little.

Then billions were taxed and spent by power-hungry people based on the possibility that it means "a lot". If it means a lot, then that opens the door for power-hungry elites to micromanage the lives of everyone else, just like they've always wanted to do.

Scientists are incentivized to hype one side versus the other. The high degree of uncertainty allows for a defense of any particular claim. If you want to study something, you can make a defendable claim, raise the alarm, and often get funded to study it.

No wacky insidious conspiracy needed. (But people "conspire" all the time. They discuss a how to present ideas. It's an ordinary thing to do.)

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