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Comment: Re:Fear of Driving (Score 1) 59

by NotInHere (#49763749) Attached to: <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> Mathematician John F. Nash Jr. Dies

People get nutty because media get nutty. Media get nutty about terrorists attacks, because these are things to report about. Basically, they do exactly what the terrorists want them to do: spread the information about the event.

If a plane crashes, media report, because hundreds of people die at the same moment. No news channel will send live 4k helicopter footage from all 300 car accidents that would be needed to create a comparable number of deaths on the road.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't the new cells have the same diseases? (Score 3) 26

by NotInHere (#49762737) Attached to: Nerve Cells Made From Blood Cells

If you are researching in the Neuroscience field, you have a simple descision: either you accept that most grant money is inside the "curing Altzheimer" corner, and start constructing a story how your research can heal patients from Altzheimer, Parkinson or HIV, or you are heroic and don't get grant money. Your competition does get the money though, so you end up with them having an advantage.

I mean this is an effect of giving money only to research that has curing these illnesses as goal. If you do the groundwork, you don't get any money, so you have to do some of the higher level stuff too, which perhaps others would do if grants were fairly distributed. You can debate whether this is good or bad, both sides have their points.

Comment: Re:Service, not software (Score 1) 46

yes, but once your software becomes open source, your service can be replaced by that oss part and a off the shelf server. Usually, thats cheaper than your price. If its not cheaper, then you don't make money with your service, because your service will use that off the shelf server too. If you open source, you basically give away the additional value of your service for free.

You can do what facebook and google do of course, and only publish parts of the technology you developed: google published protobuf, facebook a php compiler.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 3, Funny) 289

by NotInHere (#49720067) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

In 100 years, there will be singularity. In 2084, when the singularity takes over the world, your area was scheduled for destruction by nuclear missile, because uploading its control virus onto your brain implant chips (mandatory by international treaties since the 2076 terror attack on google city (new name of mountain view since 2060), pushed by US president Bush junior junior) would have required too long.

+ - Animal Copies Reveal Roots of Individuality->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Benjamin de Bivort’s lab at Harvard University is Groundhog Day for fruit flies. In de Bivort’s version, a fly must choose to walk down a dark tunnel or a lighted one. Once it has made the choice — THWOOP! — a vacuum sucks the fly back to the starting point, where it has to decide again and again and again.

The contraption, which tracks scores of individual flies, makes it possible to analyze how behavior varies from fly to fly. What de Bivort found when he first used it surprised him: The animals’ behavior varied much more than he expected, even when the flies were more or less genetically identical and raised under the same conditions. “If you hold genetics constant and the environment mostly constant, you still see a lot of variation,” de Bivort said.

De Bivort and his team are now exploring this phenomenon in detail, hoping to discover what drives that unexpected individuality. He’s found that different fly strains show different levels of variability. Some strains are like a troop of well-trained soldiers, with each fly mirroring its neighbor. Other strains resemble a wild group of dancers, with individuals moving to their own beat. By comparing soldier and dancer strains, de Bivort thinks he’s identified both a gene and a neural circuit that may underlie some of these differences.

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Comment: Re:And what of false positives? (Score 4, Insightful) 94

by NotInHere (#49660245) Attached to: Can Earthquakes Be Predicted Algorithmically?

Both false positives and true negatives come with a cost. Calculate the probability with which a system is right, and you only have to do basic math to find out whether the prediction system gives you an economic or humanitarian advantage. As the humanitarian cost for false positives is very low compared to the economic one, it is very possible that there will be an unbalance between "most (economically or humanitarian) profitable strategies". Deciding between those can be I guess cause for some political debate.

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