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Comment: Re:Close the supply taps (Score 1) 283

by PvtVoid (#48088285) Attached to: Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Historically university posts were open to people with a BA (e.g. John Wesley and John Newman at Oxford in the 18th and 19th century) That it now takes a PhD and post doctoral work to get the same post means that we are training too many. Therefore the only solution is to row back on the PhDs being generated; given that governments are looking for money saving measures, this would seem an obvious starting point.

That's a really wonderful idea, except that the universities who train those PhDs have a huge financial incentive to crank them out in the highest volume possible. Try saying, "Fromunda Science has too many PhDs and not enough jobs, so we should accept fewer grad students into our PhD program" to a Dean or a Provost. They don't want to hear it.

Comment: Re:Don't pay them and they'll go away (Score 5, Insightful) 283

by PvtVoid (#48088261) Attached to: Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

If they had to pay their own way, the number of PhD students would drop tremendously and all the postdocs would leave to get jobs in the real world. Problem solved!

... aaaand, watch all the basic science they do dry up and blow away.

It's really easy to type on the internet on your transistor-based computational thing with the flashing blue LEDs and pass judgement on lazy academics who are of no use to society, isn't it?

Comment: Re:Critics should take positive action (Score 1) 993

by PvtVoid (#48079077) Attached to: Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

losing Debian too was a hard blow, and it's understandable that systemd opponents are feeling a sense of desperation.

Really? You get "a sense of desperation" about a piece of software being different than you would like it to be? And you think this is a normal emotional reaction for a well-adjusted person?

Comment: Re:can relate (Score 0) 724

by PvtVoid (#48048143) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

I'm sick and tired of getting feminism shoved down my throat absolutely everywhere.

You mean just like women are sick and tired of old white men telling them when and how they can access birth control, abortion, child care, and job opportunities? I'm sure they feel really sorry for you.

Comment: Dear Intel (Score 3, Insightful) 724

by PvtVoid (#48048077) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials
Read this article five times, and then promptly fire the brain-dead fuckwit who decided to pull your ads because of complaints from a mob of psychos.

"These obtuse shitslingers, these wailing hyper-consumers, these childish internet-arguers -- they are not my audience. They don’t have to be yours. There is no ‘side’ to be on, there is no ‘debate’ to be had. "

Comment: Re:Time to... (Score 3, Insightful) 475

by PvtVoid (#48031871) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

No, but definitely the time to enact common sense, and if anybody says, "but that's offensive to..." give them a good punch in the mouth. Good common sense, like not allowing people to fly from those countries.

Except that if you cancel all the flights, medical personnel and drugs and equipment have no way to get there. Which means that the disease can't be contained. Which means that it spread to places that there are still flights allowed, before you are aware of it, or have countermeasures. What do you do then? Cut off all flights to that country, rinse and repeat?

The people who actually do disease control are warning, based on science, that the douchebag reactionary approach to this is going to kill hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people, and put even First World countries at risk. Sorry, America isn't going to shoot its way out of this one.

Comment: And the problem is? (Score 1) 488

by PvtVoid (#48024119) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Studies suggest that if solar adoption continues growing at its current rate, incumbents will be forced to raise their prices, which will only persuade more people to switch to solar.

Which means the subsidies are effective and successful, and we should have more of them.

Oh, wait. I thought I lived in a sane country for a second there.

Comment: Gratuitous LIGO Slam (Score 5, Insightful) 25

by PvtVoid (#48009939) Attached to: Astrophysicists Use Apollo Seismic Array To Hunt For Gravitational Waves

The work shows that good science on gravitational waves can be done without spending the hundreds of millions of dollars for bespoke gravitational wave detectors, such as LIGO, which have yet to find any evidence of the waves either.

Do you mean aside from the cost of putting seismometers on the moon in the first place?

The experiment referenced is a fabulously clever re-use of existing data, but it has nothing whatsoever to say about the funding case for LIGO. LIGO, like many cutting-edge experiments, requires very long-term technology development before it can produce a positive result. Some science requires long-term thinking, not just until the next quarter or the next election cycle.

+ - iPhone 6 rollout makes $23 billion in Apple market cap evaporate->

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PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Apple's stock has now dropped below $100 per share, wiping out more than $23 billion dollars in market capitalization since the botched release of the iPhone 6.

'Despite the iOS 8 bugs and bent iPhones that have cost Apple approximately $23 billion, the company’s stocks are still up this year by over 20 percent, leading the race ahead of Standard & Poor’s 500’s general gain of seven percent. But a market slump just days after a crucial new product release is a major blow for any company. The iPhone, Apple’s most widely recognized and critical product, accounts for over half its stock value. With such serious problems hovering over its new release, this drastic change in stocks comes as little surprise.'

Does it make sense that a messy software update and some bent cases should be responsible for that much value disappearing? Is there too much market cap tied to a single consumer product to begin with?"

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