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Comment: Double-blind grants (Score 1) 181

by RogueWarrior65 (#49774737) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

Double-blind studies are standard practice for studies. So why not do the same with funding? Donors to a university don't get to pick and choose which researcher or topic of research will get the money (but it has to be guaranteed to go to research and not into the general fund). The researchers' funding is allocated by some random method and they don't know in advance how much they will get if any nor do they know where the money came from.

Comment: What's the definition of "suck"? (Score 1) 425

by RogueWarrior65 (#49620655) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Seems to me that there are two ways of looking at this. Are you basing the evaluation on the finished application or on the quality of the source code/architecture? I've seen really dreadful source code that doesn't follow good standards an practices common in the industry yet has impressive results. I've also seen coding requirements be so complex as to hinder the development process.

Comment: Correlation != causation (Score 4, Informative) 328

From the wikipedia entry on the chemical:
2-Butoxyethanol is a solvent for paints and surface coatings, as well as cleaning products and inks. Products that contain 2-butoxyethanol include acrylic resin formulations, asphalt release agents, firefighting foam, leather protectors, oil spill dispersants, degreaser applications, photographic strip solutions, whiteboard cleaners, liquid soaps, cosmetics, dry cleaning solutions, lacquers, varnishes, herbicides, latex paints, enamels, printing paste, and varnish removers, and silicone caulk. Products containing this compound are commonly found at construction sites, automobile repair shops, print shops, and facilities that produce sterilizing and cleaning products. It is the main ingredient of many home, commercial and industrial cleaning solutions. Since the molecule has both non-polar and polar ends, butoxyethanol is useful for removing both polar and non-polar substances, like grease and oils. It is also approved by the U.S. FDA to be used as direct and indirect food additives, which include antimicrobial agents, defoamers, stabilizers, and adhesives.

So, basically, this stuff can be found pretty much EVERYWHERE and pretty much everywhere in or around a home. But, nope, nope, nope, these samples HAD to come from fracking wells.

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