Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Or not (Score 1) 103 103

Oh, and the answer(s) may not even be right and has to be checked using classical methods anyway.

One of the primary characteristics of NP problems is that solutions are hard to find but easy to verify. It will take longer than the lifetime of the universe to find the best solution to a thousand city travelling salesman problem. But it takes less than a millisecond to verify that it is better than the previous best known path.

Solution: Keep N=1 and nobody gets hurt! Done! ARE YOU LISTENING TO THIS NOBEL COMMITTEE??? You can just send me the big check now please.

Comment Re:not sure what to wish for... (Score 1) 98 98

I haven't been on campus in... 25 years or so. I seem to recall the special projects building having something to do with money production, as in paper money.

But really kids, safety first! I am ashamed at the apparent lack of proper lab procedure. We must demand only the best meth labs in the nation at NIST! I'm writing a letter to my congressman.

Comment Re:Mystery (Score 1) 159 159

Well yes, there's that uncomfortable fact, but we accept a certain percentage of failure in medical procedures without question. It's understood that once you start cutting/fusing/etc, well, you can't uncut.

Anyway, I can type all day on this, but the gist is: for any condition there is a continuum of care and intervention. In any of the medical/therapeutic professions there are good and bad practitioners, and lots in between. "Your mileage may vary."

Comment Re:Rise of clickbait headlines (Score 1) 191 191

I am sure Einstein described himself as a patent clerk as well.

Let me ask you a question - have you ever pleasured yourself?

Would you like me to describe you as "Noted Masturbator"? It may be true that you have done it, but it is not an appropriate way to refer to you.

I am pretty adamant on that point--call me Master Masturbator, or expect a strongly worded letter from my attorney!

Comment Re:Not acupuncture (Score 1) 159 159

It looks like there may be some relation between the Chinese idea of "chi", energy flowing through the body, and mitochondria, the little guys in our bodies that are responsible for delivering energy where it needs to go. Mine are broken so I feel tired all the time, and get a variety of problems stemming from that.

It really looks like they were on to something, even though they probably had no idea what it really was.

It sounds like you could use some alternative therapies actually. Basically, it boils down to finding what works for you. Find a really good practitioner who will work with you on: diet, exercise, posture, and hopefully including some hands-on bodywork. You could have a sleep disorder, some dietary/digestion issues, or .. any number of things going on. Anyway, my overall advice is to find someone willing to take the time to effectively diagnose your condition(s).

(Disclosure: my wife is a chiropractor/acupuncturist, so yes, I have my bias...)

Comment Re:Mystery (Score 1) 159 159

Again, I'm not, for now, addressing effectiveness of treatment. That is a complicated issue and deserves a response, and well, a lot more research no doubt. My question is: if there is a high risk of permanent injury or death from chiropractic, WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?

Comment Re:Mystery (Score 1) 159 159

What I am saying is that "risk of permanent injury or death" is a quantifiable risk. Those are pretty strong words, and those who insure chiropractors know damn well what that risk is in terms of insurance liability. So, what is the relative risk of seeing a chiropractor for back pain, for example, vs. back surgery? In short, where is the trail of mangled and dead bodies leading from chiropractic offices?

Effectiveness, appropriate care, and so on, is another topic that deserves discussion. ... and I don't have the time at the moment. Maybe later though.

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to work.