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Comment Re:2 time the gravity thought (Score 2) 134

Though as one of the questions during the briefing asked, they don't actually know the mass. They're pretty much guessing based on the size by using the distribution of a smaller pool of past planets that they do have mass estimates for.

From the caption for figure 4 from their presentation: "While its mass and composition are not yet determined, previous research suggests that planets the size of Kepler-452b have a better than even chance of being rocky."


Comment Re:Sounds cool (Score 3, Informative) 87

Production of nanoparticle titanium dioxide is definitely hazardous. Titanium dioxide dust, present during production, is a possible carcinogen. Nanoparticle titanium dioxide has also been shown to cause genetic damage in mice. That said, I don't think there's evidence that the nanoparticles or powder present in paint pigment and sunscreen, for example, actually cause adverse effects in humans to this point, so it's unclear whether these coatings would be a concern or not.

Comment Re:11:04 (Score 1) 145

Or, based on the timer going on the livestream now, they were streaming. But there was no apparent link from either the front page or yesterday's or today's story about watching it live.

Comment Re:Makes sense. (Score 0) 629

That was essentially their support response to me when I recently tried to use Google Wallet. A particular feature was not showing up in the app. After a week of back and forth with their support the response was that my versions of Android and Google Wallet were too old and unsupported. Despite it being the version of Google Wallet I had just downloaded, and with no mention anywhere in their online help that the particular feature wasn't available in some versions.

Comment Re:how many products? (Score 1) 298

Except that they usually don't deliver on Saturday, so ordering on Thursday means you won't get it until Monday. And ordering on Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday means it doesn't show up until Wednesday because it gets processed as if it were a Monday order. Considering how poor their shipping has been for me and a few others I've talked to over the past 6-10 months, I definitely would not be renewing if the price goes up pretty much at all. I never really use the streaming service, because the selection and ease of use on my devices is inferior to Netflix, so if their shipping gets any worse, I don't think it'll even be worth $79/year.

Comment Re:Familiarity counts? (Score 1) 59

I can't tell if you're trying to be funny or not. The person reporting on his experiences is one of the developers of Aaaaaculus! which is essentially an Oculus compatible version of AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!. In addition, they've worked on several sequels and ports of that game with the original developers.

Comment Re:Reinforcing the term (Score 1) 464

It does however stipulate that the device can't display "a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications." So a cell phone is definitely out unless: (A) The equipment has an interlock device that, when the motor vehicle is driven, disables the equipment for all uses except as a visual display as described in paragraphs (1) to (4), inclusive. (B) The equipment is designed, operated, and configured in a manner that prevents the driver of the motor vehicle from viewing the television broadcast or video signal while operating the vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner.

Comment Summary speculation incorrect (Score 2) 27

The bit at the end of the summary that suggests anyone with a PubMed/NCBI account can sign up are either wrong or they fixed it. I have an account and a number of publications, but no grants from the sources they're searching, and it doesn't allow me to request an invite or register with my email.

Comment Pay cut (Score 1) 237

Make sure you really enjoy the research you'll be doing, because moving from a private programming position into an academic research programming position is going to come with a hefty pay cut.

Unfortunately for my wallet, I *do* enjoy the research quite a bit and have co-authored more publications than most junior faculty PhDs, so it can be very rewarding in a non-monetary way.

Though as others have said, if you're goal is to be conceiving of and performing your own research, you need to go through the typical channels of getting a PhD, doing a post-doc, and eventually finding a position somewhere as a professor. The research programmer will always be a research programmer and won't be running their own research lab or anything like that. Though doing a few years of research in a field can be a great way to get experience and figure out what you're interested in before going to grad school if you do want to go the academic route.

Comment Re:Sounds like... (Score 1) 547

Maybe you could read the actual announcement.

* Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

The ability to do all those things just like it works now pretty clearly means they won't be using the one-time codes that they were planning on previously. Individual publishers still could try it, but it won't be the universal method that it sounds like Microsoft was planning originally.

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