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Comment: Astronomy (exoplanets,etc ) and Cosmology say Hi! (Score 3, Insightful) 292

by dtolman (#46720611) Attached to: Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Considering that less than 20 years ago there were no known extrasolar planets, no one had ever even thought up of the Holographic universe theory, or debated the existence (and implications) of a firewall around blackholes, not to mention the so dark we still can't find it Dark Matter... I mean - we haven't even made enough discoveries to start making theories yet with Exoplanets (gaseous Super Earths are brand new in the past year, I believe), and cosmology has huge areas to explore and craft experiments around that are literally brand new.

I think we're going to be just fine in the theory and spectacular discovery department.

Comment: Could be a lot worse... could've been the fax line (Score 2) 158

by dtolman (#44192001) Attached to: Zynga Puts Random Stranger In Customer Support Role
When I had a new landline number assigned to me 15 years back, we found out the hard way it was the old fax number for a business. Nothing like getting half a dozen calls an hour all day and night, each one a series of high pitched whistles and beeps. After complaining to the phone company numerous times, they finally gave us a new number after two weeks. Gee, thanks.

Comment: According to original report it wasn't Enders Game (Score 4, Informative) 1054

by dtolman (#39416843) Attached to: Teacher Suspended For Reading <em>Ender's Game</em> To Students

The original story reported it a bit differently:
"According to the incident report, a teacher had been reading pornographic material from the Internet to the students in class. One of the stories was about prostitutes having their faces covered with ejaculation."


Unless this is the writer's cut that my library didn't stock - this wasn't enders game they were reading.


+ - Facebook locking popular pages without warning->

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raulfragoso writes "Some popular websites, among them Ars Technica and Redmond Pie, are complaining about Facebook having locked out their pages on Facebook due to alleged copyright infringement. The problem is that Facebook does not state what's the supposed violation neither is willing to answer the requests for explaining the reason of the alleged infringement.
Many user comments in the Ars Technica article ( )lead to think that this is happening more often than not."

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What US Health Care Needs 584

Posted by kdawson
from the velluvial-matrix dept.
Medical doctor and writer Atul Gawande gave the commencement address recently at Stanford's School of Medicine. In it he lays out very precisely and in a nonpartisan way what is wrong with the institution of medical care in the US — why it is both so expensive and so ineffective at delivering quality care uniformly across the board. "Half a century ago, medicine was neither costly nor effective. Since then, however, science has... enumerated and identified... more than 13,600 diagnoses — 13,600 different ways our bodies can fail. And for each one we've discovered beneficial remedies... But those remedies now include more than six thousand drugs and four thousand medical and surgical procedures. Our job in medicine is to make sure that all of this capability is deployed, town by town, in the right way at the right time, without harm or waste of resources, for every person alive. And we're struggling. There is no industry in the world with 13,600 different service lines to deliver. ... And then there is the frightening federal debt we will face. By 2025, we will owe more money than our economy produces. One side says war spending is the problem, the other says it's the economic bailout plan. But take both away and you've made almost no difference. Our deficit problem — far and away — is the soaring and seemingly unstoppable cost of health care. ... Like politics, all medicine is local. Medicine requires the successful function of systems — of people and of technologies. Among our most profound difficulties is making them work together. If I want to give my patients the best care possible, not only must I do a good job, but a whole collection of diverse components must somehow mesh effectively. ... This will take science. It will take art. It will take innovation. It will take ambition. And it will take humility. But the fantastic thing is: This is what you get to do."

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser