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Comment: PR Nightmare (Score 1) 3

by xeoron (#49786587) Attached to: SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP
I RTFA, and SF claims it was abandoned and the project owner has not come forward, yet that is not what GIMP-Win author owner has said. Lets for a moment to consider that once a project is not touched for X amount of time SF takes it over for profit, yet The Gimp has a very slow dev process where minor and major updates often take years to push out of testing. Is it possible that The Gimps slow development release cycle merely hit SF per-declared limit of an abandoned project? Also, why is SF not reaching out to account holders before they declare it is abandoned, instead of the take now and sort out any issues later approach?

Comment: Re:Which string theory? (Score 1) 120

by sjames (#49785329) Attached to: Prospects and Limits For the LHC's Capabilities To Test String Theory

Imagine a "theory" with a bunch of adjustments. So many adjustmentrs that no matter what happens, there is some adjustment that canm be made such that it "retroactively) predicts it. That is string theory.

The big problem with string "theory" is that it predicts everything and so, nothing.

String toolkit might be a better name. It is just that, a bag of parts and tools that might one day be used to construct a theory that predicts something in particular.

+ - Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong 1

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson writes: From the you-pay-your-money-and-you-take-your-changes dept

ABC is reporting that gene test for risk of specific diseases are not as accurate as were thought, with different labs giving different interpretations.

At least 415 gene variants now have different interpretations that could sway a medical decision, such as whether to have healthy breasts or ovaries removed to lower the risk of cancer, or to get a medical device such as an implanted defibrillator to cut the risk of sudden cardiac death.

"The magnitude of this problem is bigger than most people thought," said Michael Watson, executive director of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, one of the study's authors and a partner in the data pooling project.

And it can harm patients. Rehm described a woman who had genetic testing and wrongly was told she did not have elevated risks for breast cancer. She later developed the disease but could have had preventive surgery had the right gene analyses been done.

Comment: Re:Ancillary titles to TFA (Score 1) 313

by ceoyoyo (#49780079) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

I have to disagree with the Challenger commission and the Army on their allocation of blame. If you're the kind of person who sits through a PowerPoint presentation and thinks you've understood something, you really shouldn't be building spaceships or waging war. You should be quietly led off to some marketing department somewhere, or a nice quiet retail job.

General McMaster seems like he has a good grasp of complexity though.

Too much of everything is just enough. -- Bob Wier