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Comment: Re:Eh? (Score 1) 21

by itzly (#49506303) Attached to: If Earth Never Had Life, Continents Would Be Smaller

But then how did those continents get so big in the first place? Surely shrinking continents is only the case when life did evolve, but then theoretically all dies off

Probably the continents would have been bigger in the ancient Earth, because there wouldn't have been so much water yet. Without life, and with increasing amounts of water, the continents would get smaller.

Comment: Re:Ima gonna haveta disagree.. (Score 4, Informative) 51

by itzly (#49500823) Attached to: Resistance To Antibiotics Found In Isolated Amazonian Tribe

It should be possible to figure out which it is by comparing the genome of the resistant bacteria, and see if they have common genes for the resistance.

But I don't see why it would be so difficult for the local bacteria to develop resistance. Many antibiotics are based on stuff we find in nature, and the amazonian tribe probably uses natural substances to fight diseases. Resistance would be a logical result of that.

Comment: Re:have to rewrite muc federal law to not microman (Score 1) 145

by itzly (#49500189) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

Of course, when you write specification "X", there are usually some mistakes. A contractor may spot the mistakes, but follow the letter of the specification anyway. When everything is finished, and you discover that "X" was wrong, you get an additional contract to fix things.

Comment: Re:have to rewrite muc federal law to not microman (Score 1) 145

by itzly (#49500187) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

Not always true. Sometimes, he loses the contract and it goes to someone else

That's a matter of skillful management. Make sure that the client is already invested too much, and that the overrun would cost less than finding someone else for the contract. Also, make sure that the original contract is written in a way that the budget is not guaranteed, and that you can blame the overrun on the client (poor specification). And finally, a nice bribe is always helpful.

Comment: Re:have to rewrite muc federal law to not microman (Score 1) 145

by itzly (#49499285) Attached to: Incorrectly Built SLS Welding Machine To Be Rebuilt

The reality is that Elon Musk is able to do a good job, because he can destroy two or three recovery barges in a row

The biggest reason is that he really wants to do a good job, because it's his own money and reputation.

If a contractor overruns his budget, and the result is that he gets a bigger budget, where's the motivation to do a good job ?

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 300

by itzly (#49499265) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

The pesticides in the plants we eat now other than the GMOs have had a thousand years of human testing

Most of that 1000 years, the testing wasn't very well done. People may have gotten cancer from certain plants without realizing that a certain plant was to blame. Our modern analysis methods can do more in a few years that in the 1000 years before that.

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