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Comment: Yucca Mountain (Score 4, Insightful) 221

by lazuli42 (#42995103) Attached to: Six of Hanford's Nuclear Waste Tanks Leaking Badly

How much of this could have been avoided if Harry Reid and President Obama had not derailed the Yucca Mountain project? And if groups like Greenpeace weren't so effective in opposing solutions to nuclear waste storage? They cheered the end of the Yucca Mountain project and called its supporters morons. Where are we now?

Medicine

US Finalizes Stem Cell Research Guidelines 249

Posted by kdawson
from the stem-too-stern dept.
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from Cosmos Magazine, to wit: "The US government unveiled final rules for embryonic stem cell research, laying out ground rules for 'ethically responsible, scientifically worthy' studies eligible for federal funds. The new rules, which go into effect today, follow President Barack Obama's March 9 executive order lifting a ban on embryonic stem cell research, an order that went into effect under his predecessor, George W. Bush. ... The US National Institutes of Health's (NIH) guidelines are slightly less restrictive than those outlined in a draft document released in April in that they allow the use of existing stem cell lines, in addition to new ones derived from IVF procedures. ... The NIH received some 49,000 comments from patient advocacy groups, scientists, medical groups, and other interested parties before issuing the guidelines."

Comment: Re:Now to be fair (Score 1) 10

by FortKnox (#28529827) Attached to: My solution to the people bitching (again) about M$ vs MS
From what I understand the reason people get offended is that M$ implies there is something evil about making $$$.

I just get offended by people saying 'M$' because it paints the Linux community as a bunch of pimply-faced teenage dorks that think that calling Microsoft 'M$' is like the greatest insult in the world. I use Linux at work. It's a great developer platform. I use it t home for my server. Great at that, too. Just have a windows box for games. So you can call me a Linux geek... but I hate two things about the linux community:
Those that insult proprietary companies like a kid would
Those that insult others trying to learn Linux (if someone was to say "RTFM" to a newbie in real life, I'd kick him in the nards)
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Cows That Burp Less Methane to Be Bred 366

Posted by samzenpus
from the belching-bovines dept.
Canadian scientists are breeding a type of cow that burps less, in an attempt to reduce greenhouse gases. Cows are responsible for almost 75% of total methane emissions, mostly coming from burps. Stephen Moore, professor of agricultural, food and nutritional science at the University of Alberta, hopes the refined bovines will produce 25 per cent less methane. Nancy Hirshberg, spokesman for Stonyfield Farm says, "If every US dairy farmer reduced emissions by 12 per cent it would be equal to about half a million cars being taken off the road."

Comment: Pull Out? (Score 1) 57

by FortKnox (#28270515) Attached to: 401k scam
Really? 401k is a retirement, long-term investment. The market goes up and down, so unless you plan on cashing out your 401k TODAY or next year, I say now is the time to put MORE into the 401k. It's the stock market! When it's low, put in more money, when it's high sell off!

Never ever ever react to a sudden change in the stock market on a long term investment, unless it's something like enron...

Comment: Re:I'm in the crackberry camp (Score 1) 19

by FortKnox (#27906327) Attached to: iPhone 3G, Crackberry, or Android?
I'm in the iPhone camp and have both of these apps on my iPhone.

The only reason I'd flip to android is that I can write java apps to the android... if you want to write an app to your iPhone, its objective-C, which I know you probably prefer, Barbie, but I'm a java guy ;)
Another advantage of iPhone is maturity. The androids are still level 1.0. I like to wait for the next gen (which is why I have an iPhone 3G, and never had the original iPhone).

Comment: Re:Is your boss related to your landlord? (Score 1) 36

by FortKnox (#27819563) Attached to: "Find someone else's bug or else I'll cut your pay 20%"
LOL! Love the subject, johndiii :D

As with everyone, I'm surprised you lasted this long. A threat to pay is a last resort, company will fall out from under you if you leave, kind of threat, or a threat to someone you want to quit so you don't have to go through any company policy severance...

If you are looking for a job in the states, let me know. My company always appreciates a good developer, and we do placement jobs if you don't want consulting.
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Obama Says 3% of GDP Should Fund Science Research And Development 753

Posted by samzenpus
from the that's-a-lot-of-test-tubes dept.
tritonman writes "Obama wants to set a goal that the US spend 3% of its GDP on scientific research and development. 'I believe it is not in our character, American character, to follow — but to lead. And it is time for us to lead once again. I am here today to set this goal: we will devote more than 3 percent of our GDP to research and development,' Obama said in a speech at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences."

Comment: Sorry I'm late... (Score 1) 45

by FortKnox (#27700999) Attached to: Personal this time.
... now that messages are on the front page (or I just found them), I'm late to the party, but allow me to also say "I'm here if you need anything."

I'm a big believer in marriage, and I hope you've tried counseling with both of you before you (will or already have) hung it up.

Best of luck. This is a time thing... it'll take time to get through it all, and you never may get through it entirely, but know there are others out there to help you through it.

Comment: Apps... (Score 1) 10

by FortKnox (#27586315) Attached to: New iPhone!
Apps worth having:
  • TwitterFon: I've tried a variety of twitter apps, fon is free and the best
  • Wikipanion: Free wikipedia app that makes it much easier to read wikipedia from the phone
  • PNC Mobile: Or any other bank app... if you like to keep track of your banking on the fly
  • iFitness: The only app I've purchased. If you work out and want to keep track, its the best out there.
  • WebMD: If you do webMD, this has the symptom app already built in
  • Dictionary.com: Great app (huuuge 35MB!), but its all offline with pronunciations.
  • Shazam & Midomi: Want to know who sings that song with a link to iTunes?
  • Stanza: Free online books (download and read on the phone)
  • TWC: Local weather + weather channel forecast movies
  • Lightsaber: Fun toy ;)
  • Trace, CubeRunner, TapDefense are the games I've played and kept
  • DirectTV: If you have direct tv, you can log in and set your machine to record shows and stuff

That's my list. I haven't found a decent free chess game (with AI... there are some free online ones, I believe), and there are too many pay ones for me to look at, but if you find a winner, let me know. Sudoku apps are a dime a dozen...

Comment: Re:IBM backed out... but... (Score 1) 6

by FortKnox (#27480031) Attached to: Eclipse vs NetBeans - which one do you prefer? Why?
eclemma is probably what you are talking about witht he emma/junit.
I'm also a fan of 'findBugs' for statistical analysis and I use Q4E for Maven2 integration.
Also, 'extract method' is a great refactoring thing to know... and you can make it so saves automatically organize imports and format the code...

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