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Comment: the analogy can work (Score 1) 139 139

though only if you identify the scope of the work. You need a bricklayer to build the house, but he needs to be educated if he's going to be the GC / project lead. Don't hire unskilled labor for a skilled position.

But it totally makes sense to hire basic codemonkeys for the grind work. You don't need a CS degree to maintain your site's javascript or write queries all day long.


Creating Bacterial "Fight Clubs" To Discover New Drugs 29 29

Science_afficionado writes: Vanderbilt chemists have shown that creating bacterial 'fight clubs' is an effective way to discover natural biomolecules with the properties required for new drugs. They have demonstrated the method by using it to discover a new class of antibiotic with anti-cancer properties. From the Vanderbilt website: "That is the conclusion of a team of Vanderbilt chemists who have been exploring ways to get bacteria to produce biologically active chemicals which they normally hold in reserve. These compounds are called secondary metabolites. They are designed to protect their bacterial host and attack its enemies, so they often have the right kind of activity to serve as the basis for effective new drugs. In fact, many antibiotics and anticancer compounds in clinical use are either secondary metabolites or their derivatives."

Comment: Re:Um.. we don't see it as advancing our career (Score 1) 110 110

have unique and difficult to find skills (which you should have by that age).

Firstly, if you can learn these magic skills then so can other people - so you won't be unique.

Secondly, it's very difficult to predict what will be hot in a few years time, and even if you could your workplace might not use it.

Comment: Re:How does that compare to desktops? (Score 1) 173 173

Similar statements could be made for desktops, where tray icon pop-ups for updates, email and chat notifications distract and interrupt workflows.

Or websites where the number of responses (and sometimes one or more category icons) obscures text you're trying to read.

Comment: Re:If you can't keep your eyes on the ROAD (Score 1) 173 173

So your night vision isn't getting fucked with by the head lights of oncoming cars?
Or the street lights? Although they tend to be yellow (but that's probably because sodium vapor lights are efficient and reliable). The move to LED street lighting is going to see a lot more blue light at night (white LED's being a blue LED with yellow phosphor)

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.