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Comment: Re:i always thought this was a good idea (Score 1) 243

by magarity (#49132855) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

A bounty? No. Just give the money as grants to academic research labs applying to do a search for new antibiotics.

Bounties are quite effective compared to long term grants just because of human nature. Which gets quicker results:
"Hello, research foundation, we'd like to give you a nice annual salary as long as you present annual reports on how well you're progressing"
Or: "Here's a whopping pile of cash that's all yours as soon as you come up with the goods."

Comment: Re:from a psychologist that has helped children gr (Score 1) 688

3) Girls are unfairly subject to society-specific, irrational concepts like having to look a certain way or behave in more rigid patterns. She does not have to follow those patterns unless she wants to.

3a) When women travel outside North America and Western Europe, the latter part of this is less applicable to various degrees. Indeed, in some parts of the world, not adhering strictly to expected female behaviour can be fatal.

Comment: Re:Sigh... Yet another scam (Score 1) 233

by magarity (#49067403) Attached to: Mars One: Final 100 Candidates Selected

They even say "No new technology developments are required to establish a human settlement on Mars", which is demonstrably false.

I supposed they can claim this on a semantic technicality; since no one has done it before either succeeding or failing with current technology, you can't really say it has been demostrated to be false. Their attempt, if they actually get off the ground, will be the demonstration.

Comment: Re:^THIS (Score 1) 493

that's because overall (at least in the USA) retirement benefits are a joke, if they exist at all

Pay and retirement for teachers vary state by state because teachers are employees of local governments. Perhaps the retirement packages in your state aren't great but in my state they sure are.

Comment: Re:I've got this (Score 1) 400

by magarity (#49019403) Attached to: An Argument For Not Taking Down Horrific Videos

They created the videos so people would see them and instil fear

When someone bombs a mall or hijacks a plane, that's pretty clear they're trying to create a fear of shopping or travelling. But what is it that the isis team is trying to do with their beheading videos? What exactly are they trying to make us fearful of, getting our heads sawn off? I didn't really need a video to have that already high on my "do not attempt at home" list. Fear of being an aid worker in a combat zone? Anyone who is in Syria and the like as an aid worker has either accepted the risks or is hopelessly naive, so that can't really be it either. So, whatever reason they have, the actual result of showing these videos is to firmly illustrate what complete barbarians they are and to dissuade anyone who might be thinking to just live and let live with these people.

Nothing succeeds like success. -- Alexandre Dumas