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Comment: Re:Another rambling bullshit summary (Score 1) 36

The real usefulness of a technique like this (as I understand from the sepsis researchers that I've interacted with), is improved antibiotic stewardship -- preventing overuse of antibiotics and reducing the time the patient need be treated. These rapid assays can provide a better and more timely means to monitor a patient's response to treatment.

The talk about early diagnosis and saving lives is simply a lot more sexy and easier to sell than antibiotic stewardship. The grandstanding about this particular application aside, though, the technique itself is interesting.

Comment: Re:Agreed (Score 1) 256

by pchimp (#43692081) Attached to: Spoiler Alert: Smart Kids Become Successful Adults
You are absolutely right in principle: networking (business-speak for "talking to people") is highly advantageous at all stages of one's career, nearly irrespective of field.

I'd clarify, though, that social skills are learnable to a large degree rather than exclusively an innate trait. I've found that those who stubbornly refuse to accept social skills as a valuable indicator of 'fitness' for employment/advancement are simply arrogant, immature, and/or suffer from a delusion of geek grandeur. Some of these people will go on to be extremely successful; others are content to wallow in envy and self-effacement. A key differentiating point is the time which the former group recognized accepted that relationships are necessary to accomplish something of value and put their effort into learning how to establishing those relationships.

There is no shortage of CEO's, actors, prominent scientists, or what-have-you, that describe their intense shyness and their efforts to overcome the detrimental effects to their career.

Comment: Re:Teacher should of been ready (Score 1) 215

by pchimp (#43611983) Attached to: Alaskan Middle Schoolers Phish Their Teachers

imagine the uproar if a Math teacher was not functionally proficient in English.

Do you see the problem now?

Do you mean english (proficiency in the spoken english language) or English (historical and rhetorical knowledge of english literature)?

There would be justified criticism (though not, necessarily, uproar) about the former, but none about the latter in any region I've ever lived in.

And while we're at it: if you think teachers should be competent a significant portion of your job requirements, why are there 'computer professionals in a school district'? Would you, with your 'knowing a little about most things' be held responsible if you had incorporated incorrect chemical formulae on a school website provided by the chemistry teacher, or be sought after to serve as a replacement for him?

It's most absolutely desirable for every person to have general (or tangential) knowledge relevant to their field, but it is not their core proficiency. I certainly don't value my children's teacher's primarily for their computer skills.

Comment: Re:ffs (Score 1) 343

by pchimp (#43446543) Attached to: Six Retailers Announce Recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes
Consider the scenario where a similar product were coated with a substance toxic upon ingestion (unintentional of course)? "Correct" usage still has has no effect and promotes creativity -- I agree that these are great, stimulating toys. But I think few would argue seriously that the poisonous consequences of what ought to be trivial mis-use should be ignored.

If something is lethal when swallowed, I don't see why there's a difference between the effector being magnetic force or a biochemical cascade.

There is a potentially lethal and non-obvious route for accidental misuse. Why would anyone be against putting a warning making this risk more obvious, or making arguments that might persuade retailers to voluntarily stop carrying them? It IS in the governments purview to ensure that commercial products are honest about the risks involved in use -- this includes the risks involved in using them in improper, but anticipated, manners.

Comment: HR reps -- sell your info (Score 1) 374

by pchimp (#43432439) Attached to: Browser Choice May Affect Your Job Prospects
It seems like there could be a lucrative opportunity for HR people (or the techs who wrote the automated roundfile routines) to sell a list of all the stupid, irrelevent "mistakes" that are frustrating job applicants and clogging the HR system (yes, I understand HR is inundated with hundreds or thousands of applicants for each position and have to have a quick way to weed them -- but the problem is exacerbated when the system mandates that most applicants have to submit, say, a hundred resumes to get one pair of human-operated eyeballs to look at them).

Comment: Re:Oh god, please die in a fire right now (Score 1) 227

a clever method of concealment at airport security

And the human body works pretty well for concealing such things. Just pay the airfare (and a small bit for the family) of a (likely) terminally ill individual and VOILA -- intercontinental transmission. Bonus points if you can get them to stop off in Madagascar first.

Comment: Re:Holy moly (Score 1) 116

As others have mentioned, with pores of this size (even with the defects or 'holes' in the membrane) the bigger problem is biofouling -- bacteria, organisms, proteins... any kind of macromolecular junk may quickly clog the pores. Nevertheless, this is exciting news; affordable desalination is sure to be a critical technology sooner than we like.

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