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Comment Re:The real message is lost on you (Score 1) 467

IN THE REAL world the guy busting into a room has the gun at the ready

Maybe. Or maybe not. I've used a gun in self defence. A man was trying to break into my home. I called the police, then confronted him and told him to leave. When he didn't, I brandished my gun. And then he left. I doubt that's all that unusual. Likely more so than the type of home invasion you describe.

ASK ANY experienced police officer and they will tell you that over 60 percent of guns that wind up on the street are stolen from property crimes

And how would your average police know that? They hardly know the laws they're tasked to enforce. The US ATF has, surprisingly, looked into this. They believe stolen guns account for 1 in 10 guns used in crimes. The largest source is straw purchases. Then corrupt federally licensed gun dealers.

Comment Not news. (Score 1) 65

As another commenter has pointed out, this is not news. It is well known that viruses can cause Uveitis. Several are well known for it. Others not. In the absence of a rheumatological disease, unresolved Uveitis is presumed to be viral. A couple of years ago I had what I thought was the flu. It started to go away, I was on the mend, then it destroyed me. Several days in bed, 107 fever, rigors, probable encephalitis. 6 weeks later I developed Uveitis. My doctor has yet to identify a virus. Twice I've had PCR of the fluid in my eye looking for the usual suspects. No luck. So now I'm on a 6 month course of antivirals in the hope of killing whatever it is.

Comment Typical of most course curves. (Score 1) 425

Most of the classes I've taught - math, chemistry, physics - have a bimodal distribution. It's a reflection of the two kinds of students. Those that are committed to school and those that have other things going on and are on their way out the door. The distribution for the top end is more or less normal.

Comment Not a genetics paper. (Score 1) 301

The paper they submitted was not in their field of education. It was a social science study on gender and the culture of science. The authors haven't made the manuscript available, so this is all speculation - but, the bits of the review they chose to share might actually make sense in the context of the manuscript. And they may very well have overreached themselves in a fit of hubris, believing that a couple of biologists should be able to do social science without any formal training. Earning the harsh rejection.

Comment Not true. (Score 1) 237

PhD in physical chemistry, theory. All my research experience was computation. A full time coder is a huge asset in a computation research group. They quickly become versed in the sorts of things they need to know - science wise - and contribute in that way. Really, how can you write code to solve a problem you don't understand? They are part of the group, actively participate in research, and are acknowledged with authorship. And since their tenure isn't limited by graduation, the next postdoc, or a professorship, they quickly become the most senior members of the group. If they have a PhD, they will become an assistant professor. However, these positions are very rare. As it's been pointed out, very few groups are large enough to support a full time programmer.

Comment The small fish do share. (Score 2) 84

"Sharing can’t hurt the small fish. Almost nobody sets out to beat Daniel Lemire at some conference next year. I have no pursuer. And guess what? You probably don’t. But if you do, you are probably doing quite well already, so stop worrying. Yes, yes, they will give you a grant even if you don’t actively sabotage your competitors. Relax already!"

The big fish (and I've worked for them) don't, and it's likely they got that way by protecting their turf. Science is cut throat.

Comment Re:Not an assault rifle (Score 1) 666

No one is killing deer with an AR-15. Like the parent said, SIG716's calibre is more suited for deer. The AR-15 isn't, as it is much smaller and less powerful. You like Twain? No doubt you've heard this attributed to him "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt". Good advice.

Comment I am a PhD Physical Chemist (Score 1) 701

(I do theory - started my schooling with a BS in Chemistry and BS in Mathematics with a Physics concentration) and I failed out of my high school mathematics, physics, and chemistry classes. Why? I loved science as a kid, and obviously have a strong aptitude for it. Somehow the "qualified educators" in my school were completely unable to get traction with a student who should have been the easiest to reach. I would have been just as well off watching Dukes of Hazard reruns at home.

Comment Bullshit (Score 1) 295

The US military couldn't put down a popular revolt *in the US*. The US military has a difficult time with insurgencies. Take a read about Operation Vigilant Resolve in retaking Fallujah. Now, do you really think the military could convince it's rank and file to fight with that kind of violent enthusiasm in the towns and cities they've lived and worked? It takes a lot more than weapons.

"Given the choice between accomplishing something and just lying around, I'd rather lie around. No contest." -- Eric Clapton