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Comment Not just yet (Score 5, Informative) 374

What the article actually says, is that some members of Russian parliament are just _proposing_ to develop a national OS. M$ representatives, on the other hand, say that it is not a national OS which Russia need, but to make use the technologies which are already exist. so, don't get excited just yet - there are many things they talk about in Russia.

Comment Re:Exactly: weed out is definitely GOOD (Score 1) 567

Can't agree more. Modern medicine is heavily based on drugs, and if the doctors who prescribe these drugs have no idea what their basic chemical properties are, it is outright scary. And yes, it does not make any sense to teach premeds gruesome synthetic organic chemistry and make them memorize named reactions. All they should learn is the concepts of chemistry which will allow them to understand biochemistry and pharmacology. I am a chemist myself, and honesty I have no idea what the Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky reaction is. But I know that if necessary I can quickly find out and figure how to use it.

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