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Comment: Re:Here's the Scoop (Score 1) 340 340

interesting paper about the economics of unbundling show that there is no gain for consumers and that the wholesale market for channels would be badly disrupted http://astro.temple.edu/~dbyza.... One caveat, though: the paper does not consider the effects of the streaming delivery of the content - it was written in 2010, before Netflix Hulu et al had reached any reasonable size.

Comment: Re:36 million gallons? (Score 1) 332 332

38 M gals approx = 114 acre.ft 1 acre-ft will supply 2 average households for a year So this is water to support ~228 households for a year. Frankly this is not such a lot of water! The smallish lake that supplies my town's water is 245,000 acre-ft capacity (currently at 60% with the drought) and this handles ~65k households

Comment: Re:So, no matter what we do, we are screwed (Score 1) 228 228

I remember a boast from the Thames Water Board a number of years agao that "every drop of the Thames has been drunk 7 times by the time is gets to the sea". Makes most Americans I know cringe at the thought. Maybe advertising hyperbole, but we do drink recycled water all the time

Comment: Re:The causes are obvious... (Score 2) 433 433

Apparently the same sort of people that go into acting. I mean, why would you start a career in a profession with 10% employment rate? Maybe you do it because you love it, you can't image living without it. and then the world impinges its nasty need for money on you...

Comment: Re:By not having the situation in the first place (Score 1) 304 304

Instead of ranking them as "high', "med" and "low", try force ranking them from 1 to however-many-you-have. Than a cutoff becomes more realistic. This is essentially the same approach taken in an 'agile' project with the backlog of user stories. To make this works requires the right group of stakeholders and empowering that group to make decisions that stick. Not easy!

Comment: Re:I call bull shit on this (Score 1) 379 379

Don't you remember how to compute averages? Total water consumed in America per year/ population of America = ~90,000 cu ft/yr Gotta remember that this includes all the agricultural, industrial and commercial uses that you benefit from (often indirectly); it's not just your water bill

Comment: Re:Seems to me... (Score 1) 30 30

And the real cost of manufacturing is not from the genetic adaption of the cells and their growth, but is in the purification. After the cell has replicated and grown all the protein (Mol wgt 3,000 - 15,000) you want, you have to extract it from the chemical soup that exists in the cell. The cells are ground up and then filtered physically and chemically to separate out the one protein you're interested in. With antibodies the situation is often more complex because of there extreme uniqueness (which is what makes them such good drugs) and their size. Also adding to the cost is the level of hygene required in the manufacturing plant. The slightest infestation of mold or a failed test for bacteria in the factory can shut the manufacturing down for 3 -9 mths to clean up and sterilize the working environment. So biosimilars get cheaper because there are fewer clinical trials (usually just for safety issues) but the manufacturing is still way expensive compared to small molecule (mol wgt 300 - 500) chemicals

Comment: Re:A prize nomination? (Score 1) 380 380

I *do* teach this in managment classes - specifically Project Management 101. The aim is three-fold - get students to better understand risk/return, to get them to understand that presentation matters and finally that risks are often complex and you need to encourage sometimes reticent people to talk and then pay attention to them. The real wow! that the students generally get is the sheer size of engineering. Lay out a 1/4" diam. piece of rope in a 12' diameter circle to show what the O ring really looked like. The diagrams don't convey it.

Comment: Re:Road signs are written for this (Score 1) 420 420

I remember reading of research by British Ministry of Transport in the '50s or so that confirmed this and lead to the standard of writing road signs in upper/lower case and sans serif so that they could be read faster and from greater distance by drivers going quickly

Real computer scientists don't program in assembler. They don't write in anything less portable than a number two pencil.

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