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Comment: Todays inventions are not todays products (Score 1) 417

by si3n4 (#42761435) Attached to: Are There Any Real Inventors Left?
Author is confused because he focuses only the ideas in commercial production. How long were lasers or LEDs or transistors or any number of fundamental inventions in existence before they made large commercial entrances that popular culture recognized? He needs to go into the labs and see how many fundamentally new items have been created in the last 10 years that are now in the world of development (and yes invention ) that reduces them to practice and economic accessibility and then tell us the cupboard is bare. Some guy whining about the shallowness of popular acclaim with a shallow assessment of the world.

Comment: it might be another option but not the smart one (Score 1) 689

by si3n4 (#42743833) Attached to: Does US Owe the World an Education At Its Expense?
the smart one is to use the fact so many people want to come here to draw on the brain pool of the world and keep the country in a strong technical position that keeps us rich and keeps it such a nice place to be - see how that feedback loop works ? We should make it possible for the talented to stay.

Comment: this is "insightful" Re:Not early enough. (Score 1) 166

by si3n4 (#39153637) Attached to: Brain Scan Can Detect Autism In Infants
Downs is not autistic . I am not completely opposed to this point of view but an insightful person would recognize the slippery slope here. In some cultures being female is a 'defect' and children are aborted. I think we shouldn't walk that easily into arbitrary determinations of worth ...

Comment: Re:Was this unexpected? (Score 1) 221

by si3n4 (#37246850) Attached to: Gut Bacteria Exert Mind Control
not unexpected but unexplored I think. The impact of our digestive zoo seems more revealed each day - impacts on creating and suppressing disease , impact on the amount of nutrients we can get from the foods we eat , now perhaps contributions to our mental functioning. Maybe this got over hyped a little but I think the work is still interesting.

Comment: nano devices for rectification (Score 1) 190

by si3n4 (#36158754) Attached to: Capturing Solar Power With Antennae
http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/A.Song/research/BallisticRectifier.htm this is the only link I could find , I saw this topic some time ago - the ability to build nano structures may solve the rectification - I am sure there was another paper with a different device configuration but I'll never find the thread now - doesn't make this tomorrow but it means a lead on both ends

Comment: so I RTFA and it's interesting but incomplete (Score 1) 207

by si3n4 (#35763186) Attached to: The Dying DVR Box and Woz Wisdom
this is a lovely idea but surely isn't a complete vision of an education - part of the reason there are standard classes with standard exercises is that there are skills you need to have and background knowledge you need acquire to do the kind of cool stuff he envisions. You can't stand on the shoulders of giants if you don't climb up there and that is a lot of stuff to learn. Which doesn't mean that adding projects like this that drive a student to creatively exercise knowledge along the way wouldn't enrich and build on that understanding - just that you sort of do have to know what is already known to get to the point you can can add something new.

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