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Comment: Re:Russian rocket motors (Score 1) 58

by Bruce Perens (#49787045) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

Russia would like for us to continue gifting them with cash for 40-year-old missle motors, it's our own government that doesn't want them any longer. For good reason. That did not cause SpaceX to enter the competitive process, they want the U.S. military as a customer. But it probably did make it go faster.

Also, ULA is flying 1960 technology, stuff that Mercury astronauts used, and only recently came up with concept drawings for something new due to competitive pressure from SpaceX. So, I am sure that folks within the Air Force wished for a better vendor but had no choice.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 179

I probably disagree with him on over half of his positions

I don't think there's any way to avoid that. You'll never get someone who agrees with you 100% unless you run yourself.

The things I look for are:
1) Competency
2) Good character
3) Won't mess up the world by starting wars
4) Won't mess up the economy with weird domestic policies (privatize social security, for example, or a $20 national minimum wage).

Comment: Re:Which string theory? (Score 1) 113

by sjames (#49785329) Attached to: Prospects and Limits For the LHC's Capabilities To Test String Theory

Imagine a "theory" with a bunch of adjustments. So many adjustmentrs that no matter what happens, there is some adjustment that canm be made such that it "retroactively) predicts it. That is string theory.

The big problem with string "theory" is that it predicts everything and so, nothing.

String toolkit might be a better name. It is just that, a bag of parts and tools that might one day be used to construct a theory that predicts something in particular.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 179

That being said, Bernie is an interesting cat. He is a true socialist, who believes government has the ability to manage and shape the economy without unintended consequences.

You have to balance that against the fact that there will probably be Republican control of one or both houses of congress. Any time either party gets too much control, they go crazy, including payouts for constituents, etc.

In any case, how would you see him compared to Hillary?

+ - Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong 1

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson writes: From the you-pay-your-money-and-you-take-your-changes dept

ABC is reporting that gene test for risk of specific diseases are not as accurate as were thought, with different labs giving different interpretations.

At least 415 gene variants now have different interpretations that could sway a medical decision, such as whether to have healthy breasts or ovaries removed to lower the risk of cancer, or to get a medical device such as an implanted defibrillator to cut the risk of sudden cardiac death.

"The magnitude of this problem is bigger than most people thought," said Michael Watson, executive director of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, one of the study's authors and a partner in the data pooling project.

And it can harm patients. Rehm described a woman who had genetic testing and wrongly was told she did not have elevated risks for breast cancer. She later developed the disease but could have had preventive surgery had the right gene analyses been done.

Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 11

by mcgrew (#49784593) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin

I agree he doesn't belong on that list. I do think on the list of America's worst presidents, he'd be at the top of the list.

Ignored warnings from the previous administration, top FBI officials ignored field agents who were warning of something bad, and got our country attacked.

Then he started an incredibly stupid war in Iraq, which led to the rise of ISIS.

Presided over the building of mass surveillance of the American people.

Took office during a boom, left office under the worst economy since the great depression. It's my theory that what caused the ruined economy was fuel prices more than quadrupling during his reign. Buy gas to get to work, or pay the mortgage? Tough choice!

Took office with a balanced budget, left it with the largest deficit in American history. Meanwhile, infrastructure was crumbling and he did nothing.

Now, if the list was of people who did the most harm to our country, he should be on that list. Mao and Pol Pot were very evil men who killed millions of people, but they didn't harm America.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 3, Insightful) 179

Bernie Sanders........who says, "no single financial institution should have holdings so extensive that its failure would send the world economy into crisis. If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist."

I can sure support him on that. Paul Volcker says the same thing. Reading through his Wikipedia entry, I don't agree with him on everything, but he seems like a clear-minded and decent guy.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 734

by Tom (#49783639) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

However, this observation didn't actually form part of my argument; I just noted disapprovingly how your arguments and views illustrate how common fascist beliefs still are among Germans.

Yes, we still believe that doing sports is good for health, soccer is a good game, the Autobahn is pretty awesome, and we haven't abolished mothers day.

Of course, you meant nothing of the kind, hiding behind an unspecific, unsubstantiated phrase instead of risking to make a statement that could be falsified.


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