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Comment Re:TIOBE methodology is so flawed it's pointless (Score 1) 535 535

Dude, it's a long-term study. It doesn't matter if their metric isn't the absolute bestest metric you could come up with to measure impact etc. right now. What matters is that their metric works over several decades and that the results remain comparable between then and now.

tl;dr -- you want to look at the graphs, not the numbers.


Anti-Smoking Vaccine Is Nearing the Market 237 237

eldavojohn writes "Almost 6 years ago we discussed a vaccine to help people quit smoking as it entered human clinical trials. Now it looks like the finishing touches have been put on a deal that will go into effect once phase III testing of the drug now called NicVAX is completed. NicVAX was developed by Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, who have agreed to license it to GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals; it is expected to complete phase III testing successfully. Others have fallen short of this goal, in pursuit of a smoking-cessation market expected to hit $4.6 billion worldwide by 2016. Nabi has also sold an experimental vaccine for staph infections; and in 2008 we discussed news of a cocaine vaccine."

Vermont City Almost Encased In a 1-Mile Dome 456 456

destinyland writes "A Vermont city once proposed a one-mile dome over its 7,000 residents. (They paid $4 million a year in heating bills, and HUD seriously considered funding their proposal.) The city's architectural concept included supporting the Dome with air pressure slightly above atmospheric pressure. (Buckminster Fuller warned their biggest challenge would be keeping it from floating away...) There would be no more heating bills, fly-fishing all year, and no more snow shoveling. And to this day, the former city planner insists that 'Economically it's a slam dunk.'"

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