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Comment: Re:My wife just died of cancer this week (Score 1) 135

by u38cg (#47908805) Attached to: If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?
Sorry, I meant that the spending capability is there if the financial case justifies it.

And no, there aren't massive swathes of potential avenues of attack. There are only the pathways that bacteria don't share with humans where the drug has no other toxic effect. There will be new antibiotics - no question - but its questionable whether there will ever be another sulphonamide or penicillin.

Comment: Re:Here's a crazy idea (Score 1) 135

by u38cg (#47908739) Attached to: If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?
We did have a little thing called "smoking" which was quite popular in the 20th century. A second order effect was something called "industrialisation". Another second order effect was the fact you became ten times less likely to die of accident or disease. Yeah, certain cancers in certain cases are driven by environmental exposures, and other cancers have trends we don't have explanations for. From there to "it's getting worse" is an unsupportable leap.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 561

by u38cg (#47906679) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint
Sorry, falls in particular is a ridiculous number to cite. Everyone that doesn't die of a heart attack or car crash or random shooting will have a serious fall before they die. It's pretty much what happens when you get old (indeed it's one of the main ways you find out that you're getting old). You're effectively citing the number of people who had health issues in the couple of years before their death.

Comment: Re:photons are not particles (Score 1) 126

by u38cg (#47906575) Attached to: Researchers Working On Crystallizing Light
Oh, it's quite easy to get the mods to find your comments insightful. Generally something pedantic will do it, especially if it involves something rude and untrue abut women.

Actually, GP, had the right etymology - in Italian it would be scenari - but he did blatantly make up a plural that is not used in English. Hypercorrectness is a fault, not a virtue. It confuses your audience and leads them to doubt your accuracy. Kinda silly, really.

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