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Comment Re:Grants to Researchers vs Institutions (Score 1) 120

The issue with slashdot posters that don't RTFA before making complex arguments is that their argument is void when everything has already been clearly defined. FTFA:

“Principal investigators (PIs) on an NIH grant must contact NIH through their institution to seek prior approval for a change of institution. NIH grants are made to institutions, not to individuals. When a PI moves to another institution, the original grantee institution frequently agrees to relinquish the grant to the PIs new institution but NIH must approve this transfer. If the original grantee institution does not wish to relinquish the grant, they must seek NIH approval to appoint a new PI to the grant. NIH must assess whether the project can continue under the new scientific leadership at the original institution, and if so will approve a change in PI. If not, the grant is terminated.”

Comment Re:Grants to Researchers vs Institutions (Score 1) 120

Actually, if all of you would stop arguing and RTFA, you'd note that there is clarity about all of this: 'UCSD—not Aisen— “is contractually obligated by its agreements with the NIH and research partners to maintain and safeguard data from clinical studies conducted by ADCS. ”'

Comment RTFA: "Ownership" of Data (Score 2) 120

Why is everyone posting speculation instead of actually reading the article? The reporter did all the homework; the article clearly states that there was a data management plan and that the Institution is in charge of managing the data:

UCSD—not Aisen— “is contractually obligated by its agreements with the NIH and research partners to maintain and safeguard data from clinical studies conducted by ADCS. ”

Comment Re:Treat causes, not symptoms (Score 1) 233

p>If you really want to "get money out of politics," you need to (as much as possible) get politics out of the economy. (Ideologues will always lobby, and that's fine, because it's the crony capitalism and pay-to-play aspects that are most objectionable.) Which, of course, is not what many reformers want to do. Until they do, they are basically advocating spreading sugar around their picnic blanket, and then complaining about all the ants.

Check out Laurence Lessig's speech "We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim" . The premise is that there is no way to even start getting politics out of the economy (or any other sensible legislation) until we remove money from politics.

Comment FINALLY! - A touchpad configuration module (Score 1) 53

FTA: "A touchpad configuration module has been added" This is the one configuration took that has been missing from KDE since the upgrade from 3.5. The activities based power management is also a long awaited feature (turn off powersaving / sleep / hybernate when in presentation mode). Other than that the rest appears to be eye candy. Still waiting for automatic activity settings based on locally sensed wifi.... (I still need to manually change my external monitor setting every time I get into work / home).

Comment Re:Is negotiation a skill required for the job? (Score 1) 892

When is the last time you negotiated prices at the grocery store?

Well since the Reddit is the one forking over the money, their proposed model doesn't match grocery shopping either: "When was the last time you got to the checkout register and refused to buy products until the merchant agreed to your pricing?"

Comment Re:Let private sector fund their own needs (Score 2) 216

Fuck Microsoft and fuck google. Why should they expect the public to fund a specialized skill set that makes them money.

Why should any employer want the school system to educate students to do anything useful? Heck, why are we funding education at all? By your argument, employers that want people to be able to keep books (add and subtract), or email (read and write) or treat patients (science) should be funding these things them selves. This is the same sort of BS circular logic people like to give as to why we shouldn't tax companies that depend on public infrastructure (since they just pass the costs onto customers anyway). Stop jerking your self off to Ann Rand and wake up!

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