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Comment Re:Why is it odd? (Score 1) 214

It's disastrous. cDNA is just a direct copy of the most important part of what's in the genomeâ"the actual transcript that gets used to make the final protein. This isn't a victory at all.

It's bad. cDNA just copies the most important part of the genome: the actual transcript used to make the protein. This is no victory.

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Comment Re:Won't happen (Score 2) 322

Julian Simon made a career of making 10 year bets on issues of shortage, longevity, and general health, vs. gloom-and-doomers.

That's a wild overstatement. He made two such bets, one with Paul Ehrlich over metals prices and one with David South over timber prices; he won the first bet and lost the second. This isn't "made a career" of anything, and it has all the predictive power of flipping a coin.

Comment Re:20x faster (Score 1) 172

At the moment SSD's are excellent when you need high I/O from a few disks up to say a few TB however if you look at enterprise storage solutions of 10's or even 1000's of TBytes you are still looking at spinning media with large cache front ends (BTW I am talking about $20k up to many millions of dollars storage area networks).
Well, what you're usually looking at is a storage system with multiple types and speeds of disks that automatically moves data through the tiers depending on the frequency and type of access. SSDs will form one of these tiers. If the storage system is any good, it will also let you manually pin or hint specific subsets of your data so that they are always held on the fastest tier (ie: SSDs).
Since the _active_ subset of data even in quite large organisations is generally relatively small, a few hundred GB or a few TB of flash will often give 90%+ of the real-life performance that a pure flash array would.

Comment Re:Observation: (Score 1) 434

I never said constraining free will was negative, I suggested that removing the bad consequences of bad choices negates the purpose of being able to make that choice in the first place.
A somewhat reasonable position to take for people whose bad choices impact only them.
Your implicit argument, however, is that there's no such thing as an innocent victim. This position is untenable.
I hold a person who has the ability to save someone from harm but refuses to do so in the highest contempt. I fail to see why a god should be held to a lower one.

Comment Re:ORACLE = One Raging Asshole Called Larry Elliso (Score 1) 405

I used to work with a guy -- years and years ago -- that discovered that the IBM FORTRAN compiler would allow you to omit spaces. Having to read his code littered with statements like "DO10I=IBEGIN,IEND,IINCR" was a pure joy

Okay, that's just evil.

On the other hand, I've long avoided diving into Python because I cannot see why anyone would want to consider whitespace as a language element.

FWIW, I used to feel that way until I started using it. It took me about a day to get used to significant whitespace, and after that I decided it's a really nice, elegant language. Give it a shot, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

Comment Re:Science works (Score 2) 434

I said once that the best answer to the trap question "Do you believe in evolution?" is "I believe in evolution the same way I believe there is a city called Philadelphia." I've never been to Philadelphia; no, Mr. Ham, I wasn't there. But I've heard about Philadelphia, I've read about Philadelphia, I've seen pictures of Philadelphia, when driving in Baltimore I've seen road signs directing me to Philadelphia, and I've even known people who (claimed to have) lived in Philadelphia--all of which adds up to sufficient evidence for "I believe there is a city called Philadelphia" to be a reasonable statement.

Those who are devoted to proving in their own minds that Science Is Just Another Religion tend not to understand this distinction, of course.

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