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Comment Re:Pretty common attitude... (Score 1) 988

This is extremely reasonable. further, successful business requires an extremely flexible strategic approach. in this instance - "procure" from another firm if it suits you - and then in a similar instance engage in fervent litigation should another firm engage in similar "procurement" against you. This is especially prudent because Jobs and Apple went to great pains to cultivate goodwill with journalists and the media - virtually guaranteeing favorable slant on any issue Apple engages - a slant that obviously favorably affects the perception of aforementioned litigation. This is extremely prudent when you consider that being "moral" is not a requirement for a corporation at all.

Comment Re:Obvious answer? (Score 1) 736

i think you're onto something. engineers have the skillset. so like any other employer, terrorists go looking for the best qualified candidates.

also engineers tend to be introverts and introverts tend to not have a worldly social perspective which IMO makes them more susceptible to a fringish pitch.

i have no source and am too lazy to google it - but I once heard Bush was reputed to say that "we'll invade and let MTV do the rest" - in regards to how to prevent terrorism in the future. conformism is an enemy to this sort of thing. you're not gonna suicide bomb when you're scraping pennies together for the latest apple product on your way to Daytona for spring break.

engineers tend to not be conformists (their earning potential and value as an employee revolves around some measure of uncommon thinking) and this same skillset imo makes them vulnerable to the fringe pitch.

also, it helps to be non-white, under 30, unmarried with no children, and harbor some feeling of marginalization to begin with.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 1) 881

I agree with you in general. in regards to religion i'll go further and wager that many people even become skeptical - especially as they get older, but remain committed outwardly mostly for appearances - like an old couple in an empty marriage - the idea being sort of, "leave this and go to what?" the fact that the slashdot crowd is mostly agnostic/atheistic has a lot to do with things that are not in our control. a more questioning nature, insatiable curiousity, and the need for significant evidence for suspension of disbelief - i suspect over the long haul that engineer/scientist types will prove to have a genetic basis. for everyone else, people need things to believe in to justify and give external value to their existence. also, i am certain the God/Devil/Evil aliens paradigm is all related and over the long haul we'll reconsider what we term adults. adults, with varying exceptions, are just children who've stopped growing. and any parent or uncle or aunt can tell you you can convince a young child of ANYTHING. My nephew thought i was a powerful magician for about six months despite the fact i only knew two hokey magic tricks. that's until my sister showed him how i was doing them and then he went into a funk for about a week. it was like he almost needed to believe that i had magic - something unexplainable. i digress. i imagine that the couple of years are gonna be awesome for these types as they face what they perceive is their own encroaching oblivion. i would imagine that their joys and ecstasies will stand out in the sharpest relief now. i'm just looking for opportunities to fleece some dummies - maybe buying some properties on the cheap because - well - what the hell are you gonna need it for if you think the world is gonna end? is it not you in this instance who is fleecing me? :D

Submission + - "Avatar" special effects, NYT

An anonymous reader writes: James Cameron, who directed "Titanic", has devised revolutionary methods to shoot "Avatar" and expects to create still more methods to bring to life the vision of a completely photo-realistic alien world. For its aliens, "Avatar" will present characters designed on the computer, but played by human actors. Their bodies will be filmed using the latest evolution of motion-capture technology — markers placed on the actor and tracked by a camera — while the facial expressions will be tracked by tiny cameras on headsets that will record their performances to insert them into a virtual world. The most important innovation thus far has been a camera, designed by Mr. Cameron and his computer experts, that allows the director to observe the performances of the actors-as-aliens, in the film's virtual environment, as it happens. "It's like a big, powerful game engine," he explained. "If I want to fly through space, or change my perspective, I can. I can turn the whole scene into a living miniature and go through it on a 50 to 1 scale. It's pretty exciting." The live-action shoot with actors will begin in April, with major effects being done by Weta, the filmmaker Peter Jackson's New Zealand-based effects company, which created the effects for his "Lord of the Rings." The film is scheduled for release in summer 2009

Submission + - new nanoparticle cancer therapy

quixote9 writes: "Tbe BBC reports on a new nanoparticle-based therapy that sounds particularly promising. Biologically, it makes sense. For the drug companies, they don't need to tailor individual drugs, which is their problem with monoclonal antibodies. Watch this one closely!

From the article:

"The researchers used the nanoparticles to zero in on the network of blood vessels that supply the tumours in mice with nutrients and oxygen. A potentially powerful function of nanoparticles is the ability to home in on particular targets inside the body. While various nanoparticles have been designed to target tumours, the efficiency is relatively low. The researchers developed a technique for amplifying this homing ability by designing a multifunctional nanoparticle that binds to a protein structure found only in tumours and associated blood vessels. ... The tests showed that within hours of the injection, the artificial platelets began blocking the supply without harming normal tissues. The scientists believe the nanoparticles could also be used to carry drugs to the tumour.

[PS. No "medicine" subtopic. Couldn't find a relevant subtopic.]"

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