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Submission + - Rise in Scientific Journal Retractions (

kendbluze writes: "Science and human nature, a comustible blend...from the article — "Dr. Fang became curious how far the rot extended. To find out, he teamed up with a fellow editor at the journal, Dr. Arturo Casadevall of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. And before long they reached a troubling conclusion: not only that retractions were rising at an alarming rate, but that retractions were just a manifestation of a much more profound problem — “a symptom of a dysfunctional scientific climate,” as Dr. Fang put it.""

Comment Re:While that 40 minutes a week might help the hea (Score 1) 437

Consider looking into what some call a Paleo or Caveman diet. Basically drop out grains, legumes, sugars, starchy roots like potatoes (yams and such in moderation are fine), prepared foods as much as possible, and any so-called "foods" that have a long list of ingredients. Dairy is in or out as you wish. Cook (Gasp*) with fresh meats, veggies, nuts, certain oils, fruit in moderation. Even bacon, the Candy of Meats, is in. Brownies made with almond butter instead of flour, high-cocoa chocolate and a bit of honey are great, for instance. And enjoy stepping outside Paleo eating once in a while; it's not an ascetic thing. Just different. We've been human for 100-200,000 years, depending on who you ask. We ate "paleo" for the vast majority of that time. We're evolved/designed to do very well indeed on this sort of fare. Anecdotal for sure, but my relatively inactive wife dropped 60 lbs in about 6 months with this diet change alone, no deliberate extra activity. My oldest daughter dropped about 15 (all she wanted/needed), started a Cross-Fit routine and at 34 is very, very fit. Myself, I didn't have much extra, maybe 10 lbs; it vanished with no change in activity level. We all eat as much as we want. At 60 I feel great. And the cost isn't much more than what groceries, junk & fast food altogether were costing. Seems to work for us! *Yikes, I had genuine alarm at the prospect of grocery shopping more frequently and, you know, actually cooking. Turns out this wasn't really an issue.

When Smart People Make Bad Employees 491

theodp writes "Writing for Forbes, CS-grad-turned-big-time-VC Ben Horowitz gives three examples of how the smartest people in a company can also be the worst employees: 1. The Heretic, who convincingly builds a case that the company is hopeless and run by a bunch of morons; 2. The Flake, who is brilliant but totally unreliable; 3. The Jerk, who is so belligerent in his communication style that people just stop talking when he is in the room. So, can an employee who fits one of these poisonous descriptions, but nonetheless can make a massive positive contribution to a company, ever be tolerated? Quoting John Madden's take on Terrell Owens, Horowitz gives a cautious yes: 'If you hold the bus for everyone on the team, then you'll be so late that you'll miss the game, so you can't do that. The bus must leave on time. However, sometimes you'll have a player that's so good that you hold the bus for him, but only him.' Ever work with a person who's so good that he/she gets his/her own set of rules? Ever been that person yourself?"

Denver Bomb Squad Takes Out Toy Robot 225

An anonymous reader writes "A robot met its end near Coors Field tonight when the Denver Police Department Bomb Squad detonated the 'suspicious object,' bringing to an end the hours-long standoff between police and the approximately eight-inch tall toy. From the article: "'Are you serious?' asked Denver resident Justin Kent, 26, when police stopped him from proceeding down 20th Street. Kent said that he lived just past the closed area, but was told he would have to go around via Park Avenue.'"

Comment Re:Heh (Score 2, Interesting) 433

Implicit in that statement is the silly idea that the government and the corporations are separate entities. Where have you been for the last few decades?

Government and corporations are surely separate entities, at least at any given moment. But they cooperate intimately in order to fulfill their respective goals, power for government and wealth for corporations. They're a team, tightly knit, well practiced, interdependent, sharing information and people. Separately and together, they have long and hallowed traditions which have brought tremendous success. We the People are the raw material. Government and large business working together are the process. Wealth and power for select individuals is the final product. Such are the ways of the world. Always have been.

Comment Re:No kidding (Score 1) 350

Perhaps if only natural persons, as individuals, could make campaign and other political contributions...with a cap, something like one-tenth of the annual poverty level for a family of four, or some such figure indexed to an amount that represents a natural reflection of the average economic life of all of us taken together. What a fantasy...

Whisky Made From Diabetics' Urine 226

It's doubtful that any other distillery will come up with a whisky that tastes like Gilpin Family Whisky because of its secret ingredient: urine. Researcher and designer James Gilpin uses the sugar rich urine of elderly diabetics to make his high-end single malt whisky. From the article: "The source material is acquired from elderly volunteers, including Gilpin's own grandmother, Patricia. The urine is purified in the same way as mains water is purified, with the sugar molecules removed and added to the mash stock to accelerate the whisky's fermentation process. Traditionally, that sugar would be made from the starches in the mash."

Comment Re:At least there being honest (Score 1) 236

Let's take a(nother) look at Google from a business perspective: 96% Google's 1Q 2010 revenues came from advertisers. 66% via their own sites and 30% via Adsense. Google 1Q 2010 Results Our clicks are the real product, sold to advertisers. The Google "products" mentioned above are the production method, not the product.

Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain 680

Brian McCrary just bought a website to complain about a $90 speeding ticket he received from the Bluff City PD — the Bluff City Police Department site. The department let its domain expire and McCrary was quick to pick it up. From the article: "Brian McCrary found the perfect venue to gripe about a $90 speeding ticket when he went to the Bluff City Police Department's website, saw that its domain name was about to expire, and bought it right out from under the city's nose. Now that McCrary is the proud owner of the site,, the Gray, Tenn., computer network designer has been using it to post links about speed cameras — like the one on US Highway 11E that caught him — and how people don't like them."

Study Claims $41.5 Billion In Portable Game Piracy Losses Over Five Years 316

Gamasutra reports that Japan's Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association conducted a study to estimate the total amount of money lost to piracy on portable game consoles. The figure they arrived at? $41.5 billion from 2004 to 2009. Quoting: "CESA checked the download counts for the top 20 Japanese games at what it considers the top 114 piracy sites, recording those figures from 2004 to 2009. After calculating the total for handheld piracy in Japan with that method, the groups multiplied that number by four to reach the worldwide amount, presuming that Japan makes up 25 percent of the world's software market. CESA and Baba Lab did not take into account other popular distribution methods for pirated games like peer-to-peer sharing, so the groups admit that the actual figures for DS and PSP software piracy could be much higher than the ¥3.816 trillion amount the study found."

Window Pain 223

Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton contributes the following piece on trying to get some measure of satisfaction in the struggle against pop-up ads, writing "The most annoying thing about some pop-up ads, is that you have no way of knowing which ad-serving network served them or who the responsible parties are. Could we reduce the incidence of illegal or deceptive pop-up ads, by giving users an easier way to trace their origin and figure out where to send complaints? Here's one way to do it with a simple right-click." Read on for the rest.

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