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Comment Re:Change the funding cycles (Score 2) 81

Grad students are paid barely above minimum wage, if that. They actually aren't expected to produce *any* research output, and anything they get out of their project is regarded as a bonus.

I don't know what field you're coming from, but that's not the case in neuroscience. Anyone coming out of a PhD in this field with no publications isn't going to be happy with their performance and it will likely count against them in looking for a good Post Doc.

Comment Re:So there's nothing wrong with the diagnostic .. (Score 5, Interesting) 74

... but the FDA is still finding something to complain about.

I can't see it say anywhere that the diagnostic test from Theranos works. It just says that there are problems with associated protocols. Seems like yet another example of their corner cutting behavior. Theranos doesn't exactly have a good history of producing reliable diagnostic tests.

Comment Re:Only an Apple phenomenon? (Score 1) 297

We, in the west, can not and should not change China to what we feel is the "right" way.

We don't have to "change China" to affect change. We could just not buy from companies which behave unethically. Apple would cease to strong-arm its supplies if it became obvious that doing so led to a decrease in sales and a tarnishing of its brand name.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 323

Every time time humans appear to run up against a resource limitation, we've found ways around it.

This has so far been the case in our recent history. It is not the case in general. There are numerous examples of past civilizations that have declined and disintegrated due to resource depletion. Jared Diamond's "Collapse" provides a great overview of the more prominent examples and is soberly written. The only difference between the past and modern times is that our civilization is now global and we've been able to use technology to stretch resources. That doesn't mean that our behavior is sustainable or that we'll be able to continue coming up with solutions indefinitely to allow for ever-greater resource use. At some point we have to scale back. That will happen either by choice or be forced upon us.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 3, Informative) 323

[citation needed]

You see population growth is rapidly decelerating, albeit still positive. Hence our impact is likely to be decelerating too.

Population is one factor, the other is per capita emissions and resource usage. It's the latter that's increasing. A common theme in the news recently has been the alarm expressed by scientists at the rapidity with which changes are happening. Nobody is saying that things are progressing at lower than expected rates. They're all shocked at how fast it's hitting home. People can make cute comments about Malthus to imply that there's nothing to worry about, but that's not what we're seeing. Just because Malthus wasn't right in his lifetime, that doesn't make him wrong. Malthus died in 1834: that's really not that long ago.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 2, Insightful) 323

I've never even heard of this metric. Is this based on real science or climate activism?

Whether or not this particular number is "real" or "climate activism" is somewhat irrelevant. The real science is very clearly telling us that our negative impact on the planet is substantial and that this is accelerating. This is the reason for the activism.

Comment Re:EU science programs open to non-members (Score 1) 517

An other point regarding you text.

Any Swiss citizens are equal, and are free to vote directly on each subject without any consideration to the political parties. Might be obvious to any Swiss citizens but it's important to remain this on an international site as this is sadly still today very uncommon around the world.

I'm not really sure where you're going with your posts or why you think I'm saying anything very different to what you're saying, but I'm not sure about this particular statement of yours. In Switzerland you often have referendums on various topics. As you say, you can be affiliated to any political party and vote however you like in a referendum. You then say that this is uncommon elsewhere in the world. What is uncommon? The ability to have a referendum? Or the ability to vote how you like in a referendum. It seems to be the latter, which is clearly not true. I'm confused.

Comment Re:EU science programs open to non-members (Score 5, Informative) 517

Unfortunately, the EU really likes using such programs to put pressure to non-member states for completely unrelated negotiations, and as a result has recently excluded Switzerland from Horizon 2020. I wouldn't be surprised if they used the same tactics also against the UK in the future.

It was Switzerland's choice. They voted to restrict immigration and what you outline was the result. Maybe one shouldn't be tied to the other, but they knew what they were getting themselves into when they voted. Don't forget it barely got through. As is often the case with these motions pushed by Switzerland's right-wing party, it's the more rural cantons that vote for them and the urban areas that vote against them. i.e. it's the people who actually interact with foreigners that want them in Switzerland.

Comment Re:Planed obsolescence! (Score 1) 367

I think the idea is that people who keep an iPhone for four years are less likely to spend money, and vendors aren't going to worry about selling to such people.

I'm sure that's true. People who change their phone often are likely have more money and so more likely to spend it on software as well as hardware. Certainly my gripe is on the software side, but whether it's purely with the App vendors isn't clear to me. It seems plausible that Apple is updating iOS in a way that makes backward compatibility difficult. It's in their interest to do this since it drives hardware sales. Given the high adoption rate of newer iOS releases and the apparent backward compatibility issues these create, it may be that App vendors just aren't in a position to support older versions of iOS. Their hand is forced to a degree.

Comment Re:Planed obsolescence! (Score 1) 367

Apple supports their phones with updates longer than any other manufacturer. Even without updates, you can still use a first generation iPhone today

For what definition of "use it"? A lot of Apps won't work if you have older phone. I have an iPod touch which I bought about 4 years ago. I can use it, sure. But I can't have Spotify on it because the latest version of iOS supported by the device isn't capable of running the latest version of Spotify. That's a bit shit, if you ask me.

Comment Re:On the contrary (Score 5, Insightful) 392

In passenger cars, nothing less than a 100% reliable, full-time autopilot function is acceptable, and we're not even slightly close to that being a reality.

Why does it have to be 100%? Nothing in this domain is 100%. It just has to be more reliable than people on average. The failure modes may be different from those committed by people, but that's not relevant. Only the final accident statistics are relevant. With enough semi-autonomous vehicles on the highway, I think we'd see a reduction in traffic jam severity because there would be fewer people driving like jerks and trying to get ahead.

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