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Reform the PhD System or Close It Down

ferd_farkle Re:Professor of Woo? (487 comments)

If I wanted the thoughts and discussion of a proponent of a Demon Haunted World, I would go to BioLogos, not where I go for 'News for Nerds'. Really, Templeton Prize winners' wacky notions of reality are available all over the web, if you bother to explore a bit. I'm reading Slashdot for a reason, and Woo isn't what I'm looking for.

more than 3 years ago

Reform the PhD System or Close It Down

ferd_farkle Professor of Woo? (487 comments)

Before going to the article, I quick checked Wikipedia for "Mark C. Taylor".
First sentence:

Mark C. Taylor (born 13 December 1945) is a philosopher of religion and cultural critic who has published more than twenty books on theology, philosophy, art and architecture, media, technology, economics, and the natural sciences.

I didn't read the article.

more than 3 years ago

Geologists Say California May Be Next

ferd_farkle Re:Not as hard as magnets (258 comments)

The Earth moves one way, the Earth moves the other way.
You can't explain that.

more than 3 years ago

Laser Scribing Promises More Efficient Solar Cells

ferd_farkle Re:With all these recent findings... (97 comments)

"findings"? What "findings", exactly?

The research project will continue for a three year period, by the end of which which the scientists hope to have established the scientific basis for their laser-ablation technique.

Wow! Lasers! This is the kind of news I get up early for. Will there be film at 11:00?

more than 3 years ago

Mideast Turmoil and the Push For Clean Energy

ferd_farkle Re:Thorium Reactors (314 comments)

heh. I'm unsuccessfully scratching my head trying to remember the book, but it was classic science fiction of the good ol' space opera variety. The adolescent hero's adventure was all about striking it rich by finding huge thorium deposits on Mercury. Written in the 1950s.

more than 3 years ago

Global Observer's First Hydrogen-Powered Flight

ferd_farkle Re:Polluting (34 comments)

Water vapor comes and goes.
CO2 stays a long, long time.

more than 3 years ago

Stars Remain In Their Usual Places; People Panic

ferd_farkle Re:a new personality! (468 comments)

Not only do I get a new one, it's a relatively unused one, Ophiucus!

more than 3 years ago

Latest Mars Photos Show Frosty Landscapes, Ancient Lakebeds

ferd_farkle Re:Wow (60 comments)

"“Holden crater has some of the best-exposed lake deposits and ancient megabreccia known on Mars,” said HiRISE’s principal investigator, professor Alfred McEwen of the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. ”Both contain minerals that formed in the presence of water and mark potentially habitable environments. [...]“"

"Meaningless"? Blown out of proportion? I don't think so.

more than 3 years ago

The ~200 Line Linux Kernel Patch That Does Wonders

ferd_farkle Re:Compiling the kernel [baud] (603 comments)

When new-fangled speeds like that became available, a baud was no longer == 1 bit per tone per second, and I objected to the sloppy language. I remember - uphill both ways...

more than 3 years ago

Global Warming's Silver Lining For the Arctic Rim

ferd_farkle Re:Deniers... (582 comments)

I wonder if people using the term "deniers" will ever stop setting up strawman and accept that people are questioning the causes of climate change, not whether the climate actually changes.

INHOFE: I think I was right on that, and I do believe — first off, let’s keep in mind, though, what the issue is. It’s not whether or not we’re going into a global warming period. We were. We’re not now.

You know, God’s still up there. We’re now going through a cooling spell. And the whole issue there was is it man-made gases, anthropogenic gases, CO2, methane. I don’t think so

more than 3 years ago

Google Is Going Postal In Sweden

ferd_farkle Long thin tail? (93 comments)

Google is trying to fatten up the long thin tail.

more than 3 years ago

The Effect of Internal Bacteria On the Human Body

ferd_farkle Re:The reason everyone is lactose intolerant... (227 comments)


[...] everyone is lactose intolerant[...]

Anyone who is lactose intolerant simply does not have the mutation allowing the production of lactase beyond the juvenile stage of developement. It's a mutation, you either have it, or you don't. No bacteria involved.

about 4 years ago

Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

ferd_farkle Re:They're called *VANDALS* not hunters (1141 comments)

They're idiots who shouldn't be allowed off a supervised range with a gun. Shooting at a highly elevated target with no (likely) backstop but the sky is the height of firearms irresponsibility.

Just a few years back, some yahoo in Jersey let loose a few .30 cal rounds at a soaring turkey vulture. A couple miles away, a guy working on the roof of his suburban home took the round and died on the spot.

If you're not certain of your field of fire, you don't squeeze. Period.

more than 3 years ago

Family To Receive $1.5M+ In Vaccine-Autism Award

ferd_farkle Re:vaccines (594 comments)

Anyone who can be irked to actually research it.

Tiresome of me to point it out, I know, but I do not think that word means what you think it means.


more than 4 years ago

New Copyright Lawsuits Go After Porn On Bittorrent

ferd_farkle Re:Sounds fair (209 comments)

We need to take our country back!

more than 4 years ago

100 Million Facebook Pages Leaked On Torrent Site

ferd_farkle Re:100 Million Sensational Slashdot Headlines! (163 comments)

The other day, I used a wrong option for wget and downloaded the internet. Maybe I should post it on an Internet file-sharing site.

more than 4 years ago

Feds To Help Train 50,000 Health IT Workers

ferd_farkle Re:Works out to $30000 per worker (212 comments)

"Take that $150M, divide it by the 50K workers, and come up with a bill of $30000 per worker."

You may have left your sliderule out in the rain.

more than 4 years ago

Geostationary GPS Satellite Galaxy 15 Out of Control

ferd_farkle Star Trek tech!? (379 comments)

"...SES officials believe they have the resources, including teleport facilities..."

Wait, what!? Who are these people, really?

more than 4 years ago



ferd_farkle ferd_farkle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ferd_farkle (208662) writes "Science Daily has an article about engineering advances to help steady the hands of surgeons working in really cramped spaces like eyes and throats.

From the article:
"The tools include a snakelike robot that could enable surgeons, operating in the narrow throat region, to make incisions and tie sutures with greater dexterity and precision. Another robot, the steady-hand, may curb a surgeon's natural tremor and allow the doctor to inject drugs into tiny blood vessels in the eye, dissolving clots that can damage vision.""


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