Search found 925 matches

by iop
Tue May 15, 2012 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2188
Views: 346738

Re: Diablo III

Bah. I'm not getting up at 3am. I'd rather wait till the morning, and play when the normal people go to work.
by iop
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: FRPAA: Great idea or...?
Replies: 20
Views: 4246

Re: FRPAA: Great idea or...?

pollywog wrote:I can't think of a good reason why I should pay for knowledge.

Packaging? Server space and bandwidth? Also, you may have happened to pay for books - why did you do that?
by iop
Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: FRPAA: Great idea or...?
Replies: 20
Views: 4246

Re: FRPAA: Great idea or...?

However, it's unclear that open journals can't add the same value by an additional small amount of volunteer effort. The reason such journals haven't taken off is unclear. Possibly the paid companies have a monopoly on prestige. That is the point of the Elsiver boycott. PLoS are doing fine, and, fo...
by iop
Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Meet the trolls!
Replies: 41
Views: 6316

Re: Meet the trolls!

An Australian reporter interviews three confessed trolls . Two say they don't feel bad about what they do (or did), but all three spoke anonymously. The first section of the article: He doesn't feel any remorse, and strangely doesn't consider his actions bullying despite claiming he probably wouldn...
by iop
Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help with DIY and Amateur Biology
Replies: 8
Views: 2044

Re: Help with DIY and Amateur Biology

What kind of lab equipment do you have access to? Could you grow bacteria or yeast on agar plates? Do you have access to any kind of microscope? Do you know programming, so that you could possibly create a simulation?
by iop
Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 57916

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

I can selectively apply a hammer when driving in nails and instead sometimes use a wrench, but i'm then not a very skilled carpenter. No. You're not very skilled at hammering. It takes more to be a good carpenter than to drive in nails the one true way, and it takes more to be a good person than to...
by iop
Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 57916

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

Social sciences face challenge all the time because their methodology and establishments have been shown time and again to be shitty. So very true. Same thing goes for nutritional "science", btw. Oh, and regarding the OP Anyway, I don't understand why people believe, to the degree they wi...
by iop
Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 57916

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

Critical Thinking and Faith are diametrically opposed. You're saying this as if a person who is religious is committing such a sin toward critical thinking that they are forever beyond salvation and cannot ever have a rational thought anymore (ok, Dawkins says that). You also make it sound like cri...
by iop
Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sending data from Imaris to Matlab.
Replies: 3
Views: 1739

Re: Sending data from Imaris to Matlab.

I am wary of converting to .tif, since you lose the meta-information about your image. To import images into Matlab, I like using the [http://www.loci.wisc.edu/bio-formats/downloads]bioformats[/url] reader (which is what ImageJ uses as well). I have written a Matlab wrapper for it; PM me if you want...
by iop
Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New broad spectrum anti-viral developed at MIT
Replies: 48
Views: 8736

Re: New broad spectrum anti-viral developed at MIT

Which is probably why this was published in PLOS One. Maybe, though many institutions now require that works funded by them are published in open access publications first. Having said that, PLOS One, isn't exactly the highest rated of the lot. Seriously? I have never heard of that before. Some fun...
by iop
Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New broad spectrum anti-viral developed at MIT
Replies: 48
Views: 8736

Re: New broad spectrum anti-viral developed at MIT

This drug was tested on ssRNA viruses and appears to be effective. However, having actually read the paper, I suspect that it is unlikely to ever make it to actual use due to difficulties in delivery and the fact that they infected and treated at the same time - you would need to take this as a pro...
by iop
Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cell Growth Models
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Re: Cell Growth Models

The cell cycle in HeLas takes about 24h if they're happy, though it's slower when there are very few cells, and it does depend on your strain of HeLas. For me, this is usually enough to roughly estimate when cells reach confluency - if I seed a 10cm dish with 1M cells, they're close to confluency (~...
by iop
Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Treatment For Cervical Cancer: Vinegar + CO2
Replies: 6
Views: 2233

Re: Treatment For Cervical Cancer: Vinegar + CO2

I mean the line I quoted is entirely wrong. Yes, some tumors have more DNA. Some have less. And the amount of protein has nothing to do with the amount of DNA. The vinegar test (test for "acetic lesions") is/was intended to identify cell masses infected by the HPV virus. Virus-infected ce...
by iop
Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reading scientific papers
Replies: 17
Views: 2276

Re: Reading scientific papers

My strategy for reading papers depends a lot on the reason for why I'm reading. If it's just to know what's going on, reading the abstract can be enough (note: this is true in biology. In e.g. physics, the abstract may say "the significance of the results is discussed". What a waste of wor...
by iop
Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 48263

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

mmmcannibalism wrote:I'm not proposing any of those as my opinion; but I don't see how they aren't equally "obvious"

That's the US, dude. In that country, there is only glorious goodness, or unspeakable evil. Nothing exists in between.
by iop
Tue Sep 13, 2011 1:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 48263

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

The whole thing goes against science - pregnancy starts at implantation. Also nature - half of zygotes are not implanted and self-abort, so this makes a murderer out of women whose bodies do what bodies normally do. Also human rights - this would outlaw contraceptives and birth control. It will als...
by iop
Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Archery - HS Physics
Replies: 8
Views: 2019

Re: Archery - HS Physics

The time of flight depends on how much time the arrow spends in the air. An angle of 90 degrees maximises this. The distance the arrow flies is the product of horizontal speed and time of flight. At an angle of 90 degrees, the horizontal speed is zero, so the range is zero. Thus, you want to calcula...
by iop
Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mac OS X Lion is out today
Replies: 39
Views: 4754

Re: Mac OS X Lion is out today

The "resize windows on any side" is almost worth the upgrade by itself. But at the moment, I really can't afford breaking any applications, so I guess I'll have to wait.
by iop
Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Free Will Straw Man
Replies: 41
Views: 7716

Re: The Free Will Straw Man

There's also another straw man that I'd like to point out: responsibility. How many times have you face palmed when reading about how criminals shouldn't be held accountable for their actions in a (brace for it) deterministic universe? If people who kill others get locked up or whatever then I'm no...
by iop
Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Putting on gloves
Replies: 32
Views: 5253

Re: Putting on gloves

I'd be more concerned about someone being an idiot and when going to reuse gloves, end up with their skin in contact with the already contaminated exterior of the glove when doing all those inversions. I'm sure gloves are a tiny expense compared to medical bills. I'm usually more concerned with con...
by iop
Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Putting on gloves
Replies: 32
Views: 5253

Re: Putting on gloves

Due to cost concerns about gloves we're encouraged to reuse them How much money can you save by reusing gloves? $25 per month, if you re-use them a lot (i.e. if you manage to not buy two boxes of gloves every month)? I don't see how that is making any difference compared to what you spend on other ...
by iop
Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BAMN vs. University of Michigan
Replies: 41
Views: 4957

Re: BAMN vs. University of Michigan

Also, prop 8 is illegal, since homosexuals aren't the majority. Isn't that exactly why homosexuals are arguing that it's not ok to have something like prop 8 decided by voters, but rather, that it is up to judges to side with the minority and end their discrimination? Remember the US was never inte...
by iop
Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: BAMN vs. University of Michigan
Replies: 41
Views: 4957

Re: BAMN vs. University of Michigan

I think this ruling is perfectly in the spirit of the Founding Fathers who warned against the oppression of the minority by the majority through democracy, a.k.a. mob rule.
by iop
Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Putting on gloves
Replies: 32
Views: 5253

Re: Putting on gloves

I second checking different brands. We intermittently switched to another brand, where I snapped every other glove because my hands got stuck - and I don't have the patience to do magic to the gloves before putting them on. I'm glad it turned out that the other brand was not twice as cheap, so we sw...
by iop
Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 11757

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

A NGO would only need to win a few landmark cases (or one class-action lawsuit), as they'll recuperate defense costs, and since they'll most likely get awarded punitive damages - a company that is abusing the legal system by using their superior financial means to instigate frivolous lawsuits is ex...
by iop
Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jamaicans regret independence.
Replies: 55
Views: 7060

Re: Jamaicans regret independence.

Oh, and the Ottomans? Just as bad. Ottoman is practically a swear-word in the Archaeological world, simply for the amount of priceless artifacts they destroyed. For example, the Parthenon. The Great Pyramids of Giza still had their limestone exteriors in Medieval times, until the Ottomans salvaged ...
by iop
Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 11757

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

Legal advice and people to contact are, by themselves, not enough for a legal victory, except in the most simplistic of cases. Nor is an incorruptible judge enough, since there are many legal methods to prolong a court battle. And a judge that would prevent those methods would have the outcome of t...
by iop
Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 11757

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

It makes it also more plausible why Monsanto isn't losing court battles right and left. Monsanto isn't winning court battles right and left either. They're using the court and an enormous legal staff to force farmers into settlements. Or maybe the farmers did actually save seed, and don't see any p...
by iop
Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 11757

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

then the farmers must have done something that would be considered illegal in the eyes of a judge, such as saving seed. This is what's ridiculous. These farmers have been saving seed year after year for generations. Now, due to Monsanto's negligent and careless spreading of their "intellectual...
by iop
Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 11757

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

Also, the lawsuit thing is not realistic. Yes, there have been lawsuits against farmers who have tried to save seed. One farmer sprayed his crop with round-up, because he suspected it was resistant - and then went on to keep the seeds of the surviving plants. That sounds like totally unfair to the ...
by iop
Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 11757

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

The background to some of the Monsanto scare stories is mentioned earlier in this thread. I'm not sure what you mean with this comment. Did you read the thread? I don't know how much of a problem not being able to sell something as GM-free is, however a non-GM farmer within pollinating distance of ...
by iop
Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 11757

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

Other reasons aside, with current GMO IP law and enforcement (patent infringement suits when GM crops inevitably cross-polinate to fields using non-GM crops), GM crops present a clear threat to all farmers using non-GM crops within pollination distance of GM crops. Yes, but not in the way you seem ...
by iop
Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos
Replies: 135
Views: 11757

Re: Belgian activists destroy GM potatos

Other reasons aside, with current GMO IP law and enforcement (patent infringement suits when GM crops inevitably cross-polinate to fields using non-GM crops), GM crops present a clear threat to all farmers using non-GM crops within pollination distance of GM crops. Yes, but not in the way you seem ...
by iop
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: New chip able to sequence genome in hours!
Replies: 6
Views: 1581

Re: New chip able to sequence genome in hours!

For research, these next-gen sequencing approaches are awesome. Instead of spending a lot of time trying to clone a mutant allele, you can just sequence the whole genome and you know all the possible mutations causing a phenotype (like done here ). All the digestions and gels of PCR products you do ...
by iop
Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google discontinuing support for old browsers
Replies: 259
Views: 18815

Re: Google discontinuing support for old browsers

Enthalpie wrote:not even mentioning the finer details of licenses.

Indeed. Those licenses that are "free for personal use"? People won't worry about installing them, but the company will be up for a lawsuit.
by iop
Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple WWDC 2011 stuff. iOS, iCloud, iMessages, etc
Replies: 17
Views: 2138

Re: Apple WWDC 2011 stuff. iOS, iCloud, iMessages, etc

Finally OSX allows resizing windows from all sides. Took them long enough.
by iop
Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google discontinuing support for old browsers
Replies: 259
Views: 18815

Re: Google discontinuing support for old browsers

So why again are you resistant to change? Because it's a little bit uncomfortable? No, because I'm willing to make a change that little to no evidence shows will be beneficial. I'm perfectly comfortable on the QWERTY layout, and a single study of a modest 4% increase isn't going to motivate me to c...
by iop
Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google discontinuing support for old browsers
Replies: 259
Views: 18815

Re: Google discontinuing support for old browsers

Also, out of curiosity: Are you typing on a Dvorak keyboard layout (which is demonstrably better than QWERTY)? [citation needed]. And even if that were the case, the unavailability of DVORAK would mean that I'd have to awkwardly switch between QWERTY and DVORAK, thus reducing my typing speed.[/quot...
by iop
Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google discontinuing support for old browsers
Replies: 259
Views: 18815

Re: Google discontinuing support for old browsers

But if you start firing people, doesn't that set a precedent in which people won't waste ITs time, thus increasing the net efficiency of the company? You don't just fire people so you can hire new ones that are better at their job, you fire people so that others will become better at the jobs they ...
by iop
Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google discontinuing support for old browsers
Replies: 259
Views: 18815

Re: Google discontinuing support for old browsers

From what I've seen, the people willing to try the ribbon before saying "It's different, I'm doomed!" find it to be far friendlier than old versions of Office. I'm not disputing that. Yet, it still takes some time to get used to a new user interface. And then you need to recolor something...

Go to advanced search