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  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Interesting ... and do these consultants show up only when there's absolutely no real-world activity going on at your place of business or do they hang around for a solid week or two to really see what's going on -...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    ' ...simply not to be too precious about your work.' Whoa there ... There are lots of jobs where switching focus is a given, ditto jobs that require complete focus for extended periods of time. Something to think about: 'Introverts'...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    A broken arm, sprained wrist, etc. would also mess this up. As would a new laptop with a slightly differently configured keyboard (Aargghhh!!!)...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Yep ... remarkable how every single little trivial thing can be used to identify us as individuals. Yet despite this, these same folk (incl. corporations) insist on a one-size-fits-all approach to everything and everyone. Boggles the mind - talk about...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Re: 'I remember seeing one years ago that discussed the differences between monitoring performance (ie. tasks accomplished) and monitoring behaviour, and how most supervisors monitored behaviour when they thought they were monitoring performance, but I can't locate it now.' I'd...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Here's an overview of employer-employee office privacy - USA flavor. https://www.privacyrights.org/workplace-privacy-and-employee-monitoring...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    'Look at how the worker bees can be observed at all times to make sure they're doing their thing!' That's so old school ... anyone can easily be monitored/observed via screens or by tracking their keyboard activity....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Good post and can relate to it: day-job is writing/editing reports, with side of managing/training others to do same. For a while, when things got really tense (many projects due at the same time) used to designate weekends for nit-picky...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Thanks! Found a less technical explanation of this paper by its first author here: http://serious-science.org/the-climate-and-habitability-of-planets-with-eternal-day-and-night-sides-5289...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Have wondered about the role of the equator in weather overall given that hurricanes can't cross because of the Coriolis effect. More specifically, wonder how much Coriolis effect is needed to prevent this. Could be relevant in SF world-building scenario....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    In case you haven't had a chance to read this yet ... http://www.nature.com/news/busting-the-billion-dollar-myth-how-to-slash-the-cost-of-drug-development-1.20469?WT.ec_id=NEWSDAILY-20160826...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Back to VitD ... this ties in with retirees/seniors who prefer to just sit in front of a TV all day. If your bones haven't fused properly, and (consequently) muscle development is just so-so even during your youth (because your...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Plus some folk happen to be very allergic to PABA one of the major active ingredients used in the first sunscreens marketed. BTW, if you happen to be 'allergic' to PABA in sunscreen, you're also probably 'allergic' to PABA-based local/topical...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Some microorganisms seem able to develop a tolerance for fluoride. [See below.] Didn't find anything re: organisms specifically designed to remove fluoride from water, soil, etc. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19457531 Abstract Fluoride is a common contaminant in a variety of industrial wastewaters. Available...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Interesting blog - thanks for posting! Found this article referenced/linked by one of the commenters re: AD individualized therapy examines many variables including diet (includes case studies). Might be of interest to folk here. My take-away is: AD is a...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Agree that we're nowhere near understanding all of the -omes we depend on. That's why a few topics back I'd suggested taking 'core cuttings' (scoops) of 100 yards - 1 mile diameter living/thriving sections of our Earth to transplant onto...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    No worries ... Also, I agree in principle with Charlie about diet. My beef (ahem) is when diet (or any other behavior) becomes religion. Over the years I've met (and even married and produced) humans who had specific dietary needs....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Reference article re: allergies & neurogenesis ... http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fncel.2016.00169/full 'Allergies and their characteristic TH2-polarized inflammatory reactions affect a substantial part of the population. Since there is increasing evidence that the immune system modulates plasticity and function of the central nervous system...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Re: Information storage & retrieval in the distant future Even if no apocalypse, I'd think that you'd need to make this information as simple to retrieve and understand as possible. At present, mostly for economic/market reasons, we're changing the tech...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    I was thinking in the nearer future than you are. At 50-70 years out, I'd expect sets of cloned humans to be the first space colonizers in order to reduce the biological unknowns these travelers might have to deal with....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    A few comments/questions: 1- Okay, how easy is it to calculate where the target world is likeliest to be in 10, 000 years’ time, and then where the Earth will be from the target planet’s perspective 20,000 year later, so...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    How about some enlightenment (clues) re: these bad guy's respective weaknesses for those unfamiliar with these characters. This 'war' might be more easily decided on the basis of exploiting weakness rather than betting on superior strength. Good life lesson for...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Well, good luck to you if you can't access the data via ... http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/document_library/document_listing/document_listing_000312.jsp&mid=WC0b01ac0580999a9c https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/resources/download...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Considering that Nature has been running op-eds re: problems of bad or made-up data for several years, it's likelier that whoever is refusing to hand over the raw data to you for re-examination is going to look like the one...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Here's an August 2015 article about problematic peer reviews: http://www.nature.com/news/faked-peer-reviews-prompt-64-retractions-1.18202 Plus some historical background on journal referees/peer-reviews, published April 2016. http://www.nature.com/news/peer-review-troubled-from-the-start-1.19763...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Re: Access to raw data From what I recall from undergrad days when doing secondary research (journals), raw data was not part of the article, only summary data/stats unless the sample sizes were very small, e.g., n of 10 or...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Although catastrophic failure is still a frequently cited concern by soldiers, the US military seems hesitant about switching rifles. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/19/armys-quits-tests-after-competing-rifle-outperform/ So in this real-life scenario we have ... need, ample budget, several expert manufacturers, an established and stable product category,...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Re: The rate of changing over different makes of guns by an army How does this jibe with the rate at which various makes/models of guns exploded in the soldier's face, thus less likely to be ever fired by his...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    From what I recall of history class ... ancient Judean, Greek or Roman slaves were human beings and many/most ancient cultures gave them rights. Such men/women/children were not deemed “inferior” by nature. While bad, still a helluva lot better than...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Recall something from a BBC history special about how women's clothing changed mostly because of WW2. The avant-garde had already raised their hem lines but with Britain blockaded and everyone having to make do, everyday wear/fashions had to change. War...
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