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Note that as bad as this is, it only affects some statistical methods used to analyze fMRI scans, not fMRI as a whole. fMRI is an amazing tool.

I think once again we are seeing the failure of the "publish or perish" model of academic research.

I think the lesson is that a lot can be accomplished without modern languages and practices.

So we shouldn't worry too much if we're not using the latest trendy framework and instead focus on the software we are building to make it great.

They mention a couple potential alternatives in the article.

I disagree. I don't think rebuilding everything every 50 years is very sustainable, especially considering the very high CO2 emissions when making cement/concrete.

So of course using plain concrete is no solution, but looking for better solutions is very much needed IMHO.

It might be a bit early to say "the dust has settled", but good analysis nevertheless.

For as far as I can remember, the European Union has been governed by dogmatic technocrats with no concern whatsoever for ordinary people. I'm not saying they didn't do a lot of good things, which they did. But at some point you need to look beyond growth numbers and check that ordinary people are actually benefiting from your policies.

Really cool, thanks for sharing!

joelthelion  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Bitcoin's mempool is over 20 MB

I really wonder where bitcoin is going:

- The community is divided over the block size issue

- One of bitcoin's biggest forums, the bitcoin subreddit, exploded due to censorship issues, making community division even worse

- Gavin Andressen, one of the only really trusted bitcoin developers, lost a lot of credibility when he announced Craig Wright was Satoshi

- The halving is due in less than a month

All in all an extremely complex situation, I find it hard to foresee anything at all in this mess. Maybe at least hubski could be a good reddit replacement for discussing bitcoin?

This is pretty cool, and looks pretty realistic, too (I did my PhD in the domain). The problem with simulations like these is that they often look cool but fail to accurately reproduce the actual motion of the heart.

Now if this simulator can be tuned to reproduce the heart of individual patients, it would be a great tool for studying the impact of various interventions and deciding on the best course of action.

joelthelion  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Copper is key in burning fat

Of course not ☺️

joelthelion  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Copper is key in burning fat

If you get diabetes from obesity, it's too late to reverse that condition, so it's a bit similar. Same thing if you get a heart attack or a stroke. Anyways, it was just an example. My point is that the fact that there is an existing way to fight obesity doesn't mean we shouldn't try to make that process easier.

joelthelion  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Copper is key in burning fat

You could apply the exact same reasoning to lung cancer research. Just because many people could avoid getting lung cancer by not smoking doesn't mean we shouldn't look for a cure.

Note that I am not defending all the fat people who make up excuses for being fat. But I'm all for making it easier to lose weight and stay fit.

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