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Anti-Cancer Agent Stops Metastasis In Its Tracks

Criffer Re:As usual (269 comments)

Real world trials generally don't use placebos. Instead, the control is the best treatment currently available. After all, you're usually not interested in whether some drug works better than sugar, but whether it's worth using it instead of or in addition to some currently available treatment. So the control group get the best treatment they could have got if they were not in the study, while the experimental group may or may not fare better.

more than 4 years ago
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Anti-Cancer Agent Stops Metastasis In Its Tracks

Criffer Re:As usual (269 comments)

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one. Getting clean data for evidence-based-medicine is absolutely necessary for the well-being of possibly thousands or millions of potential patients.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Funds Ogg Theora For Mobile

Criffer H.261 (183 comments)

We already have an unpatented, royalty-free, unencumbered, lowest-common-denominator video codec for use on the internet: H.261.

H.323 specifies it as the lowest common denominator for video-over-IP, so all video phones already support it, including hardware implementations. It was published in 1990 - twenty years ago - so it is as patent-free as you can get. And it's published by the ITU, so the specification is freely available.

more than 4 years ago
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The Economics of Perfect Software

Criffer Re:You sure about that? (201 comments)

a return value from main is required by spec

Um, no. Main is special.

C99 5.1.2.2.3 Program termination

If the return type of the main function is a type compatible with int, a return from the initial call to the main function is equivalent to calling the exit function with the value returned by the main function as its argument;10) reaching the } that terminates the main function returns a value of 0.

Reaching the end of main without a return is the equivalent of calling exit(0); as the last line.

more than 4 years ago
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Macs With 3G — More Connectivity, More Problems

Criffer Why, that's a nice gift horse (73 comments)

Why, that's a nice gift horse, mind if I take a look at it's teeth?

Laptops with 3G aren't new, but now that Apple is (maybe) planning on adding a 3G capable radio chipset (to add to the bluetooth and wifi 2.4/5GHz radio chipset), it's just bringing "more problems"?

Well, if you don't want to use it, that's fine, but I would be happy with a laptop which is able to talk to the world outwith the confines of my home or work wifi networks.

more than 5 years ago
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Trick Used To Pass French "Three Strikes"

Criffer Re:Sarkozy (488 comments)

Does anyone find it amusing that after all the ridicule the French heaped on Americans for electing Bush that they went and elected somebody even worse?

I know, cutting people off from the internet is so much worse than torture.

more than 5 years ago
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Harvard Law's Nesson Says P2P Is "Fair Use"

Criffer Re:My statement on "fair use" & p2p file shari (393 comments)

3. Amount/Substantiality - well, most people I know torrent the whole film, not just 5 minutes of it, so...

Nonsense. I only ever download between 64kB and 4MB of any film at a time.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows Drops Below 90% Market Share

Criffer Re:Monopoloy (595 comments)

The RIAA is just as bad as Microsoft when it comes to consumer lock-in. You don't have to look any further than iTunes to see it

Fixed that for you. Or were you asleep when Steve wrote his Open Letter?

about 6 years ago

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OOXML voted an ISO standard.

Criffer Criffer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Criffer (842645) writes "ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology Office Open XML file formats, has received the necessary number of votes for approval as an ISO/IEC International Standard.

Approval required at least 2/3 (i.e. 66.66 %) of the votes cast by national bodies participating in the joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, to be positive; and no more than 1/4 (i.e. 25 %) of the total number of ISO/IEC national body votes cast to be negative. These criteria have now been met with 75 % of the JTC 1 participating member votes cast positive and 14 % of the total of national member body votes cast negative.

Subject to there being no formal appeals from ISO/IEC national bodies in the next two months, the International Standard will accordingly proceed to publication."

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