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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

Elledan Re:Amazing progress... (120 comments)

'Uterus' sounds too scientific and medical, I guess :) I'm pretty sure most of the population has no clue what it is if you ask them.

about two weeks ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

Elledan Amazing progress... (120 comments)

Amazing progress, but it would be nice if the attitude within the medical scientific community to for example intersex-born individuals wasn't still stuck somewhere in the 19th century. Progress is relative.

How many people here actually know what intersex is? I didn't know it existed (among humans at least) or what it was called until I was 21 and I was born intersex (hermaphrodite).

Don't get me wrong, it's great that these women born without certain reproductive organs are getting them transplanted, but on the other side doctors are also chopping up the genitals of intersex infants and manipulating intersex adults like yours truly into 'normalization' surgeries.

Heck, after consulting dozens of 'experts' in about a dozen countries I honestly couldn't tell you which reproductive and related organs I do or don't have exactly. I also meet so many others who had to discover as a teenager or adult that their parents and medical file have withheld details about surgery being performed on them as an infant.

So yes, happy news for some, but just a bitter feeling for many others who had the misfortune of not being born a 'normal' male or female even one missing some bits...

Excuse the brief rant :)

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

Elledan Re:Only 4 displays, sticking to AMD. (125 comments)

Not true, each DisplayPort 1.2 output on a GTX 980 card can drive up to two monitors daisy-chained, so with a single GTX 980 you could have up to 6 displays with DisplayPort alone, more if the other outputs are independently driven (haven't checked into this yet).

about a month ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Elledan Re:Just red tape? (142 comments)

Interesting. That would explain why China for example can build this type of reactor without major delays and the US can't. Nice of the US to sabotage itself like that :)

about 2 months ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Elledan Re:Erm, not so much. (142 comments)

True, the US kinda switched to natural gas and are now shipping coal to Europe :) Here in Germany we got 26 new coal plants built or under construction in the past few years alone.

So the problem in the end is largely a logistics problem which should become less of an issue if more nuclear plants were being built due to the parts becoming less specialized. That's good to know, I guess :)

about 2 months ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

Elledan Just red tape? (142 comments)

It always amazes me to hear about cost overruns and delays with new nuclear plants considering that in essence they're little more complex than coal plants, which keep popping up everywhere without any apparent issues.

So, is it just the red tape causing delays, or is it something else which make a nuclear plants so much more complex than a coal or gas plant?

about 2 months ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

Elledan Re:Nuclear is no good match for variable renewable (409 comments)

If you wish to refute my sources, please provide your own references. It doesn't appear that you even read any of them.

about 2 months ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

Elledan Re:Nuclear is no good match for variable renewable (409 comments)

30-100% load cycling, according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Also this link: http://www.oecd-nea.org/nea-ne...

Much depends on the exact reactor type, but for Gen II PWR/BWR reactors and up load-following is most definitely a realistic proposition. As the second link notes, German reactors were forced to switch to load-following mode due to the disruptions on the grid caused by the large-scale unbuffered PV solar and wind turbine fluctuations on the grid.

about 2 months ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

Elledan Re:Nuclear is no good match for variable renewable (409 comments)

Any slightly modern nuclear reactor these days is load-following. Many of the reactors in France are load-following by necessity, for example.

about 2 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

Elledan Re:Overreacting (384 comments)

They could have changed it for different countries, yes. Yet the thing people seem to kind of forget here is that it's more of a cutesy little game, not anywhere as fundamental as say one's gender designation on a social networking site. To me it seems like a massively overblown issue which might have warranted possibly an email to Nintendo asking them politely to maybe change this, or even humorously file it as a bug report. Shaming Nintendo into changing this isn't very mature or helpful in my eyes. Humour tends to be more effective in cases like this, leaving a more pleasant aftertaste, if you catch my drift :)

As for my electronics projects, I sadly don't have much/anything online about it as I only recently have begun to get some time to do anything with it again, especially after moving to Germany :) I got some FPGA dev kits and other assorted equipment trickling in over the coming weeks to do fun stuff with and hopefully not releasing any magical smoke. Stay tuned, basically.

Thanks for the interest at any rate :) I guess this kind of goes to show how my approach to making an important but unknown topic known works.

about 5 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

Elledan Re:Overreacting (384 comments)

Well, the sticking point here is that I don't think it's entirely fair to blame a Japanese company for publishing a game in which homosexual marriage is not possible when the very country they're operating from has made this thing illegal.

To me this seems more like a case of shooting the messenger when it's the Japanese government which should be seen as discriminatory and outdated with this position on marriage. To be honest I'm not sure whether it would be legal for Nintendo to publish this game in Japan if they had made homosexual marriage possible.

As for the further point of making more people aware of intersex, I'm definitely trying. Through media appearances (see my site for examples) and possibly in the future through some games I wish to develop and publish via my own software company or in cooperation with other studios/publishers. The last thing I want to do, however, is to antagonize or be seen as a complainer. Issues like this should be approached in a level-headed, rational manner to have the proper impact.

Just my opinion on the matter, of course :)

about 5 months ago
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Nintendo Apologizes For Not Allowing Same-Sex Relationships In Life Sim Game

Elledan Re:Overreacting (384 comments)

Well, there are people in the game. Male and female. Yet there are also people who are neither male or female such as yours truly. Are we intersex people represented in this game or games in general? Movies? Media? No way.

Yet we're not complaining about most of society not even being aware or caring about our existence. Not too much at least. I'd definitely call the complaints about this Nintendo game asinine as there are countless other games where one could complain about in the same manner, but what it comes down to it in the end is that it is a choice by the creator of the game which one has to respect as an artistic choice unless it's obviously discriminatory (e.g. having anti-homosexual marriage messages in the game).

about 5 months ago
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How Japan Plans To Build Orbital Solar Power Stations

Elledan Imagine... (230 comments)

Just imagine the massive nuclear power (fission and fusion) infrastructure (including reprocessing) one could construct for the cost of this project. No matter how one looks at it, this kind of space-based PV only gets attention because it seems so cool. In the end we can get a more reliable power infrastructure for less money simply by investing in what is a proven and known to be safe (though not idiot-proof, sadly) technology.

But hey, space. I'm sure it's far more cool and less controversial :)

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

Elledan Re:What's the difference? (462 comments)

When it comes to intersex case incidence there are no proper statistics, because nobody is keeping them. Normalization surgeries aren't kept track of as such either, and there are many types of intersex which are practically invisible until a much later age (such as CAIS and XXY).

At this point I think it'd be safe to use a number between 1:1,000 and 1:150, though. 1:25 is also used by some researchers, but it really depends on which conditions you include and which statistics for it you rely on.

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

Elledan Re:What's the difference? (462 comments)

Ambiguous genitals can mean a lot of things. They can be just variations on what we often refer to as 'regular' genitals, as in female or male, with a gradual transition between these two extremes.

There's also hermaphroditism - a sub-set of intersex - whereby both types of genitals are partially or fully present. Basically put this means having both a penis and vagina as well as a certain selection of internal reproductive organs.

Coincidentally I'm also a hermaphrodite, and although I used to have both testicles and ovaries at the same time, I was born fully infertile without a womb. You can find more details about my situation on my (easy to find) site :)

As for how often it actually occurs, intersex as an umbrella term is something in the order of 1:1,000 to 1:150 individuals who are born with an intersex condition.

about 8 months ago
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I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

Elledan Over ten times a year here. (415 comments)

For the past nine years I have seen a medical professional for at least ten times a year. The reason is the condition I was born with (hermaphroditism, an intersex condition). That I had to see so many doctors was due to the Dutch physicians refusing to acknowledge this condition, whereas in Germany this was no problem and I will (hopefully) soon have a final reconstructive surgery.

After that last surgery I hopefully won't have to see a physician for the next decade...

1 year,5 days
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Fukushima Nuclear Worker Accidentally Toggles Off Cooling Pumps

Elledan Just another sign of TEPCO's incompetence... (190 comments)

This isn't another example of how precarious the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant is, but one of how massive the incompetence of TEPCO is that they keep having 'incident' after 'incident'. Even long before Fukushima Daiichi TEPCO's safety record was beyond frightening.

That the Japanese government a) allows TEPCO to 'clean up' Fukushima and b) refuses any foreign help shows that the problem with Fukushima is and always has been a political one.

1 year,16 days
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Air Force Wants Technology That Will Let Drones Sense and Avoid Other Aircraft

Elledan TCAS? (148 comments)

So, basically TCAS? Add the required responder to the drone and the TCAS implementation and it'll know where all other nearby planes/drones are as well as when one is on a collision course.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_collision_avoidance_system

about a year ago
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Cruise Ship "Costa Concordia" Salvage Attempt To Go Ahead

Elledan Re:Why? (151 comments)

The area the Costa Concordia is in is a protected area, with fragile species living there. Dismantling it in place would cause damage to the marine life there, not to mention the possibility of pollution. It's far better scrapped in a controlled environment.

about a year ago

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Solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead

Elledan Elledan writes  |  about 2 months ago

Elledan (582730) writes "Federal investigators in California have requested that BrightSource — owner of thermal solar plants — halt the construction of more, even bigger plants until the impact of these plants on wildlife has been further investigated. The BrightSource solar plant in the Mojave Desert which was investigated reportedly kills between 1,000 and 28,000 birds a year with the concentrated solar energy from its 300,000 mirrors, charring and incinerating feathers of passing birds. This isn't the first report of negative environmental impact by this type of solar plant either."
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WildFox Firefox Video Add-On Released

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Elledan (582730) writes "After a long delay with the WildFox project due to personal circumstances, I have decided to release an add-on for Firefox which in combination with a video plug-in allows for the playback of any video format right in the browser on Windows, Linux and OS X. This makes it more flexible than the add-on previously released by Microsoft. Please try it and report back with any glitches :)"
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Potential CSS Successor: LDSS

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Elledan (582730) writes "Ever since I started with CSS-based layouts for websites I have been amazed at the lack of proper layout functionality in CSS. Over the years I have found that I'm not alone in this view, leading to the smoldering desire to invent a better style sheet language. This culminated in the draft specification for Layout and Design Style Sheets, or LDSS for short, for which I'm now seeking feedback and hopefully the attention required to get it accepted as a web-wide standard required to have it implemented in browsers. The reason why I deem LDSS necessary is that even the upcoming CSS 3 doesn't fix all the problems with CSS 2.x, let alone that the W3C seems to listen to professional webdesigners, of which I am one. Can we, the community, do better? Let's find out."
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Wild Fox, Firefox with h.264 HTML 5 support

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Elledan (582730) writes "Only two countries in the world have software patents which make it impossible to freely use video codecs such as AVC (h.264). This has led to projects such as Firefox not including AVC support with the HTML 5 video tag in all their releases, resulting in the rest of the world having to indirectly suffer the effects of software patents as well. To rectify this situation at least somewhat, I have created the Wild Fox project which aims to release Firefox builds with the features previously excluded due to software patents, which will be available to those in non-software patent encumbered countries. Any developers who wish to join the project are more than welcome."
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What's Yours Probably Isn't On The Internet

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Elledan (582730) writes "Last year I managed to lose the password to my Yahoo and thus Flickr account. To this day Yahoo support refuses to give me back my account, even though I have proven that I own the primary email listed with it. In today's instance of my blog I describe how this is a sign of a much larger issue, namely that online services are offered without a legally binding contract, and that at any time they can deny access to your account, no matter what is connected to it. I doubt I have to mention people getting locked out of their PayPal accounts and similar horror stories to underline the seriousness of this issue. One thing one definitely can't do without is a backup plan or two in case things do go wrong. Please have a read and let me know what your thoughts on this issue are, as well as your experiences."
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Cigarette branding 'misleading'

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elledan writes "An UK survey among 1,300 smokers found that when cigarettes are branded "smooth", "silver" or "gold" they are generally believed to be healthier and easier to give up. From the article: "Participants in the study were shown pairs of cigarette packs and asked to compare what they were like, or what they assumed they would be like, in terms of taste, tar levels, health risk, attractiveness, how easy they would be to give up and how attractive they would be to someone choosing to smoke for the first time." The discussion is now whether cigarettes should be offered in plain packaging to prevent such suggestions, especially with EU rules forbidding any claim that some cigarettes are safer than others."
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How To Deal With Possible Medical Fraud?

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elledan writes "Over a year ago I was diagnosed as being a hermaphrodite at a German clinic, after a long struggle to get the tests performed in my own country (The Netherlands). However, here the medical specialists don't seem to want to acknowledge the diagnostic, instead choosing to ignore it and my questions. Recently I have looked again at the reports and MRI images I got from all hospitals and clinics so far, and found some interesting irregularities: on the MRI images and on the reports. My current therapist called it 'fraud', and I see little evidence to suggest otherwise. Lacking the financial resources for a lawyer and such after the past 4.5 year, what pointers can this community give me on how to proceed? In order to accomplish my goal of acknowledgement of my condition and treatment, I will have to somehow find the necessary support, which appears to be extremely difficult at this point."
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Most Popular eBook Formats?

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elledan writes "I'm planning to release a number of novels and short stories the coming time via my website, yet I can't seem to find a clear answer on what format is preferred for ebooks, specifically for the wide range of portable devices out there, like PDAs, netbooks, eReaders like the Kindle and so on. PDF and plain text are apparently popular formats, yet the first suffers from scaling as far as I can tell (hard to read on small screen), while text of course lacks any kind of formatting. I'm not looking to encrypt or use any form of DRM. What are my best choices here?"
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Riser cards: issues with videocards?

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elledan writes "For a new system I am designing, I have been considering using a riser card to allow PCIe x16 videocards to be installed. However, from browsing around it seems that some people have issues with using riser cards for this purpose. As riser cards are commonly used in server systems seemingly without issues, are it just videocards which may have problems, or were the reports of issues I read on forums, Newegg and such sites simply due to cheap or poorly constructed riser cards? I would very much like to have a definitive answer before I spend the money on parts which may not even work properly. Thanks in advance."
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Finding personnel for start-up with a twist?

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Elledan writes "As a relatively new start-up company (2 years of planning and developing software in preparation) which aims to produce everything from games to custom software, we have now reached the stage where we've started full-scale work on our first games and are finding that a few extra hands might be really useful, especially with time-intensive tasks like 3D modelling and sounds. The issue, however, is that we do not have money to hire anyone with at this point. The people I work with are all students and thus have a source of income at this point. We all spend time on our projects out of dedication and the hopefully imminent increase in revenue. To increase our workforce we'd have to find more people like us. Problem is where? As the Slashdot community mostly consists out of people who love to tinker in their spare time, I thought that you might know :)"
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Expanding from software into hardware development?

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Elledan writes "As the owner of a currently software development-only company which is looking into expanding around next year into the hardware side of things, particularly robotics (personal, industrial etc.) and related areas, a lot of questions have to be answered. Especially regarding investments (developing hardware is expensive) and secrecy (joint ventures, even with NDAs are risky). There is also the issue with attracting people with the desired skills. We'd be developing a lot of new technologies based on our own ideas, so the key is to keep the risks low while maximizing innovation and efficiency.
Does anyone here have experience with similar expansions or just useful tips which might help us avoid gotchas? Thanks in advance."
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Resolving a serious medical standstill?

Elledan Elledan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Elledan writes "The reason why I'm writing this is because I think that you, as well as other Slashdot readers may be able to assist me in what I consider to be a rather grave issue.

First of all some facts: since 2005 I have suspected my birth defect and as of December 2007 it has been confirmed via MRI. My birth defect is called intersexuality, specifically semi-hermaphroditism. This means that I've got both (partial) female and male reproductive organs, while being infertile. The male side isn't fully developed, but more so than the female side, which even has the labia merged, which made detection so hard in the first place.

My problems are that the medical specialists here in the Netherlands haven't taken me seriously for the past 3.5 years, I have to pay for all tests and medicines, still am officially registered as being male, and generally that I feel handicapped and abandoned by everyone and everything.

At this point I've been in around seven hospitals in the Netherlands and have seen nearly as many specialists. In two weeks I've got another appointment with an endocrinologist who at this point knows nothing about my case. It takes them months to analyze the German MRI images I had to pay for myself, and I have been accused of being a liar as well as insane. It still seems ages away before I can get what I want: acknowledgement, treatment (surgery, to become 'normal' female) and a corrected birth certificate.

Meanwhile my situation keeps degrading, especially emotionally. While I won't claim to be right on the verge of committing suicide, my thoughts do stray in that direction far too often for my liking. Obviously I can't concentrate on my work very well which, since I've got my own company, has brought me to the edge of bankruptcy. Putting myself over the medical issues doesn't work anymore for over a year now and psychologists have made my issues only worse. The national media seems to have no interest for my issue either.

Essentially I just want this issue to be resolved. I want the things I desire, I want to get my life back, I don't want to feel like an unwanted freak anymore. To this point I've only known disappointments and pain, whereby the MRI scan which I had performed in Germany was the only point of light. I really wouldn't mind going to Germany or any other sane country for my treatment. As long as I get some certainty before I turn 25 later this year.

Any help would be more than welcome. More information can be found on my personal site at MayaPosch.com (not linked to prevent server-meltdown), which also links to my blog at http://mayaposch.blogspot.com/. Thank you for your time reading this no doubt confusing post."

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