top Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
Btw. does anyone here remember the USS Vincennes?
Funny thing, I once bought a used Science Fiction pulp novel from a used book store (up in State College, PA), sometime in the late 90's. Only later did I realize that "USS Vincennes" was stamped on one of the edges, indicating it must have come from some on-board library. It's a small world.
Anyway, to continue with your question -- yes, I remember it pretty well. And there were plenty of talking heads in the media trying to shift some of the blame onto Iran (that it must have been a martyrdom operation where Iran sacrificed it's own citizens to make us look bad, or that Iran shouldn't have operated civilian and military aircraft out of the same airport, or that the pilot should have known better than to fly on a path directly crossing that of a U.S. warship -- all bunk excuses).
But the U.S. government never denied that we were the ones who shot it down, they admitted it quickly and bluntly.
top Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year
At this point, a
majority of the apple juice and tilapia we eat in the U.S. is now imported from China -- as well as food additives such as citric acid, sorbic acid, some vitamin additives, and artificial vanilla flavoring.
And while they haven't yet reached a majority market share, frozen spinach, garlic, mushrooms, and cod have large fractions of the supply coming from China.
top "Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa
against a man armed with a banana?
Trick Question -- he's not attacking, he's just happy to see you!
top Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall
Just force all blood donors to get tested for infection, regardless of orientation, then give the clean ones a certfification with expiry. Re-test as required to continue donating.
Back in the 80's, one of the things we learned from the opening stages of the AIDS epidemic
is the possibility that a new disease agent will enter the human population, sight unseen. If such a new virus were to appear, it could spread silently for years before being identified (just has HIV did).
It is this risk which had led to the exclusion of the gay population. The elevated risk for HIV infection in that population serves as a
marker -- it demonstrates that they have the epidemiological risk characteristics to become the initial host for such a new disease, should it ever appear. By excluding higher-risk groups, the idea is to slow down the opening stages of the next epidemic.
Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking
"Incoming rabid flying kitten swarm est. 20min". about a month and a half ago
top New Valve Prototype VR Headset Shows Up At VR Meetup In Boston
I've always wondered why you couldn't mount cameras on the outside, and instead of using markers, it would track the room itself, like an optical mouse. Processing would add a fair bit of latency, but you're mostly using the information to correct for drift and error in the gyros, right?
top HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"
From the Washington Post's Blog section:
Eugene Volokh, On google's employee demographics
... non-Hispanic whites are 61 percent of the Google work force, slightly below the national average. (That average, according to 2006-10 numbers, is 67 percent.) Google is thus less white than the typical American company. White men are probably slightly over-represented; assuming that the 30 percent number it gives for women Google employees worldwide carries over to the U.S. (the article gives no separate number for U.S. women Google employees), white men are 42 percent of the Google work force, and 35 percent of the U.S. work force — not a vast disparity.
Indeed, if the goal is “reflecting the demographics of the country” as to race... ...Google can only accomplish that by firing well over three-quarters of its Asian employees, and replacing them with blacks and Hispanics (and a few whites, to bring white numbers up from 61 percent to 67 percent).
top Human "Suspended Animation" Trials To Start This Month
OH GOD We're all gonna die!
top Human "Suspended Animation" Trials To Start This Month
saline is a very acidic substance (to the body), how will they tolerate that acidosis
Can't they just use Ringer's Lactate or Hartmann's solution instead? That should buffer the acidity a little bit better.
top Hands-On With Sony's VR Headset
and you can hack a powerglove to work with your pc too.
but your cousin isn't going to. unless it's really, really, really really good
No, no. It's a Powerglove, you only do its because
it's so Bad!
top Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?
FYI, while GPS specifically refers to the American implementation, the generic term for a GPS-type system is a
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). As a nationality-neutral term, it applies equally to GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, and anything else satellite-based that might come along.
top Understanding an AI's Timescale
We have never built an "AI". And in fact we have NO reason to believe -- no evidence whatsoever -- that its speed of perception and interpretation would be any faster than our own. There is a very good chance that it would be much slower... at least in the beginning.
At the beginning, yes. Eventually it might be much faster -- but your point still stands, processing speed is irrelevant because the A
I could easily be designed such that it could emulate any slower speed it wished, like toggling the Turbo button on an old 286.
top Polio Causes Global Health Emergency
That's only a problem with polio if you drink where you shit. Why should anyone living on more than 5$ per day be worried about this? Are you commonly concerned about the anal-oral route for pathogens?
Quick reminder that polio outbreaks occurred periodically in the U.S. up through the 1950's, prior to the development of effective vaccines.
Even being born to a wealthy and high-status family in the U.S. was no guarantee of safety from polio infection, as was experienced by
Franklin Roosevelt, at the age of 39.
top Is There a Limit To a Laser's Energy?
Eventually the laser energy will create a black
There is a specific term in astrophysics for such a theoretical object:
top FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate
Well, he probably also ended up jamming a lot of people people using their phones as navigation units. I keep a few frequently used areas cached in Google Maps, but the rest requires me to have an active data connection.
top Aerospace Merger: ATK Joins With Orbital Sciences Corp
FYI: ATK Launch Systems (formerly known as Thiokol) was the prime contractor for the
Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster, and as far as I know they mostly do solid-type rocket boosters -- which is what they are proposing for the ( maybe) upcoming Space Launch System.
top Brazilians Welcome Genetically-Modified Mosquito To Help Fight Dengue Fever
A brief primer -- this is a modern twist on the
Sterile Insect Technique that has been used since the 1950's to control the Screw-worm fly, and other insect pests.
While the screw-worm's life-cycle was almost tailor-made to work with this technique
(females only mate once in a lifetime; large numbers of insects can easily bred in the laboratory; sterilizing doses of radiation do not significantly cripple the males' ability to compete for mates; the males can self-distribute over a wide range), this technique proved to be harder to apply to mosquitoes (else we would have been doing it in the 1950's) -- while a few mosquito species could be controlled with this technique, irradiated Anopheles males suffered from too large a fitness drop to be effective.
Genetic engineering allows us to side-step male fitness problems that occur with radiation sterilization of mosquitoes, and improves the reliability of sterilizing large batches of reliably and efficiently.
top Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing
Sure, but when I inject DNA into someone's ear I get put on the sex offender registry.
Aural Sex will give you Hearing AIDS.
top Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea
The dead body undercount is potentially detectable, if someone were to compare over-water approaches with over-land approaches; if a significant number of bodies are going missing, this should show up as a skew in the survival rate.
top Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
People can survive quite well without the care of physicians.
I am not a doctor (but will be in a few more months
In this matter, you are certainly correct. In the past (and in some places, even today), there were human settlements in which there has never been a doctor -- at least not in the modern sense of a doctor. And for the most part, life went on. Humans managed to be born, grow up, and grow old. Occasionally those lives might be cut a bit shorter and harder than otherwise -- but on average, these occurrences were infrequent enough that we could be assured the younger generation would survive to repeat the next turn of the cycle.
Yet, in each of those villages, you would find a healer. A shaman, a medicine-man, or maybe some weird old lady living at the edge of the settlement. Sometimes their herbs and potions would actually be useful; mystical incantations probably somewhat less so. Regardless of how primitive these healers were, they would be summoned to offer up what they could. They were a source of comfort that could be turned to, when a loved one was sick or dying. And they were also one of the few educated people (whether formal education or by traditional teachings) in the village that could be turned to for knowledge and advice (clergy being the other major source).
Many of us on Slashdot do not have families of our own, or at least that's the stereotype. We often have only a dim understanding of what illness can do to the structure and functioning of a marriage, a family, a clan, or even an entire village. When people don't understand what is happening and begin to fear, when they believe nothing can be done and begin to despair -- the social bonds that hold us together fray and rip apart. This dynamic is why healers exist and are so highly valued in society, even in a modern age where miracles are commonplace and expected to occur on demand. And why post-apocalypse, they will continue to be valued.
That being said, I would agree that some doctors would be more useful than others. Rural Medicine, Wilderness Medicine (an uncommon specialty), General Surgery, and Veterinarians would be the most immediately useful. As for the rest of us, at least all doctors go through medical school and internship, have studied anatomy and physiology, dissected cadavers and such -- it might take some retraining, but it should be possible to get at least the more adaptable ones back up to speed on how to remove an inflamed appendix or gallbladder, perform a Cesarean, or set a broken bone. As for our other skills -- the skills of compassion, comforting, and guidance -- hopefully they practice these most basic Physician's skills on a daily basis (although sadly enough, I know not all of us do).
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