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Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

MightyMait Re:Ugh (481 comments)

You make good points, cusco. I'm not in a position to state anything authoritatively on the topic. I'm merely passing on what I had read. The article which I couldn't find had quotes, however, from medical professionals on the ground in Africa expressing their dismay with the effects of Gates' philanthropy in their own countries. I'm willing to beleive that Gates genuinely wants to help and truly believes that private systems work better than public ones, but I wouldn't doubt that he'd take the opportunity to profit as well.

Given my recent experiences with the U.S. private health care system, though, I wouldn't wish it upon anybody else.

about 8 months ago
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Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

MightyMait Re:Ugh (481 comments)

Still not the article for which I was searching, but this sums up the basic point nicely:
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/07/the_gates_foundations_leverage.html

The 2010 Gates Foundation announcement of $1.5 billion for maternal health in developing countries over five years was welcomed, but it came heavily leveraged. Gates launched the Health in Africa Fund, through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), to establish new mechanisms to invest world health funding and national health budgets in private-sector healthcare facilities in Africa. The Gates Foundation's funding category for Global Maternal Health includes research and development in the US of technology and treatments, and also advocacy in vulnerable African nations for government policies. Since Gates believes sustainable health systems must be privately profitable, he leverages his "maternal health" funding to effectively divert investment of available in-country funds, as well as NGO funding, into private ventures that he favors, instead of into national health plans.

about 8 months ago
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Google Starts Upgrading Its SSL Certificates To 2048-bit Keys

MightyMait Re:Older PCs (118 comments)

Thanks for the informative reply. That makes sense!

about 9 months ago
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Google Starts Upgrading Its SSL Certificates To 2048-bit Keys

MightyMait Older PCs (118 comments)

I wonder how this'll affect older PCs? Aren't SSL communications with larger keys more processor-intensive than when using a smaller key?

about 9 months ago
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Play Tetris To Fix Your Lazy Eye

MightyMait Re:Any Oculus Rift developers in the house? (88 comments)

I've wondered myself if there was some cosmic significance to my eye condition (is it called "amblyopia" or "strabismus", I never took the time to learn the technical term?). It's pretty "woo-woo", but I wonder if learning to see "correctly" might fix some defects in my personality.

about a year ago
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Play Tetris To Fix Your Lazy Eye

MightyMait Re:Any Oculus Rift developers in the house? (88 comments)

I've been a half-way decent basketball player without stereo vision since a basketball is fairly large and I could judge depth by the relative size of the rim of the basket. However, I never could hit a baseball with any consistency. Maybe it was just lack of practice, but it seemed like it was difficulty judging distance.

about a year ago
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Play Tetris To Fix Your Lazy Eye

MightyMait Re:So, it's like augmented reality? (88 comments)

Thanks for the tips! I'll have to try some of them. I've long suspected that there must be a way to overcome this (though I've adapted fairly well).

about a year ago
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German Science Minister Stripped of Her PhD

MightyMait Oh, the irony!! (123 comments)

"A university committee yesterday evening confirmed accusations, first aired last May, of plagiarism in Schavan’s ethical-philosophical dissertation entitled ‘People and conscience — studies on the conditions, necessity and requirements for formation of conscience today’."

Naturally!!

about a year ago
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Study Finds New Pop Music Does All Sound the Same

MightyMait Re:Don't blame tech (576 comments)

I never really enjoyed listening to jazz until the first time (and one of the only times) I got drunk, freshman year in college. We ended up at a cafe with a live jazz trio and the music sounded and felt great.

No doubt, jazz has its intellectual appeal to those in the know, but it can also be viscerally thrilling to somebody in a receptive state (chemically-induced or otherwise).

about a year and a half ago
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The $443 Million Smallpox Vaccine That Nobody Needs

MightyMait Re:Corruption is only news... (290 comments)

Mod parent up (AC or not). From what others have said, it looks like this drug might not be a bad thing to have. Even if it wasn't necessary, almost half a billion is peanuts next to what's been spent on a war of dubious merit since 9/11.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Unreleased iPhone Lost by Employee In a Bar

MightyMait Re:It's a double-reverse (225 comments)

No, it actually makes it look more like an accident.

Cut me some slack. When I saw that the story was only 23 minutes old, I almost peed my pants and rushed to submit it to Slashdot. I had to think of *something* to say along with the headline and URL, and that was the best I could do. Apparently it was good enough.

It's been years since I'd even bothered to submit anything (and, as you can gather from TFS, none of my previous submissions were accepted). The fact that I'm strutting around right now as if I'd won the Superbowl must give you a sense of how rich and full my life is.

more than 2 years ago
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Airplanes Cause Accidental Cloud Seeding

MightyMait Re:arg (151 comments)

Well, exqueeze me!! How about the wings? Didn't TFA mention something about wings? Don't *they* have a cooling effect?

more than 2 years ago
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Airplanes Cause Accidental Cloud Seeding

MightyMait Re:arg (151 comments)

Don't jet engines have a propeller-like thing called a turbine? Wouldn't they have a similar effect?

more than 2 years ago
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Reform the PhD System or Close It Down

MightyMait Re:"irrelevant to the world beyond academia" (487 comments)

That's a scary story!! I'd heard about thalidomide and any number of other major medical blunders, but not that particular one before.

I'm not quite following your math here, though, "11/3 of all hospital patients"?

more than 2 years ago
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Number of Facebook Friends Linked To Anxiety

MightyMait Re:Absolutely. (144 comments)

Good point. However, my boss can be pretty funny at times and I doubt she posts with such candor on LinkedIn. Also, though I joined LinkedIn, I hardly ever visit the site. Between Slashdot, facebook, and Newsvine (though, since MSNBC bought them, I've found the quality of discussion has gone down dramatically and I visit very infrequently), I've got about all the social media I can handle.

more than 3 years ago
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Number of Facebook Friends Linked To Anxiety

MightyMait Re:Absolutely. (144 comments)

I can relate. A good many of my friends are co-religionists, many of whom I've never met. Others are friends from college, few of whom are very religious. Consequently, I find myself not wanting to be too religious for fear of offending the secular folks and afraid of being too worldly for fear of appearing less devout to the religious. So, I end up lurking mostly (and also because I'm friends on facebook with my boss and don't want her to think I'm spending all day on the site).

more than 3 years ago
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App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?

MightyMait Re:Why worry? (353 comments)

I bow before your superior pedantry! Please pardon me while I sell my belongings, move into a cave, and ponder this dilemma for the next 30 years. :)

more than 3 years ago
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App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?

MightyMait Re:Why worry? (353 comments)

Is it on-topic? The headline specifies "the Most Abused Word in Tech". GP argues that the F-word is the most abused word, period.

more than 3 years ago
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World's First Full HDR Video System Unveiled

MightyMait Re:Modern cameras have _much_ more than one f-stop (107 comments)

What the author is trying to say is that conventional cameras are set to one particular f-stop at any given time. Of course, the f-stop can be changed, but you're still only using one setting at a time. With HDR photography/videography, the same image is captured multiple times at different f-stops.

more than 3 years ago

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Cloak 'anti-social' app helps you avoid your friends

MightyMait MightyMait writes  |  about 1 month ago

MightyMait (787428) writes "Not feeling particularly social today? Wishing to avoid running into an ex or an overly-friendly acquaintance? There's an app for that

Cloak uses public location data from other social networks, Foursquare and Instagram, to determine the locations of others you know. Users can choose to receive an alert when certain people are believed to be nearby. It is the latest in the recent trend of "anti-social", or secretive, apps.

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Africa, Clooney and an unlikely space race

MightyMait MightyMait writes  |  about 4 months ago

MightyMait (787428) writes "Did you realize that African nations have space programs and that there is a (non-fictional) George Clooney connection? This BBC article details the history of space exploration in Africa as well as current efforts. Of course, it's natural to wonder:

To Western eyes, it may seem rather innappropriate to launch space programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 70% of the population still lives on less $2 a day. Yet Joseph Akinyede, director of the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Nigeria, an education centre affiliated with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, says that the application of space science technology and research to “basic necessities” of life – health, education, energy, food security, environmental management – is critical for the development of the continent.

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Silicon Valley's Dirty Little Secret

MightyMait MightyMait writes  |  about a year ago

MightyMait (787428) writes "With my 40th birthday coming up, seeing this article makes me happy I have a good job (and a little wary of having to find another).

From the article:
"I don't think in the outside world, outside tech, anyone in their 40s would think age discrimination was happening to them," says Cliff Palefsky, a San Francisco employment attorney who has fielded age-discrimination inquiries from people in their early 40s. But they feel it in the Bay Area, he said, and it's "100 percent due to the new, young, tech startup mindset.""

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Bamboo Bikes for Africa

MightyMait MightyMait writes  |  about 7 years ago Here's a fascinating melding of traditional and new technologies--bamboo bicycles.

From: Columbia Spectator

Who would have thought that inside the Zen essence of bamboo lay the potential to help a poverty-stricken continent create bicycles?

David Ho, a research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is currently working with his colleague, John Mutter, on a project to start a bamboo bicycle-making industry in Africa to provide transportation for local residents. Ho first received the idea from Craig Calfee, a bicycle builder in California who 11 years ago built a bicycle with a bamboo frame for publicity.

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