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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

MobyDisk Re:We need a whitebox mobile device. (66 comments)

You can buy 3G/4G/GSM/whatever Arduino shields for your own devices. They can be used to make phone calls, get internet access, etc.

5 hours ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

MobyDisk Is the article overstating or understanding? (154 comments)

Can someone clarify the discrepency here?

Dr Tabakow carried out an initial trial involving three paralysed patients who each had a small amount of OECs injected in their damaged spinal cords. While none showed any significant improvement, the main purpose of the study was achieved, showing that the treatment was safe.

Prof Wagih El Masri said: "Although the clinical neurological recovery is to date modest, this intervention has resulted in findings of compelling scientific significance."

Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame.

So the doctors think that going from paralyzed to walking is modest and insignificant? Were they not talking about the same patient? Something doesn't make sense here.

yesterday
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

MobyDisk Re:Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (173 comments)

Can someone explain how either of these scenarios are capitalist?

yesterday
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

MobyDisk Criminals already use encryption (284 comments)

Don't criminals already use encryption? Am I supposed to, out of pure love for the government, not encrypt my devices so that if I ever become a criminal the FBI can more easily find me? Wouldn't that just make me a more likely target for crimials? Or perhaps the FBI is suggesting that companies should not provide encryption by default, causing customers will choose a competitor's product instead? This is silly: the only reason to start this campaign is if the end goal is to convince legislators to make encryption illegal.

about a week ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

MobyDisk Re:Wind, not still air. (254 comments)

Do we know that sustained, constant exertion is more efficient over a two hour period than exertion that has a cyclic component?

Some runners have the ability to speed up and slow down without requiring a hill!

about two weeks ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

MobyDisk Re:Another Tough Request (94 comments)

gurps_npc: The post I replied to was talking about medical information in the US.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

MobyDisk Can't the routers prioritize better? (429 comments)

Can't the routers split the traffic more evenly?

Some years ago I had a wired router that did what the summary describes: if one computer ran bittorrent, nobody else could do anything. I assumed that the router split the traffic by demand, or by number of total connections. This makes sense up to a point. I assumed routers have gotten better since then because I haven't had the problem in a while. It seems like a more fair algorithm should be implemented.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

MobyDisk Re:Not a huge deal (213 comments)

The 0.59 number is one region.
The 29000 number is for the entire planet.

The comparison isn't meaningful.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

MobyDisk Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

Here is one source of the issue, taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

In 2001, Alfred Nobel's great-grandnephew, Peter Nobel (b. 1931), asked the Bank of Sweden to differentiate its award to economists given "in Alfred Nobel's memory" from the five other awards. This request added to the controversy over whether the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel is actually a "Nobel Prize".[16]

[16] (Ntb-Afp). "Alfred Nobels familie tar avstand fra økonomiprisen". Aftenposten.no. Retrieved 26 January 2014.

Although truthfully, if I created a prize called the "Best Slashdot post in memory of Alfred Nobel" and paid for it separately, I can see why one would be hesitant to call it a Nobel prize, no matter who gave it or when. I wonder what power Nobel's will has today? Does someone have the power to actually pay for the prize out of Nobel's money, or to change the rules he laid out?

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

MobyDisk Re:Cheaper than Coal? So what? (315 comments)

Are you saying that that the only motivation for social justice or environmentalism is to avoid guilt? Yes, only people with disposable income can afford to make purchases "on principle." But whatever the motivation, it is good that they are doing so.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

MobyDisk Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

The peace prize is different in that it is, by definition, political. Do not judge the other prizes by how the peace prize is awarded.

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

MobyDisk Re:Cheaper than Coal? So what? (315 comments)

Who's going to want a fusion plant if it's more risky and more expensive than Natural Gas?

Someone who doesn't like burning fossil fuels or mining natural gas.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

MobyDisk Start by posting their name (204 comments)

If you have a legitimate beef with the manufacturer, why hide their name? You might find others with the same problem.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

MobyDisk Re:they fundamentally don't get it. (249 comments)

No mod points: I came to say this same thing. I had to clear all my cookies because I was sick of seeing the same exact Halloween costume that a group of us are buying. I'm waiting for people to get back to me on sizing, so I don't need the constant reminder! It also reinforced how many sites are using Amazon for ads.

about two weeks ago

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MobyDisk MobyDisk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MobyDisk writes "Network Performance Daily retracted last week's interview with Professor Christopher Yoo from Vanderbilt University Law School on his opposition to Net-Neutrality policies. The new article is clearer, more subdued interview. The editor, Brian Boyko, says he never received Mr. Yoo's corrections to the article. From the apology: "The article had done him a disservice and resolved to repair any inaccuracy or anything that would be unfair to his words or image." Lost corrections, or a revision in response to criticism?

Last week's article now points to an series by Art Brodsky, Communications Director of Public Knowledge that is in support of Network Neutrality."

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