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How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

MozeeToby Re:Summary missing punchline (107 comments)

Resistant would probably be a more accurate description than immune, with significant exposure even people with the mutation would still get infected eventually. Originally it was speculated that the mutation could have been selected for during the black death, but I believe that turned out to be largely bogus.

3 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

MozeeToby Re:Credit System (444 comments)

Alternatively, there will always be some number of batteries that are functional but don't meet the stated specs for whatever reason. Producing 10s of thousands of batteries a year, that could easily leave you with several hundred mostly functional batteries that are otherwise worthless to you.

about two weeks ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

MozeeToby Re:The drugs are terrible (200 comments)

What you're describing is not insomnia, it sounds much more like a circadian rhythm disorder. I'm not just being pedantic, it's important to understand the differences between the two because the treatments can be significantly different. For instance, it's generally not wise with circadian disorders to medicate to sleep, the sleep you get won't be restful because your body is pretty much convinced that 1AM is a good time to be wide awake.

A small dose of melatonin taken at the right time of day (some experimentation is necessary, it could be as early as first thing in the morning) helps some people get their natural melatonin production on the right track. Bright sunlight first thing in the morning can also be effective. Of course, for many there is no effective treatment and you just have to learn how to deal with it best you can.

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

MozeeToby Re:I don't get it (220 comments)

I'm clumsy, you could argue downright abusive with my phones. I have a toddler who loves to play games and watch movies with it. I used to go through phones every 12 months, minimum, due to damage and destruction.

My 14 month old Note 3 has a single nick on the metal outer frame. It's been dropped at least a couple dozen times including at least a few onto ceramic tile and a few more onto cement. Basically the same thing (both in drops and damage) on the Galaxy Nexus I had before this phone (over 30 months of use). Modern phones are extremely durable. And that's with what was basically the largest glass available for both (at time of purchase anyway).

about a month and a half ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

MozeeToby Performance (183 comments)

If SSD's had come first we'd be talking about how HDD's finally broke the 3ms latency barrier or the or the 1 Gb/s barrier. SSDs' aren't about capacity, that's just not what they're for. While it's certainly nice that you can have a usable amount of space for a decent price, 120GB is enough SSD space to see 95% of the benefits for 60% of users. If laptop manufacturers would make 2 bay laptops standard that 60% would jump to 95%.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Bhutan Might Get Drone Delivery Copters Before Seattle Does

MozeeToby Re: People steal WIRE (102 comments)

Probably yes, because "someone" will replace it "soon" and there will be little or no apparent hard done to the medical facilities. Of course, the reality is the harm is substantial, but it isn't readily visible to the perpetrators so it's quite easy for people to rationalize their behavior.

about 2 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

MozeeToby Re:Your missing two (267 comments)

can see polarized light (rare)

This depends on what you mean by "see". Almost anyone can learn detect if a light source is polarized by looking for a (very very) faint rainbow effect around the focus of where you're looking. Put flat white on an LCD monitor and stare at it for a bit and you'll probably be able to see it yourself if you're looking for it.

about 2 months ago
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Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

MozeeToby Re:Only geeks... (125 comments)

Now go out and lift it once per minute for 3 hours and see how you feel.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

MozeeToby What's changed? (190 comments)

Your two primary worries are vote selling and voter secrecy, neither of which are guaranteed by mail in ballots. The real concern is wholesale fraud: no paper trail means a "miscount" is undetectable and untraceable. The fact that your municipality is almost certainly using COTS software is actually a plus in this case, even more so if the software is being operated by an outside third party; they're unlikely to have a horse in the race and be tempted to sway the results.

about 2 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

MozeeToby Re:SWIFT Key (544 comments)

I'd pay most for a phone with a slide out game controller... only one was ever made that I know of and it was about 18 months behind spec-wise (on a gaming device... what were they thinking?) There are some clip on solutions, but it wouldn't be the same as having it built into the phone.

about 2 months ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

MozeeToby Re:I'll believe it when it actually happens. (116 comments)

There's enough overlap from one game to another that it doesn't take a fresh 10,000 hours to master the next game that comes along. A surprising amount of the pro level skill is in fact mechanics (as in physically moving quickly and accurately enough to play the game at high level). There are several SC2 professionals that started their careers playing twitch FPS games for example. Within a genre... well there's not that much difference between SC2 and Command and Conquer, let alone Brood War and SC2.

Another aspect: This is probably one of the reasons Blizzard has stretched the SC2 release out over 6 years (that and making a dumptruck full of money). Every few years there's a new expansion which adds new elements but uses the same basic structure. Freshens up the game without forcing high level players to start from scratch.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

MozeeToby Re:surpising (168 comments)

That's nice. Now for a thought. Let's imagine Amazon runs a script and raises all their prices, every single one of them, by 1% Would anyone notice? Would anyone care? Is 1% even enough to justify looking elsewhere for a product? They'd still be cheapest on 90% of things, why would anyone bother?

Guess what, they just boosted their profits by $700,000,000. Ok, lets say some people do shop elsewhere, so call it $600,000,000. Not just their revenues, their actual profits. And investors are running away

about 2 months ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

MozeeToby Mods, read the parent please! (242 comments)

This is the real problem. We have no knowledge of who and what are on these lists, nor do we have any way of obtaining that knowledge. Every single person on them could be someone who trained in Pakistan with known terrorists or every single one of them could be regular people who have done absolutely nothing to warrant surveillance (which is what a "watch" list is, if you didn't gather by the name). We don't know, we can't know. The system is entirely and completely opaque to anyone outside it (and probably the vast majority of those tasked with updating it).

about 2 months ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

MozeeToby Re:Terrorist is an impossible label (242 comments)

What was the quote from the Vietnam war era? "In order to save the village we had to destroy it"... something along those lines anyway. Except this time round the "village" is the "freedom" that so many claim to champion.

about 2 months ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

MozeeToby Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (242 comments)

I don't know why this is marked troll. We may not be there yet, but all it's going to take is one guy in a position of power with the will to use it the way McCarthy did. That's a pretty damn small barrier between "freedom" and "blacklists".

about 2 months ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

MozeeToby Re:costly concentration (110 comments)

Mirrors are cheap. Water to wash a few hundred acres worth of mirrors is relatively expensive. Especially in the middle of the desert where we like to park solar installations.

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

MozeeToby Re:Postal is an Ideological Fanatic (454 comments)

Which is probably why they put the Iron Dome installations on the border, no? So that rockets they shoot down fall far short of the major population centers?

about 2 months ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

MozeeToby Re:Maybe (454 comments)

Even after the propulsion stage you're going to cause the rocket to tumble, ruin the aerodynamics, and considerably change/shorten the trajectory.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

MozeeToby Re:Seriously? (509 comments)

If people like Kurzweil are right is the fact that planning for them is worthless. Kurzweil's predictions are, by definition, that the future is unpredictable due to rapid technological development. What on earth makes you think construction workers will have a job if Kurzweil's predictions were to come to fruition? Or Plumbers? Or even painters, actors, poets for that matter? In Kurzweil's future, you could have software that understands the human brain far, far better than we do today and could apply that knowledge to generate works of art of such sublime beauty that we'll look at Michelangelo's works like a toddler's scribbles (beautiful for what they are but ultimately primitive).

There's no point in planning for that future because that future is so far removed from where we are today that it's not yet imaginable how we, as fleshy, living, breathing human beings, will fit into it.

about 2 months ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

MozeeToby Re:Seriously then (106 comments)

You could say the same thing about any early adopter tech: first generations are worthless, over-expensive gimmicks that don't actually deliver what the promise. But hey, they do finance R&D for the next generation so the rest of us get the actual worthwhile, cost effective product.

about 2 months ago

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High Temperature Super Conductivity Reported

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "The EE Times is Reporting a developement in near room temperature super conductivity. Professor John Tse of the University of Saskatchewan announced the discovery of a new family of superconductors based on Silane (Methane with Silicon replacing the Carbon).

This new discovery does not come without its own obstacles to overcome. While the new superconductors don't need to be supercooled, they do need to be super-compressed, on the order of 100-125 GPa."

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Ohio Voting Machines Tampered With Last Year

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "The Columbus Dispatch is reporting on a criminal investigation currently being performed in Franklin County Ohio. It seems several voting machines listed Jay Perez as withdrawn from the race when in fact he wasn't. By the time the investigations tracked down which machines had been affected, Mr. Perez's name was back on the ballot.

Normally, we could dismiss this as confusion or a mistake on the part of the voter(s) who noticed it. In this case, the person who first noticed the discrepency was Ohio Secretary of state Jennifer Brunner. Further compounding matter, the Franklin County Board of Elections had dissabled virtually all logging on the machines to speed setup of the balot.

Naturally, the county board remains sceptical of these accusations."

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Electronic Scholars to Interpret Muslim Law

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "
An 'Electronic Mufti' is currently under development that will use artificial intelligence techniques to issue opinions on contemporary Muslim affairs. A mufti is an Islamic scholar who offers interpretations of Sharia, Islamic law.
Apparently, such a system does not violate muslim law and is welcomed by most traditional clerics; after all, what could possibly go wrong."

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No link between violent behavior and video games

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "In a study confirming what most of us already believed, it was found that there is no link between violence and video games. Christopher Ferguson of Texas A&M has published a meta-analysis of the results of past research done on the topic.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/66217176984x7477/

He concludeds "Once corrected for publication bias, studies of video game violence provided no support for the hypothesis that violent video game playing is associated with higher aggression."

As an added bonus, he also found that violent games improve spatial awareness. Maybe this will finally put the debate to rest... or most likely not."

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Dark Matter May Not Exist

MozeeToby MozeeToby writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MozeeToby (1163751) writes "Last August, a collision of two huge clusters of galaxy's was found to have separated the normal matter of the clusters from the dark matter. Now scientists are saying that this is not necessarily the case. Instead, John Moffat and Joel Brownstein propose a Modified Gravity theory that they say can explain these results and others without having introduce dark matter."
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