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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

RDW Re:Nothing new (129 comments)

Does anyone have any other ways (elaborate or otherwise) around this problem?

Have you tried shopping behind 7 proxies..?

8 hours ago

Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

RDW Re:There is a better drug in my opinion. (102 comments)

Although I did not mention it in my original post, I am extremely skeptical of the evidence for polio vaccines' effectiveness.

Then I'm afraid it's pretty unlikely we can have a useful discussion. There is still no fully effective cure for entrenched belief in anti-vaccine conspiracy theories (or HIV 'scepticism', if you also subscribe to that).

4 days ago

Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

RDW Re:There is a better drug in my opinion. (102 comments)

Unfortunately, history (AZT giving people AIDS, Polio vaccine giving people Polio) suggests we should expect much worse when this kind of rushed drug testing occurs.

Those aren't great examples! AZT has never given anyone AIDS (outside the minds of conspiracy theorists) and remains in use as part of standard anti-retrovial combination therapy. Live polio vaccine can (extremely rarely) revert to a harmful form, but this has to be balanced against its enormously beneficial overall impact. I'm sure the researchers would be delighted if any of the anti-EBOV drugs currently being tested were as effective as AZT is against HIV, or if either of the new recombinant ebola vaccines now in trials (GSK also has one) were as protective as oral polio vaccine is against polio.

4 days ago

Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

RDW Re:There is a better drug in my opinion. (102 comments)

There are three very different agents here:

ZMapp - engineered antibodies to EBOV.

Favipiravir - small molecule, presumably made by standard organic synthesis techniques, active against the RNA polymerases (key replication enzymes) of quite a broad range of RNA viruses (including influenza virus).

VSV-EBOV - (what the Canadians are shipping). A vaccine rather than a treatment, made by using molecular cloning to insert specific EBOV proteins into an unrelated, harmless virus. It will be propagated in mammalian cells rather than the tobacco-plant based method used for ZMapp production.

5 days ago

Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

RDW Freudian slip (108 comments)

On the other, Oracle charges for certification and will definitely profit from this shift.

I had to re-read that sentence - the first time I didn't notice the 'f' in 'shift' and thought the summary was unusually direct.

about two weeks ago

China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

RDW Avian carriers (92 comments)

What the Chinese authorities missed is that this event was being used as cover for circumventing the Great Firewall of China using RFC 1149:

about three weeks ago

David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

RDW Re:This is not government policy (942 comments)

Yes, this. Cameron has plenty of obnoxious policies he can be criticised for, but he's not about to abolish the metric system. This was just an off the cuff response to a question about his personal outlook, not the manifesto for the next election:

In the UK, a few Imperial measures are pretty entrenched (miles for distance, stones for body weight, feet for height, pints for milk and beer) but younger people tend to think in grams rather than pounds and ounces. The metric system has been taught to everyone since Cameron was in primary school, so he'll be perfectly familiar with it, though many of his supporters are from an older age group and the UKIP supporters he's trying to win back are, on average, older again (and probably think of grams as some sort of foreign plot imposed by the EU). But making an occasional gesture like this in an interview is not the same thing as seriously considering a policy change.

about three weeks ago

At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

RDW Phase Three (242 comments)

Is this connected with the transition from Phase Two to Phase Three? Presumably it must have helped with recruitment:

"Though the coffee chain's specific plans are not known, existing Starbucks franchises across the nation have been locked down with titanium shutters across all windows. In each coffee shop's door hangs the familiar Starbucks logo, slightly altered to present the familiar mermaid figure as a cyclopean mermaid whose all-seeing eye forms the apex of a world-spanning pyramid...Remaining Starbucks employees earmarked for re-training are being taught revised corporate procedures alongside 15,500 new hires recently recruited from such non-traditional sources as the CIA retirement program, Internet bulletin boards frequented by former Eagle Scouts, and the employment section in the back of Soldier Of Fortune magazine."

about a month ago

The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

RDW Life-shortening defects (602 comments)

But there is no denying that these far more technologically sophisticated products offer tempting opportunities for the inclusion of purposefully engineered life-shortening defects.

Like, for example, a $1000 phone with a battery the user can't change...

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

RDW Why not write them down? (191 comments)

However when asked about the kids remembering all the user names and passwords the school said they are going to have the kids write them down in a notebook. This seemed like a very bad practice for a classroom and to/from home situation.

Bruce Schneier says:

"Microsoft's Jesper Johansson urged people to write down their passwords.

This is good advice, and I've been saying it for years.

Simply, people can no longer remember passwords good enough to reliably defend against dictionary attacks, and are much more secure if they choose a password too complicated to remember and then write it down. We're all good at securing small pieces of paper. I recommend that people write their passwords down on a small piece of paper, and keep it with their other valuable small pieces of paper: in their wallet."

about a month ago

Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

RDW Re:Does it matter? (139 comments)

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

about a month ago

Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

RDW Re:Thugs on the DC Metro? (179 comments)

Is this the actual case?

No, except for the bit about it being underfunded and therefore not as well maintained as it should be. Which is a shame, because it's a fantastic piece of infrastructure, much nicer to ride than (say) most of the London Underground or the NYC Subway.

about a month ago

Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

RDW Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (494 comments)

I was presuming that the nukes in Scotland would be moved south, as the Scots have made it clear they don't want them.

Yes, but have you seen the recently leaked list of key military and economic assets to be targeted by Trident in the event of Scottish independence?:

(1) Alex Salmond's secret command bunker, 'The Salmon's Lair'.

(2) MIRV attack on all Speyside distilleries, centred on Glenlivet.

(3) The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Global Headquarters, Glasgow.

(4) The Gilded Balloon theatre, to neutralise the threat from Edinburgh Fringe elements, once and for all.

(5) Submarine detonation at Loch Ness, in an attempt to create a rampaging Godzilla-style radioactive monster.

about a month ago

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

RDW Re:Now I just have to ... (441 comments)

I want to read that novel.

Check out the Amazon extract ('But amid all the despair and hopelessness, people were working indefatigably to stabilise the nation and alleviate the prevalent tumult; and on 28 August 2298, the sedulousness of these committed inidividual was recompensed.') and you might change your mind. Still, if the original article is accurate there's no justification for his treatment, and the implications are deeply disturbing. Have we been told the full story?

about 2 months ago

Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

RDW Re:Will download (67 comments)

This might be a problem with Google Maps 7. I haven't noticed it with Maps 6, which seems to do full caching, and is a superior app all round. If you're on Android, there are various methods of 'upgrading' to the previous version here:

You're still stuck with the annoying marketing-driven 30 day limit, though with a proper manager for the cached maps in 6.x it's easy enough to download exactly the same area again. There are a number of other apps that handle offline maps on Android, of course, but I've yet to find anything that's otherwise as useful as Google Maps 6. A shame Nokia seems to be making Here a Samsung exclusive - Google could use some serious mapping competition across Android.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

RDW The two essential apps (167 comments)

There are, of course, hundreds of thousands of apps you might consider installing, but I think most people will agree that only two are absolutely essential for everyone:

Hypnotic Spiral:


this will allow you to make anyone else do your bidding, making a large majority of other apps completely redundant.

I Ching - Divine Your Future:

(sample review: 'Excellent! The only I ching app that uses sticks and not coins. Much more reliable. The editable entries are also a bonus. Great work, thanks!' )

This will help you make all the major decisions in your life, including what apps to install. It is also useful for understanding the plot of The Man in the High Castle. I meditated on your situation, and using the yarrow stalk method received the wisdom of Hexagram XLII ('The second SIX, divided, shows parties adding to the stores of its subject ten pairs of tortoise shells whose oracles cannot be opposed. Let him persevere in being firm and correct, and there will be good fortune.'). I hope this is helpful.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

RDW 35mm film (635 comments)

Yes, I use digital too like everyone else, but somehow I keep going back to the Leica.

about 2 months ago

New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

RDW Re:Do the math (338 comments)

They haven't finished banning things yet. The common Class C halogen bulbs that fit in standard GLS light fittings are going to be killed off in 2016 in the UK: http://www.nationallampsandcom...
Don't know if anyone has bothered marketing a 'rough service' bulb of this type. The lighting quality is very nice, and the GLS halogens are/were a good drop-in replacement

about 2 months ago


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