RKBA (622932) writes "NASA's data shows the 60-meter asteroid, spotted by Spanish stargazers in February, will whistle by Earth in 11 months. Its trajectory will bring it within a hair’s breadth of our planet, raising fears of a possible collision.
The asteroid, known as DA14, will pass by our planet in February 2013 at a distance of under 27,000 km (16,700 miles). This is closer than the geosynchronous orbit of some satellites.
To avert a possible catastrophe – this time set for February 2013 – scientists suggest confronting asteroid 2012 DA14 with either paint or big guns. The stickler is that time has long run out to build a spaceship to carry out the operation." Link to Original Source top
RKBA writes "Maybe I'm blind and don't know it, but I cannot find the answer to this question in the FAQ's:
How does one reply to the top level article (rather than to someone else's comment) when the new discussion system is enabled? I have to revert to the "old" discussion system every time I want to reply directly to the main story rather than someone else's comment.
(May I also suggest that you add "Slashdot" as an "Ask Slashdot" topic)" top
DISCLAIMER: I am not a physician and have no legal authority whatsoever to dispense medical advice. What follows is a personal anecdote about how I think I may have cured my herpes.
Having had herpes since young adulthood (ah, the memories;-), I noticed that an outbreak is always (in my case at least), preceded by the formation of a pustule or "lump" about the size of my thumb underneath the skin of my left buttock, although I understand that the location and size varies from person to person. I've mentioned the pustule to my dermatologist several times but he always says, "Yes, that's typical" and does nothing about it.
Hypodermic syringes are prescribed for me because I inject methotrexate and Humira for my psoriatic arthritis. One day I became so fed up with Herpes that with the help of my wife, and using one of my hypodermic needles, I sucked most of the pus out of the pustule with a needle and then injected about 0.2CC of Everclear, or just enough to fill the pustule and kill all the viruses that I assume were contained within it. Note: For you Yankees, Everclear is essentially modern day moonshine.;-) It consists of 100% pure grain alcohol and is sold mostly in the Southern States in liquor stores. I had to smuggle mine into California because Everclear is outlawed here. Any type of strong alcohol, vodka, or other anti-viral solution would probably work just as well as long as it's not contaminated with anything harmful. NEVER EVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES INJECT ANYTHING INTO YOUR BODY THAT IS NOT COMPLETELY STERILE AND HARMLESS!
It's a good thing I was lying face down on the bed, because as soon as my wife injected the alcohol into the pustule, I immediately spasmed into a paroxysm of pain so intense that it totally paralyzed me for about half an hour. After that I was able to walk a little, but not to sit. I wasn't able to sit for another three or four hours. The important thing however is that it WORKED! The pustule shrank to about half its original size almost overnight. Next I saw my dermatologist, told him what I had done, and begged for a small vial of some type of anesthetic. That little vial of Lidocaine is one of my most treasured possessions, because it has saved me a tremendous amount of pain and suffering since then.
Since the pustule hadn't yet completely disappeared, I again injected it with a tiny bit more alcohol, but this time I first injected about 0.05CC of Lidocaine and waited a few minutes for it to take effect before injecting the alcohol. The difference was amazing. There was no pain AT ALL, so the moral is to try to convince your physician to do this procedure in his office using a local anaesthetic in order to avoid the hellacious pain.
A few days later, another smaller pustule formed nearby the location of the original pustule. I zapped it in the same fashion as the original pustule, but this time thankfully using a tiny bit of Lidocaine to make everything painless. In another two or three days, a very tiny almost unnoticeable soft lump formed nearby the location of the second pustule which by then had disappeared. I also zapped it with the tiniest bit of Lidocaine and alcohol that I could measure out. No more pustules occurred after that.
I typically had three or four herpes outbreaks each year, but it has been almost a full year since my wife and I performed this procedure on myself and I have not had a single outbreak of any type of Herpes at all anywhere since then. It's premature to say that I'm "cured", because it's always possible the disease will return, but unless and until that happens, I am very happy with the results of my self-experimentation.
My worst fear is that this may actually be a real honest-to-goodness permanent cure for herpes that the medical profession will totally ignore because they didn't think of it first, so I urge everyone to discuss this with your doctors and to encourage them to give it a try, because it just may work for you.
I will not be checking back with this forum frequently, so if anyone wants to discuss this with me personally, or if someone stumbles across this message in the future and wants to reach me, I have created a special email address at which I may be reached. The email address is: HERPES at SPAMEX.COM
Best wishes to all,
P.S. If I start getting any Spam at the email address above, I will delete it." top
RKBA writes "Is there a website that sells downloads of all the latest Linux distributions for a reasonable price? I realize the distros are available via other means (direct download via mirror sites, Bittorrent, Jigdo, inexpensive CD's via snail mail, etc), but I would like to be able to simply download CD and DVD ISO images immediately at the maximum speed my broadband connection allows whenever I want to, and would be willing to pay a reasonable fee for such a service but am unable to find one. I haven't been able to check out www.linuxiso.org because it's down. I'm trying different Linux/BSD distributions to see if I have a preference in anticipation of abandoning Windows 2000 when it becomes totally obsolete, because I will never use "Vista.""