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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

Salafrance Underhill Re: Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (172 comments)

This is cultural evolution, rather than genetic evolution. It's as different entropy in thermodynamics, contrasted with entropy in information theory. One of these things is not like the other. Yes, there are similarities, just as there are similarities between a Volkswagen Beetle, and a picture of a Volkswagen Beetle.

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

Salafrance Underhill Re: Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (172 comments)

Virus. Generation time maybe 20 minutes. Human. Generation time perhaps 20 years.

What do *you* think?

about two weeks ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Salafrance Underhill Re:The diode voltage drop would cause power loss. (395 comments)

The voltage drop across an ideal diode isn't resistive, and doesn't cause a power drain. The *resistive* voltage drop across a real-world diode is tiny. Diodes are actually very efficient devices. Don't take my word for this, you have access to this wonderful research tool called 'The Internet'. Alternatively, buy a diode, a resistor for comparison, a power supply, and do the calorimetry.

about 2 months ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

Salafrance Underhill Re: No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

With respect, you don't understand enough about the possibilities. If you look up a circuit called a Cockcroft-Walton Voltage Multiplier, you'll find that it represents a capacitor/diode array where the diodes are arranged such that the capacitors are charged in parallel, but discharged in series. Same principle.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

Salafrance Underhill Re:Why not KDE (403 comments)

signed or unsigned?

about 3 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Salafrance Underhill Re:Different colors (267 comments)

Truly the best comment ever ^^

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

Salafrance Underhill Re:Me, old enough to BE your dad (153 comments)

Whenever I've read any of your posts, I've always been impressed and please to see the intelligence behind them. This post made me smile. For what it's worth, I'm typing this under Archlinux and Gnome 3, but I see the truth in your criticisms; I view the world in much the same way, but with different emotional loadings. Enjoy your semi-retirement.

about 7 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Salafrance Underhill Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

Camper Dave for President!

about 7 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Salafrance Underhill Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

It still doesn't explain why the good guys just didn't find a series of large rocks, paint them very black and fire them from a railgun at some stupendous velocity whilst simultaneously deploying chaff, radar jamming and any of the billion other things they might have done to defeat the Death Star's sensory facilities.

about 7 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Salafrance Underhill Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

The whole space battle thing is deeply broken, in general. True space battles would probably involve stealth ships dispatching oodles of drones, lots of incoming, light-speed-lagged statistics, followed by death. But then again, in sci-fi terms we're mostly still at the Heavily Muscled Guy With Fashionable Facial Hair Sitting At The Front Window Driving The Spaceship, uh, stage.

about 7 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Salafrance Underhill Re:Just to stir the pot (457 comments)

I've relayed your post to a distant alien civilisation of immense power, and they've informed me that the Von Neumann Killer Probes have been dispatched. Normally, they just send one, but in your case they sent 1E+09, just to be sure.

about 7 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

Salafrance Underhill Re:To easy to make new viruses (254 comments)

I had a friend attempt to disable UAC on my laptop, once. He left with a flea in his ear.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Salafrance Underhill Re:Sounds like they put an PHB in charge of IT (589 comments)

He'll have been invited to some nice conferences; given an all-expenses-paid trip; stayed at a nice business convention venue where he's had the chance to shag some other random corporate/government flunky.

about 7 months ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Salafrance Underhill Re:So.. (313 comments)

Hey, not all Westerners are American :P

about 8 months ago
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British Domain Registrar Offers 'No Transfer Fees,' Charges Transfer Fee

Salafrance Underhill Re:Why stop there (77 comments)

That's actually a kilogram, you barbarian!

about 8 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Salafrance Underhill Re:Re:well then! (341 comments)

There goes the neighbourhood.

about 8 months ago
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Mystery MLB Team Moves To Supercomputing For Their Moneyball Analysis

Salafrance Underhill Re:The Million Dollar Question (56 comments)

Cricket isn't really about the game. It's more about the small hamper of cream buns, punnets of strawberries, the chilled champagne, the lounging around in the sun with your girlfriend/boyfriend. That and being frightfully English.

about 8 months ago
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oVirt 3.4 Means Management, VMs Can Live On the Same Machine

Salafrance Underhill Re:Still trying to wrap my head... (51 comments)

Play with one under a decent system at some point. They're useful for all of the reasons people have already given, plus they make fantastic forensic, repair and testing environments.

about 9 months ago
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Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast

Salafrance Underhill Re:Next goals: (107 comments)

Nature optimises for survival, though, whereas a designer pathogen can be optimised to infect, lie low, and then kill as many host organisms as possible, perhaps by employing some kind of biological trigger in the environment to synchronise its action.

It doesn't matter whether its first efflorescence is sustainable in the long term. There will always be a role for it in human politics.

about 9 months ago

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