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Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

SemperUbi Re:Don't Watch TV (148 comments)

"What do they teach kids in school these days?"

How to talk into your phone and forget to spellcheck.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

SemperUbi Re:Subject Cop To Same Spying They Use On Us (219 comments)

That's not the way do to it. The camera should be recording for the whole shift, but if the officer doesn't unholster a weapon, that day's footage gets erased at the end of the shift. If a weapon is drawn, footage around that event would be saved. Less privacy worries for the officers, and more incentive for them to resolve situations without firing.

about three weeks ago
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New Implant Lets Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

SemperUbi needs more work (35 comments)

These newer implants could still cause tissue damage over time at a slower rate, but rats don't live more than 2-3 years. Sounds like they need to test this in a species with a longer lifespan before using human subjects.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

SemperUbi Custom progressives (464 comments)

I feel your pain. I wear progressives, and for my first pair, the optimal focal area was ridiculously small just as you describe. A couple of years ago I went to a new optometrist and explained that I wanted glasses that had a more natural feel for close viewing. That 'spot' effect isn't there, and I love them.

about a month ago
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Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

SemperUbi Re: "Ultimately, our users will decide" (239 comments)

My AA has offered to help process my emails, but I'd much rather do it myself, since I learn more and remember more that way. Why I would ever want pre-processed mail is beyond me. Where is the demand for this product? I just don't see it.

about 2 months ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

SemperUbi Ebola is harder to catch than most people think. (349 comments)

From an editorial in this week's New England Journal of Medicine by Jeffrey Drazen et al:

"Health care professionals treating patients with this illness have learned that transmission arises from contact with bodily fluids of a person who is symptomatic — that is, has a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and malaise. We have very strong reason to believe that transmission occurs when the viral load in bodily fluids is high, on the order of millions of virions per microliter. This recognition has led to the dictum that an asymptomatic person is not contagious; field experience in West Africa has shown that conclusion to be valid. Therefore, an asymptomatic health care worker returning from treating patients with Ebola, even if he or she were infected, would not be contagious. Furthermore, we now know that fever precedes the contagious stage, allowing workers who are unknowingly infected to identify themselves before they become a threat to their community. This understanding is based on more than clinical observation: the sensitive blood polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR) test for Ebola is often negative on the day when fever or other symptoms begin and only becomes reliably positive 2 to 3 days after symptom onset."

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

SemperUbi Re:Xfinity Speed Test (294 comments)

Either that or some impressive cognitive dissonance.

about 4 months ago
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Take a Picture Just By Thinking About It, Using Google Glass With MindRDR App

SemperUbi imperfect brain-wave translations (41 comments)

"Oh look at that smoking hot babe! I gotta keep that - oh no wait, how do I change my default settings? My girlfriend will just

ONE IMAGE SUCCESSFULLY POSTED TO FACEBOOK TIMELINE

about 7 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

SemperUbi Melatonin (163 comments)

works for me - on the flight east, one hour before when bedtime will be in the new time zone. Then the next night, another an hour before bedtime.

about 7 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

SemperUbi Virgin Mobile (482 comments)

I've used Virgin Mobile for the past six years, pay $30/mo and am as satisfied as I've ever been with any phone carrier.

about 9 months ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

SemperUbi Re:easier way (311 comments)

And as a mathematician, I would already remember more significant figures for pi than I would likely be able to get from a bullet-scatter pattern.

about 10 months ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

SemperUbi easier way (311 comments)

I would just approach my fellow humans with the Mossberg 500 and ask if anyone remembers the value of pi. I live in Silicon Valley: even the zombies would remember it.

about 10 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

SemperUbi Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

People are generally irrational, and child abusers maybe even more so. I doubt this punishment will deter anyone who's rationalizing away their abuse of others.

about 10 months ago
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Genomic Medicine, Finally

SemperUbi Re:Isn't delivery still a problem? (64 comments)

Genomic medicine can be as simple as having your genome sequenced and interpreted by someone who knows what they're doing. Healthy people usually have several genetic polymorphisms or mutations, only some of which are significant, and sequencing can help you learn which genetic findings are significant health risks, and which are harmless. What you're talking about is gene therapy, which is a lot more involved.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

SemperUbi Re:You'll regret being an early adopter. (421 comments)

Five years? In tech time, that's like the Pleistocene era! Good strategy for Google -- limit the supply for a ridiculously long time, making it invite-only to increase the recipients' impressions of a great favor having been bestowed on them -- all of which should increase demand over what it might've been if any old schlump could buy a pair. Too bad Google didn't think through the social side effects. How do you relate to someone who might or might not start recording you at any time without your knowledge? I'm not interested in buying a pair and being 'That Guy' (gal, in my case).

about a year ago
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Google Wants To Write Your Social Media Responses For You

SemperUbi Re:Mechanical Monk. (163 comments)

The folks at CERN will be disappointed. Also, you get all of my imaginary mod points.

about a year ago
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

SemperUbi Re:DEA, meet HIPAA and HITECH. (455 comments)

Seriously! We MD's and other hospital staff all have to get mandatory patient privacy and security training every year. Some people at the DEA need to do this too because they are WAY out of line.

about a year ago
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My ISP...

SemperUbi "Effectively caps me" (290 comments)

"...by being terrible at what they do"

This is the best poll option EVER. I would click on it repeatedly for days if I weren't so neurotypical.

about a year and a half ago

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