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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

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

I know we've found some of these "elite controllers" in the form of children; families who adopted kids in the late 80s and early 90s. The drugs were so hard on kids that many would get sick immediately. So you you give the kids drugs so they can live until 15 or don't and they live to be 8 (but happier for a bit).

Some parents chose to take their kids off the drugs..and some of those kids are in their late 20s today! But many of them aren't.

My question: how do you find these cases in adults? You can't ethically give someone a placebo for 5 years! Are these people who the point of infection can be narrowed down to an instance and who discover they have HIV 6+ years after the fact?

about three weeks ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

SumDog Re:holy spin (144 comments)

I assumed there must have been some spin with it mentioned Harper in a positive light. I know a Canadian who had nothing good to say about him (she now lives in New Zealand)

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

SumDog Re:While you're at it... (242 comments)

Well the other three were co-authored. Yea, that first book was amazing. There was a video game too. It wasn't so great. :(

about a month and a half ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

SumDog But that's not the ISPs job (200 comments)

Quality of Service is built into IPv6. The ISP shouldn't have anything to do with QoS. That is solely the discretion of the service or client. If I want, I can configure my servers so that SMTP traffic has a very low QoS for IPv6 based networks. Network Neutrality ensures that ISPs don't alter that QoS along the way.

We're a long way off from IPv6, and we shouldn't be. But that's another issue. ISPs shouldn't handle the throttling. They should give equal priority to everything.

about a month and a half ago
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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

SumDog Re:Now can NPR fill the time slot... (82 comments)

I always hated car talk. They oversimplified a lot of stuff and there are so many things they've gotten wrong! Plus they're annoying as fuck.

Who gives a shit. Good riddance

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

SumDog Re:Nice Thing: systemctl status shows you log entr (928 comments)

I will have to disagree with you on this. You cannot do this with the traditional init process. The only way to grab all that log information and metadata is if you control process 1/init. With the traditional shell script approach, you can't tag all that data and pump it all into logging.

Full process management does provide a lot of really nice features. But they could have implemented all those features with a simpler init process and not integrate it with dbus and everything under the sun, and have better commands than the awful syntax in systemctl and journalctl.

about 2 months ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

SumDog Re:Wonder if their time hasn't already passed... (167 comments)

...Now if only I could convince Verizon/HTC that I don't need the facebook app on my phone.

A few months back I was talking to a friend, "Do normal people wipe their phones an install CyanogenMod before booting them up for the first time?"

Her: "No, normal people don't do that."

about a month ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

SumDog Re:Ridiculous (475 comments)

ah...so now we get into that very interesting ground. What is it like to live in a world where your own thoughts, no-not thoughts- desires are illegal. There was a time (and still is in many parts of this world) where it was/is illegal to be homosexual.

People in that world are living with illegal thoughts, even if they never act on them. This applied to Paedophile too, but we've learned to be okay with the former because it's between two adults that (in theory) have some ability to make their own choices where children often do not.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

SumDog Re:clockspeed really? (338 comments)

Very true. We have 1Ghz processors today than can outperform yesterdays 1.8Ghz processors.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

SumDog Re:Website foolery! (338 comments)

This isn't Reddit. If you want good posts, go to where anyone can post shit.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

SumDog Cell (338 comments)

I really hate that Sony dropped their cell processors going from the PS3 to the PS4 in favour of an x86 based system. We didn't see a lot of devices using cell and because of that, a lot of cell super-computer clusters were even made using actual PS3s. Even the prior MIPS processers of the earlier PlayStations are used in computer architecture texts books to this day (albeit overly-simplified versions of MIPS's pipling systems).

I really want to see more architecture options, not less. Intel bought Alpha, killed it, screwed up with their own VLIW attempt with the Itaniums (which use EPIC) and I haven't heard anything about Transmeta in years. Today everything is ARM or x86_64 (with MIPS still seen in some embedded systems, mostly home routers). IBM still produces new POWER systems, but they're limited to a specific server niches.

about 2 months ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

SumDog Captive Orcas (152 comments)

I wish more people were bothered by the fact that they are doing experiments at all on captive Orcas and Dolphins.

Most captive Orcas aren't in facilities because they've been injured (unlike zoos and aquariums which work on rehabilitation and reintroduction). Orcas are often ripped away from their pods. Many of them get violent and kill trainers (and rightfully so). You can't put something that travels the ocean in a fish tank. Orcas only live to be about 25 in captivity where in the while, they live to be 50 ~ 60.

The documentary Black Fish talks a lot about the problems with captive Orcas. You should never go to Seaworld or other sea parks. Don't give them any money. They are shit shops that destroy these beautiful animals.

about 2 months ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

SumDog Re:Whales? (152 comments)

They're porpoises and they are also very closely related. Orcas are closer to dolphins than they are other most other whale species.

about 2 months ago
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Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

SumDog Re:So what you're telling me (146 comments)

Possibly, or it may be that Google and Apple are trying to mitigate the blow-back. I remember reading a lot of the Yahoo stuff that got declassified showed that they tried hard to oppose the directive they were given; not that it mattered because we found out later that the NSA tapped their fibre backbones anyway.

I have a feeling that Google/Apple want to go down this route because it will mean that they technologically can't comply with certain NSA letters. Of course, government agencies may already have the means to bypass this. We'll find out eventually.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

SumDog Re:Beyond the law? (354 comments)

Exactly. The ticking time bomb is pretty much a logical fallacy.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

SumDog Re:Rich like the Twinkie Filling (354 comments)

Even if they just forgot. But in these cases, the contempt of court charges, which might only be a few months at most, are still better than the potential alternatives of the original charges.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

SumDog Re:Think of the children (354 comments)

Yea it's by it's very definition of irony.

"What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.

Really? I'm pretty sure the past year of leaks have showed the FBI, the NSA, the CIA and even local law enforcement are constantly operating above the law! If anything, encryptable cellphones allow people to keep their 4th amendment rights!

about 3 months ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

SumDog Re:"could be worse than Heartbleed" (318 comments)

I don't think you understand. Even if Apache is using CGI to call out to your safe perl CGI script, it opens up a Bash shell (the default shell) which opens that perl script (unless you're using mod_perl..I think FastCGI might be exempt as well, but I'm not entirely sure).

You could possibly change Apache's default shell to something else like ksh or dash.

about 3 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

SumDog Re:Dangerous (399 comments)

fish

about 3 months ago

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AT&T wants to offer "Sponsored Data" programs.

SumDog SumDog writes  |  about a year ago

SumDog (466607) writes "AT&T is preparing to offer "sponsored data" programs. Companies can front to bill so their content is delieverd without impacting a consumer's mobile data caps. While this seems good for the consumer, it creates two tieres of service. If Google pays AT&T for streaming fees, it would encourage people to use YouTube over other services like Vimeo. It's a good thing the United States has network neutrality leglisglation to prevent this sort of thing. Oh wait, it doesn't."
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SumDog SumDog writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SumDog writes "The international space station's newest power source, a set of solar wings, made its debut yesterday. The solar array is part of a new 17.5-ton space station segment that was connected to the orbiting outpost during a spacewalk Monday."
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