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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

TheCrazyMonkey Re:Why Classified a Virus? (158 comments)

That's my question exactly. TFA doesn't really answer it clearly. The only similarity mentioned is that the giant virus has a regular geometric shape, presumably due to capsid proteins as in other virus. In addition, other commenters, are saying that they are parasitic they just require much less of the host machinery to reproduce than a classical virus.

Also, the article mentions that there is some debates as to whether these giant viruses represent an new kingdom of life, which if it were true would imply that they aren't viruses, but members of some new classification.

about 2 months ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

TheCrazyMonkey Re:dmv (205 comments)

They probably shouldn't anyway

about 2 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

TheCrazyMonkey Re:Second key (560 comments)

Truecrypt has/had something like that. It allows you to have a secondary, hidden partition in the "free" space of the disk image. Alas, it appears to be dying without a good replacement that I know of.

about 3 months ago
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Computers Shown To Be Better Than Docs At Diagnosing, Prescribing Treatment

TheCrazyMonkey It's just another tool (198 comments)

And will the system consider the patients age/cost to treat/insurance level/likelihood of patient paying future insurance premiums to make up for expenses?

It will if you program it to. Things like this are tools. As a relatively young doctor (resident) I welcome things like this. Every doctor I know uses reference material, some are printed on dead trees and some are electronic. Today, there's not much difference. But the point it is that there's too much medical knowledge for one person to keep it all in their head at one time. If something like this were to come to market it wouldn't be replacing doctors, it would be augmenting them. Machines do what we tell them to, always have and (hopefully) always will. False rivalries like this completely miss the point. I would love to have a computer algorithm that could correctly diagnose 99% of the time even if it were flagrently wrong the other 1%. That's why humans are in the loop.

about a year and a half ago
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Fast DNA Origami Opens Way For Nanoscale Machines

TheCrazyMonkey Re:Why not Protein instead? (21 comments)

My guess is that custom proteins are harder to synthesize on demand. Generally if you want a custom protein you synthesize the DNA coding it, then insert it into a cell and have it produce the protein. Plus, DNA can be duplicated in vitro through conventional PCR where it's not really viable to transcribe proteins outside of a living cell.

about 2 years ago
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Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

TheCrazyMonkey Re:Previews and review... (239 comments)

I'm sure there are lots of hot naked chicks. Are you into rishathra?

Alas, there is no 1+ Ringworld Reference

... that's better

more than 3 years ago
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Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

TheCrazyMonkey Re:Previews and review... (239 comments)

I'm sure there are lots of hot naked chicks. Are you into rishathra?

Alas, there is now 1+ Ringworld Reference

more than 3 years ago
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Wolfram Promises Computing That Answers Questions

TheCrazyMonkey Re:People are special. (369 comments)

Also, until you can claim to solve the halting problem in real life (as opposed to a "theoretical device"), don't go around claiming that the brain is turing-complete. It isn't, and cannot be - not in this universe, anyway.

Of course the brain is turing complete. You can prove it the same way you prove any other machine is turing complete: it has the ability to simulate a turing machine. I can simulate a tape driven turing machine pretty damn easily with a sheet of paper and a pencil. I think you're confused as to what "turing-complete" means. Solving the halting problem is not a requirement. In fact, you can prove that a turing machine cannot solve the halting problem. So the brain's inability to do so doesn't have any bearing on whether it's turing complete.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

TheCrazyMonkey Re:A Good Day (3709 comments)

Honestly I could care less what whether our next president is white or black. I tend to be more concerned with things that will actually effect the future of myself and the country. What does concern me is people voting for a president based on the color of his skin. They have word for that, it's called racism.

more than 5 years ago

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