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Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

TheWingThing Back up (183 comments)

Better back up your firmware, just in case this makes you infirm.

about 10 months ago

Alcoholism Vaccine Makes Alcohol Intolerable To Drinkers

TheWingThing Re:Horrible summary (350 comments)

...Ethanol gets converted to acetaldehyde by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase, through the loss of one hydrogen atom. ...

"by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase" - remove duplication. It's just "by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase". Aarghh!

about 2 years ago

Alcoholism Vaccine Makes Alcohol Intolerable To Drinkers

TheWingThing Horrible summary (350 comments)

This is one of the most horrible and stupidest summaries I've read in a long time. Enzymes are biochemical catalysts. Ethanol and acetaldehyde are substrates. The substrates get converted into end products with the help of enzymes and energy. Ethanol does not get converted *into* an enzyme known as acetaldehyde. Ethanol gets converted to acetaldehyde by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase, through the loss of one hydrogen atom. In the next step, acetaldehyde gets converted into acetic acid (same thing as in vinegar) by the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase through the loss of another hydrogen atom. Acetaldehyde a lot more toxic than acetic acid. If you block the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase (which lacks naturally in a minority of East Asians), there will be an accumulation of excess acetaldehyde, causing very noxious symptoms. This is exactly what drugs like disulfiram ("antabuse") do. What a badly written summary. Both the submitter and the editor need to read some biochemistry or learn to use google before posting rubbish.

about 2 years ago

Only Idiots Don't Give Back To Free Software

TheWingThing Bad summary, and bad, sensationalist journalism (326 comments)

The author of TFA and the submitter of this story are the same person - Julie Bort. She is just creating sensationalist nonsense news by extracting sound-bites out of context from the interview. This is an example of a bad summary, and bad, sensationalist "journalism". This loses the point of the interviewee and projects him in a bad light, while getting self-promotion for this so-called "reporter". *makes mental note not to take any writing by Julie Bort seriously*.

more than 3 years ago

Where Will Your Next Gadget Be Made?

TheWingThing Re:The next chinese will be robots (378 comments)

It's been said, a pair of $75 nike's would cost $300 if made by americans.

New Balance shoes are made in the US and UK, and cost the same as a Nike. Guess where the difference in manufacturing costs are going.

more than 4 years ago

Data Mining Competition To Improve Drug Safety

TheWingThing Re:HIPAA anyone? (36 comments)

This strikes me as a huuuuuge breach of medical record confidentiality. Where exactly do they plan to legally get enough medical records to mine in the first place?

As long as eighteen HIPAA identifiers are removed, the data is considered deidentified by HIPAA. Deidentified data does not need patients' consent. De-identified data-only studies only need the hospital IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval. Believe me, it's not an easy task to get the IRB approval.

Here's the list of the 18 HIPAA identifiers.

about 5 years ago

Sandy, Utah Tops US Cities For Broadband Speed

TheWingThing Re:Average is 33 megabits .... from who? (121 comments)

It is a bit bizarre that so many cities rejected joining up to have the most advanced residential fiber network in the nation built in them. (Granted, a lot of them dropped out due to telecom pressure, but still.)

There was a lot of FUD by Qwest and Comcast, and the council idiots succumbed to it. This might reveal some info: FreeUtopia

about 5 years ago

Internet Probably Couldn't Handle a Flu Pandemic

TheWingThing Re:Go to your room and no video games! (341 comments)

... an illness that I would best describe my first-hand experience as a "laughably mild cold, without the annoyance of a stuffy nose" ...

If you are from the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, UK, France or one of the other countries that symptomatically *diagnose* someone as having swine flu without any lab tests, you may not have had swine flu at all. Your symptoms would not be valid swine flu symptoms in that case.

On the other hand, if you are from India, China, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, Germany, South Korea or the other countries that do lab tests do diagnose swine flu, you might have had a mild case of swine flu. Your symptoms are not generalizable to others.

more than 5 years ago

Video Surveillance System That Reasons Like a Human

TheWingThing Re:Proof? (143 comments)

It must first differentiate between "time flies like an arrow" and "fruit flies like a banana". Then, and only then, can be the system be trusted.

more than 5 years ago

Undercover Cameras Catch PC Repair Scams, Privacy Violations

TheWingThing Re:Halfway Competent (665 comments)

So do many new cars. The fluids have the same physical/chemical characteristics, and the power steering motor and the brake actuator are in nearby locations. Makes sense to have just one fluid unless you drive some exotic high performance car.

more than 5 years ago

India To Issue Over a Billion Biometric ID Cards

TheWingThing Re:Illegal Immigration? (167 comments)

They have problems with people trying to get INTO India? I thought everyone wanted to get out!

Illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Nepal
Terrorists from Pakistan
Refugees from Sri Lanka (and to a tiny extent, Burma)

You need to get out of your little well once in a while.

more than 5 years ago

Indian Moon Mission Launched

TheWingThing Re:How things are turning out. (305 comments)

ISRO generates Rs.1.5 to the economy for every Rs.1 that it uses in funding. This is the immediate return alone. The sustained returns (improvement in education and agriculture through remote sensing), and commercial application of its inventions are not included in this figure. The goal of ISRO is to promote space research to benefit as much of the population as possible.

ISRO is also selling commercial launch and remote sensing and imagery services through it's commercial division - Antirix corp which is making a profit.

More references:

more than 6 years ago



India to double research spending by 2017

TheWingThing TheWingThing writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheWingThing (686802) writes "The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has promised to double the R&D spending by the government to USD 8 billion (2% of GDP) by 2017, in an interview published by the Science magazine today (full article behind a paywall). He explains that the government plans to “increase gradually the proportion of money that is spent on R&D and at the same time create a system of incentives which will induce the private sector to increase their spending on science and technology”. Richard Stone also reports in this issue of Science that the initiatives are aimed to improve existing research institutions, set up new ones, set up a funding agency modeled after the US National Science Foundation, attract expatriate Indian scientists to return to India, and to set up new universities and research laboratories. The PM also supports his government's decision to place a moratorium on some genetically modified vegetables, and speaks out against some US and Scandinavian NGOs that fund protests against nuclear energy in India. He sees that improvements in agriculture and reduction of malnutrition and communicable diseases are two big challenges facing the country. The Prime Minister's interview comes shortly after the declaration of India as polio-free by the WHO. India currently lags behind most developed countries and China, and its global share of peer-reviewed publications remained at 3.4% in 2010. Whether India will replicate its successes in the Space sector in other areas of science and technology remain to be seen. Bureaucracy and lack of transparency, as reported in the article, seem to be the major hurdles."
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