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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Toad-san Is More Insulin the Answer? (100 comments)

I thought one of the problems with diabetes was not having the _right_ amount of insulin, corresponding to the levels of blood sugar?

I've seen the effects of too much insulin, and it ain't pretty. (It's called hypoglycemia, folks.) So just stuffing a bunch of insulin producer cells in a person's system is not going to be the solution.

about two weeks ago

National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

Toad-san Re:All Judges (112 comments)

I find that very hard to believe. Could you please provide a link supporting that allegation?

about two weeks ago

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Toad-san There Are Uses (428 comments)

Heh, just the thing every business and school should run all the time :-)

Oh sure, some student can argue he's downloading history references that he can only reach through bittorrent .. good luck with that :-)

about two weeks ago

Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Toad-san Thanks for the Insight (724 comments)

I appreciate very much the varying points of view here .. that didn't get TOO paranoid or conspiratorial, thank the godz.

However .. I just went to, expecting to see a hotbed of feminist rages.

Surprise, surprise, surprise - very bad Gomer Pyle imitation

One, uno, ein, 1 blog entry from a female worker at Angry Birds on gender balance, and a very thoughtful article indeed!

So where's the beef? Why the furor? Tempest in a teakettle, eh?

I'm thinking Intel is succumbing to a kneejerk response to a flood of bogus complaints. Tch, shame on them.

about two weeks ago

Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR

Toad-san Stylized Rendering? (75 comments)

Is that a fancy phrase for "out of focus"? "Low definition"? Why does this "scientific" study evoke a huge, resonating "DOH!" ??

about two weeks ago

Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Toad-san I SPEET On Your Steenking Sportvan! (261 comments)

My mother-in-law's Mercury Topaz is surely a greater danger! How she gets away with it I'll never know.

What a crappy misuse of statistics. Heh, hardly even statistics. How about balancing those "ticketed" numbers against the number of each model on the road? I don't see a single Porsche, Maserati, Jaguar, not even Corvettes! And they don't get tickets? Come on!

about three weeks ago

Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

Toad-san Check Out Lake Powell (151 comments)


Quite startling, how the water levels change. But read the article to see why this is happening, and where it's going. It seems it doesn't take a "totalitarian government" to do stupid, short-sighted things. But hey, enjoy your golf at Vegas, hear? And the water shows.

about three weeks ago

The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

Toad-san DAMN Good Report (201 comments)

But sad, almost disgusting to see how lousy the government and its agencies can be. Maybe I want to throw up now.

I certainly have no good feelings about the Fed or our major banks, even if this report DID come from the Fed. Too bad the media didn't do ITS job to highlight things like this. Thanks, Slashdot and "This American Life".

about three weeks ago

Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

Toad-san But I Can't Find it! (98 comments)

Curiously I can't seem to find the site. And there are very few "Dead Man Zero" hits on Google. The link in the main article doesn't get you there either. (I was going to ask them for a free account, just to foil the NSA or whoever if in fact this _was_ a honeypot.

about a month ago

'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

Toad-san Infected Site? (127 comments)

I wouldn't go to that link if I were you. My office system warned me of a malicious exploit there: "A known bad file was blocked from opening." Program: winners[1].htm(Exploit)

Might be a false alarm .. but then again, maybe not.

about a month ago

An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

Toad-san There's something wrong with this "hoax" (189 comments)

The picture of the character at the Wikipedia site appears to be real, and was uploaded by someone else entirely.

The reference to the author, Peggy Parrish, appears to be real, a real person, a real author.
Numerous other links to Amelia Bedelia books, stage plays, movies, etc. appear to be valid and real, and date FAR earlier than this purported hoax.

I submit that EJ Dickson, the self-proclaimed hoaxer, is hoaxing us all with a hoax about a non-existing hoax!

about 3 months ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

Toad-san Supervise Your Children (165 comments)

""Out of over 9,000 staffers in the House, should we really be banning this whole IP range based on the actions of two or three? "

Yes. It may get the attention of the guilty parties. I, for one, want to see the exact identification of that House representative, the office guilty of this ongoing abuse. Name names, cowards!

about 3 months ago

White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Toad-san Yes, They Know ... (272 comments)

- that it'll affect the noise-sensitive mammals (and maybe fish).
- that these endangered and most interesting creatures are important.
- that they don't care .. because Big Oil wants to find more!

America! F*ck yeah! I guess this is my chance to go down to the Carolina coast and find me a nice Orca skeleton. There should be lots lying around pretty soon. All encased in tons of rotting flesh and blubber, of course, but no worries: I'll just leave that mess for the edification and amusement of the tourists.

about 3 months ago

Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

Toad-san Re:nothing new (122 comments)

All permafrost pretty much looks like that. Tons of images online from Alaska and Canada, none of which have anything to do with natural gas or gas eruptions. The other holes up there don't have huge caverns beneath them (well, so far as we can tell). And the water is relatively shallow.

about 3 months ago

Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

Toad-san Millions for Defense ... (181 comments)

"There is no enforcement mechanism in the event of a dispute with another country, however.""

A strong navy? Hey, it worked fine for the XYZ Affair .. and the Barbary Pirates too.

about 3 months ago

The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Toad-san Re:Idiotic (200 comments)

I can see the drone somehow being hit by a fireworks missile, deflecting that missile, and the missile going who knows where? Back down into the crowd (or worse, the launch site)? If it stayed above the explosions, fine; within them, maybe. But fireworks on that scale are risky at best. Throwing a solid object like some of the larger drones into the middle of them just adds to the danger.

But I must say, even if never done again, that's a wonderful video, perhaps the first ever?

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

Toad-san EMACS? Vi? IDE? (359 comments)

What century are we in again?

about 4 months ago



SciFi Author Frederick Pohl Dies At 93

Toad-san Toad-san writes  |  about a year ago

Toad-san (64810) writes "From the New York Times (and my local paper):

"Frederik Pohl, whose passion for science fiction while growing up in Brooklyn led to a distinguished career as one of its most literate and politically sophisticated practitioners, though one who was skeptical about attempts to perfect society through scientific means, died on Monday. He was 93.""

Link to Original Source

Harry Harrison, the Stainless Steel Rat: Sayonara

Toad-san Toad-san writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Toad-san (64810) writes ""R.I.P. Harry Harrison, creator of the Stainless Steel Rat, Bill the Galactic Hero, and Soylent Green
Charlie Jane Anders

If Harry Harrison had only created "Slippery" Jim DiGriz, the roguish hero of the Stainless Steel Rat books, he would deserve a high place in science fiction history. But he also wrote dozens of other novels, including the hilarious Bill the Galactic Hero saga, the proto-Steampunk classic A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!, and the novel that became the movie Soylent Green, Make Room! Make Room!.

Amazingly, Harrison kept writing great novels, with the last Stainless Steel Rat book coming out just two years ago. He died today, aged 87, according to his official website. No details are yet known.""

Link to Original Source

Google Safety Feature Breaks Google!

Toad-san Toad-san writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Toad-san (64810) writes "Happening now: Search Google for anything, anything at all. Like "readyboost". Click on any of the Google selections (something nice and safe, like wikipedia): See that "interstitial" part? That's Google screening the site for dangers. And guess what? Yeah, every single steenking site in the Known Universe is now a threat. And the Google warning page won't let you go on! What you do is edit the first part (through "interstitial?url=" off, leaving just the actual second HTTP: URL, the actual search target. Silly bastiges. I've sent off a rocket to Google, for what that's worth."

Why No Legal Action Against Smitfraud

Toad-san Toad-san writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Toad-san (64810) writes "We have to wipe and restore perhaps a dozen PCs a week after they've been infected with Smitfraud (or one of its clones). And dozens more have various infections and malware (mostly "blackmailware" or "extortionware", where the user has been fooled by a popup on the web somewhere (usually warning him that his computer is infected and vulnerable), has clicked on a window to "download the best possible fix to your computer infection", and has now infected his previously clean system.

It's obvious who's doing it; the money trail would be simple to follow. (They all want money, of course.) And indeed EVERY pop-up ad and piece of spam has a sponsor, someone who's paying the gangsters to do it.

So why aren't the authorities doing anything about it? These PC owners are suffering real losses, real costs, I'm sure amounting to millions of dollars annually. Yet the FBI and others aren't interested?

Seems strange to me. I really would rather not make money like this.


NY Times Fooled by Syria Attack Photoshopping?

Toad-san Toad-san writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Toad-san (64810) writes "Remember the NY Times photos of the supposed Syrian nuclear plant site the Israelis were supposed to have bombed? Article here: Well, our boys at AGW (a Warbirds forum) discussed, investigated, and wondered. And one of the boys did a great overlay, comparing the two (pre-strike and post-strike) images. And guess what? Yep .. same image, apparently photoshopped. Gotta love it. Discussion thread is here (hope it doesn't get slashdotted): And the animated overlay graphic is here: — /lesson-gif.gif Now to see how humble the NY Times becomes, when some bleedin' amateurs outdo the serious analysts. Toad-san (who's looked at a few aerial and satellite photos in his time)"


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