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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

VitrosChemistryAnaly I live in Montgomery County, MD... (783 comments)

My wife and I and our kids were just talking about TFA this morning. The reaction that I got from my kids (8 and 10) was something like "huh?". We live just a few doors from a park where all the neighborhood kids play together, unsupervised, when the weather is nice. I love being able to give them unsupervised play time! That's time when then can just be themselves and interact with their peers without adults there interfering. They get to explore and do all kinds of stuff.

My wife and I are even considering allowing our older child to take the Metro (public transit) to ballet by herself next year when she's in middle school.

It frustrates me that our parenting style is probably considered illegal and/or immoral by the county's standards. I'd say that obesity from spending too much time indoors in front of a screen instead of getting out there and mixing it up are greater dangers to our children.

about two weeks ago

How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:Dying of boredom (441 comments)

We all know that cavemen lived to be at least 150 years old due to their superior diet!!!

Seriously, though, I have no doubt that there are some health benefits to eating more leafy greens and fewer starches, but this guy is whacko.

about a month ago

Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

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

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?

I'm not the clinician in my lab, but here's the way that I understand it works:
After a person tests positive for HIV, their CD4+ T-cell count is monitored. Once that count goes below a certain level they are placed on anti-retroviral therapy. Elite controllers are those whose CD4+ T-cell count never goes down and have nearly undetectable viral loads. For those who don't know, HIV tests actually test whether your body is making antibodies against HIV and don't directly measure viral load.

about 2 months ago

Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

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

What we'd have then is a situation like SIV in which the virus doesn't cause disease in "natural" host organisms (such as chimpanzees) because the host can control virus replication. These people actually already exist and they're called "elite controllers". They are infected with HIV (for many, many years), but their immune system keeps the virus to almost undetectable levels. For them, HIV is harmless.

I work in immunology and the coevolution of host and virus to the point where it is harmless would be a Good Thing (TM).

about 2 months ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

VitrosChemistryAnaly On one hand... (571 comments)

...fusion power is exciting

On the other hand, I'm not excited about Lockheed Martin developing it.

With my third hand, did anyone else read in the article that nuclear submarines run on a fusion reactor that needs to be replaced on a yearly basis? I was under the impression that it was a fission reactor, so it really makes me doubt if the writer knows what he/she is talking about.

about 3 months ago

Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (610 comments)

This doesn't "prove" anything. You may believe that it illustrates a point that you're trying to make, but it supplies no proof of any kind.

That aside, I'm sure that music publishers and/or U2 are making plenty of money on this deal. It's "free" to iDevice users, not to Apple and nothing like sharing music with P2P.

about 4 months ago

How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:And better yet (359 comments)

But the other thing about the TI-8x line is if you take a short amount of time you realize you can program the hell out of it. So if for example you're required to memorize formulas, just program them in.

This is exactly what I used to do with my TI81(?) back in 1993 when I was a senior in HS. I was one of the few kids in my class to realize that you could actually program your calculator. When it came time to learn a formula, I would write a program using that formula. Two birds killed with one stone: I had to understand the formula to write a program for it and simple math errors were largely avoided because I was just plugging in numbers and letting the program do the operations. I would do this for chemistry, physics and economics.

After some time, the teachers became aware that some students were just storing equations (not programs) in their calculators and would walk around to make sure that everyone cleared their calculator's memory prior to a test. The solution? You could make images and store them so I wrote a program that made it look like I had cleared my memory.

Fun times.

about 5 months ago

Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:Human vs. crowd (130 comments)

Reminds me of Asimov's "psychohistory" from the Foundation series as invented the character Hari Seldon.


I like to think that there's something to it, but there probably isn't.

about 6 months ago

Hidden Viral Gene Discovered In GMO Crops

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:Anything that screws monsanto ? (391 comments)

... and millions of people have died and become gravely ill because of it.


I've had one friend die from lung complications and another deal with lifelong diabetes and a skin condition due to exposure to chemicals Monsanto and Dow were contracted to develop.

Who are these friends and what are these chemicals?

I agree with you for the most part in that we should not blindly trust a company that is so in bed with the government, but you've got to back up your claims with some evidence.

about 2 years ago

Hard Drives Shipping with Star Trek

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:Ummm (271 comments)

And the ironic part is, they probably had the personal assistant look up the price online at BBs website, during the board meeting where they were jerking each other off.

There, fixed that for you.

more than 4 years ago

Will Australia Follow China's Google Ban?

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:Lol? Sif it will happen. (280 comments)

Very well seen. If the 20th century taught us anything, then it was this: any innocent-looking, peaceful society can almost without prior notice degenerate into a self-destructing monster, ruled by a tyrant. Which is a terrible and sad thing to say, but - alas - a true one.

I thought that's what the Star Wars prequels taught us...

more than 4 years ago

New Jersey Outshines Most Others In Solar Energy

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:2% by 2012? (240 comments)

You know, very technically speaking, solar power IS nuclear power...

And, as we all know, being technically correct is the very best kind of correct.

more than 5 years ago

Penny-Sized Nuclear Batteries Developed

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:Nuclear isn't the problem. (444 comments)

The problem is that normal people are fucking stupid. Imagine the shitstorm when someone disassembles one of these to "see what's inside."

I think that would make for an interesting episode of "Will it blend?". Up this week: a nuclear battery!

more than 5 years ago

Swine Flu Outbreak At PAX

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:Spread the FUD (374 comments)

Killer bees were going to kill us all.

Hello! I mean they have the word killer right there in the name! Of course they're going to kill us all. No one makes a name just for the sake of sensationalism.

The killer bees are just taking their sweet time to kill us. They'll wait until the right moment and *sting*, there you go. They should be called killer nefarious bees.

more than 5 years ago

Why Motivation Is Key For Artificial Intelligence

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:Silly (482 comments)

That is essentially what happens in part of Asimov's novel Foundation and Earth.

Robots on Solaria have been programmed to define "human" in a different way (more akin to the Solarians) and attack the main, human, characters.

Great series of novels IMHO.

more than 5 years ago

US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:Huh? (490 comments)

Please stop making sense and being logical!

I gots to have my FUD!

/me heads off to read Sarah Palin's facebook page.

more than 5 years ago

Shaw Cable Again Blocks Firewire On Canadian Set-Top Boxes

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:It's like quitting smoking. (257 comments)

You *are* aware that the internet isn't just for facebook and youtube, right? In fact many people (heck, most people on Slashdot) use it as a *tool* to get work done. I just ssh'ed into the server at my lab so that I could check on a bioinformatics project that I have going on. For me, the internet is a tool that I use to be more productive, check Slashdot and to keep up on news without my TV

TV is pretty much only about entertainment and wasting time.

more than 5 years ago

Exchange Rates Spell High Prices for Windows 7 In the EU

VitrosChemistryAnaly Re:Fine (548 comments)

"If Europeans want a Unicode-friendly forum where they can use foreign currency symbols and letters with funny looking little hats overtop and whatnot, they can jolly well start their own site. We don't want it here.

It's funny that you would use a British-ish phrase to let them know that they're not welcome here.

Wilkommen! Get your kraut-ass back home. Is that how it works?

more than 5 years ago


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Another year (or two) another entry...

VitrosChemistryAnaly VitrosChemistryAnaly writes  |  more than 9 years ago Okay, I'll admit it. It has been years since I last updated my journal. I'm sure no one has missed it, but now I have the time and inclination. So, why the fuck not?

Okay, I tried LiveJournal and Xanga. They're too fucking pretentious for me. I felt like I needed to take on a persona so that I could look cool. Yeah, I'm not cool. I'd rather not be cool, it's just too much work.

So, what's new? My wife and I had a kid (today is her first birthday), moved to Pittsburgh, got a new job. Fun shit.

I'll be updating more often, don't you worry. Later.


Had a great exchange with my boss Friday...

VitrosChemistryAnaly VitrosChemistryAnaly writes  |  more than 11 years ago So he's like "Sam, come into my office. I need you to do some independant research for me".

So it seems that he wants to replace the company that currently does all of our mass emailing to customers (can't blame him, they do suck). He also wants me to rate 4 companies for him based on their features. So he's like "I have one in mind, but I'm not going to tell you which one so that it won't alter your results. The first one is called Accucast...um...let me look up the other three. I can't seem to remember their names."

Oh yeah...what an idiot...I guess I won't be able to surmise what the leading contender is...

Just a funny story from my stupid company.


Working for a corporation, I'm sick of it!

VitrosChemistryAnaly VitrosChemistryAnaly writes  |  more than 11 years ago I've realized one thing since graduating college. I'm working my ass off to make other people rich! I'm so sick and tired of it. Nothing I do at work matters. A trained monkey could probably do what I do (especially when I worked at Eli Lilly).

So my solution? As soon as it is humanly possible, I'm going to open up my own business. I'm going to work for myself. I may not get rich, but it will be honest and I will get to be my own boss. Make my own decisions and live my own life. Not the life of a corporate pawn.

You got any suggestions?

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