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The Body's "Fountain of Youth" Could Lie In the Brain

alexmipego Re:Here comes the Hypothalamus Diet! (118 comments)

While reading that book sinopsis I didn't find anything really impossible until it says:

"These experiences ranged from being able to “receive” the contents of an email message without using any electronic device to resuming a conversation with an off-world being that he had not been able to speak with, while awake, for 13 years."

I mean... it's still not impossible(tm) but really, how the hell does this help an otherwise "science"-based book?

rotf

about a year ago
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A Glimpse of a Truly Elastic Cloud

alexmipego How is this different from Sandboxing? (201 comments)

From what I understand this is somewhat what many sandbox-based software does. For instance, it seems to me that if you installed Chrome on many servers and then, upon a request, deployed the code and used a Chrome sandbox to run and return the data the end result would be the same.

The challenges are still the same: how to deploy the code fast enough and how to route the request to the correct sandbox.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Touch Port-a-Thon

alexmipego iPhone? (48 comments)

Today I was looking for an iPhone port, I wish they did it if possible. It would be very cool indeed.

about a year and a half ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

alexmipego Re:Or IS there even a genetic test?. (626 comments)

I'm not a geneticist but although they both started with the same genetic material there are mutations occurring ever since. Diseases and such can also cause additional differences in their DNA. The major source of DNA mutations you hear about is at the moment of "conception" but even a couple mutations after that would make you more "unique".

Of course, in the middle of a trillion DNA sequences, picking up those very few and small changes will be expensive. Most paternity and "identification" DNA tests rely on a few number of specific markers, which btw is why you usually hear things like 98%-99% accuracy and never 100%.

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Study Mystery of the Toddler Who Won't Grow

alexmipego Re:Human not freak show (252 comments)

Those researchers can't exactly get funding to cure a single patient that's literally unique with a syndrome that most likely never happened or will happen again.

However, if you say she might have the key for the cure of cancer and to stop aging they sure will get funded fast. If by some miracle they find a possible cure in the process, there's a chance that she might get that cure where otherwise the chance is a fat zero.

about a year and a half ago
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Sandy Island, the Undiscovered Country

alexmipego QUESTION! (182 comments)

I get that an error or bad pixel matching might have misdetected the island but... who named Sandy Island?

about 2 years ago
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Facebook Patents Pokes-Per-Minute Limits

alexmipego Re:Genius (143 comments)

Actually you make a good point there. Perhaps one possible solution for the much needed patent reform is based on scientific achievement. For example, it could be required that for a patent to be deemed useful you would need at least 2 research papers published on big peer-reviewed publications. The papers could even be funded by the patenter but between the submital and approval of the patent it had to be peer-reviewed and considered useful.

As a nice side effect, by funding a research paper directly or inspiring others for that research, patents would actually be stimulating innovation instead of just big-ass-companies' pockets.

about 2 years ago
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Brazilian Newspapers Leave Google News En Masse

alexmipego What would be funny... (223 comments)

Google drives so many clicks that newspapers should be paying Google, not the other way around. However, since they are taking this road, if I were Google I would stop indexing them and then start charging for those that leave. If you want back in, pay per click so you'll learn your lesson.

about 2 years ago
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FTC To Recommend Antitrust Case Against Google

alexmipego Re:Really? (195 comments)

I totally agree with you although I don't think you need to sell something to change the "moral" here.

For instance, if Google advertising their own products on their own services makes for an anti-trust case, then perhaps TV channels should also be forced to advertise the competion's schedule? No one forces you to use/watch either services and some channels are paid, so I fail to see the distinction here.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Viable Open Source Models For Early Startups?

alexmipego Some possible models (203 comments)

It heavily depends on what your product is, but you've at least these possible models:

1) Fully open source with lack or light documentation. This makes your product essentially free but users pay for support and/or the docs. I can't remember any specific example of a project selling the docs but I'm sure someone will.

2) Dual License model. A very popular example is ExtJS which is GPL (v3 iirc), however, if you wish to keep some code secret (including server parts) you might need a commercial license. And of course there are support plans available, as well as SVN/GIT access to the latest (devel) version.

3) Dual License with a Enterprise version. Essentially what MySql does where they offered an open source version but if you wanted fine tunned performance, support for enterprise hardware and support then you need the Enterprise version.

4) Dual License with long term support. Some projects like Liferay or Red Hat Enterprise use free versions as beta versions - after a while they release a long term supported version for enterprises and backport the important security and bug fixes. Maybe you already know but some companies are very slow to adopt new tech and ever slower to keep up, if they can keep a 4 year old version of the software that does the job well and still get support and bug fixes, you're best pals.

5) Early access model. Another possibility is to offer early access to new versions. For instance, the Xming project (a X11 server for Windows) offers donators access to new versions much earlier. You can even create a "pool" mode where you release the new version once X dollars are donated.

Depending on your target audience and the possibility of some of the adjustments required by those suggestions you might find a suitable model or cook some solution with ideas from several.

From someone in a similar spot, I wish you luck!

more than 2 years ago
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Cheap GSM Eavesdropping a Reality

alexmipego I'm not a crypto expert but... (75 comments)

Sounds to me that this problem is simple to solve, even with a naive solution. Take for example a simple key agreement algorithm like Diffie-Hellman which (for the unfamiliar with the subject) allows 2 parties to reach a secret key (called K) with a simple set of math and shared parameters (which the hackers can get but can't really use them for their advantage/finding K).

With a simple key agreement and some fast cryptographic algorithm (maybe AES) all conversations could be secure no matter what the network security was. It can even be implemented on top of current protocols AFAIK. And if people suggest that the CPU power might be too great then I just would like to remember that nowadays almost every phone has a browser (even if it's a WAP browser) and that HTTPS already uses key agreement and encryption.

I also view this (suggestion of) improvement as raising the bar in protecting the public's privacy because with this protocol in place it would be very difficult/expensive for authorities to break and eavesdrop on people conversations. With a warrant however, the network providers (cell carriers and other phone services) could put in place a way for authorities to get the key to decrypt the conversation taking place.

I for one can't wait to see a green lock next to my in-call HUD.

more than 3 years ago
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The Golden Hour of Phishing Attacks

alexmipego Re:A solution presents itself (59 comments)

They do have a "Report Phishing" option though. Sad thing is that most people don't know what phishing is or even realize they've been victims of it until it's too late, at which point they rarely go back to gmail to report the phishing attempt.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Data Reveals China's Industrial Air Pollution

alexmipego Sup with north Africa/Middle east? (133 comments)

How come most of the northern part of Africa and Middle East are as red as China? As far as I know those countries aren't that rich or industrialized to have more pollution than most of EUA and Europe... Could it be they're counting sand as air particle pollution agents?

more than 3 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

alexmipego Re:C-sharp (565 comments)

The Windows Forms (the original Microsoft UI toolkit which Mono folks call M(anaged)WF) is very platform specific. That doesn't mean it won't work on other platforms. A good set of features is available on Mono and you can run a lot of MWF applications on Linux/OSX without code changes. That's not to say it will ever be perfect without some tuning or picking a better (cross platform) toolkit like GTK# which will work almost everywhere Mono supports (e.g. it even runs on Nokia devices!).

more than 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

alexmipego Re:C-sharp (565 comments)

The CLR and ECMA are standards so this means anyone can implement C# and the CLR freely. The libraries are not standards which means MS could (theoretically) sue claiming intellectual property or something like that. However, MS and Novel have agreements on this (they even contribute code to each other on .Net iirc) and it's unlikely that Microsoft would profit anything from this thus unlikely they'll want to sue/block it anytime soon.

I'm not too familiar with Wine but my guess is that since Wine is a purely reverse engineer effort they're right in the gray area without any sort of protection from law or otherwise. But since Microsoft has everything running for them (they release new APIs much faster than Wine can keep up) they simply don't bother with it.

more than 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

alexmipego Re:C-sharp (565 comments)

Mono does have a solution. There is a flag you can turn on so make it happen. It's just not on by default because it affects performance for obvious reasons (attempting to find a match). But of course my point is a simple as, if you code it right you don't need to!

more than 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

alexmipego Re:C-sharp (565 comments)

Jesus. All I said is, people sometimes do stupid things like hardcoding paths into the application. .Net provides API to get directory separators and such, but if people don't use them it can't simply make it work by magic.

The more common problem is hardcoded file names being case sensitive in most *unix file systems. Surely your precious Java can't fix that can it? If not why don't you apply for a job at Sun and show them how trivial it is to fix everything for every one.

more than 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

alexmipego Re:C-sharp (565 comments)

Of that example is very trivial. Not everyone is a programmer so I didn't want to go into details but you need to consider there is more to it than simply replacing C: with /.

more than 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

alexmipego Re:C-sharp (565 comments)

The CLR is a standard as well as the C# language. Which means that except for a very few set of very core libraries/classes (like String) the majority of APIs aren't standardized.

Yes, Mono tries to keep up, but not everything is like you lay it down. For instance, the C# 3.0 and 4.0 standard was implemented before the respective releases from Microsoft. As soon as the standard is out Mono starts implementing it and tries to keep up with any changes the beta releases do. Usually it's up to date by the time the final release is out.

As for newer APIs someone needs to implement the changes/new ones. Some APIs aren't ever implemented for the lack of interest. But the point is, if you want to be cross platform with C#, you can. ASP.Net, Linux, Windows, OS X and even stuff like iPhone and Android.

more than 4 years ago
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How Can an Old-School Coder Regain His Chops?

alexmipego Re:C-sharp (565 comments)

Mono can run way more apps than Wine, specially if you include ASP.Net sites.

Of course, most programmers do stupid mistakes that make it impossible to run in another environment than Windows. The most common one is handling paths like "C:\..." in which case there's nothing Mono can do.

The sources for the main libraries are available from Microsoft and they even include installers so you can see them while debugging an application. I said kinda because the Microsoft license isn't exactly compatible with everything else out there and it isn't exactly built around a community you can simply commit a patch.

more than 4 years ago

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Best way to publish 'Indie' research paper

alexmipego alexmipego writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alexmipego (903944) writes "I'm a developer and a few months ago while working on a common geodesic problem (distance between 2 GPS points), I started to research a new algorithm that greatly improves the performance over existing algorithms. After re-learning a lot of math I'm now fairly close to the final algorithm after which I'll run extensive benchmarks comparing my algorithm with the most commonly used ones. After spending so much time on this, and if the final results are positive, I feel that simply posting this type of work on a blog might not be the best option, so I'm looking into something more formal like a research paper. I've no experience on those, not even read a complete one, so my first question is what resources do you recommend to learn how to write one? And even after I write it I can't expect to be published by 'Science' or other high profile publications. So where should I send it to make it known by people on the respective fields and be taken seriously?"
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