Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Integrating Capacitors Into Car Frames

arivanov Re:What could go wrong? (189 comments)

No boom today, boom tomorrow, there will always be a boom tomorrow.

Damn, someone needs to put the things into perspective here...

more than 3 years ago
top

US Preserves Smallpox For Defense

arivanov Re:Duh. (248 comments)

The paper you are referring to mentions modifying cowpox to become virulent, not rebuilding smallpox from scratch. In fact that is not mentioned at all and that is for a reason - it cannot be done at present. Anyone who says they can rebuild it better put their money where their mouth is and do it with cawpox which is similarly sequenced. Not that they will be able at the tech level of today.

Read the paper again - it goes through how many things we do not know about how smallpox works - the proteins which nobody knows how they work, the inhibition of immune system, etc. By the way, the relationship to HIV is also of considerable interest and there is potential benefit to the humanity as a whole if we find how to study it. If being vaccinated against smallpox or having had smallpox actually confers at least some level of HIV resistance... Hmm... That is an interesting thought... To say the least...

more than 3 years ago
top

US Preserves Smallpox For Defense

arivanov Re:Duh. (248 comments)

No, You _CANNOT_ recreate smallpox from DNA sequence. Not yet. There is a world of difference between simple viruses which have been assembled in the lab like the polyo virus and a smallpox virus. In fact there is a world of difference between a SmallPox virus and Flu.

The SmallPox virus is _BIG_. It is so big that it is on the borderline to defy the common assumption that viruses are not visible under microscope. It carries a whole battery of own enzymes which are essential for the initial cycle of the infection. We have not yet learned how to build all these with the correct glycosylation (they have glycosides sticking on them same as your average eucariote protein). We are not in a position to assemble it either. If we were, we could assemble a whole eucariote cell which is not anywhere near the current science level. Same level of complexity more or less.

In 10 years we may be in a position to build it from sequence. Now - not a chance.

more than 3 years ago
top

HDMI Brands Don't Matter

arivanov Bollocks, for the most part... (399 comments)

And why do you think it matters? The only data in the HDMI spec which need to be isochronous, jitter and delay controlled, etc is _ONE_ _WAY_. You need several _MILES_ to get jitter between the signals on the different wires worth mentioning. The two way signals which can be influenced by this and used for keying, recognition of capabilities, etc are low bandwidth and non-realtime.

The only thing that matters for one-way serial connections like DVI or HDMI is reflections from the connectors (and transmitting/receiving electronics) and noise (especially from crosstalk). For 15 feet the cable needs to be really sh*t for these to show up.

In fact, just open up a player or a computer with a HDMI in/out and look at the traces coming/going from/to the connectors. They sometimes go for up to 10cm unprotected, unscreened and in HIGH NOISE environment. Snapping a 100$ cable on top of that because it "does not deteriorate the signal" is not just stupid, it is totally bonkers.

more than 3 years ago
top

Oracle's Android Claims Cut By 98%

arivanov Re:a judge with common sense (130 comments)

He will do a summary judgement at 20. So the reduction to 3 is actually only if the trial goes in front of a jury.

Most patent trials do not. If the summary judgement does not go the way the defendant wants it the defendant usually caves in and licenses at that point instead of being nuked by jury assigned damages.

In any case, that is only patents. Oracle has launched a salvo of license and copyright missiles as well.

more than 3 years ago
top

For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

arivanov Re:Multiple? (458 comments)

Agree - the "paranoiac" option of "Whatever + VPN" is missing.

I use WEP just to make freeloaders and iPhones go away. However, in order to get to anything once you are past the WEP, you actually have to set-up a VPN. So the real security and real encryption comes courtesy of AES256 OpenVPN, not any of the WiFi protos.

more than 3 years ago
top

Yes, an Armadillo Can Give You Leprosy

arivanov Re:Two tools can solve that problem. (151 comments)

Yeah, spread as much as possible of the infectious material into an aerosol in the air... Great idea. The last thing you need to do to a potentially infectious creature is to shoot it.

more than 3 years ago
top

3 Foxconn Employees Charged For Leaking iPad 2 Design

arivanov Re:that van may need to chgnge for that to work (178 comments)

China is not using the US 3-drug cocktail which will damage heart and other organs. It uses barbiturates which kill the prisoner as fast as the 3-drug and leave the organs nicely suited for harvesting. Further to this, it is a "clean brain death" so you can put the living vegetable on a ventilator for transport purposes if you want to. The only damaged organ may be liver and even that will happen if the vegetable is kept alive too long. If the liver is collected right away it will be in OK shape for transplant as well.

As far as HIV, HEP C, etc these are all tested in advance as well as the exact tissue matching.

In any case, my thoughts on the article are slightly different: "Only three? In China? You gotta be kidding"

more than 3 years ago
top

Ex-MS GM Can't Work 'Anywhere In the World' For Salesforce

arivanov Re:Nothing to see... (282 comments)

I have seen 18 month non-compete for lowly lab grunts in private R&D companies and trainee IPR people with circa 45K pound per annum. Anything but exec.

more than 3 years ago
top

NZ MP Enjoys Copyright Infringement, Votes For 3 Strikes

arivanov Re:Um, she says borrowing a CD/DVD is ok ... (220 comments)

It is legal to own. That ownership is not transferrable. It is not legal to sell, rent, loan or broadcast unless the local law explicitly grants some rights along those lines (only Germany IIRC).

Read the EULA.

more than 3 years ago
top

NZ MP Enjoys Copyright Infringement, Votes For 3 Strikes

arivanov Re:National Party token Asian (220 comments)

Poor albert... Or lucky albert. Depends on the perspective...

more than 3 years ago
top

Microsoft Adds Kinect Support For Netflix

arivanov You are missing the point (69 comments)

This gives a whole new dimension to the old "give me the remote". Just imagine this with two kids in the house (and they need not be Dash and Violet).

more than 3 years ago
top

Obama Administration Wants Your Old Email

arivanov Re:Obama acomplishments (639 comments)

The difference is how the money is consumed. The fact that the money is collected via payroll is of little relevance.

In an insurance based system theoretically, you can take your money and go to a different provider as long as said provider is happy to treat you for the regulated price.

In Sweden you originally could, then you could not, then you had again "patient choice" in the early 90-es, then you could not and so on. Now you see it, now you do not depending on how "social" is the current party in power. However the option to HAVE this is present and it is an inherent part of the "insurance" style system. That is what the original law of 1946 intended to.

Similarly, theoretically, you can set up a private clinic, pass a few regs and as long as you are happy to treat patients for the amount of money spec-ed by the insurance you can charge that to the national health insurance. AFAIK in Sweden presently, this is mostly theory (but the law actually allows it). In most other EU countries it is the practice and the norm.

UK is a take it or leave it with no such option. NHS is state funded and the option of taking your treatment money and going elsewhere is not available even in theory. Some people tried that one by going to France during the worst years of NHS under Blair. They even sued the UK in the EU court. The end-result is that you can now apply to the NHS itself to have your treatment elsewhere which is from the realm of "yeah, right, not that this will ever happen".

That is the fundamental difference between the rest of EU and the UK.

  Anyway, this is all hugely OT.

more than 3 years ago
top

Obama Administration Wants Your Old Email

arivanov Re:Obama acomplishments (639 comments)

Sweden is a mandatory health insurance country. National Health Insurance act of 1946 implemented since 1955.

It tried to do "national health care budget" in the 1980-es by adding extra funding different from insurance into the health budget. This resulted in a spectacular UK style fiasco with waiting lists, failing care and so on. It fixed some of it by going back to closer to the original system in the early 90-es only to have that axed on "we are not so far right" grounds and fail again. It is now looking to go back to where it started.

Out of all examples that mandatory health insurance works and should not be spoiled by budgetary injections it is probably the best one because you have a system that is mandatory insurance by law and a long set of data on how it fails when it is not executed as intended.

By the way - do some reading before calling other people idiots.

more than 3 years ago
top

Obama Administration Wants Your Old Email

arivanov Re:Obama acomplishments (639 comments)

It was a German idea originally from immediately after WW2 (1949 or so). USA conservatives copied it after it was adopted by all of Western Europe sans UK. In any case, that is how the medical system in all of Europe except UK works nowdays.

I have lived in the US, in a country with a regulated mandatory medical insurance (Bulgaria - it reformed to medical insurance from "socialist health for all") and in the UK which is the last remaining developed country worldwide with "pure socialist" style health system. Trust me, mandatory regulated insurance with regulated costings is exactly what you want and what you need if you want a working health system. We have yet to invent anything better.

The pre-Obama US system is broken - in the absense of regulatory oversight it is guaranteed to inflate costs while using doctors which are kept awake only by drugs at the end of a 30+ hour shift (I have friends who work in US A&E/ER so I know this first hand). So is the "socialist" UK one. You end up waiting 12+ months for treatment and receiving letters asking if you are still alive (I keep one of these as an example on why it is broken). What Obama did is the step in the right direction.

In any case - on article main subject:

1. I am not surprised.
2. That is why I run my mail server (with my mail dating back to 1999) till this day and it physically located where 3rd parties cannot access it.
3. That is why any data of any significance that leaves my systems (offsite backups,etc) is always encrypted AES256. I still keep a couple of Via C7s operational in my house for this exact reason - they can encrypt at up to 100Mbit/s "free of charge".

more than 3 years ago
top

Apple Remove Samba From OS X 10.7 Because of GPLv3

arivanov Re:Could the summary be more terrible? (1075 comments)

Kind'a. It prevents Apple using the software commercially within its business methods and business strategy.

Apple is a known "patents at dawn" company. That does not fit the GPLv3 mutual assured destruction patent clauses.

So while other companies can use GPLv3 commercially, Apple cannot do so. It will be in violation of the license the next time it tries to lob a patent nuke which is something it does on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, Apple is not alone here. Nearly all big companies are in the same position and they will follow suit. While I understand RMS aims and ideas here, that is really not the way. GPL should not be a replacement for court, legislation and enforcement.

more than 3 years ago
top

CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'

arivanov Re:the problem is the reverse (791 comments)

Quoting an old Russian joke (from one of their best stand-up comedians):

An American University is a strange entity where Russian professors teach Chinese students a technical discipline in English language.

more than 3 years ago
top

Citation Map Shows Top Science Cities

arivanov Re:A typical symptom (167 comments)

I would not say so.

That is what is the key factor in determining how much funding you get. The chart gives a good initial estimate of the likelihood for a site to produce a cited paper.

One comment however - the method used is skewed slightly against Russian and Chinese. These two countries still have a significant amount of stuff published in their native language journals and those tend to get less than average citations from abroad.

It is also surprising that places crippled by war and sanctions around ex Ugoslavia still deliver top science while cough cough some of their well off neighbours do not. It also shows the _REAL_ amount of innovation going on the Indian subcontinent. Good graph for slapping anyone talking about exporting research there.

more than 3 years ago
top

AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile From Deutsche Telekom

arivanov Re:Fucking Great (748 comments)

US T-Mobile is very different from T-Mob elsewhere. They use their own architecture and do things differently from the rest of the T-Mob franchises. This does not mean better - just different.

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

arivanov hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

arivanov has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>