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Promising New Drug May Cure Malaria

brainzach There are already many drugs that can cure malaria (190 comments)

Malaria is so common in Africa that most Africans don't consider it to be that big of a deal. You get malaria, go to the doctor and take some medication and then get better. Over time, your immune system will be more resistant to malaria so you don't get as sick.

Malaria is a serious disease for those who don't have access to medicine and is left untreated for a period of time. A new medication is not going to help much if people don't have access to it.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years

brainzach Re:Better Article (378 comments)

To be fair, none of the old Microsoft logos were that great to begin with.

about 2 years ago
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Sources Say ITU Has Approved Ultra-High Definition TV Standard

brainzach Re:useless aspect ratio (341 comments)

The 16:9 aspect ratio is better for multitasking since you can view two windows side by side.

It's usefulness is diminished when using a multi-monitor set up, but the majority of the market uses a single monitor.

about 2 years ago
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10 Internet Connections At Same Time

brainzach Pointless (152 comments)

Interesting concept, but I don't see the practical use.

How many times do you need that fast of Internet connection on the go AND have access to several unsecured WiFi hotspots at the same time?

One fast reliable WiFi connection is a simpler solution that accomplishes the same thing.

about 2 years ago
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Bad Software Runs the World

brainzach Re:Nothing New (349 comments)

I think software engineers share just as much of the blame. Even if they write good clean code, they are usually terrible at making something user friendly and their solutions can be rather wonky.

The challenge of making good software is getting business people and engineers working together. If one side has too much power, the likely result will be crap.

more than 2 years ago
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Two More HIV Patients Now Virus-Free Thanks To Bone Marrow Transplant

brainzach Re:Immunosupressants? (159 comments)

The mortality rates have a lot to do with the health of the patient and how well of a match they can get. Things get tricky because having graft vs hosts disease helps cure the cancer part because it will attack cancer cells before the rest of the body.

The challenge is finding someone who is an exact match and have the genetics that is resistant to HIV. It might work for those lucky few, but people already have challenges finding a match without the HIV criteria.

more than 2 years ago
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Two More HIV Patients Now Virus-Free Thanks To Bone Marrow Transplant

brainzach Re:Immunosupressants? (159 comments)

You only have to take immunosuppressants for a year or two with a bone marrow transplant. The bone marrow will learn to recognize your body after a while.

The real danger is there is about 15 to 50% dying from the treatment itself. It is probably better to use current HIV treatments and only use the bone marrow transplant as a last resort, similar to what they do for cancer.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Valve Wants To Port Games To Linux: Because Windows 8 Is a Catastrophe

brainzach Linux is a bigger catastrophe for gaming (880 comments)

Targeting a platform with 2% market share where the culture doesn't like paying for software is not a good business strategy.

Things like have a crappy interface and closed ecosystem is not going to stop game developers. Having a small market share and few paying customers will.

more than 2 years ago
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World Population Grows Beyond 7 Billion

brainzach Re:Alarmist (349 comments)

You are safe from overpopulation in the developed world, but it is still a major problem for the billions in the developing world.

more than 2 years ago
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World Population Grows Beyond 7 Billion

brainzach Re:We could easily stop this (349 comments)

Bringing billions of people around the world to the middle class is much more difficult than controlling population growth.

more than 2 years ago
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Modest Proposal For Stopping Hackers: Get Them Girlfriends

brainzach Re:Or legalize prostitution (566 comments)

Girlfriends are much more time consuming than prostitutes.

Prostitutes aren't going to drag you to dinner, parks, festivals, museums and make you watch a crappy movies with them all the time.

about 2 years ago
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What's Wrong With American Ninja Warrior?

brainzach Re:There must be a winner (349 comments)

Athletic competition is more exciting when there is a winner.

Marathons have one winner but the thousands of other finishers don't consider themselves failures. Many people think that finishing a marathon means that they accomplished something great despite losing.

more than 2 years ago
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What's Wrong With American Ninja Warrior?

brainzach Re:"Human interest bloat" (349 comments)

Human interest stories is how you draw casual fans into watching a niche sport. You need a story behind the competitors if you want to capture interest. In mainstream sports, you can know the storylines by watching the games on TV,reporters endless debates on ESPN or talking with your coworkers.

American Ninja Warrior doesn't have that same luxury so the producers have to add human interest stories and competitive storylines. This creates drama so that the viewer at home has something to root for or against. Having a bunch of anonymous contestants run an obstacle for purity sake is not going to cut it.

I don't usually watch swimming, but I will watch Michael Phelps go for 7 gold medals. The storyline is what makes it interesting, not the actual sport to the casual fan.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help In Education

brainzach Re:He's right. (575 comments)

Tablets are toys

You give kids iPads, and they will start playing games, checking Facebook, sending messages to classmates and watching Youtube.

more than 2 years ago
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Injected Proteins Protect Mice From Lethal Radiation Dose

brainzach Re:Cancer? (59 comments)

Most radiation treatment for cancer is localized so it isn't as big of a risk to the bone marrow..

If they are going to give some one total body irradiation, they will have to give you a stem cell transplant in order for you to survive.

more than 2 years ago
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Eben Moglen: Time To Apply Asimov's First Law of Robotics To Smartphones

brainzach Re:Impossible (305 comments)

You can't clearly define emotional or financial harm.

Emotional harm can be caused by posting something embarrassing on Facebook. Financial harm can be caused from buying an app.

more than 2 years ago
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Hip Hop Artists Developing Open Source Beat Making Software

brainzach Re:Open Source == FAIL (192 comments)

Open Source works better for some types of software more than others.

Audio software requires using audio engineers and guys who know a lot if math if you want to produce something that can be used professionally. This isn't the type of tasks that the average programmer can tackle.

more than 2 years ago
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Young Listeners Opt For Streaming Over Owning

brainzach Youtube (390 comments)

Everyone talks about Pandora, but it is Youtube is a major streaming service that you can listen to any music on demand. Why buy the song, when you listen to it for free as many times as you want? It's not perfect, but it is a big factor in young listeners music consuming habits.

more than 2 years ago

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