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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

carbonUnit42 Re:So ... (218 comments)

I understand what you're implying, but unlike chemical weapons, a virus is self replicating, and therefore, no need to make large quantities. Although my natural reaction is to 'panic' at the thought of these scientists doing this type of research, and all the imagined scenarios that run though my mind, I understand the importance of their work and the need to understand how the genetic mutations work, and the eventual interruption of the mutation process which would hopefully result in a cure. But my main concern is the experiment being replicated by someone with the intention of destruction, rather than research based on an eventual cure or vaccine.

about a month ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

carbonUnit42 But...... (702 comments)

Wouldn't a fully charged lithium battery be more of a security risk than a dead one?

about 2 months ago

Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?

carbonUnit42 Re:Predictions? (183 comments)

Wait, so what you're saying is, that I can watch one show, while recording another show, that's on a different channel? - With apologies to City Slickers. I also believe that it has a lot to do with exactly who is doing the instructing. My communications teacher, (electronic communications, wave guides, radio transmissions etc) was one hell of an engineer and any company would have been very happy to have him, but he couldn't teach. His course averaged a 60% failure rate and no matter how hard you studied, or asked questions, he was incapable of 'dumbing it down' where most people could grasp the concepts a lot easier.

about 6 months ago

PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

carbonUnit42 People Eating.... (191 comments)

Terraformed Animals* *TM Pending

about 7 months ago

Why Copyright Trolling In Canada Doesn't Pay

carbonUnit42 Re:Sounds like a problem (98 comments)

Available for purchase is one of the reasons I used to use software like Limewire, or, in actuality, not available in my country. Living in Canada, iTunes US and iTunes Canada had different collections of music available for purchase. I could find a song on iTunes US, but not available on iTunes Canada, and because I do live in Canada, I could not easily order it off of iTunes US. If the right's holder decides to maintain the rights to a song, and not allow me to purchase it legally in my own country, then why should you be allowed to sue for copyright infringement, considering you're not making it available for me to purchase legally? I would like to see copyright reform in the sense of by maintaining the copyright in say, a country like Canada, but you're not willing to release the copyrighted material for whatever reason, then say, after a period of 5 years, you must sell or give up the copyright. It never made much sense to me for a rights holder to not allow a consumer to legitimately purchase a song, and then bitch and complain when the frustrated consumer finds other means to acquire the same song that you refused to make available for purchase.

about 7 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

carbonUnit42 Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

But the popcorn was buttered. Surely that counts as being a salted.

about 8 months ago

Canadian Mint To Create Digital Currency

carbonUnit42 Re:A better name (298 comments)

My vote is for Wi-Loon!

more than 2 years ago

How Google's Autonomous Vehicles Work

carbonUnit42 Re:But... (295 comments)

"Yes, there are some additional conditions which are not practical (like the driving the path manually before to record a precise map), but it has been done." But is it possible that the whole streetview concept was a leadup to the self driving cars? It would seem unlikely that the whole streetview concept was strictly to produce 'pretty maps'. If Google knew that their program needed a precise map, then why not collect this data along with the image data collected for streetview?

more than 2 years ago

IPhone 4 Survives 1,000 Foot Fall From Plane

carbonUnit42 Re:G's (222 comments)

Stupid typo - 'no affect'.....

more than 3 years ago

IPhone 4 Survives 1,000 Foot Fall From Plane

carbonUnit42 Re:G's (222 comments)

Well see, that's how it survived then. The phone was probably a 3G model so 1G would have not affect on it.

more than 3 years ago

Air Force Supercomputer Made From PS3's

carbonUnit42 Re:Can you imagine (212 comments) would be a 'cluster' all right........ ;-)

more than 3 years ago

Hacker Posts His Crime On YouTube, Lands In Jail

carbonUnit42 So..... (176 comments)

I'm assuming he wasn't part of 'Anonymous' then? ;-)

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Phone Maker ZTE Turns Down WP7

carbonUnit42 Re:Other than paid reviewers, (292 comments)

I went the opposite way. I had an old HTC Touch running Win Mobile 6, and I hated every minute of that phone. Issues that irked me? Touch screen doesn't shut off while on a call. One volume for the entire phone. So if I wanted to put my phone on vibrate, or silence mode so not to be awakened by a wrong number, the alarm clock wouldn't work because the alarm was tethered with the phones ringer volume. If I wanted to check my hotmail account, and the server was not responding for any reason, the cancel button on the phone was totally useless. Pressing it just meant, sure, I'll retry, over and over and over again. Had to pull the battery more than once to stop that endless loop. I've read on some reviews for the new Win7 phone that yes, it still only has the one volume control for the entire phone. I was so pissed with my old HTC that I went to an iPhone. I have the older iPhone 3GS and I love it. What I see as an issue for MS is that they're stuck in this corporate mentallity, and unless they start to fully understand the consumer's wants and needs, and not what corporate clients want in their products, then they will always be a follower. MS needs to get out of the mindset of trying to tether all their products together in everything they do. I don't need a phone that can talk to my XBox, (which I don't own), or sync with Outlook, (which I don't use) or MS Office, (Open Office user), Zune, (iPod user) and so on. Build a phone for corporate users who want those features, but build a true consumer friendly phone as well. Until MS actually starts to understand the consumer and their needs, they will always be behind the eight ball.

more than 3 years ago

Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

carbonUnit42 Re:homework analogies aside (693 comments)

But is not the whole point of a search engine is to return relevant results? I would suspect that if Bing was using their own algorithm, why would it not return zero results for any of the random terms that Google used in their honeypot experiment? It would seem that Bing is blurring the lines somewhat between an actual search engine, (er, decision engine?) and a good 'click tracker'. If MicroSoft wants to compete against Google, maybe they should focus their efforts on combining relevancy with tracking users clicks, and not just, as this article suggests, offer up results because some user 'clicked on it a few times'.

more than 3 years ago


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