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AIDS Vaccine Is Partially Successful

catmandi Re:HIV Vaccine (317 comments)

I went and had a look at the aforementioned article. I stand by what I said. The vaccine may not create HIV antibodies, but it still prevents the virus from progressing (maybe). You can't have a vaccine against a syndrome, since by its definition, a syndrome is: "In medicine and psychology, the term syndrome refers to the association of several clinically recognizable features, signs (observed by a physician), symptoms (reported by the patient), phenomena or characteristics that often occur together, so that the presence of one feature alerts the physician to the presence of the others. In recent decades the term has been used outside of medicine to refer to a combination of phenomena seen in association." (wikipedia, of course). You immunize against a virus (however that may work) leading to a symptomatic disease, you TREAT the disease itself.

more than 4 years ago

AIDS Vaccine Is Partially Successful

catmandi Re:HIV Vaccine (317 comments)

*bows before Lord Ender, retreats fearfully*

more than 4 years ago

AIDS Vaccine Is Partially Successful

catmandi Re:HIV Vaccine (317 comments)

Jesus did - I quote: "Look after the shop, I'm just going to grab a pack of cigarettes."

more than 4 years ago

AIDS Vaccine Is Partially Successful

catmandi HIV Vaccine (317 comments)

I'm not normally a stickler for these, but AIDS is a syndrome, HIV is the virus that causes it. The vaccine can prevent you from acquiring HIV and thence from developing AIDS. It's not a cure, it's a preventative measure.

more than 4 years ago

250-Foot Hybrid Airship To Spy Over Afghanistan In

catmandi A really good idea, except for that one thing... (343 comments)

This kind of airship will, once at operating altitude, be essentially be impossible to shoot down unless the enemy has a true SAM based defense (e.g. SA-11). SAM would have no problems locking on, as they tend to be driven by an active radar on the ground - I doubt you could hide something that big from radar in any useful way (although, I wonder if making it extra radar reflective might not actually work better since it would give the missile to large an area to aim for?). Stingers have a useful ceiling of around 15,000 feet, and they're driven by infra-red, which means you probably wouldn't get a lock on.* The only other thing that would work would be a proper flak gun at around 88mm. While there's a lot of those lying around Afghanistan, getting them in working order, manning them, and providing reliable ammo would all be very problematic. Remember that flak is only really useful if someone is manning it 24/7 - the ceiling might be enough, but the range is terrible. * Of course, the problem with all this is that given the MOUNTAINS in Afghanistan, I wonder if there isn't a shoulder fired active radar missile available. The ceiling wouldn't have to be 20,000 feet, but rather 20,000 feet - the height of the mountain the defender is standing on. Also, it looks gay.

more than 4 years ago

Your Browser History Is Showing

catmandi Re:Did not work for me (174 comments)

After the outcry over the adblock plus filter snafu, NoScript has stopped adding any filters to adblocking extensions.

IIRC, there was a movement to vote NoScript down so that it would be required to undergo a full code review of each update. The author apologised and removed the offending code.

You show me a better protection from JS and other plugins and I'll install it. But you can't, because there isn't anything in NoScript's league.

more than 5 years ago

Would You Add Easter Eggs To Software Produced At Work?

catmandi Re:Easter Eggs are unprofessional (747 comments)

"All it takes is seeing a co-worker having his ass kicked because a manager had his chewed off by an angry client" Really? To each his own, but imagine the scene... kaladorn is sitting at his desk, working on speeding up the database lookups for the new software. Suddenly, the manager walks in, accompanied by two burly police officers. They stop at Jeff's desk, with the officers taking up positions either side of his chair. Jeff looks at kaladorn, his eyes screaming for help. But kaladorn knows better; he's seen this too many times - nothing can help Jeff now. Without warning, the officer on the left takes out his nightstick; a sickening thud resounds through the office as the baton hits Jeff in the temple, sending him to the floor. They work quickly, and Jeff's screams become little more than a whimper. The manager, silent throughout, steps over to the crumpled, shaking figure on the floor and calmly pours his coffee on him. The officers slip out of the room, and the manager calmly turns around and in a slight voice says "Simon, I'm going to need you to fill in for Jeff for the next few days. Remember everyone - we're shipping next Thursday. I think we all appreciate why this contract is so important." New job much?

more than 5 years ago


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