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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

cosmin_c When you invest in innovation... (275 comments)

... as opposed to ripping your customers off, of course you're not a real business. Ballmer is the best person to attest to that. Not that Amazon doesn't ocasionally rip people off, then again they invest a lot in new stuff, which is quite nice.

5 days ago
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

cosmin_c Re:Summary (124 comments)

I like it how people realise that human experimentation means that people are going to die only when it concerns aggressive diseases that make the headlines in popular press (be it online or offline). Let me shed some light on this - a lot of people died of heart disease whilst heart medication was tested simply because the studies needed to be "double-blind" to ensure statistics' accuracy - thus medication that otherwise would've saved their lives was withheld. You can dress it anyway you like, but dying from Ebola during trials is the same as dying of heart disease during a heart drug trial, it's only slower and more painful in the latter case. Death is death, no matter how you look at it. And let's not go into details of other diseases, I picked heart disease since it's one of the most common killers in nowadays' society. And this is what makes drug development in itself a noble endeavour, but trials are always walking a dark grey line. And this is coming from someone who is a doctor and realises that trials are mandatory since we can't (at least nowadays) quantify the efficiency of a drug.

about a week ago
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Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking

cosmin_c This is beyond sad (59 comments)

I can't understand why this made /. since it shouldn't have made the (nonexistent) school physics paper. Oh, if you look through this little thing, there are things that automagically disappear. Doesn't matter if you look at the object from another angle and not through a lens, it isn't cloaked anymore. I think people need to understand that is not cloaking, it's just a very complicated explanation for a phenomena that's well known. So unless they have a lens that can surround an object from all sides that could cloak said object... then again it might just be easier to develop the theory behind just using energy waves, then inertia dampeners.

about a month ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

cosmin_c It isn't only Windows 8 (304 comments)

I'm using Windows 7 and I was affected by this. I can't fathom the depths of ineptitude required to release such an update, to be perfectly honest.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

cosmin_c Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

... that can be given that Elon Musk isn't one of the best humans out there? Let me elaborate a bit. In an age of chasing profits and cut-throat competition and where the most ruthless are getting rich, there are some people chasing another type of enrichment. And this comes after giving up on patents. I don't know this man, but it'd be an honour to shake his hand. I simply got nothing that could do justice. Nikola Tesla would indeed be proud.

about 2 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

cosmin_c Re:Car analogy? (317 comments)

Could someone explain this to me with a car analogy?

I got nothing :\

about 2 months ago
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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

cosmin_c Re: I wouldn't worry so much about Chernobyl... (167 comments)

You can't wish radioactive particles to "be gone". They do have a half-life, but for example the Ce-137 that's depicted in my link has a half-life of ~30 years. And it's spewed continuously into the ocean and spread around the world. The Bikini Atoll experiments resulted in sea-life in general being hundreds of times more radioactive than the norm because those elements, and guess where that radioactivity ended up - on people's tables. Saying it's safe to swim around the sunken ships is interesting to say the least. My point is that radioactive particles don't just "go away" and their generation can overwhelm the moderating capabilities (i.e. dilution) of the sea water. And it isn't reasonable to think that having radioactive material being spewed into the ocean like that is all-right.

about 7 months ago
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Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

cosmin_c Re:Best way to let someone know something's amiss (148 comments)

It isn't debatable that humankind lacks the enforcement agencies to deal with this kind of stuff. IT&C isn't a particular new field, but stuff happens a lot faster here and in the last 20 or so years we've witnessed terrible abuse and incompetence when dealing with IT-related stuff - and yes, this includes jailing/fining 10 year olds for one song downloaded from the internet. For example, in this particular case - and the case of leaving a text file with "dude, your security lacks" - a specialized agency would clearly investigate and conclude that the person was meaning well and didn't access any sensitive files, nor did he copy them - thus calming the hysterical and re-assuring people. Maybe issue a communique stating this, this and that and why securing your wi-fi network is really a good idea. Stuff that getting people arrested for nothing doesn't really solve, the Police should have better things to do than investigate why there's an anonymous text file in an unsecured location over a network. But then again, why invest in something that actually makes sense.

about 8 months ago
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Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

cosmin_c Best way to let someone know something's amiss (148 comments)

Is a text file. The average computer user will not go and dig through log files, nor they will go around on the internet reading everything about each vulnerability that is exposed everyday. Years ago I copy pasted a similar text file to computers on a neighbourhood network, letting them know those specific folders were exposed on the local network and also been given r/w permissions. I was (and somehow still am) a humble user, passionate about tech, but I can always appreciate the heads-up. Just did what I think I'd like done if I were to accidentally share something on the local network, since although it might not be sensitive at first, mistakes are made regularly.

about 8 months ago
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EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

cosmin_c Guilty until proven innocent (364 comments)

I am starting to think there isn't really a place on this planet that won't be under surveillance at a point in the next 10-20 years. Buying a smartphone? Welcome to being under surveillance because you just might be a terrorist. Buy a car? Welcome to being under surveillance because you just might be a getaway driver (who's stupid enough to use his own car). I am all for more security measures to stop car thieves, thus I installed my own GPS tracker on my car, but that's something only I have access to, not everybody and their grandmother. Also, the problem with putting backdoors in stuff is making stuff less secure. What if somebody hacks your car and starts playing around with stuff just for lulz? I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

about 8 months ago
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New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin

cosmin_c technology shouldn't replace expertise (124 comments)

As a doctor I can say this is rubbish. IV access and venepuncture isn't done by visualizing the vein, it's done by using anatomy knowledge to palpate and find a vein that's robust enough to take the needle/cannula. If it's done by sight alone, then it's wrong, there are plenty of visible veins that collapse as soon as a needle is inserted. This reminds me of the attempt to give patients local anaesthesia before having a cannula inserted, which was proved to be a rubbish solution. If you're a patient, I can feel your pain, but do understand we're there to make you better and we loathe the idea of causing you pain via needles. It's just something that has to happen until we find a way of giving medication wirelessly.

about a year ago
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Not All USB Power Is Created Equal

cosmin_c Or use what already exists (240 comments)

Like this little thing and also learn what the numbers and values mean. Got two, they work great and they're consistent with more pricier measurement options.

about a year ago
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Two Sailors Injured When Drone Crashes Into US Navy Guided Missile Cruiser

cosmin_c well... (109 comments)

Honey, I'm home!

about a year ago
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Pentagon Readies Contingency Plans Due To BlackBerry's Uncertain Future

cosmin_c Re:Government (44 comments)

Obviously it'd be better to give them iPhones and Android phones so they can play Angry Birds. That will definitely increase productivity.

about a year ago
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Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review: GK110, Fully Unlocked

cosmin_c More like fully unleashed (88 comments)

Basically the Titan was a publicity stunt. The 780Ti is faster and a lot cheaper. Then again, the R290s are just as fast as a Titan and a lot cheaper, but it seems they have some cooling (throttling) issues. One should wait for the custom cooled R290s if the target are games and just get a 780Ti if you really need the CUDA processing (e.g. Adobe applications like Premiere). Also, as for the price, it's top-end, it's normal to be expensive. One can game with a GTX670 or a GTX770, which are more than enough and a lot cheaper.

about a year ago
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Why Organic Chemistry Is So Difficult For Pre-Med Students

cosmin_c Re:Doctor's perspective (279 comments)

well there was that one time that I used that knowledge to go all MacGyver and save a patient's life while in a tropical rainforest by injecting them with a fumarase inhibitor I quickly made using only chewing gum and local herbs, but other than that ... And that's one life you saved with "irrelevant" knowledge, well done :)

about a year ago
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Why Organic Chemistry Is So Difficult For Pre-Med Students

cosmin_c Re:Doctor's perspective (279 comments)

Some of them do, some of then only the generic, but it helps to put stuff into context either way, as I mentioned in the previous comment it's about making connections and organic chem is strongly connected to biochem and both to pharmacology via omnidirectional links.

about a year ago
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Why Organic Chemistry Is So Difficult For Pre-Med Students

cosmin_c Re:Doctor's perspective (279 comments)

The interesting thing is that Pharmacology comes easy only if you came to master organic chemistry and biochemistry. They complete each other, fit together nicely in the "master puzzle" and allow you to see the big picture, thus terms like LD50 and bioavailability come naturally and just fit there. Obviously formal training in general makes you think of organic/carbon chemistry and drug classes as totally different things, but it's like saying one's arm is a total different thing from one's leg (which is true), but forgetting that they're both part of one's body, with interactions and dependencies. I would stress here that the importance of visualizing at least the main (active) parts of the drug molecule when reading what it is is ultimately less important for a practicing clinician, or even researcher. But I find that when it sparks to me whilst reading the drug name that it suddenly becomes clear what that thing does. I can't really explain it, it's become a reflex. I do get strange looks from colleagues, I have to admit. As another poster said, it all boils down to the teachers. If they are dedicated and talented and you are lucky enough that they all are and they're not smug so that they won't build on the foundation that's already set by their predecessors, then it's a beautiful flow of knowledge. If said flow is interrupted at any point, the damage isn't irreversible, but the whole picture begins to be harder to grasp. As an example, I had excellent chemistry teachers all the way to medical school, but I had terribad physics teacher on the same route and I had (and still have) to compensate by doing ridiculous amounts of reading and self-explaining.

about a year ago

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