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Northrop Grumman Says 'I'm Sorry' For Virginia IT Outage

edwebdev I first read the headline as (168 comments)

"Northrop Grumman Says 'I'm Sorry' For Virginia IT Outrage"

about 4 years ago
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Facebook's "Evil Interfaces"

edwebdev Re:Bathrooms (244 comments)

Is it a large building? A lot of buildings use this arrangement because alternating the location of the men's and women's bathrooms minimizes the average distance-to-bathroom. For example, if the men's bathroom on my floor is on the north side and I work on the south side, going up one floor to the south-side bathroom there would be faster than going to the north-side bathroom on the other end of my floor.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook's "Evil Interfaces"

edwebdev Re:I don't blame him but.... (244 comments)

Mark is already rich. At this point, he's doing it out of narcissism or some other non-financial reason.

more than 4 years ago
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US Changes How Air Travelers Are Screened

edwebdev Racial profiling (260 comments)

"screeners will stop passengers for additional security if they match certain pieces of known intelligence" = carte blanche for profiling by race, religion, ethnicity, etc., especially when the pieces of intelligence are known only to the screeners.

more than 4 years ago
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How Norway Fought Staph Infections

edwebdev Re:Stop with the drugs already (595 comments)

Vaccines and antibiotics are fundamentally different (flu shots and other vaccines are not part of the superbug problem), but the mindset remains the same.

more than 4 years ago
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How Norway Fought Staph Infections

edwebdev This article is so RIGHT (595 comments)

So much of modern antibiotic use (at least in the U. S.) is hugely irresponsible. Doctors prescribe antibiotics not because they are necessary, but because they are heckled by patients who want a prescription to justify their trip to the doctor's office and because they are encouraged by pharmaceutical companies to move their products.

Anybody who knows anything about biochemistry and/or pharmaceuticals knows that novel drugs that are SAFE and EFFECTIVE are enormously expensive to develop and clinically test. It's idiotic to use these medical tools, which have finite effectiveness due to resistance development, unless they are truly necessary.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria develop their resistance at a cost - a resistant organism that can out-survive normal bacteria in the presence of antibiotics will probably die out in a normal environment if it hasn't already gained an overwhelming majority. The mutations that provide antibiotic resistance will, in most cases, make the organism less fit or efficient than an unresistant strain in an antibiotic-free environment. The fact that Norway's policies are working is partial proof of this.

In short, people are idiots and everyone should really be following the example the Norwegians have set here.

more than 4 years ago
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Insurgent Attacks Follow Mathematical Pattern

edwebdev Asimov's Psychohistory (6 comments)

From Wikipedia:

Psychohistory, a fictional science in Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe, combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics to make (nearly) exact predictions of the collective actions of very large groups of people, such as the Galactic Empire.

more than 4 years ago
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Gravatars Can Leak Users' Email Addresses

edwebdev Re:Public address (170 comments)

Which is why I checked the md5 hash and found that it matches before posting :)

more than 4 years ago
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Gravatars Can Leak Users' Email Addresses

edwebdev Re:Public address (170 comments)

Here's a Slashdot post that shows my e-mail address next to my username.

Who will be the first to crack it?

Fixed that for you.

more than 4 years ago
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US No Longer Leading the World In Spam

edwebdev Re:I beg to differ ... (96 comments)

That's SPAM consumption you're talking about, not SPAM production.

more than 4 years ago
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US No Longer Leading the World In Spam

edwebdev U. S. continues to fall behind (96 comments)

I thought it was bad enough when the U. S. was falling behind the rest of the world in health care and science education. Now we've fallen behind in spam generation as well?!?! Come on people! This is a wake-up call if ever I heard one!

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

edwebdev Re:Grad student with huge loans (1259 comments)

If you read some of my responses to AC posts, I think you will find your questions mostly answered.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

edwebdev Re:Grad student with huge loans (1259 comments)

For me, it was less about getting "the college experience" and more about going to a large, well-regarded research university. I wish I could go back and see how it would have worked out if I had done things differently, but at this point there is no way to know if the better university was worth the extra debt.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

edwebdev Re:Grad student with huge loans (1259 comments)

The point is not that everything doesn't work out in the end. The point is that too many obstacles are being thrown up in front of people who want to get an advanced education. It does not make sense to do this. While it sucks for me and people like me in the short term, the more important thing is that it hurts the society as a whole in the long term. Fleecing grad students is a net win for the banks and a net loss for the country.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

edwebdev Re:Grad student with huge loans (1259 comments)

Postponing grad school would have significantly hobbled an scientific research career; more than a few years would have been required to pay off my loans. In case you didn't notice, a career in science is not lucrative and our country needs scientists and engineers badly. I don't think I should get special treatment - I think that EVERYONE should have access to more practical ways to finance an education than are currently available.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

edwebdev Re:Grad student with huge loans (1259 comments)

I don't think grad school is an entitlement, and I worked hard day and night for four years in physics and chemistry to earn the right to attend graduate school. However, I recognize that postponing grad school for a few to several years would have a negative impact on a scientific/academic career. Our system of educational financing should not penalize individuals who want to pursue an advanced education, and right now it does. As far as taxpayers go, I am a taxpayer and believe that the government should subsidize education FAR more that it does right now. Educated citizens are the future of any nation.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

edwebdev Re:Grad student with huge loans (1259 comments)

I think you must have loans that are somehow different from mine. While I don't have to make payments on most of my loans while I'm in grad school, the interest continues to accrue. I would also like to propose a distinction between "whining" and anecdotally highlighting a situation that is both unfair to individuals who decide to pursue an advanced education and harmful to the intellectual and scientific health of the country.

more than 4 years ago
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Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

edwebdev Grad student with huge loans (1259 comments)

I'm in a situation similar to the person featured in the article - interest accrues on my student loans at a rate of several thousand dollars per year, even WHILE I'M IN GRAD SCHOOL and have no reasonable means to pay down the principal. My tuition, even at a public undergraduate institution, was $30k + per year. I personally know many, many other grad students in my position. It's outrageous that the people the government and banks should be supporting - those who spend nearly a decade earning an advanced education - are being fleeced left and right.

more than 4 years ago

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Plastic Logic Cancels QUE ProReader

edwebdev edwebdev writes  |  about 4 years ago

edwebdev (1304531) writes "In an e-mail sent to Plastic Logic subscribers, Plastic Logic's CEO, Richard Archuleta, canceled the much-anticipated line of e-readers after months of delays. The company claims that it is canceling the product in order to shift its attention to a second-generation device based on the same polymer electronics. Plastic Logic's ProReader was beat to release by the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle DX, which no doubt factored heavily into the decision to cancel the line as one of the devices main selling points was its large e-ink screen.



August 31, 2010

Dear Plastic Logic follower:

You may have read the news that we have cancelled our QUE product and are shifting our focus to a second-generation ProReader product. With the product delays we have experienced, and in recognition that the eReader market has dramatically changed, it no longer make sense for us to move forward with our first generation electronic reading product.

This was a hard decision, but we believe it is the best one for our company, our investors and for our customers. We remain excited about the potential to productize our thin, light and shatter-proof technology in a next generation ProReader device.

We do hope you will stay on our list of those interested in knowing about our progress and details of our next generation product. If you'd like to remain on our list, please click here. . If not, we can understand.

Thanks again for your interest in Plastic Logic,

Richard Archuleta

CEO, Plastic Logic"

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Satellites to issue speeding tickets from space

edwebdev edwebdev writes  |  more than 4 years ago

edwebdev (1304531) writes "A new type of speed cameras which can use satellites to measure average speed over long distances are being tested in Britain. The cameras, which combine number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver, are similar to those used in roadworks. The AA said it believed the new system could cover a network of streets as opposed to a straight line, and was “probably geared up to zones in residential areas.”"
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GE Health Releases Hand-Held Ultrasound Scanner

edwebdev edwebdev writes  |  more than 4 years ago

edwebdev (1304531) writes "An ultrasound scanner the size of a large mobile phone has been launched in Europe and North America. The Vscan can be used to image the heart and other organs. The portable device could offer a rapid early diagnosis in hospital and the community."
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