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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

eric31415927 Human Subjects (89 comments)

When the human testing starts, should it be old people first? afftected-continent people first? family-receives-high-payment people first?

I think they should be volunteers at the very least.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

eric31415927 Re:Other strange update issues.. (138 comments)

My experience somewhat mirriors yours:
On the 2nd Tuesday, I connected my Win7 box to the Internet to install the 2nd Tuesday patches.
After reading a Slashdot article, I uninstalled two patches on the bad-patch list.

Yesterday, I connected it to the Internet to install the August 27 patches.
This was a no go. Windows Update was broken and the Windows Update Troubleshooter was no use.
Only a rollback to a mid-July restore point got the machine going properly again.

My Windows box (which is not my main box) is generally off the Internet, so I don't know why I patched it so promptly.
In the future, I'll wait a few weeks longer before applying patches.

4 days ago
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Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

eric31415927 Pre-Crime Social Dangerousness (146 comments)

Stop the crime before it happens.
Someone should make a movie about this.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

eric31415927 TOR (427 comments)

I hear these onion routers are all the rage now.

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

eric31415927 Re: Different colors (267 comments)

I pass the colour-blindness tests very quickly with each eye. However, colour intensity varies between my eyes. One eye sees a bright world. It's a more faded world with the other eye. I attribute the difference to ageing rods/cones/whatever. I didn't have this problem when I was younger.

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

eric31415927 Re: Home-Built PVR (391 comments)

I use an external Silicon Dust Home Run, which picks up OTA signals.

about a month ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

eric31415927 Home-Built PVR (391 comments)

A simple PVR doesn't need the bells and whistles of newer computers. I recently purchased the components and assembled one.

about a month ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

eric31415927 Atari (701 comments)

In the game of go, calling Atari is encouraged among novice players.

about a month and a half ago
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New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

eric31415927 Death (100 comments)

So what are the value of Bob bucks when Bob dies?

about a month and a half ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

eric31415927 Handwriting (244 comments)

Physician handwriting is as indecipherable as Navajo code talk.

about a month and a half ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

eric31415927 Re: Computer Chess (285 comments)

Chess algorithms are a measure of the budding ability of programers.

When you can write a chess algorithm that can beat yourself at chess, ...
(When you can snatch the pebble from my hand, ... [Kung Fu])

about 2 months ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

eric31415927 Re:Countdown timers are only for pedestrians? (579 comments)

Drivers should use whatever information is out there to avoid accidents.

I have seen leadfoots speed up when the count was low. Bad driving (excessive speed) is rewarded with more tickets and accidents leading to higher insurance rates . In light of this story, perhaps not enough tickets are being issued.

I have seen bus drivers slow down in similar situations. Good driving benefits everyone.

about 2 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

eric31415927 Re: Madame Curie (208 comments)

Marie SkÅodowska-Curie was Polish. Her friends and family called her Panni as opposed to Madame.

about 3 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

eric31415927 Do you know when you had your last tetanus shot? (493 comments)

I cannot remember when I had my last tetanus shot, and my doctor's records don't show it. I, for one, would welcome a national registry that could keep better records than me and my doctor.

about 3 months ago
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How Free-To-Play Is Constricting Mobile Games

eric31415927 Multi user games (115 comments)

I like old Avalon Hill strategy battle type games. We paid $60 each for them - and I'd buy modern computerized versions of them at the same price. Each player could use their mobile/tablet as his or her interface. Common elements (i.e. public information) could be displayed on a large TV or computer screen. Why aren't these games (re)made?

about 4 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

eric31415927 Refunds indicate bad tax planning (632 comments)

A large refund is a sign of poor tax planning. You are getting your own money back without interest. In light of this story, you may not even get your own money back if the feds take it.

Arrange your source deductions and installment payments so that you don't get a refund.

It would be better to owe $2K each year than to expect refunds.

about 5 months ago

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Poll Suggestion: How do you keep your software updated?

eric31415927 eric31415927 writes  |  about a year ago

eric31415927 (861917) writes "1) Automagically — no questions asked
2) Command line — old school
3) Simple graphical frontend — i.e. Aptitude
4) Full GUI — i.e. Google Play, Mac Store, Windows Update, Synaptic
5) Update schmupdate — I don't have time for updates!"

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