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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?

etinin My experience: paper but focus on what's important (364 comments)

So, I'm still in the second semester of Med School but I have already tried a few things. iPad fails completely. Notebook does as well. Actually, even pen and paper do fail if you don't use them properly. What you should do is write what is really important down. Like stuff that you know might be hard to find on a book. You can get verbatim copies of everything your teacher has said from your colleagues, since there'll always be the one who writes everything down. But this material will be of limited usefulness when you're desperate before a test. What is actually rare is decent condensed material. You will seldom get this from your peers. Most people don't realise how important it is to figure out during the class what's important and what's not. If you know that, you'll get good grades and be a successful professional. It is useless to force every bit of useless crap down your memory if you won't remember it when you need it. It is far better to focus on what's important so you can properly retain it and study the bulky useless crap only close to tests as needed. If you really get the core of the subject, it'll be far easier to understand and memorize the rest anyway.

about 2 years ago

Apple In Trouble With Developers

etinin Choice (343 comments)

What is really different in this case is that customers have a choice. They cannot choose whether to buy or not from the app store when it comes to iOS devices.

more than 2 years ago

Subcontractor Tells Fukushima Workers To Hide Radiation Exposure

etinin Re:This is why we need more unions and more worker (439 comments)

Problem is that when you look at a country such as Brazil you have union leaders going around by helicopters while the ones who they represent can barely pay for their food. Heck, the current ruling party even got elected because of support from unions and the ones who they have most benefited are bankers and corporations. Point being that unions can be corrupted by corporations as much as politicians. Corruption arises from people. Countries which are culturally more ethic tend to be a lot less the corrupt. The right way of fixing the problem is from bottom to top, not from the top to the bottom.

more than 2 years ago

Nanoparticle Completely Eradicates Hepatitis C Virus

etinin Re:Deadlier? (104 comments)

There's always morbidity.

more than 2 years ago

How Chemistry Stymies Attempts To Regulate Synthetic Drugs

etinin Re:I don't understand (364 comments)

Thalidomide was a fucking medication. It was said to be safe. We're not talking about deregulation of health products. Thing is: If you want to take an unproven possibly dangerous chemical, that's your problem. Shit is that 'health agents' claimed thalidomide was safe. And really, nowadays you're much better off buying research chemicals from a reliable vendor, because you know what you're getting and the purity is good compared to street vendors. Of course, they sell pretty dangerous stuff as well. Now, that's the user's problem to find out what's gonna fuck them for a high and what is hather harmless. On a related note, LSD is a lot safer than stuff like acetaminophen. Do you know how many thousands of people die each year because of paracetamol-induced liver failure?

more than 2 years ago

MIT Study: Prolonged Low-level Radiation Exposure Poses Little Risk

etinin Low level radiation may be protective (142 comments)

My teacher, who has a PhD in Radiobiology, once did an experiment on the subject. He had two groups of mice. One of the groups was exposed to laser radiation. The other one was a control group. Both groups were then subjected to high energy ionizing radiation. Guess what: the ones who were exposed to the laser had a high survival rate than the ones who were not. So there is this belief that very low levels of radiation might actually activate your body's repair system without doing much damage. The caveat may be an increased incidence of mutations. We do not have many reliable methods to quantify that.

more than 2 years ago

Growth of Pseudoscience Harming Australian Universities

etinin Faith x Science (566 comments)

Well, while is is true that the descartian way of thought closes some doors, it opens many more. People are too willing to have faith in some treatment because they want it to work. Often belief is enough for it to present results, but you don't need an elaborate placebo "science" for that. Some german doctors were even prescribing placebo/vitamin pills to patients who thought they were sick and obtained great results (I believe there was a slashdot article about it). Unfortunately I happen to be studying medicine in one of the few serious institutions around the world that include homeopathy as an obligatory subject in medicine. And whenever I bring up the subject, someone claims that homeopathy works because they know someone whose symptoms were cured and improved. People really do underestimate the placebo effect.

more than 2 years ago

Doubling of CO2 Not So Tragic After All?

etinin Selfish... (747 comments)

Don't mean to troll, but... Those who say that kind of thing are people who live in relatively cold places. Come live in really warm places and see how much of a difference global warming is making.

more than 3 years ago

Stable Roentgenium Claimed Found In Gold

etinin Re:Why just with Gold? (160 comments)

It is closer chemically to gold, therefore gold would be a good starting place.

more than 2 years ago

David/Goliath Story Brewing Between Apple and iControlPad Makers

etinin I guess the Pandora will now come out... (264 comments)

I love Apple so much. I guess Craig will finally be able to ship my Pandora with the money he's going to get from the suit against Apple.

more than 4 years ago

Google Releases Source To Chromium OS

etinin Re:Looks pretty shit (664 comments)

Hardware costs? The only real difference is the hard drive and I don't really believe hard drives are that much expensive. In the third world, it might actually be harder to cope with the increased internet usage demanded by this type of system.

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Broke Into Brazil Power Grid Operator's Website Last Thursday

etinin Re:Do you believe in Coincidence? (85 comments)

Brazilian newspapers say that the power plant was offline for like 10min, although the main problem was an issue with the distribution lines.

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Broke Into Brazil Power Grid Operator's Website Last Thursday

etinin Re:Do you believe in Coincidence? (85 comments)

I find it highly unlikely that the power plant with the second highest generation capacity in the world can be totally shut down from the internet.

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Broke Into Brazil Power Grid Operator's Website Last Thursday

etinin Re:SQL injection? (85 comments)

Not if they have been politically appointed, something very common in brazilian state-run companies.

more than 4 years ago

Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google

etinin Re:So, the question is... (773 comments)

Give me 1/10 of that and I'm out of Google forever and ever.

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Fail To Crack Brazilian Voting Machines

etinin Re:Why not open source it? And the human flaws? (143 comments)

But, as I tried to mention, last time I checked (last elections) there was no assurance the signed binaries were actually the audited code. There's noone auditing the compilation of the binaries.

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Fail To Crack Brazilian Voting Machines

etinin Why not open source it? And the human flaws? (143 comments)

I still have serious concerns about the current voting system. Heck, last time I heard, the version which had its source inspected by the Supreme Court wasn't necessarily the final version. If they don't really know what's in there, who does? How hard would it be to bribe someone in the company. And, worse than technological flaws, are always the human flaws. Cases of people who work at the polling stations (they do unpaid compulsory work) voting for people who didn't vote are not unheard of. Besides, the statistical samples taken to avoid frauds are VERY, VERY weak.

more than 4 years ago

Are Software Developers Naturally Weird?

etinin Re:Short résumé (579 comments)

I'm just a mindless borg drone.

more than 4 years ago

Google Project 10^100 Reaches Voting Phase

etinin Re:Anonymous coward (154 comments)

Some americans have some pretty funny ideas about things which they don't have well implemented but work quite well elsewhere. Where the hell do you get these ideas about public transport? A car is in 99.9% of all cases more risky and more expensive for the owner. Of course you don't have as much freedom as with a car and, unless the place you're going to has no parking spots, a car will always be faster, but that doesn't mean one shouldn't have a good subway network.

more than 4 years ago

Radio Controlled Cyborg Insects At MEMS 2009

etinin Re:What's a gr? (46 comments)

Yes, as that is the standard unit for weight (at this scale, the s) in most parts of the world. Stupid imperial measurement system.

more than 5 years ago



Mobile-Review attacked supposedly by Apple fanboys

etinin etinin writes  |  about 7 years ago

Etinin writes "Over the last few days, the website has been continually under a DDoS attack. The attack begun shortly after the site posted a negative review on the iPhone, and someone emailed them saying it's a revenge from Apple fans. It seems that some folks really need to learn to have some respect for other people's opinion. Below is an open letter by the editor-in-chief of the website who kindly requested me to publish it to the community.

Open letter by Editor-in-Chief, Eldar Murtazin

Dear colleagues, friends and readers of!

Over the last few days has been under continuous DDOS attacks coming from unidentified individuals. Several tens of thousands of computers across the globe are supporting the attack — these are "infected" terminals, or, as they call it, bot-nets. Since the first wave, which disabled the site,as all the channels were being jammed, the algorithms of the attack have been altered numerous timesfrom individual computers to the entire subnetwork housing in particular.

The attackers hope that by crushing, they won't let our visitors get unbiased information on events in the mobile industry, read independent reviews and share their opinions on forums. In light of the fact that similar attacks can be performed by individuals or small groups of people, we regard this incident as an attempt to impose censorship in the Internet. More than 200.000 of our readers from all over the world, visiting every day to find up-to-the-minute information or just talk to other users, have been robbed of this opportunity. These culprits oppose themselves to the society. There is only a small step separating censorship of undesirable resources and articles from an attempt to get hold of mass media, dictating own viewpoints for the sake of personal benefits or political goals. The threat of such scenario can't be underestimated. Since all tools required for a DDoS-attack are available for free, it can be carried out by individuals favoring some particular brand, or any company having sufficient resources to set an attack going. Regrettably, it is not possible to track attackers in this case, nor can they be proven guilty in a court of law. Earlier this year, in spring, similar attacks were aimed at other resources, specifically, "Echo of Moscow",site of the Kommersant.

When the first attack was unfolding, the Editor-in-Chief of received an anonymous message on his Internet-pager, which read that fans of Apple were behind the attack, as this was a sort of revenge forthe iPhone and the treatment it got over at Possibly, it is true, however there is a chance that the message was sent in order to put us off the track. It is not a secret that we release "burning", critical articles that many don't like. There have been many of these of late — we think of this as our duty to notify the readers and subscribers not only of events and new offerings in the mobile industry, but also of certain facts marring usability of various gadgets, or capable of affecting consumers.

The attack aimed at is unprecedented in scope and persistence. That is why we believe it is essential to attract attention of the community and our readers to the attempt of censoring unwanted points of view. If you don't express your opinion on what is currently taking place today, tomorrow you will be down to consume only the informationsomeone needs and sees appropriate to offer you. This statement might sound grotesque or made-up, but this is how it stands. Great deeds start with the first step. Today, it is, and our readers, who can't get to us; tomorrow there will be more targets and so on. Only together can we stop this disaster from spreading further.

We don't have turnkey solutions that would make the Internet a better place, with readers and resources protected from this type of censorship. We will be more than happy if our colleagues, readers and other users express what they think of this problem — on his/her resource, forum or any other place on the Web they visit. It is worth defending yourself from this kind of censorship in future.

For the time being, the staff of doesn't have a complete strategy for countering these threats in future. The technical side of our current activities is obvious, and we are doing everything possible to get the site back as soon as possible. We engage the site occasionally, and hope to get over this attack shortly. You can share your personal point of view here —

Since it is a DDoS-attack and the attackers can't be tracked online, we offer 10.000 USD (ten thousand USD) to any individual or group of individuals who can provide documented information on the mastermind of this attack. You can send all reports to my email.


Eldar Murtazin

August 17, 2007 was founded on September 2, 2002. has a daily audience of more than 200.000 visitors, viewing 500,000-700,000 pages.1. The daily traffic generated by exceeds 500 Gb. Being the biggest resource on the mobile industry in Russia, the site also ranks first in the world among English sites.

1 Data taken from the log-files of in July, 2007; independent statistics systems indicate 130,000-135,000 visitors a day.


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