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Scientists Engineer Cancer-Killing Stem Cells

fahrbot-bot Re:Someone close to me died of Liver Cancer (24 comments)

Someone close to me died of Liver Cancer. I wish we had a treatment like this before he died.

My wife Susan died of a brain tumor, a Glioblastoma Multiforme, almost 9 years ago (January 13, 2006), just 7 weeks after initial diagnosis. The tumor was right next to her brain stem. Even if not a cure, something like this might have helped her live long enough for other treatments to work more. We had been together for only 20 years and it was over just like that, but I know I was lucky to have her in my life for even that short a span and especially to have those last 7 weeks together.

Remember Sue...

2 hours ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

fahrbot-bot The problems is... (483 comments)

While many companies claim to want people with critical-thinking skills, they quite often don't want their employees exercising those skills. Someone who thinks too critically about an issue and raises a concern is often criticized as not being a "team player" (a phrase I actually despise because its often misuse).

I have, a few times, been accused of not being a "team player" because I've raised concerns about an issue. After almost 30 years as a Unix system admin/programmer, my standard reply is now: Part of my job is to review issues and make recommendations. As my employer/manager, you are certainly free to ignore my recommendations, but if somethings goes wrong because you did, I am going to say "I told you so." All my managers have been okay with this - so far...

yesterday
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

fahrbot-bot In related news ... (340 comments)

... Fox News and Republicans apoplectic with Obama. Wait, did I say "news" - sorry.

[ Just saw Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File talking about this - so pretty, but so stupid. And in other surprising news, she's a blond on Fox News. Wait, did I say "surprising news" - damn. Again, sorry. ]

Ya, you don't like it, but know I'm right... :-)

yesterday
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

fahrbot-bot Re:not until (164 comments)

As a UK subject, I don't feel sentimental about the pound, ...

I've seen a pound note and it doesn't weight nearly that much. I'm confused.

2 days ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

fahrbot-bot Re:Holy fucking wrong (544 comments)

In modern parlance a troll is someone who uses the remote and/or anonymous nature of the internet to harass others.

On /. it's mostly saying something a moderator doesn't like or agree with.

2 days ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

fahrbot-bot Just on a computer? But, but, but... (164 comments)

...any British person deemed to have carried out an unauthorised act on a computer that resulted in damage to human welfare, the environment, the economy or national security in any country would face a possible life sentence.

What about politicians that do the same thing? Oh, I guess that would an "authorized" act. Never mind.

[ Man, oh man, if we could jail politicians for damaging the economy, environment or human welfare here in the U.S. ...]

2 days ago
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The Future of Stamps

fahrbot-bot Re:POW! TH' FUTAR! (131 comments)

you had me at LASER

I've now seen the future of mail and it's full of sharks, sending junk mail.

3 days ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

fahrbot-bot Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

It's similarly illegal to study gun violence under a US public health research grant, even though every other class of mortality is nominally okay.

More pointedly, the US keeps statistics on deaths from gun violence, except the number of people killed by police. From: List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States

Although Congress instructed the Attorney General in 1994 to compile and publish annual statistics on police use of excessive force, this was never carried out, and the FBI does not collect this data either.

Note: This was recently covered by The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

4 days ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

fahrbot-bot Re:problem (119 comments)

What makes you think our government gives a shit about anything other than grabbing more power?

I'm not sure that sentiment makes sense - or ever has. The Government already has *all* the power, should it wish to exercise it. They make, interpret and enforce (or not) all the rules. All it takes is good people not doing anything to stop bad people.

For example. The Supreme Court recently decided that Freedom of Speech over-rides any argument for a buffer-zone around abortion clinics (and, I believe, other places), but strictly enforces a buffer-zone around the steps of the Supreme Court.

4 days ago
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Snapchat Will Introduce Ads, Attempt To Keep Them Other Than Creepy

fahrbot-bot People have heard this before ... (131 comments)

they're trying to ease them in gently

... on Grindr.

about a week ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

fahrbot-bot In related news... (130 comments)

... Facebook will also track your progress in Softball games using GPS and your last location on the field, if you've opted in to the Facebook Knows Where You Are at All Times product, to generate a notification when it thinks you've crossed a base or home. If you're safe, you can select "I'm Safe" and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your updated stats.

about a week ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

fahrbot-bot First rule in government spending (218 comments)

Quoting S.R. Hadden (from Contact): "First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price?"

about a week ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

fahrbot-bot Re:The Children! (284 comments)

Please think of the children!

Who are downloading things w/o paying for them! Seriously, isn't that all the FBI really cares about these days - protecting copyright holders?

about a week ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

fahrbot-bot Re:humans and chimpanzees split somewhere (154 comments)

Whoa whoa whoa... We know that for sure now? With real quantifiable evidence, that I can see without a paywall? I musta slept through that part of the newcast... Somebody clue me in...

The chimps have already figured out how to get past the paywall.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

fahrbot-bot Re:Intelligence isn't that important (154 comments)

experiments that depend on measuring problem solving and it's interaction with the brain have never really been better from smarter creatures

Citation needed. We gave our dog an intelligence test - put a treat under a paper cup and see if he's smart enough to move the cup and get the treat. Dog looked at me waiting for a signal, as soon as I said "OK" he knocked the cup over with his paw and grabbed the treat. Tried the test with our goldfish; he just flopped around on the floor.

Try it with your octopus.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

fahrbot-bot Re: So don't use mice or rats for experiments. (154 comments)

What did one lab rat say to the other? I've got my scientist so well trained that every time I push the buzzer, he brings me a snack

I'm pretty sure that any parents with young children know how this works. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

fahrbot-bot Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

They never say anything about floating seats in the EU. Maybe they assume all the corpses floating around will suffice?

Old joke about a forced water "landing", said in heavy German accent, ends like this: Pilot: "Those passengers that can swim, make your way to the life rafts. Those passengers that cannot swim, thank you for flying Lufthansa airlines."

about two weeks ago

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Sound Waves as Effective as Brain Surgery at Treating Essential Tremor

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  about a year ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Scalpel-free surgery using focused sound waves appears to be as effective in treating essential tremor as traditional surgery that requires drilling into the skull, a groundbreaking clinical trial at the University of Virginia Health System has found.

All 15 participants in U.Va.'s trial saw a substantial reduction in their involuntary shaking after undergoing the experimental focused ultrasound procedure. The rate of side effects was similar to that of traditional brain surgery. The patients were able to leave the hospital the next day."

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Saudi Royal Backs Imam and Fox News

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "In an awkward moment on Fox News this week, a pundit suggested that a member of the Saudi royal family who has supported the bridge-building work of the imam behind a planned Muslim community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan “funds radical madrasas all over the world.” The awkwardness came from the fact — unmentioned by anyone on the Fox set — that the same Saudi, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, also happens to be the second-largest shareholder in News Corp., the parent company of the Fox News Channel."
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Computer Engineer Barbie coming soon...

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register is reporting, well, the title says it all... From the article and Mattel website:

To ensure the doll accurately reflects this occupation, Barbie® designers worked with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to ensure that accessories, clothing and packaging were realistic and representative of a real computer engineer. Looking geek chic, Computer Engineer Barbie® wears a t-shirt featuring binary code and computer/keyboard icon along with a pair of black knit skinny pants. Computer Engineer carries a Barbie® smart phone, fashionable laptop case, flat watch and Bluetooth earpiece. With stylish pink-frame glasses and a shiny laptop, she is ready to conquer the day’s tasks on the go or from her desk."

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Couple stranded 3 days after GPS leads them astray

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "A couple's SUV gets stranded in deep snow for three days on a remote Forest Service Road after they blindly followed the directions from their GPS-enabled cell — don't worry, they got rescued using the very same phone. Now, I don't have any GPS devices — I use printed maps (ask your parents) — and am curious about the circumstances. Have or would you blindly follow your GPS unit — anywhere?"
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Jet-fighter raygun soon, sharks next.

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register reports: HELL-beam project now one step from jet-fighter raygun, DARPA fridge laser. Advantage: Shark. From TFA: The US military will shortly issue a brace of contracts for "refrigerator sized" laser blaster cannons. One of the deals will see a full-power ground prototype built which will be the final stage prior to America's first raygun-equipped jet fighter.

If it scales down far enough, this would seem to put handheld HELL-guns within an order of magnitude of the striking power offered by conventional small-arms. A 9mm pistol bullet has about 750 joules muzzle energy: a 5kg portable HELL-ray weapon would put out this much energy in a blast less than a second long.

A dolphin can carry a human being weighing up to 100kg along for a ride. A thoroughbred shark in good training can surely match this. Thus, we seem to be looking at practicable head-lazor output in the 20-kilowatt range..."

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Vatican Endorses Darwin, but not ID

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Times Online (and others) are reporting that:

The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.

A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin's theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. "In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God," said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI might be prepared to endorse the theory of Intelligent Design, whose advocates credit a "higher power" for the complexities of life."

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Palin: Africa is a continent?

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Guardian, and others, are reporting the following Newsweek story: Palin Didn't Know Africa Is A Continent

Fox News, a channel that had been generally flattering in its coverage of the "Palin phenomenon", reported that aides were astonished when they learned she was unaware that Africa was not a country but a whole continent. She was also said to be unable to name the countries that belong to the North American Free Trade Agreement: the US, Mexico and Canada. ...

The most colourful new information concerned Palin's spending spree on the campaign trail. Newsweek reported that she ended up spending far more than the $150,000 (£93,000) that was already known about, with up to $40,000 being lavished on her husband, Todd.

A wealthy donor who had offered to pay was shocked, Newsweek said, when he got the bill from the high-end retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. One McCain aide characterised the episode to the magazine as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast".

Google +Palin +Africa +"Fox News" for many, many links..."
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Court: US can block mad cow testing

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Apparently the USDA is keen on protecting the profit margins of the Beef Industry.

The Bush administration can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said Friday. ... Larger meat packers opposed such testing. If Creekstone Farms Premium Beef began advertising that its cows have all been tested, other companies fear they too will have to conduct the expensive tests.

(A slightly longer article can be found on Reuters: Court bars meatpacker tests for mad cow.)

While extra testing may be unnecessary, if Creekstone believes they can perform these extra tests, assume the increased liability for any testing failures and succeed in the market place, then why should the Government interfere? I thought the "Free Market" was suppose to sort these things out. In addition, perhaps the market pressures of increased testing will drive the development of less expensive and more reliable testing, and 100% testing may provide assurances to foreign markets wishing to import U.S. beef. Then again, perhaps the Government doesn't actually want to test more than the current 1% of all cows..."

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