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Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

fatboy Hope this pans out (26 comments)

My daughter has complete congenital heartblock due to exposure to SSa/Ro antibodies. (My wife had undiagnosed Sjogren's syndrome) She has had a pacemaker most of her life, with her first pacemaker implanted at 12 days. I'm very excited about this and hope that one day doctors could grow her a new AV node,

about a week ago

The World's Best Living Programmers

fatboy Re: Obvious (285 comments)

I believe he also wrote much of the BASIC code for the Color Computer, AKA RsDos by CoCo enthusiasts.

about two weeks ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

fatboy Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (467 comments)

You should really factor risk into your equation. I would not leverage my house (or car) to do investments. I would never buy a new car, unless I could write the check and not notice. I would absolutely never finance depreciating asset. As far as large ticket, depreciating assets go, cars/boats/bikes/RVs are at the top of the list.

about 3 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

fatboy Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (467 comments)

I think you misunderstood what I said. I'm saying don't get a mortgage, purchase the home outright. :)

about 3 months ago

Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

fatboy A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (467 comments)

With what developers make in my city (Nashville, TN), yeah. They should be able to accumulate enough money to have a net worth over $1 million dollars, over their career. It comes down to do they have the discipline it takes to direct that nice income in a way that they don't waste it on things like mortgages, car debt, credit cards, and other bad habits that keep people at "average" and "normal" net worth.

about 3 months ago

How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

fatboy Re:Some questions (491 comments)

I suspect, and I have zero knowledge of this system, that the satellite used has linear transponders that re-transmit the exact signal it receives. This means that both amplitude and frequency domain are relayed and received at the ground station. I imagine that the ground station is a software defined radio that digitizes and records everything that is passed though the IF.

Again, I know nothing of this system, but if I was going to build one, that's how I would do it.

about 4 months ago

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

fatboy Under the law..... (156 comments)

In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

Under the law, they should be. They are citizens. There should be no special rights extended to anyone based on their profession.

about 4 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

fatboy Re: *you think* your kid might become autistic, if (747 comments)

No, *I* never thought that. I was aware that there was a belief by some people that thought that. What took 2 seconds to process was the mental image of our kid dying of an illness that you only hear about in Victorian literature. Knowing I was looking into the eyes of someone that seen it happen. What I am suggesting is that this appeal to emotion may be a good method of dealing with irrational soon-to-be parents.

Yes, when it came to our kids, we asked the Dr. lots of questions. Including "stupid" questions we think we know the answer to. Our 1st child was born with a congenital health issue that is much more rare than autism. Pretty much everything was on the table. Thanks to some biomedical technology, she is thriving.

about 4 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

fatboy *you think* your kid might become autistic, if va (747 comments)

Ok, so *you think* your kid might become autistic, if vaccinated.... Better to have a live autistic child than one that is dead from whooping cough.

When it came time to discuss this with our DR, she said to us, "You don't want to see what it's like to watch a child die from whooping cough." It took about 2 seconds for my wife and I to process that, and decide what the larger risk is.

about 4 months ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

fatboy Re:Potential for a DoS to legit users (511 comments)

This is /.

Of course I didn't RTFA ;)

No, it isn't. If you'd RTFA, you'd learn that the DNS check only happens as a confirmation safety step, once an active cheat has already been detected by Steam.

about 5 months ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

fatboy Potential for a DoS to legit users (511 comments)

Isn't this ripe for a DoS to legitimate users by simply posting a link to an image, in a popular gaming forum, that resides in one of the "cheat server" domains?

Just sayin........

about 5 months ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

fatboy Re: Shocking (409 comments)

I think this isn't about race more nationality.

It's a good thing for Oracle that the Civil Rights Act 1964 allows you to discriminate based on National Origin. Oh, wait! Doh!

about 6 months ago

FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

fatboy Re:Put a fork in it, it's done. (539 comments)

Obamacare is a market solution to Health care.

No it's not. A law who's fundamental structural base forces everyone to purchase a product, is not a market solution. It's the opposite of that.

A market based solution would remove insurance companies as middle men for purchasing health care. Insurance is supposed to take on the risk that you can't absorb. A Dr's visit for the cold or flu should not be absorbed by insurance, a hospital stay should be. That's the problem these days. The person that is purchasing Health Care is completely disconnected from the costs paid by the insurance provider, and we are taking it further in the wrong direction.

about 7 months ago

To Beat Spam Filters, Look Like A Spammer?

fatboy Is it just me or.... (143 comments)

is this a non-problem?

about 9 months ago

Uncle Sam Finally Wants To Hear From Us On Digital Copyright Law?

fatboy Stop giving patent like protections on..... (183 comments)

Stop giving patent like protections to creative works. Either the work should be covered by patents, or it should be covered by copyrights, but not both. Currently we have both with the DMCA's "access controls mechanism" criteria.

about a year ago

Watch a Lockheed Martin Laser Destroy a Missile In Flight

fatboy The Crossbow Project: (177 comments)

There is no defense, like a good offense.

about a year ago

Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

fatboy Re:100 more will die today (1719 comments)

As I said, I am highly ignorant on the capabilities of the above listed equipment; I would just like to know if one can kill several people at once with these devices, without reloading.

Depends on if the targets start shooting back :) Usually once faced with any opposition, these mass killers take themselves out. I don't recall many cases where a rampage continued in the face of opposition, with the exception of the robbery in LA where the guys were wearing body armor.

about a year and a half ago



fatboy fatboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fatboy writes "Microsoft has re-released security update 918899 (MS06-042) to fix the problem of IE crashing when surfing to sites that use HTTP 1.1 and use zip compression. Being an IE on Win2k user at work, I was really suprised this problem made it's to my desktop. Forget regression testing, did Microsoft even open the browser and surf the net before they rolled this out?"


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