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Penny Arcade Makes Time 100

krmt Re:Childs Play (196 comments)

I personally hope he's just trolling. Especially if you're right and he has kids.

more than 4 years ago

Penny Arcade Makes Time 100

krmt Re:Childs Play (196 comments)

You've apparently missed all the heartfelt and often tearful thank-yous they get from parents with their kids in the hospital. I was in the room only a few yards away from the woman who broke down crying during PAX East thanking them for doing Child's Play because such things meant so much to her. It's on the episode of their reality show for PAX East that came out recently if you want to see it for yourself. Child's Play does make a real difference in people's lives and that shouldn't be discounted.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists "Print" Human Vein With 3D Printer

krmt Re:Fingerprints (94 comments)

That rat heart story is exciting, but it's not organ printing. I'd urge caution about the heart experiment. It's cool that they pulled it off, but some of the caveats from the Nature Medicine paper reporting it are that it doesn't beat nearly as strongly as a normal heart, nor is it beating properly in time. No actual blood flow has been pushed through the thing, so we don't know if it can perform well enough to replace even diseased tissue in a person. Finally, if you think about doing this in a person, you'd need a donor heart. There's very few of these available, and the vast majority of them are from old people who probably don't have the best hearts available. And it's not at all clear yet that we could print an effective heart scaffold de novo and have it work as well, although it's a possibility. Proof of concept is still waiting.

So, at least in this really challenging case (replacing a blood vessel and a heart aren't even remotely on the same scale of complexity) it really does look like we're still decades away.

more than 4 years ago

Matt Asay Answers Your Questions About Ubuntu and Canonical

krmt Re:Dodging the driver question... (244 comments)

To be fair, as you well know X driver hackers (or X hackers in general) are few and far between, and so aren't the easiest group to hire. Pretty much everyone got snapped up by Intel and RH, so there's no one competent for Canonical to hire right now. That said, I'd like to see some serious X/mesa/whatever code come out of Canonical too.

more than 4 years ago

China Will Lead World Scientific Research By 2020

krmt Re:More than just those three reasons (387 comments)

It's still far too young to see any real successes. Prior to the past year, there wasn't any realistic way to make use of stem cells in many circumstances because of the paucity of cell lines available. Now there's more coming online. The real breakthrough though, Induced pluripotent Stem (iPS) cell technology, is brand new, and people have spent the last year making it safer by removing cMyc and whatever other oncogenes were necessary in the original formulation. That's basically done now and iPS cells should be less cancerous, so people are starting to move forward.

Remember that clinical trials take a very long time, so don't expect to see results so soon. Clinical trials for stem cell therapy are underway and from what little I've read they seem to be going well. You're right that the cancer problem still needs to be solved, and that it's never a good idea to believe wild predictions, things are looking vastly more positive for stem cell therapy than you make out.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Takes On Microsoft Role In E-book Market

krmt Re:Drm feh (161 comments)

Postscript (and by extension, PDF) doesn't reflow at all, which makes it a pain to use for different sized small screens like ebook readers.

more than 4 years ago

Why Is It So Difficult To Fire Bad Teachers?

krmt Re:Media using teachers as punching bags again (1322 comments)

Rather than just reading the first paragraph, try reading the whole article.

In the Polanco case, as in Daniel's, there was no shortage of documentation. The account of the history teacher's interactions with the apparently suicidal boy came primarily from his teaching assistant, who wrote a detailed letter to administrators. In addition, students submitted written statements that were introduced at Polanco's hearing.

If you think that the TA is a "an emotionally disturbed 12 year old" then you fail at reading comprehension. Bringing your own prejudices to the article is cute and all, but no one, especially not a teacher should be telling a kid who tried to commit suicide that he should "Carve deeper next time". If you don't trust the TA's word then that's your business, but if you want to side with a teacher who's encouraging an eighth grader to commit suicide then I think you're one sick fuck.

more than 5 years ago

The Secret Lives of Ubuntu and Debian Users

krmt Re:Screw the statistics... (501 comments)

Have you actually been in the channel recently? #debian has gotten a lot more civil than it used to be. On either oftc or freenode, honest (and there tends to be a lot of trolling fake newbs) questions get answered. Some of the questions are answered with a very polite version of RTFM, usually with a link of some sort or a factoid stored in the bot (named dpkg), but honestly those tend to be better answers than painfully working through a problem. Most of the time, even the experts don't know the real answer to the question, but we know how to go about finding out. That's where the RTFM-style answers tend to come from, because it's exactly what we'd do if we were in their situation. Most help-seekers in #debian seem to understand this.

more than 5 years ago

The Secret Lives of Ubuntu and Debian Users

krmt Re:Maybe they ought to change those options... (501 comments)

I've run Debian for close to a decade now, and I doubt that most Debian users think that the defaults are bad, so much as just not what they're used to. Most of us have our peculiar choices that we've made and like to stick with. If you want a full featured vim on your system rather than the stripped down default, you need to install the appropriate packages. If you want emacs, you have to install it. If you don't like xchat because you've been using irssi for years, you have to install it. If you have no need for OpenOffice, but desperately need a LaTeX installation, you need to add it. If you like awesome or some other tiling window manager instead of gnome, you just install it and go. Many people using Debian, especially those of us who've been using it for a very long time, have specific needs that aren't really appropriate for everyone. Debian's great strength has long been the ease of managing software installation and removal to craft the system that you need and want. Debian users just tend to leverage that strength.

more than 5 years ago

Interview Update With Bjarne Stroustrup On C++0x

krmt Re:Bjarne (589 comments)

He continues.. ..What would the world be like without Google?... Only C++ can allow you to create applications as powerful as MapReduce which allows them to create fast searches.

I totally agree. If Java ( or Pyhton etc. for that matter ) were fast enough why did Google choose C++ to build their insanely fast search engine. MapReduce rocks.. No Java solution can even come close.
I rest my case.

Apparently you've not heard of Hadoop which is written in Java and, unlike Google's MapReduce, actually available to people outside of Google today.

about 6 years ago


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