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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

madbrain Re:disease progression has a genetic component (172 comments)

Thank you. Our doc says I will likely live a normal lifespan as long as I'm on meds.
It's anyone's guess what "normal" means.I'm kind of skeptical given my dad passed of pancreatic cancer at 67.
My husband might be at a bit more of a disadvantage given early AIDS diagnosis. However, he also started meds much earlier than me and that could counterbalance things. I still have about 300-400 more tcells than he does, but we don't know how many either of us had before HIV so hard to conclude anything from that. We are both in the normal range - he is on the lower end of the range; though.

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

madbrain Re:disease progression has a genetic component (172 comments)

Firstable, we are a married gay couple. There was no one getting on the down low. We weren't married back then, though, hence the tests.
I'm not going to elaborate any more with an AC, though.

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

madbrain Re:disease progression has a genetic component (172 comments)

Yes; but we were infected with identical virus. The difference in disease progression was due to our genetics, not the virus mutating.

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

madbrain disease progression has a genetic component (172 comments)

I'm somewhat skeptical here. From my very small n=2 study, my husband and myself, infected the same year in 2006 (we both had HIV negative and positive tests that same year) with the same virus, as evidenced by genotype mutations test, I can tell you that my husband progressed from HIV to AIDS in less than a year, and had to go on antiretrovirals right away, whereas I didn't need medication for years and chose to remain without them for 4 years. I was in HIV controller studies. There was no change to my immune system on paper. But I was very tired, and I later chose to go on meds anyway. I had to drop out of the studies for this reason. I don't know what came of them. We are of different ethnicity - I am of caucasian and middle eastern descent; while my husband is asian; so our genetic are probably quite different.

It seems to me that this difference in disease progression between countries may have less to do with the virus itself evolving than it does with people's immune systems and genome evolving and becoming better able to deal with the virus.

about three weeks ago
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Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013

madbrain Re:I did not participate (143 comments)

Just wait until for the deadly delivery drones.

about three weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

madbrain We have the best tax system (255 comments)

that money can buy.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

madbrain Re:Meh (201 comments)

Actually, there is no microSD slot on the Nexus 6 or 9 .

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/10/15/motorola-nexus-6-everything-you-need-to-know/
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/192061-nexus-9-unveiled-43-screen-64-bit-tegra-k1-soc-android-5-0-and-no-micro-sd-slot

Also, the battery is non-removable.

I will keep my LG G3 .

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

madbrain Re:Really? (294 comments)

Your numbers reflect my experience as well except for 802.11ac .

I am getting between 300 to 400 mbps real world throughput depending on how far the wifi device is from the router.
That's with connection rates between 500 and 1300 mbps - the later achieved with an Asus PCIE 802.11ac NIC.

IMO, 802.11ac is a huge advance over 802.11n.

about 2 months ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

madbrain Re:So? (488 comments)

The state subsidies for solar in California have ended for the major utilities.

about 3 months ago
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Toyota and Tesla May Work Together Again

madbrain Re:2015 Pluggable Prius - Only 11 miles on EV Mode (51 comments)

Agreed.

And the Plug-in-Prius can't even drive 100% electric at freeway speeds.

The "plug-in" part really is a joke on the Prius. It's definitely not worth the extra $5k over the regular Prius.

FYI, I drive a Leaf and my husband drives a Prius.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

madbrain Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

I live in Silicon Valley and AT&T can't even deliver 128 kbps DSL at my address. No DSL service available at any speed, period.

about 3 months ago
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Google May Be $1 Billion Behind In Tax Payments To France

madbrain Re:Obligatory (199 comments)

Burger King went out of business in France a long time ago.

Looks like they are trying again, with a total of 2 (two) restaurants nationwide.

about 8 months ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

madbrain Re:do they have a progressive view? (336 comments)

You may want to read the Windsor ruling more carefully, it does not say what you stated.

DOMA section was overturned, which means the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages of couples that were married in states or countries that allow it.

Many of the state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage weren't enacted directly by voters, but by the legislatures. The Windsor case says nothing about the voters in each state.

The Supreme Court also let stand a ruling about Prop 8, which found that a state ban on same-sex marriage in California, directly voted on by the California electorate, was unconstitutional.

The 2 rulings are not in contradiction. Both will be used to overturn many of the remaining state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:I detect hypocrisy (1116 comments)

Did you notice the part where he apologized for doing so, and Brendan Eich did not ?

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:I May Not Agree (1116 comments)

It was certainly not one activist judge that overturned Prop 22, the predecessor to Prop 8.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_California

First, there was a trial court decision .

"On March 14, 2005, Judge Kramer ruled that California statutes limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples were unconstitutional."

This decision was then overturned, in a 2-1 ruling.
"he state and organizations opposed to same-sex marriage appealed. Division Three of the First District Court of Appeal held extended oral argument on the cases on July 10, 2006, before a three-judge panel. In a 2-to-1 decision, the appellate court overturned the lower court"

Finally, there was a California Supreme Court decision, which is made of 7 judges. That ruling went 4-3 .

I count one trial court judge, one appellate court judge, and four California supreme Court judges, that were on the side of finding Prop 22 unconstitutional.

Also, do you think it was "activist judges" that overturned anti-miscegenation laws in 1967 nationwide, in a unanimous 9-0 ruling in "Loving vs Virginia" ?
I guess you want those laws back on the books, too .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:Straight Privilege (1116 comments)

I meant that same-sex couples already had the legal right to get married in California before Prop 8, in 2008. And 18,000 of those couples had weddings.
You can italicize the word all you want, but a civil wedding ceremony is just as legally valid.

The couples never had the legal right to a "civil union", which never existed in California.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

madbrain Re:I May Not Agree (1116 comments)

You call it judicial activism, I call it civil rights.

about 8 months ago

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