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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

mlush Re:World War Z (160 comments)

Not completly avoidable, you could touch something that someone with ebola has touched, your only seven(ish) handshakes away from a victim, lets hope it stays that way.

yesterday
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

mlush how are they hiding the names? (210 comments)

I've been doing a bit of digging on the page, apparently the takedown was because of one of the comments so I did google searches for the page and each commentors name and they all came up ... though the searches were very slow and occasionally died with a 500 error.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life

mlush Re:Well, of course. (293 comments)

The best place to hide a leaf is in a forest. It would be hard to tell the difference between some dudes organizing a raid and a planning session for a Mumbi style killing spree. All they'd need to do is use some simple codewords and there sorted.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

mlush Re:Need more information (497 comments)

I've make a habit of trolling the "There is something wrong with your computer" scams (I get a call ever 3-6 months and string them along for fun/public service)

I'd say about 50% actually know there running a scam, these will put the phone down the moment I start stringing them along (Me:Just a mo while I turn on my computer. Them: [click]). The other %50 act bewildered and answer back when I do the reveal and tell them I know its a scam, if they were in on it they would just ring off and get to the next call.

Its quite interesting to watch how their script develops. Originally they would talk me through opening event viewer so they can show me all the thousands of your computer is going to die warnings.... now they go straight for the logmein and the like. I used to have great fun pertending to boot a Windows 3.1 box and fire up Mosaic (with lots of crashes stringing it out). I'm going to have to perpare a virual machine so the can log in... I'm not sure what theme to go with ... eyewatering medical images for wallpaper, something that looks like a police or gangster computer or perhaps a straight linux box with a windows8 skin on it

about 7 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

mlush Dramatron (246 comments)

I built a little sound server for my (tabletop) RPG now my players can summon up dramatic reveal, sad trombone, twilight zone etc at the push of a button (for bonus points I'm now using the same code for a work project)

about 8 months ago
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BBC Thinking of Canceling Sky At Night

mlush Re:Nooo!!! (171 comments)

I agree. I have never seen the Sky at Night (as I live in the USA), but we have a similar show here on Public Television ("Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer"). When Jack passed away in August 2010, we had guest hosts on the show (myself being one of them) until we could decide on what to do. In October 2011, we modified the format of the show, but kept the same flavor and subject matter. Perhaps the BBC should consider something similar.

Thats pretty much what they did, as Patrick got older they brought in a supporting cast of presenters who have now taken over (Moor also lives on in Jon Culshaw's imporsonations and clips fromt the extensive archives)

about 10 months ago
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The DNA Data Deluge

mlush doubling doubling (138 comments)

The amount of biological data doubles every 9 months, processing power doubles every 18 months we have already reached the crossover point.

1 year,27 days
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Opportunity Breaks NASA's 40-Year Roving Record

mlush Re:Soviet Strong (92 comments)

Soviet Union

1st Object into inter planetary space

If I remember rightly, the 1st Object into inter planetary space was Luna 1 which was ment to be the first first luna probe ... but missed went into solar obit and was hurredly dubbed a "new planet" and renamed Mechta ("Dream")

about a year ago
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Blog Reveals a Chinese Military Hacker's Life Is One of Boredom and Bitterness

mlush Re:Attitudinal similarities: screwed by managers (185 comments)

I understand that local level democracy in China is basically used to take the heat off the Party. Anything that goes wrong is a local problem, anything that goes right is due to the Wise and Fair policy's of the Party.

about a year ago
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Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity

mlush Re:Precedent... (308 comments)

I'm not mad

You can see my discharge papers.

I've got a complete record of all the pus I ever made.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does the FOSS Community Currently Need?

mlush Re:bioinformatics (356 comments)

Do no underestimate the horror of Biology, nothing is simple, the data is never clean and there are always exceptions to the rule (normally not in a good way:-). I speak from experience

A database of mouse traits could well be a valuable resource and more importantly a cool project, but I would go into that project expecting that the vocabulary of trait descriptions not be controlled, formatted or even spell checked and the gene and strain nomenclature to occasionally out of date, misleading or even flat out wrong.

You could well use up half your time simply massaging the data into a usable format and I suspect you don't get any credit for data munging.

Now I'm not saying don't do it! But this is for a qualification, you want a project that should succeed, so you really need someone knowledgeable about the subject ready to help with terminology and shape the search interface. But more importantly take a really good look at quality of the input data before you take on such a project

about a year and a half ago
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A Least Half a Million Raspberry Pis Sold

mlush Re:What do they do? (212 comments)

The device itself is the killer app.

This

Consider the project 'I want to open my garage door with my phone' OK easy enough, small computer with web-server CGI app and some wires to hook it up to the door motor....

Prior to the Pi you could buy a low power, cheap, computer with USB, Ethernet, video and sound (and no GPIO) but they cost $150+

So now I had to ask the question this is going to be cool but is it $150 worth of cool\? and I'd be forced to conclude no I've got a perfectly serviceable remote control... $35? and a built in way to access the motor? now were talking

about a year and a half ago
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Post Mortem of GunnAllen IT Meltdown

mlush Re:HAHA (192 comments)

'A senior network engineer had disabled the company's WatchGuard firewalls and routed all of the broker-dealer's IP traffic--including trades and VoIP calls--through his home cable modem.

That's got to be the funniest thing I've ever read on /. Seriously, it sounds like something from an Onion story.

The thing I'm really struggling with is why on Earth would anyone do such a thing

It sounds like a case of Munchausen syndrome ...

[ puts on sunglasses ]

by proxy!

YEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!

That joke was bad and you should feel bad

about 2 years ago
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Post Mortem of GunnAllen IT Meltdown

mlush Re:HAHA (192 comments)

'A senior network engineer had disabled the company's WatchGuard firewalls and routed all of the broker-dealer's IP traffic--including trades and VoIP calls--through his home cable modem.

That's got to be the funniest thing I've ever read on /. Seriously, it sounds like something from an Onion story.

The thing I'm really struggling with is why on Earth would anyone do such a thing

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Include In a New Building?

mlush Astronomy (422 comments)

A few cool astronomical alignments say the rays of the solstice sun strike the coffee machine etc

about 2 years ago
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Exposing the Machinery of the Resistome

mlush Re:General problem (23 comments)

As others have pointed out it is possible to deduce where genes are by looking at the sequence however this is by no means straightforward DNA is spaghetti code of the very worst kind.

It is possible to "run the DNA to see what it produces", basically when a (DNA) gene is active copy's of its sequence are made in messenger RNA (mRNA, its like DNA but much less stable) the mRNA copy's are perhaps akin to compiled code as there is a fair amount of rearrangement that goes on before its '3D printed' in protein.

Now its possible to take the mash up cells or tissue extract the mRNA convert it back to DNA (stabilising it) then sequence the different DNA molecules to find out what genes are active in a given tissue.

Mapping the sequences back to the genes is not straight forward, genes can exist in multiple identical or near identical copy's making it hard to map back, some genes never express or only express under very specific circumstances or only in certain people

about 2 years ago
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Nuclear Powered LEDs For Space Farming

mlush Re:We should know this already... (287 comments)

I guess the sun doesn't work in space...why not create greenhouses and use the sun to grow plants rather than create some overly complex system?

Perhaps its something to do with the 2 week lunar night that a lunar colony would experience.

about 2 years ago

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What ever happend to the GRASS server?

mlush mlush writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mlush (620447) writes "GRASS was a project to explore Generic (i.e. usable for any game system) Religions and Secret Societies for roleplaying games. It was run by Loren Miller only was ever(?) available via email list server and appears to have vanished in sometime around 93-94.

Apparently nothing is lost on the internet I have fond memory's of the articles in it and would love to restore it to general access."

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