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Human Clinical Trials To Begin On Drug That Reverses Diabetes In Animal Models

omems Re:Animal models (140 comments)

Nothing really. The term "model" is used because an animal with a disease is not the same as a human with the same disease. It is, at best, an approximation that has many similarities.

You can find more at wikiP .

about three weeks ago
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

omems Re:How secure is that connection string? (124 comments)

It's also my understanding that with the newest version, you can specify trusted clients with which to sync, so not just anyone can connect.
Although, now that I think about it, I'm not sure that couldn't be spoofed if you knew a little bit about the other person.

about a month ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

omems Re:Why do I still read these comments (173 comments)

But email has been working for us for _(many)_ years. What do we need (or want) email to do that it doesn't already?
Bundles? I already successfully, with minimal effort, manage personal, business and sales-related emails. I don't need an algorithm to do that less well than I already do.
Highlights? Ok, maybe. I have a decent working memory, but maybe finding and scrolling down to the email from Delta and then tapping it open is too much for some people. Not me.
If the Assists bot is as "good" as google maps's, no fucking way do I want it trying to find me a phone number or tell me business hours. I already have emails to myself (don't worry, I save them as drafts; they aren't sent) and google calendars (and OMG I hear some people actually use post-it notes!). What functional difference does the snooze/reminders service offer? I'm very good at ignoring an email until such time as it needs my attention.

In other words, this is a solution (maybe) to a problem that doesn't exist for many of us. There may be some people who have a thousand emails a day and they can't manage it. I'm not convinced this is will solve their problems, but for the rest of us, it's just a non-event. Moreover, it's not because I'm opposed to innovation, but many earlier efforts that were hailed as game changers or amazing advances in AI and big data (or bloody political Change) turned out to be little more than marketing hype and hyperbole.

The current solution works, and until something can demonstrably improve upon that solution, it will be met with the doubt and incredulity it deserves.

about a month ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

omems Unlikely (113 comments)

Two crypto researchers whose first and last names all start with the letter "A"?

about a month ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

omems Re:Let me FTFY (294 comments)

I thought we were an autonomous collective.

about a month ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

omems So that explains today's Slashdot outage (191 comments)

Protip: From now on, run Slashdot and Sourceforge through different routers so they don't go down at the same time.

about a month and a half ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

omems Re:Meh, anything Apple does is considered "cool". (277 comments)

It's not just Apple that gets this sort of response, it's any company that people have an irrational attachment to.
People forget these are companies whose sole purpose is to make money and that will say anything to make that money. Of course they will change their minds and blaze forward with unnatural determination. To appear indecisive or even acknowledge a change is an admission of non-optimal corporate irresponsibility that no business (or politician, but I repeat myself) can afford to make.
I don't know why it's news or why it's unexpected at this point.

about 2 months ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

omems Re:400,000? (200 comments)

40 of them?
:)
j/k i saw that too. not sure how they could be so different.

about 2 months ago
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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

omems Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (115 comments)

Right??
My HVAC had to be manually switched from heating mode to cooling mode, but otherwise, the whole point of a thermostat is to keep the temp the same.
Of course, I say this from a city that's currently 69 F, but since the office AC is running I have a space heater going. Talk about a waste of energy.

about 2 months ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

omems Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

These sorts of explanations are very interesting. Thanks!

about 3 months ago
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Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

omems Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (246 comments)

I visited Cairo and Giza in the spring of 2013 and can confirm there were almost no tourists. There are, however, men with machine guns guarding the pyramids and sphynx, as well as the main museum, in addition to metal detectors and visual inspections upon entering these places (though you could enter from the desert and avoid them in the case of Giza). The violence I witnessed wasn't random acts of terror, but civil/political unrest before Morsi got the boot.

Money, including tourism dollars, is very much a motivating factor for the parties involved. I don't have a comprehensive knowledge of the politics, but the locals I talked to reviled Morsi precisely because of his lack of money (and his allegiances). Most visibly, infrastructure and the jobs created in its construction and maintenance, that Mubarak had, was sorely missed.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

omems Re:Dont mess with my coffee!!!! (167 comments)

Assuming you're talking about the Vendômois study, that paper was retracted by the journal.

The line of rats used are prone to tumors even with normal food. Combine that with a small sample size and one cannot say whether it was the food or their normal bad genes that caused the tumors.

I'm not saying it's impossible, but to my knowledge there are no well-designed studies that actually demonstrate a causal link between eating GMO foods and disease.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

omems Re:This is robusta coffee they're talking about (167 comments)

Good catch.
They go on to, "present a draft genome of the diploid Coffea canephora, one of the two founder species of the tetraploid crop Coffea arabica." Which is to say, in the course of evolving, the genome was duplicated. Then, with a redundant set of genes, there was greater opportunity for mutations to either inactivate one copy, or have novel functions arise--like new flavonoids and alkaloids. Compared with most animal species, plants as a whole are particularly amenable to genome duplications, for reasons I don't know.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Open Sources Internal Threat Monitoring Tools

omems Re:Only problem is the name (20 comments)

As an end-user and not a marketing weasel, I value non-marketing speak. I especially roll my eyes when companies trademark stupid names and then insist on including the symbol in every instance. (thankfully you won't see that here because I am unable to get this commenting system to reproduce it)

about 3 months ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

omems Yay! I can lose my data cheaply now! (183 comments)

After my only two Vertex drives spontaneously died when the power was cut, I'll never own another OCZ product. This turned out to be a common problem with the first gen Vertex, and I will not forgive their engineers. Thankfully my backups worked. +1 for Acronis.

about 3 months ago
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

omems Re:From Finland (54 comments)

That's because they're the same thing, just different manifestations thereof.

about 4 months ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

omems Re:Problems (396 comments)

D'oh! You're right too.

about 5 months ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

omems Could Google buy Amazon? (61 comments)

Google's income stems from making advertisers believe they know what consumers want. As Amazon's catalog grows, it becomes a larger and larger center of what consumers don't just want, but actually shell out for. From a managerial perspective, I'm sure they could talk about saving money by combing their data centers. As a consumer, I'm not sure that I'd welcome such a merger.

about 5 months ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

omems Re:Problems (396 comments)

They don't have seeds and are bred by splicing new chutes onto existing roots.

about 5 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Are fake security updates a real threat?

omems omems writes  |  more than 2 years ago

omems (1869410) writes "A recent report by the EFF discusses the use of commercial software by oppressive regimes. What caught my eye was a link to an older report in the WSJ that claims the spyware was installed by the use of fake updates to iTunes and Flash.

Is such a thing possible? If so, how would it be done, and how can we protect ourselves from it?"

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