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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

peragrin Re:Side effects of the Canadian drug.. (49 comments)

Hmm should the FDA relabel foods and drugs that way?
Instead of May cause drowsiness. +10% chance of drowsiness. -7% to reaction time.
+10% chance of delusions

On Tequilla 50% chance of hangover 12 hours later.


Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

peragrin Re:heh (469 comments)

Local newspapers are the worst. My local newspaper give you ten free page views based on ip number and then locks you out.

I just get my news from other sources. Sooner or later they will go bankrupt. You can only pay the CEO millions o dollars a year for doing nothing for so long.


Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

peragrin That's it? (469 comments)

Considering that cable modems are $50 a month for capped services. Another 30% higher is nothing.

Considering that more viruses are transmitted by ads now than on their own it gets even scarier. Adblock and no script do more to keep viruses out of your stuff than antivirus.


Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

peragrin Re:No difference (104 comments)

Actually for reading books knowing where you are does help line up the story. (beginning middle or end)

However for story's that bounce back and forth with exposition that is less helpful sometimes.


Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

peragrin Re:Does it matter? (63 comments)

The usenet was setup in 1980? 1981? I am willing to bet that at least by 1982 someone had sold a physical object to another usenet poster. Thus the internet has been corrupted for at least that long.

3 days ago

WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

peragrin Re:This is so silly (297 comments)

Sweden? I the most powerful state on earth? Wow.

Sweden is part of the EU. It has to abide by EU rules. Extradition to the USA is rarely done from EU countries.

3 days ago

Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

peragrin Re:3dTV is a flop? (197 comments)

Why do you think 3D tv was a failure? most people don't have depth perception that is adequate enough to watch it without headaches.

That and you had to wear ugly glasses. So many people who can barely read won't wear glasses unless some one forces them too.

4 days ago

The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

peragrin Re:Not Surprising (160 comments)

Yes and no. There were very few direct profits from the Apollo project. However it did spurn a ton of new ways of thinking and materials science that lead to profits for companies.

However a private company only cares about itself. It doesn't matter if dozens other companies make profit from your research and requests. So no Apollo would never have been done by private companies because it isn't profitable to them. This is why you have government projects. To fund the initial crazy ideas that may of May not fail themselves but lead to new ways of thinking.

If Apollo and NASA did t need smaller computers would IBM and Intel have ever been formed?

about a week ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

peragrin Re:All good until someone simulates biometrics... (383 comments)

New eyes , new finger prints, and new DNA.

What happens if you get sick or injured? Can you imagine pink eye with retinal scanners? Finger print scanners are fooled by gummy bears.

about two weeks ago

NASA Releases Footage of "Flying Saucer" Braking Test, Declares Success

peragrin Re:Sure would love (55 comments)

The ping times though would ensure you never actually got First Post though.

Besides by that point Slashdot beta would running full time, and Slashdot beta has user login timeouts in milliseconds. Or maybe that is just slashdot mobile.

Either way I use classic on all devices. it is the only way I can remain logged in for more than 5 seconds.

about two weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

peragrin Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

That's a side affect of schools only getting state and federal aid money for time kids spend in school. It is also why schools like to delay snow days as much as possible. And why they love half days. Both of which are miserable for parents who you know work for a living.

about two weeks ago

Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived

peragrin Re:sleep apnea (106 comments)

Not as good as you might think.

No gravity means lower blood pressure, which means a softer penis. And then comes the deed itself. Sex requires something for the man to push against while the woman prevents being pushed. However in space there is little to grab on to and your combined motion s will throw you both into things.

That being said I volunteer to try it out with nearly any woman who wants too.

about two weeks ago

IBM Creates Custom-Made Brain-Like Chip

peragrin Re:to save others googling (105 comments)

Yep like image recognition, and audio recognition.

Oh wait.

Computers can do logical operations better yes. Computers can't do fuzzy math, real time image recognition or real time audio recognition. Let me know when a computer can "see" with a pair of cameras. Identify an object heading toward the cpu(not just the cameras) and adjust its motors to dodge the incoming. Bugs can do that much yet computers can't.

about two weeks ago

Researchers Make Fruit Flies Perform Aerobatics Like Spitfire Pilots

peragrin Re: Reaction or reflex? (51 comments)

Not only that but the response has to travel what .2mm? Of course they can do it fast.

Now engineer a fruit fly the size of a dog and run the test again. I bet response time goes way up.

about two weeks ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

peragrin Re:Good, I say (502 comments)

Little known fact electricity running through wires degrades the wires and the protective jacket on them.

Wires from a home built in the 1970's are often so brittle that they crumble. not just the jacket coatings but the copper itself. This is due to heat. Heat comes from resistance.

As you pass electricity through the wires they heat up and cool off. then you have summer heat, and wind storms, and eventually you get cables that snap. but before they snap they are discharging electricity into the air and anything around them.

Copper lasts longer than Aluminum. But in time both wear out. The bigger the cable and the lower the load the longer it lasts.

So yes the system is dated and fragile. Like bridges wires only get upgraded and replaced after they cause problems or fall down.

about two weeks ago

Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents,, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

peragrin Re:Problem solved! (207 comments)

I won't even buy the DVD. for 90% of the movies i watch I wait for the $3.99 video on demand in standard definition. I have a nice HD TV but since most movies don't make use of it why should I bother paying more for something that should be standard by now.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

peragrin Re:No matter how common you think it is... (209 comments)

Even ERP is a misnomer. I have used several different products that does that and each has it's own up and downs.

The biggest hurdle is generally changing internal processes to make use of the new software. The problem is 50% of people memorize absolute position rather than relative process. Ie every who complains about Msft ribbon memorizes the absolute position of procedures versus the process.

about three weeks ago

Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

peragrin Re:Why robots? (88 comments)

to expensive. Homeless people need food and a place to sleep. Robots just need electricity at $.10 a KWH.

Why do you think business argue against paying people a livable wage?

about three weeks ago

Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

peragrin Re:Third Amendment Violations, dead ahead (55 comments)

Some of the gun regulations they have proposed though have been far from sensible. In many cases a squirt gun(you know that shoots water at less pressure than your sink) could be built to fail them requiring regulation for it.

Assault weapon bans are bans on things that look like Assault rifles but aren't. As for who gets guns we have tons of laws already but it is such a mishmash that it can be bypassed. Sort of like how the companies can bypass the IRS taxes by shuffling money around.

about three weeks ago


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