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Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

pesho Re:So? Old news. (51 comments)

The "drug" is based on siRNA which means that it has to be exactly matched to the virus RNA sequence, it uses a sophisticated delivery system (liposomes I gather) and needs storage infrastructure (deep freezers capable of maintaining -80C for long term storage). Considering all of the above, it is a safe bet that mostly rich white people can afford the luxury.

yesterday
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

pesho Re:..but we won't give any more doses to anyone el (390 comments)

The problem with this business plan is that infectious diseases are not 100% deadly. So you inevitably will get somebody very, very pissed at you. How lucky do you feel you are?

about three weeks ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

pesho Re:"Secret" (390 comments)

You are right, the cocktail is called ZMapp. According to their info sheet they use genetically engineered tobacco to produce the antibodies. This means they should be able to scale up production relatively quickly.

about three weeks ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

pesho Re:Cost (184 comments)

Oh we are using the car analogy, aren't we? Well let's see... If my brand new 21st century car has the same speed, larger turning radius, shorter range, smaller trunk, costs 10 times more to buy and is more expensive to run.... yes I would stick to my 70's car. F35 is akin to the German Tiger and Panter tanks in WWII. They were technical marvels. Could destroy any tank on such distance that the opposition wouldn't know what hit them. But it didn't matter, because for every Tiger produced there were ~30 shermans and even more T34's. The tigers were scary but at the end they got swarmed and wiped out. The same will happen with the F35's in a real shooting war with a capable opponent. F35 is supposed to be stealthy, but it isn't. It can be picked on a longer wavelength radars. It will be picked by any country that has integrated air defence system. Its main advantage is its ability to integrate sensor information from multiple sources. But this does not warrant building a hugely expensive fighter from scratch. Put the same system on an F18 and F16 and you will have even more capable fighter.

about a month ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

pesho Why would ammonia be even considered for a fuel?? (380 comments)

Ammonia as a fuel checklist:

  • Volatile - Check!
  • Highly toxic - Check!
  • Nauseating smell even in minute quantities - Check!
  • Uses significantly more energy to produce than it releases when oxidized - Check!
  • Cannot be mined - Check!

For those of you not familiar with ammonia synthesis, we make it by reacting nitrogen with hydrogen under high pressure and temperature. The predominant sources of hydrogen these days are natural gas and oil. So, why do we need to go trough all this trouble if we can burn the natural gas in the existing car engines? Have we really run out of stupid fuel sources so we have to consider ammonia?

about 2 months ago
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Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

pesho News for Russion consumption only (522 comments)

This is aimed for internal consumption in Russia only. Bolstering patriotism and such.

In terms of economic impact on US it is pretty toothless. ULA has already stated that they have two year supply of RD-180 engines and that they are perfectly capable of manufacturing the engines themselves. The reasons for buying these engines from Russia are mostly political - US supports Russian engineers so they don't go and build rockets in Iran. On the other hand Elon Musk must be laughing out loud. The Russians just created the perfect political environment for the congress to act and allow SpaceX to compete with ULA for military satellite launches, something that only few days back was made impossible by a court decision. Good job Ruskies, you just open the door for your most aggressive competitor.

As far as the shutting down GPS ground stations in Russia goes, this will only impact the accuracy of the system on Russian territory. So the only way somebody in US may feel pain is if they fall off their chairs laughing.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?

pesho Re:That's totally how it works (343 comments)

What's worse is that many of those same CEOs rarely focused/productive themselves.

There, fixed that for you.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

pesho Do it slowly (452 comments)

Instead I want to set up one test machine for users to try it and ask THEM if they like it.

This experiment will have a predetermined outcome: the users will not going to like it (if they even bother to try it) because its is different. Don't do it unless you realy need an excuse not to transition to linux.

If I were you I would do a gradual change:

  • 1. Before you do anything else, do your homework. Make sure you can run everything you need for your business on linux. This means checking with everybody and his sister in the company and going over every single app and document that is being generated or used. Put your findings in writing. Develop plan for the transition, that includes a pilot transition of small number of desktops. Show your findings and your plan to the management and make sure you have their approval in writing.
  • 2. Start the pilot by transitioning only the PCs with the now obsolete windows XP. Do it one at a time, allowing enough time for the main user of the machine to transition, while he/she has your full attention. Use this to iron out any transition problems. Stuff like compatibility issues between file formats and software. Leave the newer windows versions that are supported as is, but start gradually adapting the users to the free software they will have to use on linux (switch MS office to Libre Office for example, but keep the windows OS). This way the shock of the transition and the backlash will not be as bad.

As far as distro's come, the obvious choice is to do it with the distro that you are most familiar with. Alternatively use a distro that will be supported for years to come, even if you are no longer with the company.

about 4 months ago
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Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

pesho IR contact lenses will work only on zombies (99 comments)

Last time I checked the average body of a living human was fairly worm and a pretty bright IR source. Anyone wearing IR contact lenses will be blinded by the heat of their own eyeballs. That is unless they are zombies. Are we expecting a zombie pandemic anytime soon?

about 5 months ago
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Exploding Oil Tank Cars: Why Trains Go Boom

pesho Re:why carry crude to in tanks on moving vehicles? (144 comments)

First, read the TFA. Building infrastructure (new plants and pipelines) does not make much economic sense for regions producing oil or gas from shale. The reason is that the production from shale wells tends to drop down sharply, so the infrastructure is likely to become underutilized before it has payed for itself. Second, explain how shipping through a pipeline addresses the problem with volatile gases being present at higher amounts than they should be in the crude oil? Wouldn't this make the pipeline more likely to blow too? Besides volatile gases separating from the liquid phase in a pipeline opens a whole new can of worms related to hydraulic shock.

about 5 months ago
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The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

pesho The recursive spies (77 comments)

From he TFA:

Here’s the scenario: when the boss sees co-workers having a quiet conversation, he wants to know what is being said (it’s mostly work related). He has his designated “snitches” and expects them to keep him apprised of all the office gossip – even calling them at home and expecting a run-down! This puts the “designees” in a really awkward position; plus, we’re all afraid any offhand comment or anything said in confidence might be either repeated or misrepresented. Needless to say, this creates a certain amount of tension between team members who normally would get along well, and adds stress in an already stressful atmosphere. There is also an unspoken belief that he will move people to different desks to break up what he perceives as people becoming too “chummy.” (It’s been done under the guise of “creating teams.”)

We used to be able to joke around a little or talk about our favorite “Idol” contestant to break the tension, but now we’re getting more and more skittish about even the most mundane general conversations (“Did you have a good weekend?”). This was once a very open, cooperative group who worked well together. Now we’re more suspicious of each other and teamwork is becoming harder. Do you think this was the goal? Silenced in SID

Holy s**!. They have an old school spying operation within their new fangled hi-tech enterprise. This is how every single commie regime including the one in my old country used to operate. Everyone around you could be a snitch and something as innocent as an anecdote told to a friend could get you in trouble. You have to love the irony!

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

pesho You asked for it (478 comments)

Implementing what you suggest will most definitely piss the hell out of the limo's customers. If you are absolutely sure that this is what you want, then here is my two cents: Smoke machine + IR camera. Dense fog will disrupt any attempt of your passengers to take pictures of themselves and flash photography will make things worse for them. Very close distance pictures may still work, but those will not be very desirable. On the other hand you will be prepared with IR camera that will be less affected by the fog. Sounds stupid? Well look at the question before complaining.

about 6 months ago
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Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

pesho Yea, ohter things could be good for you too (361 comments)

Things like polluted air and water, sugary drinks, strychnine, high crime rate, police state, etc. could also be good for you. Except that they are not.

about 6 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

pesho Re:California (374 comments)

The regulation is hardly aggressive. According to the regulators for now all the companies need to show is a good faith effort to come in compliance. The article headline is obviously misleading.

about 7 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

pesho Re:California (374 comments)

Mod parent up. This is exactly right. All I can say here is thank god it is California.

about 7 months ago
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How Farming Reshaped Our Genomes

pesho Re:Why is he unkempt? (144 comments)

The five blade flint stone razor blade has not been invented yet.

about 7 months ago
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T-Mobile Jumping Into the Check-Cashing Industry

pesho Re:Why do these exist (211 comments)

But if you don't have a bank, how can you establish a banking record? Once you get to a certain age, it becomes a Catch-22. Can't bank because don't have credit record. Don't have credit record because can't use bank.

You show up in the bank with some money and tell them that you want to make a deposit. Couple of hundred bucks would do it. Banks love money. If on the other hand you show up with no money and ask for a credit, well than this is a different story. Did I say that banks love money?

about 7 months ago
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How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

pesho Euro (203 comments)

At the end all these currencies will join the Euro.

about 7 months ago

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Big Brother, Mars eddition

pesho pesho writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pesho writes "A Duch company called Mars One has come with a bold new plan to establish and grow a permanent settlement on Mars. The 'new' part of the plan is that Reality TV will be used to finance and support the mission. According to BBC this

means turning the whole recruitment process into a reality TV show, following the contestants on their seven-month journey into space and finally capturing their Red Planet experiences on camera and beaming them back to audiences on Earth.

Paul Romer, one of the creators of Big Brother is also on board landing his expertise in converting the mundane into entertainment. Does this sound as credible plan for space exploration?"
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Microsoft to buy skype for $8B (rumour)

pesho pesho writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pesho (843750) writes "Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft may be close to buying Skype for $8 billion. With recent rumours of Facebook being in talks for purchasing Skype, but now formal staments confirming that, one starts to wonder if this is a real bidding war or somebody is pumping the rumour mill."
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Ubuntu prevents woman from attending college

pesho pesho writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pesho (843750) writes "This story reads like a piece from The Onion:

"Abbie Schubert paid more than $1,100 for a Dell laptop hoping to enroll in online classes at MATC. But something stopped her: Ubuntu. That's an operating system for your computer similar to Windows that runs off the Linux system."

Read on it gets better. In case you wonder MATC stands for Milwaukee Area Technical College."

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