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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

rmdingler Re:Human Subjects (88 comments)

Yessir. Ebola's relative lack of success using the hairless monkey as a host has thus far been her mortality rate and quick rate of infection-to-death.

In reality, the worst case scenario now involves an immune host/carrier.

It doesn't even have to evolve into an airborne pathogen to cure the overpopulation problem under the right set of circumstances.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

rmdingler Re:Super-8 home movies (601 comments)

The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering".

So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.

2 days ago
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

rmdingler Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (124 comments)

Indeed.

Enlisted men who object to senseless rudimentary tasks during training are unlikely to charge an entrenched machine gun in battle.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

rmdingler Re:Slashdot (601 comments)

It's still better for you than streaming kitten videos and/or smoking methamphetamine.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

rmdingler The VCR (601 comments)

I have movies in that format that still work, and I am reluctant to throw out something that's not broken.

I know, right? Treading that thin line between thrifty and hoarder...

2 days ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

rmdingler Re:Devil's Advocate (259 comments)

Disclaimer: I don't know shit from shinola about the (pseudo)science of divining water with rods in one's hands.

Water well drillers have been the contractors of choice to locate underground reservoirs wherever I've lived, and they usually relied on knowledge of aquifers in their respective locales.

Caveat: They often require payment to drill the well whether they find water or not, and there's no guarantee on the volume your new well might produce.

3 days ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

rmdingler Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (259 comments)

Dowsing is an objectively testable claim.

As is true with politics, there are people who will accept no new evidence if it contradicts their belief set.

Two examples that seem to prove this theory are religion and superstition, but I repeat myself.

3 days ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

rmdingler Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (259 comments)

Who seriously thinks smoking is harmless?

For that matter, who seriously thinks life is harmless?

Life is so hard there's zero chance you're getting out alive.

3 days ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

rmdingler Re:Agreed (259 comments)

... or that humanity can continue to multiply exponentially because God will end the game before too many people become a serious problem.

On the flip side, since many of the most devout religionists are prone to war and episodes of mass suicide, perhaps they will inadvertently help with the overpopulation problem.

3 days ago
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Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

rmdingler Re:Bitcoin users didn't all start exchange service (92 comments)

Why won't you help us with the investigation if you have nothing to hide?

This line of questioning is especially effective if the suspect is guilty. Oh shit, I better go in and talk to them or they'll think I did it. The thing is, they are interrogating you, often for hours on end, because they already believe you could be the guy they're looking for.

It seems likely it is better to close your mouth and let them think you're guilty, rather than open it and remove all doubt.

5 days ago
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Early Bitcoin User Interviewed By Federal Officers

rmdingler Re:Bitcoin users didn't all start exchange service (92 comments)

If you listen closely enough, most people will reveal their intentions.

You have the right to remain silent.

Anything you say or do may be held against you.

5 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

rmdingler Re:Bad Planning (194 comments)

Last time I checked, the government doesn't earn money. Taxpayers do.

Well, you know what they say:

For those who cannot print money,

earning is the next best option.

5 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

rmdingler Re:Bad Planning (194 comments)

Is the explanation as simple as:

The government foots the bill as these are mostly used by war veterans, so for the manufacturer, it's another unit sold?

5 days ago
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Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

rmdingler Re:What is Amazon's game plan here? (59 comments)

A baseball analogy: the Red Sox and Yankees have been doing it to each other for years.

Sometimes all that is necessary for a victory in a war of acquisition is to feign interest in a commodity that your opponent then overpays for.

5 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

rmdingler Working backwards from a "known" result (207 comments)

I find it reassuring that there's no danger this can be abused. Ahem.

Our worst fears are now realized.

The Snowden revelations regarding ubiquitous data collection have caused so little civil turmoil that the information is now to be shared with every Sheriff's Department from Bangor to the Bay Area.

about a week ago
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The Evolution of Diet

rmdingler Re:Erh... do not want! (281 comments)

Absolutely.

It's funny, funny strange not funny ha-ha, but increased longevity enables us to die of more cancers and organ failures than our generational predecessors were allowed.

That's correct kids... dying slowly at eight-five is a luxury.

about a week ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

rmdingler Re:Wouldn't it be rejected? (77 comments)

Indeed. There is no malpractice worry from the animal study(ies).

I think they trick the test subjects into signing a EULA-like rights waiver.

about a week ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

rmdingler Re:Prior art (77 comments)

Pfft... show me a pic of Salma Hayek.

I have a couple of those in my head.... truly, on demand.

about a week ago

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US Urges Companies to Share Security Data

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 4 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "This CNN story states the US Justice Department is concerned fears of government surveillance are hampering the government's efforts to improve cyber security.

A "whitepaper" given to companies assures them they will face no violations of federal communication laws if they share aggregate data with each other and the government."
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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras Return to U.S. Soil

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  about 5 months ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "After remaining abroad since the Snowden revelations broke in June of last year, the two were in New York Friday to accept a Polk Award for national security reporting. Though they cleared customs without a hitch, they are traveling with an ACLU lawyer and a German journalist who are to "document any unpleasant surprises." According to Ms. Poitras, the risks of subpoena are very real.

What, if anything, do you expect the American government to do considering Snowden's case has been officially cited as violating the Espionage Act? nytimes"

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