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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

rs79 The clearest picture yet of global warming (205 comments)

Because this is clearly inferior. Play with it a bit. Play spot the warming.


1) 1998 - 2015
2) 1880 - 2015
3) 1978 - 1998
4) 1947 - 1957 - this is when all that sea ice grew.[1]

Odd is was so cold at a time of peak smog.[2]

[1]"In the early 1920s and 1930s, temperatures were high, similar to that of the present, and this affected the glacial melt. At the time many glaciers underwent a melt similar or even higher than what we have seen in the last ten years. When it became colder again in the 1950s and 1960s, glaciers actually started growing," says Dr. Kurt H. Kjær - in


6 hours ago

Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

rs79 That's silly. (470 comments)

It was done in one trip.

7 hours ago

Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

rs79 Re:~/.cshrc (208 comments)

Has anyone confirmed sh and csh (et al) don't have this problem? In all versions?

Am I crazy in thinking that a CGI program, say, written in C, that gets environment variables from Apache should not have any local environment variables tossed to any program it wants to run. Those are in appropriate and are from a CLI context and do not apply here. They should be nulled as soon as the program realizes its running in a web context and not from a CLI.

Actually even better would be to replace system() with a function that blew up that workstation to weed out the lazy programmers.

3 days ago

How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

rs79 Re:Are we really that confused? (107 comments)


Again, when the virus stips your cells to make more of its own offspring - this is normal viral activity - it does something other viruses don't do, it also strips out selenium.

So they tried supplementing with just selenium and that helped but did not reverse the disease.

So they looked at what other essential (the body can't make them) molecules it took from the body and ignored non-essential (the body can make more of those molecules and doesn't have to ingest them) molecules the virus stripped from the host cells.

Low and behold, Tryptophan, Cysteine and Glutamine.

If you look up what has glutamine an in what amounts, nothing come close to beef[1] and it also has a fair amount of Tryptophan.

Cysteine is in cheese, the more aged the better. Parrnasian probabky has more than more other common ones I'd guess.

Because acidic rains for millions of years leached minerals form the Amazonian clay soils those minerals all ended up someplace an that's where brazil nut trees grow. They have so much selenium, that if you eat a handful a day you'll have selenosis in a week - a, um, disruption in the alimentary canal shall we say.

From both ends. But they're utterly essential for heart, brain and immune system.

In fact if you look you'll notice Senegal, like Brazil, has natural deposits of selenium in the soil everywhere and it was this that accounted for the reduced rate of incidence of HIV in Senegal - the HIV rate there is as low as it is in the US despite the fact the Senegalese have the same sub saharan cultural practices (and by that I mean fucking a lot) as the rest of the Sub Saharan Africa that has a 5-10X higher rate of HIV infection . This stands out, as does Finland where they put a lot of selenium in the soil to try to slow down heart diseases - the aids rate is lower than normal there too.

So "eating a lot of protein" per se won't do it. You'd have to use beef, cheese and a brazil nut or two.

Note also this works on all selenoviruses - which includes all the Coxsackie viruses which includes Hep C and others.

Most commercial medical training is strictly for acute care and they're the best in the world. But for chronic conditions they're less than useless an haven't fond anything useful since penicillin.

I hate t say it but there is literally no money in finding cures, there's only money for developing pills that are patentable that come close to what some other pill does. Some do better, some do worse. But if they're patented, they're funded.

They has the same problem with vitamin C, too. Jacques Cartier got stuck in Canada in Montreal in the Winter of 1580 (and you KNOW what a bitch that can be) and when his crew was near death the were saved from scurvy with some pine bark tea. When they told the medical profession back home they's fond a cure for scurvy they were told "we have nothing to learn from savages" and took another 300 years to discover vitamin C, an essential nutrient to every living plant and animal and until then scurvy was known to be caused by Foul humors and more people died needlessly.

So here's what happens when you try to tell people you have a treatment: the guy that discovered this raises money tests this where it's most needed, Uganda, at the Mengo clinic. It goes well and the guy then goes to the next village over and talks to the clinic there and says hey we have this treatment and we can cure your patients now.

The doctor there is horrified. "We can't cure these people! We get paid by pharmaceutical companies to test antiretrovirals on AIDS patients and if they get better they can't test and the whole clinic shuts down and it's alll the village has and I'm out of a job as there's no money for a doctor here." This is what actually happened.

So whaddya do? You write a book and move on. Not the first time this happened, there's at least a half dozen similar stories suppressed medicine in the form of biochemical understanding, but without commercial backing that makes treatments actually available.

Look at Pellagra for example, it killed 20,000 Americans a year for a decade or so until an obscure 1850's German biochemistry paper was unearthed that pointed out this was simply a Niacin deficiency. White flour became "enriched white flour" and to this day still is, and people stopped sying of pellagra (they shoot each other in stead, sub-clinical pellagra is almost certainly responsible for the current killing spree*

Noam Chomsky points out there's a hundred year gap between the way business works and the way education works. There's also a seriously long biochemical lead the medical profession will take decades to catch up to. Doctors are basically surgeons who has a poor rate of reversal in chronic disease cases being able to do little more than keep them calm whole they die. Which is utterly barbaric in a world where many of these conditions now are reversible.

Molecular medicine is the future as we correct and not mark problems. But the commercial medical profession is taking to this as well as the foul humor medical establishment did when Germ Theory came along in the mid nineteenth century.


3 days ago

Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

rs79 Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

If this is a serious request for a protocol without flaws - didn't Bernstein fail to get any takers to find a flaw in djbdns?

I realize that's not a flawless protocol per se, but rather is a flawless implementation of an inherently flawed protocol. If you know of a better example I'd like to hear it.

3 days ago

How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

rs79 Are we really that confused? (107 comments)

Check pre and post levels of selenium, glutamine, tryptophan and cysteine. You'll find your answer,

People who are serious can find Harold Foster's write up of the biochemistry; also this train of thought was first mentioned in in 1991 leading to hypotheses of a reversal mechanism in 2007 that seems to work. In a nutshell the virus strips the body of those four molecules because of it's unique (to selenovirii) selenoprotein coat. The catch is these fouls are required for the production of an enzyme that makes the molecule that the immune system uses to kill the virus. That's how it broke the human immune system.

But, these are not uncommon molecules and a cheeseburger and two brazil nuts (they have bear toxic levels of selenium, more than anything else) every day will remediate it according to the BBC interview with the scientist who discovered it although one can obviously be more scientific about it. Point is, some people got HIV and never got AIDS. Why? Blood levels of these three amino acids and one mineral, if sufficiently high, will prevent HIV from progressing into AIDS

Theor wild assed guess sound like snakes and rattles.

There's clinical reports too. Seems to work. It's not really patentable so it may take a while to get into commercial medicine.

5 days ago

Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

rs79 Let's play (207 comments)

Spot the scientist that relies on climate grants.

about a week ago

How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

rs79 Never mistake consensus for truth (770 comments)

"From the article: "Fiction author Michael Crichton probably started the backlash against the idea of consensus in science. Crichton was rather notable for doubting the conclusions of climate scientists—he wrote an entire book in which they were the villains—so it's fair to say he wasn't thrilled when the field reached a consensus."

It's almost like TFA doesn't know that at best, consensus ~= truth but they're often just nothing to do with each other. Jury is still out on whether Crichton was right, certainly no warming in sixteen years doesn't help the other side.

Also: "97%+ of geologists agreed the continents were stable. It was Settled Science. Hundreds of research papers supported it. Overwhelming consensus. And wrong. And, oddly (not really, if you think about it a moment), it was not a geologist but a meteorologist, Alfred Wegener, who ultimately showed all the mutually agreeing geologists they had it all wrong; the continents move." - Dr. Michael K. Oliver

about three weeks ago

Survivors' Blood Holds Promise, But Draws Critics, As Ebola Treatment

rs79 Read the paper yourself and make your own mind up. (55 comments)

Say you've been told you have Ebola but have read this. What do you do?

Say, "oh, it sounds too risky, I'll tough it out"? I'm guessing not.

Any chance this is astroturfing for the company with the Ebola drug? The natural antibodies are a fierce competition to what is now a multi billion dollar market.

about three weeks ago

Survivors' Blood Holds Promise, But Draws Critics, As Ebola Treatment

rs79 Re:Dealth by Ebola or AIDS (55 comments)

People live with HIV. Ebola, not so much.

In 1933 the only psychiatrist to ever win a Nobel prize did so for discovering Malaria cures syphilitic dementia. Malaria is no joy but it's better than your brains turning to soup (three years later antibiotics were discovered).

You might die of HIV. You will almost certainly die of Ebola.

about three weeks ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

rs79 Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

You do understand no two people have the same biochemistry right and that no one diet fits all?

That's sort of the easiest way to tell is nutritional info is bunk - if they don't know this, ignore them and find somebody that actually knows about the biochemistry of nutrition.

For one thing, 1/3 of the wold lacks the gene that lets them digest lactose, so no cheese, while 1/3 also lack the gene that lets you digest gluten, so pizza is a deadly choice for a 2/3 the world.

You're so wrong. Diet is everything. Please do some reading, you really so not know what you're talking about.

about a month ago

The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

rs79 Won't work, here's why. (108 comments)

This has been talked about for ages. The reason it's never done is their habitat is gone. They lived in old growth oak forests and there's none left now.

We can bring the species back and it might do ok in zoos, but they can't live in the wild any more - their wild is gone. We killed all the trees as well as all the birds.

All this cloning talk, where's the common sense? Close an extinct born with no food supply or habitat? Right.

Clone a mastodon? Right. What do you think can gestate a Mastadon? Not an elephant, too small. What's your next choice?

about a month ago

Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

rs79 Remember Microsoft Windows? (195 comments)

It used the FreeBSD networking code. This doesn't mean windows is fast and it's sort of specious. BSD has tricks in the Kernel to make I/O faster that pretty much anything else.

about 2 months ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Web hosting (116 comments)

Who else are then supposed to pay now that Karl Denninger packed it in?

about 2 months ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Not the first, just the most egotistical. (116 comments)

Why? The IP network was tiny back then and the uucp network was enormous ans had all the apps. There were no people passing packet back then because nobody wanted to - they didn't need to. You could get everything the network had to offer via uucp.

Except telnet. But there was nowhere to telnet to. Back then if you needed to telnet you had a line in your house. What else would your boss say "ok, we need you to telnet it. I hear a third ISP opened in the US, so use that."

about 2 months ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:My contribution... (116 comments)

"(local for-sale stuff and the like)"

ie., porn.

This fueled a lot of the early net. I knew an deign engineer that wanted the engineering groups. They wouldn't spring for a uunet feed from DC to Irvine so buddy got smart and gve his boss a floppy of porn from home. He said you get one of these every week if I get a full feed, Capish? He got a full feed and friday afternoons had to download and pay the porn tax. You did what you to, that connection in Irvine was at the time strategically important to the growth of the network. Now we had LA, San diego and orange county online.

about 2 months ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Definitely not the first (116 comments)

"but they aren't sufficient to make you an ISP."

Of course they were. What does the I in ISP mean? "Internet".

If what you offer can interoperate with the network, you're an ISP. What do you think the ip network looked like before the web? Hint: nobody really used Gopher (other than .ca whois) and 99% of all activity was mail and news. Which came from uucp and was ported to IP. But until the web came along there was simply no reason for a pain in the ass SLIP or PPP connection cause you could do anything important with a uucp connection.

ftp wasn't the only way to move files around. And as a user of the network you couldn't tell if those other people were on uucp or the ip network, it was all transparent to you - Interoperability.

about 2 months ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:I'm sure he's a nice guy, but... (116 comments)

You weren't there. Clearly.

You're used to dialing with ISDN or DSL and have it connect?

That's adorable.

Know what you got 90% of the time when you dialed up with a modem back then? A busy signal.

That's cause for every modem that existed, 5 guys wanted to use it. This went on until cable and dsl, late 90s or so.

So it was considered rude to dial up, then go away and leave it connected when you weren't using it and people were waiting.

Free ISP's (there were many, Barry was just the first pay-for one) would jut disconnect you and fuck you that's why. And most didn't charge so they could do this. But if you were paying, yupi might not expect that o had to be aware of the rules, like don't spam and don't tie up the modem pool.

You don't like it? Open your own isp and you can do what you like and waste your very expensive phone lines on people that forgot to hang up when they went out.

about 2 months ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Certainly not the first (116 comments)

All of the internet ran on stolen equipment and stolen phone lines back then. You made it work by whatever means possible.

Jesus Christ, Sun and Cisco were both formed on the commission of a federal crime - they stole the machines from Stanford.

about 2 months ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:This guys ego (116 comments)

The problem with the Internet is the unusual personalities of the people that built and use.*

Barry literally wrote the book on tcp/ip, and as he says, the net was small back then and we all knew each other.

who the fuck are you?

*This is probably true of Slashdot, too.

about 2 months ago



A trip around Africa

rs79 rs79 writes  |  about 3 years ago

rs79 writes "A couple in Calgary Alberta said goodbye to their kids and grandkids and took off for a trip around the African continent in a Toyota Land Cruiser, filming as they went.

It's a fascinating and compelling series of videos, some parts of Africa are better than we think, but the bad parts, they're as bad as we've heard if not worse.

Either way it's a nice slice of what a handful of African countries are really like in a day to day basis. Much great footage including feeding African Cichlids in Lake Malawi and the legendary red ochre painted semi naked nomads, The Himba in Angola and Namibia.

I spent a few days pulling stills out of the video so you can in one glance have a look at the best scenes from all the videos at once."

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Elephant control in Zimbabwe

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rs79 writes "By now everyone in the domain industry has seen Godaddy's CEO Bob Parsons home movie hunting elephants, but an analysis of the tape suggests that getting elephants out of a field of sorghum might not require a rifle and the death of the CITES listed endangered animal and that a flashlight itself might suffice."
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Hippocratic oath should apply to animal welfare

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rs79 writes "Reports come out than some animals or another is endangered, so it goes on a list of endangered animals and you'd think this would help. But, listings like this make it difficult if not impossible for anyone less than a large institution to captive breed the animal, and in the case of material already breeding in captivity, you're now a criminal. Consider the case of the flame sided garter..."
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Physical teather for Andoid G1/Dream phone

rs79 rs79 writes  |  about 5 years ago

rs79 writes "Cel phones have usually had a hole in them you can attach a lanyard to. I use a coil or glow in the dark urethane cord with a backup coil of back attached to my belt loop with one of those triangular mountain climbing attachment thingamajigs. This has stopped my all too frequent loss of cel phones — I'm embarrassed to say how many just slid out of my pocket and just went away in the past two years.

I have a new HTC Dream phone and it is a dream. But it's got no hole. I can't physically attach it to anything. A case isn't the answer, I want to attach my glow coil of urethane to it it for no other reason it makes it really easy to find in the dark, plus its for all intents and purposes, unbreakable.

But how am I supposed to attach the tether cord to it? Is there somewhere I can in theory drill a hole?

The best idea I have so far is to use liquid urethane glue, very carefully, but a) this will looked like half baked ass and b) I'm not sure it'll stick to the Teflon like exterior. Some plastics react better to adhesives than others.

What would you do?"

Broadband stimulus package

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rs79 writes "Will the broadband stimulus package serve those who need it or enhance entrenched providers through horribly flawed policy at NTIA. Feld argues the latter."
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Clinton answers calls for Firefox in State Dept

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rs79 writes "At the 26:33 mark of a State Department question and answer session Hillary Clinton answers calls from an employee requesting to use the Firefox web browser. Hilarity ensues. Citing costs, to which the audience cheers "it's free", an explanation is given by a state dept staffer about the cost of free software followed by an appeal by Ms. Clinton to let the government know whenever something is done in a very cost ineffective manner at the 29:10 mark."
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What a Texas town can teach us about health care.

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rs79 writes "From The New Yorker: The greatest threat to Americas fiscal health is not Social Security, President Barack Obama said in a March speech at the White House. Its not the investments that weve made to rescue our economy during this crisis. By a wide margin, the biggest threat to our nations balance sheet is the skyrocketing cost of health care. Its not even close. "Our countrys health care is by far the most expensive in the world."

"McAllen (texas) calls itself the Square Dance Capital of the World. Lonesome Dove was set around here.

"McAllen has another distinction, too: it is one of the most expensive health-care markets in the country. Only Miamiwhich has much higher labor and living costsspends more per person on health care. In 2006, Medicare spent fifteen thousand dollars per enrollee here, almost twice the national average. The income per capita is twelve thousand dollars. In other words, Medicare spends three thousand dollars more per person here than the average person earns.""

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