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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

rs79 Re:So close, so far (507 comments)

Barbie is a manager. Coding is for suckers.

Perspective.

yesterday
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

rs79 Bad news (158 comments)

They're COBOL programmers.

2 days ago
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Elon Musk's Next Mission: Internet Satellites

rs79 Ever use sat internet? (74 comments)

Good for movies (except bandwidth is REALLY expensive) and the ping times to space and back make ssh unusable.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

rs79 You can not prove truth with a lie (282 comments)

Why is formal logic not mandatory in grades 9 through 13 ?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...
http://www.climate.gov/news-fe...
http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014...
http://www.nature.com/nclimate...
http://news.ku.dk/all_news/201...
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/ear...

""Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time," says Lora Koenig, a Nasa Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data"

When a 150 year melt cycle is "right on time" scientists question how this can happen in a warming world.

Hansen may have had something to do with the headline of this article "Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt"

Technically it's correct, there were no satellites 150 years ago. ut an unprecedented cyclical event?

Mr. Hansen left NASA shortly after this - he's the guy that complained the government was muzzling scientists. Personally I think he's clinically insane. Turns out he and the other tat were paid by a company owned by a company that Al Gore ownss to raise a fuss. As a liberal i'm appalled and no longer have faith in the Democratic party (not an uncommon sentiment, and fear not I have less faith in the mean spirited party of thugs formetly kown as th GOP) and fuckit I may move to Scotland or Norway. Their governments are not perfect but atleast they'r not for sale.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

rs79 NASA disagrees (185 comments)

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014...

Of course NASA is used to doing this.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...
Doubled CO2 means under 2 degrees warming

"8th December 2010 13:24 GMT - A group of top NASA and NOAA scientists say that current climate models predicting global warming are far too gloomy, and have failed to properly account for an important cooling factor which will come into play as CO2 levels rise."

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/ear...
""Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time," says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data. "

Why would a 150 year melt cycle be "right on time" in warming world? Never mind somebody made the headline "Unprecedented melting of Greenland ice".

How can a cyclical even be unprecedented?

I believe Mr. Hansen left shortly after this. I could be wrong but I think it was around that time.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Engineer Cancer-Killing Stem Cells

rs79 Re:The bottom line (46 comments)

Because there is huge money in research and drug development?

about a month ago
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Scientists Engineer Cancer-Killing Stem Cells

rs79 Is it really new? (46 comments)

Gerry Potter's research led to what he calls "pro-drug paradigm" that is it's not a drug, it's turned into a drug by something, then becomes active.

I met one of this guys friends in Starbucks once and we became good friends and he explained a bunch of this stuff to me. Here's the short version:

The Cytochrome P450 enzyme CYP1B1 [1] only occurs in cancer cells [2][3]. When certain phytoallexins such as resveratrol and salvestrol are ingested these phytoalexins are converted by the P450 enzyme into piceatannol [4], which is fatal to cancer cells but not human cells [5][6].

  [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
  [2] http://cancerres.aacrjournals....
  [3] http://secure.salvestrol.ca/se...
  [4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...
  [5] http://www.nature.com/bjc/jour...
  [6] http://www.orthomolecular.org/...

Here's some articles and stuff:
http://www.thisisleicestershir...

"Prostate cancer drug so effective trial stopped"
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/hea...

Pat ettenttion to the colors on this map: http://www.cancerresearchuk.or...

If you poke around you can find cliical repoets online. All people seem to get better and this stuff has been around since 2007.

So, I think they're on to something here... and it may be a a way to Patent Potter's second discovery (based on CYP1B1) which is not patentable. His first discovery based on CYP17 was patentable and sold for two billion untested.

They're awfully skint on the biochemical explanation.

about a month ago
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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

rs79 We have always been at war with Oceania. (308 comments)

Under the table Winston's feet made convulsive movements. He had not stirred from his seat, but in his mind he was running, swiftly running, he was with the crowds outside, cheering himself deaf. He looked up again at the portrait of Big Brother. The colossus that bestrode the world! The rock against which the hordes of Asia dashed themselves in vain! He thought how ten minutes ago -- yes, only ten minutes -- there had still been equivocation in his heart as he wondered whether the news from the front would be of victory or defeat. Ah, it was more than a Eurasian army that had perished! Much had changed in him since that first day in the Ministry of Love, but the final, indispensable, healing change had never happened, until this moment.

The voice from the telescreen was still pouring forth its tale of prisoners and booty and slaughter, but the shouting outside had died down a little. The waiters were turning back to their work. One of them approached with the gin bottle. Winston, sitting in a blissful dream, paid no attention as his glass was filled up. He was not running or cheering any longer. He was back in the Ministry of Love, with everything forgiven, his soul white as snow. He was in the public dock, confessing everything, implicating everybody. He was walking down the white-tiled corridor, with the feeling of walking in sunlight, and an armed guard at his back. The longhoped-for bullet was entering his brain.

He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

rs79 Sounds familiar (529 comments)

Saudi's blow up WTC - bomb Iraq.

Quebec guy snipes Ottara - bomb Iraq.

Hysterical.

about a month ago
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Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

rs79 I know why it does't work (102 comments)

And when you're sick of people dying. Call me. Remember this.

about a month ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

rs79 Re:Obama's October Surprise (279 comments)

I know schizophrenia when I see it.

You need to get some help buddy. People will want to talk to you again if you do it. When you're tired of this, go.

about a month ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

rs79 Re:Constitution is plenty fine. (279 comments)

"Damn liberals, wanting waste money on Ebola research that only black people get."

I don't think you understand public health policy. And this is your job? Wow.

about a month ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

rs79 Re: "crisis"? Hardly! (279 comments)

They say now it's on the skin and fluids don't matter, also it lived for several hours. Bleach kills it.

Now about all those touch screens in lobbies and elevators and...

about a month ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

rs79 Re: The President... (279 comments)

Somebody on Fox is *asking* for Fema camps now.

I am not making this up.

about a month ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

rs79 Re:Who, you ask? (279 comments)

No. It's a virus so old it predate all dinosaurs. It mutated to encode for a molecule that messes up humans in fairly recent times, sometimes in the past million or two years in a certain place for a certain reason. It's old old old.

You don't need to weaponize Ebola, nature did that for you.

about a month ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

rs79 Re:Who, you ask? (279 comments)

Nailed it.

about a month ago

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A trip around Africa

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 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  |  more than 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?"
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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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