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The Man With the Golden Blood

smithmc Re:Tell me why I should care. (75 comments)

Then it should have an interesting, well written intro/summary to pull the reader in. I found myself asking the same question: "what is the point of this story"? Ok, it's interesting that the guy has no Rh-group antigens, but so what? What does that mean for medicine, in terms of potential benefits?

3 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

smithmc Re:Easily done: (331 comments)

...especially when it turns out that the majority of people who vote are simply stupid and vote based on emotional appeal and how well the politicians word themselves rather than using the brain a little and investigating what they are voting for objectively.

But not you, of course. You're smarter than all those little sheeple.

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

smithmc Re:Easily done: (331 comments)

Who commits 90% of the gun crime in the U.S.? Certainly not law abiding citizens.

Well, no, I would suppose not. Kinda obvious.

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

smithmc Re:gun laws (331 comments)

We don't have to look at Japan. Let's look at Canada. The gun ownership rate in Canada is about 1/3 that of the United States (~30 per 100K people vs. ~90), and its homicide rate is... hm, a little less than 1/3 that of the US (1.44/100K vs. 4.7). How 'bout that.

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

smithmc Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (331 comments)

Adam Lanza, the Trenchcoat Mafia, etc. obviously didn't care about getting away with it, now, did they?

about two weeks ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

smithmc Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (331 comments)

I don't think they have "trigger-happy cops" in Japan, probably because real guns are basically illegal.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

smithmc Re:wow (571 comments)

It gets used to boil water to make steam to run a generator.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

smithmc Contagiousness (475 comments)

AIUI it is only strongly suspected that Ebola Reston is transmissible via aerosol, not definitely proven.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

smithmc Re:Uhhh (907 comments)

There's probably a cheaper car out there somewhere that maybe they should have bought instead. People should not live outside their means.

about a month ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

smithmc COBOL (387 comments)

Yeesh. My school taught COBOL and FORTRAN, but only for non-CS majors. ME students had to take FORTRAN IIRC, but CS majors couldn't receive credit for either course. CS majors started with Pascal and went from there into C, C++ and assembly (Java wasn't a thing yet).

about a month ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

smithmc Not speed or RAM etc., but... (253 comments)

What matters to me these days is display size and resolution. Ideally, around 4.5-4.7" with at least 720p resolution. Most phones are getting too big, and the display resolutions are getting ridiculous.

about a month ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

smithmc Re: Trendy != popular (387 comments)

Indeed. In fact, a lot of the guts of HFT systems are implemented in hardware - TCP/IP stacks implemented in FPGAs and such.

about a month and a half ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

smithmc Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

The various services of government cost more than most people would be able to afford in use taxes. To have the society we have today, the poor need to be subsidized by the wealthy. That's what progressive taxation is about.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

smithmc Re:Hangouts is, in turn, part of plus, right? (162 comments)

True, still not very much though when typical data plans are measured in GB, not MB.

about a month and a half ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

smithmc Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

Corporations rarely do things because they're "the right thing to do" - unless one defines "the right thing to do" as "whatever maximizes shareholder value". Corporations are not moral; people are moral. And corporations are not people, people.

about 3 months ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

smithmc Re:Coming to a plane journey (170 comments)

There is some research that suggests that Ebola Zaire can transmit from monkeys to pigs without contact, and could possibly be transmitted from pigs to humans. One farm worker is believed to have contracted Ebola Reston (which is not lethal to humans) from an infected pig.

about 3 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

smithmc Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

The term "believe" can be interpreted in different ways too. To "believe in a global free market economy" can mean:

  • "to be of the opinion that a global free market economy exists", or
  • "to be of the opinion that a global free market economy ought to exist, and/or would be a good thing".

about 3 months ago

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smithmc smithmc writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm supposed to be headed off this weekend to sunny Narrowsburg, NY for a "canoeing" (read: golf drink golf drink drink drink) trip with a couple hundred of my closest friends, but it's not sunny, it's damp and wet outside and it's supposed to be all weekend. So instead I'll be rebuilding a server and sleeping a lot. Thus the "arrgh" bit.

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Hmm... what's this?

smithmc smithmc writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Hmm, a Web accessible journal or "blog" thingy, just for logging into /. Could this be useful? More or less useful than, say, a Wiki (which I'd have to host myself, though). Well, anyway.

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