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Google to Open Source the VP8 Codec

sumthinboutjesus Re:Now it gets interesting.... (501 comments)

I'm not sure if you're a troll or just seriously misinformed...but opera mini is currently in the app store downloaded to many people's iphones. As for iPhone not having HTML5, that's also a fairly ridiculous assertion to make, since they are one of the major backers encouraging its adoption, going so far as to make major media outlets rework sites to remove flash dependencies. I do agree Apple has made a few dickish moves here recently, but this comment seems to be full of misinformation on dick moves that are completely contrary to Apple's longstanding positions. As far as the android/winmo stuff, you seem to be confusing HTML5 and Flash 10.1 support, and the assertion that apple's devices couldn't do video is demonstrably false. Fact check much?

more than 4 years ago
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Sony May Charge For PlayStation Network

sumthinboutjesus Re:When Hell freezes over... (212 comments)

I hadn't really considered this angle before, but that would be a viral/guerilla marketing masterstroke. Great idea. Mod parent up.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony May Charge For PlayStation Network

sumthinboutjesus When Hell freezes over... (212 comments)

As a gamer who has made purchasing decisions based on the fact that PSN is free and Xbox Live costs money, I believe this would be a big negative for Sony at a time when they are actually making headway in the console wars. The only way I see this working out is if all the current services offered by PSN are free and these new features are optional, not essential for having a good gaming experience, and priced modestly. Otherwise, I think this will amount to Sony shooting themselves in the foot when they have momentum, just like they did with the PS2 to PS3 transition.

more than 4 years ago
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Virus-Like Particles May Mean Speedier Flu Vaccines

sumthinboutjesus Re:Flu !DNA (80 comments)

Good catch on the RNA vs. DNA. However, this would not effect how quickly a vaccine could be made with this technique nor its efficacy, as it is just training the plasma cells to recognize a folded conformation and produce antibodies to bind that 3d conformation, allowing the immune system to clear it after the virus is bound (opsonized).

more than 5 years ago
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Virus-Like Particles May Mean Speedier Flu Vaccines

sumthinboutjesus vaccine manufacturers caught with pants down (80 comments)

As a future healthcare provider, I certainly hope that vaccines like these will be proven safe and effective. Their promise lies in the ability for the production of vaccines against the dominant strains in a much quicker manner. If we had these methods approved for the current flu season, the industry wouldn't have been caught with its pants down when the H1N1 strain became dominant and hit much more quickly than planned. The vaccines were targeted to be ready for about a month or two from now, and the virus has hit much harder much sooner than anticipated. If these techniques take off, hopefully this situation can be mostly avoided in the future.

more than 5 years ago
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Flash CS5 Will Export iPhone Apps

sumthinboutjesus Re:Play nice! (154 comments)

Although I didn't explicitly state earlier, I'm actually using an iPod touch 3rd gen, which is essentially an iPhone without the cell radio. Therefore, all my data usage comes from WiFi. Hence, no worries about the outrageous data fees that cell companies charge; it would be hard to justify those prices given that 99% of the time I'm within range of WiFi. And yes, mobile Safari would be essentially a desktop browser (which would be very useful) if it could support a few critical plugins such as Flash that seem to be increasingly popular for viewing web content.

more than 5 years ago
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Flash CS5 Will Export iPhone Apps

sumthinboutjesus Re:Play nice! (154 comments)

Why don't you stop being a dick and RTFA, as in the article it clearly talks about how Flash Player is still not properly supported etc. My comment was clearly relevant to the article and the continuing issues surrounding Flash on the iPhone, and it's obvious you either didn't read the article (and just stuck with reading the summary as most do) or you have serious issues with reading comprehension and understanding critical commentary of the article's content.

more than 5 years ago
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Flash CS5 Will Export iPhone Apps

sumthinboutjesus Re:Play nice! (154 comments)

Yes, I do know that, and I thought it was clear from my comment that I wanted either the option for Flash on the iPhone or for current online video providers to move away from Flash so I could use their content...neither of which is a solution with the current announcement of Flash 10.1. Effectively, that's the whole point of my comment: this announcement has nothing to do with my desire for Safari to either support Flash or for websites to ditch it, and that sucks.

more than 5 years ago
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Flash CS5 Will Export iPhone Apps

sumthinboutjesus Play nice! (154 comments)

It is extremely frustrating to have a very capable mobile browser and not be able to watch online video content, such as Hulu, ESPN etc. Flash games would potentially be a side benefit of the technology, but I care less about games than I do viewing online video content. I really wish either the content providers would ditch Flash as their delivery method or Apple would get on board with Flash 10.1 so I don't have some web content effectively gimped. Either would be fine with me, although I imagine ditching Flash as the delivery method would be better as I don't particularly care for annoying Flash ads and Adobe's current Flash version for Mac doesn't lead me to believe their iPhone implementation would be stable or have smooth playback. I really do wonder how good Flash can be on all the other mobile platforms it is being ported to...

more than 5 years ago
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Common Diabetic Drug Fights Cancer Stem Cells

sumthinboutjesus Re:Non-human model systems (149 comments)

I definitely believe that this research is more promising than most; however, I've see so many case reports and findings that simply didn't translate into humans. When I see positive data in patients that already have different forms of cancer in a clinical setting, then I think that would be a much more exciting result. Until then I expect this to turn out as most cancer research does: an interesting result or correlation that simply can't make a real-world impact on the extremely complex and variable disease process that underlies cancer.

more than 5 years ago
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Common Diabetic Drug Fights Cancer Stem Cells

sumthinboutjesus Re:Non-human model systems (149 comments)

That is purely correlational; until proven otherwise, their lower incidence of cancer could be due any number of factors that are unknown to the researchers. Correlation is not causation.

more than 5 years ago
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Common Diabetic Drug Fights Cancer Stem Cells

sumthinboutjesus Re:Non-human model systems (149 comments)

Heaven forbid you have to read something longer than one line. My bad. I'll try to keep you from having to read or think next time. You almost must not have been around Slashdot for a while. Next time try adding something to the discussion instead of being a jackass.

more than 5 years ago
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Common Diabetic Drug Fights Cancer Stem Cells

sumthinboutjesus Non-human model systems (149 comments)

I think we shouldn't get overexcited yet; these results have only been shown in a mouse xenograft model i.e. a mouse that has human tissue transplanted. Normally these mouse models are completely immunodeficient or else they wouldn't be able to accept a human transplant. Translating these results into some meaningful treatment for normal adults is highly likely to face a lot of roadblocks and complexities. The human immune system alone is much more complex than the mouse immune system, so you have to remember that animal models more often than not don't translate into meaningful human results. Sometimes they do, and that why model organisms exist, but I'm not putting my eggs in this basket just yet; when I see double blind randomized controlled human trials show positive results then I might believe this has potential to work.

more than 5 years ago
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Gene Therapy Cures Color-Blind Monkeys

sumthinboutjesus Re:Cerebral achromatopsia (197 comments)

To summarize for those who don't want to wade through the wikipedia article, achromatopsia is color blindness resulting from damage to the cortex, the outer layer of the cells in the brain that are generally responsible for all the higher-order processing of the sensory information our nervous system collects. Essentially, this means that your eyes are still functioning normally, but your brain is no longer able to interpret the signals properly; this is normally due to brain damage as result of loss of blood flow, often from a traumatic injury or stroke etc, although there are many other causes, some of which are unknown (idiopathic). This is certainly a different cause of color blindness, but I'm unsure as of why it's being discussed here because the treatments talked about in the article would only correct defects on the functional components of the eye. Correcting a problem in the cortex through a medical treatment is something that is most likely a good ways into the future; it's much more likely that your brain will spontaneously reroute the functional processing to a different undamaged part of the cortex and as a result recover full or partial color vision. If that doesn't happen, which often it doesn't, then it's unlikely that the problem will be fixed.

more than 5 years ago
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Gene Therapy Cures Color-Blind Monkeys

sumthinboutjesus Barriers to Human Usage (197 comments)

These are quite exciting developments obviously, especially in regards to the treatment of the myriad of other visual pathologies this approach is applicable to treating. However, the FDA and other relevant medical procedure approving bodies are notoriously against the use of viruses to treat conditions in humans, at least in the US. This is largely due to the nature of viruses; they can mutate rapidly and easily, can quickly become pathogenic, as well as migrate to and interfere with other cells and tissues. I would be somewhat surprised to see a treatment like this based on a viral vector approved even in the medium-term future; most likely the same team or other researchers will develop a different vector that can be proven to be safe and has the ability to more specifically target retinal cells using some sort of CD marker or other retinal-cell specific protein marker. Hopefully this work will be done expeditiously, as these treatments would be a godsend to people suffering from eye pathologies that don't fall within the typical poor eyesight treated by vision correction and/or Lasik.

more than 5 years ago

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