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FDA Backtracks On Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Proposal

wesborgmandvm 4 part series on antibiotics in livestock (172 comments)

As a veterinarian this is finality a topic on Slashdot I am qualified to talk about. However, rather than get into the details I am going to punt this one :)

Here is a four-part series on the struggle over the use of antibiotics in the livestock industry, the threat of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and the veterinary profession’s role in safeguarding animal and public health.


about 3 years ago

Using a Tablet As Your Primary Computer

wesborgmandvm Re:iDevice walled garden = no creativity (627 comments)

The C-64 could suck you into programming real easy. Because with a few one liners you could change the screen color, make some noises, etc etc. It peeled back the curtain a little, and let you see how the thing you just bought worked, and how you could make it do neat things, and it didn't take a lot of effort to get there.

How in the hell could I even start my daughter down this path today?


Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

more than 3 years ago

Help Shape the Future of Slashdot

wesborgmandvm Re:Tech problems make the site less fun.... (763 comments)

I filled out the survey, but I will share my major concerns here as well.

sucker... everyone knows you don't follow the links to RTFA on slashdot.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

wesborgmandvm Re:Craigslist (203 comments)

I want to be able to carry on working in the UK as well as in the US. I don't need to use the phone, so I am looking for an unlocked phone that can be used on pay-as-you-go data plans on both sides of the Atlantic.

What is the best as-you-go data plans on the US side? anything better than link: http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phone-plans/beyond-talk-plans.jsp

more than 3 years ago

Mars May Have Been 1/3 Ocean

wesborgmandvm Re:Intelligent life (118 comments)

Clearly the global warming from the use of fossil fuels caused the ocean to evaporate.

more than 4 years ago

California To Move To Online Textbooks

wesborgmandvm Re:No its not... (468 comments)

You think the publisher is going to charge significantly less for the material if it's delivered online?

The traditional publishers may not want to play ball but they are not the only game in town. I bet some of the newcomers may like to offer online textbooks at pennies on the dollar one source may be: http://www.k12.com/courses/textbooks-products/

Once the traditional publishers realize they are losing market share they will change their model or go out of business.

more than 5 years ago

How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

wesborgmandvm Re:Buy any current workstation and... (655 comments)

Finally, something I know a little about.

The big enemy in vet clinics is pet hair. Mount the computer as high as possible to keep hair and dust to a minimum. If your father does not want to change software then the "physical to virtual" idea sounds like an idea you may want to look into.

I will let others comment on actually hardware but one thing you should talk to your dad about is good backups. Very few vet clinics back up frequently enough and even fewer know how (or when) to restore a back up. Set up a clear back up plan and teach the staff how to restore a back up; they should also be instructed on reasons to restore a back and be sure they understand what will be lost (everything since their last back up). I would recommend backing up to thumb drives and have a different drive for each day of the week. Also back up to CD or DVD once a week/month and archive.

I know of one vet clinic w/ a laptop plugged into a UPS w/ a low power printer kept on a cart but not connected to any other computers. When they had a snowstorm collapse the roof in the room w/ their sever one winter they rolled out the cart restored the back up and kept on seeing patients. Some veterinary software is written w/ a version for vets to use in the truck on farm call that then integrates everything back to the main computer when they get back to he office. If your dad is updating software as well, AAHA Trends magazine will have a write up on all the software this summer (june?)

more than 5 years ago

Scientists Make Artificial Protein Mimic Blood

wesborgmandvm Re:Artificial hemoglobin? (94 comments)

Interestingly, there is a bovine hemoglobin / albumin conjugate that is approved for dogs. So it's possible that some combination of an oxygen carrying protein sans full red blood cell will work, but we haven't got there yet.

Actually they are using bovine hemoglobin glutamer for humans in in South Africa for surgical patients http://www.biopure.com/hemopure.php

more than 5 years ago

New Laser System Targets Mosquitoes

wesborgmandvm Nice shootn' (354 comments)

The system ...can even tell the difference between females... and males.

So let's shoot to kill all the females but just knock the nads off the males to make em sterile.

more than 5 years ago

London Police Seek To Install CCTV In Pubs

wesborgmandvm Re:This is ... a good thing? (293 comments)

"Cameras give police very much power."

I don't even know why I am responding to your statement. But someone saw it fit to mod you +5 so here we go:

If your argument of "Very much power" is that The police have too much power with CCTV and power corrupts; I would say:

Police already have a lot of power. It is up to the public to demand that they are not corrupted in using the power that society entrust to them. Sure there are examples of bad apples in almost any police department but more often than not they may be getting it right but when they get it right it is usually not news worthy. While I think that CCTV could lead to abuse it can also cut both ways.

Here is an example of CCTV used correctly in monitoring a police department. If cops always protected their own and were as corrupt as you seem to suggest this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJaAe7sYoCA tape would have been destroyed:

The only reason this made the evening news is b/c it had a skinny drunk chick & sex which is good for ratings.

By the way, how would you suggest that Poland use CCTV to stop spotting crime and only use it to prevent crime? CCTV could only work to help prevent crime if the public knows CCTV will be used to spot and prosecute crime. Of course criminals are stupid... so it can never prevent all crime.

Ever look at the roof of a Wal-mart? They got CCTV all over their property and criminals keep doing stupid stuff in the parking lot.

more than 5 years ago

Facebook's New Terms of Service

wesborgmandvm But can I unfriend someone? (426 comments)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/fashion/29facebook.html?sq=facebook&st=cse&scp=3&pagewanted=print January 29, 2009 Friends, Until I Delete You By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A PERSON could go mad trying to pinpoint the moment he lost a friend. So seldom does that friend make his feelings clear by sending out an e-mail alert.

It's not just a fact of life, but also a policy on Facebook. While many trivial actions do prompt Facebook to post an alert to all your friends -- adding a photo, changing your relationship status, using Fandango to buy tickets to "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" -- striking someone off your list simply is not one of them.

It is this policy that Burger King ran afoul of this month with its "Whopper Sacrifice" campaign, which offered a free hamburger to anyone who severed the sacred bonds with 10 of the friends they had accumulated on Facebook. Facebook suspended the program because Burger King was sending notifications to the castoffs letting them know they'd been dropped for a sandwich (or, more accurately, a tenth of a sandwich).

The campaign, which boasted of ending 234,000 friendships, is history now -- Burger King chose to end it rather than tweak it to fit Facebook's policy -- but the same can hardly be said of the emerging anxiety it tapped. As social networking becomes ubiquitous, people with an otherwise steady grip on social etiquette find themselves flummoxed by questions about "unfriending" people: how to do it, when to do it and how to get away with it quietly.

"If someone with more than 1,000 friends unfriends me, I get offended," said Greg Atwan, an author of "The Facebook Book," a satirical guide. "But if someone only has 100 friends, you understand they're trying to limit it to their intimates."

Mr. Atwan, a recent graduate of Harvard (where Facebook got its start), recommends culling your friend list once a year to remove total strangers and other hangers-on. Keeping your numbers down gives you more leeway to be selective about whom you approve in the first place, he said.

(While some people prefer the term "defriending," a quick survey of user-created groups on Facebook shows "unfriending" to be the more popular choice. A Facebook spokeswoman, Brandee Barker, said there was no officially preferred term.)

Of course, not all unfriendings are equal. There seem to be several varieties, ranging from the completely impersonal to the utterly vindictive. First is the simple thinning of the herd, removing that grad student you met at a party two years ago and haven't spoken to since or that kid from middle school you barely remember.

These were the people whom Steven Schiff, a news assistant at Vault.com, a career services Web site, sacrificed to get his Whopper.

"I found there were quite a few people on my list that I'd never even spoken to, much less been close friends with," he said by telephone.

Mr. Schiff, 25, said he experienced only the slightest guilt at eliminating those people. While he didn't feel the need to write to them individually to explain things, he did use his personal blog to address them en masse.

"Let's be honest here, questionable Facebook friend," he wrote. "We've been keeping you around all this time because we'd just feel bad if you ever found out that you got the ax. It's just, well, up until now nobody offered us a Whopper in exchange for your feelings."

This was just the sort of sentiment that Burger King and its advertising agency, Crispin Porter & Bogusky, were aiming to evoke when they set up the campaign. Burger King decided that it would do the talking for this article rather than its agency and delegated the task to Brian Gies, a vice president of marketing who said he was not a member of Facebook and therefore had not participated in the "Whopper Sacrifice."

Mr. Gies explained the marketing team's thinking about Facebook. "It seemed to us that it quickly evolved from quality of friends to quantity," he said, "which was interesting to us because it felt like the virtual definition of a friend became something different than the friends that you'd want to hang out with."

From there, Mr. Gies said, the team started wondering: "Do you really want to have all these people knowing what you're up to and what you're interested in? We wanted to be part of that conversation and part of that solution, and 'Whopper Sacrifice' was born."

Facebook, which now has more than 150 million members, has clearly been built on the back of the culture of oversharing. Many members broadcast the mundane details of their lives through a "status update" feature, which lets people -- nay, encourages them -- to describe the contents of their lunch or the virulence of their bronchitis.

Even in this environment, however, deleting friends does not generate a notification of any sort, leaving members to discover they've been unfriended only when they find they no longer have access to someone's profile. It can be a jarring experience, especially considering that the person who dumped you at some point either requested you as a friend or accepted your request (on Facebook, that is how friends are made). But members understand that such selective discretion is critical to the social-networking ecosystem.

"We believe that relationships change, and users should be able to have the friend list respect those changes without the pressure of a public notification," Ms. Barker said.

Nor does Facebook care to be a party to what might be called punitive unfriending, banishing someone from your network for violating one or more of your personal rules of conduct. Perhaps someone annoys you by posting an obsessive number of status updates, or expresses himself in a way that you consider obnoxious?

Those were the excuses that Ehren S., a former co-worker of mine who apparently unfriended me sometime this past spring, offered up recently for giving me the digital heave-ho.

"I believe it was based on a passive-aggressive update of yours to which I sighed, kinda shook my head and pressed 'delete from friends,' " she confessed by e-mail. "I find negativity a bit tiresome and don't have the patience for it."

Fine. Though forgive me for pointing out that Ehren, who asked that I not use her full name, initially tried to fib her way out of the awkwardness by saying she did it for a Whopper.

Last week the question of friendship decorum grew so vexing for Henry Blodget, the former securities analyst whose loud crash from Merrill Lynch helped lead him to a career as a blogger, that he publicly begged Facebook for a solution. Apparently, being barred from the securities industry doesn't keep a guy from being inundated with friendship requests from complete strangers.

"I've occasionally thought about trying to solve this problem by 'unfriending' everyone who isn't actually my friend, but that's too horrible to contemplate," Mr. Blodget wrote on his Web site, Silicon Alley Insider, on Sunday. "I don't know how I'd get through the day if Facebook kept sending me e-mails about how people I didn't even know were 'unfriending' me."

Mr. Blodget asked Facebook to develop new friendship levels that would let users sort their acquaintances by degree of separation. He suggested categories like " 'personal friends' or 'work friends' or 'extra special friends' or 'BFFs' or 'friends you want to hear meaningless trivia about all day long,' " and implored, "Please give me the ability to put friends in these groups without telling them I have done so."

On Facebook, as in life, no unfriending is as fraught with pitfalls as the one you really mean. Rachel Heavers, a stay-at-home mother in Arlington, Va., found that out when she angrily deleted a lifelong pal, "Marie," in December during what she described as "a hormonal moment."

"Our first kids were born two months apart, and we are both pregnant with our second, which are due three days apart," she said.

The two had a falling out in December after Marie (her middle name) insisted that Mrs. Heavers's daughter had swallowed one of her earrings (she hadn't). The friends wound up arguing in the emergency room, and later agreed to take a break from each other.

Mrs. Heavers soon tired of seeing Marie on Facebook. During an emotional late-night moment, she clicked the "remove" button, expecting never to speak to Marie again.

"Now I really, really regret it," said Mrs. Heavers, who is starting to reconcile with Marie but afraid to send out a new friendship invitation to her on Facebook: "I'm not sure if she's even noticed yet that I've unfriended her."

more than 5 years ago



It is Jan time for Virgin Mobile To Start Throttli

wesborgmandvm wesborgmandvm writes  |  about 3 years ago

wesborgmandvm writes "Virgin Mobile cuts smart phone users to 1/2 the data they give Broadband2Go users.

March 23rd, the company is going to cut off smartphone customers once they consume more than 2.5 GB data within a billing cycle, meaning once a user exceeds the 2.5 GB data cap, his/her Internet speed will throttled down to 256Kbps for the rest of the billing period. http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/01/19/virgin-mobile-to-start-throttling-data-in-march/

About this time last year Virgin Mobile announced plans to start throttling the Broadband2Go to 5GB in a month.

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Verizon Remotely Infiltrating User Phones

wesborgmandvm wesborgmandvm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wesborgmandvm writes "Verizon has violated its license agreement to operate over a valuable chunk of public airwaves known as the C-Block. According to Free Press and Public Knowledge, Verizon has asked Google to block third-party applications on Android phones that allow “tethering,” or using a smartphone to connect to the Internet on another device such as a laptop.




Don't RTFA / take action totally uninformed: http://act2.freepress.net/sign/verizon_blocking/?akid=2602.8866068.JnE-kM&rd=1&t=2"

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Obama's Networks Will Be Neutral?

wesborgmandvm wesborgmandvm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wesborgmandvm writes "Buried deep in President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package is a line that should bring a smile to your face.

It says that billions of dollars must be spent to connect Americans to Internet services that meet "nondiscrimination and network interconnection obligations."

What does that mean? It means that we have won a key battle in our fight for Net Neutrality. The government must now demand that this money — your money — is spent the right way: on projects that abide by Net Neutrality principles.

But get this: Just as Washington is deciding to spend your tax dollars to connect millions of people to an open Internet, high-priced phone and cable company lobbyists are swooping in to change the rules, scrap the Net Neutrality requirements and stamp out consumer choice.


The agencies in charge of spending your money on broadband are convening public meetings to hear ideas from ordinary people. But the first meeting, held last week in Washington, was "packed to the rafters" with industry lobbyists. They created such noise at the event that public voices are in danger of being drowned out."

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Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT)

wesborgmandvm wesborgmandvm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

An anonymous reader writes "Why is it so hard to find the Windows Experience Index number on new hardware. I am in the market for a new laptop; while I will wipe of windows as soon as I buy it I would like to use the MS's Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) rankings so I can compare apples to apples on different chips and graphics card configurations. I can't find any online sellers that list the Windows Experience Index next to the other specs on new hardware. Are the manufacturers resisting MS's Windows System Assessment Tool because it makes their hardware brand a commodity that can easily be replaced by another manufacturer's brand."


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