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Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 252

Then there's another Jihadist who attacked two police officers in NYC with an axe: ... But these two aren't reported as heavily because they didn't use a gun, and the liberal media are against guns.

No, they're not related because they're not related.

This "jihadist" thing is just a hook for a certain slice of the crazies to hang their hat on. We will always have crazies doing antisocial things. Ordinarily they would be called "crimes by crazy people." But as soon as a crazy says "jihad", it's "terrorism" so the government needs to further infringe on liberties.

Just say no to "jihad" as a serious thing - it's popularized to speed along your enslavement. There may be a few actual jihadis operating in the Middle East, but going nuts on some cops with a hatchet is not jihad, it's assault.

Comment: Re:Toxic light (Score 1) 33

by icebike (#48225895) Attached to: Recent Nobel Prize Winner Revolutionizes Microscopy Again

I like how smartass respondents like to gloss over confirmations in their own reference as if they didn't exist, and wouldn't be caught.

Phototoxicity often occurs upon repeated exposure of fluorescently labeled cells to illumination from lasers and high-intensity arc-discharge lamps. In their excited state, fluorescent molecules tend to react with molecular oxygen to produce free radicals that can damage subcellular components and compromise the entire cell. In addition, several reports have suggested that particular constituents of standard culture media, including the vitamin riboflavin and the amino acid tryptophan, may also contribute to adverse light-induced effects on cultured cells. Fluorescent proteins, due to the fact that their fluorophores are buried deep within a protective polypeptide envelope, are generally not phototoxic to cells. However, many of the synthetic fluorophores, such as the MitoTracker and nuclear stains (Hoechst, SYTO cyanine dyes, and DRAQ5), can be highly toxic to cells when illuminated for even relatively short periods of time. In designing experiments, fluorophores that exhibit the longest excitation wavelengths possible should be chosen in order to minimize damage to cells by short wavelength

It wasn't the light that was toxic you idiot.

It was the fluorescent molecules added to the specimen, and
constituents of standard culture media,
nuclear stains, dyes, etc.

Light itself is not toxic. Read reverseengineer's response

Comment: Re:I can't stand coupons (Score 4, Interesting) 145

by bill_mcgonigle (#48222269) Attached to: How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

that only exist to give housewives/househusbands something to do with their time

Definitely not - they're there to get people to make decisions that they otherwise wouldn't make, usually bad ones.

People love to get something for nothing. "$1 off a "premium" bag of wavy potato chips! Hell yeah!" No matter that the generic wavy potato chips are still fifty cents less and taste the same - it's a DEAL!

Kohls is famous for marking up their goods by 300% and then having a 30% off sale. The lines are out the door for "the savings". JC Penney tried to do away with that scheme and nearly went bankrupt. They went back to it this year and are returning to profitability.

If you don't have a concrete estimate of value for what you're purchasing, you can get wildly abused by the marketeers. That value will be subjective, but you better darn well know what it is if you don't want to get taken. I buy clothes at Kohls, but unless I'm desperate I limit myself to the 70% off clearance rack. That's where I find my valuation meets their prices. YMMV.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 4, Insightful) 523

Except they're only doing this to their USB VID/PID - which IS THEIRS.

No. They're doing it to property that other people own. Just because that property advertises a fraudulent USB ID does not transfer ownership of that property to FTDI. They are intentionally breaking other peoples' property and even crowing about it.

FTDI is taking an end-justifies-the means stance, and implementing a vigilante approach. It's drinking the imaginary property Kool-Aid that gets people drunk on ideas like this, and they seem to lose all judgment.

"If I want to deprive you of your watch, I shall certainly have to fight for it; if I want to buy your watch, I shall have to pay you for it; and if I want a gift, I shall have to plead for it; and, according to the means I employ, the watch is stolen property, my own property, or a donation. Thus we see three different results from three different means. Will you still say that means do not matter?" - MK Gandhi

Comment: Re:die by taser or gas? (Score 1) 139

by dave420 (#48219453) Attached to: Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Those sound like pretty decent definitions, apart from the use of the word "appear", which means those definitions are entirely subjective, and allow someone who had no political motive behind their heinous crimes to be labelled a terrorist when they were not trying to coerce public opinion.

They also clearly define plenty of actions by the US government as terrorist in nature, but I'm sure Fox News wouldn't discuss that...

Comment: Re:Proper risk management (Score 1) 340

by dave420 (#48219053) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Whereas in countries actually physically affected by WWII they had things like the "KEEP CALM" posters. Yes, panic is a massive problem. People aren't rational. As long as people are not rational, and news media makes money from hyping dangers, panic will stay a large issue.

Grow up, read some history, familiarise yourself with basic epidemiology and public health management, and then maybe you'll stop making a fool of yourself. Wishful thinking, I know.

Comment: Re:The Cult Leader will solve the problem! (Score 1) 121

by bill_mcgonigle (#48215969) Attached to: Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

There's a rapid diagnostic test that is developed and can be at West African airport departure gates in less than three months if the FDA gets out of the way. I know, it's only nutters like the NPR health sciences correspondent going on about this - was Dr. Paul also saying crazy things like the government is making the situation worse? Instead, they should totally go ahead and implement a travel ban so people sneak into the country with ebola instead of coming through the airports.

Meanwhile nobody in the US is infected with ebola and cattle are still far more dangerous, right? Wait - fear, fear, fear! Give us power and ... fear! Talk about cult leaders.

Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 1) 765

by Maxo-Texas (#48213183) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

It's a bit of a chicken or egg thing. If women made up 90% of minecraft players, this probably wouldn't be happening/be permitted.

I hadn't seen that on the servers I played on (Madrealms) but maybe that's because I felt like I was with peter pan and the lost boys. There were no female players.

I was introduced to minecraft by a female player but she clearly couldn't comprehend the way I liked it. She was still spending 4 hours a day and building stuff when I was making redstone devices and spending 8+ hours a day on it. It was a serious addiction! (and it's running right now while I test some things for an adventure area in our survival server).

The study of non-linear physics is like the study of non-elephant biology.