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Comment: Re:Current? Fat cables? (Score 1) 534

by sjames (#49793743) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

You may be thinking of commercial 3phase wiring where you get 110V phase to neutral and 208v phase to phase. In residential wiring, the final transformer coil is center tapped so you get 110 phase to neutral (center tap) and 220 phase to phase. Note that the two split phases are inverted with respect to each other because the neutral is a center tap.

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.


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Comment: A thousand times NO. (Score 3) 534

by Joey Vegetables (#49791145) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage
NO. That will not happen. Power equals voltage times current. To deliver the same power load at a lower voltage would require higher current, and household wiring is already designed to carry as much current as it safely can. Lowering voltage would thus require new, much bulkier wiring, which can't easily be retrofitted in older structures. Conduits would be able to carry far less of it, so those two would have to be overhauled. Last but not least, wireless charging and better batteries will eliminate much of the need for the lower-power wiring in the first place. There are very few things that I can confidently predict about the future, but one of those things is that mains (110-220v) voltage is not going to change drastically anytime soon. I'd be willing to bet every single powered appliance in my home on it.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 310

by sjames (#49789209) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

That is the law, but it makes little sense as long as the rights holder gets their bit. Why shouldn't it be OK for me to buy a full copy of a book, mechanically black out words here and there and then resell it?

If that's OK, why shouldn't I be able to print pre-censored copies as long as I buy and destroy an unaltered version for eaach one I sell?

Since that isn't terribly environmentally responsible, perhaps I should be able to send the publisher the profit from their sale and then print and sell the modified version as long as I keep accurate count of the sales.

At no point is the author deprived of the fruits of his/her labor.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 310

by sjames (#49789189) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Personally, I found that ruling objectionable even though I had no use for the edited movies personally. But I see that a new service is now available that instructs a modified DVD p[layer to skip the scenes considered objectionable. The Family Entertainment and Copyright Act explicitly authorizes that model.

So by analogy, instructing the browser to skip unwanted bits on the fly should pass muster.

+ - Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong 1

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson writes: From the you-pay-your-money-and-you-take-your-changes dept

ABC is reporting that gene test for risk of specific diseases are not as accurate as were thought, with different labs giving different interpretations.



At least 415 gene variants now have different interpretations that could sway a medical decision, such as whether to have healthy breasts or ovaries removed to lower the risk of cancer, or to get a medical device such as an implanted defibrillator to cut the risk of sudden cardiac death.

"The magnitude of this problem is bigger than most people thought," said Michael Watson, executive director of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, one of the study's authors and a partner in the data pooling project.

And it can harm patients. Rehm described a woman who had genetic testing and wrongly was told she did not have elevated risks for breast cancer. She later developed the disease but could have had preventive surgery had the right gene analyses been done.

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