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Comment: more standard treatment is .. (Score 1) 70

by Big Jojo (#33781846) Attached to: Neurosurgeons Use MRI-Guided Lasers To Destroy Tumors
Operate (cut open skull) and remove (most of) the tumor.
  • This being the brain, one must be very careful to minimize removing grey cells that are in use for non-tumor purposes.
  • This being cancer, one can't generally get 100% of the tumor; it's not a neat growth, it has fingers that go elsewhere.

So what's left after surgery (and I'll guess, even with this laser thing) is a smaller tumor, which gets killed through radiation therapy (first/mostly) and also by chemotherapy. With brain tumors, the chemotherapy can sometimes be pill-based, which is good ... many of the chemo horror stories you may have heard relate to intraveneous drug administration. Nausea, vomiting, and so on are part of the picture to greater or lesser degrees. Less so with the pills. It's not clear to me from the article(s) whether this laser treatment affects the radiation + chemo part of therapy very much, like by shortening or eliminating it. See for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glioblastoma ... about one of the most common types of brain tumor. (What Ted Kennedy and George Gershwin died of, for example.

Comment: so what? Big F-ing deal (Score 5, Insightful) 80

by Big Jojo (#33621784) Attached to: Afghan Government Turns To Iran For Internet
Who else should be providing Internet access and building local business ties but neighboring countries? In this case, Iran looks like they're being a good neighbor. It's time to move beyond this prejudice against Iran. They've been the victim of US (and British) Corporate interests for numerous decades ... and if they dare to object or fight back, or otherewise look after their own interests, they get demonized. Recall that the CIA overthrew the Shah to protect interests of what became British Petroleum (BP): The Iranian government of the time was just trying to control its own oil. Naturally, the people of Iran weren't keen on the CIA coup. And US/British Corporates weren't happy with pushback on their plans to steal all that oil wealth. So here we are ... Iran does something innocuous and the western establishment press still wants to find a way to blame them for something (what?) while spinning the West as blameless.

Comment: Re:No successful terrorist attacks since 9/11? (Score -1, Flamebait) 502

by Big Jojo (#32950424) Attached to: Top Secret America
Mp>No successful terrorist attacks? ONLY IF if you ignore right-wing assaults e.g. against police (generally as "protests" against so-called left-wing politicians etc.

No. Terror from foreign sources has never been common, or the major threat. And those right wingers are only being incited further by the teabaggers and such. Expect more such attacks, and expect them to be ignored (as terror) by the mainstream media.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong ... (Score 5, Informative) 276

by Big Jojo (#32791488) Attached to: Java's Backup Plan If Oracle Fumbles
Go away troll....

Microsoft was entirely within its rights to extend Java to provide native support for Windows O/S. The lawsuit was ridiculous and wrongly decided.

The issue was violating the the compatibility constraints, so that code would no longer be portable to non-Windows O/S. This was precluded by the license which MSFT signed, so the lawsuit was reasonably decided.

Comment: Not hosted by google though ... (Score 4, Informative) 184

by Big Jojo (#32630230) Attached to: UK's RIAA Goes After Google Using the US DMCA
I took a quick scan and didn't see any URLs that are clearly hosted by Google .... so it looks like the notice is directed to the wrong place.

What did look scarey is including a bunch of queries that would evidently produce some/all of the content they object too. It's as if they want to claim that Google's ability to find such stuff makes them liable ... so that they should then work with the UK's RIAA to block searches for those bits of material ... ugh!!...

Comment: Re:From a user perspective (Score 1) 344

by Big Jojo (#31475984) Attached to: What Aspects of Open Source Projects Do You Avoid?

I think the answer is obvious - what most developers avoid like the plague is documentation.

For the developers who can't write well, that's a Good Thing. On the other hand ... the best developers *can* write well, and *do* spend time on that part of the system. Since they realize well that a system which isn't (or can't be) explained effectively isn't very useful.

I'm not talking about user documentation so much as big picture stuff and reference material. The skills and processes used to write and improve user documentation, like the skills to develop and tune good user interfaces, are somewhat distinct from the ones involved in system design and architecture. Npt completely ... but enough so that the folk who are good at any of those tend to be very aware of their personal deficiencies in the other areas. Sometimes it's just a lack of sympathy (or empathy) with the different audiences. We've all known folk (or been folk!) who just want to write code. When that's your mind-set, any user-facing feedback loop will be full of conflict, since the users rarely prioritize code like that.

Comment: Re:Existing (Score 1, Interesting) 116

by Big Jojo (#31310056) Attached to: Developing a Vandalism Detector For Wikipedia

Apparently, how their vandalism detector works right now is by automatically reverting any edits done by anonymous editors.

I've seen signs of that too. Not always ... but often enough to have acquired a rather negative understanding of the role of some folk with admin privileges at WP. It's clear when they haven't even bothered to read (much less understand!) the edits they revert. Or that they just revert anything that offends an ideology they want WP to present on any particular topics. They think NPV shouldn't apply to their gloriously elevated selves. (And refuse to acknowledge when their ideology is showing.)

That's on top of editors just flagging articles as sub-par but without saying specifically why, or responding to queries about WTF they meant. Not every article should consist of 50% citations and 50% content ... if you're going to say there aren't enough citations, just be specific about which statements you think need citations; that's easy to do. And maybe ... read the citations which are already there. Or even use the Talk: page appropriately, to discuss such issues, if you can't yet be specific enough to be actionable.

The messages some admins give is that if you're not part of their particular club, Please Go Away. Some are even quite public that they object to edits from folk without accounts ... regardless of the content of those edits. Way too many obnoxious A**hats have admin privs there.

How about letting us flag such editors/admins as comment spammers? It's not like their volume of vague and un-actionable criticisms, or inappropriate reversions, really helps improve WP. While unlike real spammers, their negative effects are actually hard to correct.

Comment: Re:You young whippersnappers and your newfangled.. (Score 1) 460

by Big Jojo (#31307140) Attached to: Will the Serial Console Ever Die?
Nah ... a Real Man's console looks like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IMSAI8080.jpg ... One difference: you can use an IMSAI console with just your OWN fingers and toes. You don't need to color your own "Twister" game onto the console and throw a party. "Left nose Blue!" never worked well unless Alice the Alien could join in (at which point we're clearly talking non-Men). One thing both those machines do illustrate is the serious deficiency, in modern computers, of blinkenlights.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234

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