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Comment: Re:Copper and alcohol (Score 1) 63

by Carewolf (#49382793) Attached to: Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA

Idiot, "resistant to antibiotics" does not mean "immune to all antibiotics."

It is immune to some classes of antibiotics, yes. Other classes of antibiotics continue to be effective. Vancomycin, for example, is effective on most MRSA infections. So no, homeopathic remedies are NOT going to be "as effective as any modern medicine."

Go try to sound smart somewhere else.

It was a joke, which is why I used mentioned something as funny as homepathics medicine. I agree with some of the other posters that they probably didn't test against the best modern medicine, which is why the description is vague, and if they tested against something not effective. Well, then something equally effective is not very effective.

Comment: Re:Copper and alcohol (Score 1) 63

by Carewolf (#49382565) Attached to: Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA

A couple of pretty toxic ingredients there. I suppose as a topical remedy you could use it. But saying it's as effective as any modern remedy sounds like a bit of a stretch.

Considering the MRSA is resistant to modern antibiotics I would assume pretty much anything is as effective as any modern medicine on it. Hell homeopathics might work as well.


Apple Extends Its Trade-In Program 54

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-much-will-you-give-me-for-it? dept.
Mark Wilson writes "Earlier in the month it was reveal that Apple was about to start offering gift cards as part of a trade-in program for people buying new a new iPhone. The updated program has now gone live so you can take your old Apple device, or non-Apple smartphone to an Apple store, or mail it in to receive credit. The credit can be used in store or online against the purchase of a new Apple device, and this program expansion is the latest move from Apple to try to tempt users away from other platforms. You can check online to see how much you can expect to receive for your existing phone and decide whether it's worth your while. Hint: it might not be.

If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You'll Need a Reservation 190

Posted by samzenpus
from the for-the-discerning-time-enthusiast dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Good news for those of you thinking of buying an Apple watch but were concerned the experience wouldn't feel exclusive enough. According to MacRumors there will be no walk-in sales the first few weeks of launch. Instead, you'll have to call the store and make reservations. From the article: "Apple will begin offering online pre-sales of the Apple Watch starting on April 10th, with the first deliveries occurring on April 24th, the official Apple Watch launch date. During those two weeks, customers will be able to have hands-on 'try-on' appointments at Apple retail stores in order to help make up their mind. However, according to training documents that MacRumors has received, Apple is not allowing any walk-in retail purchases for the Apple Watch at launch. Instead customers must make an online 'Product Reservation' to hold a specific Apple Watch model at a retail store. This new 'Product Reservation' system is used instead of Apple's 'Personal Pickup' system for Apple Watches. Apple's retail training documents indicate that 'If a customer walks in and wants to purchase a watch, offer the option to try on a watch. Then help them place an order online or through the Apple Store app.'"

Comment: Re: Astroturfing (Score 1) 261

by Carewolf (#49359271) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

I thought astroturf was in contrast to a organic, "grassroots" effort.

Derailing discussion forums in itself is not really astroturfing. Maybe I misread and that's not all of it.

Astroturfing is just pretending to be a grassroot, that is pretending to be a non-sponsored individual supporting a certain point of view. Any paid commentator not explicitly stating they are paid, is an astroturfer.

Comment: Re:here its just media. (Score 1) 261

by Carewolf (#49359265) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

I have a simple question - Why do liberals only acknowledge the bias of Fox news or other such outlets, and never the more extreme bias of MSNBC or CNN?

Because CNN is very right-wing, but not as extremely as Fox? MSNBC I see get a lot of flak for being generally shit, including its weird attempt at counterbalancing Fox.

Comment: Re:And on Slashdot? (Score 1) 261

by Carewolf (#49359249) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

Certain news stories come up, and people make the most twisted arguments imaginable to deflect, downplay, or show shades of grey. Sometimes it's from long-term users with varied post histories - are these well-crafted astroturfers, carefully building up a false history to deflect suspicion?

No, they are likely smarter or just as as you. You should listen to them.

My last remembered example was the one about home solar installations: The panels give unused power to the grid during the day, and the users take power from the grid at night.

Exactly. Briliant example. The naive point of view is to let them abuse the net as storage, but any person thinking it through can tell you that will not work in the long run.

Comment: Re:Parent Post Semantic Content: Null (Score 1) 261

by Carewolf (#49359231) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

Every major government does it. It's still evil, and only by educating the public about the foreign agents subverting public discourse can we avoid the consequences of a malign deception. Education without which democracy fails.

No, they don't. You are again implying a falsehood to make someone you like look better.


Is the Apple Watch a Useful Medical Device? (Video) 47

Posted by Roblimo
from the all-we-want-is-for-you-to-be-happy-happy-happy dept.
Let's kill the suspense right away by answering the title question, 'Probably not.' For one thing, according to interviewee Alfred Poor, the Apple Watch is in no way linked to the Apple Research Kit. Dr. Poor is editor of the Health Tech Insider website, so he follows this kind of thing more carefully than most people. And the Apple watch is not the only device mentioned in this video (or transcript, if you prefer reading to listening). If you want to ruminate about the possibility of direct mind control, for instance, you need to know about the Thync, whose vendor calls it 'A groundbreaking wearable device that enables you to shift your state of mind in minutes.' They say it 'induces on-demand shifts in energy, calm, or focus.' It even has a 'pleasure' setting. Crank that to 11 and you might happily spend your days prone, being fed by a drip and emptied by a catheter, moving only when an attendant turns you over to keep bedsores from developing -- not that you'll care if they do -- as you spend the rest of your life in an artificially-induced joyful stupor.

Comment: Re:It depends (Score 1) 485

by Carewolf (#49343513) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

Even if you wrote this in C in the style in which they did it the program would be slow. Since there's no way to "extend" a C string, it would require determining the length of the current string (which involves scanning the string for a null byte), malloc'ing a new buffer with one more byte,

There is. It is called realloc. If you are unlucky, it will just divide the number of times the system actually performs by 16 or whatever the malloc implementation uses as an alignment, but once the allocation gets big enough you get a pages directly from the system, and it just maps in more pages on the end.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.