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Comment: In the lab vs clinically. (Score 1) 625

by Chas (#49797171) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?

Seriously. We're doing this in a lab environment right? To bits of tissue or mice?

That's still a LONG way away from doing:

A) To a human
B) Affecting their entire body
C) In a clinical/outpatient setting
D) Without side effects
E) In a controlled manner

A) Being able to rejuvenate a mouse spleen helps Joe Everyguy out not at all.

B) Rejuvenating someone in a piecemeal fashion can be pointless or even dangerous.

C) There's a HUGE difference between a lab procedure and actually mass producing this so that anyone (with sufficient money) could come in and receive a treatment (or series of treatments).

D) What happens if you run rejuvenation on precancerous or cancerous tissue? What happens to the older tissues? And what sort of effect does that have on the body's mechanisms for cleaning itself up?

E) How do you control how MUCH you're rejuvenating someone? Or is it "catch as catch can"? Sure, it'd be nice to revert to a 20-something. What if Person A reverts only into something equivalent to their mid 30's? While person B reverts to something approximating prepubesence?

This doesn't even get into the social ethics and bioethics of the situation.

Comment: Re:Just wondering (Score 2) 223

by Chas (#49795621) Attached to: Why Detecting Drones Is a Tough Gig

They are controlled by radio which can be detected.

Yes and no.

Some higher end models and drones allow you to record and re-execute a series of maneuvers. That pretty much destroys any possibility of interference with a remote controller.

So, you get measurements of the area you're going to attack.

Head out to a field and mark off a route.

Get a viable flight pattern down and record it.

Go out, setup, let the drone loose.

Execute the arranged flight flight path.

Walk away.

Comment: Existing infrastructure vs no batteries installed (Score 1) 554

by Chas (#49791395) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

Ah. I kinda don't see this happening anytime soon.

There are millions (perhaps tens of millions) of buildings across the country. All running AC.

Tesla's batteries are somewhat attractive, but still a *VERY* niche product.

I really don't see them gaining a realistically large enough foothold to force this sort of transition and the type of power system infrastructure changes it would require.

Comment: Ad blocking (Score 2) 311

by Chas (#49786195) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Blocking of ad content on the internet is a problem that the internet advertising community brought upon itself.

Huge, messy, obnoxious high bandwidth, sometimes even dangerous ads.

If the entire playing field of internet advertising wasn't as toxic as it is, we'd see a wider array of people running without adblockers.

Comment: Re:Cost of even purposing (Score 3, Insightful) 190

by Chas (#49776951) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable

I wonder what the legal cost of even attempting this merger is above and beyond the cost of acquiring assets/debt. Though I guess it's not nearly as much as a they gain by grabbing the huge monopoly if it goes though.

Doesn't matter. The consumer ends up paying for it in the end.

I honestly wish these mega-mergers in cable would just be stopped. Flat out.

And before someone starts quoting combined numbers of Comcast+TWC vs Charter+TWC, understand this. The final number of subscribers is largely irrelevant due to geographic monopoly.

We have enough of these mega-monopoly ISPs as it is. And all the mergers do is concentrate the money so they can afford bigger and bigger bribes to buy a permissive atmosphere in which the best interests of consumers/constituencies are not looked after.

And the only recourse? Try to vote out these money-grubbing incumbents with their newly marble-lined solid platinum warchests...

Comment: You already left the barn door open ASSHOLES! (Score 1) 126

by Chas (#49744827) Attached to: US Proposes Tighter Export Rules For Computer Security Tools

At this point, it's pretty much moot.

The tools are already out there.

Cutting off now accomplishes JACK SHIT. And all the tools will simply be mirrored outside the US.

The especially bad part? Look at the whole encryption export debacle.

Basically most of the meaningful security jobs and development will move outside the US.
Sure, we'll have in-country development, but it'll be happening in a vacuum, as nobody else will want to touch development of tools they can't legally use.
Meaning that security tools in general will stagnate in the US and slow down elsewhere as they have to now gear up for development without using resources inside US borders.

Comment: More super? (Score 2) 228

by Chas (#49729451) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super

Okay, the most powerful super in the setting is one SQUIRREL GIRL!

She's the living embodiment of "Chuck Norris Facts" for the Marvel Universe, and is basically on par with the Living Tribunal (a fundamental entity of the universe and essentially a godlike manifestation).

How, pray tell, does one get "more super" than that?

ASIDE from grating on about the feminist implications of "Name+GIRL" vs "Name+WOMAN" or "Name".

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins