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Comment: Re:Shouldn't be called a vaccine (Score 2) 178

by Flavianoep (#48092457) Attached to: Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices
I don't think that this may fool the health workers, many of whom may remember the polio vaccine as "dead poliovirus that is proved to make you immune to live polio".
Among those who are not in the health industry, "hopefully dead Ebola virus that we think might make you immune to live Ebola" is almost indistinguishable from "we think that dead Ebola virus might hopefully make you immune to live Ebola," which will be enough to make people feel deceived if they believe to have had the real shot, while having got only a placebo

+ - Best Time Series database

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I need to collect high-volume data from multiple sensors that are geographically distributed. what is the best native time series, preferably open source, database out there? i am looking for a database that supports a user-friendly query language (preferably similar to sql), provides APIs to popular programming like languages such as Python, Java and R, can quickly ingest large amounts of data and provide good read performance as well. pls. suggest.
are there any papers or report that compare the databases such as InfluxDB, HBase, Cassandra, etc?"

Comment: Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (Score 1) 652

by Flavianoep (#48075279) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Having procreative sex is one of the most carbon expensive things we can do.

I think the OP was talking about recreative sex. B-)

Another conclusion you can draw from this article is that everyone could live very well if we would pare down the population to 2 billion.

I have to take some research to be sure, but I think that is roughly the population with access to a shelter, clean water, sanitation, health care, internet, social security...


Instead, we'll probably breed right up to the edge of capacity and then die in billions when something unexpected happens.


Perhaps, it will be a very expected thing that will happen, I mean, if that is not already happening. The main cause of conflicts in Middle East is environmental resources, like land, water, oil.

Still, I also think they are ignoring fusion and solar.

Of course, they are ignoring fusion! :P

But... adding heat energy to the planet at the rate it's been growing since the 1600's will also result in a planet with a temperature equal to boiling water in 500 years. I'm not talking about global warming- just the amount of energy used and released that has to be radiated off into space.

(This latter part I'm just quoting because it's too insightful to be left out.)

+ - They Might Be Giants "Dial-a-Song" returns online.->

Submitted by uCallHimDrJ0NES
uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) writes "Why is the world in love again? TMBG's website announced the return of the nerd music favorite "Dial-a-song" service as a website. The plan is apparently a new song every week. The original PSTN-based Dial-a-Song service, which ran on an old-school answering machine, was a staple of nerd culture for years. Remember, those giants don't want to rule the world. They just want your half."
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+ - Marriott fined $600,000 for jamming guest hotspots-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Marriott will cough up $600,000 in penalties after being caught blocking mobile hotspots so that guests would have to pay for its own WiFi services, the FCC has confirmed today. The fine comes after staff at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee were found to be jamming individual hotspots and then charging people up to $1,000 per device to get online.

Marriott has been operating the center since 2012, and is believed to have been running its interruption scheme since then. The first complaint to the FCC, however, wasn't until March 2013, when one guest warned the Commission that they suspected their hardware had been jammed."

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+ - Most Popular Suggestion From Web Developers to Microsoft: Stop IE Development

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Few people know that Microsoft offers a suggestion box for developers who build on its various platforms. As can be expected with any feedback site, sometimes things get out of hand. The best example just happened: the Internet Explorer Platform has a suggestion to Stop Internet Explorer Development. To make matters worse, even though the suggestion was posted just yesterday, it's already the most popular submission, and is still climbing very quickly. At the time of publishing, it had over 6,000 votes (more than double the second most popular idea, which is to add automatic updates to older IE versions) and over 50 comments."

+ - Physisists observer the Majorana fermion for the first time->

Submitted by Charliemopps
Charliemopps (1157495) writes "For the first time Princeton University scientists have observed a Majorana fermion. A long predicted but never observed exotic particle that acts as both matter and anti-matter. The material is surprisingly stable. Being in both states at once seems to make it act very weakly with its surrounding. This could also be a major step towards quantum computing."
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+ - Silk road lawyers poke holes in FBI's story->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The FBI claims that it found the Silk Road server by examining plain text Internet traffic to and from the Silk Road CAPTCHA, and that it visited the address using a regular browser and received the CAPTCHA page. But Weaver says the traffic logs from the Silk Road server (PDF) that also were released by the government this week tell a different story.

“The server logs which the FBI provides as evidence show that, no, what happened is the FBI didn’t see a leakage coming from that IP,” he said. “What happened is they contacted that IP directly and got a PHPMyAdmin configuration page.” See this PDF file for a look at that PHPMyAdmin page. Here is the PHPMyAdmin server configuration.

But this is hardly a satisfying answer to how the FBI investigators located the Silk Road servers. After all, if the FBI investigators contacted the PHPMyAdmin page directly, how did they know to do that in the first place?"

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+ - Elusive Form of Evolution Seen in Spiders->

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An anonymous reader writes "a new study of Anelosimus studiosus, a species of tangle-web spiders, published this week in Nature, suggests that evolution does indeed work at the level of the group. If certain groups of animals are more productive than others — that is, if they produce more progeny — then evolution will tend to favor the traits that make such fecundity possible. According to Pruitt, the findings are the first to provide direct evidence that natural selection can drive the evolution of a group trait in the wild."
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+ - End of an era: After a 30 year run, IBM drops support for Lotus 1-2-3->

Submitted by klubar
klubar (591384) writes "Although it has been fading for years, the final death knell came recently for the iconic Lotus 1-2-3. In many ways, Lotus 1-2-3 launched the PC era (and ensured the Apple II success), and once was a serious competitor for Excel (and prior to that Multiplan and VisiCalc). Although I doubt if anyone is creating new Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets, I'm sure there are spreadsheets still being used who trace their origin to Lotus 1-2-3, and even Office 2013 still has some functions and key compatibility with Lotus 1-2-3. Oh, how far the mighty have fallen."
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+ - Why Microsoft skipped Windows 9

Submitted by Bizzeh
Bizzeh (851225) writes "Microsoft may not be everybody's favorite company, but they are the kings of backwards compatibility. When testing what was Windows 9 (and is now Windows 10). It seems like they came across some compatibility issues from the Windows 9x days. Mentioned by Mikko Hypponen on twitter (, quite a lot of products test the version string with "indexOf("windows 9")". Using searchcode, we can see what he means."

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