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Comment: Re:For all the idiots (Score 3, Insightful) 87

by Hydrated Wombat (#48274327) Attached to: Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools
I would interpret the AC as not being sarcastic. Updating on any open source operating system has been much, much easier and much more timely than any part of windows for me, but that's just my experience. Not to say that everything is easier in linux, but updates have always been timely, and it doesn't flip out and use all my ram. Bash auto-updated before the slashdot story hit my newsfeed.

Comment: Re:In related news ... (Score 1) 99

by Hydrated Wombat (#46697795) Attached to: Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars
Yes. Next test of google's speed: "flurtle wurtle jurtle turtle." Maybe we could get everyone to learn arbitrary subjects by spreading rumors about a code hidden in Euclid's elements that successfully predicts all major aspects of traditional geometry. Incidentally, it is normally spelled "naan"

+ - GIMP Abandons SourceForge. Distributes via FTP Instead->

Submitted by Dangerous_Minds
Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "GIMP, a free and open source altenernative to image manipulation software like Photoshop, recently announced that it will no longer be distributing their program through SourceForge. Citing some of the ads as reasons, they say that the tipping point was "the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge." The policy changes were reported back in August by Gluster. GIMP is now distributing their software via their own FTP page instead. Is Sourceforge becoming the next CNET?"
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+ - Tape is not dead in the cloud->

Submitted by Bismillah
Bismillah (993337) writes "Tape as a storage medium may seem like a last-millennium solution, but Amazon begs to differ with its Glacier service. For one cent per gigabyte, Amazon offers an abstracted tape library and takes care of the operational complexities of using it.

The downside to Glacier is expensive retrieval that takes three to five hours..."

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+ - Physicists probe urination 'splashback' problem->

Submitted by gollum123
gollum123 (810489) writes "US physicists have studied the fluid dynamics of urine "splashback" — and found tips to help men and women with their accuracy and hygiene. Splashback was low when the jets were used close up with a narrow "angle of attack", said the Brigham Young University team. micturation is still a messier business than it needs to be, according to the research. The team fired coloured water at various target "toilets" at the velocity and pressure of average human urination. Then, using a high-speed camera, they captured the moment of impact in remarkable visual detail. the biggest thing you can do to reduce splashback — sitting or standing — is to alter the "angle of attack"."
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+ - The Silent Killer, Hepatitis C, Meets Its Match

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "An estimated three to four million Americans are infected with "the silent killer," Hepatitis C, but most people who are infected do not know it because it can take decades for the virus to damage the liver sufficiently to cause symptoms. Now Andrew Pollack writes in the NYT that medicine may be on the brink of turning the tide against hepatitis C, a plague that kills more Americans annually than AIDS and is the leading cause of liver transplants. If the effort succeeds, it will be an unusual conquest of a viral epidemic without using a vaccine. “There is no doubt we are on the verge of wiping out hepatitis C,” says Dr. Mitchell L. Shiffman. Over the next three years new drugs are expected to come to market that will cure most patients with the virus, in some cases with a once-a-day pill taken for as little as eight weeks, and with only minimal side effects. The new drugs are specifically designed to inhibit the enzymes the hepatitis C virus uses to replicate, the same approach used to control HIV. But the big difference is that HIV forms a latent reservoir in the body, so HIV drugs must be taken for life to prevent the virus from springing back. Hepatitis C does not form such a reservoir, so it can be eliminated permanently. Many doctors are now “warehousing” their hepatitis C patients — urging them to forgo treatment until the new drugs are approved. But the new drugs are expected to cost from $60,000 to more than $100,000 for a course of treatment and some critics worry that the bill will be run up when huge numbers of people who would have done fine without them turn to the drugs. “The vast majority of patients who are infected with this virus never have any trouble,” says Dr. Ronald Koretz. "Since the vast majority of patients become infected after age 20, most patients infected with hepatitis C will have to die of something else before their livers fail.""

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