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Comment: Re:Why is the White House involved? (Score 1) 214

by hey! (#48669123) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Presidents, governors and mayors all do this kind of thing -- call up private businesses and ask them to do stuff. The mayor may call a local business and ask it to reconsider withdrawing its sponsorship of the local youth baseball league. The governor might call up union leaders and senior management in a strike, particularly if it affects things lots of people need like transit or health care.

This is the exercise of *soft* power, of influence rather than of compulsion. Obama can't call Apple and compel them to change their stance. But he can call Tim Cook and *persuade* him, possibly with more success than Michael Lynton, particuarly given that the two may be having some kind of dispute. Ego *does* play a role in CEO decision making.

Comment: Re:Dementia will get'm long before 120 (Score 1) 430

by FirstOne (#48666199) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Telomerase only works (naturally) in 3 kinds of human cells

Not once in the article I quoted nor my posts have mentioned Telomerase, shifting the focus of the discussion, instead of admitting your error.

Finding a study is a simple task by googling "diet and exercise telomeres", yielding Scholarly links

But nooo, you insist on being an a irrational poster, changing the subject and complaining I haven't met your requirements. If you really want a science links here, but the Prostrate cancer study, (5yr follow up, Blood cell telomeres lengthened by +10%, verses -3% control group) is behind a pay-wall. I suppose you'll complain about that as well.

Comment: Re:Old Guys? (Score 1) 231

by Greyfox (#48664641) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail
I listen to the ones who are from someone I actually want to talk to, the rest of them I just delete. If I'm listening to them without the visual voicemail interface, I just hit 7 about 4 seconds into the voice mail, otherwise I look at the caller ID on the VVS and hit the delete button. My phone is not someone else's tool for forcing me to talk to them. I get 3-4 calls a day from very low quality technical recruiters. I get a call every couple of months from someone I might actually want to talk to.

The only people who call me at work are IT people in response to online tickets. Then I get an E-mail from the phone system that they called me and I have to look them up and send them an E-Mail politely reminding them that, as I explained in my ticket, IT doesn't seem to be capable of installing a phone at my desk and that they're better off emailing me. Not to mention the fact that all my voicemails go to a null number and the size of that mailbox will eventually crash the corporate phone system. I also sit in a location they are incapable of finding or accessing if they do actually find it. I mostly just submit tickets for the comedy value, once or twice a week. I'm over 40, so I suppose they were probably talking about me.

Comment: Re:uh - by design? (Score 2) 160

by amorsen (#48663009) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

USB 3.0 has this exact same feature (DMA), so yes, yes you should expect a USB thumb drive to be able to do this.

Ethernet controllers work by DMA, yet they do not offer random access to anyone who plugs anything into the bus. There is no inherent reason why DMA means full access.

Thunderbolt and Firewire are different, in that they are "controllerless". They are simply PCI bridges.

Sentient plasmoids are a gas.