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Comment: Is the article overstating or understanding? (Score 1, Interesting) 161

by MobyDisk (#48197779) Attached to: Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Can someone clarify the discrepency here?

Dr Tabakow carried out an initial trial involving three paralysed patients who each had a small amount of OECs injected in their damaged spinal cords. While none showed any significant improvement, the main purpose of the study was achieved, showing that the treatment was safe.

Prof Wagih El Masri said: "Although the clinical neurological recovery is to date modest, this intervention has resulted in findings of compelling scientific significance."

Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame.

So the doctors think that going from paralyzed to walking is modest and insignificant? Were they not talking about the same patient? Something doesn't make sense here.

Comment: Criminals already use encryption (Score 1) 284

by MobyDisk (#48163335) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Don't criminals already use encryption? Am I supposed to, out of pure love for the government, not encrypt my devices so that if I ever become a criminal the FBI can more easily find me? Wouldn't that just make me a more likely target for crimials? Or perhaps the FBI is suggesting that companies should not provide encryption by default, causing customers will choose a competitor's product instead? This is silly: the only reason to start this campaign is if the end goal is to convince legislators to make encryption illegal.

Comment: Can't the routers prioritize better? (Score 1) 429

by MobyDisk (#48113107) Attached to: BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Can't the routers split the traffic more evenly?

Some years ago I had a wired router that did what the summary describes: if one computer ran bittorrent, nobody else could do anything. I assumed that the router split the traffic by demand, or by number of total connections. This makes sense up to a point. I assumed routers have gotten better since then because I haven't had the problem in a while. It seems like a more fair algorithm should be implemented.

Comment: Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (Score 1) 276

by MobyDisk (#48106731) Attached to: No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Here is one source of the issue, taken from

In 2001, Alfred Nobel's great-grandnephew, Peter Nobel (b. 1931), asked the Bank of Sweden to differentiate its award to economists given "in Alfred Nobel's memory" from the five other awards. This request added to the controversy over whether the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel is actually a "Nobel Prize".[16]

[16] (Ntb-Afp). "Alfred Nobels familie tar avstand fra økonomiprisen". Retrieved 26 January 2014.

Although truthfully, if I created a prize called the "Best Slashdot post in memory of Alfred Nobel" and paid for it separately, I can see why one would be hesitant to call it a Nobel prize, no matter who gave it or when. I wonder what power Nobel's will has today? Does someone have the power to actually pay for the prize out of Nobel's money, or to change the rules he laid out?

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"