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Comment: Re:MOD PARENT UP (Score 1) 89

by Prune (#49780121) Attached to: Bats' White-Nose Syndrome May Be Cured
I see his citation and raise you these:

By the way, implying 1% rabies infection rate is not a concern is ludicrous, as it's plenty to prevent eradication of a infection with human mortality rates, when undiscovered before symptoms, only rivaled by prion disease.

Comment: The actual interesting bit (Score 1) 69

As soon as I saw the summary, I wondered how they're able to do decent dead reckoning using the mediocre quality cell phone accelerometers; in the general case, the integration would give drift pretty quickly. We're not dealing with ICBM-quality accelerometers here. So the interesting bit is how they're able to make use of information that specializes the problem (the location of subway stations) together with machine learning to do much better than the general case. The paper is worth a read.

Comment: Mixed feelings about this (Score 3, Informative) 89

by Prune (#49772967) Attached to: Bats' White-Nose Syndrome May Be Cured
Sure, they can be cute; however, in terms of human health, bats are reservoirs for rabies and various coronaviruses that affect humans. For example, a recent paper in Nature showed that SARS can go from some bats to humans without an intermediate host, and the same likely applies to MERS. Worse, ebola-infected bats have also been found. Then, there's this quote from wiki: "Bats harbor more viruses than rodents and are capable of spreading disease over a wider geographic area owing to their ability to fly and their migration and roosting patterns."
My question for the armchair epidemiologists here is to what extent this is outweighed by bats' feeding on mosquitoes (in the areas which this story concerns).

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 39

by Prune (#49770269) Attached to: Machine That "Uncooks Eggs" Used To Improve Cancer Treatment
Lest anyone think of investing in parent poster's father's company, consider that methylene blue is neurotoxic:
A few choice quotes from this research:

MB...initiated widespread neuronal apoptosis....rapid suppression of evoked excitatory field potentials by MB...dose-dependent effect of this drug on cell death....exposure to MB at non-cell-death-inducing concentrations could still induce significant retraction of dendritic arbor

And what's the researchers' conclusion?

MB exerts neurotoxic effects on the central nervous system

Thanks, but no thanks. Parent poster, go peddle your pharmascam elsewhere.

Comment: Wrong tag (Score 0) 231

by Prune (#49755503) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

I'm tagging this story "election2016."

How about "USAelection2016"? While Slashdot has always been somewhat US-centric (or, really, North America-centric), the level of unapologetic chauvinism here has gotten worse over the years. This site has a significant non-US user base and readership, and a lot of articles posted regarding international situations (UK government spying, EU IP laws, etc.). US posters and editors ought to maintain at least an iota of respect for the rest of the world, or risk alienating a good chunk of Slashdot's audience.

Comment: Re: Mixed reaction (Score 1) 322

by Prune (#49728701) Attached to: Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

the amount of stuff that gets made

Gets made from what? Things don't ultimately belong to you, as demonstrated by the fact that eminent domain exists and gets exercised even in a place like the US, where the government can forcefully take possession of any land within its territories and give you money in return (in its currency, of course) -- because it has sovereignty over it. Until you have absolute sovereign title over the land you consider your property, it's not really yours and you don't have real economic freedom, just the illusion of it.

All we have is all we make

This is also BS. You don't make anything; you just transform (usually minimally) bits and pieces whose provenance is ultimately from the land which you do not own. The idiocy of your comment is further highlighted by the fact that the majority of what is considered value is in intangibles which have even less to do with the physical world than fiat currency -- a trend that will continue.

Comment: Re:Problems (Score 1) 164

by Prune (#49728577) Attached to: Wind Turbines With No Blades
I thoroughly enjoyed your response-sequence to DrYak and dave420 (420+environmentalist, what are the chances!). To be honest, though, I have my background biases as well that helped motivate my response above: I'm a fan of nuclear power (which, by the way, causes far less human deaths per terrawatt-hour generated than wind turbines); and also, as an avid hiker, I have great aesthetic objection to wind turbines.

Comment: Re:Sales call confused with news (Score 1) 387

by Prune (#49728401) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students
I'm strongly pro-handwriting -- and even dabble in calligraphy -- though I'm a software developer. Having said that, I live in Vancouver, where the Georgia Straight is published, and I'd like to caution those who would use it as a source of information: it is a shamelessly radical leftist publication.

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