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Comment Re:Yeah, and? (Score 5, Informative) 408

MSF/Doctors Without Borders has been adamant there were no Taliban shooting from the hospital, and MSF has a lot more credibility (they're comparable to Red Cross) than the Afghan police that reported this as supposedly a fire base. Not to mention that the police have a clear revenge motive against MSF, as they are known to have long been complaining that MSF treats patients from all sides, including the Taliban, indiscriminately.

Submission + - US bombs Doctors Without Borders hospital

Prune writes: According to multiple news sources, US airstrikes partially destroyed a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan, killing at least nine staff members (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/doctors-without-borders-airstrike-hits-afghan-hospital-killing-3-staffers/2015/10/03/2ed13104-b50a-48ec-9eb9-92db8ee3a876_story.html) and at least 50 overall, including patients, and this after giving its coordinates to US forces multiple times (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11909123/Kunduz-Nato-investigates-whether-US-air-strike-hit-hospital-latest.html). I'm especially saddened to report this given I had become one of the supporters of this charity after recommendations from Slashdot members in a discussion about choosing charities to donate to a while back.

Comment Re:Play Services (Score 1) 127

it simply won't run Google Play Services-dependent apps (though all other Android apps worked when sideloaded)

Can't tell if you're trolling or just ignorant. Google Play Services and dependent apps run fine on BB10 (I'm running them on my Passport, along with the Google Play Store). Regularly updated downloads for the patched versions in the first post at http://forums.crackberry.com/a...

Comment Re:6 years (Score 1) 127

Google Play Services. This is not open source, but it is needed to run many of the apps. (this is also why I can't run some of the Android apps on my BB Z10)

I can't tell if you're trolling, but you can run Google Play Services on BlackBerry (I'm running them on my Passport, for example, along with dependent apps like Snapchat, or even the Google Play Store). Regularly updated patched versions of the Google services are in the top post at http://forums.crackberry.com/a...

Comment Job guarantee is much more sound approach (Score 5, Interesting) 1291

There is no good reason to choose basic income (income guarantee) over a job guarantee where the government is the employer of last resort. This is still a form of Keneysian intervention, but a very direct one. Decreasing unemployment raises aggregate demand and brings on recovery from the recession. Inflation doesn't occur until you approach full employment. But at the same time as the recession is over, and since such work offered by the public sector is at or just below minimum wage, most would move back to private sector jobs. "Free money" is not given to those who are able to work and are simply failing to find employment, and is reserved for the severely disabled and so on — unlike the current situation.

Comment Re:pet cemetary (Score 1) 116

You mention that dogs are social as a contrast to cats; however, that distinction is exaggerated. Domestic cats (as in the species, whether actually in human residences or feral) are solitary hunters, but they're frequently social in their leisure time -- something that is not merely an artifact of them being in a domestic environment, as every feral cat colony demonstrates. This aspect of their behavior is further extended into being even more social because humans are something akin to pseudo-mothers to the cat (various behaviors, such as the continuation of meowing and kneading beyond kittenhood, are obvious clues).

Comment QCs will _not_ make existing crypto useless (Score 4, Informative) 128

When (or if) quantum computers become practical they will make existing forms of encryption useless.

Uh, no. It will only make breaking certain popular public-key cryptosystems practical. There are quantum-safe public-key systems, and most symmetric ones are also safe (at best, using a quantum computer with symmetric systems is equivalent to halving the key size — with an obvious way to compensate).

Comment Geist is just a historian, not technologist! (Score 1) 262

Expert opinion? Hardly.
From his bio at http://fsi.stanford.edu/people...:

Edward Geist received his Ph.D. in history....His research interests include emergency management in nuclear disasters, Soviet politics and culture, and the history of nuclear power and weapons.

Once again, Slashdot editors fail to do basic vetting of sources. The only qualification for something to be posted here appears to be whether it will work as click-bait. You also have to love how the summary refers to him as "Stanford's Edward Moore Geist". You hear dear readers? He's from Stanford! That means academic authority! So, is he in Stanford's computer science department? Or engineering perhaps?

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Oh, wait...

Comment Mod parent down (Score 1) 61

kheldan has a long history of ranting and shamelessly relying on cherrypicked "evidence", as well as hyperbole and other such rhetorical devices to make his "the sky is falling"- and "things were better in the old days"-themed flamebait posts. That he laments the trolling of others is the pinnacle of hypocrisy, and that ought not be lost on moderators here.
In his post higher up in this thread, he reveals an elitist attitude:

I'd almost wish it would go back to being accessible only by Universities, the government, and the military.

This, as well as hi anti-freedom of speech commentary, is in line with the statist views he often expresses.
The real degeneracy of Slashdot and the Internet at large is comprised of the stifling effects on free speech driven by governments and a number number of other institutions, with kheldan being one of their cheerleaders. The best times on Slashdot were not during kheldan's early years, as he would have you believe; I well remember them as the years before he ever joined and brought his odious statist, elitist views.
And kheldan: I've seen innumerous much more thoughtful, eloquent, insightful, and — above all — honest posts on 4chan than the shitposting record you've left here.

Comment Re:Dangerous power (Score 1) 265

Unorthodox treatments are being developed, however. One of the new/experimental treatments for bipolar is ketamine (yes, the same anesthetic commonly used recreationally as a dissociative). It's particularly useful for helping with treatment-refractory depressive phases in bipolar patients, while not making the manic phases any worse. There are a few papers; here's one: http://www.nature.com/tp/journ... There are also recent and ongoing studies using psylocybin (magic mushrooms) to treat major depression and PTSD, as well as at least one study treating PTSD with MDMA (Ecstasy). The interesting thing about these approaches is not that they're also recreational drugs, but that there is indication that these are not indefinite supportive treatments but something more akin to a cure. In the case of psylocybin, specifically, a Johns Hopkins study showed that a single dose in a therapeutic setting can bring on permanent positive personality changes.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.