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Comment: Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (Score 1) 45

by Scot Seese (#48224065) Attached to: Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

.. This finding is not entirely surprising, as the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction has been understood for quite some time, particularly relevant to treatment of bacterial infection.

Nutshell, antibodies, natural or pharmaceutical, kill bacteria, causing them to dump endotoxins contained within the bacteria into the bloodstream, often causing the patient to feel significantly worse for a period of time.

Not unlike taking a large garbage bag out of the dumpster, throwing it into your swimming pool, then cutting it open with a box cutter.

Chronic inflammatory or bacterial illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis or Lyme disease are particularly notorious for the "Herxing" patients feel during treatment.

Comment: Re:Just make it fast (Score 1) 77

by Scot Seese (#48176751) Attached to: Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

One of the drivers behind Android L was improving performance on low to mid range Android devices. Google is interested in improving the Android experience for those customers with the 1 cent contract phones, and other flotsam at the bottom of the product menu.

Android L allegedly will perform smoothly, even on devices with 512mb RAM. Which should be a win for those customers with 1gb and 2gb handsets made within the last 2-3 years, as they will be lightning fast.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 2) 251

by Scot Seese (#48176679) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Sharp observers would notice the phrase "Desktop Class" used in Apple keynotes the last year or two, when describing the power of their A# mobile processors.

I for one would not be surprised if Apple released a 12" "WorkBook" that is essentially a 12" iPad with full keyboard & touchpad, running iOS w/2gb RAM. Their entire "office" suite - iWork - is already a complete feature copy of the OS X version - all that's missing from making it truly useful on the iPad is .. a quality keyboard.

Comment: Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (Score 4, Interesting) 187

by Scot Seese (#48165001) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

No..

Actually, patrons are mentally bankrupt. Hollywood puts original content in front of audiences every now and then, and it underwhelms at the box office.

Brand familiarity and the powerful psychological pull it has on consumers are just as responsible for you wanting to see the next Star Trek movie as you are likely to keep buying the same laundry detergent.

Comment: Absolute Estate Tax Solves Problem (Score 1) 838

by Scot Seese (#48161113) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

If estate size > $N millions then tax = 75%.

I have no problem with intelligent, insanely hard working entrepreneurs amassing a fortune and enjoying the fruits of their labor.
When that person passes away, take a swipe at that Scrooge McDuck sized pile of gold coins and redistribute it to primary schools and skills training programs for unemployed / underemployed adults.

The decedents survivors still get millions - and keep real property - and society gets massive cash infusions into education and skills programs designed to keep society employed, productive, fulfilled and vibrant.

Leave the whales alone, stop hassling them with nickel and dime taxes every time they turn around, let them enjoy their 200 foot yachts, Ibiza birthday bashes with P Diddy and Ukrainian supermodel girlfriends, annnnd when they pass away, a whole lot of single moms working 3 jobs waiting tables get converted into dental hygienists and LPNs with professional livable incomes and personal fulfillment & satisfaction.

You know nearly every wealthy person says they don't want their children to be burdened with extreme wealth or have everything given to them? Well, buddy, have I got a solution for you...

Comment: Airborne Mutation Remains Greatest Fear! (Score 2) 487

by Scot Seese (#48096771) Attached to: Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Probably the biggest concern is the possibility of a mutation occurring that would allow the virus to go airborne.

Were that to happen, you are then looking at every SciFi/Fantasy end-of-days horror movie fan's highlight reel. The Stand meets Outbreak with a dash of The Walking Dead minus the zombies. The government bombing population centers in a vain attempt to contain th...

No, wait that's what CNN wants you to believe to drive click traffic and Geico commercial video pre-rolls.

Disinfectant hand washing and passenger screening will stop this. But that doesn't boost web traffic CPM, so let's sell the worst case scenarios. It's crucially important for everyone in the sound of my voice to believe we're all going to die from a horrible wasting hemorrhagic fever, melting like the wax nazis at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Give us dirty laundry.

Comment: Citizens Vs Shareholders (Score 3, Interesting) 346

Government owned utilities using tax dollars to massively build out last-mile solutions do not have a "..Fiduciary responsibility to maximize shareholder value."

The Swedish internet model used taxpayer money to build out a massive national network providing excellent last-mile broadband, which all private competitors are now entitled to ride over.

I remember the first time I visited Gothenburg in 2001, and people had full Video On Demand, digital cable and bundled services. Thirteen years ago.

Comment: Evolutionary Psychology Says: "Duh." (Score 1) 482

by Scot Seese (#48051475) Attached to: Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

So..

Attractive women get more replies, implying that they have an advantage in that they have a larger pool of prospective partners to choose from, allowing them to be much more highly selective, and they are complaining about.. having options? That must be so terrible for them.

Everyone has a "type", and physical attraction will always matter, to a degree.

I absolutely guarantee the women who may be tempted to use the dating website referenced in this thread have a "type", as well - 5'10" or taller, height/weight proportionate, no thinning receding hairline, attractive facial features, car no more than 4 years old, and any and all photos taken at home will have the background scrutinized with the skill of a CIA photo interpreter to determine your relative level of career and personal success.

A Redditor conducted a little experiment on Tinder a while back. He constructed three fake male profiles. One "ugly" guy, one "average looking guy", and one "underwear model."
http://redditlog.com/snapshots... .. Would you care to guess the resul.. oh wait, you already did! The top 10% of Tinders' users get 90% of the attention, and if you aren't moderately to extremely attractive, you are all but invisible.

The women mentioned in the parent article need to simply hit the "block" or "report" buttons on whatever dating site they're on, and get over themselves already, because they're just as bad if not worse than the men in the "chasing looks" department.

Comment: Failure of Imagination; Utilities Could Sell Solar (Score 2) 488

by Scot Seese (#48024487) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

This is simply a failure of imagination.

Utilities are in the business of sinking money into power generating and distribution capability, amortized over decades against customers' utility payments.

Nothing is preventing the utility company from building solar thermal or solar pv facilities for the purpose of selling the power. Nothing is preventing the utility company from purchasing rooftop pv systems and reselling them to homeowners, along with skilled installation.

Instead, they want to coast on coal plants and grid they built out, much of it long ago - and keep slamming your checks.

Comment: Unboxy Therapy Bent 2nd iPhone 6+ w/Witnesses (Score 4, Informative) 304

by Scot Seese (#48009993) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

The guy from Unbox Therapy, angry at the accusations that his original video was somehow staged, just posted a new video yesterday. In the new video, he unwraps a brand new iPhone 6+ on the street in Toronto with a handful of random witnesses watching, and again - by placing his thumbs on the back of the phone and applying moderate pressure- IMMEDIATELY produces a 25-30 degree bend in the unit, with the crease forming again at the bottom of the volume control cutouts.

In the new video, the iPhone deformed so badly the screen separated from the body.

He then attempted to bend a Moto X (2014 model) with visibly considerable force applied to it, and couldn't.

Is this really important? You decide. A lot of people - men, particularly - have carried their smartphones in the pockets of their jeans. If you're a big guy, and you have a tiny iPhone 5S in your back pocket and sit down in your car on a 3 hour road trip, the iPhone 5S won't deform because it's thicker, and much shorter in length, therefore providing a much shorter lever for your rump to apply force to. The iPhone 6+ however, being both thinner and significantly taller, provides a much longer lever for your 200+ pounds of man ass to press against the back of the car seat, making it quite conceivable that the iPhone 6+ WOULD have a bending problem in actual consumer use.

This issue has gotten enough viral traction and major media attention that it isn't going to go away. Worse yet for Apple is that unlike Antennagate, this problem won't be solved with a rubber bumper case costing Apple 20 cents manufacturing cost - NO, bent iPhone 6+ units still within their return period or covered by AppleCare are going to cost the company $200+ per unit, according to recent teardown parts costing estimates.

When, as educated tech consumers, are people going to stop confusing "smaller and thinner" as being "more advanced" ? All we are doing here, people, is sacrificing durability and battery life.

Receiving a million dollars tax free will make you feel better than being flat broke and having a stomach ache. -- Dolph Sharp, "I'm O.K., You're Not So Hot"

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