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Comment: Re:9.1 (Score 1) 1009

by SendBot (#45943029) Attached to: Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

No way, all my techie friends in school and I were delighted to throw win98 in the trash immediately when win2k came out. The protected memory model felt like "about damn time, whyTF waste another second with win9x turds?" while also providing the current api and interface features. And yes, we were all serious with linux (and other unices) by then too.

Everyone who needed their computer to be more than a toy was running win2k as soon as they could.

Comment: It's not "Page Not Found"!!! (Score 1) 255

by SendBot (#44577309) Attached to: "451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites

I have a huge peeve with people calling 404 error "File not found" because url's are not files! "Page" is closer, but then it's not always a page requested via http.

C'mon people, get this straight! It's not hard, now write this 100 times on the chalkboard:

"404 Not Found"

Comment: Re:Or simply install Linux (Score 1) 578

by SendBot (#43911303) Attached to: A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

Seamless integration with networks is VASTLY superior in Linux than Windows,

I'm pretty serious into Linux for multiple purposes and I rail against how craptastic NetworkManager (I call it NetworkMangler) is. Seriously, it's weak attempt at mimicking something even WinXP actually handles quite well. Pray that you never have to work with a device that generates a new mac address for itself every time it reboots, because it thinks you have a completely new device and creates new entries for it while clobbering routing for other interfaces that are in use at the time. Plus it clutters the device list. Disabling it and using traditional network interface tools is not easy either.

And proxy settings in Ubuntu? There are TWO separate places to maintain those (system and gnome settings) and the stupid gui doesn't even provide for the no-proxy list. I don't even want to think of how much time I've wasted at work helping people wrestle with getting the simple proxy settings to work correctly.

Windows explorer shell is pretty crap, but at least managing network interfaces on Windows makes Linux look bad in comparison. NetworkMangler may be fine for the basic use cases that 95% of people run into, but it gets ugly real fast for moderately complex setups.

Biotech

Transfusions Reverse Aging Effects On Hearts In Mice 130

Posted by Soulskill
from the assuming-it's-not-vampire-fanfic dept.
symbolset writes "Research published yesterday in the journal Cell (abstract) by Richard Lee and Amy Wagers of Harvard has isolated GDF-11 as a negative regulator of age-associated cardiac hypertrophy. 'When the protein ... was injected into old mice, which develop thickened heart walls in a manner similar to aging humans, the hearts were reduced in size and thickness, resembling the healthy hearts of younger mice.' Through a type of transfusion called parabiotic or 'shared circulation' in mice — one old and sick, the other young and well — they managed to reverse this age-associated heart disease. From there, they isolated an active agent, GDF-11, present in the younger mouse but absent in the older, which reverses the condition when administered directly. They are also using the agent to restore other aged/diseased tissues and organs. Human applications are expected within six years. Since the basis for the treatment is ordinary sharing of blood between an older ill, and younger healthy patient, we can probably expect someone to start offering the transfusion treatment somewhere in the world, soon, to those with the means to find a young and healthy volunteer."

Comment: If Bill thinks iPad users are bad... (Score 4, Funny) 618

He should check out windows users sometime. They can't:
- find the very files that they just saved
- or even just browse the contents of their machine
- switch between programs without a mouse (I alt-tab and they go "woah, how'd you do that!?")
- change the toner catridge in the network printer themselves
- climb under their own dirty desks to plug things in
- be trusted to install their own software
- understand why IE is a poor choice

Yes, I did work as a support monkey for a little while.

Comment: Re:GASP we break the law all the time and no one d (Score 2) 400

by SendBot (#43406339) Attached to: Speeding Ticket Robots — Laws As Algorithms

I renovated a house not long ago where the late owner did a lot of work himself... poorly. Many of the outlets had their ground and neutral reversed. Sure, the world continues to spin and appliances will work when plugged into it. It could also kill a person quickly in certain situations.

I make a distinction about that being a good safety regulation imposed by law, versus speed limits where one driver can be safer over the speed limit than a less capable driver under the speed limit.

Comment: True commercial success story w/ TPB (Score 1) 107

by SendBot (#41275569) Attached to: How the Pirate Bay Can Be an Asset To Game Developers

I literally just purchased $110 (minus $.02) of video games from steam yesterday after browsing titles on TPB to see what was popular. The first one was plastered with "BUY NOW" everywhere as though you could buy it and play it, and then I didn't realize until afterward it was just a preorder. (BF3). Then I bought the GTA collection and had to go through a mountain of arcane technical hassle with windows marketplace (after buying on steam) just to be able to save games in gta4.

Also the collection included two games I've already paid for in the past, but whatever.

Those artifical losses due to piracy numbers can suck it.

Comment: Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (Score 1) 240

by SendBot (#39902697) Attached to: Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

A good language makes it easy to do things right and hard to do them wrong.

Then for your paranoid sake, stay the hell away from Javascript! Actually... you'd better stay away from computers all together. Just back away slowly, and get a friend to unplug it for you. If you don't have any friends, just set the house on fire and you'll make some new ones pretty quick.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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