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Comment Re:Queue the misinformation... (Score 3, Insightful) 29

So basically, she found a 2000 year-old book that says the plant heals malaria, extracted the malaria-healing part and got a Nobel for discovering a malaria drug.

Well, it wasn't a malaria drug before she did the actual science necessary to prove that a 2000-year-old book wasn't simply full of shit, and the end result was many lives saved. I certainly don't begrudge her the Nobel, even though it means we'll spend the next few decades listening to the CCP and alternative medicine practitioners crowing about it. (I can't decide which is worse.)

Comment Re:3 Scientists Share Nobel for Discovery (Score 2) 29

the fact that it is explicitly mentioned in the citation for the prize is just anecdotal evidence not data

I can't tell, is this a parody troll or not? Here is the exact citation, from the source:

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was divided, one half jointly to William C. Campbell and Satoshi mura "for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites" and the other half to Youyou Tu "for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria"

How can this be made any clearer? Let me guess, this is going to be another one of those threads where a legion of idiots who don't realize that the Peace Prize is selected and awarded by an entirely different institution using different criteria make irrelevant comments about Obama's prize.

Comment Most impressive thing with the LMP1-H cars (Score 3) 27

The most impressive thing with the LMP1-H cars is the reliability of the systems. Given the fact that for the last 15 years or so of WEC and its predecessors in sportscar prototype racing, if you really want to have a chance of winning at Le Mans, you can't afford to tune down the engine for reliability, as was standard practice in the 80's and through most of the 90's. Nowadays, the systems are tuned the same for 24 hour races as they are for 6 hour races: All-out.

Engine repairs or swap-outs are not allowed during races, which makes the fact that they survive 5k+ km in 24 hours

Comment Re:How long does a lap take? (Score 3) 27

One lap of Circuit de la Sarthe is 13.629 kilometres, and has several long straights, and relatively few turns for its length, so the energy harvesting is more difficult than most people would expect, which is what helps make these cars even more impressive than the admittedly impressive on their own right F1 Power Units.

Comment What kind of dumbass company... (Score 1) 132

What kind of dumbass company is going to spend money porting a new version of an OS to an old platform, with no payday for doing so?

Mobile phone vendors make their money selling new phones. You want a new Android, get a new phone. Your contract will be up in 2 years, and at 18 months, you will be offered a new phone with early renewal, so just wait until the contract is up, re-up the contract, and get the new phone with the fix.


Comment There are actually 4 options... (Score 1) 178

There are actually 4 options... buy outright, buy financing through them, lease with an option to buy, buy power (lease, no option to buy, lower cost).

And yeah, they told me about the no panel upgrade and that bothered me as well. I have some shade in the area, and it moves around, and in order to get off the grid entirely, a 13% increase in panel efficiency for a given area would fix it. But they will not upgrade your existing panels when more efficient panels become available.

So that sticks me with a 20 year contract with no way to get off the grid.

Comment Re: Symantec infects a device with a user's consen (Score 1) 78

Yes they did. It says right on the box that the computer comes with it. You accepted it by buying it.
Your argument is like saying you didn't consent to cancer when you bought and smoked cigarettes.

A better analogy would be "he consented with cancer when he was born with a defective p53 gene on his c17".

By the way: shrink wrap licenses are not valid in all jurisdictions.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1144

Keep your xenophobia to yourself. "Cultural friction". Wow. You're really not very good at this "being a human" thing, are you?

I take your use of the term "xenophobia" as an existence proof for cultural friction.

I'm not personally xenophobic, but I *do* recognize the social problems that arise because it *does* exist, and I recognize that xenophobia can not be legislated away.

New reports from Europe about various countries and municipalities not wanting to host refugees show that it is alive and well in Europe, despite the lessons of WW II.

One of the most troubling parts of the refugee situation in Europe is that the refugees are, for the most part, from countries with a strong tradition of xenophobia, and in fact the current refugee crisis has been triggered by internal xenophobia against existing (cultural, not racial) minority groups, such as being the wrong *kind* of Islam (Shia vs. Sunni), or being a Christian.

Again, nothing to do with race, and nothing to do with me personally owning the xenophobia in question.

I invite you to study Culture Conflict Theory, which is one of the major types of Conflict Theory. You can read some about it here:

Comment I remember trying to switch to Sprint (Score 3, Insightful) 55

I remember when Sprint was running a campaign where you could go unlimited everything for about what I was paying AT&T. I tried to switch to Sprint at that time. They rejected my credit card.

I'm not sure why they rejected my credit card. It wasn't like there wasn't enough money to cover the cost of a new phone and the initial fees. In fact, they managed to put a hold on the account for the amount they wanted, but even with the hold, they wouldn't accept the card. Customer support couldn't help me, and my bank (which happened to be right next door to the Sprint store) couldn't figure out what was going on with them.

So I stayed with AT&T.

There's really no point to this story other than I remember trying to become a Sprint customer and being unable to do so. I wonder how many other people Sprint has rejected over the years due to broken systems?

Comment How is this racist? (Score 1) 1144

that so many gun nuts are known for. I'm surprised it took this long.

How is this racist? You act as if everyone who has a different culture is magically a different subspecies of human, with their own genotype and phenotype to go along with it.

Being anti-multiculturalist is not being racist.

If the original post wasn't clear enough, let me spell it out for you: any multicultural society is going to experience more conflict, via the tools at hand (not necessarily guns), than any monocultural society. Europe is largely monocultural, and that's in the process of changing.

Comment Re:They *don't* want a better world for our kids (Score 1) 91

You're being ridiculous. I am an energy-efficiency wonk. You can build as many nuclear power plants as you want, as long as they can compete with other forms of clean energy on price.

They can, as long as you take knee-jerk anti-nuclear stonewalling out of the equation. The primary costs in any nuclear plant are legal opposition by people who are antinuclear, and moving regulatory goalposts causing redesigns during construction, which re-triggers all the legal opposition (again). If you replace a T-31-A valve with a T-31-B valve in a design, you are pretty much required to re-do the entire "environmental impact" study, even if the valve in question is in the water faucet in the employee break room.

Comment Re:You're missing the point; it's like software te (Score 1) 91

If that is your experience then it says more about your experience than wider practice.

Given that the regression tests used for both ChromeOS and the Mac OS X kernel are available in the publicly published source trees for each, I assure you that my experience is not unique.

Regression testing is simply ensuring that functionality that is already in place is not compromised when new versions/extensions/etc are added. Tests from the original specification for the system would be part of ongoing regression testing as the system is expanded/updated.

I said as much, when I made the post to which you are replying.

One of the process problems that both projects have is that a single test failure is considered a "build breaker"; and there is no distinction between:

* Tests which fail because they previously passed, and have regressed
* Tests which fail because they were written to verify product acceptance criteria, and that code is not yet written

By not having any way to allow a test failure to be acceptable during the development process, every test failure breaks the build, and shuts down progress for the rest of the team, while that breakage is dealt with.

This is, in general, one of the major dangers of utilizing a bazaar-model iterative process to approach a goal through successive approximation. The other danger is transiently flakey tests that are not disqualified as build breakers because they are considered important enough to break the build, but not important enough to track down (and fix) the reasons for them being flakey (usually differences in timing, e.g. cache creation on initial vs. subsequent boots, etc.).

P.S.: Apple and Google typically do not hire many formal Q/A types; tests are expected to be written by engineers working on the product as part of them working on the product, and are added to build qualification relatively ad-hoc. Ubuntu development testing works in relatively the same way; the closest Open Source projects get to formal verification are probably the compiler testing that happens with gcc and llvm.

Comment jailbreakme.com (Score 4, Informative) 78

The original iPhone jailbreaking site, "jailbreakme.com", used the tiff library exploit to install the installer, and then patched the tiff exploit behind itself to prevent it being used for any other (nefarious) purpose, so this type of thing is not a unique or even new idea.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)