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Comment: Re:So? Old news. (Score 1) 49

by angel'o'sphere (#47725351) Attached to: Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

Well, arguing with you makes no sense.

First it is not a drug but a kind of "gene therapy" (actually it is not, but it is much closer than a 'drug')

The human body is not a cell nucleus. For example, if this drug triggers an allergy response, then you have both harm and the destruction of the drug before it can do something useful.

Good point, now you made perfectly clear why the treatment we are talking about: is not a drug.
And you emphasize that you are not interested in science, otherwise you would not write such nonsense.

Hint: reading up about how this stuff works is less then 8h, you can read every day 1h and after a week you perhaps know more than me about DNA/RNA, mRNA, siRMA etc.

But unless you invest at least some basic "reading up" you simply don't qualify for topics like this.

For example, if this drug triggers an allergy response how should an siRNA particle trigger an allergic response? Hu? Science Fiction? Note: it is not a drug, regardless how retarded you like to define it.

Comment: Re:So? Old news. (Score 1) 49

by angel'o'sphere (#47724583) Attached to: Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

Just because two organisms have something in common with respect to this drug doesn't mean that their differences won't matter.
It is not a 'drug'.
It is a short 20 - 25 bases long RNA strand. (You know what DNA and RNA is?)
That works exactly the same in every life form based on cells with a nucleus. No idea how the exact english name for it is, as I don't know the proper spelling of the german/latin word and can mot google it. Something like Eukariots.

So: there are no differences that 'could matter'. Can be easy read up and googled, but as we saw in the other discussion, you are definitely not a science guy.

Comment: Re:NIMBYs? Crackpots? (Score 1) 484

by angel'o'sphere (#47723797) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

As far as I understood the recent build up gas power plants in the USA they are mainly 'boilers' and not turbines.

As germany has about 10% of its power generation by gas (down from 14% over the recent years) I assume most of them are 'boilers', but never checked that.

Gas turbines are incredible expensive, not only in building up but also in maintanance, so they are mainly used to follow peak load (in grrmany).

Comment: Re:So they are best qualified . . . (Score 2) 49

by angel'o'sphere (#47723227) Attached to: Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

You don't get immune with the new treatments. They are not vaccines. They are "medicine". Just like Quinine was given against Malaria. (And strictly speaking: vaccines don't cure anyway ... giving an ordinary vaccine when you are already ill does not help, in fact it makes things worse)

Comment: Re:So? Old news. (Score 1) 49

by angel'o'sphere (#47723193) Attached to: Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

So, in other words, we haven't found a cure yet. Correct, strictly speaking it is not a "cure".

It interferes with the assembly of the final virus, that means the transport mechanisms moving virus particles around get blocked by those siRNA particles.

Imagine it as a bus which is full with siRNA, so the "bad guys" who like to jump on it can not get into it.

Regarding prices as our parent complains, that technology is not really that expensive (to use and cure). However the development likely was.

Comment: Re:A Programmer Competency Matrix (Score 3, Insightful) 471

Unfortunately his list contains a lot of "don't need to know"s and also has lots of flaws.

E.g. "code organization within a file" highest level: each file has a license header ... erm, why?

"Defensive Coding" ... highest level is bollocks, so is his view on version management, and on IDEs and APIs and the third level of "Scripting" makes me ROFL, 4th level of databases, all level s of "languages with professional experience", or all of "domain knowledge".

Many fields in the matrix look like: "uh, what do I put here?" and then he put some random stuff into it.

E.g. 4th level of "platform internals", erm seriously? I'm an "expert" if I write my own disassembler instead of using the platform provided one? WHY WOULD I DO THAT? Especially as writing a disassembler is not really a challenging task, it belong either into the tools section or the "systems programming" section, at level 2 at max.

Ah, "systems programming" level 4, 'microcode' ROFL. That guy certainly has no idea what microcode actually is. I guess I rather black list that page then keep shaking my head about his strange views.

Comment: Re:Growing pains. (Score 3, Interesting) 210


posts like this don't really make sense.

China, on the other hand, has always had plenty of cheap labor. They have solved problems with brute force instead of applying technology.
So had the USA 150 years ago.

As that culture changes for China, they will make the exact same mistakes the other industrialized countries have made. Very unlikely as their management of their currency and the investments in third world countries show.

China's water and air conditions are miserable ... a condition that is reminiscent of the 1900s in the US.
True and false at the same time. Pollution is bad in China, but they are working on it, just 5 years after it became a majour problem they are trying to fix it. The USA had the same pollution levels into the 1970s!!! not 1900. And they needed decades to even consider fixing the problem. Astonishingly a guy who no one had thought had any clue at all was one of the spear heads of the clean air acts and other legislations: Ronald Reagan!

Comment: Re:So? Old news. (Score 1) 49

by angel'o'sphere (#47722167) Attached to: Experimental Drug Stops Ebola-like Infection

In your case it would help if you simply had read the article. So you had figured how the drug actually works.
And hence had not written that nonsense.
The drug is based on siRNA, which works the exact same way in every warm blooded animal/human. So your "fear" (comment?) it might not work in humans is moot.

Also, Tekmira is NOT the company that manufactured the drug used to treat Dr. Brantly and his coworker - that was Mapp Pharmaceutical's ZMapp

That is correct.

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.