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Comment: Similarly .... (Score 4, Interesting) 192

by ankhank (#49010733) Attached to: Xenon Flashes Can Make New Raspberry Pi 2 Freeze and Reboot

"Nothing like this will be built again"

I've just had a really amazing experience: a guided tour of the nuclear reactor complex at Torness on the Scottish coast. ... Cameras were verboten -- not because of security, but as an operational precaution. For starters, some embedded controllers in racks in the auxilliary deisel generator control rooms have EPROMs which have been known to be erased by camera flashes in the past, triggering a generator trip ...."

Comment: Still waiting for the obvious (Score 2) 192

by ankhank (#48853845) Attached to: Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

Someone, some day, will make a digital camera the size of a 35mm film cassette, with a pullout sensor the size of a 35mm film strip that fits over the sprockets on the film plane of the good film cameras. Make it Bluetooth or wifi-controllable. For the viewfinder-impaired, put a display driver on the takeup reel side and a stick-on display on the back; reinterpret the film advance lever action. The utterly obvious stuff.

Why not yet? We don't *ing* need disposable cameras, and there are plenty of good robust ones that will last another century.

Comment: Pork, Republican pork, previously documented. (Score 5, Informative) 200

by ankhank (#48608221) Attached to: NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

This was forced on NASA as a pork barrel money grant by the Republican senators, and this isn't news.

Senator Makes NASA Complete $350 Million Testing Tower ...
Feb 1, 2014 - Roger F. Wicker (R-MS), who says the testing tower will help maintain the ..... The other senators will likely decide that it's easier to fund his pork ...

Comment: Brat and Elizabeth Warren have in common .... (Score 2) 932

by ankhank (#47215209) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

.... a review with praise in Common Dreams, a self-identified "Progressive" website, about the surprise winner in Virginia's Republican primary:

"... Republican Dave Brat, a college economics professors who spoke about GOP hypocrisy and railed against Wall Street greed, unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary challenge.

âoeAll of the investment banks, up in New York and D.C., they should have gone to jail.â ... Thatâ(TM)s a common campaign slogan repeated by Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor ....

The national media is buzzing about Bratâ(TM)s victory, but for all of the wrong reasons...."

The media will talk about anything except the real problem

Comment: POTS: Plain Old Telecom Service (Score 1) 176

by ankhank (#47135625) Attached to: Congressman Introduces Bill To Limit FCC Powers

Look, if Ben Franklin had understood this "electricity" thing better, he'd have defined the Post Office program -- that allowed "a Republic, if you can keep it" to work, by putting every citizen within equal reach of every other citizen -- to include it explicitly.

That's Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, that gave us the Post Office.

In his day, they did it with horses.
Now, we do it with electronics.

Same difference. Ought to be the same anyhow.

Comment: Re:What is MetaData? (Score 1) 337

by ankhank (#44024517) Attached to: Snowden NSA Claims Partially Confirmed, Says Rep. Jerrold Nadler

> Think of what can be learned by applying modern pattern analysis to that data set.

Got nothing? Think again. Think harder.

Still nothing?

Congratulations, you are excludable from the jury, as he may only be tried by a jury of his peers.

Still no clear idea what can be learned by applying modern pattern analysis to that data set?

You're not one of his peers. Excused ....

Comment: Re:A thought experiment (Score 3, Interesting) 214

by ankhank (#43997853) Attached to: Supreme Court: No Patents For Natural DNA Sequences

! yep

We already know that's the case for antibiotics. And we know plants compete with one another by suppressing competitors' growth.

Seems to me Thomas's comment is intended to add a loophole -- "we created this cDNA and patented it, so we have the patent, so if you claim you found the exact same thing out there in nature somewhere, it must be you stole it from us." Betcha.
The Future of Antibiotics and Resistance
Brad Spellberg, M.D., John G. Bartlett, M.D., and David N. Gilbert, M.D.
N Engl J Med 2013; 368:299-302January 24, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1215093
"... after billions of years of evolution, microbes have most likely invented antibiotics against every biochemical target that can be attacked — and, of necessity, developed resistance mechanisms to protect all those biochemical targets. Indeed, widespread antibiotic resistance was recently discovered among bacteria found in underground caves that had been geologically isolated from the surface of the planet for 4 million years.2 Remarkably, resistance was found even to synthetic antibiotics that did not exist on earth until the 20th century. These results underscore a critical reality: antibiotic resistance already exists, widely disseminated in nature, to drugs we have not yet invented.

"Thus, from the microbial perspective, all antibiotic targets are “old” targets...."

How can you work when the system's so crowded?