Ouch, I hate broken tailbones. I did that once, and the doctors gave me some ibuprofen and told me to get one of those donut pillows. Took a month or so to stop hurting. They said if it was really bad they could prescribe codeine (I might have used that for a day or two), or if it was really badly broken they could consider surgery (it wasn't.)
Sure, counterattacking is great! It's especially useful when you're being attacked from a forged IP address, or a bunch of malware zombies running on cracked machines, or when the attackers are forging your IP address for their queries to DNS servers or other smurfing amplifiers.
That sales guy at $YOUR_CUSTOMER who answered some phishing mail needs to know that his PC is infected with malware that's trying to phish you; you might find gentler approaches than a DDOS attack or ICANN domain name takedown to stop his machine.
And sure, exampledomain.com really ought to rate-limit their DNS servers and run them on ISPs that use BCP38 to reduce IP address spoofing, but nuclear weapons from orbit aren't the right response to the problem. Ok, actually, there are some days that nuclear weapons from orbit really do seem to be the appropriate response, but that's when you find out that they're using Amazon AWS cloud services as a backup, so nuking Philadelphia just didn't do the job.
Some of the drivel we transmit goes out omnidirectionally, but my guess is that most of it's fairly directional, so instead of a hypothetical alien getting it as a direct beam, they're just going to get brief bursts of any given signal stream as the planet rotates around and then it goes on to spam other aliens with our car commercials and Kardashians. Is this plan going to do directional antenna stuff to keep the signal aimed at that one star, or will it also just splatter around the universe?
Operating systems have had good support for 2-tier storage for a while - disk drives cached in RAM. But Flash/SSD really offers an intermediate performance level, and I haven't seen much from either Linux or Windows to take advantage of it without lots of customization or niche applications (such as Readyboost, or mounting
Enterprise storage solutions do a bit better job in hiding SSD or RAM caching into big expensive SANs, and for a long time they've had solutions for tape backup, etc. But what I've really been looking for is support for a moderate amount of fast disk drive and a large amount of slow bulk storage (e.g. use the expensive SAS drives for the database but archive the logfiles onto consumer-priced slow storage.)
(insert "series of tubes" joke here.)
You don't just care about the acceleration speed; that 1995 Civic had pretty good handling, and might be more use on the freeway than a muscle car that's made to go really fast in a straight line. Or maybe what you need is a truck, because carrying everything in one trip is a lot faster than 50 slightly faster trips.
Flash writes are a lot slower than SRAM or DRAM writes, but the reads are still very fast, and both of them are a lot faster than rotating mechanical disk drives. Also, the price/performance means that you may be able to afford putting a lot more of it into your machine.
Depending on your application, you may be getting a big performance win by moving from disk drive to some kind of RAM, and it doesn't matter if it's flash or DRAM because the important thing was eliminating rotation and seek latency. Or you might get better performance because you can put a terabyte of SSD onto your machine, while you don't have room (or budget) for that much flash.
Back in the 80s, the price and capacity of RAM for Vaxen improved to the point that we could finally upgrade our machine to 16 MB and still fit in two cabinets. The run-time for our 12-MB simulation application suddenly went from a week down to an hour per run, and I was able to stop chasing mysterious virtual memory flakiness. The upgrade probably cost us about half a person-year's salary, and it would have probably made sense to get it a year earlier, but capital expenses and salaries came from different budgets, and big bureaucratic companies are that good at cost accounting.
23andme.com's genetic test does have a "not for diagnostic use" disclaimer, but their standard test looks at three of the BRCA genes and five other breast-cancer genes, as well as a lot of other gene snips for medical and ancestry factors. (And hey, Myriad's not going to tell you what percentage Neanderthal you are
The standard Coralcache link for the main article would be http://linuxgizmos.com.nyud.net/tiny-cortex-a9-module-runs-linux-and-android/, but it chokes when I try to use it.
The Variscite.com Product Link worked just fine for me, but in case it goes away, http://www.variscite.com.nyud.net/products/system-on-module-som/cortex-a9/dart-4460-cpu-ti-omap-4-omap4460 worked fine also. I couldn't find the price, though.
I know you're mostly just trolling, but smartphones and pencams have the same risks to public privacy as Google Glass, in terms of being a small portable camera with a radio-based internet connection. (They're actually more risky, because they have better battery life.) What Glass does is give you a display and somewhere to head-mount the camera instead of having to clip it onto your pocket or whatever, plus make it much more obvious that you're using it.
LSD's only known fatal toxicity in mammals has been in elephants; it causes heat regulation problems, and therefore might also be dangerous to other very large mammals. (It's probably a bad idea for aquatic mammals, in case disorientation can lead to drowning, but it can also be dangerous for human subjects that need to operate large machinery, such as cars.)
Damage to receptor molecules isn't much of an issue with LSD; that seems to be more of a risk with Ecstasy and the various dopamine-affecting drugs. Unfortunately, the DEA's bans on research make it really hard to study those effects on the recreationally interesting ones, compared to the more politically correct drugs. But for LSD, doses are really low and they only affect a few receptors, unlike some of the more complex psychedelics. On the other hand, for people who have risks for psychosis, it can be a really powerful and disorienting experience which they can't handle well.
I've stayed away from the serotonin-regulating drugs, but tried a dopamine-agonist for restless leg syndrome, and after using that for a few months and getting a bad reaction to nitrous at the dentist, it took me a couple of months to feel like myself again. Not planning to touch that stuff or anything like it again.
I think hedwards was referring to other drugs, though there are psychiatric treatments like traditional talk therapy or Cognitive-Behavioural stuff.
But the reason there hasn't been as much research on LSD and Ecstasy as we'd need for routine non-experimental use in psychiatry is entirely because the drugs were banned for political incorrectness, not safety, even including bans on medical research for the psychedelics. Groups like MAPS are starting to fund new research in countries where they can get permission, and there's current work in the US on Ecstasy as part of PTSD treatment for veterans (because treating injured veterans has a political correctness all its own.) Psilocybin, in particular, seems to be really helpful for depression for some people, though the ketamine research may be more promising.
And the military research into LSD isn't very relevant (except insofar as it got people like Ken Kesey exposed to it, which popularized it on the West Coast.) They were trying to develop drugs for rapid temporary incapacitation of enemy soldiers on the battefield and also for interrogation of prisoners, and it's not very useful for either of those applications. They weren't trying to develop psychiatric treatments for shell-shocked vets, or migraine treatments, much less an enhancement for loud music and bright colors and having your world be really radically different for a day.
Most Libertarians tend to be rabid about things. Some of us are rabidly pro-patent, some are rabidly anti-patent, some of us are rabid about other things and don't really care much about patents. And yes, in some circles you can have fun lobbing them a "Since corporations only exist as a favor from the State, what restrictions can the State place on them in return for the favor?" hand-grenade and walking away.
The Libertarian arguments about pharmaceutical regulation lean much more strongly to the "US regulations keep good drugs off the US market too long and make all drugs more expensive, even stuff the Swiss have been making for years" side than the "US regulations protect us from bad drugs like Thalidomide and all the other inadequately-tested drugs that kill millions of Europeans every year" side (what, did that sound slanted to you?:-), and the "In a Really Really Free Market, consumer lawsuits and liability insurance rates would force pharma makers to produce high-purity drugs" argument tends to outweigh the "US Regulations protect consumers from impure adulterated drugs like half of what they sell in China and Africa or the stuff Ranbaxy got caught doing" arguments. In particular, they often talk about the estimated 200,000 Americans who died of heart attacks because of how long it took beta-blockers to get FDA approval after the Europeans were already using it. But that may just reflect who's doing the writing or who's funding their publishing.
Most of the anti-depressants are dangerous if you take the whole bottle. The particular suicide risk of tricyclics was that they help volition issues fairly quickly but take a while to deal with depression and anxiety, so there are a few weeks after patients start taking them when the whole world still sucks and/or is still frightening, but they have the motivation to go do something about it rather than just staying in bed avoiding it.
Tricyclics were nasty; back in the 1980s I had a friend who was bipolar but didn't respond well to lithium (which is also nasty), and they tried her on a bunch of different things, most of which also had nasty side-effects. But they're mostly norephinephrine-serotonin reuptake inhibitors, not MAO inhibitors (which are also nasty and come with warnings about "potentially fatal hypertensive crisis" if you eat the wrong foods with them.) BTW, ayahuasca's main components are an MAO inhibitor and DMT, with the MAOI having some psychoactive effects but primarily making the DMT orally active and keeping it from breaking down for much longer than normal, as well as often causing vomiting.
As far as high-blood-pressure drugs go, my doctor tells me there are about 4 main mechanisms that affect blood pressure, and different drugs work differently. For instance, diuretics generally have more effect on systolic pressure but less on diastolic than ACE inhibitors; depending on the cause of your high blood pressure, you may use one or both of them. And the ACE inhibitors have fewer side effects than some of the other old anti-hypertensives.
Your mileage may vary. Some people do get hallucinations from dextromethorphan. Other people get hallucinations from codeine or other opiates. (In both cases, that's people who are trying to get cough suppression; people who are trying to get hallucinations are a different market segment
I started my notorious drug smuggling career bringing OTC antihistamines back from Canada (I forget which one it was; it turned out not to work very well for me, and eventually they found it caused kidney problems or something and banned it both here and in Canada. But last time I was there, I stocked up on generic Allegra, which was OTC in Canada but still prescription only in the US; it's now OTC here too.)