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Comment: Re:The Conservative Option (Score 1) 487

by carbonUnit42 (#48105183) Attached to: Texas Ebola Patient Dies
But fanatical groups don't typically work alone. Why couldn't a person become infected and in a sense, act as a human petri dish? If another fanatical like minded individual took all of the necessary biohazard precautions, then this person could collect all of the bodily fluids he needs, and then infect others through misting? We have suicide bombers willing to die for their cause, so I don't think it would be much of a stretch for one these fanatics to volunteer themselves to become infected.

Comment: Re:So ... (Score 1) 218

by carbonUnit42 (#47672207) Attached to: How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier
I understand what you're implying, but unlike chemical weapons, a virus is self replicating, and therefore, no need to make large quantities. Although my natural reaction is to 'panic' at the thought of these scientists doing this type of research, and all the imagined scenarios that run though my mind, I understand the importance of their work and the need to understand how the genetic mutations work, and the eventual interruption of the mutation process which would hopefully result in a cure. But my main concern is the experiment being replicated by someone with the intention of destruction, rather than research based on an eventual cure or vaccine.

Comment: Re:Predictions? (Score 1) 183

by carbonUnit42 (#46518527) Attached to: Is DIY Brainhacking Safe?
Wait, so what you're saying is, that I can watch one show, while recording another show, that's on a different channel? - With apologies to City Slickers. I also believe that it has a lot to do with exactly who is doing the instructing. My communications teacher, (electronic communications, wave guides, radio transmissions etc) was one hell of an engineer and any company would have been very happy to have him, but he couldn't teach. His course averaged a 60% failure rate and no matter how hard you studied, or asked questions, he was incapable of 'dumbing it down' where most people could grasp the concepts a lot easier.

Comment: Re:Sounds like a problem (Score 3, Insightful) 98

by carbonUnit42 (#46326425) Attached to: Why Copyright Trolling In Canada Doesn't Pay
Available for purchase is one of the reasons I used to use software like Limewire, or, in actuality, not available in my country. Living in Canada, iTunes US and iTunes Canada had different collections of music available for purchase. I could find a song on iTunes US, but not available on iTunes Canada, and because I do live in Canada, I could not easily order it off of iTunes US. If the right's holder decides to maintain the rights to a song, and not allow me to purchase it legally in my own country, then why should you be allowed to sue for copyright infringement, considering you're not making it available for me to purchase legally? I would like to see copyright reform in the sense of by maintaining the copyright in say, a country like Canada, but you're not willing to release the copyrighted material for whatever reason, then say, after a period of 5 years, you must sell or give up the copyright. It never made much sense to me for a rights holder to not allow a consumer to legitimately purchase a song, and then bitch and complain when the frustrated consumer finds other means to acquire the same song that you refused to make available for purchase.

Comment: Re:But... (Score 1) 295

by carbonUnit42 (#37765132) Attached to: How Google's Autonomous Vehicles Work
"Yes, there are some additional conditions which are not practical (like the driving the path manually before to record a precise map), but it has been done." But is it possible that the whole streetview concept was a leadup to the self driving cars? It would seem unlikely that the whole streetview concept was strictly to produce 'pretty maps'. If Google knew that their program needed a precise map, then why not collect this data along with the image data collected for streetview?

Comment: Re:Other than paid reviewers, (Score 1) 292

by carbonUnit42 (#35551148) Attached to: Chinese Phone Maker ZTE Turns Down WP7
I went the opposite way. I had an old HTC Touch running Win Mobile 6, and I hated every minute of that phone. Issues that irked me? Touch screen doesn't shut off while on a call. One volume for the entire phone. So if I wanted to put my phone on vibrate, or silence mode so not to be awakened by a wrong number, the alarm clock wouldn't work because the alarm was tethered with the phones ringer volume. If I wanted to check my hotmail account, and the server was not responding for any reason, the cancel button on the phone was totally useless. Pressing it just meant, sure, I'll retry, over and over and over again. Had to pull the battery more than once to stop that endless loop. I've read on some reviews for the new Win7 phone that yes, it still only has the one volume control for the entire phone. I was so pissed with my old HTC that I went to an iPhone. I have the older iPhone 3GS and I love it. What I see as an issue for MS is that they're stuck in this corporate mentallity, and unless they start to fully understand the consumer's wants and needs, and not what corporate clients want in their products, then they will always be a follower. MS needs to get out of the mindset of trying to tether all their products together in everything they do. I don't need a phone that can talk to my XBox, (which I don't own), or sync with Outlook, (which I don't use) or MS Office, (Open Office user), Zune, (iPod user) and so on. Build a phone for corporate users who want those features, but build a true consumer friendly phone as well. Until MS actually starts to understand the consumer and their needs, they will always be behind the eight ball.

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