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Comment: "Hack?" (Score 1) 91

by Sloppy (#49155605) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

Isn't the very point of this player's system, that the player serves the interests of the disc's publisher over the interests of the users, where the users' needs should always yield whenever there is a conflict? That's not a mere technicality; it's the very essence. From the spec's pov, this is desirable operation. Nothing has been subverted.

Comment: Hawking (Score 3, Insightful) 208

by phorm (#49147979) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

I recently read an article that was essentially "how could Steven Hawking have kids", and somebody with a similar condition basically stated that while you lose motor functions elsewhere, that particular part of the anatomy tends to work as it's part of the Parasympathetic nervous system

Comment: Re:Just y'know... reconnect them spinal nerves (Score 1) 208

by Dcnjoe60 (#49147751) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

I don't disagree, but human testing usually only follows after successful animal testing. So, even a paralytic, isn't do "no harm" if we don't know whether we can actually do this or not. Once we know it can be done, well then, a paralytic would seem to be the one to benefit most. But, until then, we would just be experimenting on handicapped human beings for the sake of gaining research knowledge. Most medical ethicists would say that is unethical.

Comment: Re:Just y'know... reconnect them spinal nerves (Score 1) 208

by Dcnjoe60 (#49146387) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

I do think they could practice on paralysed people first - after all, if they can't reconnect severed spinal cord nerves in someone whose spinal cord is roughly still in place, what hope do they have for merging 2 different spinal cords?

And that would be because paralyzed people are less human or less valuable? How about practicing and perfecting it on rats first, then higher animals?

Comment: Re:Too much. (Score 4, Insightful) 208

by Dcnjoe60 (#49146363) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

Sitting in front of an electrical box that sends out signals to billions of people everyday is also against the "laws of nature."

Please live up to your own lame excuse for why this shouldn't be and stop sitting in front of that box.

Actually, computers and the internet, etc. do follow the laws of nature, quite well. Technically speaking, everything we do follows the law of nature, otherwise it would be miraculous. That said, it still doesn't address the morality of the issue.

Comment: Re:Hard to believe (Score 3, Interesting) 165

by plover (#49142293) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

Microsoft is a very different company than they were under Gates or the Sweat-hog. They long ago figured out that their cash cows were kind of fragile, and they more recently figured out that they alienated a lot of developers. They are now trying to find ways to woo developers to any of their product families, not just to Windows. And they've done some great work on a lot of software engineering fronts, including secure development, powerful tools, integrations, and are even dabbling in open source,

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