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Comment: Re:I lost the password (Score 1) 560

by godel_56 (#47328205) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

I lost the password in a hard drive crash.

Apparently he admitted to the cops that he could decrypt the drive, but wouldn't. Which once again goes to show that when you are arrested by the cops SHUT THE HELL UP, or use TrueCrypt in "plausible deniability" mode (yes, I'm aware of TrueCrypt's current situation).

The fact that the defendant is a lawyer makes his admissions even more stupid.

Comment: Re:I lost the password (Score 1) 560

by godel_56 (#47328119) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

It amazes me that you subscribe to the idea that a local desktop hard drive crash wiped out all email for a high-ranking IRS official... and that the IRS is essentially shrugging at any notion of ineptitude. Clearly you know fuck all about tech.

I thought so too, but when you read the Ars Technica article on what a clusterfuck the IRS IT system is, It becomes a little more believable.

Comment: Rural Applications (Score 1) 199

by godel_56 (#47310181) Attached to: FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

While drone delivery is a stupid idea for the city and suburbs, I think it has some real possibilities for rural areas.

Being able to fly long distances over largely unpopulated regions, line of site and not affected by road conditions and with no on-board pilot/driver, seems potentially efficient.

Of course these are also the areas with toothless yokels with shotguns, so that may pose some problems.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin mining? (Score 1) 89

by godel_56 (#47294767) Attached to: Computing a Cure For HIV

Imagen if all that computer power was put to use such as finding the cure of HIV.... We would be done by lunch time.

If anyone wants to contribute to computer research on HIV with their own systems then there is a World Community Grid project called Fight Aids At home (FAAH) that uses your computer's spare cycles to work on AIDS research, using the BOINC platform.

There are versions for Windows, Apple, Linux, and Android software.

Comment: Re:Can a company patent it? (Score 1) 207

by godel_56 (#47258135) Attached to: Century-Old Drug Reverses Signs of Autism In Mice

Gaining a drug's approval by the Food and Drug Administration in the US — and similar government agencies in other countries — is a very expensive process. The expense is normally offset for by the patent(s) granted to the pharmaceutical company, that developed the drug, which make it an exclusive maker/seller of the medicine for decades.

However, if the drug is long-known — and only needs an approval for new application — who will undertake to pay for the approval, if there is no way to patent it and the approval will allow all drug-makers (both domestic and foreign) to put their own versions on the market?

Or, the parents can just take their kids to Mexico for a week.

Comment: Re:Genetic programming - mutate and let fittest li (Score 1) 84

I'm quite scared by that. You first irradiate them, causing huge amount of genetic mutations. Then you change the environment, killing weakest mutants and let the best live on. Isn't it a recipe for eventually creating super-bug?

Did you miss the part where it's all done in a closed laboratory and they chop the mosquitoes' heads off?

Comment: Re:The Roman Empire? (Score 2) 348

by godel_56 (#47102735) Attached to: Why Snowden Did Right

Snowden would be a hero in my mind if he'd stopped at just revealing the illegal spying the NSA was doing on US citizens, but he went farther than that. He revealed a lot of the things the NSA does to spy on foreign powers. That is their job and I expect them to do it, and I do not expect a citizen of the US to reveal our sources and methods of intelligence gathering.

You mean spying on foreign powers like, um, the Bahamas?

Comment: Re:And Everything Just Get's More Inconvenient (Score 1) 193

by godel_56 (#47061201) Attached to: eBay Compromised

I have not noticed date of birth being in the phone book. It actually bothers me that companies such as eBay think that they need or should even ask for a date of birth. All they need to know is that I am over 18, then piss off with the intrusive data gathering.

You're right, but who the hell gives their right date of birth anyway, unless it's to someone like the government, life insurance company etc?

Comment: Questions. (Score 1) 90

by godel_56 (#47021731) Attached to: IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers

From second link:

At low temperatures (just over room temperature), another type of polymer can be formed into elastic gels that are still stronger than most polymers, but still maintains its flexibility because of solvent that is trapped within the network, stretching like a rubber band.

Hmm. I wonder what the solvent is, and would it be harmful as it slowly evaporates?

Titan is, naturally, the stronger one. According to IBM, it has bone-like strength (its measurements were similar to the organic material that frames our bodies) and roughly one-third of the tensile strength of steel. When IBM researchers combined Titan with 2% to 5% carbon nanotubes, however, they found they could make a material three times stronger than the polyamides sometimes used on current aircraft.

OK, that seems potentially impressive.

+ - Measels Vaccine Used To Put Woman's Cancer Into Remission->

Submitted by clm1970
clm1970 (1728766) writes "A Minnesota woman’s blood cancer has gone into complete remission after she was given a high dose of the measles vaccine during a clinical trial. In a last ditch effort to save the woman's life this "proof of concept" shows that massive doses of intravenous viral therapy can at the very least treat cancer. 6 months after treatment the cancer has gone from life threatening to undetectable. While only done on a small scale of two patients with one not showing signs of improvement it does pave the way for larger clinical trials."
Link to Original Source

Comment: More info (Score 2) 32

by godel_56 (#46904393) Attached to: Grad Student Makes Nanowires Just Three Atoms Thick
More info from TFA:

Lin made the tiny wires from a special family of semiconducting materials that naturally form monolayers. These materials, called transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), are made by combining the metals molybdenum or tungsten with either sulfur or selenium. The best-known member of the family is molybdenum disulfide, a common mineral that is used as a solid lubricant.

Other research groups have already created functioning transistors and flash memory gates out of TMDC materials. So the discovery of how to make wires provides the means for interconnecting these basic elements. Next to the transistors, wiring is one of the most important parts of an integrated circuit. Although today’s integrated circuits (chips) are the size of a thumbnail, they contain more than 20 miles of copper wiring.

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