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Comment: Brilliant scientist makes crap comment (Score 1) 106

by griffo (#47280263) Attached to: Researchers Find "Achilles Heel" of Drug Resistant Bacteria

In the article, Haohao Dong, another member of the UAE team, said: "Because new drugs will not need to enter the bacteria itself, we hope that the bacteria will not be able to develop drug resistance in future.".
BS! Evolution teaches us that a members of the species that mutates into a species with a more effective wall, it will have beter survival rates and thus will have developed a resistance to these new drugs. So while wonderful that a new type of drug has been found, the overuse of antibiotics still needs to be adressed, to lower the odds and thus the rate in which a more effective wall is developed by these bacteria.

Comment: I would deploy a Domino cluster (Score 1) 333

by griffo (#39349945) Attached to: White House CIO Describes His 'Worst Day' Ever

I would deploy IBM Domino like in the days of Clinton, which Bush switched to Microsoft Exchange. Reliability went downhill with that decision.
Domino runs cheap and fast and reliable. And has always active clustering so you don't have to deal with downtime. IBM simply has a much longer track record of delivering reliable computing than Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 420

by griffo (#38066902) Attached to: Skilled Readers Recognize Words By Shape

If I try to sound out the words my reading speed drops dramatically. Full-speed, I'm watching the movie. Which tends to make watching a movie based upon a book I've read hairraising. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings turned out OK, as did Bladerunner. If you've already seen the movie as the writer intended it, it's a hell of a job to reinterpret that.

Re: remembering: that's because you are trying to remember the word. Try remembering what you just saw/heard/felt/experienced with your minds eye, I think you will recall a lot more!

Space

Kepler Mission Could Detect Exomoons 64

Posted by Soulskill
from the that's-no-exomoon-hurrrr dept.
Lord Northern writes "According to several news sources, NASA's Kepler mission is said to be able to detect habitable moons orbiting planets in other star systems. Kepler is a space telescope designed to detect exoplanets. Its mission will have it orbiting the Sun for 3.5 years, after which we'll be able to tell if any of our neighboring stars actually have planetary systems around them. However, apparently we will be able to detect not only exoplanets, but also exomoons orbiting those exoplanets. The Kepler team came to that conclusion after running a computer simulation which found that the telescope was sensitive enough to detect the gravitational pull of an orbiting moon (PDF). This means that the data expected by the end of the mission is going to be very rich, and it is said that moons as small as 0.2 times the mass of earth could be detected. Further details about the Kepler mission are available from NASA."
Hardware Hacking

A Wiki For Cable and Connector Pin-Outs 107

Posted by kdawson
from the admit-it-you-read-pin-ups dept.
Nicola Asuni writes to let us know about a new resource for hardware hackers: a wiki about pinouts — hardware interfaces of modern and obsolete hardware. "Created with the same MediaWiki software that was developed for the Wikipedia project, AllPinouts.org is a wiki that allows users to get and share information about hardware interfaces, including pinouts of ports, expansion slots, and other connectors of computers and different electronic devices (i.e. cellular phones, GPS, PDA, game consoles, etc.). All text is available under the GNU Free Documentation License and may be distributed or linked accordingly. The 'pinout' (or 'pin-out') of a connector identifies each individual pin, which is critical when creating, repairing or hacking cable assemblies and adapters."
Portables (Apple)

+ - iPod saves soldier's life

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wxyze
wxyze writes "From Gizmodo:
"Kevin Garrad of the 3rd Infantry Division is an iPod user for life — which incidentally got extended thanks to Apple's little music player. He was on patrol in Iraq when he met an armed insurgent carrying an AK-47. Both opened fire, and the bullet heading toward Kevin hit his chest right where his iPod was, which was enough to slow down the bullet to not pierce entirely through the body armor.""

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