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Comment: Re: Suppository form works just fine. (Score 2) 135

by jrronimo (#48127393) Attached to: Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection
A few years back my girlfriend had C. Diff, pretty badly. At the time, fecal transplants were still new / in testing (or, at least, the doctors hadn't even mentioned it, but we had read about them online). She happened to be browsing journals and found an article that mentioned Saccharomyces boulardii as a possible treatment. A few weeks after starting a pretty healthy regimen, her symptoms cleared up and have been gone ever since. In that respect, a probiotic was effective as a cure.

It truly is the sort of thing that one should seek medical attention for, I agree. However, at the time she had no insurance and the oral vancomycin that had been prescribed to her was going to be $1,500 per prescription fill, and as you said, it probably wouldn't have helped too much -- C. diff creates spores that tend to outlive most treatments, lending to its 'difficile' name. It was a scary time, but she got very, very lucky.

We've been off-handedly following news articles about treatments like this one, and this pill is an excellent advancement of treatments. Here's hoping no-one else had to go through what she did.

+ - So, how dead is antivirus exactly?

Submitted by Safensoft
Safensoft (3698257) writes "Symantec recently made a loud statement that antivirus is dead (http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702303417104579542140235850578-lMyQjAxMTA0MDAwNTEwNDUyWj ) and that they don’t really consider it to be a source of profit. Some companies said the same afterwards; some other suggested that Symantec just wants a bit of free media attention. Some companies just silently recommend using advanced information protection (http://www.safensoft.com/archiv/n/819/1838 ) and press is full of data on antivirus efficiency being quite low. A notable example would be the Zeus banking Trojan and how only 40% of its versions can be stopped by antiviruses (http://www.bankinfosecurity.eu/banking-malware-new-challenger-to-zeus-a-7006/p-2 ). Arms race of protection and malware developers is probably not going to stop, so this situation will remain.

On the other hand, nobody was thinking too much of antivirus anyway for a long time already (http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security/323419-symantec-says-antivirus-is-dead-world-rolls-eyes ), so it’s hardly surprising. It’s not a panacea; the only question that remains is just how exactly should antivirus operate in modern security solutions. Should it be one of the key parts or protection solution or it should be reduced to protection against only the easiest and already well known threats?

It’s not only about dealing with threats, too, there are also performance concerns. Processors get better and interaction with hard drives becomes faster but at the same time antiviruses require more and more of that power. Real time file scanning, constant updates and regular checks on the whole system only mean one thing – as long as antivirus is thorough, productivity while using this computer go down severely. And this situation is not going to change, ever, so we have to deal with it.

But how exactly? Is the massive migration of everything, from workstations to automatic control systems in industry, even possible? Or maybe using whitelisting protection on windows-based machines is the answer? Or we should all just sit and hope for Microsoft to give us a new windows with good integrated protection like windows 8 is stated to have? Any other ways to deal with it?"

+ - Will Lisp ever make a return?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With all kinds of languages popping up with the features Lisp had for decades, but without the simple syntax, why is it that nobody continues to openly choose Lisp? Why do we keep getting excited over the old being repackaged into new languages despite the old already having mountains of useful resources and a long history of bug fixes and stability tweaks? Does Lisp as a whole just need a good marketing team, is that really it?"

+ - T'Pring dies!

Submitted by EzInKy
EzInKy (115248) writes "The actess who portrayed Spock's potential mate T'Pring passed away Tuesday. According to the BBC and others the cause was complications from a heart attack. Leonard Nimoy took the time to tweet "Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent." I'm sure there are many here who will also be saddened as she was most probably in our first fantasies of interspecies mating."

+ - The Milky Way's Most Recent Supernova That Nobody Saw

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "The last two naked-eye supernovae changed the world: Tycho Brahe's supernova of 1572 and Kepler's of 1604 literally ushered in the modern age of astronomy, and yet despite the fact that supernovae occur about once-per-century in galaxies, we've never seen another Milky Way supernova since. But surprisingly, they've still been happening! It's only the fact that we're in the plane of the galaxy, whose dust blocks the visible light from such a large fraction of our neighboring stars, that's prevented us from seeing them. But we can look beyond visible light now, and have discovered at least two more recent ones since, including one that happened as recently as the 1860s!"

+ - How Drones Entered the FBI's Spying Toolkit

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "The FBI has had an eager eye on surveillance drones since first experimenting with remote control airplanes in 1995. But budget cuts nearly ended the Bureau’s unmanned machinations in 2010, and it took a dedicated push aimed at making drones “a tool the FBI cannot do without” to cement their place in the FBI’s surveillance toolkit.
The near termination—and subsequent expansion—of the FBI’s drone program over the past four years is chronicled in hundreds of heavily-redacted pages released under a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington over the past several months."

Comment: Re: +1 for this Post (Score 1) 427

by jrronimo (#47635965) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?
If you ask me, the Netgear WNR3500Lv2 is the "true" successor to the WRT54GL:
Pros:
- Cheap! -- around $40
- Is supported by Shibby's Tomato port -- no problems with uptime; frequent updates in the face of Heartbleed, etc.
- 4 Gigabit Ports in addition to the WAN port
- N support
- USB support for a NAS, but I've never used that functionality

Cons:
- Only 300 mBit N support
- Only 2.4 GHz
- Internal antenna only
- Flimsy base, heh. Mine broke, but the router still stands up.

Netgear seemed to be pretty open to the idea of supporting open source firmwares through their My Open Router website and forums. ...But Netgear was also caught with a backdoor in their firmware, like a lot of other vendors, but I would hope that replacing the stock firmware with Tomato would help with that. (Although since I'm using someone else's build instead of doing it myself who knows!)

I've really loved this router, though.

I wish it were newer (AC support I guess?), had a 5 GHz radio and/or supported faster N speeds... but 300 Mbit is enough for anything I'm doing.

Comment: Definitely Small Claims and/or BBB. (Score 5, Interesting) 526

by jrronimo (#46204277) Attached to: Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC
I had a user whose laptop was replaced by Dell under warranty, except that they sent him back a 17" monstrosity rather than the 13" machine he had at the time. They wouldn't budget on giving him something smaller. After filing a small claims court case, they reimbursed him for the price of his original laptop and I think told him to keep the new one, too. He was happy after that.

Another friend had a HTC One phone whose screen popped and shattered while he was browsing twitter. HTC refused the replacement despite being a month old, claiming he dropped it. After filing a Better Business Bureau complaint, they replaced it under warranty.

Either way, something like that will get someone's eye and hopefully the original poster will be happy. The bigger problem is that this is a thing Dell will break a warranty over, which is ridiculous.

Comment: Encryption & restricted access (Score 1) 381

by jrronimo (#45898245) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?
I have a deal with a friend who is geographically disparate from me: He knows the password to an encrypted flash drive that I have in mhy possession. In the event that amnesia (or god forbid something worse) should befall me, he knows to come and retrieve this drive. We generally chat on the phone once a week or so, so he would know pretty quickly if there were a problem that required this. On the drive is a list of passwords and associated data to reclaim most of my digital life, and to let others know what's going on.

Every year or so I pull the drive out and update it with changes and ensure that it's still functional. So far it feels like a pretty good plan. If I wanted to step it up a little more, I would put this in a safe deposit box in a bank. I still ponder doing that, but really I'm not so important for it to truly matter, haha.

Comment: Re:No Sympathy (Score 1) 413

by jrronimo (#45714925) Attached to: Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines
It's a real thing. We have a couple of I think either Techtronix or Agilent scopes that run Windows 2000 or XP. A few years back someone plugged one of the 2k scopes into our network, at which point it became a movie server, hosting "Mr. Deeds". It is no longer allowed to be plugged into the network.

One group just updated a crazy analyzer to a Pentium M with 1 GB of RAM. Cost: $40k. It's obscene.

Comment: Re:This makes me sad. (Score 5, Informative) 44

Although the old Zeiss was super impressive, technologically it was old hat -- lots of burnt out bulbs, etc. And while I understand that it's not about the specs, here's something that maybe makes it a bit better: I work for some folk at CU that have some degree of involvement with Fiske. One of the professors said to me of the new display: "It can resolve 2 million individual points of light with incredible detail. You could go into a show using the new projector with binoculars and looking at the display would be similar in effect to looking at the actual night sky with binoculars."

I'll definitely miss the imposing nature of the old Zeiss, but the new projector should have some of the best star shows around. I'm really looking forward to seeing it. And probably Laser Pink Floyd and Laser Nine Inch Nails, too, heh.

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.

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