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Comment: Summary's not correctly worded (Score 2) 160

From the article

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have made a fundamental discovery relevant to the understanding and treatment of heart failure

It does not say "prevent" heart-failure, anywhere in the article. It is implied in the article that treatment could be greatly improved by this therapy, however, I'm not sure where the line in the summary about prevention comes from.

Comment: iNSAption (Score 5, Funny) 214

by knotprawn (#44189447) Attached to: French Gov't Runs Vast Electronic Spying Operation of Its Own
This is not unexpected, but each revelation just makes the whole situation seem more and more hilarious. The following scenario is probably playing itself out somewhere right now.

NSA Agent 1: "Sir, we've intercepted a French transmission that I think you should take a look at"

NSA Agent 2: "Why, what does it say?"

(Transcript of translated Transmission reads) "Sir, we've intercepted an American transmission that I think you should take a look at"

Comment: Re:The headline lies (Score 4, Informative) 123

by knotprawn (#41723757) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Harm the Economy
Not just the headline, the summary is rather unclear too. The summary states that

Newly-published research using data commissioned by Congress shows big rises in patent troll activity over the last five years — from 22% to 40% of all patent suits filed, with 4 out of five litigants being patent trolls

However, the actual article states that

Not only has the number of cases increased, but so has the proportion of these non-product-related litigants, from 22 percent to 40 percent of cases filed. They found that four of the top five patent litigants in America exist solely to file lawsuits.

The missing word, in the summary, of course, is TOP, without which the summary makes very little sense, statistics and common-sense wise.

Comment: Re:Innovation (Score 1) 449

by knotprawn (#38805503) Attached to: Ubuntu 12.04 To Include Head-Up Display Menus
Look, I agree that it takes courage to stuff that's considered 'ground-breaking' by others, I do give the guys at Ubuntu respect for that. However consider the following

1) They went the Unity way and alienated all the users like me who use Linux because every single fucking thing is customizable. Not that Unity is not customizable at all, it's just that in terms of customizability it was a horrible, horrible regression. Also, for some insane reason, Ubuntu has become increasingly slow and bloated, I realized this when I made the switch to Arch Linux, on the recommendation of a friend.

2) They make decisions that increasingly cater to users who have just switched over from windows, hoping to give them a similar experience in order to enable painless migration. WAIT. "The same experience?" Seriously? They're running away from the windows experience for heaven's sake. Blow their minds, that's what you're supposed to do.

3) This is my personal belief, I may be wrong, but I think Linux will always remain an OS for the 2%, maybe at most the 5%. Why? Because most people don't want to spend time tweaking their OS, they see it as a waste of time. If Ubuntu keeps trying to cater to these users, trying to make them "switch-over" and thereby alienate their "power-users", I don't see them surviving. I've tried all the latest releases from the Ubuntu stable, I quadruple boot with Arch as my main OS, I've got Windows 7, OpenSuse and Ubuntu lying around on the other partitions. I currently prefer Ubuntu the least, I'm not kidding, I even like Win7 more. I've been using linux for over 8 years now. I loved Ubuntu at around the time of Hardy Heron. I hate to see the general direction in which they're headed at the moment.

Comment: Re:Old news, Same response (Score 1) 1070

by knotprawn (#36381312) Attached to: Have We Reached Maximum Sustainable Population Size?
Granted. What I should have said was, perhaps we'll become extinct in as short a timespan as the doomsayers predict. Perhaps it'll take a while longer. Either of those two events would bear little significance in light of the Earth's long history. The not becoming extinct option, as you've pointed out, is clearly significant.

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