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Comment: This is a scam (Score 4, Insightful) 409

by monadicIO (#26636531) Attached to: Umbilical Cord Blood Banking?
Cord blood banking seems to be a scam. I considered it briefly for our kid, but reading quite a bit about it, decided not to do it. Here's why: 1. Stem cells similar to those present in cord blood are easily obtained from our own (adult) blood if/when the need arises. 2. Very low chance that they will be useful to siblings/parents/other relatives. 3. No guarantee of how well these cells survive in the cryogenic environment. No guarantee from the banks of backup plans in case of failure. 4. All fancy stuff (about regenerating organs) from the cells is science fiction so far. 5. Medical science could find alternative ways to cure your conditions by then. 6. The bank guys are great at emotional blackmail --- like giving the greatest gift to your newborn, and being a bad parent otherwise. I had one guy who told me that I might even make money selling it in future. Shame on him.

Active Directory Comes To Linux With Samba 4 276

Posted by kdawson
from the hyper-active dept.
Da Massive writes in with another possible answer to a recent Ask Slashdot about FOSS replacements for Microsoft AD server. "Enterprise networks now have an alternative choice to Microsoft Active Directory (AD) servers, with the open source Samba project aiming for feature parity with the forthcoming release of version 4, according to Canberra-based Samba developer Andrew Bartlett. Speaking at this year's Linux and open source conference in Hobart, Bartlett said Samba 4 is aiming to be a replacement for AD by providing a free software implementation of Microsoft's custom protocols. Because AD is 'far more than LDAP and Kerberos,' Bartlett said, Samba 4 is not only about developing with Microsoft's customization of those protocols, it is also about moving the project beyond just providing an NT 4 compatible domain manager."

Comment: Re:ATTENTION ENVIRONMENTALISTS! (Score 2, Insightful) 332

by monadicIO (#8483572) Attached to: Aircraft Maker Will Produce Electric Cars in 2006
Hopefully the public is starting to wise up and we can build new nuclear plants again
Ummmm... not in my backyard. Actually, nuclear plants, apart from being highly dangerous (I needn't even stress chernobyl), and these days, terrorist targets, are bad for many reasons : 1. Uranuim mining is absolutely unsafe for workers 2. Radiation levels near plants cannot be contained easily, 3, and most importantly, there is no good way to get rid of the waste, not for thousands of years.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.