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Comment: Re:One day, someone will explain it to me. (Score 1) 115

by omems (#47929483) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
Right??
My HVAC had to be manually switched from heating mode to cooling mode, but otherwise, the whole point of a thermostat is to keep the temp the same.
Of course, I say this from a city that's currently 69 F, but since the office AC is running I have a space heater going. Talk about a waste of energy.

Comment: Re:... all in the name of "Allah" (Score 4, Informative) 246

by omems (#47835705) Attached to: Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team
I visited Cairo and Giza in the spring of 2013 and can confirm there were almost no tourists. There are, however, men with machine guns guarding the pyramids and sphynx, as well as the main museum, in addition to metal detectors and visual inspections upon entering these places (though you could enter from the desert and avoid them in the case of Giza). The violence I witnessed wasn't random acts of terror, but civil/political unrest before Morsi got the boot.

Money, including tourism dollars, is very much a motivating factor for the parties involved. I don't have a comprehensive knowledge of the politics, but the locals I talked to reviled Morsi precisely because of his lack of money (and his allegiances). Most visibly, infrastructure and the jobs created in its construction and maintenance, that Mubarak had, was sorely missed.

Comment: Re:Dont mess with my coffee!!!! (Score 3) 167

by omems (#47834563) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification
Assuming you're talking about the Vendômois study, that paper was retracted by the journal.

The line of rats used are prone to tumors even with normal food. Combine that with a small sample size and one cannot say whether it was the food or their normal bad genes that caused the tumors.

I'm not saying it's impossible, but to my knowledge there are no well-designed studies that actually demonstrate a causal link between eating GMO foods and disease.

Comment: Re:This is robusta coffee they're talking about (Score 2) 167

by omems (#47834355) Attached to: Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification
Good catch.
They go on to, "present a draft genome of the diploid Coffea canephora, one of the two founder species of the tetraploid crop Coffea arabica." Which is to say, in the course of evolving, the genome was duplicated. Then, with a redundant set of genes, there was greater opportunity for mutations to either inactivate one copy, or have novel functions arise--like new flavonoids and alkaloids. Compared with most animal species, plants as a whole are particularly amenable to genome duplications, for reasons I don't know.

+ - Magnetic stimulation boosts memory in people->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Our memories are annoyingly glitchy. Names, dates, birthdays, and the locations of car keys fall through the cracks, losses that accelerate at an alarming pace with age and in neurodegenerative diseases. Now, by applying electromagnetic pulses through the skull to carefully targeted brain regions, researchers have found a way to boost memory performance in healthy people. The new study sheds light on the neural networks that support memories and may lead to therapies for people with memory deficits, researchers say."
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+ - Man Loses Half His Skull, Surgeons Repair it to Look Normal with 3D Printed Mesh->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "Surgeons in China have performed surgery this morning on a man who had suffered a severe head injury 10 months ago. After the accident, he was left with a huge portion of his skull and brain missing. Unable to go into public because of people calling him names such as "Half Headman", and after losing his ability to speak and write, something had to be done. Thanks to a donation by a company called Stryker, in the US, surgeons were able to take a scan of the mans head, and 3D print a titanium mesh that has been inserted between the his scalp and brain. Doctors expect the man to return to normal, in both appearance and brain function because of this new technology."
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Comment: Re:Only problem is the name (Score 1) 20

by omems (#47774219) Attached to: Netflix Open Sources Internal Threat Monitoring Tools
As an end-user and not a marketing weasel, I value non-marketing speak. I especially roll my eyes when companies trademark stupid names and then insist on including the symbol in every instance. (thankfully you won't see that here because I am unable to get this commenting system to reproduce it)

+ - Solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead->

Submitted by Elledan
Elledan (582730) writes "Federal investigators in California have requested that BrightSource — owner of thermal solar plants — halt the construction of more, even bigger plants until the impact of these plants on wildlife has been further investigated. The BrightSource solar plant in the Mojave Desert which was investigated reportedly kills between 1,000 and 28,000 birds a year with the concentrated solar energy from its 300,000 mirrors, charring and incinerating feathers of passing birds. This isn't the first report of negative environmental impact by this type of solar plant either."
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+ - Our Sinking World->

Submitted by Maddie Kahn
Maddie Kahn (3542515) writes "If you want to preserve a fish you've caught on Kulinus, a tiny island in the Tigak region of Papua New Guinea, your best bet is to smoke it. Ice, available from the store an hour and a half away if you’re lucky enough to own a boat with a motor, is a foreign concept here. But when Brooke Jarvis meet Ramis Thomas, an elder in the village, ice is on his mind. The night before, most of the island was swamped by high tides, with residents staying up most of the night to keep their belongings from floating away. Thomas says that Kulenus now has perhaps a quarter of the land area he remembers from childhood, and though his concept of natural ice is from a vaguely remembered movie scene (you’re thinking of Titanic, another man offers), he’s heard that melting ice far away is the reason his island is disappearing. He wants to know how much ice has yet to melt—if it’s all already gone, perhaps his people can stay here, holding onto the edge of a tenuous situation. I tell him there’s a lot more. “Then we will have to move,” he says. “I’m sorry about our island, but life is important.”"
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+ - US City Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses 1

Submitted by Fubar
Fubar (1615) writes "Two city council members from Phoenix, AZ are introducing "draft language" for public discussion that would make it illegal to use a drone to film people without their knowledge. The council members are worred about privacy of people in their own yards, even including the requirement that law enforcement obtain a warrant for drone surveillance. A violation of the ordinance would be a Class 1 misdemeanor, which carries up to a $2,500 fine and six months in jail."

+ - Vulnerabilities found in Dendroid mobile Trojan->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On Friday, the full source code of the Dendroid Remote Access Trojan (RAT) was leaked. Dendroid is a popular crimeware package that targets Android devices and is sold on underground forums for $300. Usually the source code for botnet control panels is encrypted, so it was surprising to find the full source code for the Dendroid control panel included in the leaked files. Analyzing the leaked code revealed multiple vulnerabilities due to a lack of user input validation including Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), Arbitrary File Upload, SQL Injection, and PHP Code Execution. PoC provided for PHP execution."
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+ - Beijing Doctors Implant World's First 3D-Printed Vertebra into 12 Year-Old Boy->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Doctors from the Peking University Third Hospital (PUTH) in Beijing, China, have become the first in the world to use 3D-printing in complex spinal cord surgery, after replacing a section of cancerous vertebra in a boy's neck with a piece created on a 3D printer.

The procedure to remove this form of cancer is so complex that only five hospitals in China are equipped to perform the surgery. The tumour affects the top of the spinal cord in the neck, but also the internal and external carotid arteries, and the patient's windpipe."

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+ - Vehicle-To-Vehicle Networks Could Save Over 1,000 Lives a Year->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a research report on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology and is seeking input from the public and industry. In the report, it estimated the safety benefits of just two possible applications of V2V, called Left Turn Assist and Intersection Movement Assist. Together, they could prevent as many as 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives per year, the agency said."
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