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Comment: Re:Problem oriented (Score 4, Insightful) 54

by rasmusbr (#48021887) Attached to: How To Find the Right Open Source Project To Get Involved With

Just remember that you will probably have many moments when you think that the tool doesn't solve the problem adequately, when in reality the tool does actually solve the problem adequately if you know how to use it. The real problem then is that the tool comes with inadequate documentation, or that it needs more or better tutorials and sample projects for novice users.

Comment: Re:Something new (Score 2) 89

Really? Rich guys would enlist others to donate blood in their names.

During the Civil War the Confederates instituted the draft and conscripted their citizens. The rich people paid 300$ to make someone else (usually people who had already served their draft) enlist on their behalf. I think there was one case of one enterprising Southerner who enlisted several dozen times (and then deserting at the first opportunity).

Comment: Hospital networks are very vulnerable. (Score 4, Interesting) 70

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48020647) Attached to: Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards
I have sat in many consulting rooms and examination rooms in the hospitals, with a lone pizza box computer with WindowsNT or Windows64 screen saver. All alone, the computer, its ports all freely available for me to plug anything I wanted, even spare RJ-45 ethernet ports next to it for me to plug in anything I wanted. It would be trivially simple to plug in an USB keylogger dongle to the back USB port.

Wondering if all the hospital networks are already compromised beyond repair. If the doctors use same passwords for their hospital account as well as their personal account, they too would be very vulnerable. Some of the doctors I know are surgeons who would wield a scalpel with great confidence and would think it is routine to make a 20 cm long incision across the stomach. But are scared of the stupid computer and were mortally afraid of changing the password, or the default screen saver.

Comment: Re:Fortunately... (Score 1) 288

Fortunately bozos like this doofus only have jurisdiction over a couple of square miles of land, not the entire global internet.

Wanker.

This guy has jurisdiction over more than 1/10 of the planet's land area: http://www.theguardian.com/wor...

Note the part about forcing .ru websites to have their servers in Russia where they can be shut down at the discretion of the leader. I suspect this will first be condemned by western countries, then copied.

Comment: Initial estimates are always over blown (Score 5, Informative) 197

Even the shale gas estimates and the Canadian tar sands estimate etc are being revised downwards. They drill a few test wells, and interpolate and "guestimate" what lies in between. Let us see how this estimate holds up once the investment needed to further develop them are all reeled in and the time pay dividends come up.

Comment: You can do it with mirrors too! (Score 2) 59

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48011337) Attached to: Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking
I have seen a device that uses just mirrors and this obscuring. Many a times I am stuck behind a mob of people and did not have a clear view of the action going on the other size. Then they invented this miracle device that cloaks all the people in the middle and I could the other side unimpeded. It is typically made of cardboard and a couple of mirrors with decorated with color paper. Hurray for cloaking. Great!

Comment: Amazing amount of cloaking! (Score 1) 59

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48011197) Attached to: Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking
The professor is just too modest, calling it small amount of cloaking. In fact it is infinite amount of cloaking. Seriously! On the focal plane of the eye-piece there is a small region, what we would call the "aperture". EVERYTHING ELSE on the focal plane is obscured!!. Not only that your regular camera has been using it all along! In your SLR camera, there are mechanisms that control the aperture, making it bigger or smaller. There are motors and gears in the compound zoom lens. You might even have your fingers wrapped around the cylinder of the zoom lens. It is all cloaked from the image sensor! What a technology! The good professor should sue all the zoom lens manufacturers for pre-stealing his invention before he invented it.

Comment: Re:HTML5? (Score 0) 307

by rasmusbr (#48007139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

I want all devices to end up running HTML5 apps or some kind of compatible format. I'm working on a mobile game using CocoonJS. Phonegap is also pretty good, especially now that modern HTML5 canvas are rendering using webgl.

If one prefers to use HTML, CSS and JavaScript to write applications there is this thing called a "web browser" that can parse HTML and CSS and run JavaScript, as well as access various local resources on the device.

It often works reasonably well on phones and tablets too!

Comment: Re:Missing in the Summary (Score 2) 107

by rasmusbr (#48006633) Attached to: How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

What about the non-HIV positive women they had sex with?

Penis in anus sex has a much higher risk of transmitting HIV compared to penis in vagina sex. We're talking something like a factor of ten difference.

It has always been a little bit mysterious that HIV manages to spread epidemically among heterosexual people who don't use iv drugs in Africa. I don't know if this mystery has been resolved yet.

Comment: Re:Missing in the Summary (Score 1) 107

by rasmusbr (#48004715) Attached to: How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

Call me old fashioned, but if you know you're HIV+, and have unprotected sex with hundreds of people ... you're an asshole.

I find it hard to believe all of those people have had the benefit of informed consent.

And, for what it's worth, yes, I do know people who are HIV+, and yes, they're gay men.

Stuff like this is what people have been trying to combat.

Yeah, the reason why these anecdotes are believable is that they are based on criminal investigations and court proceedings. As you might guess, some of those hundreds of men were not too happy.

Comment: Re:Missing in the Summary (Score 2) 107

by rasmusbr (#48004635) Attached to: How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

Little known fact: a person with HIV who has access to the right retroviral drugs and takes them on time is practically unable to transmit HIV during sex. There are now anecdotes about HIV positive men who have had sex without using a condom with hundreds of non-HIV positive men without a single instance of transmitting the virus.

Of course, these people still transmit other STD:s.

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