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Comment: Remember Thalidomide (Score 2) 77

by rssrss (#49147931) Attached to: Banned Weight-loss Drug Could Combat Liver Disease, Diabetes

It was banned after it was discovered to be the cause of severe birth defects. Later it was discovered to be useful for:

... for a number of conditions including: erythema nodosum leprosum, multiple myeloma and a number of other cancers, for some symptoms of HIV/AIDS, Crohn's disease, sarcoidosis, graft-versus-host disease, rheumatoid arthritis and a number of skin conditions that have not responded to usual treatment.


Any drug that is sufficiently powerful to cure you, also has the power to hurt you. The converse is true also.

Comment: 2 methods (Score 1) 466

by rssrss (#49144315) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

Method 1:

Buy, borrow, or steal a 2.5 inch IDE hard drive enclosure with USB ports. Remove the hard drive from your old laptop. Plug it into the enclosure. Connect the USB cable to you current computer. It should mount the external drive with no fuss. Copy the contents of the external drive to an internal drive or to the cloud.

Method 2.

In a strip mall somewhere near you is a small shop with a sign in the window that says something like PC repairs or laptop repairs. Take the old machine to the shop. For a small quantity of money the shop will put your data on a CR-Rom or a cloud portal.

This method does not require screwdrivers or touching machinery.

Given that you did not think of method 1 in a few seconds, you probably ought to use method 2. It is far more bullet proof.

Comment: Good Article on Railgun problems (Score 1) 517

by rssrss (#49004015) Attached to: The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder

I love cool technology as much as next guy. The videos of railgun trials are very cool. But, the Pentagon has lots of cool technology projects that have turned into expensive junk. The F35 is the latest example, billions of dollars over budget, and it still doesn't work.

I am very much in favor of a strong defense and strong US military capabilities, but, I am very concerned by the Pentagon's seeming inability to make tech work on time and on budget.

I read the following in National Review (a very conservative pro defense pro military magazine), and I think that everyone who is interested in railguns and Naval Technology should read it as well:

Railguns: The Next Big Pentagon Boondoggle?
The Navy's replacement for traditional artillery may be an expensive fantasy.
By Mike Fredenburg on December 18, 2014

Mr. Fredenburg's claims include: railguns are nowhere durable enough; railguns will have serious trouble engaging mid-range targets; large-explosive rounds are better than the railgunâ(TM)s small, inert ones; railguns will cost a lot more to operate than more conventional artillery, and less extreme technology could produce results as good as railguns at a fraction of the cost.

I cannot vouch for the correctness of Mr. Fredenbug's claims, but given the Pentagon's poor record on new technology, I think they should be taken seriously.

Comment: Only One "Whole Foods" in Mississippi (Score 1, Informative) 297

by rssrss (#48989987) Attached to: Mississippi - the Nation's Leader In Vaccination Rates

This report in the main post above was absolutely guaranteed to inflame the condescension so inherent in the liberal coastal mentality that afflicts so many /. posters. No human society can be found that is not riddled with irrational pieties and unfounded self-congratulation. This is not to say that any human being not otherwise non-compis mentis would prefer to live in San Francisco over Peshawar. But, condescending to the rubes who live in Dixie is not only rude, it is foolish. Sometimes they really are smarter than /.ers.

"Why the 'Prius Driving, Composting' Set Fears Vaccines By Greg Miller at on 31 January 2011

Journalist Seth Mnookin's new book, The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear, explores the public health scare over vaccines and autism. ...

Mnookin warns of grave consequences. Recent outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, and other preventable infections have sickened thousands of children and killed more than a dozen in the United States. Vaccine rates are falling below the level needed to prevent an outbreak in a growing number of communities, including ones with wealthy, educated populations.

Q: There's a perception that vaccine refusal is especially common among affluent, well-educated, politically liberal parentsâ"is there any truth to that?

S.M.: It's dangerous to make broad generalizations about a group, but anecdotally and from the overall data that's been collected it seems to be people who are very actively involved in every possible decision regarding their children's lives. I think it relates to a desire to take uncertainty out of the equation. And autism represents such an unknown. We still don't know what causes it and we still don't have good answers for how to treat it. So I think that fear really resonates.

Also I think there's a fair amount of entitlement. Not vaccinating your child is basically saying I deserve to rely on the herd immunity that exists in a population. At the most basic level it's saying I believe vaccines are potentially harmful, and I want other people to vaccinate so I don't have to. And for people to hide under this and say, "Oh, it's just a personal decision," it's being dishonest. It's a personal decision in the way drunk driving is a personal decision. It has the potential to affect everyone around you.

Q: But why liberals?

S.M.: I think it taps into the organic natural movement in a lot of ways.

I talked to a public health official and asked him what's the best way to anticipate where there might be higher than normal rates of vaccine noncompliance, and he said take a map and put a pin wherever there's a Whole Foods. I sort of laughed, and he said, "No, really, I'm not joking." It's those communities with the Prius driving, composting, organic food-eating people.

Comment: Re:Air-gap. (Score 2) 177

by rssrss (#48803925) Attached to: The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

IAAL: I always told clients that it is far better not to have a written record of what you said and did. It is always to your advantage to have to rely on your self serving memories than to have your memory contradicted by written evidence.

There are some documents that you must retain by law. You should work with your counsel and accountants to identify those categories of documents and to retain them. But not one day longer than necessary.

That said. notes and drafts are very seldom subject to legal retention guidelines. Once a document is finalized, notes and drafts should be destroyed.

Finally, the easiest document to deal with is one that was not created. Business processes should be engineered to avoid document creation to the extent possible.

Comment: Is this really much of an invention? (Score 1) 191

by rssrss (#48606741) Attached to: Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

I bought a 2014 Honda Accord a few months ago. It has a camera in the trunk lid, that gives an image of what is in back of the car on the center panel display when the transmission is in reverse. When you turn on the right turn signal a camera in the right hand mirror housing displays an image of the right side of the car and the adjacent space. There is no such camera on the left side. I assume this is because they don't want drivers moving left to look to their right towards the center panel display.

I believe that many current model cars have similar cameras and displays.

A 360 display would be a step further in the evolution of these displays. But, I am not sure they are totally necessary. Vision forward and within the front 180 degrees is really not much of a problem. The A pillars are small and it is easy to look around them with very small head movements. Only the areas to the side and back and below the trunk lid are obscured. The back up and right turn cameras cover those areas, the only real blind spot is to the left and back.

BTW: Car talk has a detailed explanation of how to position your side mirrors to minimize your blind spots.

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