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Comment: Re:So, should I just read reddit? (Score 1) 120

by sjames (#49389911) Attached to: Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA

At the same time, good luck getting a doctor to suggest a $5 jar of salve over a $200 tube of prescription salve, even if it's the very same stuff.

That's a real problem. Many doctors default to the new name brand X rather than the tried and true generic Y even when just the co-pay for X will cost more than Y. Often, X will be no better than Y for the majority of patients. As a result, some people pay WAY too much and some end up not getting X or Y. A tiny handful avoid mild itching that could have been fixed by switching them to X if they cared to.

Comment: Re:What does this actually solve? (Score 2) 69

I can't see why I - or anyone else - would want this. So what exactly do I gain from getting one or more of these?

It's not hard to imagine use cases. Take, for instance, an 88-year-old senior who is trying to age in place but for whom a trip to the store isn't a trivial undertaking, and who has no interest in a smartphone (and sure isn't going to see a 4" HD screen).

Boom - more detergent shows up the day after tomorrow. Iterate through typical consumables - the UI is damn simple and the button is big enough for somebody with Parkinson's to manage. That's worth the effort for the responsible child to set up.

Now take a new mom who's half-covered in crap and hasn't slept all night. Only 10 diapers left. Boom - nap time.

I'm assuming there's a reasonable "boom" sound effect here. How much are ringtones?

Comment: Re:So, should I just read reddit? (Score 1) 120

by sjames (#49387023) Attached to: Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA

Actually, since this is a salve to be used externally, internal use isn't a consideration for this formulation. People regularly get that amount of copper on their skin from jewelry (including copper bracelets) Some get a minor rash from it or a green skin discoloration, both much better than MRSA.

What people need is medications they can actually afford. The cost of drugs in the U.S. is shameful.

It should be marketed as a cologne of lotion. That way the rules flip-flop and pretty much if the user's skin doesn't actually come off while applying it, it's A-OK with regulators.

I'm not saying the research shouldn't be done, an internal use form would be good. A concentrated form would be good. But none of that should stand in the way of the known effective salve.

Comment: Re:So, should I just read reddit? (Score 1) 120

by sjames (#49384297) Attached to: Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA

We don't need any amazingly complex and fantastically expensive research here. We have a substance known to work. It would be helpful to isolate the active ingredients, but that's not the crazy expensive part.

Of course these days, aspirin is cheap enough in generic form that it makes sense to just use it, but even otherwise, why would I need to grow my own willow tree? (unless I just want one)

Then there's marinol. They extracted the THC from pot in some mis-guided effort to get the medicinal effects without admitting they screwed up with the war on drugs. And of course, it was to be far more expensive than even the black market herb it replaced. It failed since they lost at least half of the beneficial effects and potentiated the tendency to cause psychosis. Turns out the CBD is as important as the THC.

Recently, it was discovered that nicotine can be very effective against the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and started a mad dash to come up with something based on it that isn't nicotine. Nobody seems to have considered passing out gum and patches.

Comment: Re:They disabled insecure TLS version fallback (Score 0) 151

by bill_mcgonigle (#49383735) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released

I think he means this.

This one doesn't seem so bad, but the way Mozilla has handled SSLv3 deprecation has been a disaster.

I'm not going to go buy a new $900 PDU because the one I have only supports SSLv3 and not TLS1.2. Maybe I should switch it back to plain HTTP "for security"? Sheesh. Obviously a whitelist per-site/device would have been a smart approach, but that's not easy.

Secure isn't easy and security isn't a setting, it's a process and an ecosystem. Pisser when they weaken security overall just to avoid the off chance that a stupid person will erroneously blame Mozilla.

+ - Yet another government software failure, nominated for award

Submitted by belmolis
belmolis (702863) writes "The Victoria Times-Colonist reports that British Columbia spent C$182 million on a new case management system for social services, whose system was so bad that in 2012 Judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Special Representative for Children and Youth, issued a public safety warning. According to a report by the Auditor General, the system only performs 1/3 of the functions of the systems it is intended to replace and fails to protect private information or monitor inappropriate usage. The defective system was nominated by its managers for the Premier's Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Civil Service."

Comment: The problem's never been reputation (Score 2) 234

by rsilvergun (#49383583) Attached to: NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden
it's been money. I know a few guys who hire comp-sci for gov't jobs and they're always complaining they can't get good candidates while offering 1/3 the pay of private sector. It'd be one thing if it was a stable career path but with our right wing taking a hatchet to anything they don't like it's not even that.

Comment: Re:Although unused, not useful (Score 1) 204

Sure, but there are a few differences. For one, a manned plane will have at least one person (the pilot) with a serious interest in it not being one of those that crashes and kills people. Even if his employer is willing to risk it, he has the final say and it's his ass on the line.

The little hobbyist craft are small and light weight, There is a serious limit to the amount of damage they might cause. Not so much for a 50 pound commercial drone.

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