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Comment: Re:Why not systemd? (Score 1) 70

by the_humeister (#47461195) Attached to: OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

Someone mod the parent post up. Linux 2.6 is bigger than Linux 2.4. systemd is also much larger than init.

From my router:

root@Linksys E1200 v1:/sbin# ls -Fsl init
        12 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 12635 May 27 2013 init*

12KB for init vs. 1.3MB for systemd. systemd privides no tangible benefit over init for a router (or at least to justify its size increase).

Comment: Re: Anyone else think Neo900 is too little, too la (Score 1) 192

by the_humeister (#47266775) Attached to: Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

I ran into this issue since I'm on AT&T. Originally bought a Samsung Galaxy
  S 5 and promptly returned it because it's currently not rootable. So then I bought an HTC One M8 when I found out there's manufacturer support for rooting. You can also wait for the Cyanogemod Official phone (looks pretty nice too)

Comment: Re:You know what else increases fuel economy? (Score 1) 119

Also driving slower, not driving full throttle and hard braking to a stop light/sign, etc.

I used to have an 2008 MkV Jetta with the 2.5L gasoline engine. The government said I should be getting 21/29mpg city/highway. My best was 46 mpg driving from Sacramento to San Diego. Now I have a Prius V, and I get better gas mileage than that without even trying.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 0) 209

by the_humeister (#47071263) Attached to: The World's Worst Planes: Aircraft Designs That Failed

They include the DeHaviland Comet - a fantastic aircraft which set the standard in the airliner industry for decades to come. It did suffer from a design flaw which caused several crashes, but those crashes helped us learn a lot more about metal fatigue and the structural integrity of aircraft, and lead directly to improved safety in later designs. It was also fixed as soon as it was identified. Suggesting that the Comet was one of "the worst planes" - or that it should have never have flown - is just plane ignorant.

Thank you for not putting in "no pun intended." How I hate that phrase. Now I look like the asshole for pointing it out.

Comment: Re:What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (Score 2) 74

by the_humeister (#47022553) Attached to: Measles Virus Puts Woman's Cancer Into Remission

Conversely, this high bar makes it very difficult to improve on invasive but adequate treatments. Consider mastectomy for early-stage breast cancer: it works pretty well, and that makes it damned near impossible to test any alternative treatment that might work just as well or better, and which would certainly be less invasive.

We already do. It's called "lumpectomy with sentinel node biopsy" for small enough tumors. No need to take off the entire breast.

I worked on a cancer-therapy project once and had the clever idea of applying the technique we were using--which was aimed at something that was incurable at the time--to certain kinds of breast cancer, which was just similar enough to be an interesting candidate for the technique. I talked to a breast cancer researcher and he said, "That's a really clever idea. It sounds plausible. I can't do anything with it." And then explained the above reasoning.

This means that we tend to focus on treatments for currently untreatable cancers, and once we have something that is semi-OK, the rate of improvement goes way down. It doesn't go to zero, by any means, but the incentives shift in a way that is both perfectly logical and kind of perverse.

What technique were you doing? Surgical? Medical?

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.