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Comment: Re:Copper and alcohol (Score 1) 115

by tomhath (#49385137) Attached to: Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA

Doctors know how to prescribe Vancomycin and other broad spectrum antibiotics without killing their patients Einstein.

Untreated MRSA infections on the skin are common and easily treated; probably 10% of the people in this country have MRSA colonized in their sinuses. Bloodstream infections cause problems, septic shock does kill, Einstein.

See other comments pointing out how wrong you are about copper, Einstein.

Comment: Investment Tax Credit (Score 4, Informative) 224


The pace of PV installations in the U.S. is accelerating as the federal government's solar investment tax credit (ITC) is set to expire next year.

We've been through this before. All of the graphs on this page assume last year's growth will continue unabated. But what we're really seeing is a rush to grab as much of the subsidy as possible before the free money goes away.

Comment: Wild assertion (Score 1) 366

by tomhath (#49379439) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

if Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country's education toward the teaching of specific, technical skills, expand STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and math) and deemphasize the humanities

I'm pretty sure that's far down on the list of convictions that people in the United States are united on. More like a fad that's popular in some circles.

Comment: DB2 has it too (Score 1) 223

by tomhath (#49378077) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology
I tried very hard to convince my manager that we should do this on a project that used DB2. She was adamant that we would have to write the web services with the full Java stack. Hundreds of thousands of lines of java later (complete with maven, spring, hibernate, ad nauseum) she is no long with the company and the project is cancelled.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We've been in a malware arms race since the 1990s. Malicious hackers keep building new viruses, worms, and trojan horses, while security vendors keep building better new detection and removal algorithms to stop them. Botnets are becoming more powerful, and phishing techniques are always improving — but so are the mitigation strategies. There's been some back and forth, but it seems like the arms race has been pretty balanced, so far. My question: will the balance continue, or is one side likely to take the upper hand over the next decade or two? Which side is going to win? Do you imagine an internet, 20 years from now, where we don't have to worry about what links we click or what attachments we open? Or is it the other way around, with threats so hard to block and DDoS attacks so rampant that the internet of the future is not as useful as it is now?"
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+ - Poverty may affect the growth of children's brains->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Stark and rising inequality plagues many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But inequality’s effects may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that family differences in income and education are directly correlated with brain size in developing children and adolescents. The findings could have important policy implications and provide new arguments for early antipoverty interventions, researchers say."
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Comment: Re:maybe because it's a quote (Score 1) 308

by tomhath (#49372453) Attached to: Attempted Breach of NSA HQ Checkpoint; One Shot Dead
It's more precise to attribute the word to the officials by putting quotes around it, rather than have it look like an assumption made by the person reporting it. In other words, does NSA think there was an attempt to penetrate their campus? Or does the reporter think it was a deliberate attempt rather than a drink driver?

+ - Secret Service Plans New Fence, Full Scale White House Replica, But No Moat

Submitted by (3830033) writes "The NYT reports that the Secret Service is recruiting some of its best athletes to serve as pretend fence jumpers at a rural training ground outside Washington in a program to develop a new fence around the White House that will keep intruders out without looking like a prison. Secret Service officials acknowledge that they cannot make the fence foolproof; that would require an aesthetically unacceptable and politically incorrect barrier. Prison or Soviet-style design is out, and so is anything that could hurt visitors, like sharp edges or protuberances. Instead, the goal is to deter climbers or at least delay them so that officers and attack dogs have a few more seconds to apprehend them. In addition, there might be alterations to the White House grounds but no moat, as recently suggested by Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee. “When I hear moat, I think medieval times,” says William Callahan, assistant director for the office of protective operation at the Secret Service.

The Times also reports that the Secret Service wants to spend $8 million to build a detailed replica of the White House in Beltsville, Maryland to aid in training officers and agents to protect the real thing. “Right now, we train on a parking lot, basically,” says Joseph P. Clancy, the director of the Secret Service. “We put up a makeshift fence and walk off the distance between the fence at the White House and the actual house itself. We don’t have the bushes, we don’t have the fountains, we don’t get a realistic look at the White House.” The proposed replica would provide what Clancy describes as a “more realistic environment, conducive to scenario-based training exercises,” for instructing those who must protect the president’s home. It would mimic the facade of the White House residence, the East and West Wings, guard booths, and the surrounding grounds and roads. The request comes six months after an intruder scaled a wrought-iron fence around the White House and ran through an unlocked front door of the residence and into the East Room before officers tackled him."

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