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Comment: Re:DOS version? (Score 1) 72

by Just Some Guy (#48200915) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

The current firmware update ships as a bootable ISO. Burn it to a CD/DVD (or a flash drive if you can work it out), hold down "option" at boot, and you'll be looking at a DOS prompt in no time. I verified this two days ago when I misread the firmware version on the website and downloaded an updater for the version I already had.

Comment: Re:Women prefer male bosses (Score 1) 384

by ceoyoyo (#48200883) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

I'm not the AC that replied to you. I'm really not a fan of your discussion style so I wasn't going to reply, but I'm also not a fan of the AC's post and I don't really want to be given credit for it.

You'll note that what I said in my post is that single sex groups, of BOTH persuasions, are probably suboptimal. I DID provide you with a NASA review of quite a few scientific studies that suggest that. I recall a study that looked at long term isolated group cohesiveness that found that all-female groups had some significant long term drawbacks. I don't have time to look it up for your pleasure, so yes, it's an anecdote as far as this discussion is concerned.

There are very real differences between sexes besides the obvious physical ones. The politically correct argument is that they are the result of cultural conditioning. It seems unlikely that all differences are due to the environment, although natural tendencies might be exaggerated that way. The majority of the differences are fairly small, smaller than person to person variability. Trying to evaluate individuals based on subtle group-level differences is a pretty stupid thing to do.

If you read carefully, that report I linked for you reviews several studies that suggest men and women approach problems, and generally work, in slightly different ways, and that those differences tend to complement each other. That agrees with the increases in cohesiveness, productivity and performance that is typically found in mixed versus single sex groups, despite the drawbacks.

Comment: Re:Recognition (Score 1) 139

by hairyfeet (#48200747) Attached to: 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Uhhh...did everybody forget that Nokia still exists as a company? And that as part of the sale they are only barred from selling mobile devices for 3 years? Why in the hell would they want to build positive rep for a brand they will be most likely competing against in a few years?

Frankly the whole argument is moot anyway because you go into mobile stores and folks don't call it the "Nokia Lumia" anymore than they call it the "Samsung Galaxy" or "HTC Evo" its just the Lumia, Galaxy, and Evo. Working retail I deal with folks and phones all damned day (one of the new services I offer is loading Android ROMs,becoming quite popular here) and I can tell you nobody calls them the full name, they just call it by the model.

Comment: Re:American Exceptionalism Strikes Again (Score 1) 192

Indeed. Here's a breakdown of all the problems:

1. Hubris. US government agencies (policymakers, public health officers, and elected officials) and private healthcare providers (hospitals) assumed that a substantial driving force for the spread of Ebola in West Africa is due to their lack of a developed healthcare system. In other words, these agencies thought that Ebola could be easily contained were it to occur in the US simply by taking appropriate precautions. That, as we have seen, is incorrect: the infection of two nurses proves that once someone is sick, it takes a great deal of diligence to avoid coming into contact with their infected blood, diarrhea, and vomit. Consider how many US hospitals have a difficult time as it is controlling other infectious diseases that are typically only found in the hospital setting--MRSA, C. difficile, MDR tuberculosis, etc. This demonstrates that establishing a complete barrier is not something most hospitals are either economically or physically equipped to do. Yet officials persist in saying that "Ebola isn't really that easy to trasmit."

2. Failure to consider severity. In insurance, we consider Exposure = Frequency x Severity. Exposure represents exposure to risk. Frequency represents the probability of a loss (or in this case, we might model it as the likelihood of dying of Ebola). Severity represents the costs associated with a loss (in this case, death). The problem is that many people are focused on the minuscule frequency, but the true exposure to risk is not merely quantified by this tiny, tiny probability. Moreover, this simple model must also be expanded to consider that frequency is a time-dependent function of the number at risk and the infectivity of the disease. Epidemiologists can model this much more easily than I can, but I guarantee you that they will have to do some HEAVY revising because what we have seen of the way these recent cases have been handled, the potential for error is enormous. If Ebola gets a foothold here--and this is not a negligibly small probability--then there are going to be some serious problems controlling its spread due to the fact that Americans are a LOT more mobile. Again, we saw this with these two nurses. One got on a flight while sick.

3. Politics and messaging. I think the notion of an "Ebola czar" is absurd. Such a role does not need to exist except for the sole purpose of having someone to be the scapegoat if everything goes tits up, and that's really what this idiot is about. It's about having someone to pin the blame onto. The people talking about how this is all being blown out of proportion have a point, but their opinion is largely based on the current state of affairs--one dead man who flew in from Liberia and two nurses. We need to take into consideration that if things do not shape up in West Africa REAL FAST, and if more American health workers go there and possibly come back infected, we really could lose control here faster than you can blink an eye. We really are on a knife's edge here. I cannot overstate how precarious this situation is. That said, this is not a reason for panic: the public doesn't have any control over the situation, except to not travel to West Africa at this time. But it is definitely a reason to not buy into the messaging that we've been hearing about Ebola, because the politicians keep telling us it's not a big deal that they keep fucking up.

Comment: Re:I never ever commented on the SCO issue in any (Score 1) 186

We knew what was going on when you ran your anti-IBM campaign, sometimes even positioning yourself as arguing on behalf of our community. It was a way to lend credence to IBM and MS arguments during the SCO issue. To state otherwise is deceptive, perhaps even self-deceptive.

Florian, you would not be devoting all of this text to explaining yourself if you didn't feel the need to paint your actions in a positive light. That comes from guilt, whether you admit it to yourself or not.

Go write your app, and if you actually get to make any money with it you can give thanks, because it will happen despite what you worked for previously. Keep a low profile otherwise because your credibility is well and truly blown and you can only make things worse. And maybe someday you can really move past this part of your life. But I am not holding out much hope.

Comment: Re:Um... okay...? (Score 1) 35

by Roblimo (#48199847) Attached to: The Bogus Batoid Submarine is Wooden, not Yellow (Video)

i kan(t) read:

You know very well that Tim hits various events and videotapes whomever or whatever he considers interesting. If we were paid for running "video ads," each one would be clearly marked "ad" or "sponsored content."

Should we interview you? Know someone else we should interview? Email me with contact info. Maybe we will.

Comment: Re:Not always about the money... (Score 1) 127

by stephanruby (#48199595) Attached to: Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Nice to see breakthrough research like this coming from a single-payer healthcare system like the UK. When people start saying that the only places that can afford groundbreaking medical research are the ones where the "customers" pay a fortune, it'll be good to be able to point them to things like this.

What you're assuming is not true. Rich and upper middle class people in the UK still pay a fortune for private healthcare. Sometimes that's the only way to get around the rationed care and the impossibly long waiting lists of the UK public healthcare system.

Also and more to the point, this particular research was funded by two foundations, both of which only seem to be funded through private corporations and private individuals.

The groundbreaking research was supported by the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF) and the UK Stem Cell Foundation (UKSCF). UKSCF was set up in 2007 to speed up progress of promising stem cell research - the charity has to date contributed 2.5m. NSIF was set up by chef David Nicholls after his son Daniel was paralysed from the arms down in a swimming accident in 2003. To date the charity has given £1m to fund the research in London and a further £240,000 for the work in Poland.

Take a look at the list of corporate logos and the list of private patrons that seem to back the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF). And take a look at the web site for the UK Stem Cell Foundation (UKSCF). For that second Foundation, it's less clear who the backers are, but still I don't see anything crediting the British government for providing any of the funds.

The scientists hope to treat another 10 patients, in Poland and Britain over the coming years, although that will depend on the research receiving funding.

Also on that note, I have no doubt that those two foundations will receive an avalanche of funding after this announcement (both private and public funding). That's usually how things go. Everybody will be wanting to be part of their success. Personally, I hope that this preliminary result isn't a scam. If this result is really true and can be replicated by other institutions, then it will mean the end of paralysis for many people. And I just hope that's true.

Disclaimer: Please do not assume that I'm against the idea of national single-payer systems. I'm actually for single-payer systems, but I just don't think that the UK system is a particularly good example. My family has experienced the French single payer system, the British single payer system, in addition to the pre-Obama US healthcare system, and putting aside my critic of the pre-Obama US healthcare system, I find the French single payer system far better than the British one (although, it can be extremely expensive and wasteful as well).

Comment: Classic Samsung... (Score 4, Informative) 72

by Andy Dodd (#48198863) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

Couldn't write a proper wear levelling algorithm if their life depended on it.

First the MAG4FA/KYL00M/VYL00M data corruption bug that affected the Galaxy Nexus - https://android.googlesource.c...

Then (actually BEFORE it, Google found it during Galaxy Nexus development but Samsung kept it hush-hush - but it became a public issue much later) - the infamous Samsung Superbrick fiasco (If you fired a secure erase command at the chip, it had a chance of permanently corrupting the wear leveller data to the point where the chip's onboard controller would crash until you power cycled it any time you accessed that region of flash). - https://git.kernel.org/cgit/li...

Then pre-release 840 PRO devices suffer from the SAME DAMN BUG SAMSUNG HAD BEEN AWARE OF FOR OVER A YEAR - http://www.anandtech.com/show/... - While this only affected review devices, the fact that this was a known bug since before the release of the Galaxy Nexus (a year earlier) is inexcusable.

Then there was the Galaxy S3 "Sudden Death Syndrome" issue in late 2013... - https://github.com/omnirom/and...

Then there were a few other issues - http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/...

Now this...

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