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Comment Re:Peer review (Score 2) 707

That's hilarious. "Dr. Frederick Klenner wrote 27 papers from the 1940 through 1970 documenting his use of vitamin C (sodium ascorbate) to treat all manner of conditions including shock, viral infections, bacterial infections, and burns." I don't need to read the papers to know that's bollocks. Shock is an emergency medical condition where the blood pressure is insufficient to support vital functions, and without treatment leads to death. No amount of vitamin C will restore the circulating blood pressure/volume whatever the cause - unless you were to give it intravenously in large amounts of water, in which case it would be the water that would be the treatment for volume expansion. Same for burns - the loss of fluid from burns causes shock, and has the same outcome.

Comment Re:All Jokes Aside... Still No. (Score 1) 250

I'm not shocked at all. This is just an automated form of hand-optimisation. Plenty of products and algorithms end up in regular use that have been tweaked intuitively (or algorithmically) without really understanding why the tweaking improved it. Plenty of engineering research is about providing models for existing systems to understand why best in class designs work the best. If we held back empirically proven designs until the theory was completely understood we'd never progress with anything.

Comment Re:Drop? (Score 1) 142

I think you're failing to appreciate that the video is massively sped up. What you describe as 'suddenly' does indeed look like a cut edit, but was probably a fairly slow upwards movement of the arm as it regained equilibrium after the drop fell. Watch the clock to see.

Comment Re:What? (Score 4, Insightful) 125

No. When you login, your session cookie should have an ID unique to that browser session. When you logout, it should cancel that ID at the server side, so even if the cookie persists it would be invalid. It seems like many websites are implementing this functionality by just deleting the session cookie when you logout. That's a problem.

Comment Re:Not so Invulnerable now, huh...? (Score 1) 173

I've been using computers of various kinds since the mid-80s, including Windows from 2.0 up to 8, Atari, Amiga, various Linux distros and most recently Mac OSX. I wouldn't dream of putting a Windows box into production without antivirus software. I've seen serious virus outbreaks on all of the platforms I've used, apart from Linux and OSX. I've never had active (continuous scanning / file protection) antivirus on Linux or OSX and I've never seen a virus infection. In all my years of supporting friends and family and various corporate systems, I've never had to clean off an infected OSX or Linux box. It's just never happened. So maybe I'm deluded or pretentious, but I'll install active antivirus on my Mac once I've seen a single example of a serious infection in the wild. Until then, I'll keep Clam on standby.

Comment Re:Not so Invulnerable now, huh...? (Score 1) 173

So, essentially, you're tickboxing the installation of antivirus software. I'd install ClamXav and tick that box, if it was me. Macs aren't necessarily totally invulnerable, but I've never had active antivirus on my Mac, and I've taken it all over the world and used all sorts of dodgy free WiFi, and never had an issue. The only thing I do is a scan of removable media using Clam if I think it's come from someone who's unlikely to have protection on their Windows box. I put my 3G dongle on my parents' XP laptop (never previously connected to the Internet) and it was infected before I'd had time to download a free antivirus (I forgot that there's a huge difference between being behind a NAT router and plugging in a broadband dongle). Admittedly that was XP, Windows 7 is a lot better, but it is orders of magnitude more likely for unprotected Windows boxes to get infected compared to OSX - and far more likely for infections to spread across corporate networks from Windows boxes.

Comment Apple Airport (Score 4, Insightful) 241

This may not be a popular opinion, but I'm a big fan of Apple Airport gear. They generally support the latest/fastest standards quite quickly, are easy to configure, have built-in PSUs rather than wall warts, and I've generally found their range to be better than average for consumer WiFi kit. Other than that latest models (which look ridiculous) they're generally neat and look OK in the living room. I've had one Airport Express die on me after 2 years of use, and that was already second hand when I bought it and spent its life behind a pile of hot hifi gear as an Airtunes sink.

Comment Re:What I fail to believe (Score 1) 186

The 'text mode DOS crap' is probably a proprietary pathology lab system, and it's likely not DOS at all but a unix running over telnet. Old but super fast and efficient, and not easy to upgrade without replacing expensive lab gear that interfaces with it well. You may also be seeing EMIS, or similar, a GP health informatics system that's again super-fast and reliable. There is an upgrade path to a Windows clients and more modern backend but most areas are following a phased rollout. As for path results - GPs can phone and get the results within 24-48hr, but it's not practical to do for every patient.

Comment Re:hmm...doctors just don't worfk as hard (Score 5, Informative) 107

No, because the point is that the false positive results lead to more invasive tests (which in themselves may do harm), over-interpretation of other physical signs, worry etc.. The parallel with terrorism is that people end up on no-fly lists, get invasively searched and questioned, might get turned down for jobs or credit etc.. The uselessness of screening tests for low prevalence diseases is well known in the medical world, which is why tests need to be targeted to a high-risk population to have any value.

Comment Re: It gets worse (Score 1) 165

This is the nub of the problem. Drilling down through the bullshit, Windows 8 seems to be the archetype of what Ballmer has in mind... and it sucks. Apple have been criticised for making OSX too like iOS but in reality most of the changes can be ignored, the only thing that really confuses people is reversing the mouse wheel scroll (which can be reverted easily). The whole 'magic corners' thing on Win 8 is stoopid, particularly when Win 7 is such a great OS (and I say that as a card- and iPhone-carrying Apple Fanboi).

Microsoft's main competitor is themselves, and their best strategy right now would be pushing and incentivising the replacement of XP with Win 7 in the corporate environment to drive sales of updated Office and server software.

Comment Re:why does your phone need software running on yo (Score 2) 519

I've used various iDevices for years, including all models of iPhone bar the 5, iPods and iPads. None of them sync by replacing the entire contents of the device. All of them will sync a single file. None of them will break Windows' features relating to third-party cameras and USB sticks. You either have a seriously messed up Windows installation, or iDevice, or probably both - or you're just deluded.

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