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Comment Re:I'm all over this (Score 1) 119

So you're saying you don't even want to watch the film, you just want to be able to talk about it later (but only in the next few days)? The problem with that idea is that it only works if you surround yourself with other keep-up-with-the-Joneses types who insist on watching the latest blockbuster as soon as it comes out and have limited other conversational topics.

Comment Re:Loss of control (Score 1) 128

The issue here is that the producers of unsavoury content are being supported by income provided by the advertisers.

They probably don't really care about that either. What they care about is not being associated in the public mind with such socially unacceptable content, and as a plus by pulling their advertising dollars they can gain free advertisement from the news stories about pulling their ads.

Comment Re:350 Hectares? (Score 1) 65

I would think even the Russians (who generally have decent engineering) would have rigged an EXPLOSIVES DUMP so it would not just ... explode. The US facilities I've seen (from a distance) have numerous design features to prevent that very thing since military explosives do have the tendency to .... explode.

Concrete separators, buried shelters, operational management to keep things separated. Pretty low tech stuff.

Aside from being an earth shattering kaboom it's a giant WTF.

Comment Re:I'm all over this (Score 1) 119

I don't get it. Given the choice between paying $30 now, or $1-3 in a few months once it's out on rental / streaming services, you'd pick the former? I can't think of a single film in the last decade that I've wanted to see so much that I'd pay an order of magnitude more to see it now. Plus there's a reasonable sized backlog of things that I want to watch, so even if I watch them in release order they're all available to rent cheaply by the time I get around to them.

Comment Re:Open Source is Evil (Score 1) 119

We are trying to do to movies what we did to software with open source. Reduce its value so much that the people working in the industry struggle to survive

Huh? That's not what open source did at all. It shifted the value from copying software to creating software. People are still paid to write open source software, it's just that now most of them are paid by companies who want the features added (or the bugs fixed) directly, rather than by some middlemen that want to charge per copy.

Comment Re: Why Not On Release Day And For A Regular Price (Score 1) 119

Eventually the movie industry will learn that the damage that it's doing to itself trying to prevent piracy is significantly greater than the damage that piracy is doing to it. It took Apple taking control over a very lucrative slice of the distribution market before the music industry learned that DRM does little to prevent piracy, but does a lot to create distribution monopolies outside of their control. I wonder how long it will be for someone like Amazon or Netflix to grab a sufficiently large slice of the distribution market that they realise that allowing DRM-free downloads from multiple other sources is the only way to regain their bargaining power.

Comment Re:sell movie theatre stock now (Score 1) 119

Except it's not competing with going to the cinema, it's competing with watching the same film a couple of months at home later for a tenth of that price. The problem for the movie industry is that they're entirely focussed around first-week profits (to the extent that they set up contracts with cinemas such that they get almost all of the takings from the first week and close to none after a couple of weeks). This means that they have to spend a huge amount of money on advertising to try to get everyone to watch the film at the same time and don't get to take advantage of slower word-of-mouth (or online) recommendations. The advent of decent-quality home cinema systems means that a lot more people are watching films a few months after they came out in the cinemas, which causes problems for the studios' business model.

Comment Re:Misleading and false (Score 1) 119

Exactly. It's interesting research, but it hits diminishing returns very quickly. Cheap solar panels have gone from 8% to 16% efficiency in a few years. That's a huge win, because you get double the power output for the same investment. Getting up to 32% for the same cost will be a similar win, but that's a long way away.

Comment Re: please use a password manager.... (Score 1) 123

Doesn't even require Safari - there's a password assistant built into the OS, even though it's not exposed as an application.

For those wanting more than a vague hint: it's in the Keychain Access app. The New Password Item menu item brings up a dialog box that lets you generate a password matching various criteria.

Comment Re:Proof (Score 2) 402

That she demands proof is equivalent to others demanding proof that we do not live in a simulation.

No, it's not. It's the responsibility of the person who proposes a hypothesis to provide evidence for it, or a path to find such evidence (i.e. specific predictions of what we'd see if the hypothesis were true). It is, in fact, impossible to prove a negative, so asking people who say we're probably not in a simulation for evidence is literally asking for the impossible: it is always possible to say "well, the simulation must just be slightly better than any of our observations!" In science, we therefore accept the null hypothesis (in this case, not a simulation) until someone can provide some compelling reason (for e.g. anything even remotely resembling evidence) to show that the alternative hypothesis.

Currently there is zero scientific reason to believe we live in a simulation. None, nadda, nothing. Personally, I don't think there ever will be, and I don't think I've ever even heard a decent, serious proposal of what such evidence would look like, to the point where I'm reasonably sure the "universe is a simulation" cannot be considered a scientific theory at all, because it is neither provable nor falsifiable.

Comment Re:But which kind of stroke? Too thin or too thick (Score 1) 41

Basic indications for thrombolysis (clot busting) in presumed stroke.

- Persons of a certain age (typically over 18, pediatric strokes have not been studied well and typically are due to a bleed from a congenital malformation)
- There are blood pressure ranges over which it's felt that punching holes in the brain is too dangerous
- There are certain medications (other drugs that work on the blood clotting system) that, when mixed with the clot buster make it too dangerous
- You have to have a major stroke - the procedure doesn't work all that well and a bunch of complicated statistics and people yelling back and forth have made a guess with the benefit outweighs the risk.
- TIME IS IMPORTANT - this is one of the big deals. Stroke is being popularized as a 'brain attack' (which sounds too Zombieish to me). That's a bit of overkill but the longer the symptoms have gone on, the less likely that busting up the clot is going to work. THIS IS WHERE THE SPIDER VENOM may come in - by protecting the brain while you do something (or not). Would presumably work in ischemic (formed by a blood clot) or hemorrhagic (formed by a bleeding blood vessel) kind of stroke.
- You should get permission. Thrombolysis could make things better - or kill you. The improvement rate is only 25-40% (something less than thrombolysis for heart attacks). The big downside is that you convert an ischemic stroke into a thrombolytic stroke. Since blood in the brain can't leak out anywhere, you have to drill a hole in the brain which typically requires the presence of a neurosurgeon. Lots of places don't have neurosurgeons just wandering around. Yes, we've been trained in emergent craniotomy. I have this neat stainless steel drill that looks for all the world like an old carpenter drill but you don't want me to get it out of it's case. Very, very last ditch.

IF - and a big if - this pans out it could make stroke treatment much easier and more useful. It could also be used in any sort of insult to the neurologic system (trauma, etc.).. Cryosleep anyone?

But it's a big if...

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