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Comment Re:General overall skeptic here. (Score 1) 503

Thanks for raising these concerns.

Despite having studied physics (inverse-square law) and electrical engineering (though I wasn't the best student), I am concerned by how readily and glibly folks dismiss concerns about possible health effects of EMFs. The fact is, there's a lot we don't know about our own biology, and heating effects and ionizing radiation aren't necessarily the only possible modes by which EMFs could harm us.

This documentary, while suffering from some poor production values, presents the hypothesis of some researchers (whose CVs I have not examined) that round-the-clock EMF exposure reduces the body's natural production of melatonin, a potent anti-oxidant and regulatory hormone, since the body doesn't distinguish between visible light and RF radiation. This reduced melatonin production allegedly can lead to a reduction in the body's ability to fight cancer growth.

Time will tell but, as you say, we're performing a large-scale experiment on ourselves.

Submission + - Cloak 'anti-social' app helps you avoid your friends

MightyMait writes: Not feeling particularly social today? Wishing to avoid running into an ex or an overly-friendly acquaintance? There's an app for that

Cloak uses public location data from other social networks, Foursquare and Instagram, to determine the locations of others you know. Users can choose to receive an alert when certain people are believed to be nearby. It is the latest in the recent trend of "anti-social", or secretive, apps.

Submission + - Africa, Clooney and an unlikely space race (

MightyMait writes: Did you realize that African nations have space programs and that there is a (non-fictional) George Clooney connection? This BBC article details the history of space exploration in Africa as well as current efforts. Of course, it's natural to wonder:

To Western eyes, it may seem rather innappropriate to launch space programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 70% of the population still lives on less $2 a day. Yet Joseph Akinyede, director of the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Nigeria, an education centre affiliated with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, says that the application of space science technology and research to “basic necessities” of life – health, education, energy, food security, environmental management – is critical for the development of the continent.

Submission + - AirPlay Alternative Mirrors and Streams to TVs and PCs (

DeviceGuru writes: AirTame has developed an AirPlay-like protocol and HDMI dongle for 1080p video streaming and screen mirroring from PCs to PCs and TVs, and has substantially exceeded its $160,000 Indiegogo funding goal. AirTame streams from Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs to other PCs via apps at both ends, and to TVs via the HDMI dongle, and also offers a multicast mode for broadcasting to multiple PCs and TVs for use in classrooms or conferences. But at least initially, there won't be support for Android or iOS devices in the mix, due OS restrictions. The company says it plans to release AirTame's software, API, and protocol source code under a dual-license enabling free use with GPL-like restrictions, and paid use for commercial applications requiring proprietary modifications.

Submission + - Plex Media Server adds support for Chromecast, can playback offline content (

sfcrazy writes: One of the killer and most demanded feature of Google Chromecast was the ability to play local content.Google’s priorities were at the beginning to get more and more original content providers to its’ platform instead of turning Chromecast into a DLNA player. It’s happened. The open source media server Plex Media Server has announced support for Chomecast for Android, iOS and the Web. It's avaible for PlexPass users at the moment.

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 1) 481

You make good points, cusco. I'm not in a position to state anything authoritatively on the topic. I'm merely passing on what I had read. The article which I couldn't find had quotes, however, from medical professionals on the ground in Africa expressing their dismay with the effects of Gates' philanthropy in their own countries. I'm willing to beleive that Gates genuinely wants to help and truly believes that private systems work better than public ones, but I wouldn't doubt that he'd take the opportunity to profit as well.

Given my recent experiences with the U.S. private health care system, though, I wouldn't wish it upon anybody else.

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 1) 481

Still not the article for which I was searching, but this sums up the basic point nicely:

The 2010 Gates Foundation announcement of $1.5 billion for maternal health in developing countries over five years was welcomed, but it came heavily leveraged. Gates launched the Health in Africa Fund, through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), to establish new mechanisms to invest world health funding and national health budgets in private-sector healthcare facilities in Africa. The Gates Foundation's funding category for Global Maternal Health includes research and development in the US of technology and treatments, and also advocacy in vulnerable African nations for government policies. Since Gates believes sustainable health systems must be privately profitable, he leverages his "maternal health" funding to effectively divert investment of available in-country funds, as well as NGO funding, into private ventures that he favors, instead of into national health plans.

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