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Comment Re: Will this be unique to India? (Score 1) 289

Not bashing the ACA, but the pill popping medical culture that preceded the ACA. The ACA basically threw fuel (tax money) on that fire instead of fixing it to be more affordable.

A single-payer system, the solution to the problem you note, would have never made it through congress, unfortunately.

Comment Re:Will this be unique to India? (Score 1) 289

The U.S's continuing failure to provide affordable healthcare to a growing portion of it's population will turn our cities into breeding grounds for all manner of new and exciting infectious bacteria.

If "affordable" healthcare includes distributing antibiotics like tic-tacs to people whenever they whine about an infection, maybe we are avoiding the creation of new and exciting infectious bacteria by continuing to fail to provide access to anti-biotics...

It doesn't. It means access to the same health care providers that those insured through their workplace get.

And in any case, save your ACA-bashing for a week or two, which is when the widespread FUD attacks like yours will really come pouring out.

Comment Re:I signed the petition. (Score 5, Insightful) 268

I signed the petition. An agency of my government was breaking the public trust, lying to legislators, and breaking the law. It was Mr. Snowden's duty to report this, and it is a travesty to take away his life for defending his country against itself.

It wasn't his duty, as he was a contractor. Contractors do not swear the Oath of Service to the US Government, although all of its direct employees are required to. That difference means that he is not shielded by whistle-blower laws.

But the numerous Federal employees in the know – I agree – had a duty to report on the illegal activities, but chose not to. None of them are in exile, nor hanging from the end of a rope, nor even had a finger shaken at them. Instead, they have been protected by their organization. Not a good precedent, but look at history and you'll see that it rhymes.

Comment Re:Pardon is only the fist step. (Score 4, Insightful) 268

The guy deserves an apology.

And the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Yes, but note that Obama said, "... for the last time in my term as President ...", when honoring Joe Biden for a lifetime of public service.

I'd be happy with just a pardon for Snowden, as he deserves it, and that would allow him freedom to travel home. Withholding a pardon only prevents him from returning to the country whose citizens he was trying to protect, and forces him to remain living in a "non-ally" foreign nation.

A pardon is the only logical resolution––a lifetime of exile could alter the allegiance of any human.

Comment Re:Best News = No News (Score 1) 144

I don't use Adobe anymore, PERIOD.

I kind of have to, using the CS6 Master Suite (about 1/2 of them – the heavies). I am stuck with my current-generation Mac, and will not upgrade past OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite.

Yes, Apple bought in to this forced upgrade cycle, and is in cahoots with Adobe to make everyone migrate to renting software, which I will not do.

A program is analogous to a recipe (for a computer). It is a set of instructions == a recipe. Come to my kitchen––I'll bake you some bread. Here, it will not cost me a membership fee to use the bread recipe I bought a copy of long ago. I paid for it already, and can use it forever without further charges. I have to use my kitchen, just like any program uses my computer to execute its instructions (recipe).

Best analogy describing software "subscriptions" that I've heard. AVOID.

Comment Re:Whither privacy? (Score 1) 297

Is this how far we've fallen? No more are we concerned with violations of an individual's privacy. Now we are more concerned with the rights of the violators.

Yes, we have fallen this far – especially judging from the responses to your Comment.

There are still droolers that don't get it, and they never will. Even if they are framed – through no fault of their own – for someone else's misdeeds. Nor even if they make a sarcastic remark that is misinterpreted by MS's spies (or the NSA) as somehow law-breaking, and they end up tangled in our lovely criminal court or even penal system.

Comment Re:What? (Score 3, Informative) 297

"They "could literally view any customer's communications at any time.""

Wait. What?

It's always been that way. The deal is free email, etc. accounts for you, and in return the service provider spies on you, selling the details of your personal life to whoever it is that thinks they can profit from having or using it.

It's sold mostly to aggregators – who operate like the credit bureaus – but have few, if any, of those pesky regulations to rein them in when people apply their reports as if they were 100% accurate. You have no recourse if you find an error. Hundreds of companies have a "profile" on you. You have no means to discover who they are. . . or why you didn't get that job promotion that you were in line for. HR bought a copy of your profile from, which is rife with errors, but HR people are stupid, and will read it as truth. Perhaps someone with a similar name has a felony, or worse the report incorrectly states it.

Why Microsoft does not make their spying abundantly clear will hopefully come back to bite them in the ass.

Comment Re:Slow day on slashdot? (Score 1) 73

A memory chip is not a processor.
The *summary of* the article didn't say what the article did.
Nothing the summary says is close to what is true.

NO MEMORY UNIT WILL PERFORM CPU FUNCTIONS at less than 2 orders of magnitude worse (that's 1/100 performance/power) today.

There's no "discovery" here.

You're right. It was an ACHIEVEMENT, not a DISCOVERY.

Isn't this a 4-state memristor? Memristors can do computing, just as OR, NOR, and NOT gate circuits hard-wired can do computing. I am in the industry, but on the materials not device side, so feel free to correct me.

BTW, memristors were postulated in the 1950's. It completes the group of computing elements: resistor, capacitor, inductor, and then memristor. The last had not been demonstrated until a very few years ago.

Comment Re:please light a fire under apple's ass (Score 1) 127

The free market gives us a gift every once in a while.

Apple has supported Bluetooth keyboards (and I think even mice) on iOS for like, ever. And you can do Lightning to HDMI, or use AirPlay for the video out, if you have an AirPlay compatible Monitor/TV or an AppleTV box handy.

Yes, iPhones have supported Bluetooth input devices forever. Lightning to VGA or DVI have also been possible forever. iPhone 6 certainly. If I had the adapter ($10-15), I'd try it with my iPhone 4 or GF's 5.

Comment My iPhone 6... (Score 1) 127

iPhone 6 can already do that. Just plug in a lightning-to-VGA adapter, and you are on the monitor. Add a Bluetooth keyboard. For mousing, just use the iPhone (or a Bluetooth track-pad). Most work can be done eyes-up, even without a mouse-and-pointer. AirPrint or other can be used for printing.

You would be running iOS, but that runs Pages, Keynote, Numbers, and loads of others. Microsoft Office is available for the iPhone, but you must "subscribe" to the software. Skip that and use Apple's Pages, etc., which can File/Open and File/Save As... with no troubles. No formatting-loss or funkiness. Files are mutually stored in iCloud (or some other cloud), and thus are shared dynamically between computer and iPhone.

I don't know why Apple didn't advertise this ability more broadly. They did for iPads, but not for iPhones... Who knows why?

It's really useful for giving presentations at conferences.

Comment Re:Problem? (Score 2) 42

They swallow them, but they don't break them down, which means that when the cell dies (which it will), the material goes on a second journey and so on.

Maybe, and maybe not. Dead cells' guts leave the body through the lymph system, among other routes. I don't think that the lymph ducts have an activee endothelial layer that will lead to up-take of rods from an apoptosed cell.

It is a good question to ask, and to consider. (Any biochemists out there that can shed some light on this?)

Comment Re:What could possibly go wrong?!? (Score 4, Interesting) 42

I seem to once remember hearing another example of nanostructures finding their way into cells easily, and it didn't go well for the cell, in the longer run. I certainly hope they're doing extended life testing with this.

Most nano-particles don't transfect into cells (go actively into the cytoplasm itself). Generally, if there is cellular uptake, the nano-particles end up "in jail," trapped inside endosomes, and not actively in the cell's guts proper.

There are some materials that make for nice, rounded and non-cytotoxic nano-particles that can be functionalized and transfected into the cytoplasm. Such materials are the "Holy Grails" of drug delivery, cancer treatment, and diagnostics. I work on one of them...

Comment Re:Mundane finding (Score 2) 42

Slashdot readers are technical people but are usually trained in the computer and engineering sciences. I'm a biochemist and I've been here since the beginning but I certainly do not come here for biological quality.
I perused the paper. It is in a good journal and it looks like some good work.
Single application question: how does phagocytosis of silicon nanowires differ in any significant way from good old run of the mill asbestos?
Answer: for those dreaming of a bioelectric interface I put forward that these silicon nanowires will cause cancer.
The authors do not address this and do not provide any experiment that would overcome this hurdle.

More specifically, you mean Mesothelioma and its relatives. Most cases are caused by asbestos, but only because we used it industrially and in our homes so widely. Broadly speaking, any sub-micron particles that (1) are anisotropic (sharp), and (2) that lack bio-solubility, will cause mesothelioma. The nano-particles act like little daggers that stay in your body forever, cutting back-and-forth as you move. Scar tissue builds up around them. Breathe, or in-take enough by other means, and it will happen. They're too small for the body to recognize as foreign, and are never ejected.

[CITATION: See work on nano-diamonds, immuno-gold, or III-V nano-particles. Cells do not spit them out like they do chemo drugs. . . which is why conjugating such particles with chemo drugs is such an attractive proposition.]

The list of materials that can do this goes on and on, but many are so rare that they're not reported. Talc, carbon, silicon carbide, olivine, and any number of exotic "new" materials that fit the above two criteria––all will cause mesothelioma, or a similar condition in other tissues.

Comment Re:"Amazon be ashamed pay their workers so little" (Score 1) 433

The guy simply is unwilling to pay me what I am worth.

By definition you aren't worth that much if no one will pay it. Trust me, you have proven beelsebob's point many times over.

Doesn't the market define "worth" (or "value")? It is not an absolute value, like pi, but varies with varying circumstances.

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