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Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 2, Insightful) 704

This is exactly the same sort of thing that started the Watergate scandal: breaking into the DNC looking for dirt. This is theft, pure and simple. The fact that it may be a foreign government attempting to influence our elections by using illegally obtained information just might be a bit concerning. So yeah, you should care how they got out.

Comment Re:proof (Score 1) 128

not exactly too far away from Fukushima

Makes me wonder if the recent earthquakes put their aim off, possibly requiring recalibration at the sending end. I know this happens to radars after large quakes.

Pre-print here. They used data from the first two runs (Jan-Jun 2010 and Nov 2010-Mar 2011). I can guess why Run 2 ended when it did. The speculation about earthquakes and Fukushima contamination are unfounded.


Submission + - Cellular Phone Use Won't Give You Cancer (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: A study conducted by the UK's Manchester University has found that radio frequencies used by cellular phones do not appear to increase the risk of developing brain cancers by any significant amount.

But having your cell-phone constantly clamped to your ear might make an existing tumour grow faster which is why previous studies have been skewed

Comment Re:Media (Score 1) 241

I don't know if you realize this, but the prostate is extremely easy, if a bit uncomfortable, to access. A lot easier than, say, your pancreas.

Seriously, the doctor checks it with a finger, do you really think it's not near an accessible surface?

Also, this sounds like it could be much, much more targeted, and therefore safer for the patient, than current techniques.

Yes, the prostate is easy to access from the rectum, but that does not make it a good idea to shove a linear accelerator up a guy's ass. Apart from the discoftort caused by the insertion, you'd also burn a large hole in his rectum and cause your patient to need a colostomy bag for the rest of his life. Good work!

Comment Re:Media (Score 1) 241

Gah. Even worse, the article quotes the physicist talking out his ass about cancer therapy:

“Already, radiation for cancer does something like this but uses a different principal. And it can only shrink tumors near the surface of the skin. But in our case, CPAs may be able to reach a bit deeper.”

Ummmm...no. Not even close. Radiation therapy can "shrink tumors" anywhere in the body, not just near the surface of the skin. Unless he thinks the prostate is near the skin surface. I don't know how much "deeper" he plans on going.

Comment Re:Anti-reform? Bias much? (Score 2, Informative) 23

If anyone can tell me what's in THIS plan, I'll give them a cookie.

Right now, I don't know what the hell we're all arguing about. I work in the healthcare field (I can tell you some stories about how absolutely monstrous the insurance companies are), have been paying close attention to this "debate", and I don't know what THIS plan or THAT plan contains. There's been some talk about a public option (which I hear is tantamount to replacing Congress with the Politburo) that's in some versions of the bill and not in others. And apparently a modest proposal to kill all the old people and Stephen Hawking. But other than that, it's all a big blur.

So please enlighten us on what sort of meaningful reforms the Republicans have proposed. Other than their courageous stance against eugenics.
The Media

Submission + - PBS Just Gave You...Everything (pbs.org)

D Ninja writes: In a recent blog post, Verne Gay points out that PBS has launched its own video portal featuring thousands of hours of television shows. This includes full seasons of Antiques Road Show, Frontline, and many others. From his post:

Unlike the commercial networks which, in most cases, simply put up certain episodes or certain programs, PBS will be putting up complete seasons of almost all programs. Ultimately, thousands of hours of PBS video will be included — extensive archives & back-catalog, content from PBS broadcast TV spanning all its genres, as well as from local PBS stations, feature-length films and documentaries, live events and performances, exclusive web-only content, and more.


Submission + - Nanoparticles direct scorpion venom to cure tumors (ksl.com)

Death Metal writes: "Now, the poison of the scorpion is back; this time, with a partner that could make it even more effective in killing brain tumors.

But scientists at the University of Washington have now found if you combine the scorpion molecule with nanoparticles, you cut the spread of cancer cells not by a mere 45 percent but by 98 percent.

Jensen said, "If they can get better delivery and get more efficacy of the delivery of the drug, then a new clinical trial, I'm sure, would be the next step after that.""


Submission + - Biden Promises 'Right Person' as Copyright Czar

Hugh Pickens writes: "Vice President Joe Biden lauded Hollywood at a gala dinner in Washington, assailed movie piracy, and promised film executives that the Obama administration would pick "the right person" as its copyright czar. Biden warned of the harms of piracy at the private event organized by the Motion Picture Association of America in the sumptuous, newly renovated Great Hall of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. "It's pure theft, stolen from the artists and quite frankly from the American people as consequence of loss of jobs and as a consequence of loss of income," Biden said, according to a White House pool report. Biden addressed President Obama's forthcoming decision about who will be named the intellectual-property enforcement coordinator, better known as the copyright czar. Under a law approved by the U.S. Congress last October, Obama is required to appoint someone to coordinate the administration's IP enforcement efforts and prepare annual reports. Copyright industry lobbyists sent a letter to the president asking him to pick someone sympathetic to their concerns, while groups that would curb copyright law sent their own letter (pdf) urging the opposite approach. We "will find the right person for intellectual property czar," Biden said."

Submission + - Should network cables be replaced? 1

Jyms writes: As technology changes, so hubs routers and switches are upgraded, but does the cabling need replacing, and if so, how often? Coax gave way to CAT 5 and CAT 5e replaced that. If you are running a 100Mbit/s network on old CAT 5, can that affect performance? Do CAT 5(e) cables get old?

Comment Re:So,no more DRM (Score 1) 1079

William the Conqueror spoke French, as did most of the Kings of England in the Middle Ages, when they weren't busy dying of dysentery. Richard the Lionhearted, that exemplar of the English Monarchy, spoke only French and spent approximately 20 minutes on English soil in his entire life.

What this has to do with DRM, I don't know. But the fact that we went from there to here says something. What that something is? Again, I don't know. Athesimo bless the internets!

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