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In New Study, HIV Prevention Pill Truvada Is 100% Effective 226

An anonymous reader writes: A study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases details the recent trial of a drug named Truvada, which researchers think might excel at preventing HIV infections (abstract). The scientists administered the drug to 657 people at high risk for contracting HIV, including users of injected drugs. At the end of the study, every single subject was still free of the virus. This is encouraging news in the fight against AIDS, though it shouldn't be taken to mean the drug is perfectly effective. Since researchers can't ethically expose people to HIV, we don't know for sure that any of the subjects were definitely saved by the drug. Other studies have also had to be stopped because it was clear subjects who were on a placebo were suffering from noticeably higher rates of infection. Leaders in the fight against AIDS say this new study closes a "critical gap" in existing research by demonstrating that Truvada can work in real-world health programs.

Comment Re:Some really dumb investors. (Score 1) 167

I haven't explored their site. I get your point, but don't undermine and undervalue the work of software professionals. It devalues the line of work, debases earning demands while distorting expectations regarding quality, duration and cost of software products.
I challenge you to recreate their homepage in about a day in whatever! There is much planning, thought and work that went into it I'm sure. Even the templates you buy for X amount schlep together in a day took more than a day to build.

As to your dumb investors comment. You are most likely right, there is plenty of eager money out there looking for investment. There are also astute investors. One potential scenario I could see is pumping/hyping Ello with intention of shorting FB.

Comment Supply meets demand (Score 1) 293

This is wrong. Yes, people have a natural greater affinity toward their own kind. However, to systematically and blatantly discriminate is illegal. The favored being a minority doesn't exempt one from discrimination based on national origin.

Supply serves a demand. I would like to see further investigation into the demand (specific corporations) this corruption meets the needs of. There is clear abuse of H1-B at the expense of the employee (the product):
  1. The qualified American worker who can't get a job or whose market value is being diluted by unqualified foreign workers who'll take much less to subsidize non-American oversea lifestyles.
  2. The qualified South Asian worker not getting a fair salary or being stereotyped as one who doesn't deserve his/her merit as an exceptional talent.

Comment Re:Tell your boss to go into brick laying (Score 1) 716

Also hit the idiot back with the same logic. "So if the company makes a loss and/or we don't get a pay raise/bonus to keep up with inflation or worse get lower salaries, you should dig into your personal assets to make up for it as you've failed in your role as a manager."

Comment Tell your boss to go into brick laying (Score 1) 716

Tell your boss to go into brick laying.

Brick layer factors that into his cost. Furthermore, building a wall is something that can be mastered, whereas, writing bug-free code when working on something new and uncharted everyday can't. You are often pushing the boundaries of human capacity to maintain that logic flawlessly.

If he wants bug-free code, he needs to put up the cash, shut his mouth and pay for the additional hours required to produce bug free code as they do in missing critical software. You want a new bug-free widget? Okay, give me 6 months and well-defined specs.

The truth of the matter is that your boss has never programmed and is clueless about what it is. He looks down at you purely as an expense nothing more. The truth is that he is too dumb to be a programmer as if he was a smart guy/gal in the first place, he'd educate himself on what/whom he is managing. Good news for you is when there is economic hardship, he will be begging for jobs whereas you, with your concrete skill set, will have opportunities.

Comment Option to turn off advertising (Score 1) 127

Where has the option to disable advertising gone?
Here's the funny thing. Out of appreciation of being given a choice, I chose to not disable. However, now that it's gone, I feel as if it's forced down my throat.
I haven't tried Beta, but I'm gonna go ahead and join the revolt simply because "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". I'm satisfied with Slashdot Classic.

Submission + - US appeals court strikes down net neutrality (msn.com)

Pigskin-Referee writes: The FCC did not have the legal authority to enact 2011 regulations requiring Internet providers to treat all traffic the same, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled.

WASHINGTON — A U.S. appeals court has struck down the government's latest effort to require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, meaning mobile carriers and other broadband providers may reach agreements for faster access to specific content crossing their networks.

The Federal Communications Commission's open Internet rules, passed in late 2010, require internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally and give consumers equal access to all lawful content, a principle known as net neutrality.

But the FCC lacked legal authority to enact the regulations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday, siding with Verizon Communications Inc that challenged the rules.

Verizon has argued the rules violated the company's right to free speech and stripped control of what its networks transmit and how.

"Even though the commission has general authority to regulate in this arena, it may not impose requirements that contravene express statutory mandates," Judge David Tatel said.

The FCC has classified broadband providers as information service providers as opposed to telecommunications service providers and that distinction created a legal hurdle for the FCC to impose the net neutrality rules.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday said the agency was considering "all available options, including those for appeal, to ensure that these networks on which the Internet depends continue to provide a free and open platform for innovation and expression, and operate in the interest of all Americans."

The FCC could appeal the ruling to the full appeals court or to the U.S. Supreme Court. Or it could attempt to rewrite the regulations to clear up its authority over broadband providers — a move urged by consumer advocacy groups.

Supporters of the rules worry that without FCC's rules, internet providers such as Verizon or Comcast Corp would be free to charge websites for faster access to their content or slow down or even block access to particular sites.

"That's just not the way the internet has worked until now," Matt Wood, policy director at public interest group Free Press, told Reuters.

But opponents say the rules inhibit investments, represent government meddling in free Internet and are not necessary to ensure open access to the Internet.

"Today's decision will not change consumers' ability to access and use the Internet as they do now," Randal Milch, Verizon's general counsel and executive vice president for public policy, said in a statement.

"Verizon has been and remains committed to the open Internet which provides consumers with competitive choices and unblocked access to lawful websites and content when, where, and how they want. This will not change in light of the court's decision," Milch said.

Similarly, the Broadband for America coalition representing various internet service providers and CTIA, the wireless industry association, pledged commitments to an open Internet.

Major content providers Netflix Inc and Google Inc who may face new hurdle referred inquiries to the Internet Association representing them.

"The Internet Association supports enforceable rules that ensure an open Internet, free from government control or discriminatory, anticompetitive actions by gatekeepers," the group's President and CEO Michael Beckerman said.

Facing strong resistance from Republicans, Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday pledged to help FCC redraft its rules to regain authority over broadband providers.

Submission + - Federal Court kills Net Neutrality, says FCC lacks authority. (gizmodo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to a report from Gizmodo, a US Appeals Court has invalidated the FCC's Net Neutrality rules. From the decision: "Given that the Commission has chosen to classify broadband providers in a manner that exempts them from treatment as common carriers, the Communications Act expressly prohibits the Commission from nonetheless regulating them as such. Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order."

Could this be the final nail in the coffin for Net Neutrality? Or will the FCC fight back? This submitter really, really hopes they fight back...

Submission + - Net Neutrality struck down by Court (gigaom.com) 1

Bobfrankly1 writes: An appeals court stuck down the FCC's net neutrality rules basing their decision on the FCC's choice of classification of broadband carriers stating: "Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order."

Comment I'm fing fed up by American exceptionalism... (Score 4, Insightful) 215

I'm going to catch the wrath of my fellow flag-wrapped, self-professed "patriotic" American countrymen, but I'm fucking fed up and feel the need to speak up.
This sick propaganda starts with the media. Fuck reading a story's contents, you give me the color/race, ethnicity, religion, sexual-orientation, wealth/affluence, partisanship of the story (domestic and international), I'll tell you exactly what the reactions of my countrymen will be regardless of the facts. This post-colonial imperialism is sickening and runs through the veins of our society from top to bottom. It creates double standards, domestically and internationally.
China and its Ministry of Agriculture rejects unapproved goods just like our FDA would. How dare they expect the same as us? Let the smear campaign begin! China executes Uyghur Muslims, all of a sudden China is the best. Why? Because in our hierarchical caste system, China seems ranks higher than Muslims. This is the reality, a single stamp on your forehead of an identity defines one entirely and groups you with a stereotype irrelevant of the facts. And if you think that people are willingly going to accept second-class treatment, you are tripping, keep investing in the military as this is the only way.
This is exactly why:
  • we are bending over and taking it as our gov't sells out its citizen's right to privacy
  • some rich white kid gets off with "affluenza"
  • Zimmerman, had irrational support cult-like following
  • Snowden, a true patriot, is on the run from his own gov't
  • we have murdered, YES MURDERED, hundreds of thousands of people in many wars
  • Discriminatory anti-Muslim rhetoric is flowing openly. Sikhs are targeted as Muslims, we condemn the acts afterwards because "they aren't even Muslims"
  • ...

These double standards and injustices go on BECAUSE you permit it to happen. I'm the fucking patriot here, you are just a mindless sheep falling in line, fuck you!

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