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Submission + - Scientists Believe They Finally Have The Cure For The Common Cold

schwit1 writes: As winter sets in it's just a matter of time before the inevitable cold gets you and turns you into a snotty, bunged up wreck.

Unless you're elderly or a baby, the common cold is by no means life-threatening. But it's very annoying and, worse still, you get no sympathy, just people backing away in case they catch it.

However, after decades of research, the fabled cure for the common cold could be on its way in the form of a nasal spray called SynGEM, which is the brainchild of a Dutch biotechnology company.

After successful tests on mice and rats (yes, they get colds too), 36 human volunteers at London's Imperial College are now trying out the spray, which is hoped to kill off a cold before you've even had time to buy that family pack of tissues.

Comment Re:Civil engineers suck (Score 1) 280

calling programmers "engineers" is a complete farce because compared to actual engineering, all coding is "cowboy coding."

Be fair. We never said they were good engineers. I've always felt that calling it "Computer Science" was a stretch... even the theoretical parts of software development are really applied mathematics. What software architects are actually doing looks a lot like engineering... they're building (virtual) components, and fitting them together to build a virtual machine to accomplish some goal. It's just that we don't know how to reliably measure the quality of any given piece of code. So it could have the sophistication and grace of two Volkswagens duct taped together at a 90 degreee angle, but it still somehow works most of the time if you're lucky.

Anyways, my point: shitty engineering is still engineering.

Comment Re:Fairly low endurance numbers (Score 1) 108

Let's see... 3 GB/sec with a maximum of 100 TB of writing works out to... 9.25 hours of continuous writing. So, don't use it as a RAM drive. Or with Windows Vista. I wonder how long it would last continuously compiling software? In fact, I'd be tempted to artificially restrict the write speed so that some write-happy process doesn't bork my drive after a few hours. I could write a 6-line program that needs no admin privileges and could destroy such a drive overnight.

Comment Re:Even in Europe this is Wrong (Score 1) 711

Thanks! So if I observe the photon before it goes through the stencil, it won't have the stencil pattern because it ran into my observation tools instead. The difference between having a pattern and no pattern is in space, not in time. That is, the position where I measured the photon's contents.

But what if I create the photon, and the stencil is not quite in position to intercept the photon, and is very far away? In the millisecond it takes for the photon to travel the distance between them, I move the stencil into place and the photon passes through it. If I understand correctly, the photon will still be generated having the stencil pattern inside it, since no one has observed it between its generation and encounter with the stencil?

Comment Re:Even in Europe this is Wrong (Score 1) 711

Also a meaningless term for a photon, as a photon's life span is instantaneous or infinite, never anything in-between. Any "while" only affects the surroundings, not the photon itself.

I am trying to understand, but could use some help. I understand that a single photon can contain a 2D image after passing though a very small stencil. link But that would imply a time when the photon was not shaped by the stencil, and a later time when it was. Are you saying the photon was initially shaped like the stencil when it was generated, even though it hasn't passed through the stencil yet?

Comment Re:No Linux support? (Score 5, Funny) 243

Yeah. It's getting kind of ridiculous.

Smithers: Do you know where I can buy some, uh... spyware?

Shopkeeper: SPYWARE?! Everything is spyware! Operating system made of spyware! Browser made of spyware! Look! All computer made of spyware!

Smithers: (picks up a graphics driver) I'd like to buy this.

Shopkeeper: Only Bitcoin! (whispers) American money is made of spyware.

Submission + - Israeli scientists see breakthrough in AIDS cure (

Okian Warrior writes: HIV and AIDS patients may find new hope in a drug developed at Hebrew University in Jerusalem which is currently being tested at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.

The drug was inserted into test tubes containing the blood of ten AIDS patients currently being treated at the hospital, and was found to decrease the HIV virus count in the blood samples by as much as 97 percent in just eight days.

Comment Re:Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 1) 259

Interesting. On the same path, I once heard a quote something like this: "It costs you nothing to be friendly when your friendship isn't worth anything." I've often wondered if people would tend to become friendlier if you convinced them they were worse off than their peers, because in a friendship they'd have more to gain and little to lose.

Submission + - Carriers to Implement Do Not Originate List to Defeat Robocalls

Trailrunner7 writes: An industry led strike force is preparing to take away one of the most valuable pieces of technology used by phone scammers: caller ID spoofing.

The Robocall Strike Force, convened by the FCC and comprising wired and wireline telecom companies, has been working since August on a handful of new technologies, standards, and other techniques to help address the robocall problem. On Wednesday, members of the strike force delivered their report to the FCC and said that a trial of a new Do Not Originate list has shown tremendous promise in preventing scammers from being able to spoof numbers belonging to government agencies, charities, and other legitimate organizations.

A trial of the DNO list that’s been running for the last few weeks on some IRS numbers has resulted in a 90 percent drop in the volume of IRS scam calls, officials from AT&T, which leads the strike force, said during the FCC meeting Wednesday. The carriers on the strike force, which include Sprint, Verizon, and many others, plan to continue testing the DNO list in the coming months, with the intent to fully implement it some time next year.

Submission + - At the World's First Cybathlon, Proud Cyborg Athletes Raced for the Gold (

the_newsbeagle writes: In a stadium in Zurich last Saturday, a new athletic competition showcased the possibilities when machine and muscle work in tandem. The Cybathlon, billed as the world's first cyborg Olympics, starred paraplegic people racing in robotic exoskeleton suits and amputees completing race courses with motorized prosthetic limbs. While the competitors struggled with mundane tasks like climbing stairs, those exertions underlined the point:

"Like the XPrize Foundation, the Cybathlon’s organizers wanted to harness the motivating power of competition to spur technology development. By filling the races with everyday activities, they hoped to encourage inventors to make devices that can eventually provide winning moves beyond the arena."

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