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Submission + - The World Health Organization issues a list of 12 most resistent bacteria (medicalxpress.com)

Artem Tashkinov writes: The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. WHO said the most-needed drugs are for germs that threaten hospitals, nursing homes and among patients who need ventilators or catheters. The agency said the dozen listed resistant bacteria are increasingly untreatable and can cause fatal infections; most typically strike people with weakened immune systems. At the top of WHO's list is Acinetobacter baumannii, a group of bacteria that cause a range of diseases from pneumonia to blood or wound infections. In recent years, health officials have detected a few patients resistant to colistin, the antibiotic of last resort. So far, doctors have been able to treat them with other drugs. But experts worry that the colistin-resistant bacteria will spread their properties to other bacteria already resistant to more commonly used antibiotics, creating germs that can't be killed by any known drugs.

Comment Re:They did it to themselves (Score 1) 257

You have to explain to them why a $300K tractor lasts longer than a $600 laptop?

Seriously though, consumer electronics are made as cheaply as possible. Whether it's planned obsolescence or consumer preference - that's the way it is. My assumption is that people look at a $600 bargain laptop and it seems to work just as well as the $3000 "professional" model, so they buy the cheap one, then complain when it conks out after a couple of years.

Comment it goes both ways (Score 1) 257

You, as the owner of the item, already have the right to repair it. Nobody is going to arrest you for opening it up and doing whatever you want.

The question is whether the manufacturer has the right to sell, or not sell, what they choose. That includes replacement parts and service manuals. It really is that simple.

Submission + - Stop! Do Not Use Laptop And Mobile in Mattresses, Risk of Death Stalking You (techdach.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Using a laptop or smartphone in bed is fun. We can play games or listen to music while dozing. Habits like this often do young people when idling.

Actually habit like this is not good and could pose a danger. Especially if you play laptop or smartphone while charging the battery. Charge the battery in the laptop and the mattress can cause excessive heat resulting in a fire. Even in some cases the gadget can explode.

  Laptop user error is putting his laptop in bed while in use or charging. Yet while it is operating, the bottom of the laptop heat. If you put it in the mattress, the heat can burn the sheets that have a soft surface. The same is true for smartphones.

Case of fire and death because one using a laptop or a mobile phone is often the case. The latest is a British citizen who suffered a fire in her bed. Lucky the fire was not enlarged and can be extinguished.

The proper use when using the laptop is put on a solid surface, such as a table or the floor. Better yet, if you buy a cooling fan to neutralize the heat in the bottom of the laptop.

In addition to using the cooling fan, you can also use the objects around to neutralize the heat. Like putting a laptop on the floor during use and charging. Ceramic floor surfaces are dense and tends to be cold can cool your laptop when it is being used. The same thing you can do to smartphone when charging.

Comment When is a rule not a rule? (Score 1) 119

FTFA:

But the privacy order stressed that following these standards is "voluntary" and that "providers retain the option to use whatever risk management approach best fits their needs." If there are complaints about security, the FCC would decide whether the ISP has implemented reasonable data security practices based on a few factors.

So ISPs don't have to do anything. But whatever they do, the FCC can step in and decide if it was enough - after the fact. Sounds like a half-baked regulation that should be tossed.

Submission + - Professors claim passive cooling breakthrough via plastic film (economist.com)

charlesj68 writes: An article in the Economist discusses the development of a plastic film by two professors at the University of Colorado in Boulder that provides a passive cooling effect. The film contains embedded glass beads that absorb and emit infrared in a wavelength that is not blocked by the atmosphere. Combining this with half-silvering to keep the sun from being the source of infrared absorption on the part of the beads, and you have way of pumping heat at a claimed rate of 93 watts per square meter.
Actual paper in Science: http://science.sciencemag.org/...
Original research by others in Nature: http://www.nature.com/nature/j...

Submission + - Malaysian Police: VX nerve gas killed N Korea leader's brother in airport attack (reuters.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Malaysian police have announced their finding that Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jon Un, was killed by assassins using VX nerve gas in an attack in the busy Kuala Lumpur airport. Malaysian authorities plan to decontaminate the airport and other sites visited by the attackers. Police are holding the two female attackers, one of whom was affected by the chemical agent, as well as two other men. They are seeking seven more North Koreans connected to the case. VX is the most toxic of the nerve gasses and the UN has declared it a weapon of mass destruction. The manufacture and stockpiling of more than 100 grams of VX per year is prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. It has no commercial uses. The Malaysian police are trying to discover if it was smuggled into their country, or manufactured there. The Malaysian government has recalled its ambassador to North Korea for consultation. North Korea is blaming the death of Kim Jong Nam on Malaysia. North Korea is believed to have major stockpiles of chemical weapons, and is alleged to conduct experiments on prisoners and social undesirables.

Submission + - SPAM: SNES Game Preservation Project Revived After Package Located

Xenographic writes: Byuu's SNES Game preservation project has been revived after social media attention led to the discovery of the $10,000 package of SNES games at an Atlanta, GA mail recovery center. As you may remember from Slashdot's previous coverage, byuu was working to preserve PAL format SNES games when 100 titles that were lent to him vanished in the mail. It turns out that the shipping label became separated from the package, causing it to fail to be delivered and only through special effort on the part of USPS were they able to locate the package and return it.
Link to Original Source

Submission + - The race for autonomous cars is over. Silicon Valley lost. (autoblog.com)

schwit1 writes: Up until very recently the talk in Silicon Valley was about how the tech industry was going to broom Detroit into the dustbin of history. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber — so the thinking went -were going to out run, out gun, and out innovate the automakers. Today that talk is starting to fade. There's a dawning realization that maybe there's a good reason why the traditional car companies have been around for more than a century.

Last year Apple laid off most of the engineers it hired to design its own car. Google (now Waymo) stopped talking about making its own car. And Uber, despite its sky high market valuation, is still a long, long way from ever making any money, much less making its own autonomous cars.

To paraphrase Elon Musk, Silicon Valley is learning that "Making rockets is hard, but making cars is really hard." People outside of the auto industry tend to have a shallow understanding of how complex the business really is. They think all you have to do is design a car and start making it. But most startups never make it past the concept car stage because the move to mass production proves too daunting.

Submission + - 10 y/o girl askss police for help - with her math homework. (cbsnews.com)

tomhath writes: Ten year old Lena Draper sent a message to the Marion, Ohio, Police Department’s Facebook page last week, explaining that she was having trouble with her fifth-grade math assignment.

Instead of turning her away, Draper says Marion Police Dept. Lt. B.J. Gruber, the officer who runs the page, simply responded, “Ok with what?”

Lena asked for help with two problems: (8+29)x15 and (90+27) + (29+15) x 2

Lt. Gruber got the first one right, but gave the wrong answer for the second. “Take the answer from the first parenthesis plus the answer from the second parenthesis and multiply that answer times two,” Gruber explained. “Work left to right doing the work inside the parenthesis first.”

Gruber later admitted his error, explaining that he was a history major in college.

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