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  1. twilyth

    SAS controllers and tape drives

    I post mainly in the WCG section of this forum but I have a general hardware question I'm hoping to get some help with. I have a 40Tb RAID array connected via USB that I'd like to backup and I'm thinking about getting a SAS controller and LTO5 tape drive. The problem is that I don't have any...
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    Most cancers caused by natural mutations

    That seems to be the message of a new and very controversial study. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/random-mutations-play-large-role-cancer-study-finds The gist of the article is that there is a strong correlation between tissues and organs that have a high rate of cell division and...
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    Eczema treated with probiotics

    The role bacteria play in human health and disease just seems to keep growing. Now it seems that eczema is the result of having too few beneficial bacteria on your skin. These different strains of Staphylococcus produce a peptide that seems to regulate the growth of Staph. Aureus - which seems...
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    Ryzen 1700 build

    This is going to be a short log. Just needed a place to post pics of the parts going into the build and the completed build. The m/b is coming today so for now this is just pics of the new components that will be going into an existing HTPC case with power supply. The completed build will be...
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    Problem with ip camera connecting over access point

    I might not be using the right terminology so let me explain the set up. I have a hard wired 8 port router with no wireless functionality. Why? Because at the time I couldn't find a wireless router with 8 ports. So to solve the wireless issue I got 2 access point boxes. They plug into a...
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    A crack in the standard model - leptoquarks

    In a nutshell, there is a rule in the std model called lepton universality which states that "all leptons should be treated equally by the weak interaction, the fundamental force responsible for radioactive decay." So if you have an interaction that creates a W boson, one of two bosons that...
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    New site rivals its neighbor, Stonehenge

    Interesting if it pans out. Full article here.
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    Problem with Kaspersky

    Has anyone else had this problem? I started getting messages from Kaspersky about certain connections being unsecured. Most were coming from various Google sites. It was saying something about the certificate transmitted for the https sites being invalid. Finally I called them about this and...
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    Take a tour of the D-Wave computer

    There are 3 parts but I don't think third has been uploaded yet. Here are 1 and 2. Original article
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    The days of Gattaca are fast approaching

    The discovery of the CRISR/CAS9 method of editing DNA has given rise a number of possible applications including repairing genetic diseases. But it can also be used to edit the DNA of sperm and egg cells as well as the cells that create them. That means genetically engineered humans, made to...
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    Humans with low back pain have vertebrae similar to chimps

    That's right monkey boy . . . ;)
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    So much for evolution - sort of . . .

    A new study seems to indicate that evolution is mainly the result of time and luck rather than being dependent primarily on environmental adaptation.
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    Paracetamol (acetaminophen) may dull emotions

    It's not clear from the article if the effect is dramatic enough for anyone else to notice since they characterize it as a "slight" decrease. But if you take this on a regular basis, you can notice your own responses and see if it seems true...
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    Is IBM looking to move into search?

    Apparently there used to be this little known search engine called Blekko. Yesterday it looks like they were acquired by IBM to be incorporated somehow with their Watson AI. Ever since Watson appeared on Jeopardy a few years ago I've been waiting for someone to use it to improve internet...
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    Tag Heuer will partner with Intel and Google to create connected watch

    There aren't any details yet as to what functions and features the watch will have but this seems to be an attempt to challenge Apple in the high-end, smart watch space. It also looks like the watch will be based on Android wear tech...
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    Does the sun use dark matter to help radiate heat?

    Normally we think of dark matter as only interacting via the force of gravity, but certain types should interact in other ways although weakly. A new model could indicate that one way the sun radiates heat is via a certain type of dark matter that we should be able to find in one of the various...
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    Head transplants could start in 2 years

    That's right - head transplants. Say you have a degenerative disease that affects most of your body or your body is riddled with cancer. The solution could be to move your head to a new body. Article
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    Kickstarter toy powered by Watson AI

    This looks incredibly cool, not to mention incredibly useful. What I want to know is when I can use something like this for internet searches. http://venturebeat.com/2015/02/23/elementals-smart-connected-toy-cognitoys-taps-ibms-watson-supercomputer-for-its-brains/
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    Network upgrade Sat. Feb. 21st

    Should start around 10PM Fri EST and go for about 8 hours but you never know what might happen and we could be down longer so it can't hurt to increase your cache if you keep less than a day's worth. https://secure.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewNewsArticle.do?articleId=421
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    The quantum world doesn't seem to care about time

    I'm not going to pretend I understand this so you'll need to read the article which does give a decent, layman accessible explanation. Here's the gist of it. The conclusion seems to be that any quantum observation seems to be a product of both past and future events. I think this is interest...
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    NASA creates the most powerful rocket ever built

    http://www.businessinsider.com/nasas-sls-launch-system-to-mars-is-most-powerful-rocket-2015-2
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    Snatching some new antibiotics

    In the continuing search for new antibiotic compounds, scientists have turned to the human microbiome and have discovered one in an unexpected place.
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    Helicopters on Mars

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/moon-mars/mars-helicopter-scout-drone-nasa The idea is to use a helicopter to scout for a rover and find the best path to avoid obstacles and find interesting samples. Since the atmosphere on Mars is so much thinner than earth, they've been testing...
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    Some e-cigarettes can increase risk of cancer by 5-15 times

    This seems to apply mainly to e-cigs that use a high voltage to vaporize the nicotine "juice." Article from NIH. emphasis added.
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