Daily Archives: June 16, 2015

#FuckCancer 3-BP Fundraiser

A Sticky for this week month week, scroll down one for new posts.

See second update, below.

Hope for Chere Cancer Treatment Fund

I have no connection with this (see my FTC Disclosure page for reassurance) or any of the people involved.

I’m interested that the patient is willing to try 3-bromopyruvate. Without going into all of the scientific details (search Pubmed if you’re interested), I have reason to believe this therapy — once perfected — could offer additional longevity to people afflicted with glycolytic malignancies. As promising as limited applications have been, I still hesitate to use the word “cure” for it.

Anyone who has found this blog at all useful is encouraged to contribute to the fund. I’m very interested to see the clinical results and the sooner this has been fully funded, the sooner those results can be released for the benefit of others.

Next-day update: In the twenty-four hours since this post was published, no one has contributed. Let me put my disappointment and pissed-off-ness in perspective. Since it was published, the post Changing Chinese To English Language has been read by 3,565 people. That had to have been worth a damn dollar to each person who found it helpful. Give it up to the fund. And that’s not even the most-read post. That’s a practical one I can point to immediately of being of assistance to people. Now assist this patient in return. Give back. Thank you.

June 22, 2015 update: This fundraiser originated on this Cancer Compass board thread, which I’ve been reading since February. Today, someone in Comments here pointed out that the fundraiser isn’t accepting PayPal and that’s likely the barrier preventing most people from donating. I can understand that completely. So, today I finally registered at Cancer Compass and left a message, asking them if it was possible to add PayPal. Hours later, that post was deleted with no explanation. It’s a horrible, evil thing to create a fundraiser that doesn’t accept the most-popular method of funds transfer on the Internet. And it is an even bigger evil to delete a message that would improve the fundraiser’s chances of success. I’d like to thank those of you who have contributed to this point. At the end of this week, I will de-Stick this post. I keep it up for now so everyone can see this second update.

Previously here:

#FuckCancer: 60 Minutes
Why There Have Been So Few Posts Lately And I Must Now Vent So Stand By For Language That Will Make Your Hair Stand On End
#FuckCancer

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June 16, 2015 · 4:58 pm

I Can’t Even Give This Post An Apt Title

Huge Loss For Free Speech In Europe: Human Rights Court Says Sites Liable For User Comments

The ruling is about as bad as you can imagine. It is absolutely going to chill free expression across Europe. Things are a bit confusing because the EU Court of Justice has actually been much more concerned about issues of intermediary liability, and this ruling contradicts some of those rulings, but since the two courts are separate and not even part of the same system, it’s not clear what jurisdiction prevails. It is quite likely, however, that many will seize upon this European Court of Human Rights ruling to go after many websites that allow comments and free expression in an attempt to block it. It is going to force many sites to either shut down open comments, curtail forums or moderate them much more seriously.

For a Europe that is supposedly trying to build up a bigger internet industry, this ruling is a complete disaster, considering just how much internet innovation is based on enabling and allowing free expression.

I agree with this Comment over there:

This is just the rotten cherry on top of a huge pile of shit that has been building all over the world. We are fast approaching totalitarianism everywhere. Disguised yes but totalitarianism. You can’t have strong dissenting opinions from the established norm or you are a radical, a terrorist, an extremist. Just imagine a few key actors from the past in the environment of today. Or rather we don’t need to imagine since them too suffered from the same maladies. Still, the current environment is rapidly becoming much worse because at the same time there’s a generalized crackdown onto the open, spreading nature of the internet (that would have greatly helped such past characters) and at the same time technology and surveillance are advancing in an alarming pace. Technology per se is not an issue but the use of such technology to slash free expression and privacy that were conquered not long ago is simply terrifying.

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No China Tablet News. Miscellany.

First, some tech.

This is not good:

Keyboard vulnerability may have put millions of Samsung devices at risk

This is a dilemma for users because even if they don’t use SwiftKey as the default keyboard it can’t be uninstalled from the device and Welton says that it can still be exploited even when it’s not the default keyboard.

This sounds like the death of the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3:

Galaxy A8 pictures leaked

Specifications accompany the pictures, the Galaxy A8 is said to be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot, a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1920×1020 pixel resolution display, 16-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera, fingerprint reader in the home button, 4G LTE support and a 3,050mAh battery. It will run Android 5.1.1 straight out of the box.

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