* Posts by boltar

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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Re: As much as an MS fanboi that i am,

"Not to mention it will ultimately be cracked...."

Since SMM in some intel chips has been cracked and SMM can do whatever it damn well pleases and not even a hypervisor can stop it - this is all just playing to the crowds. The real reason obviously is MS wanting you to have to get their permission to run programs on their OS by requiring them to be signed. This facility might be "optional" for now, but I bet it won't stay that way.

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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Re: "but I did a chemistry degree so I have a pretty good idea"

"I think therein lies your problem. Chemistry is at bottom the science of the behaviour of electrons that orbit atoms. It isn't really concerned with the more metaphysical questions that arise in fundamental physics."

One minute you're talking about the scientific method, next your handwaving about metaphysics. Goalposts moved, much? Oh, and if you're going to try and be patronising - try harder.

"based on a set of axioms which we are having trouble pushing down to a deeper level of explanation"

Which again is paraphrasing my point. For someone who claims to be so smart you do seem to have an awful lot of trouble understanding simple statements.

I imagine you have to be very careful walking down stairs in case you trip over that massive ego you're clearly carrying in front of you.

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Re: Does there have to be a reason for it?

"I don't think you quite understand what science does and how it works"

Thanks for the assessment, but I did a chemistry degree so I have a pretty good idea.

"Of course at one level of explanation we don't know why we live in a quantised universe"

Which is just paraphrasing my point really. Quantum phenomena have to be accepted as just-is. There is currently no explanation for why or how they occur.

"Therefore, suggesting that physicists simply handwave and say "quantum" when anything unexpected happens is just nonsense."

In the context of Causes of the Big Bang theories, handwaving speculation and chucking around the word "quantum" is exactly what happens.

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Re: Does there have to be a reason for it?

"it will show you just how wrong you are."

Quantum theory explains WHAT can happen. It does not explain HOW.

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Re: Does there have to be a reason for it?

"The very early universe went through an "inflationary" phase, when everything was smoothed out: the geometry, and the distribution of photons and other particles."

Since the theory of inflation isn't looking as sure these days as it once was, using as a predictor perhaps isn't the best approach.

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Re: Does there have to be a reason for it?

Seems to me "quantum" is just a physics code word for "something happened but we have no idea how".

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Does there have to be a reason for it?

Can't it just be the random outcome of the Big Bang? I don't understand why cosmologists assume that everything must have been smooth and even at the moment of the Big Bang. Since we don't even know what caused the BB that assumption is based on guesswork, not physics.

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Segway bought by former patent spat adversary Ninebot

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The segway always was a solution looking for a problem

A lot of computing power utilitised to balance an unstable device for .... what reason? What can it do that other wheeled transport that don't require all the gyroscopes can't?

I know - instead of having the wheels side by side how about putting them one in front of the other? Then drive one of them using pedals and a chain. Its a crazy idea but might just work!

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Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

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Re: I don't understand the "false security" argument ...

"So, we multiple levels of security not two, and all that is really being proposed is removing the weakest tier."

I think you're missing the whole point of security. HTTP isn't the weakest tier, it isn't a tier to start with. Its efficient and perfectly suited to public web pages that have no need to be encrypted. Use security when its required , otherwise you'll get complacency which will probably create more problems than you solve.

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If I'm not sending private details..

... why do I need to use HTTPS? Its just a waste of electricity and CPU time. If a web page is publicly available to anyone there is zero reason to encrypt it.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Re: “Goto statement considred harmful”

"He was basically just saying that ... GOTOs complicate the programmer's task by obscuring the logical structure of a program."

And I'm afraid for a lot of instances he was just plain wrong.

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Re: "soi-disant"?

"The vast majority of Java runs on servers, where “write once, run anywhere” is in fact true"

Sure, as long as every server has the correct JVM version, jar files and you don't try and do anything OS specific or use OS specific paths it'll all work just dandy.

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Re: “Goto statement considred harmful”

"As a way of counteracting the languages lack of exceptions it's an occasionally acceptable workaround."

So if a goto is called "goto" its bad, but if its called "throw" its great? Clearly you're one of the many coders out there who doesn't really understand what exceptions are and why they're called Exceptions - ie for exceptional circumstances. Not for use every 3rd loop as some people seem to believe. And as gotos with some stack & object control thrown in and the ability to jump back up the call stack for an unknown distance until a catch is found or even cause your program to abort unexpectedly, I would actually counter that exceptions have even greater potential for chaos than your standard goto. About the only thing you can do with a goto that you can't do with an exception is jump backwards in a function.

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Re: No banking if Java didn't exist

"If that means a man has to be employed,"

Spencer Kelly from Click would be a good choice. He's a good presenter and has a comp sci degree from cambridge.

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Re: Perl ftw!

"bits of the Internet "

ITYM bits of the web. I doubt perl gets used much in router code or TCP stacks or ssh servers for example. Internet > web.

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Re: Perl ftw!

"perl was the mortar that helds the bricks together."

Not really. More like the quick nailed up plank of wood to stop stuff falling down until the wall could be rebuilt with proper materials. Perls time is gone, disappeared in a punctuation explosion of its own making. For scripting its Python these days I'm afraid and back end web is a whole host of different tech now.

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Re: Those who can, do, those who can't, write about it...

I actually quite like Java as a language (for the record I'm a C++ dev) with a few provisos here and there though all languages have their bad points. The main issue I have with Java is the ridiculous amount of libraries and the API size that comes with them. Whether its the endless variations on containers (just how many types of key-value map do you need??) or umpteen different ways to access a DB or this weeks GUI API (JavaFX isn't it?), the whole thing just gave me a headache and is the reason I steered away from Java and remained with C++ which while certainly being far from perfect, once you know an OS API (posix for unix or win32 for windows) the STL and a bit of Boost and/or C++ 2011 you're pretty much sorted.

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Scummy transients FOUND ON MARS by NASA rover

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"Its also a good herbicide, so forget any thoughts of plant-like life"

I think any thoughts of plant like life on mars were pretty much dispelled when the first probes did a flyby back in the 60s.

Anyway, just because a chemical is poisonous to earth life doesn't mean it'll be poisonous to alien life. In fact any alien life evolving in a perchlorate saturated enviroment would probably end up using them in their biology and would find earth soil at best pretty useless and at worst toxic in return.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: White pylon

"erected at the behest of civil servants and politicians spending other people's money."

For once don't blame the politicians. These absurd situation has resulted from endless eco-mentalist pressure groups pushing renewables and causing endless trouble whenever nuclear is put on the table. If any government even attempted to build a nuclear plant at a new site the rent a crowd would immediately descend and cause chaos and meanwhile the suited mentalists would be throwing every legal obstacle and nimby found under a rock at it that they could find.

The end result - you end up with the situation in germany where despite an EU pledge to reduce carbon emissions the idiots there are closing their nuclear plants and opening coal & gas fired plants because their grand renewables schemes won't keep the lights on on their own. Well who knew?

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Re: White pylon

"Cool. And even better, we can just let the kids worry about the decommissioning and clean up, somewhere down the line. "

If we keep burning fossil fuels because renewables arn't up to the job then the kids will have more urgent things to worry about than a few hundred tons of nuclear waste which could happily fit in a few railway wagons.

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Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

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Re: So....

"You are basically arguing that the act of wearing a mask in public shows direct criminal intent; tell that to the gaggle of kids outside my door at Halloween wearing various spooky costumes, "

So you don't think circumstances make a difference? Is the guy holding shotgun at a bank teller no different to the clay pigeon shooter? Don't be a twat.

" wearing a mask in public does not make you a criminal,"

No, but wearing a mask in public at a demonstration is probably a good indication you might have intent to do something wrong or you don't want to police to know its you there. Why would someone who has nothing to hide bother?

As for nothing to hide, nothing to fear which you love to keep quoting - that applies to private spaces , NOT public.

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Re: So....

"Your actual copy/pasted quote there is essentially paraphrasing "If you have nothing to fear, then you have no reason to hide""

No it isn't actually. It means if you have no intention of causing trouble then you have no reason to cover up. Why would they be fearful unless they knew they were going to do something wrong?

"Naïveté would be in thinking that everyone who turns up to a protest wearing a mask is automatically a violent criminal."

Not automatically but the potential is there to cause trouble if they can't be identified. Give me a good reason why in a western democracy someone would cover their face at a protest.

"People at Anonymous rallies"

Silly little kids wearing masks from a film doesn't count as a serious protest.

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Re: So....

"Regarding the blatant "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" assertion of yours, then I can't summon up the energy to write a proper rebuttal"

Can you cut and paste where I asserted that? No, didn't think so. If you're going to lie try not to make it quite so easy to disprove.

If you think its fine to cover your face in a public place without issue in every situation then try and walk into a bank with your lid on and see how far you get.

"On a scale of Right to Wrong, wearing clothing at a protest doesn't even come close."

Your naivety is breathteaking. But frankly unsurprising on this site.

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Re: @boltar - So....

"Do you pull your curtains? Why? What have you got to hide???"

So public demonstrations are in private property are they? Sorry, your analogy doesn't really work.

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Re: So....

"If I wish to walk around with a balaclava on during the winter months, do I have something to hide?"

Probably. I haven't seen anyone wear a balaclava due to the weather for decades and unless you live way north of the artic circle or are at Amundson base in antartica I can't see any reason to wear one.

"Or is that I don't want a cold head and also you've become one of those people who's become so damned paranoid by way of a moronic media"

No, just observation. Oddly enough the morons chucking stones and other crap at demos always have their faces covered. Isn't that strange? Perhaps you're one of them.

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Re: Google video ads

"This blocks are against EU law and values (far as I know)."

The EU were quite happy to ignore their own financial rules to allow Greece into the club so I see no reason that any other rules should be sacrosant. Brussells makes it up as it goes along.

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Re: So....

"is this the same Turkish PM that has authorized lethal force against protesters that cover their faces?"

If you're demonstrating peacefully and not breaking the law you have no reason to cover your face. Ok, in turkey perhaps that rule doesn't apply, but in the west people who cover their faces at demos usually have trouble in mind.

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iOS, OS X apps sent into infinite dizzy DoS by this one weird kernel bug

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Re: Documentation has always been iffy for unix system APIs

On the subject of data building up in the queue - I wonder how other unix's cope with OOB data if the receiver never reads it? Could in theory a malicious app send so much OOB on a TCP stream that it fills up a buffer on the receiving end causing some sort of fault , or do most kernels use a ring buffer where data just gets overwriiten if not read?

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Documentation has always been iffy for unix system APIs

OS/X isn't the only culprit. Theres a reason Stevens seminal unix programming books became so popular since trying to do any serious coding based only on what was in the man pages was a painful and often futile experience.

Also am I confused or is it the journalist? The kernel event queue and TCP data queues are not the same thing and I'm not sure why a program would use the kernel queue to read TCP data anyway.

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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

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Re: what a lot of people..

"won't admit is that MS was a good thing for home computing and helped push drive, creation and ambition"

Utter tripe. DOS was a bought in monitor system with a few tweaks added and Windows 3 was a knock-off of OS/2 which was FAR superior. You revisionist history also conveniently forgets that back in 1990 MacOS was also leagues ahead of Windows in features, creativity and ambition. Windows always was and still is a me-too product. It played catch up with MacOS on the desktop and on the server side its still playing catch up with Unix.

The ONLY reason it became popular was the drip down effect from business and the cheap commodity hardware of x86 PCs. It had bugger all to do with Windows being superior at anything.

"Remember, choice isn't a good thing all the time"

Really? Well I hope you remember that when you're next down the supermarket. Just make sure you only buy tins of beans and nothing else.

The only reason we lack choice now (Linux excepted) is Apple & IBM charging unreasonable prices and Amiga and Commodore both being run into the ground by idiots. The Amiga and ST blew PC hardware into the weeds and given proper support, backing and a decent business model they'd have probably left it there with Bill Gates and Microsoft being confined to the Where Are They Now? lists with x86 hardware being run on the server side by a combination of OS/2 and some version of Unix.

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Vista wasn't that bad in retrospect.

At least not compared to Windows 8.x. If Vista was only released now as the replacement for 8.x everyone would be cheering loudly.

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: If you have an old DAB,

"In other words, "DAB transmissions are less susceptible to doppler and multipath interference than FM.""

Well to be really pendantic - no they're not. The laws of physics don't change just because its digital. Its just that the transmission system is clever enough to allow DAB to get away with it.

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Re: If you have an old DAB,

"stereo separation is exactly one of the things that vinyl struggles with."

Plus the dynamic range has to be compressed before the track is put on vinyl or the grooves would start overlapping and the max frequency is physically limited by the materials properties. Also the signal to noise of vinyl gets worse the closer into the centre of the record the needle gets.

"I love music, and have some hearing ability above 22050 hz"

I really doubt that to be honest. Oh ok , its April 1st...

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Re: Multipath on DAB is A Good Thing

That may well be the case since its designed for an SFN and has guard periods which allow for that. But VHF band 3 is more susceptable to reflection than band 2 though, and all things being equal band 2 would be a better choice so long as the max useful data rate for compressed digital audio could still be accommodated. The fact that the yanks have done digital on Band 2 piggybacking on FM suggests it can.

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Re: If you have an old DAB,

"DAB transmissions are less susceptible to doppler and multipath interference than FM."

Who told you that? The higher the frequency the more likely it is to suffer from multipath in an urban enviroment and DAB is 200mhz (roughly) compared to FMs 88-108. DAB only gets away with it due to digital error correction.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: @Matt Bryasnt: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

"seem to have forgotten such measures as the armed soldiers manning "

Apparently you don't know the difference between the police and the army.

"Bloody Sunday"

Deliberatly provoked by IRA gunmen firing into the air.

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Re: Tapeador

"Well here in the UK we have a little short of 3000 deaths per year due to cars & road transport, should we all surrender the freedom and opportunity that road transport has given us for the last century us for that?"

Well its slowly happening with speedbumps, Think-of-the-Children 20mph zones popping up everywhere and bus only roads. It wouldn't surprise me if in a few decades we're back to cars being limited to 4mph with a man with a red flag walking in front.

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Re: Benjamin Franklin quote

Hate to say it but that quote is naive bullshit and I do wish people would stop parroting it as if its a bookend to any argument about rights. We ALL give up some liberty for safety. If we didn't we'd have whats known as anarchy where everyone can do what they damn well please. The only question is where do you draw the line.

Eg: Am I happy with the police being allowed to look at my data IF they have a warrant? Yes. Without? No.

Unfortunately in these sorts of arguments people immediately polarise to either extremes both of which are absurd as each other.

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Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

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Re: No wonder tech is hard

"Please tell me MS hasn't fouled up again by integrating the browser into the OS!"

Don't be silly. The OS is now just part of the Browser!

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Ebay snuffs malware upload bug

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Exe upload

"“The attacker can upload malicious exe file camouflaged as image files and then use the URL in drive by download attacks."

But only 1 particularly moronic operating system will try and run it.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Re: Low res?

" But it could be lighter..."

Seriously? Laptops weigh less than a pint of beer these days. Man up!

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Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

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Re: Slack app? Never heard of it!

"If so, how does that make it worth a bazillion dollars ffs?"

You'd be amazed how many rich fools running venture capital firms there are in the world.

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Tim Cook: I'll give just a THIRD of what Gates gave to charity last year

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Re: Charity?

Downvoted because I'm absolutely sick of hearing anti taxation rants based around vague handwaving polemnics about weapons this and war that, that sound good at a CND rally or in student common room but pretty bloody naive anywhere else. We can all find things that tax is spent on that we don't agree with but thats not a reason not to pay it. Not always getting the result you want is a side effect of democracry and dealing with it is part of being an adult.

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Re: @Gordon 10

Indeed. When the El Reg hacks give a 3rd of their income to charity then they can take the piss. Until then they should just STFU.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

"His point was that ElReg is a techie site."

His point was that unless you're interested in absolutely everything technical no matter what then you have no business on this site. A stupid and naive point of view.

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Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

"At this moment, to me the question is not "why would home user want SIP" - it is "why not want it", with one possible answer "lack of skills and motivation to learn".

This might come as a shock to you - but some things in life really should just be plug and play. A phone is one of them. I might be a techy but I don't find phone systems the slightest bit interesting and I have ZERO interest in faffing about configuring a device that should Just Work.

"Which is pretty lame on ElReg, I think you will agree.""

No, I wouldn't actually. Do you buy a car from a garage or build one from a kit each time you get one? Right. Same thing. Different people have different interests. Deal.

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Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

If you already have a BT landline installed just use a POTS phone. The voice quality is better, its a LOT more reliable and to "hack" it you'd need physical access to the box or exchange.

Sorry, I just don't get the point of using SIP at home other than its something for geeks to brag about to other geeks.

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Becoming Steve Jobs biography: ‘Much of it was chutzpah and self delusion’

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Re: Flawed - like all of us

"Edison was no genius, he was a thief and a crook who claimed other peoples work as his own."

Ah, the old he didn't invent the lightbulb meme, it was Swan. Well possibly. But there were plenty of things he could claim credit for. I suggest you look them up.

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Re: Flawed - like all of us

"You seem to be confusing capitalism with genius. Einstein didn't have Jobs's or Gates's cash, which is what the original post was about, not their intelligence."

I was refering to Edison and Telsa you muppet, not Jobs. Do try and follow the thread.

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Re: Flawed - like all of us

"Which diseases did Edison spend Billions on wiping out ?"

You seem to be confusing genius with philanthropist. I pretty sure Einstein didn't do much to eradicate disease either.

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