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(Boobies)   Scientists believe they're a large step closer to curing AIDS, despite massive clamoring from the scientific community to figure out more important issues like why we always stick USB drives in upside down   (firstpost.com) divider line 168
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2013-01-16 10:25:45 AM
Serious side of me: Good. People really need this cure. Especially some specific countries that have a shockingly high infection rate.

Non-serious side of me: Yay! Orgy time!
 
2013-01-16 10:29:18 AM
Did they finally draw blood from Magic Johnson? He's sure to have built up an immunity by this point.
 
2013-01-16 11:12:56 AM
Stop sticking USB drives in the wrong hole.
 
2013-01-16 11:13:26 AM
tag should be "spiffy"
 
2013-01-16 11:14:17 AM
FTA Researchers at Queensland Institute of Medical Research have claimed of making a breakthrough that could lead to a potential cure for AIDS

A claim of a potential cure? Yeah, don't hold your breath.

/Always wear your jimmy.
//Even porn actors have to wear a jimmy now.
///Jimmy.
 
2013-01-16 11:14:47 AM
The bottom of the USB plug has the crack in it. That works if the socket isn't in upside-down.
 
2013-01-16 11:14:54 AM
"...like why we always stick USB drives in upside down"

Shiat ain't funny. I do that all the farking time!
 
2013-01-16 11:15:01 AM
This article from Boobies.com is very informative.
 
2013-01-16 11:15:24 AM
www.petapixel.com
 
2013-01-16 11:17:34 AM

NightOwl2255: FTA Researchers at Queensland Institute of Medical Research have claimed of making a breakthrough that could lead to a potential cure for AIDS

A claim of a potential cure? Yeah, don't hold your breath.

/Always wear your jimmy.
//Even porn actors have to wear a jimmy now.
///Jimmy.


The last thing in the world you would want is to find your Jimmy being sold next to a broken toaster being sold for $22, and have to talk the guy down to $17. Just make sure you take it home and wash it off, then you should feel complete again.
 
2013-01-16 11:17:52 AM
Scalene triange. Next year's new socket type that industry heaps upon us to force us to buy new crap: make it a scalene triangle.
 
2013-01-16 11:17:54 AM

tricycleracer: [www.petapixel.com image 550x310]


Those go on top or bottom?
 
2013-01-16 11:20:00 AM

corronchilejano: tricycleracer: [www.petapixel.com image 550x310]

Those go on top or bottom?


60% of the time, the seam side is on the bottom every time.
 
2013-01-16 11:20:44 AM
Cue for the hoard of farkers who have never used thier USB connectors the wrong way and have no idea WTF is wrong with the rest of loosers in 3..2..1..
 
2013-01-16 11:21:11 AM
 
2013-01-16 11:21:15 AM
Seriously, would it have killed them to make the USB a little more obviously asymmetric, like firewire? It's especially annoying when you're buried in a rack with very little light trying to hook stuff up.

Also, fark Logitech for abandoning bluetooth. Not really relevant, just had to say it.
 
2013-01-16 11:21:17 AM

tricycleracer: corronchilejano: tricycleracer: [www.petapixel.com image 550x310]

Those go on top or bottom?

60% of the time, the seam side is on the bottom every time.


What about the vertical plugs?
 
2013-01-16 11:22:19 AM

bmongar: tricycleracer: corronchilejano: tricycleracer: [www.petapixel.com image 550x310]

Those go on top or bottom?

60% of the time, the seam side is on the bottom every time.

What about the vertical plugs?


You can always look at the wafer position.
 
2013-01-16 11:23:12 AM

BetterMetalSnake: Cue for the hoard of farkers who have never used thier USB connectors the wrong way and have no idea WTF is wrong with the rest of loosers in 3..2..1..


Shiat. I fried a USB drive sticking it in backwards. The drive only had a little plastic piece with the contacts, and nothing to prevent you from plugging it in the wrong way.
 
2013-01-16 11:23:34 AM
Don't you know how to read, subby? The link has some gobbledygook about AIDS, not USB drives.

Talk about misleading headlines... *muttergrumble*
 
2013-01-16 11:24:27 AM

The Angry Hand of God: The last thing in the world you would want is to find your Jimmy being sold next to a broken toaster being sold for $22, and have to talk the guy down to $17. Just make sure you take it home and wash it off, then you should feel complete again.


I saw them in concert once, their guitarist looked like Sam Kinison added 200 lbs, and some completely stoned girl spent half the concert with her hand in my pants.

/CSB
 
2013-01-16 11:25:06 AM

NightOwl2255: /Always wear your jimmy.


I didn't pay a doctor to slit holes in my nuts and fish around inside to tug out the little strings to cut them and tie knots in them and stuff them back in and sew up the holes with a needle and thread so I could wear a "Jimmy" while I bang my wife of 19 years.
 
2013-01-16 11:25:17 AM
there already IS a cure. it just isn't a feasible one. bone marrow translates from elite controllers (people with natural genetic immunity)
 
2013-01-16 11:26:00 AM
Did you know, you can actually plug USB into Ethernet port?

Look for the the wholes on USB. They are always up for horizontal USB ports
 
2013-01-16 11:26:12 AM

The Angry Hand of God: The last thing in the world you would want is to find your Jimmy being sold next to a broken toaster being sold for $22, and have to talk the guy down to $17. Just make sure you take it home and wash it off, then you should feel complete again.


Detachable peeeniiiis...
 
2013-01-16 11:27:03 AM
Great on the HIV but POO on the USB. It was designed so that it CAN BE attempted upside down. Good design means either it's quite obvious which way is correct or (even better) insert it either way and it just works.
 
2013-01-16 11:27:12 AM

tricycleracer: [www.petapixel.com image 550x310]


"Don't cross the seams?"
 
2013-01-16 11:27:46 AM
hey I always wondered why USB needed an up and down to plug it in, dumbass inventors.
 
2013-01-16 11:31:50 AM

offacue: NightOwl2255: /Always wear your jimmy.

I didn't pay a doctor to slit holes in my nuts and fish around inside to tug out the little strings to cut them and tie knots in them and stuff them back in and sew up the holes with a needle and thread so I could wear a "Jimmy" while I bang my wife of 19 years.


Yeah, but the guys that she's banging on the side, may not be wearing a jimmy either.

/Kidding!
//I'm sure they are wearing one.
 
2013-01-16 11:32:38 AM
Sure hope they are right about an AIDS vaccine/cure. There have been similar stories over at least the last 20 years however.
 
2013-01-16 11:32:43 AM

offacue: I didn't pay a doctor to slit holes in my nuts and fish around inside to tug out the little strings to cut them and tie knots in them and stuff them back in and sew up the holes with a needle and thread so I could wear a "Jimmy" while I bang my wife of 19 years.


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-16 11:32:44 AM
Once they cure AIDS the super herpes virus will kill us all.
 
2013-01-16 11:33:47 AM

The Angry Hand of God: BetterMetalSnake: Cue for the hoard of farkers who have never used thier USB connectors the wrong way and have no idea WTF is wrong with the rest of loosers in 3..2..1..

Shiat. I fried a USB drive sticking it in backwards. The drive only had a little plastic piece with the contacts, and nothing to prevent you from plugging it in the wrong way.


You want to see the contacts face up, or forward when inserting it. For 'normal' USB connections, the seam should also be away from you. I check it 90% of the time before inserting it.

I also check the arrow on the gas gauge of my car when pulling into the gas station I have two cars with tanks on opposite sides.

I do have a hell of a time getting the charger into the phones in poor lighting conditions.
 
2013-01-16 11:34:23 AM
The USB symbol goes on top.
static.guim.co.uk
 
2013-01-16 11:34:40 AM
La Vie Boheme!

/ Actual reality! Act up! Fight AIDS!
 
2013-01-16 11:36:11 AM
D.R.A.C.O.

too bad that we will never see the full potential of that particular virus destroying device in my lifetime
 
2013-01-16 11:36:22 AM

TheGogmagog: The Angry Hand of God: BetterMetalSnake: Cue for the hoard of farkers who have never used thier USB connectors the wrong way and have no idea WTF is wrong with the rest of loosers in 3..2..1..

Shiat. I fried a USB drive sticking it in backwards. The drive only had a little plastic piece with the contacts, and nothing to prevent you from plugging it in the wrong way.

You want to see the contacts face up, or forward when inserting it. For 'normal' USB connections, the seam should also be away from you. I check it 90% of the time before inserting it.

I also check the arrow on the gas gauge of my car when pulling into the gas station I have two cars with tanks on opposite sides.

I do have a hell of a time getting the charger into the phones in poor lighting conditions.


This was in a vertical slot. I was pretty drunk when I did that. Needless to say, I have never done it since.
 
2013-01-16 11:37:33 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-16 11:37:58 AM

starsrift: Don't you know how to read, subby? The link has some gobbledygook about AIDS, not USB drives.

Talk about misleading headlines... *muttergrumble*


But the thread has more comments about USB drives than AIDS.

/Cool thing about AIDS, but a large step forward isn't there yet if you are waiting for a cure, so not news.
 
2013-01-16 11:38:16 AM

Spanky_McFarksalot: hey I always wondered why USB needed an up and down to plug it in, dumbass inventors.


I'd guess because it was meant to be super cheap, and that would have made it less super cheap.
 
2013-01-16 11:38:55 AM
You know that Intel commercial where the inventor of the USB walks in to the cafeteria? If I were there, I'd grab him by the feet and shove his head in to a garbage can. Then, I'd pull him out, flip him over and push him back in. "How do you like that? Is that fun?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3AucZOsjZ4

It's in German.
 
2013-01-16 11:39:13 AM

Kazan: there already IS a cure. it just isn't a feasible one. bone marrow translates from elite controllers (people with natural genetic immunity)


Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't they recently discover that it's any bone marrow transplant that works, not just one from elite controllers?
 
2013-01-16 11:43:35 AM

NightOwl2255: offacue: NightOwl2255: /Always wear your jimmy.

I didn't pay a doctor to slit holes in my nuts and fish around inside to tug out the little strings to cut them and tie knots in them and stuff them back in and sew up the holes with a needle and thread so I could wear a "Jimmy" while I bang my wife of 19 years.

Yeah, but the guys that she's banging on the side, may not be wearing a jimmy either.

/Kidding!
//I'm sure they are wearing one.


Then it won't matter when I systematically torture and eventually kill them since I'm just gonna die from the aids anyhow. Right? Right?
 
2013-01-16 11:44:30 AM
Hey, the USB stick has gone a long way in removing the scourge of rectractible coffee cup holders in computers.
 
2013-01-16 11:44:58 AM
img24.imageshack.us
 
2013-01-16 11:45:17 AM

Cythraul: Serious side of me: Good. People really need this cure. Especially some specific countries that have a shockingly high infection rate.

Non-serious side of me: Yay! Orgy time!


hahaha they don't make stereotypes up do they
 
2013-01-16 11:45:54 AM

Harry Freakstorm: You know that Intel commercial where the inventor of the USB walks in to the cafeteria? If I were there, I'd grab him by the feet and shove his head in to a garbage can. Then, I'd pull him out, flip him over and push him back in. "How do you like that? Is that fun?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3AucZOsjZ4

It's in German.


that's not him. It's an actor
 
2013-01-16 11:47:30 AM
I've always believed in the quantum state of USB plugs.
www.globalnerdy.com
 
2013-01-16 11:48:11 AM
Yeah subby's totally right on about the USB drives. And don't get me started about those farking concave spoons!
 
2013-01-16 11:48:16 AM

orbister: The USB symbol goes on top.
[static.guim.co.uk image 400x194]


Actually the symbol on the connector is supposed to line up with the symbol on the host. From what I remember of the spec though, that's a "should" and not a "must". Hence the farked up world in which we live.
 
2013-01-16 11:49:00 AM
I'm not an evolutionary biologist, but could this work? It seems to me that all you're doing is introducing a very poor competitor into a gene pool. The HIV that is replication-inhibited would fail to replicate, while the normal HIV would continue to run amok. This is like trying to drive human beings extinct by introducing a few hundred million sterile people into the world. Except even worse, because viruses reproduce asexually.
 
2013-01-16 11:49:48 AM
If you don't see any problem with the standard USB form factor then I sincerely hope you are not an engineer.
 
2013-01-16 11:50:20 AM

joseelsegundo: Yeah subby's totally right on about the USB drives. And don't get me started about those farking reversed concave spoons!


FTFM
 
2013-01-16 11:50:45 AM
One step closer, only 27,130,583 steps to go.
 
2013-01-16 11:51:54 AM
Done already...
Link (http://www.flipperusb.com)
and here:
Link (http://www.redferret.net/?p=25333)
 
2013-01-16 11:52:05 AM

orbister: The USB symbol goes on top.
[static.guim.co.uk image 400x194]


That only works if the port is horizontal. Since most of the machines I work with are tower workstations, it doesn't help me.
 
2013-01-16 11:53:31 AM
I always wondered why they didn't design USB so you could plug it in either way and it would just work. The only thing I can figure is that no one considered we would be using things like flash drives and cellphone chargers that are constantly being plugged in and unplugged.
 
2013-01-16 11:55:51 AM

aedude01: Kazan: there already IS a cure. it just isn't a feasible one. bone marrow translates from elite controllers (people with natural genetic immunity)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't they recently discover that it's any bone marrow transplant that works, not just one from elite controllers?


no. it must be from an elite controller, because you're gaining the elite controllers immunity. transplant from a normal person just gives aids more cells it can infect.
 
2013-01-16 11:56:40 AM

vudukungfu: Stop sticking USB drives in the wrong hole.


That's how you get ComputerAIDS.
 
2013-01-16 11:58:54 AM

orbister: The USB symbol goes on top.
[static.guim.co.uk image 400x194]


Most of the time. I have 2 cables and chargers from 2 different vendors that go in opposite ways.

The people that designed USB completely failed Poka-Yoke design.
 
2013-01-16 11:59:11 AM
Unlike AIDS - the USB connector is badly designed.

/window seat
 
2013-01-16 11:59:47 AM
Right... a "cure". It'll only take years of very expensive medicines that the quack will use to "treat" your AIDS.

/thank FSM we have boner pills
 
2013-01-16 12:00:02 PM

movieman_1979: "...like why we always stick USB drives in upside down"

Shiat ain't funny. I do that all the farking time!


For something that has the word Universal right in the farking name, this is irritating.
 
2013-01-16 12:00:42 PM
*puts on tinfoil hat*

Magic Johnson doesn't have AIDS and never had AIDS but they needed a recognizable and likable spokesperson to get the message out and help garner compassion in the 90s and a straight guy named Magic Johnson was too perfect to pass us up.

*takes of tinfoil hat*

*shrugs*
 
2013-01-16 12:01:07 PM
One unqualified good thing about "lightning": no "top" or "bottom".
fark knows why they couldn't figure that out before they released Light Peak/Thunderbolt.

Yes, it was an improvement over 70s/80s design to have keyed plugs so that you couldn't put the cord in 'wrong' and fry your gadget.
But this is the year 2013 ffs. Auto-sensing how the thing is plugged in and handling shiat properly without frying things is well understood.

Catch the fark up, propeller-heads.

/ USB is a lost cause
// or would be, in a sane world
 
2013-01-16 12:01:17 PM

Digital Communist: If you don't see any problem with the standard USB form factor then I sincerely hope you are not an engineer.


There's an easy fix, just paint half the plug and half the jack. Then you can see which way it goes.
 
2013-01-16 12:02:04 PM
one drug, one protein... let's get together and feel all right
 
2013-01-16 12:04:29 PM

Ghastly: Once they cure AIDS the super herpes virus will kill us all.


My 15 year old brother in-law was playing a game where you create a disease to wipe out the world (yes, I know). He named it Flurpes. Now, we are all terrified of getting the Flurp.
 
2013-01-16 12:04:36 PM

ElBarto79: I always wondered why they didn't design USB so you could plug it in either way and it would just work. The only thing I can figure is that no one considered we would be using things like flash drives and cellphone chargers that are constantly being plugged in and unplugged.


Because certain pins were for current and others were for data. If you made it reversible then both the device and the host would have to have some intermediate logic added (read: cost) to determine what each pin is for based on how it's plugged in.
 
2013-01-16 12:08:01 PM

busy chillin': *puts on tinfoil hat*

Magic Johnson doesn't have AIDS and never had AIDS but they needed a recognizable and likable spokesperson to get the message out and help garner compassion in the 90s and a straight guy named Magic Johnson was too perfect to pass us up.

*takes of tinfoil hat*

*shrugs*


He never did have AIDS... he only has The HIV
 
2013-01-16 12:08:31 PM

roc6783: Ghastly: Once they cure AIDS the super herpes virus will kill us all.

My 15 year old brother in-law was playing a game where you create a disease to wipe out the world (yes, I know). He named it Flurpes. Now, we are all terrified of getting the Flurp.


So move to Madagascar.
 
2013-01-16 12:09:04 PM

Donnchadha: busy chillin': *puts on tinfoil hat*

Magic Johnson doesn't have AIDS and never had AIDS but they needed a recognizable and likable spokesperson to get the message out and help garner compassion in the 90s and a straight guy named Magic Johnson was too perfect to pass us up.

*takes of tinfoil hat*

*shrugs*

He never did have AIDS... he only has The HIV


okie dokie...he doesn't have HIV either.
 
2013-01-16 12:09:21 PM

roc6783: Ghastly: Once they cure AIDS the super herpes virus will kill us all.

My 15 year old brother in-law was playing a game where you create a disease to wipe out the world (yes, I know). He named it Flurpes. Now, we are all terrified of getting the Flurp.


Fortunately, we've got a supply of flurbiprofen to help combat it
 
2013-01-16 12:10:42 PM

busy chillin': *puts on tinfoil hat*

Magic Johnson doesn't have AIDS and never had AIDS but they needed a recognizable and likable spokesperson to get the message out and help garner compassion in the 90s and a straight guy named Magic Johnson was too perfect to pass us up.

*takes of tinfoil hat*

*shrugs*


Perry Farrell had the aids too.
Remember when Magic had his talk show 'the magic hour'?  He had Howard Stern on one time, and it was hilarious.  HS is telling Magic he had fun getting aids.  Now Howard, no one has fun getting aids.  Ah ah buddy, you had fuuuuuuun getting aids.
 
2013-01-16 12:11:41 PM

orbister: The USB symbol goes on top.
[static.guim.co.uk image 400x194]


Not always, but when it doesn't, the cable manufacturer puts their logo there. Seems to work every time for me.
You know they could engineer USB 4.0 to be like that Apple socket on the new iPhone. Then all this goes away. It would even be backwards compliant since you could slide it in like this MicroSD adapter. All it needs are pins on the other side.
 
2013-01-16 12:12:18 PM
USB replaced both RS 232, principally, and SCSI. Both of those were impossible to install in small spaces that you couldn't see, and, if you were wrong, you might bend the pins. Some SCSI cable cost as much as $300.
 
2013-01-16 12:15:24 PM

offacue: NightOwl2255: offacue: NightOwl2255: /Always wear your jimmy.

I didn't pay a doctor to slit holes in my nuts and fish around inside to tug out the little strings to cut them and tie knots in them and stuff them back in and sew up the holes with a needle and thread so I could wear a "Jimmy" while I bang my wife of 19 years.

Yeah, but the guys that she's banging on the side, may not be wearing a jimmy either.

/Kidding!
//I'm sure they are wearing one.

Then it won't matter when I systematically torture and eventually kill them since I'm just gonna die from the aids anyhow. Right? Right?


Dude, maybe you should talk to your doctor about increasing your meds. And you might mention that stick in your ass while you're at it.
 
2013-01-16 12:17:45 PM
In all seriousness, the USB plug is a pretty piss-poor design.
 
2013-01-16 12:19:16 PM
The fork-shaped icon should always face upwards.

/At least with Apple products.
 
2013-01-16 12:19:58 PM

Jument: In all seriousness, the USB plug is a pretty piss-poor design.


Yeah, It was cooler when you wanted to plug in your zip drive and you had to shut your computer down and put those tiny screws of the SCSI cable in the plug in the back and then restart. Good times.
 
2013-01-16 12:20:33 PM
Next up, Queensland Institute of Medical Research researchers discover a new prion that causes brain tissue to melt...

/ hoping not.

On the USB question, I put a stripe of neon-green nail polish on the "away-from-the-motherboard" side of the USB sticks and cables that stay in my tech support kit. You can't miss it visually, and you can at least feel the bump when you're crawling around under a desk.
 
2013-01-16 12:21:35 PM

Sock Ruh Tease: This article from Boobies.com is very informative.


Came here to point this out, so instead I'll just note that the research was done at Quimmer.
 
2013-01-16 12:22:49 PM

maxheck: Next up, Queensland Institute of Medical Research researchers discover a new prion that causes brain tissue to melt...

/ hoping not.

On the USB question, I put a stripe of neon-green nail polish on the "away-from-the-motherboard" side of the USB sticks and cables that stay in my tech support kit. You can't miss it visually, and you can at least feel the bump when you're crawling around under a desk.


I can't see green so I'm still screwed! lol
 
2013-01-16 12:24:12 PM

wingding:

I can't see green so I'm still screwed! lol


derbyimages.woot.com
 
2013-01-16 12:25:34 PM
In case it hasn't already been posted: USB icon is on the side that goes up.
 
2013-01-16 12:25:58 PM
So how long until this research mysteriously falls off the face of the earth?
 
2013-01-16 12:26:23 PM
images.gizmag.com

commonsenseatheism.com
 
2013-01-16 12:28:29 PM
wingding:

maxheck: Next up, Queensland Institute of Medical Research researchers discover a new prion that causes brain tissue to melt...

/ hoping not.

On the USB question, I put a stripe of neon-green nail polish on the "away-from-the-motherboard" side of the USB sticks and cables that stay in my tech support kit. You can't miss it visually, and you can at least feel the bump when you're crawling around under a desk.

I can't see green so I'm still screwed! lol


Well, you can probably tell "not black" better than the black-bas relief-on-black plastic USB logo on most cables and devices.

/ uses hot pink nail polish for marking car parts for reassembly.
 
2013-01-16 12:28:40 PM

lennavan: roc6783: Ghastly: Once they cure AIDS the super herpes virus will kill us all.

My 15 year old brother in-law was playing a game where you create a disease to wipe out the world (yes, I know). He named it Flurpes. Now, we are all terrified of getting the Flurp.

So move to Madagascar.


Donnchadha: roc6783: Ghastly: Once they cure AIDS the super herpes virus will kill us all.

My 15 year old brother in-law was playing a game where you create a disease to wipe out the world (yes, I know). He named it Flurpes. Now, we are all terrified of getting the Flurp.

Fortunately, we've got a supply of flurbiprofen to help combat it


I love Fark.
 
2013-01-16 12:33:23 PM
They say it wouldn't be a cure for 'hiv infection', but i believe it would... If you are able to stop the virus from replicating, the immune system would take care of whatever remnants were already in the body.

Tommy Moo: I'm not an evolutionary biologist, but could this work? It seems to me that all you're doing is introducing a very poor competitor into a gene pool. The HIV that is replication-inhibited would fail to replicate, while the normal HIV would continue to run amok. This is like trying to drive human beings extinct by introducing a few hundred million sterile people into the world. Except even worse, because viruses reproduce asexually.


The modified virus will then attack the non-modified virus. As it stands, current medication can drive the virus down to nearly undetectable levels, however, its accumulates once again if medication is stopped.

So.. if a patient who is on effective medication is then introduced to the modified virus, it will already have a leg up on the game, as there won't be much competition left to fight. Who knows, maybe at that point, the immune system will be able to eradicate the rest of the virus all by itself.
 
2013-01-16 12:33:56 PM

JamesSirBensonMum: I've always believed in the quantum state of USB plugs.
[www.globalnerdy.com image 550x483]


I wonder how many people actually get that :)
 
2013-01-16 12:34:40 PM

JamesSirBensonMum: I've always believed in the quantum state of USB plugs.
[www.globalnerdy.com image 550x483]


Accurate.
www.maniacworld.com
 
2013-01-16 12:35:28 PM
I had a hell of a time plugging an HDMI cable into the back of my television last night.
I know, it's not even remotely relevant, but I wanted to participate.
 
2013-01-16 12:36:25 PM
While on the USB question: how come they also fit into an Ethernet port?
 
2013-01-16 12:36:49 PM

dk47: In case it hasn't already been posted: USB icon is on the side that goes up.


Now, if only all USB plugs followed that standard.

And if only all USB ports were not 90° perpendicular to the "up-down" axis.

And if only all USB drives had that icon at all.

:-\
 
2013-01-16 12:37:08 PM

zarberg: The Angry Hand of God: The last thing in the world you would want is to find your Jimmy being sold next to a broken toaster being sold for $22, and have to talk the guy down to $17. Just make sure you take it home and wash it off, then you should feel complete again.

I saw them in concert once, their guitarist looked like Sam Kinison added 200 lbs, and some completely stoned girl spent half the concert with her hand in my pants.

/CSB


Did you finish?
 
2013-01-16 12:37:41 PM

zarberg: The Angry Hand of God: The last thing in the world you would want is to find your Jimmy being sold next to a broken toaster being sold for $22, and have to talk the guy down to $17. Just make sure you take it home and wash it off, then you should feel complete again.

I saw them in concert once, their guitarist looked like Sam Kinison added 200 lbs, and some completely stoned girl spent half the concert with her hand in my pants.

/CSB


had backstage passes to see them at the 9:30 club in Wash DC back in the 90's sometime..

As I was waiting for the band to come in, two girls with broken noses came in bleeding everywhere. The slammed danced into each other.

The band came in and offered them a ride home in their limo.
 
2013-01-16 12:38:57 PM
T.rex:

They say it wouldn't be a cure for 'hiv infection', but i believe it would... If you are able to stop the virus from replicating, the immune system would take care of whatever remnants were already in the body.Tommy Moo: I'm not an evolutionary biologist, but could this work? It seems to me that all you're doing is introducing a very poor competitor into a gene pool. The HIV that is replication-inhibited would fail to replicate, while the normal HIV would continue to run amok. This is like trying to drive human beings extinct by introducing a few hundred million sterile people into the world. Except even worse, because viruses reproduce asexually.

The modified virus will then attack the non-modified virus. As it stands, current medication can drive the virus down to nearly undetectable levels, however, its accumulates once again if medication is stopped.

So.. if a patient who is on effective medication is then introduced to the modified virus, it will already have a leg up on the game, as there won't be much competition left to fight. Who knows, maybe at that point, the immune system will be able to eradicate the rest of the virus all by itself.


IANABiologist, but the way I read the article is that they're not modifying HIV, they're flooding the patient's system with this "almost-but-not-quite-HIV's" protien and that's interfereing with HIV's replication.
 
2013-01-16 12:39:09 PM

Jument: In all seriousness, the USB plug is a pretty piss-poor design.


The thing was designed in the mid 90s, perhaps earlier. Not bad considering.
 
2013-01-16 12:39:19 PM

Donnchadha: roc6783: Ghastly: Once they cure AIDS the super herpes virus will kill us all.

My 15 year old brother in-law was playing a game where you create a disease to wipe out the world (yes, I know). He named it Flurpes. Now, we are all terrified of getting the Flurp.

Fortunately, we've got a supply of flurbiprofen to help combat it


Phineas and Flurb
 
2013-01-16 12:40:33 PM

NightOwl2255: FTA Researchers at Queensland Institute of Medical Research have claimed of making a breakthrough that could lead to a potential cure for AIDS

A claim of a potential cure? Yeah, don't hold your breath.

/Always wear your jimmy.
//Even porn actors have to wear a jimmy now.
///Jimmy.


Not to be pedantic, but it's a "jimmy hat." You put a jimmy hat on your jimmy, which is (hopefully) attached to you.
 
2013-01-16 12:43:02 PM
I always wonder why the US government didn't design the AIDS virus so that it only entered host cells one way. The transmission rates would have sky-rocketed!
 
2013-01-16 12:44:02 PM

Xenomech: dk47: In case it hasn't already been posted: USB icon is on the side that goes up.

Now, if only all USB plugs followed that standard.

And if only all USB ports were not 90° perpendicular to the "up-down" axis.

And if only all USB drives had that icon at all.

:-\


Yes that's the downfall(s), in addition to painted on icons you can't feel in the dark.

Not to mention how shiatty Windows is with plugging in USB devices and having to search, install drivers. I realize there are a bunch of practicalities with why this happens but... my god what a pain in the ass. It seems like it took 5-10 years just for Windows to get good enough with USB for it to work 80% of the time.

/also love the "let windows search for a solution to this problem" button. Has that ever worked??
 
2013-01-16 12:44:14 PM
confirmation bias. that is all.
 
2013-01-16 12:44:48 PM
I don't want a cable that makes it more obvious which way to plug it in, I want a cable that can be plugged in either way and work fine. The new iPod connector does it.
 
2013-01-16 12:45:10 PM

biyaaatci: NightOwl2255: FTA Researchers at Queensland Institute of Medical Research have claimed of making a breakthrough that could lead to a potential cure for AIDS

A claim of a potential cure? Yeah, don't hold your breath.

/Always wear your jimmy.
//Even porn actors have to wear a jimmy now.
///Jimmy.

Not to be pedantic, but it's a "jimmy hat." You put a jimmy hat on your jimmy, which is (hopefully) attached to you.


GIS for "jimmy hat " turned up this:

www.thistleproducts.co.uk
Yikes, that pic could be used for birth control.
 
2013-01-16 12:45:36 PM

ElBarto79: I always wondered why they didn't design USB so you could plug it in either way and it would just work. The only thing I can figure is that no one considered we would be using things like flash drives and cellphone chargers that are constantly being plugged in and unplugged.


Because USB and every variation of it was designed by a fark'n committee.  One of the best things about the latest Apple products is the lightening connector which doesn't give a fark which way you plug it in.

/cue the apple hate
 
2013-01-16 12:48:38 PM

dk47: In case it hasn't already been posted: USB icon is on the side that goes up.


My jacks are vertical, like a portrait. Which way is up?
 
2013-01-16 12:49:04 PM

Tommy Moo: I'm not an evolutionary biologist, but could this work? It seems to me that all you're doing is introducing a very poor competitor into a gene pool. The HIV that is replication-inhibited would fail to replicate, while the normal HIV would continue to run amok. This is like trying to drive human beings extinct by introducing a few hundred million sterile people into the world. Except even worse, because viruses reproduce asexually.


I'm having trouble finding anything clear (their own website doesn't link to the paper) but it seems this article is misleading: No modified HIV, Harrich's team has a 100% effective GENE THERAPY in human immune cells in a glass dish. Animal studies begin soon, if this pans out it'll have to be the first mass-market gene therapy.
 
2013-01-16 12:51:14 PM

moothemagiccow: dk47: In case it hasn't already been posted: USB icon is on the side that goes up.

My jacks are vertical, like a portrait. Which way is up?


Either left... or right
 
2013-01-16 12:52:06 PM

moothemagiccow: dk47: In case it hasn't already been posted: USB icon is on the side that goes up.

My jacks are vertical, like a portrait. Which way is up?


Either one side or the other. Flip it back and forth until it goes it.

/that's what she said
 
2013-01-16 12:53:11 PM
They've been able to Have patients with Zero HIV blood count for years. What patients die from is liver failure from taking so much medication.

/wake me when they can cure you without the medicine killing you.
 
2013-01-16 12:54:40 PM

tricycleracer: corronchilejano: tricycleracer: [www.petapixel.com image 550x310]

Those go on top or bottom?

60% of the time, the seam side is on the bottom every time.


????
 
2013-01-16 12:57:01 PM
Awesome. Not hurry the fark up with cancer.
 
2013-01-16 12:59:01 PM

gingerjet: ElBarto79: I always wondered why they didn't design USB so you could plug it in either way and it would just work. The only thing I can figure is that no one considered we would be using things like flash drives and cellphone chargers that are constantly being plugged in and unplugged.

Because USB and every variation of it was designed by a fark'n committee.  One of the best things about the latest Apple products is the lightening connector which doesn't give a fark which way you plug it in.

/cue the apple hate


Yeah, it's always fair to compare connectors from different decades.
 
2013-01-16 12:59:35 PM
But how are we going to judge all the gay people if there is a cure for AIDS?
 
2013-01-16 12:59:50 PM
The religious right will just create another incurable terminal STD to replace it.
 
2013-01-16 01:00:47 PM

vudukungfu: Stop sticking USB drives in the wrong hole.



It's not where you stick it, it's whether you are using protection.

img.phombo.com
 
2013-01-16 01:01:39 PM

DenisVengeance: ElBarto79: I always wondered why they didn't design USB so you could plug it in either way and it would just work. The only thing I can figure is that no one considered we would be using things like flash drives and cellphone chargers that are constantly being plugged in and unplugged.

Because certain pins were for current and others were for data. If you made it reversible then both the device and the host would have to have some intermediate logic added (read: cost) to determine what each pin is for based on how it's plugged in.


Not necessarily, it could be designed such that power pins always contacted power connections and data pins always contacted data connections. Yes there would need to be a little bit of logic built in since there would be two possible positions but this wouldn't seem to be particularly expensive or prohibitive seeing as it already has logic built in to control the power supply and to store driver data. (The reason you don't need to download drivers for USB devices is because the drivers are stored in the device and installed on the host when you plug it in)
 
2013-01-16 01:01:47 PM
While Id love to see aids cured as much as the next person its about the most preventable disease on the planet, I mean don't share needles, and don't bareback partners that you aren't in a monogomous relationship with and you pretty much wont get it.
 
2013-01-16 01:02:31 PM

Grobbley: tricycleracer: corronchilejano: tricycleracer: [www.petapixel.com image 550x310]

Those go on top or bottom?

60% of the time, the seam side is on the bottom every time.

????


I see you're unfamiliar with Sex Panther.
 
2013-01-16 01:04:11 PM

Oldiron_79: While Id love to see aids cured as much as the next person its about the most preventable disease on the planet, I mean don't share needles, and don't bareback partners that you aren't in a monogomous relationship with and you pretty much wont get it.


The Raw-doggin' Poop Chutes sounds like a band name
 
2013-01-16 01:04:35 PM

zarberg: some completely stoned girl spent half the concert with her hand in my pants.


Was she hot?
 
2013-01-16 01:05:40 PM

incawarrior: The bottom of the USB plug has the crack in it.


Wow. Smugglers are getting serious!
 
2013-01-16 01:09:55 PM
25.media.tumblr.com

Also, obligatory.
 
2013-01-16 01:10:39 PM

busy chillin': Oldiron_79: While Id love to see aids cured as much as the next person its about the most preventable disease on the planet, I mean don't share needles, and don't bareback partners that you aren't in a monogomous relationship with and you pretty much wont get it.

The Raw-doggin' Poop Chutes sounds like a band name


Indeed it does
 
2013-01-16 01:10:57 PM

Shazam999: gingerjet: ElBarto79: I always wondered why they didn't design USB so you could plug it in either way and it would just work. The only thing I can figure is that no one considered we would be using things like flash drives and cellphone chargers that are constantly being plugged in and unplugged.

Because USB and every variation of it was designed by a fark'n committee.  One of the best things about the latest Apple products is the lightening connector which doesn't give a fark which way you plug it in.

/cue the apple hate

Yeah, it's always fair to compare connectors from different decades.


That's really not a valid defense IMHO. Computers had a myriad of connectors long before USB. VGA, parallel, serial, PS/2 keyboard, mouse, etc. USB is arguably worse than many/most of those for ease of pluginess.

It's a small thing, really, but I think most people find it mildly annoying.
 
2013-01-16 01:11:47 PM

BattleFrenchie28: So how long until this research mysteriously falls off the face of the earth?


You think Big Rubber will buy them out and bury the findings?
 
2013-01-16 01:14:19 PM
ya, I think Subby was more trying to make a point that despite there being no cure for AIDS yet. Time and resources are being spent/wasted(in his opinion) on other research not related to AIDS.
Sorry Subby, just because one disease still exists doesn't mean all others have to be put on the back burner. Life doesn't work that way.
 
2013-01-16 01:14:31 PM

Jument: Shazam999: gingerjet: ElBarto79: I always wondered why they didn't design USB so you could plug it in either way and it would just work. The only thing I can figure is that no one considered we would be using things like flash drives and cellphone chargers that are constantly being plugged in and unplugged.

Because USB and every variation of it was designed by a fark'n committee.  One of the best things about the latest Apple products is the lightening connector which doesn't give a fark which way you plug it in.

/cue the apple hate

Yeah, it's always fair to compare connectors from different decades.

That's really not a valid defense IMHO. Computers had a myriad of connectors long before USB. VGA, parallel, serial, PS/2 keyboard, mouse, etc. USB is arguably worse than many/most of those for ease of pluginess.

It's a small thing, really, but I think most people find it mildly annoying.


You're shiatting me. VGA sucks. Parallel sucked. Serial sucked. PS/2 was an abomination of crap.

All of them had pins that could bend or break. And little thumb screws to secure them? Yeah, no thanks.
 
2013-01-16 01:15:15 PM

NightOwl2255: biyaaatci: NightOwl2255: FTA Researchers at Queensland Institute of Medical Research have claimed of making a breakthrough that could lead to a potential cure for AIDS

A claim of a potential cure? Yeah, don't hold your breath.

/Always wear your jimmy.
//Even porn actors have to wear a jimmy now.
///Jimmy.

Not to be pedantic, but it's a "jimmy hat." You put a jimmy hat on your jimmy, which is (hopefully) attached to you.

GIS for "jimmy hat " turned up this:

[www.thistleproducts.co.uk image 500x500]
Yikes, that pic could be used for birth control.



GIS is on perma-censor now.
 
2013-01-16 01:19:50 PM

Grobbley: tricycleracer: corronchilejano: tricycleracer: [www.petapixel.com image 550x310]

Those go on top or bottom?

60% of the time, the seam side is on the bottom every time.

????


www.andregarde.com
/Anchorman
 
2013-01-16 01:22:26 PM

Hyjamon: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x488]

Also, obligatory.


Having to rotate the plug 720 degrees does not prove that the cable exists in 4-diminension space. It proves that USB plugs are fermions, since they have a quantum spin value of one-half.
 
2013-01-16 01:23:01 PM
img1.fark.net

HA! Fark you, Fark filter!
 
2013-01-16 01:29:55 PM
Form factor of USB doesn't bother me. The fact that there's like 18 different goddamn usb types is what bothers me.

Let's see:

USB A
USB B
Mini USB
Micro USB
Micro B USB
Apple's Older stuff
Apple's newer stuff.
Samsungs older stuff.
HTC's older "half trapezoid" USB.
 
2013-01-16 01:31:09 PM

robertus: Grobbley: tricycleracer: corronchilejano: tricycleracer: [www.petapixel.com image 550x310]

Those go on top or bottom?

60% of the time, the seam side is on the bottom every time.

????

[www.andregarde.com image 450x264]
/Anchorman


Thanks for the education
 
2013-01-16 01:31:52 PM

busy chillin': wingding:

I can't see green so I'm still screwed! lol

[derbyimages.woot.com image 240x240]


lulz
 
2013-01-16 01:37:27 PM

DenisVengeance: orbister: The USB symbol goes on top.
[static.guim.co.uk image 400x194]

Actually the symbol on the connector is supposed to line up with the symbol on the host.


That would be insanely useful, if the symbols on both weren't printed/stamped in raised black on a matte black plastic background. Stupid vendors being all stylish and cool instead of practical.

All plugs should have connectors shaped like a 90-degree corner. That'll fix it.
 
2013-01-16 01:39:14 PM

dk47: /also love the "let windows search for a solution to this problem" button. Has that ever worked??


amazingly enough--- yes. recently, I was installing 7 on an older machine for a friend. Seems there was some odd feature on the motherboard that 7 did not support and it gave me the old "let windows search for a solution". I'll be damned - it took a few minutes but it DID find a solution and pointed me to a link that supplied me with a compatible driver for the device and got it working under 7.
 
2013-01-16 01:44:30 PM

over_and_done: DenisVengeance: orbister: The USB symbol goes on top.
[static.guim.co.uk image 400x194]

Actually the symbol on the connector is supposed to line up with the symbol on the host.

That would be insanely useful, if the symbols on both weren't printed/stamped in raised black on a matte black plastic background. Stupid vendors being all stylish and cool instead of practical.

All plugs should have connectors shaped like a 90-degree corner. That'll fix it.


That sounds like an

*puts on sunglasses*

all right solution

YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHH
 
2013-01-16 01:50:19 PM

Detinwolf: zarberg: some completely stoned girl spent half the concert with her hand in my pants.

Was she hot?


She certainly wasn't unattractive, but I wouldn't call her "hot"
 
2013-01-16 02:00:24 PM
img.tfd.com

RIP Good buddy. You always plugged in correctly.
 
2013-01-16 02:00:46 PM

vudukungfu: Stop sticking USB drives in the wrong hole.


You mean the Ethernet port?
/Dammit, why doesn't see the memory stick?!
 
2013-01-16 02:08:48 PM
Obligatory:

cdn.ebaumsworld.com
 
2013-01-16 02:14:32 PM

starsrift: Don't you know how to read, subby? The link has some gobbledygook about AIDS, not USB drives.

Talk about misleading headlines... *muttergrumble*


Maybe Subby couldn't decipher the horrifying grammar.

/But oooh, this method of curing disease I was actually playing with in my book...
//I swear to god, the shiat that comes out a few months after I write it in my book, I should start talking about feasible ends to world hunger or something. :p
 
2013-01-16 02:17:21 PM

The Angry Hand of God: Obligatory:

[cdn.ebaumsworld.com image 580x464]


Wrong thread...
 
2013-01-16 02:27:00 PM

dk47: Xenomech: dk47: In case it hasn't already been posted: USB icon is on the side that goes up.

Now, if only all USB plugs followed that standard.

And if only all USB ports were not 90° perpendicular to the "up-down" axis.

And if only all USB drives had that icon at all.

:-\

Yes that's the downfall(s), in addition to painted on icons you can't feel in the dark.

Not to mention how shiatty Windows is with plugging in USB devices and having to search, install drivers. I realize there are a bunch of practicalities with why this happens but... my god what a pain in the ass. It seems like it took 5-10 years just for Windows to get good enough with USB for it to work 80% of the time.

/also love the "let windows search for a solution to this problem" button. Has that ever worked??


I got that dialog on a Windows Vista machine once. I tried clicking yes. It start whirring and grinding; I left to get a hot drink.

Came back an hour later and it had downloaded an Ubuntu Live iso image, ready to burn to CD. So I guess it's useful after all!
 
2013-01-16 02:28:02 PM

over_and_done: "let windows search for a solution to this problem" button. Has that ever worked??


Never.
 
2013-01-16 02:29:14 PM

The Angry Hand of God: The Angry Hand of God: Obligatory:

[cdn.ebaumsworld.com image 580x464]

Wrong thread...


Well that is a step towards curing AIDS. I doubt those two will ever get the chance at it as long as they dress like that. Also one of them is quite large, so I think it is appropriate.
 
2013-01-16 02:38:37 PM
My regular trick is to reach along the side of my laptop and manage to plug the USB stick into the RJ45 network port - they're the same $!&*^% width ffs.
 
2013-01-16 02:48:13 PM

Cythraul: Serious side of me: Good. People really need this cure. Especially some specific countries that have a shockingly high infection rate.

Non-serious side of me: Yay! Orgy time!


Yeah but "specific countries" don't have the food production or technology to support the increase in population when the controlling diseases are eliminated.
 
2013-01-16 04:37:48 PM
I want flush charger/data connectors that stick on with a magnet, dammit!

Tired of the kids farking up the micro-usb ports on their devices.
 
2013-01-16 04:51:04 PM

orbister: The USB symbol goes on top.
[static.guim.co.uk image 400x194]


Was ist das mekkano-pron? Think of the chilluns!

/come on now, don't it look sexy?
 
2013-01-16 05:02:30 PM
I think they need to cure the more common bacterial STD.  The rightards know if you cure the clap then the kiddies won't have to fap.
 
2013-01-16 05:23:41 PM
Sweet then we will be able to have cold, flu & aids med.
 
2013-01-16 05:54:10 PM
Sweet! Just in time for gonorrhea to become untreatable/incurable! GO SCIENCE!!!
 
2013-01-16 06:24:05 PM
This sounds good, but if they have changed a protein that the virus needs to replicate...then how do they get the counter-virus to reproduce?
 
2013-01-16 06:36:37 PM

linker3000: My regular trick is to reach along the side of my laptop and manage to plug the USB stick into the RJ45 network port - they're the same $!&*^% width ffs.


I'm so glad I'm not the only one...
 
2013-01-16 07:04:12 PM
Are there still goths like that? Is that still a thing?

When I was in high school ('91 through '94) those kids started to exist, but I can't remember the last time I actually saw one.
 
2013-01-16 07:39:38 PM

ElBarto79: DenisVengeance: ElBarto79: I always wondered why they didn't design USB so you could plug it in either way and it would just work. The only thing I can figure is that no one considered we would be using things like flash drives and cellphone chargers that are constantly being plugged in and unplugged.

Because certain pins were for current and others were for data. If you made it reversible then both the device and the host would have to have some intermediate logic added (read: cost) to determine what each pin is for based on how it's plugged in.

Not necessarily, it could be designed such that power pins always contacted power connections and data pins always contacted data connections. Yes there would need to be a little bit of logic built in since there would be two possible positions but this wouldn't seem to be particularly expensive or prohibitive seeing as it already has logic built in to control the power supply and to store driver data.


It *could* be designed like that, and it kind of is (VBus and GND on the outer pins and D+/D- on the inner pins), but remember that one of the design goals of USB was to enable low cost peripherals. Making it so that the device knows exactly what's coming over each wire means no extra overhead built in.

(The reason you don't need to download drivers for USB devices is because the drivers are stored in the device and installed on the host when you plug it in)

No, the reason is because the USB spec details common device classes that are required to behave in a standardized manner, and your OS ships with compliant drivers already installed. Things like keyboards, cameras, hard drives, etc... all belong to these defined classes. Devices can also declare themselves as "Vendor Specific" if they don't comply with one of the standard classes, and then they must provide their own driver.
 
2013-01-16 08:24:45 PM
I use a bit of white-out to paint an X on the top side of my thumb drives and USB cables. Problem solved. It takes all of two seconds and I get to feel smug when I see someone try to plug in a USB cable upside down.

Also, yay for making progress in finding a cure for HIV/AIDS, I guess.
 
2013-01-16 08:37:47 PM

Girion47: Cythraul: Serious side of me: Good. People really need this cure. Especially some specific countries that have a shockingly high infection rate.

Non-serious side of me: Yay! Orgy time!

Yeah but "specific countries" don't have the food production or technology to support the increase in population when the controlling diseases are eliminated.


Fertility drops in correlation to two trends: lowered infant mortality rates and higher female employment. Reduction of fatal diseases reduces the number of children born to a population. Less AIDS, more orgies = fewer kids.
 
2013-01-17 08:19:14 AM

Girion47: Cythraul: Serious side of me: Good. People really need this cure. Especially some specific countries that have a shockingly high infection rate.

Non-serious side of me: Yay! Orgy time!

Yeah but "specific countries" don't have the food production or technology to support the increase in population when the controlling diseases are eliminated.


Way to look at the glass half full, buddy. Damn.
 
2013-01-17 10:09:54 AM

tricycleracer: [www.petapixel.com image 550x310]


Well what about vertical ports, smartguy?
 
2013-01-17 10:19:17 AM
Why the obsession with getting USB right the first time? The time and effort it takes to turn it 180 degrees is negligible.
 
2013-01-17 10:26:24 AM

Girion47: Why the obsession with getting USB right the first time? The time and effort it takes to turn it 180 degrees is negligible.


Says the guy that hasn't had to crawl under hundreds of desks.
 
2013-01-17 11:00:25 AM

StoPPeRmobile: Girion47: Why the obsession with getting USB right the first time? The time and effort it takes to turn it 180 degrees is negligible.

Says the guy that hasn't had to crawl under hundreds of desks.


mom?
 
2013-01-17 11:10:34 AM

Girion47: StoPPeRmobile: Girion47: Why the obsession with getting USB right the first time? The time and effort it takes to turn it 180 degrees is negligible.

Says the guy that hasn't had to crawl under hundreds of desks.

mom?


Ello Vyvyan.
 
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