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QKLK: Possible cure for Prostate cancer, Walking fish on the street, Rockstar friar, DNA inaccuracies in crime solving

Possible cure for Prostate cancer

This is big news, especially since this is the most common type of cancer among men. A new drug, called Abiraterone, can suppress Prostate cancer quite effectively on 80% of the patients.

Prostate cancer tend to be fatal, with its victims suffering so much pain, some need morphine to ease it. Chemotherapy doesn’t always works. But now, there’s hope for these sufferers.

Also there’s possibility that this new drug can be developed into a cure for breast cancer – I believe among the most common cancer on women.

And remember that there’s also immunotherapy – killing cancer tumours completely, by using the patients’s own special white blood cells.

Hopefully these new findings can be soon mass produced / practiced, to help many who’s in suffering.

Of course the best course of action is always prevention. In case of Prostate cancer, as luck has it, having sex a lot can really help 🙂
Ladies, I’m sure you will be most happy, in this case, to help your husband to be able to avoid this murderous form of cancer. I’m positively sure about it 🙂 (well, unless you have a deathwish for him, lol)

Enjoy !

Walking Fish on the Street

I thought I read the headline wrong. Turned out I got it right the first time.

Who would have thought ?

Catfish, or “Lele” in Indonesian, is a delicacy here. Lots of people love it. Heck, even my daughter likes it very much. Me? I couldn’t stand even the sight of it, brrr 🙂

But we never knew that it could survive on land, and even walk. Cool.

Rockstar Friar

Wow… that’s all I could thought of when I saw the article. Friar Cesare Bonizzi has been singing heavy metals for 10 years now. His band, Fratello Metallo (Metal Brother, nice pun), has now begun to gain worldwide fame. In the Italy’s “Gods of Metal” festival, Fratello Metallo showed up along with the likes of Iron Maiden and others.

Reuters is even showing a video recording of our rockstar, singing his songs. Don’t expect loads of headbangs or jumping around the set though, remember the friar is 62 years old 🙂

However, he manages to do about 100 – 150 concerts a year. This is quite an achievement for a man of his age. Also his music is distanced from Satanism, he tried to make his lyrics to be positive. The heavy metal fans are taking this quite well – fans were shouting his name on the “Gods of Metal” festival even before he began his performance.

Quote :

“I am religious and I am a priest but I am not doing this to convert people to Christ, to faith or the Church, but for them to try to understand life, to be able to enjoy it. Nothing more.”

A unique man, indeed.

DNA can be inaccurate for identifying criminals

This is another big news. DNA match has been hyped up by US law officials as 100% foolproof method of identifying suspects. This is not what has been found by Kathryn Troyer, State crime lab analyst.

A full DNA set is absolutely unique for every person on Earth. But a DNA profile, a tiny sample of a person’s full DNA set, is not. Most DNA profiles are only using 13 markers.

Unfortunately, turned out that the law officials has been using the later, while giving impressions that they’re using the former.

That’s the first problem. The second problem is related to incorrect use of statistic when finding a match in the DNA database. If you think the first problem is bad enough, this second problem makes it worse.

And there’s a third problem – there have been cases where the sample DNA from the crime scene has deteriorated, so not even the 13 markers are usable. In a case, a person was (falsely) accused of a crime based on as little as 5 (!) DNA marker match.

Clearly the right action is to correct the ways the DNA database is being used. Now we have powerful computers, so using more DNA markers should be possible.

However, in this case (in USA), the law officials instead are trying to cover up the issue. Reason? I guess because this can cause old, closed, cases to be reopened again.

I say if it will serve justice, then they’ll have to bear with it.

Hopefully when we have DNA database in Indonesia, we can learn from these mistakes and avoid it. Here’s one hoping.

QKLK : Hyperactive & Ritalin, Back to life, Silly Lee, Plastic Recycling

Fish oil “calms children better than Ritalin’

Very interesting, and potentially very useful, news !

Hyperactivity on children is a serious issue. It was almost non existent / insignificant in many societies. Nowadays it’s almost the norm, and people notices.

Quoted :

The number of hyperactive children on medication is soaring, with a staggering 330,000 prescriptions written out each year, or 6,350 a week.

A very funny story on a guy retaliating on this phenomena can be read on, where else?, bash.org

But again, hyperactivity itself is a very serious problem. It can destroy families.
That’s why people are looking with hope to new medications that’s supposed to solve this problem. Such as Ritalin.

Unfortunately, Ritalin is not without problems.

Quoted :

Nine British children have died after taking the drugs. Two died of heart problems, while others suffered illnesses including strokes and swelling of the brain. Dr Timimi, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Lincolnshire NHS Trust, said: ‘Drugs like Ritalin have considerable dangers associated with them, including insomnia, changes in personality and cardiotoxicity – they are bad for the heart and can cause heart attacks, strokes and sudden death.

Thankfully; there’s a new research that find out that the solutions is quite simple, and healthy too – Fish Oil :

Just six capsules a day of the naturally-occurring oil can vastly improve children’s behaviour without any of the side-effects of Ritalin and related drugs.

Note that Omega3 is also good to all – not just for kids with ADHD or hyperactivity problem :

Other studies have shown that omega 3 is also effective in children without ADHD or learning difficulties, boosting their grasp of the three Rs and improving their GCSE grades.

WARNING: not all Omega3 products are equal ! Many products only claim of having Omega3, but it may have been destroyed in its production process. The best source for Omega3 is still fish oil.

Anyway, hope someone finds this useful.

Back to Life : questions on the boundary between life & death

I found this news : Woman Wakes Up After Family Says Goodbye

Quoted :

They said Thomas suffered two heart attacks and had no brain waves for more than 17 hours. At about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, her heart stopped and she had no pulse. A respiratory machine kept her breathing and rigor mortis had set in, doctors said.

“Her skin had already started to harden and her fingers curled. Death had set in,” said son Jim Thomas.

Well, not yet :

However, Thomas was kept on a ventilator a little while longer as an organ donor issue was discussed.

Ten minutes later the woman woke up and started talking.

The question of “what is THE boundary between life & death” is further questioned on this news article : Man comes back to life as doctors prepare to remove his organs

Quoted :

The case of a man whose heart stopped beating for 1½ hours only to revive just as doctors were preparing to remove his organs for transplants is fuelling ethical debates in France about when a person is dead.

“During the meeting, other reanimators … spoke of situations in which a person whom everyone was sure had died in fact survived after reanimation efforts that went on much longer than usual,” the minutes of the committee meeting say.

Very interesting stuff. This question may not have a definite answer, but still, very interesting.

Our Silly Lee

Ever heard a phrase “tyranny by the majority” ? It’s really ugly, and the only thing worse is “tyranny by the minority”

And I saw it in UK. Several muslims are bullying and complaining that they’re having it bad, while actually they’re the nasties — they trashes others, not afraid of using violence, and throw ugly insults (“white trash”, etc).
And they are the minority.

Spike Lee was trying to pull something similar. Quoted :

“Many black veterans who fought in Iwo Jima were hurt that there was no representation of them in both of those films,” Lee said in the 2007 interview in Rome.

“Very few Hollywood films deal with black soldiers,” Lee said. “For the most part, if you look at the history of Hollywood cinema they haven’t dealt with anybody other than white Americans. If you think Hollywood and World War Two, you think John Wayne — the great white male that saved the world.”

The man, Clint Eastwood, then put a death blow to the claim.

Quoted :

In an interview with Germany’s Focus magazine, Eastwood said it was nonsense to suggest he had “erased the role of black GIs from history”. He said there were no Afro-Americans in those films because there were no Afro-American soldiers involved.

“Does he know anything about American history?” Eastwood told Focus when asked about Lee’s criticism. “The U.S. military was segregated til the Korean War, and the blacks in World War Two were totally segregated. The only black battalion on Iwo Jima was a small munitions supply unit that came to the beach.

The story was about the men who raised the flag and we can’t make them black if they were not there. So tell him: Why don’t you go back and study your history and stop mouthing off!”

To that I say : “Ouch”

A note of advice : guys, if you are a minority, know your place. Do not actually step on others’ toes on purpose.
It’s bad when done by the bullies, it’s simply stupid when done by the weak.

If you’re the minority – behave. There’s a Minangkabau tribe saying “dimana bumi dipijak disitu langit dijunjung” – where ever you are, uphold/respect the local laws / customs.
This way, hopefully when you have become the strong / majority, then you’ll be able to do things justly & wisely.

Teen finds way to decompose plastic bags in just 3 months

Truly great news.
Finally somebody found a way to decompose plastics, which is a serious environmental problem, using nature, resulting in harmless substances (water + tiny amount of CO2), and in only 3 months. And he’s only a 16 years old teenager !

Props to Daniel Burd for his diligence and persistence :

we produce 500 billion of (plastic) a year worldwide, and they take up to 1,000 years to decompose. They take up space in landfills, litter our streets and parks, pollute the ocean and kill the animals that eat them.

(Burd) knew plastic does eventually degrade, and figured microorganisms must be behind it. His goal was to isolate the microorganisms that can break down plastic.

(long scientific process to finally find the bacteria)

Tests to identify the strains found strain two was Sphingomonas bacteria and the helper was Pseudomonas.

Industrial application should be easy, said Burd. “All you need is a fermenter . . . your growth medium, your microbes and your plastic bags.”

“This is a huge, huge step forward . . . We’re using nature to solve a man-made problem.”

Truly wonderful news. Armed with common sense & patience, a teenager have helped showed us the way towards a better world to live in.

Thank you Daniel Burd !

QKLK – Microsoft vs Low-cost computers, OpenOffice online

It’s back – there were visitors on this blog that loves the QKLK (quicklinks) posts. I have not been doing it for sometime (my bad), but with so many findings to share, I’ve decided to resurrect this category again.

Enjoy :

Microsoft killing the low-cost computer/laptop ?

Despite plan to stop selling Windows XP on 30 June 2008, Microsoft changed its mind and made exception for ULPC (ultra low-cost PC). It will continue to make Windows XP Home Edition for this machines.

Problem is, this really is a crippled-down version of XP. Current limitations for XP deployed on ULPCs :

1. Max screen 10.2 inch
2. No touchscreen
3. Max 1 GHz processor speed
4. Max 1 GB RAM
5. Max 80 GB hard disk

These may be a show stopper for various potential customer. May not so today, but on 2009 & 2010, this may well be.

Anyway, there’s always Linux for those who find these too limiting.

OpenOffice.org Online

OpenOffice.org now can be used to access online documents at Google Docs & Zoho.com by using the OoGdocsIntegrator plugin.

This is great, I’ve been using Google Docs & Zoho.com myself, and OOo integration is one thing missing. Now we can enjoy it too.

Bonus: McAfee missed again

I’ve been avoiding McAfee (and Symantec / Norton products) for years now. They used to create the best products on their field. Now I couldn’t find anything good on their catalog. Their products are bloated, slow, misses their target, messes up with your computer, and many other potential problems.

This screenshot is another reminder for me to stay clear from McAfee.

Google.com marked as malicious website ? Don’t they have QA team there ? 🙂