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Archive for April, 2004

MMR Retraction

Posted by Ed on April 6, 2004

Should have posted this one a few weeks ago, but better late than never. Ten of the 13 authors of the original MMR – Autism paper (see my first posting) published in the Lancet have issued a ‘retraction of an interpretation‘:

We wish to make it clear that in this paper no causal link was established between MMR vaccine and autism as the data were insufficient. However, the possibility of such a link was raised and consequent events have had major implications for public health. In view of this, we consider now is the appropriate time that we should together formally retract the interpretation placed upon these findings in the paper, according to precedent.

The same issue also has statements from the editors and from Dr. Wakefield, (among others), as well as an extended commentary.

The BMJ also reports the retraction.

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They call it freedom

Posted by Ed on April 5, 2004

As from Thursday, people in the state of Ohio will be allowed to carry concealed weapons. Proponents of the bill seem to think this rights a long-standing wrong that has prevented them from enjoying their constitutional right to bear arms.

Holy crap! as they say here, are they completely mad? Err, yes actually.

Certain areas will automatically be exempt, such as government buildings, schools, religious buildings and places serving alcohol, but businesses will have to display this sign to prohibit guns from their premises.

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Matlab on Macos X

Posted by Ed on April 5, 2004

I’ve just run the Matlab bench test on my Powerbook (15-inch Combo drive, 1GHz G4, 512MB RAM), with the following results:

bench4

And here’s the breakdown per task:

bench3

Quite respectable results really, but I did have to start it with -nojvm. Without that, it just hangs when it gets to the 3D test. No idea why. Also can’t quite see why it says a Dual G4 is slower, but the amount of RAM is not specified and that machine used a GEForce4 graphics card, as opposed to the ATI Radeon 9600 in my Powerbook.

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