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Global Biological Experiment Generates Exciting New Results

Bangmaker Re:Duh (340 comments)

I've did a little research in the field if immunology in college, and this theory is not only widely accepted, but is being used to help explain other common 20th century diseases.

A great example: It's been discovered that fatty tissue in individuals with obesity often have a very high number of macrophages - white blood cells - that cause a general inflammatory response, in fact a response very similar or identical to what the body would do in the case of a parasite. (

It's also well supported that being exposed to allergens at a young age decreases your likelihood of being allergic to them later in life, as the body has time to develop an appropriate immune response while antibody production is still malleable. I.e. A child who has never touched a cat is more likely to be allergic as an adult than one who grew up with cats.

I would argue that the biggest and most effective change that saw an increase in general health and longevity in the 20th century was the widespread use of sanitary cooking and waste management. The ability to stop excrement from contaminating drinking water and food was responsible for a huge reduction in disease and especially spread of parasites.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

Bangmaker Require a key to get frequent updates. (687 comments)

There's an application that extends usability of trackpad functions on Macbooks running Windows, called Trackpad++ (Link)

Upon downloading for free, it is fully usable, but the owner updates the product with bugfixes and sometimes features once a week. If you don't register the product by sending the owner a donation to receive a license key, it is disabled every week (and doesn't download updates automatically). You can continue using the product, but only if you go online and download the latest version.

This has the benefit of showing off other potential goods you have on your website, giving you free advertising, in addition to forcing users to see the "purchase" button over and over again.

If a consumer doesn't like or need your product, it stops working, no loss. If he wants to test it a little longer, he can keep downloading it, until he decides to purchase or not. When he buys it he is guaranteed updates and a usable product.

about a year ago

iOS 6 Adoption Rates Soar Following Google Maps Release

Bangmaker Such a great love for Google Maps (143 comments)

I do tend to wonder, if Google Maps is so pivotal to the widespread adoption of iOS 6, would we begin to see a lot of people moving toward Android phones if Google removed their maps from the iOS App Store? I know Google Maps (and its turn-by-turn navigation) was a very important feature when considering purchasing my own phone.

about a year and a half ago

Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

Bangmaker Re:Why would you want to game on Linux (332 comments)

Graphics card utilization is still rather far behind in OSX. There have been several tests comparing Windows and OSX for graphics card performance - such as this one ( Because Linux is open source and is supported by avid enthusiasts, it is quite possible that the Linux port of Steam may begin to utilize the graphics card through the operating system more successfully than OSX does. Essentially, one shared barrier to the quality of gaming on UNIX operating systems - graphics support - is conceivably less detrimental to Linux than it is to OSX. I could see Steam for Linux surpassing Steam in a very short time. The upfront cost of the computer means that it is cheeper to get into gaming on Linux that it is on OSX, and Linux users have consistently shown (through the humble bundle) that they are willing to pay well for games.

about a year and a half ago

What's Your Favorite Renewable Energy

Bangmaker Re:Because it's *all* Solar Power (436 comments)

Coal cares so much that it kills fewer people than wind power kills... birds...

more than 3 years ago

In my house, Santa mostly ...

Bangmaker Sells things (178 comments)

And pretends to be Cowboy Neil

more than 3 years ago

Cellulosic Biofuel Finally Ready For the Road

Bangmaker Finally! (355 comments)

Maybe now I'll have a way to make money off all the weeds in my front yard. I'll finally be able to prove to the neighbors that an unkempt yard is actually worth something.

more than 4 years ago

Can Curiosity Be Programmed?

Bangmaker Bit early... (269 comments)

Should we not create computers with at least near human intelegence before we try to give them curiosity? It seems pretty useless to me to give a computer curiosity in the hope that humans might learn something when, at its current state, the computer could not decipher the information it is curious about. I guess we could still look to the future, but why waste this time on such things when we could be programming for the iPad?

more than 4 years ago

If I Had To Choose, I'd Be A ...

Bangmaker Re:Obvious choice (481 comments)

Ringwraiths, or wraiths in general, are also immortal. They can create more wraiths using there amazing arsenal of weapons. They are also only visible to those in the spirit realm. And they can't die unless their master is destroyed.

more than 4 years ago

Linear measure of books on shelves in my dwelling:

Bangmaker As in... (576 comments)

Spine to Spine (as skinny as possible) maybe 30 feet. Flat however, to take up more room, maybe 100 feet. But why in feet anyway. We should be using meters, as that is the SI unit for length.

more than 4 years ago

Laughing Gas Is Major Threat To Ozone Layer

Bangmaker Haha (306 comments)

This is almost funny. You know, the gas and all. Whatever. Anyway, what other gasses do we have to do the same job(s)? I would think this might not go to well with the people who use it, given how common and likely (comparatively) inexpensive it is.

more than 4 years ago

College Credits For Trolling the Web?

Bangmaker The problem of Evidence (1164 comments)

There is at least one piece of "evidence" for ID belief in nearly every aspect of science. But at the same time there is a non-ID piece of "evidence" that goes against it. For instance, those of ID often believe that a "Spirit" is involved in people or things that (at the same time) gives freedom of choice, and from it the ability to reason, so on... The people who believe something other than ID, or even those in ID who do not believe in having a "Spirit" would argue that there is no free choice or "reason," per say, but that the random or non-random (as in caused by something "in the world") path of electricity through brain neurons causes people to do the things they do. The "Spirit" group might say that the "Spirit" causes the non-random actions, but since the non-"Spirit" group denies the existence of such, and as at this point "Spirits" cannot be proven or disproven, the argument should halt until further evidence is revealed. However, the argument continues even though no new evidence has been shown. Also, even when new evidence is shown disproving "Spirits," one of the "Spirit" group might argue that the "Spirit" is or is caused by a god or God (god meaning one of many, God meaning one). Since this is fundamental to the argument in the first place, the whole thing boils down to a "faith" based belief, for both parties. *I am not yet out of high school, and so have not been exposed to the doctrines of Christian, Evolutionist, ID, Muslim... or other college.

more than 4 years ago

The Pirate Bay Ordered To Block Dutch Users

Bangmaker Proxies, anyone? (255 comments)

How would TBP know that the visitors were from the Netherlands anyway? As far as I know, there is not much to go buy other than an IP address, which can easily be hidden by almost any proxy.

more than 4 years ago

Tron Legacy Exposed

Bangmaker Re:Videogames in 1982? (320 comments)

But, though pacman was popular, were 3D graphics even in existance? Wasn't Wolfenstein, released in 1992 the first game with 3D graphics?

about 5 years ago

18 Android Phones, In 3 Flavors, By Year's End

Bangmaker A Suggestion (152 comments)

Personally I think google can either epically win or fail with this move. One thing I see as very important is making sure not all of the phones are smartphones. The article suggests that several service providers will be in on the deal (already a step above apple in my opinion), however, if every phone delivered is a smartphone, much of the market will be lost. Not everyone can afford the expenses of internet and email that come with a smartphone. I would get the phone simply because it was running Andriod even if it weren't a smartphone.

more than 4 years ago

Storytelling In Games and the Use of Narration

Bangmaker Re:challenge: storyline for donkey kong (131 comments)

But this barrel was far more special than the last. It contained over five-hundred billion bananas. (why they are important I don't know)

more than 5 years ago

Storytelling In Games and the Use of Narration

Bangmaker Re:Yes, I RTFA (131 comments)

I had a nearly opposite reaction to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Why would I want to watch a two minute cutscene when I could be riping apart more stormtroopers? Althought by the end the game was pretty old, even the worst gameplay was by far better than the cutscenes.

more than 5 years ago

Most vital body part / system?

Bangmaker Re:Brain and Genitalia (480 comments)

Personally, I don't see the difference between the two.

more than 5 years ago

Pirate Bay P2P Trial Begins In Sweden

Bangmaker Re:A Strawman for the Symptom (723 comments)

There is always a happy medium somewhere. In the music I listen to, I would say around 40~60 cents a song is reasonable. As for the profit issue, take other professions for example. At the low end are companies like Costco, Walmart, Big Lots, etc. They sell a ton of very inexpensive items to make profit. In the middle, there are semi-specialty stores like Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc. They sell fewer and more specific items at a higher price. At the highest end, companies make just one type of very high priced item like custom built computers or good wines or cigars. The music industry also needs to find its place in this cycle.

more than 5 years ago

Sea Sponge Extract Conquers Resistant Bacteria

Bangmaker Re:Respect (132 comments)

If it can kill MRSA that has already entered a person then it is good enough for right now. There will always be more ways to kill it in the future, but we still need help now.

more than 5 years ago



Open Source Software Suggestions for Smartboards

Bangmaker Bangmaker writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bangmaker writes "Our school's math department recently receive several Smartboards for use in the classroom. As a technology inclined student, I cringe when my teacher must try several times to do simple tasks like selecting and grouping lines and diagrams. While the included software has much to offer, like built in text editors and multicolor pens, even common programs like Inkscape are often easier to use than this software. So I ask you, what other software is available to teachers for these tasks? The software needs to have a built in text editor, the ability to draw freehand using multiple easy to pick colors, and a grid or graph function. Combinations of programs are alright too, but they must be able to run simultaneously on an average office PC. Preferably the software should be free, easy to use and learn for the average human being, and able to be used with only a mouse, so a keyboard is not only not necessary but barely useful except for typing. The program's ability to use all the features of the Smartboard would be an added bonus."

The Pirate Bay Going Legal

Bangmaker Bangmaker writes  |  about 5 years ago

Bangmaker writes "The Pirate Bay is going legal in August, as told in an article in Techdirt and on the official Pirate Bay Blog. "The Pirate Bay has apparently been sold to a public company for 60 million SEK (about $8 million US) — at least according to a press release from the supposed buyer, Global Gaming Factory X (GGF). Apparently it's 30 million SEK/$4 million in cash and another the rest in shares in GGF. The company claims the acquisition will be complete in August, and that it will "launch new business models that allow compensation to the content providers and copyright owners.Apparently GGF operates internet cafes and gaming centers in Sweden, and also offers software for managing internet cafes as well. I assume more details will be forthcoming soon, but this raises a variety of questions — in part about the ongoing lawsuit and the lingering jailterms for the four people who were on trial. ""

Slashdot Poll

Bangmaker Bangmaker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bangmaker (1420175) writes "You've got ten minutes. You will... 1)I never have just ten minutes---2) I never have more than 30 seconds---3) Sleep---4) Sit quietly and contemplate my future---5) Make a new plan for world domination---6) Something entirely different(described below)---"



The iPad

Bangmaker Bangmaker writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Is almost a total disappointment. No camera, no backgrounding, no flash support.


Bangmaker Bangmaker writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I am learning more daily about Singularity. It seems in some ways to be a cult...

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