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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

Cragen Re:Economic Impacts (82 comments)

this will stratify the have and hane-nots further.

All of your premises assume that the ideas of "Haves" and "Have nots" are even valid. I would, ultimately, say those ideas are incorrect. No one "gets out alive" so to concentrate on that which cannot be kept is ultimately unwise. The idea that "those that die (or live) with the most toys win!" is quite ignorant. The idea that having or not having something is improving or worsening your life is a waste of good time. It's all relative and therefore mental gymnastics at its worst. Time to Wake up.

about 2 months ago
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Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

Cragen Re:Cool Tech (67 comments)

Indeed. In 1984, I bought a complete Pioneer stereo system (FM Receiver, 200W Amp [0.02% THD - woot!], Cassette Tape (i repeat, Tape) Deck, 2 Speakers (a yard-high each), all total for about $2000) and was bummed that I didn't have enough money for a Reel-to-Reel unit. The whole thing (along with my record and tape collection) took up most of one wall in our living room. In 1985, the whole thing could be had for about $500 in something the size of a car radio, with BETTER SOUND. Egads. But I still remember that wall of stereo stuff quite fondly.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

Cragen Re:Hate!? (91 comments)

Wish I could mod you up.

about 3 months ago
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Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

Cragen Re:Stop the madness!!! (48 comments)

Better yet. Some guy calling himself a "scientist", in the WaPo Comments here to a similar article with this conclusion: " the perfect alignment of variables that must all fall into place for this explanation to work is virtually impossible on the regular basis required to satisfy the frequency of the event. There is a different reason; they don not know what it is."

When I was young, many years ago, I thought ignorance could be overcome by education. Now, some 60+ years later, I begin to think that is not the case. /sigh

about 3 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Cragen Re:This is what happens (247 comments)

This is what happens when physicists come up with ideas when they're high....

A guy named Richard Alpert (a Harvard Psychologist) teamed up with a guy named Timothy Leary (another Harvard Psychologist) to do experiments with LSD to do just that. He later changed his name to Ram Dass. In his book, "Be Here Now", he wrote that (short version) he couldn't figure out how to STAY high so he went to India hoping to find that answer.

about 3 months ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

Cragen Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (247 comments)

Well, the irony is that outside of the US, discrimination based on color of skin is quite rare. Discrimination based on "tribe" and gender seems to be everywhere, though.

about 3 months ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Cragen Your life is SO AWFUL. (158 comments)

Takes some seriously Orwellian doublethink to pretend copyright enforcement isn't censorship.

If copyright issues are your biggest complaint, you have a pretty good life. I am betting you have electricity, running water, and toilets, things much of the "free world" doesn't have, much less relative freedom of speech. You simply have no idea what life is like outside your environment. Please do travel outside your local country. Hopefully, it will be an eye-opener (and heart-opener) for you.

about 3 months ago
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Securing the US Electrical Grid

Cragen Re:INL working on these issues. (117 comments)

Wish you were correct. I live in the western part of Fairfax County, Virginia. We lose power for 1-4 hours about every 6 months and for over 24 hours about once every 2 - 3 years. (During one outage, very early in the morning, I decided to go to the local donut shop for coffee and donuts. As I was leaving my neighborhood, I realized that the outage was only about 3 blocks square with my house near the "epicenter". It could be ME that's causing all these power problems. :P)

about 3 months ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

Cragen Considering his history... (144 comments)

in Blade Runner, he essentially only kept the title character and the title and

in Prometheus, he essentially just re-gurgitated "Alien", what could go wrong?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

Cragen Re:Meditation (552 comments)

(Replying to my own comment) I would also like to note that my mother-in-law had such a stroke that she was given last rites. Twice. Got medivac-ed to the Fairfax VA Hospital, etc. And recovered 99%-wise. Over about 9 months. Lost her sense of smell. (talk about mixed emotions.)

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

Cragen Meditation (552 comments)

Assume she can hear. Have a qualified teacher* teach about listening to the breath, then to the mind. Good for all, espcially for those in "captive" situations, which, if one really investigates, is every single one of us. Good luck.

(*Or just do this: (Tell her this>:)

1. Just count breaths from 1 to 10. Repeat.

2. When a thought or emotion takes one away (as it will, even for practiced meditators), gently bring one's attention back to the breath.

3. When that gets boring, watch the mind. Try to watch the thoughts and emotions arise. When #2 happens, gently bring your attention/awareness back to the mind.

4. Eventually, one will wonder who is having the thought. That is a good time to try to find out who the "I" is. Focus the attention on the "I" feeling. If more curious, or more info wanted, google meditation and find the type of practice or teacher that appeals to you. )

Or show her the movie (on a tablet maybe) the movie "Spirtual Revolution". Pretty cool.

about 6 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

Cragen Re:And the question of the day is... (327 comments)

People don't get paid to leave stuff alone. It seems that 90% - 95% of the changes belong in "changes get me paid" category. After 30 years of doing this, I am nearly completed underwhelmed by all the stuff changing. Doesn't really seem like much in the way of real benefit either to the customer or the business. Rather like the movies, tv, & books, where original and good are very rare.

about 7 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

Cragen Re:Yahoo, kill yourself! (300 comments)

I disagree. I would say "no" to being tracked for any reason, if I have a choice. I do NOT want web services to "personalize" my needs and preferences. I am a big boy and do not need your help, nor your attempts to route my attention, however small that period of attention span is.

about 7 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

Cragen Re:Reality? (293 comments)

Well, if you gotta use "over 20 technologies", that's just overkill. Less than 5 would be very cool, though.

about 7 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

Cragen Re:jim stone (293 comments)

I am guessing "Boston Bean".

about 7 months ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Cragen Re:One word: FUD (271 comments)

Agreed. Has it 10 years already? This article (and attendant requests for funding) seems to come out around every 10 years. This is, at least, the third time I have seen the EMP "bogey-man" series of articles. And I have worked with the US Army, who do take EMP (and HEMP) threats very seriously. And are already funded accordingly.

about 7 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Cragen Re:If you make this a proof of God... (612 comments)

I cannot prove any "he" (or she) exists. I can prove "we" exist. But we (most of us) have no idea what "we" really are.

about 7 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

Cragen Re:If you make this a proof of God... (612 comments)

Well, a "studied examination of the underlying spiritual lessons from all human religions", in this case, can lead to a valid perspective. I do think that the proof of that statement can be found (more easier by us lesser folk) by practical, serious meditation on the nature of one's self (body and mind). For anyone who thinks he is a Person, just how much control over your body or mind do you really have? In math, one failure in the proof invalidates the whole thing. As always, it is always the "unhappy" who search for a better life or way of life (I think) so the phrase might ring a bit unreal to those who are not searching for mental relief, but I have found the phrase to accurately portray our reality. Indeed, either "We" or "You" would be appropriate. Rather like glasses of water, only the containers differ in nature, and that is probably a delusion, too.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Neurofeedback At Home, Is It Possible?

Cragen Re:That reminds me a lot of (68 comments)

Mindfulness, a meditation technique in both Buddhism and Hinduism (and recommended widely in western psychological practice), is a widely misunderstood practice. It is simply the practice of "watching one's mind". "Happy", like "sad", "depressed", etc., is a feeling that comes from one's mind. Eventually, one realizes that the mind *is* the problem. (Well, the "gross" level of the "mind" is another way of putting it.) One then learns that ignoring that gross level of the mind is the next step in the process. That step results in the gross level of the mind eventually "wearing off" like mud on one's skin or silt settling in a glass of water. So, "Happy", "sad", etc., is then realized to be a part of that gross level of the mind. Mindfulness need not have all the religious or psychological trappings, but they also make people relatively happy in the meantime so perhaps the devotional techniques can be helpful. (I couldn't get into that stuff, but that's just me.) All the other stuff people do prior to learning the above is just relatively-"blind" people looking for help, which oddly is very hard to find.

about a year and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Lead Developer Ben Kamens About Khan Academy

Cragen Re:Where are all the CS courses? (69 comments)

Where are my mod points when I NEED them? This^(googleplex). There is a HUGE gap between the basic intros and actual useful (soph, junior & senior level courses) information. In fact, this is probably what is holding back ANY info. "revolution". Until then, there are no truly useful answers in the crowd.

about 2 years ago

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