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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Dahamma Re:A willingness to fight (568 comments)

Which gender bias is that, given I am of the gender I am making fun of?

But I guess on /. AC is sort of a 3rd gender.

2 days ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Dahamma Re:A willingness to fight (568 comments)

Yep, that's what I was thinking. Also a seemingly inherent need to pontificate about any random philosophy, statistics, or trivia they may or may not actually be experts on.

Really, this should have been completely obvious to anyone who posts on slashdot (not to mention the gender gap here makes Wikipedia look like a bridal shower in comparison).

3 days ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

Dahamma Re:not so fast (128 comments)

Weirdly, your incoherent/drunken/moronic post almost seems to be proof that humans "evolved better mothers from taking care of the infants". Can't think of another explanation. Are you *still* in your mother's basement or is she just paying your rent?

4 days ago
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

Dahamma Re:not so fast (128 comments)

The evolutionary reality is even simpler that that (though the achievement of those is clearly not). The three main factors are:

1. be able to reproduce
2. be able to attract/acquire a mate
3. be able to care for/protect offspring long enough for them to reach #1

Clearly if it was just up #1 we would still be living alongside the rest of the primates. #2 can be a fairly complex social interaction - but insects are just as capable of it as humans. #3 is where the whole thing explodes, and is the key to investing all of those resources into the brain (and is what made it more evolutionarily advantageous to extend the time to #1 and #2).

Though of course in modern human society, social and technological advancement in #3 has so outpaced the first two that they barely seem to matter, and is why we are basically blowing past any "natural" population control. Our brains are letting us find clever ways of surviving and stripping the planet of resources, but unless we figure out a way to expand beyond the planet or stop using its finite resources we'll go through the same collapse seen in any other species going through a population explosion...

about a week ago
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The Tech Fixes the PS3 Still Needs, Eight Years On

Dahamma Re:3D Blu-Ray Player (99 comments)

Mandatory patches are ok if they are properly managed. Xbox does 2 per year and they generally add a bunch of useful features. Sony randomly releases mandatory patches a half dozen times or more a year, and once in a while even every few weeks...

about a week ago
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CMU System Lets You Get To the Good Parts of Video, Fast

Dahamma Re:Does it work on movies? (32 comments)

No, action is synonym for porn.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

Dahamma Re:This just in. (281 comments)

How was it legal? He stole people's property.

So, bitcoins are now property that you can steal?

Please show me a law that shows bitcoins are any more real or worth any more than virtual gold in World of Warcraft.

about 2 months ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

Dahamma Re:So there's 100 or so unimmunized? (387 comments)

Well, I do agree with you the media is as much to blame as any talking heads spewing the misinformation (just not that we should give the original sources a pass).

The problem is same as with global warming, evolution, or other fringe non-scientific alternative opinions. The media tries to "balance" the argument by providing equal coverage of both sides when in reality the actual evidence/voices/etc are overwhelmingly in favor of one side (skip to 3:20 if you just want the punchline...)

about 3 months ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

Dahamma Re:Stay in the basement! (387 comments)

Also, what TFA did point out but the summary didn't is that even if the immunization had reduced effectiveness, most cases would be less severe in someone who has been vaccinated, which can be the difference between a very annoying illness and a life-threatening one.

about 3 months ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

Dahamma Re:So there's 100 or so unimmunized? (387 comments)

She's still promoting unsubstantiated FUD about vaccinations, she has just switched her focus from autism to "toxins".

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad...

"Yet as doctors say, dosage makes the poison. The amount of, say, formaldehyde in a typical vaccination is much less than you’d get eating an apple. The same can be shown for the other ingredients claimed to be toxins in vaccines as well. The truth is vaccines contain far too small a dose of any of these things to cause any of the problems McCarthy and other anti-vaxxers claim exist.as doctors say, dosage makes the poison.

Also, botulinum is the single most lethal toxin known to humans. Yet McCarthy has enthusiastically praised injecting this toxin into her face. How can anyone possibly say that and also say vaccines have dangerous levels of toxins in them with a straight face?"

about 3 months ago
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Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

Dahamma Re:thankX (179 comments)

Yeah, totally. America has never had much luck with its space program!

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

Eh, I think "Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology" was pretty clear. Of course they are going to bring the lawyers in and codify it all, etc. I'm sure it will be the pretty standard "you don't sue us we won't sue you kind of thing" plenty of other companies have already done. This was a blog post, not a legal document...

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

In fact, RTFA and not just the two sentence quoted in the summary, and said clearer statement is already there :)

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

And most importantly...

not good faith: using our patents and then trying to sue us for infringing yours.

They aren't going to give up their defensive position, they are basically just promising not to sue if they are not sued.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re: Trust but verify (211 comments)

If there was a written agreement/contract or patent license (which I assume there will be, and it will also include very specific clauses about indemnifying Tesla against any lawsuits of the licensee) then it doesn't matter.

And despite the casual tone of Musk's post, Tesla is a large public company and still beholden to shareholders, etc. They will undoubtedly get the lawyers involved to make sure things go as planned. This isn't the first time a company has done this (or similarly, multiple companies have pooled their defensive patents), so it's not like there aren't established practices already...

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

Telsa should have the CEO publicly post such a statement where Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use their technology. This will be quickly picked up by tech blogs and linked to the statement.

I can't tell if this is sarcasm or not... because it's EXACTLY WHAT THE LINKED BLOG POST IS. And in fact, that's exactly what Slashdot just did...

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Dahamma Re:Trust but verify (211 comments)

They don't really need something "new", because what they already have is a completely new mindset for a car company. They are so far ahead of the established old-thought auto makers in so many areas that it would take the rest of them a complete overhaul of their entire executive staff, middle management, engineer and design teams, factories, etc, to get close.

Not to mention they are profitable and make an $80k+ niche car that has been backordered since well before it was ever released. At some level it's like Ferrari saying "ok, we are releasing the patents behind our $1M supercar" - the market is so specialized it wouldn't matter, and Ferrari's demand so outstrips their supply you basically have to get permission from Ferrari to even buy one.

about 3 months ago
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Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

Dahamma Re:And Ramadan is coming... (148 comments)

Sure, science waits for no one, and everyone besides the grant-writers work odd hours occasionally.

Actually, the PI would take odd hour shifts when necessary. I guess that's part of why everyone else was willing to do it without complaint once in a while. Lead by example...

Then again, he eventually left the lab and started a company doing sleep research that was later bought out by a big pharma. I guess keeping rats awake in the name of science wasn't as rewarding as doing it in the name of a $10B+ insomnia drug market. Not that I can complain, I left that field a long time ago for tech startups as well. Lead by example, again :)

But anyway - to your point that you claim that the OP's comment about 24 hour fasting vs 48-72 hour fasting not being supported by the evidence - it seems clearly supported to me, since that was one of the main points of the study! One of key data sets they relied on was lymphocyte (and other) counts in 24 vs 72 hour fasting (it's in the full paper on Cell). And a major conclusion was "the results from a phase I clinical trial indicate that 72 but not 24 hr of PF in combination with chemotherapy were associated with normal lymphocyte counts and maintenance of a normal lineage balance in WBCs"

And if you think about it clearly 12-24 hours is not enough to be considered "fasting" from a ketosis perspective, since that's pretty much in the range of what most humans do every night. Fasting from sunup to sundown and pigging out afterwards really isn't that much different; basically just skipping a midday meal, which many people also do.

about 3 months ago
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Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

Dahamma Re:And Ramadan is coming... (148 comments)

The 48-72 hours was more likely chosen because it would allow the postdocs, grad students, and techs to not have to come in at midnight on a weekend to kill a mouse and drain them of their blood (and then quit and join a different lab). Not because that time frame was empirically determined to be the minimum fasting time required for the effect.

I guess you've never been a grad student/tech, then? In the lab I worked in (with rats and mice, actually, though it was sleep & circadian research) they had no problem sending the grad students - or even better, the undergrad interns - in at midnight to do various studies.

Yes, I have sat after midnight in a lab lit only by dim red light (doesn't interrupt rat rhythms) for several hours basically keeping rats awake when they start to nod off. Which is also why our lab invented a cage that would automatically tip the rats into a pool of water when they fell asleep. Which I guess is a bit ironic that the pursuit of a decent night's sleep led to a device that prevented a decent night's sleep...

about 3 months ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

Dahamma Re:L.A. Story? (154 comments)

Damn, I just posted or I'd have modded this one up :)

about 3 months ago

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