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New Research Could Slow Human Aging

FingerDemon Re:How does that work? (180 comments)

You are over simplifying things. I mean it is great if you are on track to a long and happy life of easy to maintain good health. But I can think of numerous scenarios right now where a person's grandparents die of natural causes before 60 and the genetic issues that person inherits are now treatable with modern medicine. Sure on an actuarial table, it doesn't look good. But it is probably better to say that if all your grandparents died of natural causes before age 60, make sure you have regular checkups with your doctor as you hit your forties and beyond.

Anecdotally, I had a relative that was a heavy smoker (cigarettes) and overate all the wrong things. Had warnings for years from doctors. He must have been blessed genetically because he still lived a pretty long time. Who knows how much longer he would have lived if he had eaten a better diet, quit smoking and gotten some exercise? Genetics is a part of the picture. It isn't everything. I also think stress has a big role. You sound pretty happy with your lifestyle. That can help. Just stay away from busses when you are drinking beer. :-)

about a year ago

The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

FingerDemon Re:No wonder ... (384 comments)

My God. I thought you were making a clever joke referencing sequels to "the last screenwriting book you'll ever need". But it is true, there are two sequels. This is almost as funny as my favorite unintentionally funny book title ever, "Positive Thinking... for Dummies".

about a year and a half ago

3 Habitable-Zone Super-Earths Found Orbiting Nearby Star

FingerDemon Re:Have this methods actually been checked? (203 comments)

They didn't give it to us, they waited to contact us until we had it. Turn in your nerd card.

about a year and a half ago

"Dark Lightning" Could Expose Airline Passengers To Radiation

FingerDemon Great... flying was already uncomfortable (263 comments)

Now, instead of those flimsy blankets on long flights, I'll have to wear the lead aprons you get when the dentist is x-raying your teeth. And probably pay extra for the weight increase, too.

about 2 years ago

Beware the Rings of Pluto

FingerDemon Re:Plitteration? (96 comments)

Anxious astronomers allowing a lot of alliteration.

more than 2 years ago

To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

FingerDemon Sadly... (1651 comments)

'Pushing helmets really kills cycling and bike-sharing in particular because it promotes a sense of danger that just isn't justified — in fact, cycling has many health benefits,' says Piet de Jong.

Sadly, right after saying this, Piet de Jong got on his bicycle without a helmet and crashed. After hitting his head on the curb, he was rushed by ambulance to the hospital for emergency brain surgery.

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Begins Release of 2.5m Syrian Emails

FingerDemon Re:And this is why (322 comments)

I have mixed feelings about Wikileaks. On the one hand, I like when gov't wrong doing that has been covered up is revealed. But on the other, Assange has the view that countries should always say the same things in public as in private (He said so in 60 minutes inteview). I think this is just not a standard that any nation can live up to. Most decent people don't live that way and neither would I expect well run nations to do so. Even allies will make public statements while having more private views and back channel communications. I really don't see that as wrong. It is only if it is used to propagate hurtful lies or hide important truths that make it wrong.
As for his criminal accusations, I don't know what to think. I am skeptical of the accusations and the way they were made. But I am equally skeptical of the defense of him I have heard. I don't know what the truth is. I can only hope if he committed a crime, he gets a fair trial. And if he didn't, that all accusations and allegations would be dropped.
If the U.S. is involved in the massacre of civilians in Syria, I would want to know about it. And I would want those responsible to answer for it. However, I do think that scenario unlikely in the case of Syria, from what I have read.

more than 2 years ago

Drug Company Disguised Advertising As Science

FingerDemon Re:zzzz (172 comments)

If some are condemning their research as fraud, they bring it on themselves by including marketing expenses in their research budgets in order to justify higher prices for consumers in the countries (like the U.S.) where they can get away with it. News reports I have seen in the past few years indicate they are making record profits. That certainly isn't because they have come up with much better antibiotics. It is because they advertise heavily until people bug their doctors for a prescription. That said, there are certainly wonderful advances and I'm sure good and decent scientists working for all the right reasons in those firms. I just doubt sincerely that they are in control.

more than 2 years ago

Homeland Security: New Body Scanners Have Issues

FingerDemon Re:Oooooo! I have an idea! (181 comments)

So, I choose the Dr. Manhattan avatar and the whole things starts all over again.

more than 2 years ago

15-Year-Old Arrested For Hacking 259 Companies

FingerDemon Re:Hollywood would disagree (153 comments)

Hollywood thinks...

Citation needed...

more than 2 years ago

The Cybercrime Wave That Wasn't

FingerDemon Re:Over-Phishing (85 comments)

Don't forget "Phishing License" - State sponsored phishing for gov't or corporate secrets.

more than 2 years ago

EA Defends Itself Against Thousands of Anti-Gay Letters

FingerDemon Re:Well I say (1069 comments)

Hot lesbian Dathomir witches... fucking genius!!

more than 2 years ago

Embryonic Stem Cell Retinal Implants Seem Safe, So Far

FingerDemon Re:This is truly good news (91 comments)

My understanding of this (non scientist view) is that they found stem cells grown in isolation of other cells tended to become tumors. But when placed in the presence of similar cells or with cells of the areas of the body where they needed to grow, they were more likely to behave as hoped and turned into the needed cells. Maybe some kind of cellular chemical signature guidance to the stem cell of what to do. But what a gamble, you have to put the stem cells right into the affected area where if things go wrong, it would be very hard to fix. This is why I thought they were working towards using stem cells to grow new teeth since they could implant them and then if necessary pull them out if things went wrong. Teeth are apparently similar in many ways to more sophisticated internal organs, so a lot would be learned by perfecting it. Plus, it would totally be marketable if you could grow people brand new perfect teeth.

about 3 years ago

No, SETI Has Not Detected Alien Signals From Space

FingerDemon Re:"almost certainly" (160 comments)

"For the fundamental truth self-determination of the cosmos, for dark is the suede that mows like a harvest. "

about 3 years ago

Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones

FingerDemon Re:because its simple (1003 comments)

I haven't seen anyone comment on the distraction of GPS systems. Of course, they also get you where you need to go quicker so reduce your time on the road looking for your destination. But still listening to the thing and trying to follow its instructions can be at least as distracting as having a conversation with a passenger or using a hands-free phone.
I mean there is no question people do all kinds of stupid things and I can hardly believe people using phones with one hand while they try to park their car or back it out of a tight spot. But I think to claim hands-free is more of a distraction than a conversation with a passenger is a stretch. At a minimum, it would depend on the circumstances. Someone having a simple conversation on the phone with both hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road could certainly be less distracting than a screaming argument with a passenger.

As an aside, my favorite distracted driving story is about a friend of a friend going to work and seeing the woman behind him doing her makeup in the rearview mirror in stop and go traffic. A few minutes later the guy stops the car in traffic and the lady rear ends him. He looks back and sees her pulling her lipstick out of one of her nostrils.

more than 3 years ago

A Cognitive Teardown of Angry Birds

FingerDemon Re:In other words, (220 comments)

Tower Madness is a good Tower Defense game. Moxie 1 and 2 word game (although Moxie 1 is now on Facebook, too). Peggle is good, but I think I actually prefer it on the old click-wheel ipod. Star Wars Trench Run for the total Star Wars geek (raises hand). Some of the high end racing games are good too, but I kind of suck at them.

I've gotten a ton of games free from the Free App A Day site and FreeAppCalendar and others like it. I just check them once a day and see if they have anything good. Also got HarborMaster and SpyMouse (my kid likes that one) free from Starbucks. Not sure if they are worth full price, but I play them from time to time.

Tower Madness I got for free originally, but happily have bought in game extras since I have gotten way more than a dollar worth of fun out of the game.

more than 3 years ago

A Cognitive Teardown of Angry Birds

FingerDemon Re:Angry Birds a real killer (220 comments)

I think you are on to something there. As a unit of measure, each 30 minutes of wasted time should be referred to as a "Kardashian". The same length of time as their show.

more than 3 years ago

Notch Asks For Trial By Combat

FingerDemon Re:Mods (205 comments)

I don't know about buying it in a heartbeat. But I totally agree that this is a brilliant way to take a stupid copyright dispute that hurts both parties with legal bills and turns it into a great marketing opportunity for both companies. If I were on either side of this, I would hype it like crazy. Trash talking press conferences with nose to nose photo ops... the works. Is Don King still around? Gamers will eat this stuff up. Hard to say if it would translate directly into game sales, but they say any kind of publicity is good publicity. And gaming companies settling disputes with gaming contests just feels so right.

more than 3 years ago

8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

FingerDemon Re:And look who has the most (937 comments)

I'm not disagreeing with you. But why are we limiting ourselves to thinking just about cars? A cost effective electric generator for homes and businesses would be a game changer calling into question whether we even need an electrical grid. As I understand it, homes are often terribly energy inefficient and a big percentage of electrical power is lost in transport through the grid. Aren't there some big benefits there, too? Particularly if the generators needed weren't quite compact enough for current vehicular engine compartments. Either have one per home, or even just replace transfer stations with larger thorium generators and reduce the distance the power has to travel.

more than 3 years ago

Lucas Loses Star Wars Stormtrooper Copyright Case

FingerDemon Re:So goes a once-talented filmmaker (325 comments)

What does your heart tell you?

I hope so. Yes, I guess...

Ugh, now I need a shower.

more than 3 years ago



Thief hackers use new device to steal gasoline

FingerDemon FingerDemon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FingerDemon (638040) writes "It looks like some thieves in Orlando, Florida are using a "never before seen" device to bypass gas pump controls and pump unlimited amounts of free gas into their cars and drive away. With gas prices as high as they are and getting higher, it seems like they came up with a pretty foolish plan for using this thing. Their getaway plan in particular could have been better.
Gas Gang Uses 'Never-Before-Seen' Device To Hack, Steal From Pumps"

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FingerDemon FingerDemon writes  |  more than 10 years ago Before the jokes, I want to thank zedmelon for being my first (and so far, only) Slashdot friend. sniff. Thanks, man. It took me a while to realize what to click to return the favor, but I have.
I also wanted to mention if anyone is into HalfLife mod online gameplay, that I like to play DoD and have found two really great gaming communities with servers and forums to hang with. The one is a little strange its BuxomBombshells.com. These are guys in California (mostly) who play under the aliases of famous female film stars. They can explain themselves on their own website, but they are a good group to play with.
The other is a larger community. The Ville.org They have multiple servers and an active community.

Okay a little harsher joke, but still possible to tell at work.

This bartender is getting ready to close up and there is only one customer left in the bar. He's a drunk who is always hard to get rid of.
"C'mon buddy, last call is over. You gotta go, now.", the bartender says.
"Wha- ah c'mon man.", the drunk says as the bartender is shuffling him to the door.
"Hey, what's that?", the drunk asks.
"It's a dart board. Let's go.", the bartender replies.
"Oh hey, let me throw a dart. C'mon let me throw one! Please man, c'mon...", the drunk pleads.
"Oh for crying out loud." the bartender exclaims, "If I let you throw one, will you leave?"
"Yeah, yeah, I promise."
"Okay.", the bartender gets a dart from behind the bar and gives it to the drunk.
The drunk stands there weaving and hurls the dart across the room landing right in the bullseye.
"Whooo hooo!!", the drunk yells, "I got it, what do I win?"
"What do you win?!?", the bartender says, "You don't win anything its a game!"
"C'mon, that's not fair.", the drunk says, "I got it fair and square."
The bartender starts arguing with him and quickly realizes that the drunk guy is not willing to give up the notion that he won something with the bullseye throw. The bartender decides instead of arguing with the drunk, he will just give him something to get rid of him. He reaches behind the bar and grabs a turtle that he found on the way into work. He had planned to give it to his son, but he decides to give it to the drunk to placate him. The drunk is very pleased with this and staggers out.

A couple of nights later the drunk comes back. Sure enough at closing time, he doesn't want to leave and asks the throw a dart again. The bartender is frustrated, but figures that there is no way he could possibly get another bullseye, so he agrees. Miraculously, the drunk throws another perfect bullseye.
"Hoorrayyy!!", the drunk yells, "I did it again. I win!! I win!!"
The bartender closes his eyes and shakes his head in disbelief.
"What do I win?", the drunk asks.
"Oh god, I don't know..." the bartender replies, "What did I give you last time?"
The drunk says, "Roast beef on a hard roll."


FingerDemon FingerDemon writes  |  more than 10 years ago I don't like spilling my guts out in these types of forums and my technical expertise isn't great enough for me to hold court in my own /. space. So, I guess instead of either whining about the job market for developers or critiqueing some Sci-Fi, I'll just post some jokes in my journal.

First couple of jokes are clean jokes. Most of the jokes I remember and think are funniest are slightly risque or crude. However, I have noticed that in a business environment or around friends that are church going or more conservative, I can really break the ice with a good clean joke. So, I try to remember the good ones that are inoffensive for just those sorts of occassions.

A guy's wife is 9 months pregnant. She wakes him up in the middle of the night to tell him it is time to go to the hospital. He is a bit spastic, so he runs around crazy and finally gets her into the car. He drives like a maniac, with her yelling at him to slow down until he runs a stop light and has an accident. His wife is fine, but he was rushing too much to put on his seatbelt and bumps his head and is knocked out.
He awakens in the hospital with a start. He tries to jump out of bed, but a nurse stops him.
"Sir you can't get up. You have a concussion."
"But you don't understand my wife is having a baby." he replies.
"Yes sir. She is fine. Your wife gave birth to twins an hour ago."
"WHAT?! Oh my God, I have so much to do, I have to get out of here."
"Please sir, calm down, we called your brother in law and he came down and took care of everything."
"Oh No! He's an idiot. What did he take care of?"
"He was very supportive of your wife, he filled out paperwork and he even named the children."
"What!?! Oh God, he named the children?! I'm afraid to ask, what did he name them?"
"Well you had a boy and a girl and he named the girl Denise."
"Denise? Denise. I actually like that. That's a nice name." he said smiling now, "Maybe he isn't such an idiot, after all."
They both chuckle.
"What did he name the boy?", he asked.

Okay, so its not the greatest joke. But you can tell that joke ANYWHERE.

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