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Los Angeles Goes Google Apps With Microsoft Cash

Linuss Can't anyone else see it? (266 comments)

Google is well on its way to becoming Skynet! Come on, don't give them control of an entire Governments worth of information!

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Vancouver Property Management Companies

Linuss What the...? (1 comments)

Is this an ad for potential grow ops looking for places to rent? the hell man, the hell...?

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Noctilucent Clouds Likely Caused By Shuttle Launches

Linuss Amazing... (132 comments)

I've seen this, they are one of the most beautiful things ever to reach my eye. Was around 1998 in california after a space shuttle launch, it looked like we had Northern Lights all of a sudden, huge swathes of purple and green whisks of clouds all across the night sky, visible right during a typical beautiful california sunset. Man... good times.

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Checked out from the library right now, I've got ...

Linuss Re:Huh? (369 comments)

Bullshit! Libraries are plastered with ads, as well!

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Does Bing Have Google Running Scared?

Linuss All Bing (560 comments)

seems to be good for is porn. I just tried 10 different searches and all I got was porn.

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Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In

Linuss is... (508 comments)

this achievement stuff for real?

Also do nuclear facilities really run windows on their machines? that seems fucking ridiculous for some reason...

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Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?

Linuss Re:Oh they'll crash all right (1316 comments)

This is not a fail of the students, but a fail of the schools.

This is a fail of our society. Schools shouldn't have to teach their students common knowledge. I'm not even in college yet and many of the things I'm reading about in this thread come as completely obvious and natural to me (i do have quite a bit of experience in corporate environments for my age, however), and i find it ridiculous that people need to be TAUGHT this. If you sit in front of tv all day and believe the shit that is stuffed down your throat, you deserve to be let the fuck down when you graduate.

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Emulation Explosion On the PS3 Via Linux

Linuss Re:No (425 comments)

Is this post worth a reply or are you just being a retard for the sake of it?

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Small Asteroid Making 400,000 Mile Pass By Earth

Linuss Re:Let's land on it. (157 comments)

Why do you have to force me to choose? WHHHYYY? Can't I love them both?

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Small Asteroid Making 400,000 Mile Pass By Earth

Linuss Re:Let's land on it. (157 comments)

I love you.

thanks.

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US Army Files Found On Second-Hand MP3 Player

Linuss Re:And the previous owner was? (184 comments)

Theres no need to mod me down because you don't get a joke gandalf. seriously now.

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Small Asteroid Making 400,000 Mile Pass By Earth

Linuss Re:Let's land on it. (157 comments)

Land on my ship, asteroid?

Nah, doesn't have as nice a ring to it...

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US Army Files Found On Second-Hand MP3 Player

Linuss Re:And the previous owner was? (184 comments)

Yes yes, brand him a traitor and try to get him extradited to Texas so they can sentence him to death.

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Indymedia Server Seized By UK Police, Again

Linuss Re:More of the same crap (528 comments)

They don't know their rights, and they don't really care about them until the shit hits the proverbial fan in their lives.
People are lazy by nature, unless they have to, they won't bother finding out about something. It's like natural curiosity has all but disappeared from the world.

Putting your head in the sand is easier than facing the facts, and it leaves more free time for TV.

What would you choose as John Doe #?

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Indymedia Server Seized By UK Police, Again

Linuss Re:Well. (528 comments)

The UK is a great model for the rest of the world if you're interested in the transition of a rather normal country into a total police state. Granted, it still has quite a distance to go, and there's other countries much worse off than England, but for a developed western country it is appalling. What was it I heard recently? Something like 80% of closed circuit security cameras are in London? It's really a shame, the UK has an amazing history, but today's politics are sending it in a totally skewed and destructive direction.

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Guitar Hero: Metallica Setlist Released

Linuss Re:Don't buy it (82 comments)

if you aint got flac, you're wack!

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How Quake Wars Met the Ray Tracer

Linuss Re:Did Intel graphics improve when I wasn't lookin (158 comments)

Hmmm, I WAS going to say that you should get yourself a better pc, but I think I've changed my mind and would recommend common sense, instead. No Shit intels lab work is going to be better than what the end user ends up seeing, usually because the end user is too dumb to set up a pc correctly, but maybe even a little bit because THEY USE STUFF YOU CANT BUY? sheesh, people these days.

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Texas Board of Education Supports Evolution

Linuss Re:Evolution vs Creationism (344 comments)

Well said! Somethings wrong with the moderation here, the dumbass answer gets +5 insightful and the right one is 0? Hmmmmmmmmm....

more than 5 years ago

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Prehistoric Gene Reawakens to Battle HIV

Linuss Linuss writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Linuss (1305295) writes "About 95% of the human genome has once been designated as "junk" DNA. While much of this sequence may be an evolutionary artifact that serves no present-day purpose, some junk DNA may function in ways that are not currently understood. The conservation of some junk DNA over many millions of years of evolution may imply an essential function that has been "turned off." Now scientists say there's a junk gene that fights HIV. And they've discovered how to turn it back on.

What these scientists have done could give us the first bulletproof HIV vaccine. They have re-awakened the human genome's latent potential to make us all into HIV-resistant creatures; they published their ground-breaking research in PLoS Biology.
A group of scientists led by Nitya Venkataraman and Alexander Colewhether wanted to try a new approach to fighting HIV — one that worked with the body's own immune system. They knew Old World monkeys had a built-in immunity to HIV: a protein called retrocyclin, which can prevent HIV from entering cell walls and starting an infection. So they began poring over the human genome, looking to see if humans had a latent gene that could manufacture retrocyclin too. It turned out that we did, but a "nonsense mutation" in the gene had turned it off at some point in our evolutionary history.
Nonsense mutations are caused when random DNA code shows up in the middle of a gene, preventing it from beginning the process of manufacturing proteins in the cell. Venkataraman and her team decided to investigate this gene further, doing a series of tests to see if the retrocyclin it produced would keep HIV out of human cells. It did.
At last, they knew that if they could just figure out a way to reawaken the "junk" gene that creates retrocyclin in humans, they might be able to stop HIV infections. The researchers just needed to figure out a way to remove that nonsense mutation and get the target gene to start manufacturing retrocyclin again.
Here's where things really get interesting. The team found a way to use a compound called aminoglycosides, which itself can cause errors when RNA transcribes information from DNA to make proteins. But this time, the aminoglycoside error would work in their favor: It would cause that RNA to ignore the nonsense mutation in the junk gene, and therefore start making retrocyclin again. In preliminary tests, their scheme worked. The human cells made retrocyclin, fended off HIV, and effectively became AIDS-resistant. And it was done entirely using the latent potential in the so-called junk DNA of the human genome.
After more research is done, the researchers believe this might become a viable way to make humans immune to HIV infection.
What's especially intriguing, beyond the amazing idea of an AIDS vaccine, is that aminoglycosides have the potential to unlock the uses for other pieces of junk DNA. In Darwin's Radio, certain portions of these "non-sense" sequences, remnants of prehistoric retroviruses, have been activated by aminoglycosides.
In the novel, humans start rapidly evolving after their junk DNA re-awakens in response to stress. Could we induce instant mutations, or gain other new immunities by using aminoglycosides on our junk DNA?"

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Robotic firefighting team debuts

Linuss Linuss writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Linuss writes "A team of fire-fighting robots has been unveiled by defence contractor QinetiQ at a demonstration in London.

The display showcased a quartet of robots aimed at tackling the particular risk of fires involving cylinders of the industrial gas acetylene.

The robots range from a nimble, stair-climbing reconnaissance unit to a diesel-powered robot with a large claw.

The two-year project is funded by Network Rail, the Highways Agency and Transport for London.

Organised in conjunction with the London Fire Brigade, the project has been on trial since last year, with the team of robots — and their operators — on call for incidents that happen in London and the Southeast.

So far in 2009, the robots have been involved in 10 incidents."

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Brain Age Does Not Work Say French Researchers

Linuss Linuss writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Just as researchers in Scotland say Brain Age works, researchers in France say it doesn't. According to data from University of Rennes, Brittany, Brain Age failed to show any significant jump in memory.

What's more, the game apparently made memory worse.

The research had a sample of ten year-old children split into four groups: The first two groups did a seven-week DS memory course, the third group did puzzles with pencil and paper, while the fourth group just went to school as regular. Before and after started each program, the groups did logic tests.

The results? The DS control group did not do significantly better -- save for a 19 percent increase in math. (However, the pencil-and-paper group also had the same increase in math, and the just-go-to-school group had a 18 percent increase in math.) However, the pencil-and-paper group showed a 33 percent increase in memorization, while the DS groups did 17 percent worse. The kid who just went to school showed a 20 percent increase.

According to Alain Lieury, professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Rennes, "The Nintendo DS is a technological jewel. As a game it's fine, but it is charlatanism to claim that it is a scientific test... There were few positive effects and they were weak. Dr Kawashima is one of a long list of dream merchants."

Professor Lieury is publishing his findings in a new book, Stimulate Your Neurones, which is out this month.

Stolen from Kotaku (who stole it from the NY times, so here: http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/gadgets_and_gaming/article5587314.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=1063742 )

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'Time reversal' allows wireless broadband under the sea

Linuss Linuss writes  |  more than 6 years ago Playing garbled acoustic messages backwards could take wireless broadband communication beneath the waves, boosting the speed of data transfers to submarines, undersea robots and data collection devices by up to three times. Wireless communication in the ocean is difficult because water molecules absorb radio waves very efficiently, an effect exploited by microwave ovens. Acoustic signals travel better, but also degrade quickly due to echoes, ambient noise, swirling currents and, again, water absorbing the signals. But a technique called acoustic time reversal can change that. The trick cleans up underwater sound signals, extending their range and capacity. William Kuperman and colleagues at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, US, and researchers from the NATO Undersea Research Centre in La Spezia, Italy, have been testing the technique in the Mediterranean. Reconstructed signal Time reversal exploits the way undersea acoustic signals typically arrive clouded by echoes that travel at different speeds. For example, a "ping" may arrive as three separate sounds - one that travelled directly, an echo from the surface and then an echo from the ocean floor. If the receiver transmits the same sequence of sounds backwards, they will take the same routes back to the original source. But because the sound that took the longest to travel is sent first, the second-slowest next, and the fastest last, all three will arrive at about the same time at the original source. In effect, they converge in time, reconstructing the original signal. The retransmitted sounds will create echoes of their own, but the original signal is strong enough to stand out, say the researchers. To use this technique for communication, a person that wishes to receive a message first transmits a carrier signal. The sender time-reverses what they receive, and also alters it to carry a message before sending it back. The receiver gets a clean enough version of the original signal to decode the added message. Huge range Kuperman and colleagues managed to use the technique to transmit 15 kilobits a second at a range of 4 kilometres, and 5 kilobits per second at 20 km. It even worked over 3,500 km - comparable to the distance some whales can communicate with song - although the data rate fell to only about 100 bits per second. Conventional underwater acoustic modems achieve reliable rates of just a few kilobits per second across 5 km in shallow water. Geoffrey Edelmann, a physicist at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, US, says that time reversal is acknowledged to be the best way to improve acoustic communications, and that Kuperman and colleagues have achieved the best results. "Their work is the best. I think they are leading the charge at the moment," he told New Scientist. Previous tests have not achieved such long distance, or high bandwidth links. Kuperman and colleagues will present their work at the Acoustics 08 meeting in Paris on 1 July. http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn14205-time-reversal-allows-wireless-broadband-under-the-sea.html?DCMP=ILC-hmts&nsref=specrt12_head_Deep%20sea%20wireless

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