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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Riddler Sensei Re:How are microbes heritable? (297 comments)

The baby picks a lot of it up "on the way out". It's one of the effects of a C-section - this drive by infection doesn't occur.

about 3 months ago

Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

Riddler Sensei Re:Makes sense (387 comments)

Testosterone isn't some Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde concoction like you seem to think it is.

As long as we're dealing with anecdotes I will throw mine into the ring. I've engaged in powerlifting as a hobby for the past two years, during which I have met some very impressive, and dedicated, individuals. These men are strong. Really strong. Functionally strong. They're not just pounding out hammer curls and shrugs to get a pump. They are training for strength, the kind of strength where elevated testosterone just comes with the territory. And they've all been pussycats. After benching just shy of 400lbs they aren't grunting and scowling, they're grinning ear-to-ear and are practically giggling. They're considerate with the equipment and readily share when the weight room is busy. They don't scoff at the 110lbs new guy, rather they're begging the new guy to take before-and-after shots because, "...if you keep this up you are going to be AWESOME in a year!"

Testosterone does not cause assholish-ness, per se, so much as it exacerbates it. If you are a kind, decent, person then becoming strong (and thus achieving higher levels of testosterone) will not change that. But if you are dick...well now you are a dick who is strong and you likely no longer feel the need to restrain your jackass behavior because you feel as though you can physically overwhelm any challengers to your supreme phallus.

about 6 months ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Riddler Sensei Re:Is there a way to tell? (239 comments)

Qualys SSL Test is including a flag for Heartbleed vulnerability and auto-fails any domain tested that is affected.

about 10 months ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

Riddler Sensei Re:Yup (545 comments)

It's a frequent "let's play absurd" argument from meat eaters that plants have a central nervous system, too, and suffer and that they are being nice to plants by not eating meat.

I have NEVER heard this said outside of joking. If someone has actually tried to seriously argue a plant CNS with you, kick them in a soft spot - for me.

However, plants != meat. You come close to realizing this but quickly step away from the edge. Meat is "inefficient" because it is a degree removed from the original energy source. That is, the sun jaunts on down and gets captured by a plant to be used as energy to convert local material into being more plants. We can now eat that plant OR we can feed that plant to an animal which will then use the energy and materials to make more animal. The extra step is subject is lossiness, just as you would expect.

But we don't do this lossy conversion just because we're arbitrary jackasses. We do it because plants != meat. You can try to slam down as much quinoa and avocado as you want, but it's not the same nutrients, not even the same protein nor fat. A slab of fatty cold water fish and some chopped liver once a week cannot be replaced by plants. Only with modern globalization has this plant/meat replacement become even a remotely possible thing (unless you can point to a single location where all of these fatty and proteiny plants grow in one place), even then it does not come highly recommended.

about a year ago

The Ultimate Hopes For the New Cosmos Series

Riddler Sensei Re:Can't Find It (183 comments)

It hasn't begun airing yet. The premiere is on March 9th.

about a year ago

HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

Riddler Sensei Re:That's just too bad. (573 comments)

"I'd've" is a pretty interesting English hack.

about a year ago

Valve Offers Free Subscription To Debian Developers: Paying It Forward

Riddler Sensei Re:Ain't nothing wrong with free (205 comments)

We will look at the consoles of 2013 approximately the way we look at the Dreamcast.

With a sudden, and overwhelming, desire to find a copy of Power Stone?

1 year,6 days

Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

Riddler Sensei Re:Better yet... (271 comments)

...a country based on capitalism...

Penny in the air...

1 year,15 days

Mobile Banking Apps For iOS Woefully Insecure

Riddler Sensei Re:What's Their Purpose? (139 comments)

There are some extra features such as depositing a check which involves plugging into the camera to take a picture of the front and back of said check.

1 year,19 days

Smart Toothbrush Aims For Better Brushing Habits

Riddler Sensei Re:Great, Now the NSA will know brushing habits (102 comments)

Sounds goofy, but smalls things like this can certainly be a strong indicator of true cultural background. It's the little things that a person trying to fit in might not think to change.

1 year,20 days

North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Riddler Sensei Re:Slashdot isn't the Internet? (276 comments)

All internet that they have control over. Don't be obtuse.

about a year ago

Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

Riddler Sensei Re:Mind Readers? Thought Crime? (670 comments)

Thank you for pointing that out.

I don't plan on becoming a felon any time soon, but I am not sure I like the whole de-citizenizing we do to felons.

about a year ago

Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

Riddler Sensei Re:Food for thought (783 comments)

You know, just the fear of it going to court at all can be enough to coerce many people. People lead busy lives and the prospect of trying to wedge a scary court case into it is enough to just say fuck it and agree to the search so you can go home.

Which, ya know, it's not so hot that we're so afraid of our legal system sucking away our lives, even if we are perfectly innocent.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Can You Trust Online Tax Software?

Riddler Sensei Re:Just around the corner? (237 comments)

Taxes are DUE by April 15th, but the tax season starts at the turn of the calendar which, yes, is just around the corner.

about a year ago

Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

Riddler Sensei Re:+1 Article Troll (206 comments)

My experience may be outdated...

I see what you did there.

about a year ago

Sen. Chuck Schumer Seeks To Extend Ban On 'Undetectable' 3D-Printed Guns

Riddler Sensei Re:"Undetectable" is a strong word (550 comments)

I believe by "undetectable" they mean something more like "indistinguishable from surrounding material using current techniques". But apparently even that seems questionable as a number of others in this thread have claimed that these things should still be showing up distinctly on x-ray.

about a year ago

Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"

Riddler Sensei Re:For the taste (328 comments)

Nah, I'm too busy drinking the beer that makes me feel good.

about a year ago

WRT trans fats, the FDA should ...

Riddler Sensei Re:This is kind of like parenting... (376 comments)

Huh, most people pine for the old beef tallow McDonald's fries and rather disliked the switch to vegetable oils. I guess this is why we say "most" and not "all".

about a year ago

Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads

Riddler Sensei Re:Microsoft tried this before (138 comments)

God, that sounds like extortion.

"It'd be a shame if we told the user that your software might maybe sorta kinda be malware."

about a year ago



Riddler Sensei Riddler Sensei writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Riddler Sensei writes "The Folding@Home team and Sony apparently has come together to offer purchasers of the Playstation 3 the ability to put those extra cycles to work for some good as the PS3 will be able to join in on the wholesome, folding, fun that so many have participated in on their home computers. In addition to the basic Folding@Home application, you will be able to view and navigate the protein that is currently being worked on in full 3D. I know I've certainly heard talk for some time on just how well the Cell could potentially do working on Folding@Home, though I never imagined that we'd see those theories tested on the PS3 without heavy modding."


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