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The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)

Scottingham Re:pentile-matrix OLED panel (54 comments)

Considering our eyes can tell many many more shades of green than any other color I'd say this isn't as bad as you'd think. But I haven't seen it so I'm just guessing.

3 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Scottingham Re:The only good thing (506 comments)

Exactly. I think Evil Atheist's message basically boils down to: 'You made a mistake, now fuck off and die. Scum.'

Believe it or not, some people choose to see addicts as people who have made a mistake (at least one!) but are still human and deserve respect.

These sort of arguments along the lines of 'don't get addicted in the first place derp!' sound just like the anti-abortion wackos who say 'don't get pregnant in the first place derrp!' Those arguments fall on their face when you have a baby in your hands, or an addict in the ally. Or you know...fuck em. Right?

3 days ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Scottingham Re:Data will be anonymous? (125 comments)

Given the revelations from Snowden I see no reason to trust Google or any other large company. -Fixed that for you.

about a week ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Scottingham Re:One trillion becquerels (190 comments)

Is one curie the amount of radiation it took to kill Marie Curie?

about a week ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Scottingham Get the popcorn (376 comments)

I'm personally kicking back and waiting to see what the end game of this all is.

Is a pipepline going to be created? Massive desal plants powered by...who knows what? Mass exodus? Ghost towns? Agriculture prices skyrocketing leading to global food riots?

Interesting times indeed.

about a week ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Scottingham Re:Iritis (547 comments)

It was the only major variable that changed. My wife and I got a CSA and started eating a lot more veggies. The collards though just seemed like they had the most benefit. My suggestion is to use bacon fat as you make them. Make them as tasty as you can (brown sugar, onions, bacon fat...bacon itself gets soggy)....it won't effect the outcome.

Of course this is 100% anecdotal evidence, but it really can't hurt to try! I feel for you though, it really really blows, and the steroids come with their own problems. I've named my permanent floater buddies caused by the steroids Lenny and Squiggy.

about a week ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Scottingham Iritis (547 comments)

I've had a few flare-ups of iritis (it really sucks) and I'd be afraid of it coming back due to the trauma associated with the surgery.

Interestingly enough I stopped having problems once I started eating more collard greens.

about a week ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Scottingham Observation at a distance (115 comments)

This would be good for performing measurements on objects you wouldn't want to get that close to. Like nuclear reactors.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

Scottingham From their official page (49 comments)

"At this point, we are highly confident of being able to land successfully on a floating launch pad or back at the launch site and refly the rocket with no required refurbishment. However, our next couple launches are for very high velocity geostationary satellite missions, which don’t allow enough residual propellant for landing. In the longer term, missions like that will fly on Falcon Heavy, but until then Falcon 9 will need to fly in expendable mode."

Landing on a floating platform would be so crazy-awesome I can't even stand it! NASA should really stop wasting its time with its outdated SRB shiz.

about a week ago
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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

Scottingham Re:Singularity (39 comments)

Replacing neurons with artificial ones sounds iffy, but other than that I think you're on the right track. So-called 'brains in jars' are probably the way it'll get done. Instead of artificial neurons I could see GM neurons or GM viruses keeping your existing neurons in tip-top shape. Given sufficient sensory stimulation and input there's no physical reason why this could happen indefinitely. Moving from neurons to 'not neurons' is going to be extremely difficult, if not practically impossible.

about two weeks ago
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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

Scottingham Re:Singularity (39 comments)

No.

This method is currently only for embryology studies. They are only able to track each cell while it is being observed. There are no tracking devices placed into these cells.

What you are proposing would be roughly 100 orders of magnitude more complex. In addition to each cell you'd have to track each synapse connection, which ranges in the 100s of billions.

The only way I could see 'mind uploading' work is if there was some MRI-like machine that could resolve down to the molecular level and was able to take a snapshot of every molecule in its orientation/current velocity. Then, assuming some magical hyper-quantum (whatever) computer could store and then presumably simulate what would happen 'next' with such a snapshot...Then you'd be essentially modeling reality/matter on a quantum scale, and that would be....cool.

about two weeks ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Scottingham Re:I just got married (205 comments)

You do realize that those risks are miniscule compared to the health complications from pregnancy and birth, right? There are also multiple non-hormonal methods to birth control as well.

It's all well and good to not be into BC, but don't pretend its primarily for health reasons.

about two weeks ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Scottingham Sorry Whales (272 comments)

Whales:...what's that sonny?

I SAID I'M SORRY!!!!!!!


Poor bastards can't hear a damn thing ever since we started with our sonic blasters.

about two weeks ago
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Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

Scottingham Therapeutic Use (57 comments)

I wonder if this effect could be used therapeutically. Have the biofeedback and all, but maybe provide a nudge/bias towards stress relief...

But then, that's not much better than putting crystals over a client's (rube's) body to let the negatons out.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Scottingham Re:For The Love of Glob! (552 comments)

Fair enough. If another 'Sandy' hits NYC within the next 5 years, I'm with you.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Scottingham Re:For The Love of Glob! (552 comments)

Way to prove my point!

I don't give a shit about C02 emissions. It's stupid to assume that the world would give a shit, even if some other countries managed to. Honestly, I'm more pissed off about the other effects of burning coal (have you checked your mercury levels lately?) and fracking.

I'm also not suggesting the earth dies. I'm suggesting we/our economy/culture very may well. The earth doesn't give a shit, it's seen plenty hotter and plenty colder. It's humans that are fucked, well, keeping our pop above 7 billion anyway.

In terms of being a 'far-left' radical...I've hung out with that crowd. They are just as dumb and backwards as the far-right (surprise!). Now, my political philosophies can certainly be considered radical, but I bet not in the way you think. In brief: Computational Socialism (gasp!! The S word!) made viable through modular GW-scale lead-cooled fast reactors.

If your philosophy doesn't involve trying to raise the whole world (countries/borders are inhumane and out of date) out of poverty with the end goal of a stabilized world population...well then...fuck you.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Scottingham For The Love of Glob! (552 comments)

When the hell is the debate going to shift from 'IF' to 'Now what the fuck are we going to do?'

Miami is fucked. NYC, unless they build some wall, is fucked. So where are the debates on how to build the containment walls? Or the storm-proofed shelters? Or the projected increase in FEMA budget?

Or, you know, we could spin our wheels yet again bleeting on and on if humans caused this pickle or not. It doth not matter.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Scottingham I'm shocked! (278 comments)

SHOCKED!

about three weeks ago
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Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

Scottingham Best Source Of Real News I've Found So far (109 comments)

A few months ago I was trying to look up the latest figures on the Ebola outbreak. All I could find through most news cites were BS articles that wasted 3/4 of their space on the background of what Ebola is and where Sierra Leone is. In my searching I stumbled across a Daily Map Archive from the EU commission.

Each day they bring a new map with news from around the world. Succinct news, showing where it is geographically, with actual figures and no other bullshit. Granted, it's nearly all bad news...but I've learned so much about events around the world that the major news outlets don't cover (too much time covering important things like Brazil Exploitation Theatre or the latest breaking news out of Hollywood).

Thine linken: http://ercportal.jrc.ec.europa...

Coincidentally, their map today is of that very same Ebola outbreak. Things are not looking good.

about three weeks ago

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New Drug Treatment Could Cure All Viral Infections

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "TFA states that in a development that could transform how viral infections are treated, a team of researchers at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection."
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Computer Use Leads To Poorer Reading Skills

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "A study involving children in Sweden and the US has concluded that increase computer usage leads to decreased reading skills. "Our study shows that the entry of computers into the home has contributed to changing children's habits in such a manner that their reading does not develop to the same extent as previously. By comparing countries over time we can see a negative correlation between change in reading achievement and change in spare time computer habits which indicates that reading ability falls as leisure use of computers increases,". Is there any way around this? What about E-Readers? Cue the anecdotal evidence to the contrary!"
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'Giant' Neuron Modulates 50,000 Other Neurons

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "PhsyOrg describes this discovery better than I could: A single "giant", non-spiking, GABAergic interneuron forms an all-to-all negative feedback loop with a population of about 50,000 Kenyon cells, principal neurons of the mushroom bodies, a structure involved in olfactory memory in the insect brain. This normalizing feedback loop serves to ensure relatively constant sparseness of mushroom body output across varying input strengths. Sparseness is an important feature of sensory representations in areas involved in memory formation."
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Brain-Computer Interface Works With Speech Centers

Scottingham Scottingham writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Scottingham (2036128) writes "Science Daily reports on new research that uses electrodes placed in the speech centers of the brain to move a cursor around the screen. While participants were instructed to utter different vowel sounds their neural activity was parsed and analyzed. Once analyzed and connected to a cursor-control program, participants quickly learned to use the different vowel sounds to move a cursor around a screen. The system can distinguish between actual speech and the cursor-controlling thought-sounds."
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