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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

The Real Dr John Great show (42 comments)

I chipped in for their funding campaign, and I am glad I did. So far the first 3 episodes are great. Mignogna and crew have really done a wonderful job on Star Trek Continues.

2 hours ago
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Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

The Real Dr John Re:Antipodal eruptions (49 comments)

The Deccan traps have long been suspect, and the antipodal theory has been around for some time too. From the article: "The researchers suggest that the Deccan Traps eruptions and the meteorite impact near present-day Chicxulub, Mexico, need to be considered together when studying and modeling the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event."

9 hours ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

The Real Dr John Re:And the scientific evidence for this conclusion (362 comments)

That is not a rebuttal to what I said. How about offering something more pertinent? Are you suggesting there are no significant differences between living organisms and robots? Can you explain what makes a living organism different from a robot? I can describe huge numbers of differences, but I can't say why one is alive and the other isn't. But the differences have been apparent to humans since before we started writing stuff down. If we found the universe populated with machines, that would be the dominant technology in the universe, not the dominant life form.

yesterday
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

The Real Dr John And the scientific evidence for this conclusion is (362 comments)

Let me guess, science fiction movies? Boy are they going to be shocked when they find out that the dominant form of life in the Universe turns out to be microorganisms. Did anyone mention to these folks that robots are not life forms?

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Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

The Real Dr John Not really news (53 comments)

Almost everything you do has an effect on DNA histone methylation, acetylation and other histone modifications. In order for the transcriptional complexes required for gene activation and transcription to gain access to DNA segments for copying (making messenger RNA) the histone complexes that protect DNA from damage must be opened up. So exercise, hormones, fasting, and even drinking alcohol will result in epigenetic DNA histone modifications associated with gene transcription. This has been known for many years now. It is not even slightly surprising that exercise would result in gene transcription, which requires histone modification. This is not "changing your DNA", it is modifying the proteins that protect DNA from damage (histones).

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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

The Real Dr John Enforcing pot laws is big business (462 comments)

in many states, and they don't want to lose that revenue. It is not about right or wrong, legal or illegal, it is really about money. But as the various other states see revenue flow into states like Colorado in the form of pot taxes, they may change their minds, just like all states changed their minds about gambling and lotteries.

yesterday
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

The Real Dr John Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Why is that? Please edify me as to how I am a sucker because I think Greenpeace is more responsible in their actions than BP? I notice that you had to make an ad hominem comment, rather than actually saying what was inaccurate about my comment? Also, whoever moderated my comment down, why not join the discussion and tell us what I said that was so offensive to you?

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

The Real Dr John Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

Like I said, a very reasonable assessment. BP = mistake, Greepeace = evil egomaniacs. Of course the profit motive for BP was much less evil than the trying to save the earth from the likes of BP, which is the motive that drives Greenpeace. Very reasonable indeed.

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

The Real Dr John Re:Despicable Greenpeace (465 comments)

So they are as despicable as BP, who trashed the Gulf of Mexico, because they made a mistake? That sounds like a very reasonable assessment.

about a week ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

The Real Dr John I thought drunks (134 comments)

were the only people still posting on Facebook

about a week ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

The Real Dr John If you read the article in Science (135 comments)

you'll see they have pretty solid evidence that this particular type of comet (Jupiter family) had a deuterium/hydrogen ratio in water that is very different from earth, whereas many asteroids (chondrites) have about the same D/H ratio. All they were saying was that this type of comet was not responsible for delivering most of earth's water, which seems reasonable based on their evidence (see figure 3 from the article).

about two weeks ago
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Asteroid Impacts May Have Formed Life's Building Blocks

The Real Dr John Re:why is it always comets and asteroids? (46 comments)

agreed. I really think that it has been shown many times that simple organic molecules plus energy equals more complex organic molecules. That still doesn't help very much with the biogenesis part.

about two weeks ago
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Asteroid Impacts May Have Formed Life's Building Blocks

The Real Dr John why is it always comets and asteroids? (46 comments)

Why is it that astrophysicists always think that biogenesis and evolution have to come at the point of a comet or asteroid? Isn't it also possible that earth created the conditions for life at hydrothermal vents and other potent chemical-energy sources? The conditions at a hydrothermal vent seem much more conducive to biogenesis than an asteroid impact, and the opportunities for prolonged chemical synthesis of many organic compounds would far exceed anything you would get from occasional comet or asteroid strikes.

about two weeks ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

The Real Dr John Can't imagine anything going wrong (92 comments)

with millions of small delivery drones flying in the same urban/suburban airspace at the same time delivering packages

about two weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

The Real Dr John Re:is it really bad in the first place? (342 comments)

This is true and well known to the police, and scientists as well. Alcohol inhibits glutamate (excitatory neural) receptors in the brain, so the more you drink the more your brain's activities are depressed. So the more drunk you get, the more impaired your mental functions become, and the less motor control you have. Pot has virtually no effect on glutamate receptors in the brain. It acts on endocanabinoid receptors which are in a whole different class. They are involved in other functions, including hunger sensations, pain sensations, and memory. There is some speculation that this system may be involved in clearing old memories, perhaps to make room for new ones. So ironically, pot would probably be better than alcohol for people in bars drinking and trying to forget bad memories.But pot does not impair driving abilities, and tends to make drivers more cautious. Testing for pot in drivers should not result in a fine, or license suspension, it should result in a "have a nice day" response from the officer as he hands you your license back.

about three weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

The Real Dr John repeated concussions are far more damaging (233 comments)

"Sports" like boxing and football will never be safe because they involve repeated blows to the head. Single blows are bad enough if they are of high force, but research has shown that repeated blows to the head, even moderate ones, are more than additive. The window of vulnerability has been found to be between 3 and 5 days, meaning that you need to avoid any additional impacts for that long after you have an initial impact. Because boxing and football involve hitting the head repeatedly over the course of a single day, it is apparent why football players and boxers have the worst cases of post traumatic encephalopathy (PTE). The only way to prevent this is to stop after the first blow to the head, which would make both of these "sports" unplayable by human beings. If you want to help out with this problem, invent robots that can engage in these activities. They too will sustain damage over time, but unlike human brains, they will be repairable. They also won't file lawsuits.

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

The Real Dr John Re:I wonder if anyone here has actually played it? (171 comments)

So far that hasn't happened on my system, even with settings pretty much maxed out. But I do get big lag whenever I am being pursued and I turn a corner and leave the ghost image behind indicating the last place I was seen. It is at least a half second delay. Try setting everything to max, and then turn one thing down at a time and see if there is one specific setting that is causing the issue.

about three weeks ago

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NSA spyware "DROPOUTJEEP" gives agency full access to your iPhone

The Real Dr John The Real Dr John writes  |  about a year ago

The Real Dr John (716876) writes "The US National Security Agency can reportedly sniff out every last bit of data from your iPhone, according to leaked NSA documents published by German magazine Der Spiegel.Known as DROPOUTJEEP, the spyware is said to be one of the tools employed by the NSA's ANT (Advanced or Access Network Technology) division to gain backdoor access to various electronic devices. From the leaked documents: "DROPOUTJEEP is a software implant for the Apple iPhone that utilizes modular mission applications to provide specific SIGINT functionality. This functionality includes the ability to remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection. All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.""
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Pro Fracking Study Run by Industry Insider

The Real Dr John The Real Dr John writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The Real Dr John writes "Previously reported by the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal, a University of Texas fracking study claimed that some of the convincingly scientific-sounding concerns of opponents of fracking don't hold up to scrutiny. An investigation by the Public Accountability Initiative has found that the study was actually led by a gas industry insider and UT faculty member, Charles Groat, who sits on the board of the fracking company Plains Exploration & Production. Groat failed to disclose this position and forgot to mention his $1.6 million stake in the company."
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