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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

avgjoe62 Re:The WHO (401 comments)

My Dad suffered from Lewy Body Dementia at the end of his life. Early on with the disease he had days he was OK, other days he would see and talk to people that weren't there.

On one of the days when he was doing OK I told him that he was suffering from dementia and that he was talking to people that weren't really there. He was surprised and asked me to repeat that. When I confirmed that on his bad days he was talking to people that weren't really there his response was, "Well, at least I'll never have no one to talk to."

yesterday
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

avgjoe62 Re:What? (184 comments)

Just a question out of curiosity - how were they able to prove "...she was actively using her facebook account day-to-day." I agree that yes, the account was active, but how could they prove that the ex-wife was the person using the account?

I'd think that proving the person behind the curtain was the wizard would require rather more proof than just seeing the shoes beneath the curtain move...

2 days ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

avgjoe62 Re:Implementation Fail (90 comments)

Believe it or not, people who study animal locomotion do actually do research on animal locomotion.

Wouldn't copying from an actual animal be considered cheetah-ing?

Thank you! I'll be here all week. Try the veal... and don't forget to tip your waitress!

about a week ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

avgjoe62 Re:Military turn on (90 comments)

it's funded by DARPA,

Welcome to the internet...

stopped reading when I got to the video.

I certainly hope so...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

avgjoe62 Re:geek or not ~ pfSense (238 comments)

This indeed. I have pfSense running on one of these with a 60 Gig SSD drive. If it wasn't for the cat trying to hide behind it I wouldn't even know it was there and running.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

avgjoe62 Slim Pickens (100 comments)

I now have this image of the scientists hearing "Yeeee-hah" as the atom slams into another atom, splitting it, while waving it's tiny little cowboy hat...

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

avgjoe62 Re:Gotten? (770 comments)

Shouldn't that be "He had been sick, be he has gotten well"? I think with what you wrote it implies he is still sick ("He has been sick") which would disagree with the second part ("he has gotten well"), whereas "He had been sick, but he has gotten well" seems to me to reflect the sequence more directly.

about two weeks ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

avgjoe62 Re:must me false (230 comments)

And yes, if you don't know what you are doing bad things happen.

Reminds me of my wedding night...

about three weeks ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

avgjoe62 Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

...Linux source is readily available while Windows source is not?

To the general public that is true, but don't forget this leak and more recently this disgruntled employee. And remember - these are only the leaks of source code that we know about. I am sure that a lot more of the source is available to those with fewer scruples than you or I.

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

avgjoe62 Re:Do not want (215 comments)

I really, really miss our doorman. When the last guy retired, the building did not replace him. Now we get keys to the package drop box in our mailbox if USPS delivers, or notes if there is no free drop box or the delivery is handled by UPS/FedEx otherwise. There are a whole host of other reasons why I miss the doorman and would bring one back in a heartbeat, but not every building in Manhattan has a doorman. Management seems to believe a doorman can be replaced with a web site and a security monitoring company, but that's very shortsighted from my experience.

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

avgjoe62 Re:Do not want (215 comments)

And how exactly is a drone supposed to make a delivery to my apartment on the 56th floor in the middle of Manhattan? Drone delivery may be good for a farm out in the country where we don't want to waste time sending a truck and driver to the only order in fifty miles. But densely populated cities? A truck and driver will be much more efficient for that environment.

about three weeks ago
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The Evolution of Diet

avgjoe62 Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

I'm willing to bet that those "...losers who have nothing better to do with their time than putz about the countryside" still lead a better life than some lardass troll that has nothing better to do than sit around in their Mom's basement and make asinine comments on /.

about a month ago
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The Evolution of Diet

avgjoe62 Re:Correlation Does Not Imply Causation (281 comments)

Reminds me of the Amish Diet - eat whatever you want, but walk everywhere. One Amish farmer in a study I remember reading of around 15 years ago walked 28 miles per day on average. The average for all the Amish in the study was 16 miles per day.

about a month ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

avgjoe62 Re:The roads are designed for flooding in Iceland (69 comments)

Actually, no, that's not the way the bridges work.

You see, that area of Iceland is actually rather swampy and it is sort of daft to build a bridge on a swamp, but they build them all the same, just to show it can be done. Then it sinks into the swamp, so they build a second one. That sinks into the swamp. So they build a third. That usually burns down, falls over, and sinks into the swamp. But the fourth bridge -that stays up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest bridges in all of Europe.

about a month ago
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Transparent Fish Lead to Stem Cell Research Breakthrough

avgjoe62 Yeah, Yeah (33 comments)

We've all heard these "stem cell breakthrough" stories a thousand times over, but really, a breakthrough from studying transparent zebra fish? I'll believe it when I see it.

about a month ago
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Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

avgjoe62 I Wonder... (126 comments)

How many of those 1.2 billion passwords are "password"?

about a month and a half ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

avgjoe62 Re:Let's Define Success (387 comments)

I didn't say that violence was rising. I didn't say we were worse off now than earlier. All I said was that we had better define what we mean by "Success" in the context of what I quoted.

I really doubt that anyone living in just the three events I linked to would be comforted by the fact that the world as a whole is now a better place to live. They would certainly not think they were living in a world that demonstrates "...the acceleration of cultural and technological innovation that is the hallmark of modern human success".

So where do we set the goalposts? How do we define "success" in creating a more cooperative and less violent culture? That is what I want to know when I look out at the world as it is now. Yes, it is a better place but I think it is far from a success when we still have nations using force to solve their problems. I suppose for me the definition of success would be an end to war and I think we are very, very far away from that.

about a month and a half ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

avgjoe62 Let's Define Success (387 comments)

"Whatever the cause, reduced testosterone levels enabled increasingly social people to better learn from and cooperate with each other, allowing the acceleration of cultural and technological innovation that is the hallmark of modern human success," says University of Utah biology graduate student Robert Cieri.

The Peaceful Middle East

The newest country on Earth

Civil society in the West

I am not a pessimist, but I will say that we are a far cry from being a "success".

about a month and a half ago

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