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Cellular Compound May Increase Lifespan Without the Need For Strict Dieting

esldude Re:TFA (66 comments)

Oh I hate how the local news and some entertainment newsy shows have become. I have timed a few and they literally on one or two stories spend more time telling you about the story coming up than they do the story itself. As in, "Bruce Springsteen talks to us about his latest tour, and you will be surprised what he says." They do this 15 second spot 6 times and then the actual footage only takes about 80 seconds. Facepalm time for me. The medical breakthroughs like the subject of this slashdot thread are pretty bad. They if not talk it up an equal amount of time come very close. Seems much simpler to just do the darned story using twice the time being perhaps more than twice as informative without the repetitive preamble. But of course the object is keeping everyone interested in 5 different stories waiting on the one they care about. Not being informative.

about 5 months ago
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Mathematicians Are Chronically Lost and Confused

esldude Re:Failing as a math teacher (114 comments)

I think you are right. Psychology learning investigations even with toddlers found in a natural environment (non-classroom) people learn by watching or interacting with those just very slightly more advanced than them. People who know just a little something they don't. This is actually obvious. Two people like that can communicate very easily as they are at a similar point of learning. The person knowing the extra thing or two learned it recently. Making it easy to help someone else replicate the aha! experience with new concepts.

about 8 months ago
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F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

esldude Re:Is this like that old study of Linux malware? (193 comments)

Well sort of. If you restrict yourself to Google's Play store for software the rate was .1%. The rest, almost all of it in this case, came from other stores for Android software. Mostly Saudi Arabia and India. So it would be nice if Android were more interested in security, but on the other hand it isn't the huge dramatic result that would warrant the headline. Stay with Google Play and things are pretty safe.

about 8 months ago
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Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

esldude Re:Odd (335 comments)

Well, I think people are looking at 50 miles both ways or 25 one way. Lots of places you couldn't charge during the day. And yes, in the USA, that is maybe not an average commute, but not at all uncommon either. Plus if you have a 40 mile commute with 50 mile real world range that is cutting things pretty close. When an oops I need to go somewhere else is hours of charging away from being possible. Another way I have put it to people. Imagine driving a car with a 1.5 gallon gas tank. That is about what these smaller EV's are more or less like. Most people wouldn't like that all that much even though you could refill your 1.5 gallon tank in two minutes each day. In the case of the EV that tank takes hours to fill.

about 8 months ago
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Math Models Predicted Global Uprisings

esldude Predicted two years ago, it works. (265 comments)

http://news.slashdot.org/story... A rare instance of getting it right. This very prediction was predicted before the riots happened. Predicted when, and wasn't too terribly far off I suppose. Of course slashdot having no memory didn't even realize it was already covered.

about 8 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

esldude Okay that is better (2219 comments)

And you can all thank me for sending my feedback in as this appeared shortly thereafter. And I am kidding of course, just a coincidence. Hopefully this isn't just lip service as so often the case in these situations. Sorry for the skepticism. But this is a good response finally by the people behind the current slashdot.

about 9 months ago
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Book Review: Digital Archaeology: the Art and Science of Digital Forensics

esldude Re:Fifth Post, but not the last (14 comments)

Hate to see a fellow slashdotter suffer less enjoyment than he wishes. So, no your 5th post won't be the last. And I in a generous mood leave it for another to get the lucky 7th post. The book actually sounds of some interest to me. But once I unearthed the price in my digging, I will have to pass for now at least. Merry Christmas to all.

about 10 months ago
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GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

esldude Re:Risk pool payment, not payback. (356 comments)

Hey, they are like our precious welfare moms. Well sure, it would ethical to pay things back. But what value is ethics? I mean really. Why should they pay back money that kept them from going like.....all bankrupt and stuff? Who would value that? Don't be ridiculous. So what does that leave us? Ethically no one with half a brain would buy from them. Which means they fail, go bankrupt and cease to exist. At great loss in jobs and capital. Or we buy from them, enrich those assholes who don't deserve it, and keep lots of people employed. And those execs who have like all the wrong ideas, that get reinforced, .....hey it is the cost of doing business and being a free market economy. What's not to love? A jewish banker would surely be most comfortable with this as would any bought and paid for politician. Hey we all got our own little problems to solve. Why not? Yeah well F12k you!!!!!!!!!!

about 10 months ago
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

esldude Re:Interesting (378 comments)

Think more AR15 delivered as parts and then assembled by the customer. Drones could handle that easy.

about a year ago
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Bursting the Filter Bubble

esldude Re:its more than just political sensitivity (136 comments)

Yeah, realized this problem a few months back. I and a friend while on the phone typed absolutely identical search terms in. We got entirely different results. Often even highly different numbers of results. Like I returned 81,000 search results once and he got over a 400,000 for the same term. What we also found was if we kept typing in the same search terms somewhere around a dozen or more times we then started getting the same results. Sort of odd behavior. I thought. This using google of course. Since then I keep a couple other search engines handy that are anonymous, one basically does a google search for you, but without your history attached. And sometimes when unable to find what I wish, this alternate search engines can be more relevant in what I get back on searches.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

esldude Re:Run a live distro off a memory stick or CD (573 comments)

Wish I had mod points to give. Good advice. I do find various linux distros work with various machines I have. Ubuntu, Mint, and PC Linux OS are probably the best at usually working. But even those sometimes run into some issue with wireless or touch pads or something with some machines. None of which is hard to get working to an intermediate level linux user. Though it will drive a newbie nuts in short order. Unetbootin, available on Windows and Linux, lets you put any CD or DVD .iso file for live linux distros onto a memory stick and boot off it. This way you get to try out the stuff and make sure it likes all your hardware. Plus you get to run it a bit getting a taste of it. Nothing on your machine is altered and you pull the stick and boot right back into what you were doing. I used different live distro's this way for a few weeks when I started with linux. Time well spent.

about a year and a half ago
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Robot Serves Up 360 Hamburgers Per Hour

esldude Re:Look at the pictures (299 comments)

Is that worse than wondering where your food preparers hands have been since they were last washed? And though adjacent to the burger, they didn't come into contact with it. Plus there are food grade greases used in such devices that are safe around food preparation like this.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using a Tablet As a Sole Computing Device?

esldude Re:iPad may be more than enough (417 comments)


No shill I assure you. Here is how it started out with my Mom.

I got a second hand Galaxy Tab for half of new price from someone needing the money. I wasn't sure if I wanted a tablet or not, but figured I could use it a couple weeks and sell it for a small profit if I didn't like it. On the way home from picking it up my Mom called asking me to come by her house to climb up a ladder and do a small repair on the roof. I left the tablet on the kitchen table after I showed her what I had picked up. When I came back in she was using it already. Somehow got the idea I had gotten it for her. I typically buy her computers, but had no idea she even knew what a tablet was. And other than seeing commercials she didn't.

It was clear she really liked it. So I left it with her still thinking the new would wear off in a few days. I did show her a bit about how it worked that first couple days. Well that was back in the early summer, and she still uses it all the time. As I said, two of her friends have gotten tablets as well though neither are Samsung brands ( I am no shill for any particular tablet).

I also have an Aunt who separately got a tablet and it is her favorite computing device. And know of two older fellows with a similar story. These people are all in their 60's and 70's. So I don't quite get it. I wouldn't want one for my only device. A powerful laptop would be the least computer I would want if it were my only one device. But looks to me like somehow the combination of touch interaction and OS's built to do most stuff for you without your knowing much have passed a big hurdle in intimidation of non-techy people.

Myself on the other hand, and others with considerable computing experience at least initially feel uncomfortable with some of the automatic functions of tablet OS systems. We don't trust it is doing the right thing.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using a Tablet As a Sole Computing Device?

esldude Re:iPad may be more than enough (417 comments)

My mother was a little more capable with computers than you describe yours, but didn't like them or use them all that much. Yet, the story is just like yours. Once she got a Samsung Galaxy tablet, she uses it so much it is almost constantly with her. And she doesn't need my assistance other than what I showed her the first couple days she owned it. Two of her friends have also gotten them having seen hers. They too went from minimal computer use to being regular enthusiastic users of the tablets they own.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using a Tablet As a Sole Computing Device?

esldude Re:Get her a keyboard (417 comments)

Actually, despite the eyesight and other issues, from what I have seen, older people, especially older women love tablets. Even some that type enough I wondered how they could prefer them. Not sure I get it, but I have seen that to be the case in several instances, and most of them had/have a desktop or laptop. So they aren't people new to computers. I think less dexterity is needed to poke the screen in your hands than moving a mouse, along with the OS being set up for touch screen interaction. Those who get comfortable dictating longer emails and notes do seem to need nothing else. Their other computers seem to sit idle. If the person in mind needs only a desktop device a chromebook might be the better choice. But I have also seen older folks once they have the portable tablet, make much more use of it all over the house when they didn't spend as much time actually computing at a desktop. So despite lots of things saying a tablet is under-powered and not best to interface with for all purposes, something about it seems to get along with older people better.

about 2 years ago
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Blue, Not Red: Did Ancient Mars Look Like This?

esldude Re:Unlikely - mars has always been cold (75 comments)

Yes, I agree. James Lovelock pretty much told NASA why there was no life there back in the 1960's. No need to look for it as it isn't there. Sound, simple principles behind him saying that. Funny, how this fictional idea that there was life on Mars, along with some wishful thinking (I am looking at you Percival Lowell) can get lodged in the minds of so many people. And lead to billions spent on that faulty idea.

Hey, I am all for space exploration, and bothering to go has lead to some good knowledge. But this look for life has gone from "is there life there?" (no), to "were there ever conditions on Mars that could support life?".

But with conditions on Venus, I suppose Mars is the only game in town until we can send something to one of the moons of Jupiter.

about 2 years ago
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A Wish List For Tablets In 2013

esldude Who wants wires? Why use wires/ (453 comments)

A number of simple apps available for tablets that let you transfer files over Wifi. Faster than bluetooth, about as simpler or simpler. Not quite as fast as a USB connection (especially USB 3.0), but not bad for such devices. A number of simple apps do the GPS thing without a network connection. Even Google maps does it for limited areas. Navfree USA does it, a number of variants use Open Street Maps and do it. This really is no gripe. Many tablets will work with a USB to HDMI adapter. I suppose the lack of real keyboard is a real gripe though some are available actually. In short, I see nothing in this list of 'wants' that isn't either available, or available in a different form that make his wants in specific forms, like full size USB meaningless. You should look at tablets not only as cloud devices, but wireless devices. The use of ports is just not the right idea. Bluetooth and WIFI wireless accessories is the way things are going.

about 2 years ago
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Child Gets Nintendo 3DS Full of Porn For Christmas

esldude Re:Make love not war (370 comments)

Because even by age 5, in US culture, the child won't blink an eye at tanks and guns. He has seen hundreds already. Lots of simulated killing too. He, being a sheltered US child, has not seen porn. Therefore the trauma. Maybe porn should be introduced earlier in life when the child hasn't developed enough to do more than soak it all in as normal like is done for war-like behaviors and killing. Yes, I agree it is a messed up situation. No, I don't really think porn should be introduced earlier.

about 2 years ago

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Is simulation torture?

esldude esldude writes  |  more than 6 years ago

esldude (1157749) writes "I am incredulous that things have gotten to the point that "waterboarding" need even be discussed as to whether or not it is torture. I suppose those who claim it isn't do so because it is 'simulated' drowning, and therefore no physical harm need come to the unfortunate subject. I find the simpler question "If it were being done to you would you consider it torture?" to make things clear. In the future we will be able to simulate many things in the human brain. That could include torture of the most horrible kind. To me it is ridiculous to think you could virtually create the subjective experience of horrible torture during interrogation yet class it as not torture because no physical harm was done to the body of the person being interrogated. The point of torture is to create a terrible experience to induce the subject to provide information to make that experience stop. Inducing pain through damaging the body accomplishes this, but the body itself limits how much you can do without killing the subject. If you could continue or intensify such horrid experience in the mind of a subject without being limited by the physical body, it could be much worse torture. So do you think simulation of torture is really torture or not? Please provide your reasoning on the matter."

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