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Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

transporter_ii mRNA talks to people too (68 comments)

Eating Plants May Change Our Cells - LiveScience

Called microRNAs, these compounds are the movers and shakers of our cells, as scientists have found they turn up and down levels of human proteins. However, until now scientists thought these chemicals were only made and used inside our bodies, but new research shows that microRNAs from plants can enter the human body.

Chen-Yu Zhang at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, found low levels of plant microRNAs from rice in human tissues. After testing the effects of these chemicals on mice, Zhang concluded microRNAs from plants could actually impact how the human body functions.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Files Legal Action Against Samsung Over Android Patent Dispute

transporter_ii Re:Laugh all the way to the bank (83 comments)

And Apple was not supposed to be involved in music, just computers.

about three weeks ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

transporter_ii Re:Finally! (474 comments)

If someone breaks into a house, they should be in jail for breaking into a house. I know plenty of people who do drugs and *don't* break into houses or commit other crimes. Also, the high prices are driven by the prohibition of drugs. If they were more affordable, it becomes much less of an issue to break into houses or cars to get money.

about a month ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

transporter_ii Re:Pot and kettle (204 comments)

Yes. Much cheaper to shorten sentences by dropping prepositions...

about a month ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

transporter_ii Re:No-ip isn't shady (113 comments)

It boggles my mind that a vigilante corporation can get a court order to simply seize another companies assets.

Yeah, it will go down a little smoother when it is Microsoft, Sun, Google, and Facebook working together. I mean, it's easy to bash MS, but when it is team of industry titans, everything will run much, much smoother. Yeah.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

transporter_ii We Aren't the World: Why Americans Make Bad Study (333 comments)

"This is just fascinating: Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics, and explain why social science studies of Westerners — and Americans in particular — don't really tell us about the human condition: 'Given the data, they concluded that social scientists could not possibly have picked a worse population from which to draw broad generalizations. Researchers had been doing the equivalent of studying penguins while believing that they were learning insights applicable to all birds.'"

about a month and a half ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

transporter_ii The Power of Now (333 comments)

Carl Jung tells in one of his books of a conversation he had with a Native American chief who pointed out to him that in his perception most white people have tense faces, staring eyes, and a cruel demeanor. He said: "They are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something. They are always uneasy and restless. We don't know what they want. We think they are mad." ...

The Buddha taught that the root of suffering is to be found in our constant wanting and craving.

The Power of Now, p. 62 - 63.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

transporter_ii Re:Mindless? (333 comments)

Perhaps just Americans? I can't find it at the moment, but there was an old study that showed a certain result. It was assumed the whole world was like this result. But, as it turns out, it was just the US, and most of the rest of the world reacted quite differently. The point is, we don't always make good test subjects, 'cause we are actually abnormal compared to the rest of the world.

I would like to see this test done in a society with a history of Buddhism in their culture and see how the test goes.

about a month and a half ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

transporter_ii Re:Well, this sounds brilliant... (104 comments)

OK.
1) Everybody and there dog has a wireless product, so the spectrum is getting pretty darn crowded. No interference from RF!
2) RF signals easily pass right through your walls where people can capture and examine them. More secure...even adds some obscurity to the mix (for now)
3) Some people claim to be sensitive to RF emissions. They will probably complain about this as well. However, less RF emissions in your workplace.
4) Can route around blockage -- metal walls, etc., -- that might affect RF.
5) Could be more cost effective than wifi, especially for a large building or hotel. Don't know yet.

about a month and a half ago
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RAND Study: Looser Civil Service Rules Would Ease Cybersecurity Shortage

transporter_ii Re:So train them. (97 comments)

Android is on pace to surpass one billion users across all devices in 2014. By 2017, over 75 percent of Android's volumes will come from emerging markets. Source: http://www.gartner.com/newsroo...

about 2 months ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

transporter_ii Re:Amazon Late & Lame (61 comments)

I just purchased an 8-core THL w200s from Amazon for 200.00 bucks and Prime shipping. If they preloaded this phone with the Amazon App Store and marketed the hell out of it, they could sell the crap out of these phones for 200.00 bucks a pop. A similar American phone would sell in the 500.00 - 600.00 range.

And that is exactly how they could make a big splash in the Smartphone Market. A kick-butt phone in the 200.00 to sub-200.00 price range...

about 2 months ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

transporter_ii Re:Amazon Apps already for iOS and Android. (61 comments)

No, to use Amazon Apps on my first phone, I had to type in a secret key combination in order to install the Amazon App Store. My next phone was rooted, so no big deal. Obviously, they want it to come as default. It's just like everything else, if you have to google a secret key combo to install something, how many people are really going to use it?

about 2 months ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

transporter_ii This is a good thing (61 comments)

I can't help but seeing how a real alternative to the Google Play Store as being a bad thing. However, as someone who has used both stores, developers treat Amazon apps as less important, that's for sure. Many apps I use frequently are several versions behind on Amazon. I finally had to break down and use Google to get updates.

I think Amazon stuck a fork in the eye of Google when they pulled off a fork of Android. If they are going to really pull it off, though, Apps need to be kept up to date.

about 2 months ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

transporter_ii Re:I don't think we need to immunize child so earl (387 comments)

because other People's safety is at risk

Oh, if only there was something we could give children to keep them from getting sick. Then personal choices would not put other people at risk, only the people that opt out would take their chances.

about 2 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

transporter_ii Yes, we have been tricked. (499 comments)

Yes. If we have been tricked, it is that we think we need so much protein. Meat consumption in the rest of the world is a luxury, and if you look at the places that eat less meat, they have way less chronic metabolic diseases than we do. I'm not saying they have no disease, I'm saying they have less.

We have also been tricked into thinking that carbs are bad...when in fact, lots of places in the world eat carbs all their life and are still healthier than we are. The difference is that there carbs are way less processed.

We have been tricked into thinking that soy is good for us, when the way they eat soy in the rest of the world is way different than the highly processed soy crap that we eat here.

We have been tricked into thinking that milk is good for us, when in fact it is not (but may help if you have a really crappy diet).

Yes, we have been tricked, all right! If you want to live, take a world map and throw a dart at it. Anywhere it lands outside of the US, adopt their diet. You will live longer and healthier than we do here in the US.

about 4 months ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

transporter_ii Re:Answer is totally obvious - content providers (490 comments)

Yes. Netflix can rent physical DVDs without negotiating with studios or distributors. In theory, they could run to Walmart and buy DVDs to mail out. They need nobody''s permission to do this. With streaming, they are at the mercy of the studios. Studios who want to offer their own streaming services.

The death of DVDs could equal the death of Netflix. It may or may not play out like that, but DVDs have been very good to Netflix for the simple reason of not having to enter into any agreements to do their core business.

There are any number of entities that would love to see Netflix fold. The way to do that is through license fees. They can turn the screws.

about 5 months ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

transporter_ii Re:Took me a bit to find this (395 comments)

Yeah, tell Chiropractors there is no medical conspiracy. They sued the AMA for conspiring against them, and won!

http://www.yourmedicaldetectiv...

In the past, medicine has fought battles to limit the practices of such professionals as homeopaths, naturopaths, osteopaths, podiatrists, optometrists, dentists, psychologists and chiropractors. In the case of osteopathy and chiropractic, there are distinct differences in the approach to healing and health when compared to medicine. The last thing that organized medicine wants is for their doctrine of drugs and surgery to be challenged.

Osteopaths allowed themselves to be absorbed by medicine--today there is little difference between an M.D. and a D.O. Chiropractic on the other hand, fought hard to be a separate and distinct profession.

about 5 months ago
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Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders

transporter_ii antibiotic soap (63 comments)

Same goes for skin, as well. Wash your hands, but you don't have to "nuke bacteria from orbit." A lot of it is good for you and is there for a reason.

Scientists Discover That Antimicrobial Wipes and Soaps May Be Making You (and Society) Sick

http://blogs.scientificamerica...

What is worse, perhaps the most comprehensive study of the effectiveness of antibiotic and non-antibiotic soaps in the U.S., led by Elaine Larson at Columbia University (with Aiello as a coauthor), found that while for healthy hand washers there was no difference between the effects of the two, for chronically sick patients (those with asthma and diabetes, for example) antibiotic soaps were actually associated with increases in the frequencies of fevers, runny noses and coughs [4]. In other words, antibiotic soaps appeared to have made those patients sicker. Let me say that again: Most people who use antibiotic soap are no healthier than those who use normal soap. AND those individuals who are chronically sick and use antibiotic soap appear to get SICKER.

Here, then, is the evidence we need, evidence very clearly at odds with our intuition to scrub and scrub. Yet hardly anyone has followed up on Larson’s study and no one has reexamined what happens with chronically sick patients and antibiotic soaps. The truth is that few biologists are studying what antibiotic soaps do to us. Still, the evidence indicates that when confronted with a dirty grocery store cart handle, we should just wash with soap and water like our great grandmothers would have done (if they had had grocery carts). At the very least, antibiotic wipes do not appear to help us and, it may be that they are actually hurting us.

about 5 months ago

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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests Of Internet Rideshare Drivers

transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  1 year,22 days

transporter_ii (986545) writes "In the past month, San Francisco International Airport officials have been citing and arresting drivers from mobile-app enabled rideshare companies that pick up and drop off passengers, an airport spokesman said. Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said there have been seven citizen arrests issued to “various offenders” since July 10. The airport had issued cease and desist letters to several rideshare companies, including Lyft, Sidecar and Uber, in April.

Taxi drivers are holding a noon rally at San Francisco City Hall Tuesday to “keep taxis regulated and safe” and are calling for the end of ridesharing services."

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What the government pays to snoop on you

transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  about a year ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "So what does it cost the government to snoop on us? Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, and with little scrutiny, surveillance fees charged by phone companies can vary wildly.

For example, AT&T, imposes a $325 "activation fee" for each wiretap and $10 a day to maintain it. Smaller carriers Cricket and U.S. Cellular charge only about $250 per wiretap. But snoop on a Verizon customer? That costs the government $775 for the first month and $500 each month after that, according to industry disclosures made last year to Congressman Edward Markey."

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East Texas Getting Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant

transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  more than 2 years ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "A compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant was first built in Germany in 1978, but East Texas will be the site of one of the world's first modern CASE plants. How does it work? A CAES power generation facility uses electric motor-driven compressors (generated by natural gas generators) to inject air into an underground storage cavern and later releases the compressed air to turn turbines and generate electricity back onto the grid, according to the plants owner. The location near Palestine, Texas was selected because of its large salt dome, which will be used to store the compressed air. The plant is estimated at 350 million-plus, and will create about 20 to 25 permanent jobs."
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transporter_ii transporter_ii writes  |  more than 7 years ago

transporter_ii (986545) writes "What hardware/software combination would best be suited for an 802.11x city-wide Mesh or PtMP network for use in a WISP application? Rather than this being a case of letting Slashdot do all of our research for us, we have already deployed two wireless systems with mixed results. One, a Motorola Canopy system, was extremely expensive but worked very well as long as line of sight was available. Given that we are located in East Texas, the LoS issue, combined with equipment cost, caused us to move to an 802.11b Mesh Network. For this network, we used custom-built APs that consisted of PC Engines WRAP boards, 200 mW radio cards, and Locustworld software, because of it centralized management features. While this setup was much more affordable, we have been plagued with a host of problems. The wireless network will slow down even though there is still plenty of bandwidth left on our backend, traffic that passes through just a couple of hops slows to an even slower pace for no apparent reason, and the APs will hang and/or reboot randomly under high temperature (again this is Texas) and high traffic. All in all, it has been a pain for us and our customers. Is there any Mesh or PtMP equipment that offers good stability, can handle the heat well, offers good network management features, and does so at least a somewhat affordable price? And for clarification, the system does not have to be fully 802.11x. Using a different spectrum for backhauls is something we are really interested in, except for the 900 Mhz spectrum, which is already pretty crowded in our area. Information on a setup that works good in an area with a lot of trees would also be extremely appreciated."

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