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Comment: Re:epigenetics (Score 4, Insightful) 54

by phantomfive (#49788423) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines

Can you break this down for me sesame street style? 31 year old alcoholic idiot here...

1) Don't drink so much.
2) Not all of our genes are active. For example, if you exercise then certain genes activate (presumably ones that say 'big muscles?').
3) When we get old, our 'aging' genes activate.
4) These scientists found a way to 'deactivate' the aging genes.

I have no idea if that made more sense. I don't think this is the only problem with aging, though; here is a list of known problems.

Comment: epigenetics (Score 4, Interesting) 54

by phantomfive (#49788365) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines
The scientists compared cells from 80-97 year olds, and kids under age 12. From the article:

As expected, the older cells had reduced cellular respiration, but the older cells did not show more DNA damage than those from children. This discovery led the team to propose that the reduced cellular function is tied to epigenetic regulation,

So it seems like the aging process of reduced cellular respiration comes from gene expression, that is, which genes are active, rather than their inability to perform.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 2) 215

by Oligonicella (#49786221) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Problem with that argument is the site's code is shipped pristine to your browser which is on your machine. Once inside your domain, you are free to make footnotes, comment out, etc. Then the browser interprets what *you've* done. No infringement involved.

You can do exactly the same thing with a book or movie you have acquired legally. You just can't redistribute, which the browser does not.

Taken to it's logical conclusion, their view would prohibit you from using ctrl-scroll to enlarge the text for viewing, as that isn't the font size they specified.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 185

I probably disagree with him on over half of his positions

I don't think there's any way to avoid that. You'll never get someone who agrees with you 100% unless you run yourself.

The things I look for are:
1) Competency
2) Good character
3) Won't mess up the world by starting wars
4) Won't mess up the economy with weird domestic policies (privatize social security, for example, or a $20 national minimum wage).

Comment: Re:Out of curiosity (Score 1) 215

by Oligonicella (#49785625) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

I agree with a lot of what you said, but these two are pretty lame:

Who do you think puts the work in?

Did no one teach you about volunteerism? Sharing? Community? Donation? Betterment of humanity?

The context is business. None of your counter examples were.

Do you get paid for doing YOUR job?

Out of university, 2 1/2 years of unpaid internships. Nuff said.

You either considered those internships worthwhile for that foot in the door (making them a transaction not altruistic) or you were an idiot to work for free for 2.5 years. Pray tell, which?

Comment: Re:Hobbit (Score 1) 258

by DerekLyons (#49785093) Attached to: How To Die On Mars

And if you find one from a rover rolling on the surface, it obviously does not need considerable earth moving equipment to gain access.

The mind boggles that anyone with an IQ over room temperature can make such a statement. Have you ever actually been out of your parent's basement and looked at geological formations in the real world?

And the low gravity on Mars means structural strength is most likely a non-issue, since lava tubes are already plenty strong on earth.

Yeah - that would be why one of the main methods of locating lava tubes in aerial or orbital photography (on the Earth, Moon, and Mars) is to look for collapsed tubes and collapsed segments (called "skylights").

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 1) 185

That being said, Bernie is an interesting cat. He is a true socialist, who believes government has the ability to manage and shape the economy without unintended consequences.

You have to balance that against the fact that there will probably be Republican control of one or both houses of congress. Any time either party gets too much control, they go crazy, including payouts for constituents, etc.

In any case, how would you see him compared to Hillary?

"Floggings will continue until morale improves." -- anonymous flyer being distributed at Exxon USA