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Comment: Re:I believe in Darwin (Score 1) 175

by RivenAleem (#48615799) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

I believe it is there to help skin heal faster, with a scar, after injury. Faster, but scarred, healing is something we decided was more useful to survival than flawless regeneration (see Salamanders). Skin provides protection from infection, having that heal quick and dirty was very important before antibiotics and antiseptics.

Comment: Re:Anti-Aging is a Fraud Magnet (Score 4, Insightful) 175

by RivenAleem (#48615779) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

I suspect it is part of the scarring/regeneration trade off. This collagen scaffolding action possibly helps skin heal faster after a cut, the trade off is wrinkles. Slower healing skin, but doing so blemish-free was not likely a good survival trait when a break in the skin barrier would increase chance of infection.

With modern medicine, infection risk might be abated by antibiotics/antiseptics.

This might also be awesome for burn victims (assuming you can keep infection at bay)

Comment: Re:It's the production line (Score 3, Interesting) 113

by RivenAleem (#48580279) Attached to: Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

My Father, a sheep farmer, would always be really annoyed if a fox hunt ever approached his land, and would go out and stop them entering his fields. He told me this was because sheep in distress could potentially absorb or abort the lambs under stress caused by all the commotion.

He was also a lecturer in Agricultural Science in UCD. I don't know if this information comes from farming anecdotes, or has a scientific background. Possibly both?

Comment: Re: a fucking waste (Score 1) 170

by RivenAleem (#48553733) Attached to: Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

Dunno, some of us work a lot and have very little down time throughout the year. There's nothing wrong with looking forward to 2 weeks of uninterrupted gaming. Especially if they are going to disrupt social (online) gaming between friends. For many of us there's little/no distinction between having friends over to visit, and playing an MMO with friends on Ventrilo/Steam/Skype.

Even some people who are around people day in / day out might just like the quiet time playing a single player (always online...) game.

What if they disrupted the TV broadcast? Imagine some families who'd actually have to talk to eachother!?

Comment: Re:What about the cost of NOT having it? (Score 1) 238

by RivenAleem (#48522961) Attached to: The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

Oh, I get you! We should only put locks on specific areas of our house. Leave the front door unlocked, but perhaps have a lock on the bedroom and bathroom. After all, there should be no real reason why the contents of your fridge should be kept secure, and if your local supermarket was allowed send in staff members to people's houses at random (or targeted if they notice you haven't been shopping with them lately) to check where you have been shopping recently and what you have been buying, so they can deliver a better experience to you in future, perhaps send you some targeted advertising at a future date.

Encrypt EfVuEcRkY Thing.

Comment: What about the cost of NOT having it? (Score 5, Insightful) 238

by RivenAleem (#48522735) Attached to: The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

What is the cost to the user of having their communications intercepted, banking details stolen etc etc.

That's like saying that putting locks on your doors has an added cost of you requiring more time every day getting in and out because you have to take time to turn a key. It also means that local corporations can't send people by to inject "value added" services into your home without your consent! Are you ready to accept locks on your doors?

Comment: Re:"second screen" innovation (Score 1) 101

by RivenAleem (#48515339) Attached to: The PlayStation Turns 20

I know I may sound like sound like a defensive fanboy, but they said "introduced bluray and dvd (were those sony first?), and also brought out innovations such as second screen etc"

That like denying that the iPod was innovative, or the iPhone, just because it wasn't first. Does an innovation require no prior existence of anything similar? Can version 2 be an innovation? Can I be innovative by creating a better more or more efficient coffee machine? It might not be the first ever coffee machine, but it might have improvements that make it more popular than the current ones.

Are you being just a little overzealous in finding something bad about Sony? Why work so hard when there's so many easier failings of theirs to pick from and rehash?

#rootkit #sonyhacking

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