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Comment: Re:Lowest hanging fruit. (Score 1) 135

by RivenAleem (#48922195) Attached to: New Google Fiber Cities Announced

I asked a friend who works in Google when Dublin would get Google Fiber (given that they have headquarters there). He said since there were already at least 3 companies providing it (Eircom, Vodafone and UPC) among the many wireless 4G options, there's no need for Google to do the same.

Much of the US has either nobody, or a monopoly providing Fiber, so they are picking the areas where they will have the greatest impact.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 438

If this was a physical product that I bought in one market for a low price, and transported it to another market to sell at a higher price we would refer to it as simple economics, capitalism even!

As soon as it happens "on a computer" it is suddenly different?

Comment: Re:No one 3D printed a house (Score 2) 98

by RivenAleem (#48865387) Attached to: Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

My Father regularly 3-D Printed structures 20 years ago. You start with a foundation that you fill with concrete. You then put up boards a foot wide all around matching the structure you want to build and fill them with concrete. When that is set and dry, you move the boards up and fill the next level, and so on and so on, making a solid concrete structure layer by layer.

What is being described here is a pre-fabricated building being assembled, not 3-D printing houses or apartments.

Comment: Re:The real lesson should be... (Score 1) 463

by RivenAleem (#48773605) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

You could build an Arduino machine to connect up a USB device on a regular basis to perform an automatic backup to, then automatically (safely!) remove the plug after. Even easier, have a good WD external drive using AC power, on a timer (simple wall-plug timer) that comes on, backs up and powers off after.

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)

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