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Comment: Re:Iritis (Score 1) 507

by Scottingham (#47525817) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
It was the only major variable that changed. My wife and I got a CSA and started eating a lot more veggies. The collards though just seemed like they had the most benefit. My suggestion is to use bacon fat as you make them. Make them as tasty as you can (brown sugar, onions, bacon fat...bacon itself gets soggy) won't effect the outcome.

Of course this is 100% anecdotal evidence, but it really can't hurt to try! I feel for you though, it really really blows, and the steroids come with their own problems. I've named my permanent floater buddies caused by the steroids Lenny and Squiggy.

Comment: From their official page (Score 5, Interesting) 49

by Scottingham (#47516823) Attached to: SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown
"At this point, we are highly confident of being able to land successfully on a floating launch pad or back at the launch site and refly the rocket with no required refurbishment. However, our next couple launches are for very high velocity geostationary satellite missions, which don’t allow enough residual propellant for landing. In the longer term, missions like that will fly on Falcon Heavy, but until then Falcon 9 will need to fly in expendable mode."

Landing on a floating platform would be so crazy-awesome I can't even stand it! NASA should really stop wasting its time with its outdated SRB shiz.

Comment: Re:Singularity (Score 1) 39

by Scottingham (#47502585) Attached to: Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell
Replacing neurons with artificial ones sounds iffy, but other than that I think you're on the right track. So-called 'brains in jars' are probably the way it'll get done. Instead of artificial neurons I could see GM neurons or GM viruses keeping your existing neurons in tip-top shape. Given sufficient sensory stimulation and input there's no physical reason why this could happen indefinitely. Moving from neurons to 'not neurons' is going to be extremely difficult, if not practically impossible.

Comment: Re:Singularity (Score 1) 39

by Scottingham (#47502227) Attached to: Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

This method is currently only for embryology studies. They are only able to track each cell while it is being observed. There are no tracking devices placed into these cells.

What you are proposing would be roughly 100 orders of magnitude more complex. In addition to each cell you'd have to track each synapse connection, which ranges in the 100s of billions.

The only way I could see 'mind uploading' work is if there was some MRI-like machine that could resolve down to the molecular level and was able to take a snapshot of every molecule in its orientation/current velocity. Then, assuming some magical hyper-quantum (whatever) computer could store and then presumably simulate what would happen 'next' with such a snapshot...Then you'd be essentially modeling reality/matter on a quantum scale, and that would

Comment: Re:For The Love of Glob! (Score 5, Interesting) 552

by Scottingham (#47457599) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record
Way to prove my point!

I don't give a shit about C02 emissions. It's stupid to assume that the world would give a shit, even if some other countries managed to. Honestly, I'm more pissed off about the other effects of burning coal (have you checked your mercury levels lately?) and fracking.

I'm also not suggesting the earth dies. I'm suggesting we/our economy/culture very may well. The earth doesn't give a shit, it's seen plenty hotter and plenty colder. It's humans that are fucked, well, keeping our pop above 7 billion anyway.

In terms of being a 'far-left' radical...I've hung out with that crowd. They are just as dumb and backwards as the far-right (surprise!). Now, my political philosophies can certainly be considered radical, but I bet not in the way you think. In brief: Computational Socialism (gasp!! The S word!) made viable through modular GW-scale lead-cooled fast reactors.

If your philosophy doesn't involve trying to raise the whole world (countries/borders are inhumane and out of date) out of poverty with the end goal of a stabilized world population...well then...fuck you.

Comment: For The Love of Glob! (Score 4, Insightful) 552

by Scottingham (#47457253) Attached to: The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record
When the hell is the debate going to shift from 'IF' to 'Now what the fuck are we going to do?'

Miami is fucked. NYC, unless they build some wall, is fucked. So where are the debates on how to build the containment walls? Or the storm-proofed shelters? Or the projected increase in FEMA budget?

Or, you know, we could spin our wheels yet again bleeting on and on if humans caused this pickle or not. It doth not matter.

The most important early product on the way to developing a good product is an imperfect version.