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Comment Longevity breakthrough? (Score 1) 60

I know for a while it's been thought that one of the main causes of aging (and hence death from aging) may be the bodies tendency to build up waste products over time. This technology sounds like it may be a first step to a potentially huge breakthrough in human longevity research... if much of aging really is about waste build up, the ability to clean that waste out by various means could mean that we start breaking the known barriers on human lifespans. It's going to be interesting over the course of the next 50 years or so to see what happens on this front.

Comment Re:Obesity still is an imbalance regardless (Score 5, Informative) 381

Part of the issue for people trying to lose weight is that their metabolism slows down to avoid burning calories. The body doesn't like giving up calories that it has already stored, and when it has to do so, it basically figures that times are tough, and it doesn't know when they're going to be good again... so it reduces the metabolic rate, and increases storage of excess calories when they do come in. It's thought that this effect may be permanent, but even if it's not, it is certainly a long lasting one, and it's one of the reasons that, even years after losing a large amount of weight, people have a hard time keeping it off (and most fail). Being able to re-tune ones metabolic rate would help overweight and obese people immensely in not only taking that weight off, but keeping it off in the long run. (Of course, this all ties back into the microbiome in the gut as well. The real takeaway from all the new research into obesity is hardly surprising: The human body is complex, and is extraordinarily good at storing and using energy in efficient ways. Modern diets are only about 10,000 years old, and the calorie rich eating of today is less than 100 years old. And our bodies are still evolved to run during boom and bust cycles, where even the boom cycles are pretty thin compared to the energy uptake/use ratios that the average person has daily.)

Comment Not terribly surprising (Score -1, Troll) 96

It's pretty damn well known that AMD is bad at drivers, so removing most of the driver from the equation would of course benefit them more. I wouldn't be surprised if nVidia were to spin off their own middleman program that specialized in providing support between the barebones of DX12 and what most game builders actually need to build things out. Seems like an opportunity for them, to be honest, to penetrate areas that AMD hardware is being used.

Comment Re:Does Laid off = fired? (Score 1) 179

I believe the fired part is 100% true only in at-will states. In areas that are NOT at-will, there may be laws in effect that the employer must show cause for a termination. (There is a middle area where they can fire you for any reason except those you listed, but have to provide warning a certain amount of time prior.)

Comment Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 2) 385

Yeah, but you want to know the fastest way to run yourself out of investors AND drive yourself into the red? Hint: It included hare-brained monetization schemes and pissing off your users enough that you drive a large number of them off your service (or even just piss them off enough to jump ship once your next competitor starts to make a surge, with something as easily replicated as Reddit). Without users, internet companies are worthless. This is what I don't understand about a lot of monetization schemes out there. These companies go in and make huge changes that piss off their users, because they think the users are just the commodity to be sold. But if you drive them away, then you have no commodity TO sell anymore! Companies need to treat users as stakeholders in the monetization process if they want to make changes that will both allow them to make money, and build up a stable, loyal user base for them to make money off of.

Comment Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 3, Interesting) 385

I am hearing that several subreddits that went private were forcibly reopened by the admins, and the mods were unable to do anything about it after. I don't have sources, but if it's discovered that it true, that would be the final nail in the coffin for me. The Reddit administration is interested in one thing, and one thing only right now: Milking the site for as much money as possible, as quickly as possible, and fuck the users. Well, fuck them then, as a user. We'll see if they can make their sweet cash when no one wants to use their site anymore.

Comment Re:Importance Of Process (Score 1) 137

This can not be said enough. ITAM is alllll about process. The tool is secondary, at worst, and irrelevant at best. A well designed process will make any half decent tool work for you the way you need it to. That said, there are tools that will make your life easier, even with good processes (the process will work without a good tool, BUT the tool can make you happier to work within the process, and thus more likely to actually make people want to follow the process instead of half-assing it.)

Comment Worth taking a look at ServiceNow. (Score 2) 137

This may be overkill for JUST Asset, but ServiceNow is fantastic. The full enterprise version can tie into basically all your other systems, including requests, procurement, receiving, financial, etc, and can be set up for hardware and software management. Especially if you're maybe considering moving your service desk/help desk to something else, ServiceNow is worth looking at. It's honestly one of the best tool for this kind of management I've seen. Alternatively, I know Flexera is very well liked throughout the industry, although I've never worked with it.

Comment Re:"I'm not a troll, modded to -1" (Score 1) 169

I dunno. I see this kind of comment a lot, but I always have mine set to -1 also, and I rarely see -1 comments that are really original and thought provoking. Some of them don't deserve to be -1... but they don't really deserve upvotes either. And usually, if I come back a couple hours later, the rare comment that was -1 and DOES deserve to be upvoted almost always has been. Maybe you would say that I'm just part of the group think, but I have some opinions that diverge significantly from a large portion of the Slashdot base, and I often don't agree with many of the things that do get to +5. I like to think that I'm pretty independent on that front, and I do my best to inform myself on topics that I care to read and comment about. I honestly feel like, in general, the moderation on Slashdot is pretty good. Even on heavily charged topics like politics, there is almost always at least a couple of opposing view points represented by highly modded posts. (Obviously it's not ALWAYS true, but most of the time, from what I've seen, it is.)

Comment Re:Forensic evidence should not be subjective (Score 5, Insightful) 173

That issue could be solved by an outside auditing body. They would send in samples that are known to be matches or not matches, and search for a statistically significant deviation in outcomes. Of course, having an auditing body truly unassociated with the FBI/CIA/NSA/Local policing force would solve MOST issues with policing these days, and would ruin some of the nice little fiefdoms people have been spending the last few decades building... which is why it will never happen.

Comment Re: The future is not UHD (Score 2) 332

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the Hobbit shot at 48fps? Also, one of the reasons it wasn't well received was because people complained that it didn't feel 'cinematic,' or that it reminded them of soap operas. The ironic thing here is that the reason people thought that is that many day time tv shows ARE shot at a higher fps than the cinema standard 24. It is not arguable that the higher frame rate provides a more clear picture, and, honestly, I see this going the way of the vinyl... CDs are better in basically every way, but some people complain that they don't have the 'warmth' of vinyl, or something. They mean the same thing that the people who were complaining about the high frame rate Hobbit did though: It just isn't the same when you take out the flaws introduced by a demonstrably inferior method. Of course, I have been wrong before... but I personally thought the high fps showing of the Hobbit was FAR better than the normal 24 fps version. And I'm convinced that once movie makers get used to it, and how unforgiving it can be, and once audiences see it at little more, they will want it also. I feel like it's waiting for its 'Avatar' moment... one super acclaimed film that uses it that makes others sit up and take notice. (Sadly, the flaws in the perception of the Hobbit seem to have set that back a bit.)

Comment Re:Here it is. Hope you can read Russian. Re:sourc (Score 1) 412

There is quite a difference between a fetish as the internet defines it and a fetish as it is described in the DSM. In the most basic terms, if you can get off without the help of your 'fetish' then it is almost certainly not a fetish as defined by the DSM.

Comment Re:Transgender Persons (Score 1) 412

Speaking as someone who has had a lot of interactions with trans people... there are not many of them that would argue with you. A few, maybe... but most don't want it any more than a 'regular' person would. My favorite quote from someone on the topic is "I may be crazy, but I'm not insane. I don't want to go through this any more than people who are against trans people want me to go through it... but it's a hell of a lot better doing this than being dead." Note that the last part was that persons personal preference. In the case of many trans people, at least at some point in their life, this is not true. (More than 40% of trans people attempt suicide at some point in their lives.) But as the matter stands now, and (as ausekilis points out) for the foreseeable future, that is sadly the ONLY effective way to treat all but the least severe forms of GID. (Just therapy can help in some cases, but in most just therapy is not enough.)

Comment Re:Then demanding decryption will not be "reasonab (Score 1) 446

You think companies will just fall in line? I feel like many of them would simply pick up shop and leave the US. There are plenty other business friendly countries around the world, and these businesses know that such a backdoor would be a death knell for much of their domestic business, let alone their international business. You see how much damage just rumors that such a backdoor might possibly exist maybe, probably not but just maybe, has done to the international standing of many of these companies. The big boys understand that they depend on this international business to really rake in the profits, and they know that certain things would destroy them. This is one of those things, and if you think they would go down without a fight, then you're sorely mistaken.

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