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Comment: Summary needs to bring up the interesting parts. (Score 4, Informative) 56

by fey000 (#48632873) Attached to: Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

Meh, the summary doesn't bring up any of the new stuff.

We *know* that exercise has an effect on the body. We *know* that exercising increases concentrations of growth hormones, anti-inflammatory responses, and metabolic rate adjusting factors. We *know* these adjustments are made through methylation patterns over enhancers/promoters.

Furthermore, there is no *change* in the DNA. Any alterations that occur do so on the back-chain of the DNA, which is normal behavior as the backchain is modified by ALOT of different factors. No nucleotides are being mutated or swapped by exercising (unless you imbibe strange and unhealthy body building substances).

Last, the adjustments made to the exercised cells are in *response* to the exercise rather than proactive as the summary suggests. It would after all be really freaky if your body started building up muscles *before* you started working out. That would actually freak me the hell out.

Comment: Re:Ethics? (Score 2) 552

by fey000 (#48632193) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Excellent summary. What it boils down to is that some people were criticized, and they defended themselves by claiming these were attacks on their gender. The reason is plain and simple: They could not credibly defend themselves against the criticism itself, so they used misdirection and made it a gender-issue. Predictably, a lot of people with no clue whatsoever about what was going on then jumped on those criticizing, as apparently criticizing a person of female gender is an attack on them all...

I think this is the best summary ever of #GamerGate. There are several books worth of stuff happening as a result of this, but this is the point of origin.

Comment: Again with the girls? (Score 2) 208

by fey000 (#48616921) Attached to: New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

Can someone please explain to me what this whole "Let's convince/force/cajole/firehose women into CS" thing is all about?
*Why* is it so frikkin important all of a sudden? Why is there no similar push in any other field (think firefighter/truckdriver/constrution)?

Have I missed something important? Are women no longer considered smart enough to make their own choices regarding careers? Must we big smart men carefully explain to them why they *want* to go into CS?

What happens when this magical girls-only experience ends and suddenly the real world rears its ugly head with (God help us) *men* in the actual workplace? Perhaps we need to have some girls-only workplaces as well? But wait, what about when the workday ends? There might still be some *men* out and about. We need a girls-only city to make sure no disgusting boys hang around with their home-grown CS interests...

And now I'm all out of sarcasm. Thanks internet.

I guess my question boils down to: "Why force this interest? Why force this new brand of 'make-no-sense equality quotas' to *everyone's* detriment?"

+ - Movie Chain Drops 'The Interview' After Threats of Violence

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "In the latest episode of the Sony hack, Hollywood Reporter says that Carmike Cinemas, which operates 278 theaters and 2,917 screens in 41 states, will not show the Sony comedy "The Interview" following threats of violence from hackers. Sony Pictures told exhibitors who had booked The Interview that it planned to move forward with the movie's release, but that they were free to decide not to show the film, and that the studio would support them in whatever decision they made. Citing 9/11, the hackers issued a warning and said, "We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to." The situation is also raising concerns among studios that the threat of violence could keep some moviegoers away from the multiplex over the lucrative holiday moviegoing period. "This is bad for everyone. This will stop people from going to theaters, and that affects all of us," says one source at a rival studio. "If somebody called a bomb threat for a concert, and it was credible, you'd have to cancel or postpone the concert.""

Comment: Re:Whole list of possibly offensive content? (Score 1) 642

by fey000 (#48402455) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

I'm guessing you aren't a gamer.
I can tell you that as a gamer, we have very, *very*, different views on how to rate a game.
When I look at what games to buy, I consider the following:
Quality of controls
Interesting mechanics

And none of those were on your list.
Why not leave the grading of games to those who actually enjoy the games? Or at least those who play them? I sure as hell don't wander into the competitive sailing scene and start demanding they rate their boats on how much they look like penises when squinting. Why do the same to games?

Comment: Re:Whoa whoa whoa (Score 5, Insightful) 642

by fey000 (#48402283) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

It would be disingenuous to suggest that sexism does not primarily impact women negatively.

In war? Men get killed in combat, women stay at home.
In crime? Women get lower sentences, in some cases skipping prison time entirely.
In trouble? Heard about support groups for women? I sure have. A man's support from society when in trouble can be summarized as "walk it off and man up".
In court? Women win custody cases by default.

I'm not suggesting that being a woman is all peaches and cream, but get some perspective please. Life isn't black and white, and the gender debate isn't either.

Comment: Re:Its prison (Score 1) 356

by fey000 (#48349835) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Prison is theoretically at least not meant to be a "punishment" and if you say that to anyone who works in the "corrections" system they will get angry with you. Prison is not supposed to be about making people unhappy in return for them having done "bad things" it is supposed to be about reforming them and turning them back into good citizens.

Indeed, the purpose of prison is to correct behavioural traits that lead to criminal actions. That is after all why the success rate of prisons and even the legal system itself is measured in recidivism. One can however argue (and quite successfully so) that punishment is a tool for 'correcting' behaviour. Not the only tool, but it is available in every prison and does not require a degree or additional cost.

The first time I wanted to see what this 'fire' thing was about, I was duly punished with a burned hand.
When I forgot my key and kicked in the cellar window, I got duly punished with parental sanctions.
Both of these punishments corrected my behaviour.

Some people need a carrot to change. Some people need a whip.

+ - Long-term study finds zero link between violence in video games and real life->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "The first long-term study has been completed on the link between the consumption of violent media and real-life violent acts, and has found... there is none. In fact, the only possible trend that cropped up over the last century was that an increased consumption of violent video games correlated to a decrease in youth violence.

The results have been published in the Journal of Communication. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcom.12129/full"

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+ - Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a new paper published in Science, researchers at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute note that "there are reasons to believe that current approaches [to discovering life] may indeed miss taxa, particularly if they are very different from those that have so far been characterized." They believe life forms exist that don't fall into the established eukaryota, archaea, or bacteria kingdoms.
They argue that there may be life out there that doesn't use the four DNA and RNA bases that we're used to; there may be life out there that has evolved completely separately from everything that we have ever known to exist; there may be life that lives in places we haven't even looked."

+ - Human Clinical Trials to Begin on Drug That Reverses Diabetes in Animal Models-> 1

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "A study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has shown that verapamil, a drug widely used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and migraine headaches, is able to completely reverse diabetes in animal models. The UAB team will now move onto clinical trials to see if the same results are repeated in humans."
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Comment: Try communicating (Score 0) 429

by fey000 (#48334171) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

There are already a hundred words that mean the same as 'metastable' and 'false' vacuum. Why invent two more? Why use the oxymoron at all?
It's exactly this kind of shit that makes me hide in the physics department and randomly jump out and donkey-punch surprised physicists on thursdays.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.