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Comment: Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (Score 1) 307

by jalvarez13 (#48403585) Attached to: I'm most interested in robots that will...
There are certain benefits of doing at least some of those tasks periodically. For us who work mainly in front of a computer, the extra exercise is more than necessary, even if you work out or run. The muscles you use are different and/or the same muscles are used in different ways, which in turn benefits you whole musculoskeletal system. Also, focusing on manual tasks allow our brains to take a break from the intelectual work and then go back with renewed energy.

Comment: Technically, it's still winter here... (Score 1) 148

by jalvarez13 (#47917157) Attached to: I think next winter will be:
... in Chile. Anyway, this winter has been quite "normal" in terms of rainfall, which is good after several years of drought in the central part of the country. Here, harsh means heavy rainfall, which causes floodings and severe disruptions. But mild is bad too as a little less rain would throw us back into the drought scenario. Hopefully it will be similar to this one.

Comment: A recovery approach (Score 1) 552

by jalvarez13 (#47074995) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?
Have you heard about Dr. Norman Doidge? He is a leading researcher in brain neuroplasticity and wrote a book about it titled The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. There you will find many cases of surprising recovery where traditional approaches didn't work. I'm not a doctor and I don't have a personal account of how this approach performs, but I thought I would do no harm if I told you about this. I hope all goes well.

Comment: Just the beginning (Score 2) 82

by jalvarez13 (#46285125) Attached to: 3-D Printed Pelvis Holding Up After 3 Years

Look at this: New 3D Printer by MarkForged Can Print With Carbon Fiber Definitely more companies are going to develop products like these...

Imagine the possibilities it opens for elder and disabled people care. And with the current ageing of the population in developed countries, this will certainly be a huge industry.

+ - Global-Warming Denial Hits 6-Year High

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Chris Mooney writes at Mother Jones that a new study, from the Yale and George Mason University research teams on climate change communication, shows a 7-percentage-point increase in the proportion of Americans who say they do not believe that global warming is happening. And that's just since the spring of 2013. The number of deniers is now 23 percent; back at the start of last year, it was 16 percent (PDF). The obvious question is, what happened over the last year to produce more climate denial? The answer may lie in the so-called global warming "pause"—the misleading idea that global warming has slowed down or stopped over the the past 15 years or so. This claim was used by climate skeptics, to great effect, in their quest to undermine the release of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report in September 2013—precisely during the time period that is in question in the latest study. "The notion of a global warming "pause" is, at best, the result of statistical cherry-picking," writes Mooney. " It relies on starting with a very hot year (1998) and then examining a relatively short time period (say, 15 years), to suggest that global warming has slowed down or stopped during this particular stretch of time." Put these numbers back into a broader context and the overall warming trend remains clear. "If you shift just 2 years earlier, so use 1996-2010 instead of 1998-2012, the trend is 0.14 C per decade, so slightly greater than the long-term trend," explains Drew Shindell, a climate scientist at NASA who was heavily involved in producing the IPCC report. This is why climate scientists generally don't seize on 15 year periods and make a big thing about them. "Journalists take heed: Your coverage has consequences. All those media outlets who trumpeted the global warming "pause" may now be partly responsible for a documented decrease in Americans' scientific understanding."

+ - Metered Internet pricing results in protest by EBTC members

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The East Buchanan Telephone Cooperative started charging cellular prices for home DSL internet service starting on January 1st, 2014. A 5GB plan costs $24.95 a month while a 25 GB plan will run $99.95 per month. 100 GB is the most data you can get in a package for $299.95 per month. Each additional GB is $5. They argue that the price increase is justified because their costs have increased by 900% since 2009. About half of their customers use less than 5 GB a month while their largest users use around 100 GB a month. They argue that the switch to measured internet will appropriately place the cost on their heaviest users. With the landmark Net Neutrality ruling this week will larger providers try to move to similar price models?

Comment: Only if you remain anonymous... (Score 1) 103

by jalvarez13 (#44478037) Attached to: Project Anonymizes Your Writing Style To Hide Your Identity

... in the rest of your digital life.

In light of recent events -and I'm not only referring to the NSA-gate, but also to all the known ways to get your private information- it is hard for me to figure out a digital way of keeping your identity secret in a high profile incident.

+ - North Pole Lake Found, Environmental Observatory Blaming Global Warming [PHOTO]->

Submitted by Rebecka
Rebecka writes: The freezing tundra that was the North Pole is now home to a lake. A picture, obtained by the North Pole Environmental Observatory this week, shows a shocking wide-angled photograph of the location’s newest lake, possible evidence of global warming.

The photograph, taken by the observatory’s weather buoy-attached camera Monday, is reportedly a result of the longtime decline of sea ice in the region due to global warming and the more recent increase in land temperature. "Major changes in recent years are widespread, sustained and occurring faster than anticipated,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a statement. “The minimum artic sea ice extent in 2012 was nearly half the values seen at the end of the last century The large environmental shifts in 2012 provide evidence of sustained arctic change."

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+ - How video-gamers could support disaster response.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Crisis Mapping is a concept that takes social media messages from disaster stricken areas and uses them to generate maps which then aid emergency responders in saving lives. The only problem: Massive Data. As an example, Hurricane Sandy generated 250 million tweets. The solution? Employ the massive wealth of people playing video-games at any given moment to tag danger, etc. The Internet Response League (IRL) is a movement to introduce this concept to mainstream game platforms so that gamers finally have the opportunity to help out in real life.
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+ - DARPA Developing Brain-Controlled Prosthetics For Amputees->

Submitted by kkleiner
kkleiner writes: DARPA’s Reliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) program aims to return to amputees not just an arm or leg, but control and sensation of the limb that they lost. Toward this end, promising progress has been made in targeted muscle re-innervation that rewires the nerves to control prosthetics and flat interface nerve electrodes, which provide crude sensation for the amputee. These efforts are laying the groundwork for not only sophisticated prostheses, but future cybernetics.
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