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Comment: Higher Free IGF-1 Levels (Score 1) 97

by leifbork (#49452797) Attached to: Being Overweight Reduces Dementia Risk
Why the hell can't it be related to higher free IGF-1 levels?

There are studies indicating that obese people have higher free IGF-1 levels.

There are also studies saying that high levels of IGF-1 are linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and subclinical brain atrophy:

Comment: Profylax (Score 1) 6

by leifbork (#49223221) Attached to: How to prevent an idea from being patented?
In Sweden, you can do something called patentprofylax. You publish information about an idea to make it impossible for others to patent it as an innovation, since the idea can't be considered new at the time somebody else tries to patent it. Here, you could just do the publishing in any nisched or local newspaper, and that should be enough. But note that it might stop you from patenting it as well.

Comment: Re: Radicalization (Score 1) 868

by leifbork (#47567755) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
Saw an interview with the UN deputy secretary-general last night. He, albeit somewhat carefully, and in Swedish, stated that the Israeli response is disproportionate. Also, seen a lot of interviews with experts on international law. Almost all stated that the response is disproportionate. So, seems like the Hamas propaganda have gotten deep into both the UN - and previously considered independent international experts then. Last figures I heard, was that 4 Israeli civilians have been killed. Hopefully, the 900 civilian pseudo lives claimed to have been disposed of in Gaza (and about 5000 pseudo civilians wounded), only amounts to at most 4 real cases of dead civilians! That's great news!

Comment: Short exercise (Score 1) 635

by leifbork (#43174289) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
You could do something really exhausting for a short period of time.
Get a chin/pull-up bar and use it before work. Do 3-4 reps where you're about completely drained of energy after each rep.
Here you could see how GH and testosterone levels depend on rest length in between repetitions http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20555276.

For back and stomach you can do V pull-ups:

Or; easier but less muscles (breasts, back, biceps, forearms):

(If you really need front shoulders and triceps as well, you could complement with push-ups).

That's about the whole upperbody if you put in some ear wiggling.

If you're really nerdy, you can build this one for recovery:
A cooling glove, that vacuum pumps the hand in order to keep up circulation from the hand, while cooling it, in order to quickly cool the core temperature after
exercise, without cooling the muscles. According to this Stanford article, this will give better recovery than steroids, for some very strange reason.

Here's something about high intensity training, where you do 3 minutes of really uncomfortable exercise per week:

+ - Linux Mint passes Ubuntu on DistroWatch.com->

Submitted by leifbork
leifbork writes: Linux Mint has replaced Ubuntu as the most popular distribution for the past 6 months on DistroWatch.com.

You may choose to answer this question:
- Why?
or this one:
- Another question that you would like me to have asked instead, resembling questions that often conclude stories here and that is relating to the subject in the same way.

Thank you, and God bless our soft, neardy guts.

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Comment: Re:This is a lot more complicated... (Score 1) 153

by leifbork (#37476864) Attached to: Brain Power Boosted With Electrical Stimulation
Actually, no. In this case, I don't think it's about 'good enough', in that way!

I spoke to an associate professor that work with cognition some, and she talked about that humans are likely not meant to have very good memory.
Humans process a lot of the stimuli they take in for a long time (don't know if that's the same as low latent inhibition, but maybe), and often, when eidetic memory is present in a person, they are pretty much screwed up somewhere else, she said.

Look at this if you haven't seen it; chimps out-performing humans in memory tests:

I believe it is likely that we might have had a it, or had a very good opportunity to have it, and might have lost it, or never got it, for an evolutionary reason.

(If it's related to latent inhibition, then I may inform you that the mighty Wikipedia speaks about latent inhibition some. There are theories basically about that latent inhibition works like a filter for stimuli in animals and that humans with low latent inhibition either get very creative, or crazy, or both, depending on how their brain processes all the information given to them.

It is also related to explanations for the existence of mental illnesses. People with e.g. bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Asperger's, usually have lower latent inhibition. So, a little bit of that might produce more creative people, while too much of such traits make people ill. And that might be why people with mental illness keep popping up everywhere. I would put more emphasis on optimization than 'good enough', in this case.)

Comment: Use Levenshtein distance + dictionary (Score 1) 105

by leifbork (#37239516) Attached to: Automatic Spelling Corrections On Github
From the code, it looks like you use a dictionary containing spelling errors. Is there a good reason why a large dictionary and Levenshtein distance wasn't used instead? I think this might be a good idea. You can also put a smaller penalty on characters close to each other on the keyboard and easily confused characters, than other characters.

Best regards,
Bernard Hoffman IV,
Computer store salesman, and proud beach house owner.

"When in doubt, print 'em out." -- Karl's Programming Proverb 0x7