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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment Re:Touch screens and the like (Score 1) 255

The thing about your iPhone is that you are always looking right at it when you use it. When using an actual computer, you are looking at the screen, not your hands. Unless you can't touch-type, in which case, yeah I guess you won't notice any difference. Something that works well on the iPhone is not going to work well on a desktop computer because with a real computer you're not holding the screen in your hands.

The closest iPhone/Computer analog would be MS Surface, but I don't see that working well for day-to-day computing, way too much reaching with the arms.

For the arms to be without strain during long periods of computer use, they must be resting at the desk surface and not up in your field of view. So they need to be able to do things by feel. That's about it.

Comment This makes no sense (Score 4, Insightful) 376

When Microsoft decides it's time to get more money and releases a new version of Office, as they have done several times in the past, does Dell charge them for having to change their image again? What about major OS service packs? They re-image for those too. It's part of their business. How is this any different from what would happen if MS released Office 2010?

Comment Re:Linearization (Score 1) 553

I think what Lumpy meant was, why would we do such experiments so close to a large source of interference? You say that gravity waves should follow the same path as light waves, and we do indeed get plenty of light here. But you can go inside a building and voila, no light unless you specifically choose to put some there. We don't have that same control over gravity. When we experiment with light, don't we do it under controlled conditions?

Comment Re:"its basically almost impossible to do. especia (Score 1) 81

When you're looking through a telescope, particularly one that is portable, you are focusing on a very small part of the sky. Meteors fall wherever they fall. During a shower you don't know where the next one will show up, and through a telescope you have a very good chance of not pointing the right way at the right time to catch one, let alone get off a camera shot.

Comment Re:One idea... (Score 1) 390

If it is worth paying for someone will pay for it.

So you're saying give it for free and offer a link of some kind where somebody who feels like being "fair" will go through a set of hoops to pay for something that they were just given for free? While you might find some individuals that will actually do this, they are in the extreme minority.

Hint: Even when it's entirely free, most people don't even want to go through the hassle of signing in/up with a free account to view the content, instead just moving on to another site that doesn't hassle them.

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