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Comment Por que no los dos? (Score 1) 1

I may recommend the PlayStation VR as it is powered by a "new generation console," being the PlayStation 4. While I haven't tested the Rift or Vive (just read many good things about each headset, especially the Vive), I did enjoy my time with the PS VR. It didn't cause any motion sickness for me and was very easy to set up and use -- you basically just launch the app from the PS4. Also, the trials I played of various games in the demo disc were fun while they lasted.

What ultimately caused me to return the unit (along with the PS4) was the price. It costs $400 with no full games, and that doesn't include the price of the PS4. I also am learning that I am not as much of a gamer as I once was. With that said, it may be worth it for you since you're looking for a good VR headset and/or a new gaming console. Por que no los dos?
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Fasting Diet 'Regenerates Diabetic Pancreas' (bbc.com) 166

According to a new study published in the journal Cell, a certain type of fasting diet can trigger the pancreas to regenerate itself. Of course, the researchers advise people not to try this without medical advice. BBC reports: In the experiments, mice were put on a modified form of the "fasting-mimicking diet." It is like the human form of the diet when people spend five days on a low calorie, low protein, low carbohydrate but high unsaturated-fat diet. It resembles a vegan diet with nuts and soups, but with around 800 to 1,100 calories a day. Then they have 25 days eating what they want -- so overall it mimics periods of feast and famine. Previous research has suggested it can slow the pace of aging. But animal experiments showed the diet regenerated a special type of cell in the pancreas called a beta cell. These are the cells that detect sugar in the blood and release the hormone insulin if it gets too high. There were benefits in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in the mouse experiments. Type 1 is caused by the immune system destroying beta cells and type 2 is largely caused by lifestyle and the body no longer responding to insulin. Further tests on tissue samples from people with type 1 diabetes produced similar effects.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Looking to learn more about user experience on this site!

Stampeder525 writes: Hey guys, I'm an undergrad student and I'm writing a brief report on Slashdot for my class on online communities. If you have the time, I'd love to learn a little bit more about your experiences on the site! Feel free to respond to any of the following or to add to it if you think of something else.

How are users incentivized to contribute on Slashdot?

How does user identity influence norms and contributions on the site?

How was your experience starting out? Was it easy to get started? Were you welcomed as a new user or "bitten" by the community?

Thanks for taking the time to look through these and answer!

Comment Re:Mass of Samsung jokes in 3.2.1... (Score 2) 142

Fun fact: In the original draft, I noted that the Galaxy Note 7 came out in late August, well after the plane was reported missing. But I removed it due to the fact that the report clearly specifies that the pilot brought Apple products onboard. Still, we can expect a fair share of Samsung jokes regardless...

Comment Re:I'm suspicious (Score 1, Informative) 119

Well, I do have personal views just like you and everyone else on Slashdot but I don't let them influence the content posted to Slashdot's front page. With that said, I do encourage you to fact check the stories we post and the stories you read elsewhere on the web. :)

Submission + - 77% of Ad Blocking Users Feel Guilty about Blocking Ads (huffingtonpost.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: A new survey has found that 77% of ad blocking users feel “some guilt” about blocking ads. This goes against common stereotypes that ad blocking users don’t care about digital content publishers losing revenue, and suggests that if publishers took steps to make their ads less intrusive and less annoying, users might be more tolerant of their advertising.

The report was primarily focused on users’ whitelisting behavior, their feeling and reactions toward publishers who utilize anti-ad blocking tactics, and their thoughts on online advertising in general.

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