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Comment possible explanation for increased effect on seeds (Score 3, Interesting) 327

Wifi routers operate on microwave frequencies. It's possible that the harmful effects on the seeds were culinary rather than carcinogenic; that is, the seeds' internal temperatures were raised slightly, cooking them to death, instead of genetic damage. On the other hand, a human body has a giant active cooling system (the bloodstream and skin,) so minute temperature variations are less harmful. Alternate explanation: Based on my understanding of botany, I believe plant seeds usually consist of relatively few unusually large cells. This means there are fewer copies of each chromosome to go around, so damage to one chromosome is much more catastrophic than it would be in an adult human body, where mutations happen all the time and it's really no big deal. Finally, consider the inverse square law. The amount of radiation, say, two inches from a router, is vastly less than the amount of radiation a foot and a half away.

Comment What about stairs and ramps? (Score 4, Interesting) 292

Whenever I try to walk on a step that isn't there, or if I misjudge the slope of the ground, I stumble. So should the simulation become to engrossing and you get distracted, you'll end up on your face the first time you try to navigate some uneven virtual terrain and the floor is still level.

Comment Re:Good thing it's dead (Score 1) 138

I can think of a few alternatives. Lua, while usually thought of as a programming language, started out as a data description language, and still does that job well. JSON is basically JavaScript initializers. Hell, even S-expressions at least have the advantage of being less cluttered. There are plenty of existing, standardized plaintext formats for representing structured data, and just about all of them are better than HTML/XML. I guarantee you'd find _any_ of them more readable than HTML/XML, even if it was the first time you'd seen it.

Comment Re:Babylon 5 (Score 1) 215

That's part of what I liked about Seasons 3 and 4-- there was a major mind-blowing plot twist (a "wham episode") every single week. It was, as I said, thoroughly awesome. On the other hand, the episodes I liked from Season 5 were mostly the smaller-scale, character-driven ones (Long Night of Londo Molari, Day of the Dead,) rather than the story-driven ones.

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