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Description God of death, destruction and decay. Likes fluffy kittens.
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Signed On Jan 15, 2001, 03:31
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 26, 2013, 12:04 sauron
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 25, 2013, 18:44:
sauron wrote on Jan 25, 2013, 10:27:
Good article on Neil Degrasse Tyson's speech. A lot of it is true - government can fund basic science like nobody else. Other organizations always have a specific goal - curing a disease or making money.

Interestingly, the NIH has deliberately shifted towards translational research over the last 5 years. That means research focused on addressing human disease. For people like me, that's fine since I work on diseases of the brain and spinal cord. But if I was working on fly or worm development or something basic, I'd be in trouble.

You may not think that fly and worm development are very important, but most of the genes we know about today that are linked to human disease originally came from exactly those studies. It just takes a while for the studies to go from flies, to mice, to humans.

If what he said was true private enterprise would be all over it. It's not though so it's just another entitlement plea so that someone else pays for him to do stuff he wants to do. Get a real job. I'm not saying it isn't interesting or important it's just not John Q. Taxpayer's job to pay for it when his major concern is keeping a roof over his head, 3 squares a day and retiring without becoming homeless.

Government's only job - apart from basic oversight - should be to keep religious kooks from meddling in science's affairs. Think about how far stem research would be by now.

Actually, we have a clinical trial starting next month in patients, that is happening as a direct result of federally-funded research we have done in my laboratory. I was the Principal Investigator on the federal grant and the corresponding author on all the papers, and am also co-PI on the clinical trial. The trial is likely to improve quality of life for patients with an especially unpleasant form of an autoimmune CNS disease.

Bringing the relevant multinational biotech company on board would not have been possible without the work financed directly by the NIH. I can give you at least another 50 examples of similar stories, from other labs in my field, and many, many other fields.

Your tax dollars spent on scientific research make a direct contribution to human health. To think otherwise is absolutely misguided. The feds finance the initial research which is then used by the entire research pipeline - federal, nonprofit and for-profit biotech.

Also, Research Science is a real job. I am currently sitting in my office finishing another federal grant application on a Saturday afternoon while you are probably playing videogames.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 25, 2013, 12:55 sauron
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 25, 2013, 10:37:
Its good to know that Sauron works with brains and spinal coloumns, Im sure it has nothing to do with coercing humans or orcs to do His will...

...or turning fluffy kittens to the dark side, mwahahahaha.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 25, 2013, 10:27 sauron
 
Good article on Neil Degrasse Tyson's speech. A lot of it is true - government can fund basic science like nobody else. Other organizations always have a specific goal - curing a disease or making money.

Interestingly, the NIH has deliberately shifted towards translational research over the last 5 years. That means research focused on addressing human disease. For people like me, that's fine since I work on diseases of the brain and spinal cord. But if I was working on fly or worm development or something basic, I'd be in trouble.

You may not think that fly and worm development are very important, but most of the genes we know about today that are linked to human disease originally came from exactly those studies. It just takes a while for the studies to go from flies, to mice, to humans.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Jan 25, 2013, 10:21 sauron
 
Great article - thanks for linking!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 25, 2013, 08:03 sauron
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 24, 2013, 23:23:
sauron wrote on Jan 24, 2013, 22:49:
Cutter wrote on Jan 24, 2013, 20:01:
Pork on the other hand is actually pretty safe - though I wouldn't want to eat it raw.

Ya, don't eat pork raw. The pig tapeworm (Taenia solium) is so dangerous that two of the world's major religions outlawed consumption - both Kosher and Halal. Well, that and Trichinella spiralis.

Unlike the beef tapeworm, the pork version can migrate to organs outside the gut, notably the brain and eyes. Cysticercosis - very nasty indeed.

Interesting. I threw raw pork in there due to trichinosis, I had no idea about pig tape worms. Could you get that from eating just the muscle, or would you have to eat organs to get that one?

Undercooked pork meat, mainly. Here's a link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taenia_solium

Best not to read that while eating breakfast, by the way. Especially if it has bacon/sausage/ham.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2013, 22:49 sauron
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 24, 2013, 20:01:
Pork on the other hand is actually pretty safe - though I wouldn't want to eat it raw.

Ya, don't eat pork raw. The pig tapeworm (Taenia solium) is so dangerous that two of the world's major religions outlawed consumption - both Kosher and Halal. Well, that and Trichinella spiralis.

Unlike the beef tapeworm, the pork version can migrate to organs outside the gut, notably the brain and eyes. Cysticercosis - very nasty indeed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2013, 22:42 sauron
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 24, 2013, 19:47:
Cutter wrote on Jan 24, 2013, 18:25:

Wow, I thought you were joking - I don't eat much Japanese. I don't even like touching raw chicken. Eating it? Hello salmonella!

Yeah, I was kidding. Embarassed This probably goes without saying, but don't eat raw chicken (or pork), folks. It's a horrible, painful way to die.

Ya, don't do that. Salmonella from one, tapeworm from the other. Bad, bad, bad.

Easy way to do them is marinade in rice wine (or any white wine), ginger, scallions and garlic for a couple hours, then stir-fry very hot.

Add a few light crisp veggies (not broccoli or cauliflower) and DO NOT OVERCOOK. Serve with noodles. Don't overcook those either. Add wine. Enjoy. Yum.

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News Comments > SEGA On Their Relic Acquisition
5. Re: SEGA On Their Relic Acquisition Jan 24, 2013, 22:36 sauron
 
The language in the release is conservative but in suitspeak terms it's really positive - ie if the lawyers at Sega were regular people, they'd be leaping out of their boots.

Great purchase, cheap deal, no downside. They'll make a ton of money and get a big bonus this year. All they have to do now is what suits do best - drink martinis and nothing else.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2013, 18:12 sauron
 
PHJF wrote on Jan 24, 2013, 17:38:
I don't do chicken on mine very often as there are about a million better ways to cook chicken indoors than trying to grill it

Like what? Boiling? Disgusting. Baking? Takes forever. Frying? Unhealthy oil.

A slow simmer in green or brown mole for a couple of hours is pretty darn great. Or stewed with vegetables in stock and white wine until it's falling off the bone (tip: drink the rest of the wine while waiting).

Personally, I think chicken is overrated. Hobbit is where it's at. So versatile, and never tough.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2013, 10:31 sauron
 
I wonder what sort of outcome I could get with one of those electric George Foreman dealies

Ah, electric George Foreman.

I always assumed he was nuclear powered?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2013, 10:03 sauron
 
I wonder what sort of outcome I could get with one of those electric...

Electric slide? Electric playground?

Don't leave us hanging!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 23, 2013, 14:47 sauron
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 14:37:
Creston wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 13:44:
On a different note, has anyone ever seen (or played) this HL2 graphics mod?

Because it looks fucking AMAZING.

Creston

Whoa, that looks sweet! Alyx looks...cold.

Ya, not too keen on the new Alyx model but the rest looks really good.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Plans
19. Re: Guild Wars 2 Plans Jan 23, 2013, 14:28 sauron
 
Axis wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 13:06:
*NERDRAGE*

Haha, you really are silly.

Verno wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 13:32:
I think they could have done more to keep people playing between expansion packs.

I would have liked to see some more endgame content as well. Maybe completing all 3 paths of a dungeon opens up a boss zone, and completing a specific number of boss zones opens up dragon battles? That would be kinda fun - the individual paths are only 30 minutes in most cases.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
20. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 23, 2013, 11:56 sauron
 
And in addition:

One piece of hardware to adopt the X brand and work in tandem with the next Xbox is a 7-inch gaming tablet called the X-Surface, which will allegedly not be a Windows 8 or Windows RT device.

*facepalm* ...here we go again...
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 23, 2013, 11:10 sauron
 
Verno wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 11:04:
...Surface Pro might be alright but for $999, fuuuck that.

Yeah, actually that was my final conclusion as well. The base version is ok but limited, while the Pro could be pretty nice but at $999 who cares?

Honestly, a MS tablet running Windows and Office should be a slam dunk - the potential market is gigantic. But somehow they always manage to pull defeat from the jaws of victory.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 23, 2013, 10:52 sauron
 
Verno wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 09:47:
People can list dozens of failed Microsoft products and branding efforts, the Xbox is the only consumer related entry that people don't loathe.

I was looking at a Surface tablet the other day and found myself thinking it was pretty good. I actually had to pause to think that this might be a Microsoft product I didn't hate. It was really surprising.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 23, 2013, 10:48 sauron
 
nin wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 09:30:
Report: Next Xbox to simply be named 'Xbox'.

I see MS Marketing hasn't lost it's touch...

I was hoping the new platform would be more heavily targeted towards adults. Then they could've called it the XXXBoxxx.

Then again, given the size of the controllers they could probably do that anyway.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Plans
10. Re: Guild Wars 2 Plans Jan 23, 2013, 10:23 sauron
 
Axis wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 10:08:
sauron wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 08:14:
Axis wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 21:58:
Dades wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 21:42:
Loving the Necro tweaks they did since I last played, PVP survivability is even better. I hope the new storyline is a pretty big one encompassing a bunch of different zones.

- DADES - This is a signature of my name, enjoy!

^ I've never seen someone try so hard to keep the make believe alive...

Logging in and reading the forums is easy enough to know exactly what's going on (or not) with GW2.

Aren't you the guy who went back six weeks just to show everyone how you won an argument with Dades? I've never seen you do anything on this forum other than troll him. Uh... get a room?

I'm loving this game - a quarter of the way to a Legendary weapon and really having a good time with the road to it. Very fun.

Seems many here at BluesNews believes trolling is when someone speaks truth or opinion which isn't what a little circle of friends want to hear.

I'm not afraid to call people on bullshit - you type it and it's bullshit it's your own idiocy, not mine for pointing it out.


No, we're not afraid to hear other opinions. However, your contributions are not really valuable.

If you want to be taken seriously, be more adult. For example, don't go back six weeks to dig up a post just to win an ephemeral and meaningless internet argument. That kind of thing is really immature.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Plans
7. Re: Guild Wars 2 Plans Jan 23, 2013, 08:14 sauron
 
Axis wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 21:58:
Dades wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 21:42:
Loving the Necro tweaks they did since I last played, PVP survivability is even better. I hope the new storyline is a pretty big one encompassing a bunch of different zones.

- DADES - This is a signature of my name, enjoy!

^ I've never seen someone try so hard to keep the make believe alive...

Logging in and reading the forums is easy enough to know exactly what's going on (or not) with GW2.

Aren't you the guy who went back six weeks just to show everyone how you won an argument with Dades? I've never seen you do anything on this forum other than troll him. Uh... get a room?

I'm loving this game - a quarter of the way to a Legendary weapon and really having a good time with the road to it. Very fun.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Signups
35. Re: Meh... Jan 22, 2013, 17:23 sauron
 
Axis wrote on Jan 22, 2013, 16:29:
Pretty simple formula for success these days.

1. Long beta (a year or so) with sustained player-base.
2. competent developers who listen to said playerbase.

If these two happen, the game will succeed. If not, it's bound to fail.

Last MMO with that formula was, love it or hate it, WoW.

GW2 did it as well and are still doing so after release. Their devs post on the official forums frequently, answering questions and taking suggestions.

Not sure I could do that, for any MMO. Rabid fanbases for those games - people spend years (sometimes decades!) playing them.
 
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