Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Amazon prime membership cost savings.

7 Ways to Avoid Paying $99 for Amazon Prime Free Shipping-pcmag source link

Nice ways to save money on the prime membership cost.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

LG"s 1mm Wallpaper Mount OLED Tv

LG OLED TV rolls up like a piece of paper

Comment on free will

thats because they dont want to allow for free will.
Free will cannot exist, for it to truly exist it would need an indivisible agent able to make decisions. Indivisible agents might very well be incoherent concepts. The very moment the agent becomes divisible, it opens the door to internal causation. To be truly free you need to be free not just from external causes but from internal causes as well. If a mindless component is the origin or start of a causal chain that lead to your action, it wasn't truly yours. You need to be componentless to be able to be free, and as said that might not be coherent.
A mechanical clock even if it was freed from external influence, well it wouldn't be free, it's hands move as a result of internal components interacting and producing the motion. Random or deterministic, even if you entailed the illogical possibility of neither random nor determined, so long as you're composed of mindless components whose interactions determine your actions, so long as that is true you're not free.-source link

Protein intake news, nutrition news

Consuming 40 grams of protein after exercise was more effective at stimulating muscle growth than 20 grams. This increase occurred irrespective of the size of the participants.
Professor Tipton continued: "Until now the consensus among leading sports nutritionists, including the American College of Sports Medicine and the British Nutrition Foundation, is that weightlifters do not need more than around 25 grams of protein after exercise to maximally stimulate the muscle's ability to grow....
"In order for nutritionists to recommend the correct amount of protein we first need to consider specific demands of the workout, regardless of athletes' size. This throws commonly held recommendations into question and suggests the amount of protein our muscles need after exercise may be dependent on the type of workout performed. These results are limited to younger, trained men so we may see different results with other groups, such as older individuals or females digesting different amounts of protein."
-sciencedaily source link

Interesting news regarding nutrition.  It appears required protein intake depends on workout not overall size of athlete, also it seems that more 30g of protein can aid muscle growth and recovery.   Previous research suggested no more than 30g could be used for muscle synthesis per meal immediately after exercise, iirc, it seems that perhaps if both findings are true some other mechanism is at play facilitating even more long term growth at higher doses.

Monday, August 22, 2016

nice vid over at the ngn channel EXCLUSIVE Tekken 7 4K PC Gameplay - on GeForce GTX 1080!


Possibility of synthetic biological neural chips

If you look at a human, the amount of non nervous supporting tissue volume is vast, but this is not the case for all animals.  Some animals have vast nervous system volume with seemingly minimal supporting tissue volume.

"We discovered that the central nervous systems of the smallest spiders fill up almost 80 percent of their total body cavity, including about 25 percent of their legs."- sciencedaily news article

In theory such neural tissue could be hypothetically adapted to work in an artificial biochip, as it requires very little  volume of supporting tissue.   It would be an engineering challenge.  But one can imagine an interweaving of the minute support organ systems creating a large sheet of neural tissue. With some spacing and oxygenation and nutrient systems even volumetric systems are possible. 

 One of the problems observed in nature, including the human brain,  is that as neural communication length grows, natural systems change from analog neural transmission to digital action potential transmission which is less energy efficient, also long range transmission even with myelination is relatively slow.  But an artificial synthetic biology neural chip could make use of optimal optical interconnects that transmit at the speed of light between sections of the chip.

Insects depending on species can go for days without water or food, some can even withstand prolonged oxygen deprivation for tens of hours.   If metabolic suspension capabilities are brought into the equation the systems can hypothetically last for decades without food, water or oxygen.   So these are very resilient chips if designed appropriately.  Not fickle(On a side note: I'm not very fond of petri dishes, and growing things with special finicky settings, growth media, etc, I prefer full multicellular support structures that allow for biological cells to basically sit right there out on the open environment at room temperature and with minimal maintenance.)

Eventually a self contained gas exchange, and nutrient recycling with electric energy conversion could make the entire computing system fully enclosed needing neither external water nor external food nor external oxygen.

Once the genetic regulation that regulates connectivity and learning is optimized such a system could be used for arbitrary applications.   In the unlikely event that it is true as some neuroscientists, seem to imply, that even a single biological neuron is basically supercomputer level maybe even as some hypothesize able to do quantum computations(very unlikely), well a biochip with billions of said neurons would vastly out compete any digital computer, if any of the implied performance hypotheses are true.   Even if the performance hypotheses aren't true, the energy efficiency durability and performance of such systems would be excellent.