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Todd Hoff
FuturePundit: Natural Selection For Less Aggression Enabled Complex Societies -
"n order for human societies to grow in complexity and sophistication humans first had to evolve to become less aggressive. A greater capacity for cooperation was needed. Well, 50,000 years ago human skulls developed more rounded appearances with and brows became less heavy. Technology boom 50,000 years ago correlated with apparent reduction in testosterone DURHAM, N.C. -- Modern humans appear in the fossil record about 200,000 years ago, but it was only about 50,000 years ago that making art and advanced tools became widespread. A new study appearing Aug. 1 in the journal Current Anthropology finds that human skulls changed in ways that indicate a lowering of testosterone levels at around the same time that culture was blossoming. I've been reading a lot of books lately on rises and declines of great civilizations. I've wondered whether a large scale settled society selects for less aggressive males which eventually makes it vulnerable to being overrun by a neighboring society that... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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The PC's Underappreciated Protector -
The PC's Underappreciated Protector
The PC's Underappreciated Protector
The PC's Underappreciated Protector
"We often mention power supplies when we talk about the unsung heroes of enthusiast computing. But what about the humble power bar? Aside from the obvious task of providing multiple outlets for all of the gadgets you have around your computer, they also provide a central, common ground location for all of that equipment, minimizing ground loops. Most bars also give you some degree of surge suppression and power filtering." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Plants may use language to communicate with each other, Virginia Tech researcher finds -
"“The discovery of this novel form of inter-organism communication shows that this is happening a lot more than any one has previously realized,” said Westwood, who is an affiliated researcher with the Fralin Life Science Institute. “Now that we have found that they are sharing all this information, the next question is, ‘What exactly are they telling each other?’.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Life will use every possible channel to communicate. And it's through feedback over these channels that life forms a synchronized whole. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Half of a Coin: Negative Probabilities [pdf] | Hacker News -
"Xcelerate 4 hours ago | link As the article hints toward the end, if you extend probabilities into the domain of complex numbers, you basically get quantum mechanics. Scott Aaronson has a well-written and thorough explanation on the matter:" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
RT @omgLSP: Why is coffee only drinkable for such a short period of time? It goes from 10 minutes of molten, to perfect for 3 minutes, to cold 5ever.
Which is why I abandoned my coffee outside. It was fine, then...yuck. I still don't understand people who reheat it. *shudders* - Anika
I'm… starting to really like cold-brewed coffee. - Victor Ganata
Coffee is coffee. The very base of the food pyramid. Reminds me a little of...oh, nevermind. - Uli
Another victim of entropy. - Todd Hoff
And this is why I switched to tea. It seems to taste good, no matter what temperature it is. - April Russo
Reheated coffee is okay as long as it's less than a day old (preferably less than that). I like it either hot or cold, but not in between. - John (bird whisperer)
Iced coffee is the If I start out with hot coffee and it cools off, guess what? It's getting iced! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
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Disaster Capitalism. How can things get better when the money is in life getting worse? Traders Profit as Power Grid Is Overworked - -
Disaster Capitalism. How can things get better when the money is in life getting worse? Traders Profit as Power Grid Is Overworked -
"What no one here knew that day, May 30, 2013, was that the investment company, DC Energy, was reaping rewards from the swelter. Within 48 hours the firm, based in Vienna, Va., had made more than $1.5 million by cashing in on so-called congestion contracts, complex financial instruments that gain value when the grid becomes overburdened, according to an analysis of trading data by The New York Times" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
As bad as this is it's small potatoes compared to what was planned by the creators of both derivatives and their failed CCX. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Amit Patel
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman -
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman
"This week I traveled to northeast China to check out a bitcoin mining operation. After being received at the airport, my contact drove me for nearly an hour to a part of the country more remote than I was expecting. This was my first time checking out a mining operation of this size, so I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I was definitely surprised by how off the beaten path it was." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Not only is this insane, but the author has no realization that it is insane, and his paean to libertarianism and capitalism at the end sounds like cloud cuckoo talk. Gold is irrational but at least it can be a paperweight. Paper money is irrational but at least you can wipe your ass with it. Bitcoin is literally nothing physical, the most irrational currency of all, and yet here's an operation spending $60k a month in electricity to generate irrational wealth. - Stephen Mack
Ain't humans strange? - Son of Groucho
To be fair, most of our government-backed currency is also stored as bits in computers. But the "government-backed" part is the thing. - Victor Ganata
Money is just one of those things not to think too deeply about. Otherwise the data streams collapse. - Todd Hoff
I just think about the resources used up to mine bit coins. It's so arbitrary. In my head it's equivalent to if tomorrow we declared that alligator teeth were worth millions apiece and people began tearing apart swamps. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Not as scalable :-) - Todd Hoff
Well, that is kind of how the stock market and real estate and consumerism works…. :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I think back to the beanie baby bubble … but at least you got some beanie babies out of it. - Amit Patel
Kevin Fox
I've been getting 2 interesting startup ideas a week. Thinking of starting a blog series to set them into the world. Today's is a doosie.
What are you thinking of? - Todd Hoff
Plant, animal, or mineral? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Protoplasmic. - Todd Hoff
Soup on a stick? - Joe
Victor Ganata
RT @TEDTalks: Is reality just one big, extremely convincing illusion? A fun tribute to René Descartes:
Rene would say god would never allow your senses to be lied to like that. - Todd Hoff
Heh, the line he takes is that even if you are capable of being persuaded that the world is just an extremely convincing illusion perpetrated by a diabolical deceiver, that still proves you're a thinking thing, and therefore you exist. - Victor Ganata
Isn't the question exist as what? - Todd Hoff
I haven't read Descartes to know, really. I didn't think there was anything beyond "Cogito ergo sum." He just said he was. I didn't think he specified *what* he was (except, tautologically, a thinking thing.) - Victor Ganata
Since he was trying to know the truth of how things really are without faith or authority, to learn it was all a big puppet show wouldn't make him happy at all. - Todd Hoff
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Antibiotics, Immunity, and Obesity | The Scientist Magazine® -
Antibiotics, Immunity, and Obesity | The Scientist Magazine®
"A brief, low dose of antibiotics shortly after birth can have long-lasting consequences on gut microbes in mice and lead to obesity once the rodents reach middle age. These findings, published today (August 14) in Cell, suggest that the gut microbiome may influence the development of metabolic pathways during a critical time window early in life." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Will engineering improve with a move to 3D printing based manufacturing?
US products have often been considered crappy because of poor manufacturing. When a product becomes more intellectual I think the US will do well. - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
Ignoring Emotions Is Not Rational - Skepchick
Hahaha, synchronicity. I was just thinking of how Vulcans ignoring their emotions seems really illogical. We know for a fact that pre-Surak, Vulcans had emotions (as do Romulans and Mintakans) suggesting they have at least some neuroanatomical pathways that (at least superficially) seem similar to human neurophysiology (and if Vulcans and humans can interbreed because they had common ancestors seeded by the Ancients, it seems inevitable that we have similar physiology, period) and humans ignoring their emotions is definitely illogical. While active repression of emotion does account for the emergence of homicidal rage in Vulcans whose mental statuses are compromised, I wonder if this is in fact a total failure to understand what Surak meant (a kind of anti-emotional fundamentalism, as it were) when what they're really supposed to do (and what all that meditation is for) is accept their emotional states as normal physiology but try not to make any decisions based solely on their emotional states. - Victor Ganata
It does crack me up that Dawkins' usual modus operandi is to say something fucked up, get called out for it, let the criticism get to him emotionally, then lash out at his critics for being "too emotional." - Victor Ganata
When they say "it's not logical" that means to me emotion is to play no part. Facts + logic = the correct decision. We now know this to be impossible in reality, but the show sets up the tug of war between the two in a very thoughtful way. - Todd Hoff
The thing is, emotions are integral to the proper function of the human brain. For one thing, emotions govern memory storage and retrieval. So the prefrontal cortex—the executive system that makes conscious logical decisions and which prioritizes tasks (and one of the candidates for the neuroanatomical correlate of sapience) can't function if the limbic system is malfunctioning. From a mechanistic standpoint, you can't really have correct logic without emotion. - Victor Ganata
In a human. But certainly logic only can exist on other substrata. - Todd Hoff
I think it depends on how you look at it, since formal logic is a human construct and anything capable of logic without emotion was still built by humans. - Victor Ganata
Is math universal or a human invention? Logic = math. I'll go with it being universal so there could be any number emotionless logic driven beings. - Todd Hoff
Sure, math may be universal, and formal logic can be expressed as math, but formal logic also needs axioms, which in practice we usually derive from empiric observation and/or make up as we go along. You can prove anything with logic if you start with the right axioms. Which is just another way of saying that while reality may objectively exist, our perception of reality is entirely constructed from our unexamined prejudices. - Victor Ganata
Shorter: numbers don't lie, but you can assign all sorts of crazy meanings to the numbers if you want to. - Victor Ganata
I'm not sure why logical beings could not come up with observations? They would have access to sensors. Data plus any of the internal rules that developed during their creation/evolution would be sufficient to get the ball rolling. - Todd Hoff
I suppose it's possible. We just haven't seen it done. You can certainly keep adding on more and more axioms, be we also know that it will never be able to describe all of reality *and* be consistent. - Victor Ganata
It seems quite possible that silicon based beings have evolved along digital lines out in the wide wide universe. You don't need more axioms. You just need beliefs you treat as axioms so the axiomatic core can be very small. Since survival is the business of every being, describing reality while being consistent could be both hubris and a luxury. - Todd Hoff
Exactly, which is why the living organisms we know about don't use formal logic. - Victor Ganata
Kevin Fox
Google's the biggest Net Neutrality proponent I know, so why do YouTube ads load instantly while the main video just spins for 30 seconds?
Ads are cached in the CDN so probably have better availability. - Todd Hoff
But he’s the audience I’m interested in reaching. "I’ve heard of this director, but I don’t know anything at all…where should I start?"
Go the reverse. If you are interested in this movie you might be interested in this director and what they are about. Then search for people who talk about those movies and make sure you page rank high on those key words plus start relevant facebook groups. Fragment based on audience. - Todd Hoff
What you say sounds like the AV Club's "Gateways to Geekery" series. - Andrew C (✔)
I'm reading contagious and they recommend associating with triggers. Release of new movies is obvious. But I can thing of actor deaths, acto birthdays, movie birthdays, seasons, holidays, dates, weekends, Fridays, kids need something to do, romantic evening, weekends, when in front of your computer or tv, when doing something boring, taking a break, pizza night, etc. anything that would cause someone to think about a movie and reach out to satisfy that curiosity. - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
RT @heinousdealings: I can't be the only person on the Internet who'd, generally speaking, rather read walls & walls of text rather than watch a video.
Not really but I can relate. You can scrub a video to get to the good part. Skimming text to get to the good part is harder. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I hate having to wait for video to download before being able to scrub reliably. Scrolling through text still feels better to me. - Victor Ganata
As someone who glosses a lot of videos I find each medium has strengths and weaknesses. People will make connections more generally in a video but they'll deep dive more readily in a text. Generally they are complimentary. - Todd Hoff
The main argument I have against video is guilt-by-association: the most empty-headed conspiracy theory bullshit tends to get spread via video instead of text. - Andrew C (✔)
On mobile, even on LTE, video is sloooow. On the desktop/laptop, I hate having to f- around with Flash updates. Music videos and memes and people's personal videos are one thing, but for speeches and lectures, If there's no transcript, I ain't looking. - Victor Ganata
I find I can generally get to the point faster with text than video. - John (bird whisperer)
Yes - video just seems to take forever; I read so much faster than people talk. - Jennifer Dittrich
I find I treat video as entertainment even if it's not intended that way--nothing gets through. Also, what Jennifer and John say: even a modest 600wpm is four times talking speed. (And you can skim a lot faster than that...) - Walt Crawford
Video is for cats. - Amit Patel
Stephen Mack
How Long Should TV Viewers Wait Before Disclosing Show Spoilers? [Deadline] -
From the article: How long to wait? "At least a day according to 27.7% of DVR users surveyed by TiVo last month — with 10.9% voting for at least two days and 22.7% supporting even longer. On the flip side, 22.5% would wait less than a day, including 12.6% who say everything’s fair game the instant a show airs. (Some 16.6% don’t care.) It’s more than just a question of digital age etiquette: About 30% of respondents in Pacific Time states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, say they avoid the Internet altogether when a program with an ending they care about airs in other time zones. That’s 'a fairly significant change' in behavior, TiVo Chief Research Officer Jonathan Steuer tells me. The survey of 14,673 TiVo subscribers is the first time the DVR company has tried to put its arms around the subject. Spoilers are becoming increasingly irksome as the ranks of time shifters grows: An average of 177.7M people watched some time shifted TV each month in Q1, up 7% from the same period last year, Nielsen says." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Hmm, the image didn't come across. Anyway, some hard data about viewer prefs. It will be interesting to see these change over time. - Stephen Mack
Around a day seems to work for me, though if I'm worried about it, I'm careful about where I hang out. I'm not crazy about it, I just prefer not to know some stuff in advance. I wonder if people will just get more used to spoilers as the schedules stretch out, or less tolerant? - Jennifer Dittrich
I tend to do it for a week. Considering digital delays & dvr. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
Movies, generally get spoiled in days, but they are optional and available roughly on demand. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
Zero. - Todd Hoff
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Episode #144: $90,000 an Acre | The Agroinnovations Podcast -
Episode #144: $90,000 an Acre | The Agroinnovations Podcast
"This episodes features a listener submitted interview with Dr. Joe Kovach of Ohio State University.  Dr. Kovach describes a small-scale mixed fruit-vegetable polyculture designed to produce steady, high-yields with a good economic return on investment.  Labor inputs, pest pressures, weed control, crop selection, retail sales, and marketing are all discussed in some detail.  Thanks to podcast listener AJ Tarnas for conducting this interview." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Very smart approach. - Todd Hoff
Advanced IPM Polyculture, Ecological Design, BioDiversity and Urban Agriculture - - Todd Hoff
Nature Bats Last" – Biggest problems are polyphagous insects such as" OFM, JB, PC (lack good biocontrol agents) and voles" •  Farmer Markets are not for me (I question time & money especially in cities in Ag. area)" •  I feel I can make money from fruit (except peaches, lack of consistent crop) but vegetables harder (depends on market)" •  $10/ft still possible with right consistent crop mix and type of market (sell retail to neighbors)" - Todd Hoff
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Naive childhood doodles are recreated after 20 years of experience | DesignFaves -
Naive childhood doodles are recreated after 20 years of experience | DesignFaves
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All my drawings pretty much look like the before versions. - Todd Hoff
this is what things actually looked like to me in my enhanced mental states in the 90s. - Big Joe Silence
Victor Ganata
Maybe I'm just more sensitized by recent events, but I've started noticing… do cops always just stare hard at all people when they make eye contact, or is that just for me?
What does a soft stare look like? - Todd Hoff
You run your tongue slowly over your lips and toss your hair back Todd. ^ - Steve C Team Marina
So it's something you do before you eat? - Todd Hoff
Yeah, I'm pretty sure the cop wasn't flirting with me. - Victor Ganata
Then I would say to the prey the stare of the predator is always hard. - Todd Hoff
But has anyone else noticed this? Maybe I just need to stop making eye contact with cops. But I feel like that would make me seem suspicious. - Victor Ganata
Sunglasses? - Todd Hoff
The cops in my town always look tired and bored. - Big Joe Silence from Android
Nope, they stare and when you don't drop your gaze, they come after you. - Anika
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19 Magical Tree Tunnels You Should Definitely Take A Walk Through -
19 Magical Tree Tunnels You Should Definitely Take A Walk Through
19 Magical Tree Tunnels You Should Definitely Take A Walk Through
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This is a vacation I would love. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff - Stanford's Sapolsky On Depression in U.S. (Full Lecture) - Stanford's Sapolsky On Depression in U.S. (Full Lecture)
Links together the mind and the physical processes in the body. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases - -
Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases -
Thank goodness these people weren't on usenet. It had all the manners of a debased frontier town, which it was. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Steve C Team Marina
'Batman v Superman': Meet your new Aquaman - -
'Batman v Superman': Meet your new Aquaman -
"The speculation appears to be over about yet another costumed hero set to join Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and the rest in 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Not only will Gal Gadot play Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher portray Cyborg, but now Jason Momoa ("Game of Thrones," "Conan the Barbarian") has been cast to play that crusader of the seas, Aquaman, according to Variety. Warner Bros. Pictures is so confident that Aquaman will be a hit with audiences that they've already got an "Aquaman" movie in the works, Variety also reports. In an unusual move, two writers -- Kurt Johnstad and Will Beall -- will each try their hand at separate "Aquaman" scripts. The "Aquaman" movie is undoubtedly one of the nine movies based on DC Comics characters that Warner Bros. plans to release through 2020. (DC and Warner Bros. Pictures are owned by Time Warner, which owns CNN.)" - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
I'm okay with this. I was actually talking about how horrible Aquaman is as a character and how hard it would to give him a film, the other day. I think they could work it out. (I still don't feel like I'd want to watch an Aquaman movie, because it still feels stupid.) I'd actually prefer Plastic Man. - NOT THE CRICKET
Plastic man too close to the Incredibles? - Steve C Team Marina
The movie will drown at the box office, but I bet he stays above water. - Todd Hoff
RT @KenzoShibata: Hey guys, there's a town that's a no-fly-zone with a media blackout right in the middle of our country. Let that sink in.
It seems like practice - Todd Hoff
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SF Approves California’s First Tax Incentive for Urban Ag | Cornucopia Institute -
SF Approves California’s First Tax Incentive for Urban Ag | Cornucopia Institute
"On July 29, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that created California’s first urban agriculture incentive zone. The new law allows a tax break for SF property owners who dedicate their land to agricultural use for at least five years. For more background on the legislation, see our earlier blog post." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet must be open to the public...Must stay garden for 5 house on or next the land nor can it be next to a no French Laundry in SF - Todd Hoff
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Universal mobile electrochemical detector designed for use in resource-limited applications -
"This paper describes an inexpensive, handheld device that couples the most common forms of electrochemical analysis directly to “the cloud” using any mobile phone, for use in resource-limited settings. The device is designed to operate with a wide range of electrode formats, performs on-board mixing of samples by vibration, and transmits data over voice using audio—an approach that guarantees broad compatibility with any available mobile phone (from low-end phones to smartphones) or cellular network (second, third, and fourth generation). The electrochemical methods that we demonstrate enable quantitative, broadly applicable, and inexpensive sensing with flexibility based on a wide variety of important electroanalytical techniques (chronoamperometry, cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry, square wave voltammetry, and potentiometry), each with different uses. Four applications demonstrate the analytical performance of the device: these involve the detection of (i) glucose... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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coldantlerfarm: Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Become Farmers -
coldantlerfarm: Don’t Let Your Children Grow Up to Become Farmers
"I have been living on this farm full-time for nearly two years, and it has never been without worry. But that heavy blanket of anxiety is full of many, tiny, holes that let in brilliant beams of light, as many as there are stars! And those pieces of light I have reached have changed me so much. They are mountaintop rides on a draft horse, meals I knew as chicks and seeds, and finding a spiritual home in the everyday work and rythyms of my life. The version of me who was too scared to farm would certainly be more solvent, but she wouldn’t be happy. She wouldn’t know how to hunt deer, ride a horse, plant a garden, or butcher a chicken. It is only in the last few decades of abnormal history that these skills were considered recreational or outdated. And perhaps that NY Times writer will find himself in a much better place financially when local food goes from being a novelty of the so-inclined to the staples his community depends on when gas prices, natural disasters, political climates or any other disruption in the cattle cars of modern civilization start to hiccup." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"And that may be the best reason to let you children grow up to become farmers: they can feed themselves. They can achieve the most basic of human needs in a society clueless about how to take care of themselves without a car and a supermarket. Becoming a farmer isn’t in financial fashion right now, that is sadly true, but it will be again. As long as people need to eat there will be a... more... - Todd Hoff
"There is a surplus of mediocrity in this nation and a deficit of bravery. Let your children grow up to be farmers. Let them be brave. " - Todd Hoff
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Dazzling Beams of Light Map Invisible Wi-Fi Networks -
Dazzling Beams of Light Map Invisible Wi-Fi Networks
"Wireless networks are normally invisible to the human eye, but a magic touch of creative photography can turn them into vibrant and colorful beams of light. With the help of an instrument called the Kirlian Device, Luis Hernan, a Ph.D. student of architecture and interaction design at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, has found a way to breathe digitalized life into invisible wireless networks, creating colorful and ghostly images." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Steve C Team Marina
Man buys 23 Burger King pies out of spite - Food News - Food and Drink - MSN Living -
Man buys 23 Burger King pies out of spite - Food News - Food and Drink - MSN Living
"We've all been there. You're standing in line for something, and behind you is a screaming child; and, to make the situation worse, his or her caretaker seems oblivious to the temper-tantrum happening in front of their eyes, and makes no effort whatsoever to fix the situation or quell the kid's demands. But how far would you go to get revenge? According to Eater, one man went so far as to order 23 apple pies to exact his own punishment in the form of disappointment. After standing in front of such a duo while waiting to order at Burger King, listening to the child curse at his mother, throw his Gameboy and repeatedly demand the sweet dessert, the man bought up every single last pie in the place — and no, we’d assume he wasn’t actually planning on eating them all. He then turned to walk away, glancing back to watch the family learn that there were, sadly, no pies left." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
Revenge is such an underserved dish these days. - Todd Hoff
I kinda wonder if the kid wailing for the pie ends up being the adult who buys them all out of spite. - Jennifer Dittrich
Oooh Jennifer! - Janet from FFHound!
Dog who spent 13 years chained to tree finally finds loving forever family
Dog who spent 13 years chained to tree finally finds loving forever family
what a pretty doggie - Steve C Team Marina
I know - Shevonne
So can we chain the "people" up for 13 years? - Todd Hoff
Plus multiplier for dog years. - Kevin Johnson from Android
great idea - Todd Hoff
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