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Comment: Re:You try it first (Score 1) 369

by Cantankerous Cur (#49069965) Attached to: Two New Male Birth Control Chemicals In Advanced Stages
Uh, yeah, gonna need some proof for those claims of side effects. Contrary to what you express, vasectomies are fairly safe and effective. And as it stands, the female pill has a number of nasty potential side effects, far beyond anything a vasectomy could do.

Comment: The fix? (Score 1) 262

The fix is almost certainly going to be as problematic as no doubt they'll make it harder to change the name like requiring admin rights or having some sort of language filter. The former is more likely and naturally the result will be 'and Comcast has been screwing up the spelling of my name for six months, 3 supervisors promised to fix it, and yet here we are!'

Comment: Re:You gotta be kidding me... (Score 5, Informative) 168

by Cantankerous Cur (#48848925) Attached to: FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

That's bullshit. Obese people have pretty much the same metabolism as skinny people. It's not your "metabolism" that makes you obese, it's how much and what you eat.

No, it really is quite dependent on biology. There are numerous studies on twins that clearly show that it's governed by far more than just calories in == calories out. ,

Comment: This reminds me of a political cartoon (Score 1) 786

by Cantankerous Cur (#48787045) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

I'm baffled. I don't understand the impetus to deny human-driven climate change other than straight up greed. The one argument I've heard recited is the lack of an accurate model. I can barely get an accurate weather forecast for a week from now and you want accuracy with something on the time scale of decades.

And at the end of the day, even if the models are inaccurate, it's not a question of whether it's happening but simply time frame. What difference does it make if they're off by a decade or two? Does that give us time to squander? Let me answer that. No. I think Vonnegut probably got it right. "We could have saved it [earth], but we were too goddamned cheap."

Comment: Re:when-all-the-astroturfing-is-accounted-for dept (Score 4, Interesting) 81

by Cantankerous Cur (#48724683) Attached to: FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February
Actually, the scary thing is the internet companies and the Koch brothers stuffed the 'ballet boxes' AND that is going to be trotted out as the will of the people (

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.