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Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 522

by ChrisMaple (#48206195) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

The "radicalized" Canadian was not a terrorist, he was a disturbed individual who latched onto the ideology on his own accord.

No difference. If you embrace Islam and try to kill in the name of Islam, you're an Islamic terrorist. Trying to make a distinction between a crazy person and a Muslim is doomed to failure.

Comment: This is just wrong. (Score 2, Informative) 688

by ChrisMaple (#48206027) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.
Unless the non-FTDI chips are using some patented technology without permission, or are using FTDI trademark, they are doing no wrong. Second-sourcing of integrated circuits has been going on for at least 45 years, and it's completely legal. The fact that their silicon looks completely different indicates that the copiers are not violating copyright as far as the chip is concerned. Unless I'm missing something, FTDI is engaging in willful destruction of private property and should suffer immense fines.

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 1) 422

by ChrisMaple (#48192443) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
There are a number of good reasons to care. One is that it adds a valuable bit to a person's general store of knowledge. Another is that it might suggest a way to make an equally tasty beverage that does less damage. Still another is that it may cause a person to choose a better drink from among already available alternatives.

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 1) 422

by ChrisMaple (#48192373) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

HFCS is widely used because U.S. cane sugar lobbyists successfully pushed for high duties on imported sugar: this allowed U.S. producers to push up the price of cane sugar. Big users of sugar in processed foods then looked for cheaper ways to get the same sweetness, and HFCS became a practical substitute. If common sugars are all made more expensive, the search for practical alternatives will intensify. Perhaps someone will find a way to make the sugar alcohols like xylitol or other chemicals tasting very much like sugar such as inositol, cheap enough.

Actually, cane sugar (or the equivalent beet sugar) is quite cheap, and the price would probably have to more than double to cut down much on most people's intake.

Comment: Re:You keep using that word... "basically"... (Score 1) 422

by ChrisMaple (#48192177) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
Sugar is usually used to make foods "sweet enough", and according to Pearson and Shaw fructose is almost twice as sweet as cane sugar (in cold foods). If you're eating for taste rather than an energy boost or a sugar buzz, fructose has the advantage that less is needed - not that food buyers have much choice about sugar content of foods they don't prepare themselves.

Comment: Re:Let me get this right (Score 1) 838

by ChrisMaple (#48165059) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Any high level of taxation is stupid; the higher the stupider. High levels of taxation mean that people will act in ways that minimize the tax they pay; instead of producing or enjoying themselves, they are living their lives to avoid government burdens. High taxes of any form distort the economy. Short term, high taxes make most people worse off, long term everybody is worse off (because of the loss of technological advances.)

If the tax burden is low, it's not worth the effort to avoid it, and most people can't be bothered when they have something better to do.

Put no trust in cryptic comments.