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Comment: Re:So there's 100 or so unimmunized? (Score 1) 387

by Dahamma (#47243913) Attached to: California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

Well, I do agree with you the media is as much to blame as any talking heads spewing the misinformation (just not that we should give the original sources a pass).

The problem is same as with global warming, evolution, or other fringe non-scientific alternative opinions. The media tries to "balance" the argument by providing equal coverage of both sides when in reality the actual evidence/voices/etc are overwhelmingly in favor of one side (skip to 3:20 if you just want the punchline...)

Comment: Re:So there's 100 or so unimmunized? (Score 1) 387

by Dahamma (#47242499) Attached to: California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

She's still promoting unsubstantiated FUD about vaccinations, she has just switched her focus from autism to "toxins".

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad...

"Yet as doctors say, dosage makes the poison. The amount of, say, formaldehyde in a typical vaccination is much less than you’d get eating an apple. The same can be shown for the other ingredients claimed to be toxins in vaccines as well. The truth is vaccines contain far too small a dose of any of these things to cause any of the problems McCarthy and other anti-vaxxers claim exist.as doctors say, dosage makes the poison.

Also, botulinum is the single most lethal toxin known to humans. Yet McCarthy has enthusiastically praised injecting this toxin into her face. How can anyone possibly say that and also say vaccines have dangerous levels of toxins in them with a straight face?"

Comment: Re:Trust but verify (Score 1) 211

by Dahamma (#47227253) Attached to: Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Eh, I think "Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology" was pretty clear. Of course they are going to bring the lawyers in and codify it all, etc. I'm sure it will be the pretty standard "you don't sue us we won't sue you kind of thing" plenty of other companies have already done. This was a blog post, not a legal document...

Comment: Re: Trust but verify (Score 2) 211

by Dahamma (#47226815) Attached to: Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

If there was a written agreement/contract or patent license (which I assume there will be, and it will also include very specific clauses about indemnifying Tesla against any lawsuits of the licensee) then it doesn't matter.

And despite the casual tone of Musk's post, Tesla is a large public company and still beholden to shareholders, etc. They will undoubtedly get the lawyers involved to make sure things go as planned. This isn't the first time a company has done this (or similarly, multiple companies have pooled their defensive patents), so it's not like there aren't established practices already...

Comment: Re:Trust but verify (Score 2) 211

by Dahamma (#47226785) Attached to: Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

Telsa should have the CEO publicly post such a statement where Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use their technology. This will be quickly picked up by tech blogs and linked to the statement.

I can't tell if this is sarcasm or not... because it's EXACTLY WHAT THE LINKED BLOG POST IS. And in fact, that's exactly what Slashdot just did...

Comment: Re:Trust but verify (Score 3, Interesting) 211

by Dahamma (#47226769) Attached to: Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

They don't really need something "new", because what they already have is a completely new mindset for a car company. They are so far ahead of the established old-thought auto makers in so many areas that it would take the rest of them a complete overhaul of their entire executive staff, middle management, engineer and design teams, factories, etc, to get close.

Not to mention they are profitable and make an $80k+ niche car that has been backordered since well before it was ever released. At some level it's like Ferrari saying "ok, we are releasing the patents behind our $1M supercar" - the market is so specialized it wouldn't matter, and Ferrari's demand so outstrips their supply you basically have to get permission from Ferrari to even buy one.

Comment: Re:And Ramadan is coming... (Score 1) 148

Sure, science waits for no one, and everyone besides the grant-writers work odd hours occasionally.

Actually, the PI would take odd hour shifts when necessary. I guess that's part of why everyone else was willing to do it without complaint once in a while. Lead by example...

Then again, he eventually left the lab and started a company doing sleep research that was later bought out by a big pharma. I guess keeping rats awake in the name of science wasn't as rewarding as doing it in the name of a $10B+ insomnia drug market. Not that I can complain, I left that field a long time ago for tech startups as well. Lead by example, again :)

But anyway - to your point that you claim that the OP's comment about 24 hour fasting vs 48-72 hour fasting not being supported by the evidence - it seems clearly supported to me, since that was one of the main points of the study! One of key data sets they relied on was lymphocyte (and other) counts in 24 vs 72 hour fasting (it's in the full paper on Cell). And a major conclusion was "the results from a phase I clinical trial indicate that 72 but not 24 hr of PF in combination with chemotherapy were associated with normal lymphocyte counts and maintenance of a normal lineage balance in WBCs"

And if you think about it clearly 12-24 hours is not enough to be considered "fasting" from a ketosis perspective, since that's pretty much in the range of what most humans do every night. Fasting from sunup to sundown and pigging out afterwards really isn't that much different; basically just skipping a midday meal, which many people also do.

Comment: Re:And Ramadan is coming... (Score 4, Informative) 148

by Dahamma (#47188761) Attached to: Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

The 48-72 hours was more likely chosen because it would allow the postdocs, grad students, and techs to not have to come in at midnight on a weekend to kill a mouse and drain them of their blood (and then quit and join a different lab). Not because that time frame was empirically determined to be the minimum fasting time required for the effect.

I guess you've never been a grad student/tech, then? In the lab I worked in (with rats and mice, actually, though it was sleep & circadian research) they had no problem sending the grad students - or even better, the undergrad interns - in at midnight to do various studies.

Yes, I have sat after midnight in a lab lit only by dim red light (doesn't interrupt rat rhythms) for several hours basically keeping rats awake when they start to nod off. Which is also why our lab invented a cage that would automatically tip the rats into a pool of water when they fell asleep. Which I guess is a bit ironic that the pursuit of a decent night's sleep led to a device that prevented a decent night's sleep...

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