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Comment Re:Which is why (Score 1) 230

By the way, the current state of research seems to be that carbohydrate restricted diets work well in the short term but have only modest success in the long term.

Right, I linked that story because it speaks directly to the deception from the NIH and the USDA. It wasn't about the diet — I had great success the first time, and less weight loss the second time, so now I'm just watching what I eat — but about the deliberate attempts to deceive by our government. Shock, amazement, I know. At best they were trying to look busy. More likely, they were working on behalf of the rising processed foods industry.

Comment Re:Mirrored drones = deadly disco balls? (Score 4, Informative) 111

The mirror coating is barely reflective to a laser, and will burn off just about as quickly as the camouflage coating which you propose. What is needed to have any real effect is an ablative laser coating which continues to be reflective as it is burned away. AFAIK no such material exists as of yet, in spite of being prophesied in roll-playing games (i.e. Battletech.)

However, yes, there will be some reflections while the target is being cooked, and if it is at low altitudes that could be quite dangerous to any spectators.

Comment Re:When the alternative is paywalls (Score 1) 215

Would you prefer to have to buy a separate $20 per year subscription for each domain that you visit? Or what third option am I missing?

More sponsored content with embedded advertisement, of course. Some of this is shit, some of it is entertaining. The world's fastest car show sponsored by battery tender may be stamped battery tender all over it, but it doesn't really detract from the experience. It's almost kind of nostalgic, in a mutual of omaha's wild kingdom kind of way.

Comment Re:"In the interim"....now and forever (Score 1) 215

People having promiscuous sex should use condoms. Not in the interim while we are working for a cure for HIV, not until there are some better treatments for herpes. If you are engaging in sex with multiple partners, it will ALWAYS BE A GOOD IDEA.

Well, perhaps someday we will reach the point where phage therapy is more reliable than condoms. At that point, it will be largely irrelevant. Of course, that's assuming our society makes it long enough to develop that far...

Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 1) 215

Noscript has been around for a long time, and many of us have been using it for a long time. I used to use Flashblock, back before malicious javascript became a serious thing, but then I switched to using Noscript, which also flashblocks.

It might be a hassle figuring out which script sources to enable, or to have some sites just never work. It's a bigger hassle to reinstall Windows.

Comment Re:I work in online advertising (Score 1) 215

We actually ended up on the phone to the guy who ran the site, begging him to switch to another advertising provider. He wasn't exactly enthusiastic, so the adblocker remained in place. Don't know where things have got to since then.

Probably nowhere, and fast. Dude is willfully aiding and abetting crime by carrying a known-malicious ad network. What scum.

Comment Re:Indians. (Score 1) 81

India really is quite wealthy. Yes, there's a lot of poverty. That's what most people seem to want to see for some reason.

That's what people see both because there's more of it around to see, and because the rich-poor divide is even wider in India than it is in other nations. While many of the descendants of the Raj continue to live opulent lifestyles surrounded by servants, whole swaths of the Indian population lives in a degree of squalor and dirt which you don't even see in most developed nations.

The fact that there's a lot of money in India doesn't stop large portions of its population from living in abject poverty.

Comment Re: A little surprising (Score 1) 57

I find this a little surprising. The NSA might have some great spy tools, but some of the most incredible programmers and IT people that I have ever known are German.

And yet, no software houses but Crytek are known for being German. And when the Nazis wanted to manage the concentration camps, they called IBM. I don't see any evidence that Germans are particularly good at software development.

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