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Comment: Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 4, Informative) 517

The tree-bark studies you use are more along the lines of herbalism than holistic medicine or homeopathy. The yew extracts commonly used in chemotherapy should also be considered here.

This is not just a matter of the fact that they use herbs. They fail homeopathy by not relying on the "memory of water" effect that homeopathy claims to rely on: indeed, homeopaths would be horrified at the doses used. Likewise, holistic medicine is generally quite keen on not introducing foreign substances into the body, which these clearly do.

These aren't the only herbs to be shown effective, either. And when they are shown effective, medicine incorporates them. But a great many herbs have been shown to have no effect at all, or even to cause harm, and science has rejected these, as it should. The resulting dosage tables from these tests bear little resemblance to herbalism as the herbalists tend to think of it.

Essentially, herbalists stumbled onto a couple of patterns, and thought this meant they knew everything. When we put it to the test, we found a few accidental discoveries: it's not unlike the way that alchemists accidentally discovered gunpowder. But the methods the herbalists used were bunk, and a lot of the resulting knowledge was bunk, and even when it wasn't, they turned out to know far less than they thought they did.

Comment: Re:Does that mean Microsoft Network is better ? (Score 1) 40

by Millennium (#46524137) Attached to: Turing Award Goes To Distributed Computing Wrangler Leslie Lamport

This depends on a number of factors. Did Microsoft use the designs he came up with when he did this work? Was Linux not allowed to use these designs? Did he (or someone else) find a way to improve upon that work, and were these improvements incorporated into Windows (or Linux)?

Even a rockstar can be hobbled by bad management, and we all know that the quality of Microsoft's management has, at times, been questionable. It's entirely possible that this could have happened here. Or maybe it didn't. We can't be sure from the Microsoft side.

Comment: Re:This is more than a little bit naive. (Score 1) 712

There is a difference between sensible environmental policy and a War on Coal. I don't think Obama is attempting to wage a War on Coal.

But it's tough to deny that some people are, in fact, trying to do this. It's that precise mentality that drives the people who want to buy it all up and shut it all down.

Comment: Re:This is more than a little bit naive. (Score 1, Insightful) 712

Yes, but that's not War On Coal thinking. The WOC folks are attempting to use force to ensure that we funnel all our money into their pet technologies Right Quick (tm), and that this will quickly get us back up and running. And if it doesn't, then we'll just have to Conserve (tm).

Comment: Not quite the case... (Score 1) 134

by Millennium (#46244697) Attached to: Linksys Routers Exploited By "TheMoon"

Even if we limit our scope to routers-as-initially-purchased, there's still one stock model that runs Linux out of the box: the WRT54GL. It was made after Linksys otherwise switched to vxWorks, in an attempt to keep a hand in the Linux market.

I've got one. I flashed it with Tomato, but it definitely came with Linux on it.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.

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