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Comment: Re:More american-centric blabbering. (Score 1) 1017

by Takichi (#35868142) Attached to: Is Sugar Toxic?
You really should watch the presentation all the way through. He deliberately states that there are good (neutral) and bad forms of sugar. It is the manner in which the different sugars are metabolised that determines its health risk. Glucose can be used by any cell in the body, but fructose needs to be metabolised by the liver. Fructose doesn't have the short term effects of alcohol, but it is metabolised by the liver in essentially the same way and causes the same health problems.

The problem here is when people say "sugar" is toxic, they specifically mean the ingredient used to sweeten many of our foods (table sugar, high fructose corn syrup). You don't say, I'd like two lumps of sucrose for my coffee, you just say "sugar".

I understand that there is a lot of crap diets and unverified "science" out there, but this doesn't seem to be the case if you actually listen to what he says.

Comment: Re:Tabs! (Score 1) 189

by Takichi (#35442332) Attached to: Firefox 4 RC1 Released
I'm a little confused about placing tabs at the top of window above the address bar. They say it gives the tabs top visual priority, but it seems the opposite to me. If you are browsing webpages amongst different tabs, then surely placing the tabs at the bottom is better since that reduces the distance between the tabs and the content on the page. Plus, tabs at the bottom reduces visual interference from a largely irrelevant address bar. I'm hoping this will be customisable, but putting it at the top of the page as a major feature seems daft.

Comment: Re:If that's the definition of "society", so be it (Score 1) 445

by Takichi (#35431754) Attached to: Crime Writer Makes a Killing With 99 Cent E-Books
It's unlikely all paper editions of books will cease to exist. The record industry is probably a good model for what will happen. The vast majority of content is digital, but there is still a strong niche market for vinyl. Vinyl is adored for the experience it provides, much in the same way paper books are.

+ - Cell Phone Use Tied to Changes in Brain Activity->

Submitted by Takichi
Takichi (1053302) writes "The New York Times is reporting on research linking cell phone use and increased metabolism, with high statistical significance, in the areas of the brain close to the antenna. The study was led by Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The impact, good or bad, of the increased stimulation is speculative, but this research shows there is a direct relationship between cell phone signals and the brain that warrants further study."
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Comment: Re:Likely more prevalent an issue than we realize. (Score 4, Informative) 221

by Takichi (#35259434) Attached to: Feds Pay Millions For Bogus Spy Software
This all happened way back in the early GW Bush administration. It's unclear how many of these guys are still around. The article is definitely worth a read. There was talk of shooting down passenger aircraft over some of the "intelligence" gathered by his software (ok, so it wasn't really considered, but the fact it was suggested at all is alarming). In regards to firing the people responsible, FTA:

The C.I.A. never did an assessment to determine how a ruse had turned into a full-blown international incident, officials said, nor was anyone held accountable. In fact, agency officials who oversaw the technology directorate — including Donald Kerr, who helped persuade George J. Tenet, then the director of central intelligence, that the software was credible — were promoted, former officials said.

In case of injury notify your superior immediately. He'll kiss it and make it better.