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Comment: Re:Telomeres, tiny 'hairs' that split DNA for dupi (Score 1) 420

by ZombieBraintrust (#48182831) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
it should be harmless given your description. Doesn't mean it actually is. It could change the way some foods are digested. It could promote different digestive bacteria. It could chemically react with enzymes in your stomach. I suspect that it is none of the above. People who drink soda get fat. Fat people have more cells replicating/repairing than skinny people. You would expect that to lead to smaller telomeres.

Comment: lead makes you crazy (Score 1) 407

by ZombieBraintrust (#48168451) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal
Crime went down in that period because they remove lead from gasoline in the 90's. Lead in the air was driving people slightly crazy leading to more crime. This was especially pronounced in cities where the air was much dirtier than the countryside. Crime went down everywhere where lead was removed. Had nothing to do with how the police fought crime.

Comment: When does a language die. (Score 1) 547

by ZombieBraintrust (#48103045) Attached to: Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World
A language dies when there are no longer programmers who are able to code in it. The langauge literally dies as people retire and die off. Well documented languages that are simple to learn will never die. COBAL is dying as a useful language as new programmers stop learning it and people retire. Economics still provide enough incentive for people to learn the language so it is dying slowly. They things listed at the top are still on peoples resumes. So they are not dying

Comment: Re:Color Me Surprised (Score 1) 335

by ZombieBraintrust (#48098773) Attached to: US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

Also, international law in the form of signed treaties are law in the US, per the Constitution.

Treaties require a 2/3 vote by the Senate in the US Constitution. This vote creates a local law. The Senate can repeal that law. So like I said. International law only exists if the participating countries enforce it with local laws. The closest thing to international law in the United States are rights. Under American legal philosophy these rights are not created by the Constitution. Rather they are given to man by God or are self evident human rights. Thus privacy, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, our God given rights. They apply to non citizens because God gave those rights to all people.

Comment: Re:China & Russia off the hook then (Score 1) 335

by ZombieBraintrust (#48091519) Attached to: US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants
Yes. It was always legal for them to steal from us. Russia invading Ukraine was also legal.(Russian congress literally passed a law anexing the region) It is also legal for them to nuke a US city. It was legal when the US used sanctions to limit trade with Russia.

Things are not as simple as they seems at first. - Edward Thorp