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Comment: Re:Health risks? (Score 4, Insightful) 109

by arielCo (#49160105) Attached to: Ultra-Low Power Radio Transceiver Enables Truly Wireless Earbuds

No. There have been plenty of studies on the effects of non-ionizing radiation on health, and none of the realistic, unbiased ones have yielded any evidence of harm, so it remains a purely theoretical possibility. Furthermore, radiation power densities are going down (TFA is a shining example).

Comment: Mine (Score 2) 353

by arielCo (#49080591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

Open in Browser: Because some sites insist that I should save that PDF to open it.
Session Manager: a.k.a. "task freezer". Save and restore any or all of your open windows and tabs along with their histories.
Google and TinEye Reverse Image search. TinEye's matching engine is more powerful; Google has a much bigger database.
Offline QR code Generator: the easiest way to send page/image/link URLs and arbitrary text to my phone: [highlight text if applicable,] right click on page/image/link, "Show QR", aim phone.
Restartless Restart: Because it's Firefox and Control-Alt-R is much faster than killing the process.
Context Search X: highlight, right click, "Search with", pick any of my engines. Very flexible; allows custom accelerator keys.
Context Highlight: highlight multiple words or phrases all over the current page. Not perfect but really useful.
Live HTTP headers: Disabled since Fx ships with devtools.
It's All Text!: Edit those pesky textareas in your preferred editor. Perfect for HTML boards and wikis.

And obviously Adblock Plus.

Not shown: custom search engines for Google Images, Wiktionary, Google Translate, Gmail...

Medicine

US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol 180

Posted by Soulskill
from the do-as-we-say-now-not-what-we-said-yesterday dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post reports on news from the U.S.'s top nutrition advisory panel, which plans to stop warning consumers about the amount of dietary cholesterol in foods. The government has been issuing these warnings for over 40 years, and they reaffirmed that decision as recently as five years ago. "[T]he finding, which may offer a measure of relief to breakfast diners who prefer eggs, follows an evolution of thinking among many nutritionists who now believe that for a healthy adult cholesterol intake may not significantly impact the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease. The greater danger, according to this line of thought, lies in foods heavy with trans fats and saturated fats. ... But the change on dietary cholesterol also shows how the complexity of nutrition science and the lack of definitive research can contribute to confusion for Americans who, while seeking guidance on what to eat, often find themselves afloat in conflicting advice."

Comment: Re: Satellite not needed (Score 2) 115

by arielCo (#48649057) Attached to: Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

I find it quite believable, seeing how the Venezuelan govt simply issues orders to all ISPs to block the IP ranges of sites that make them uncomfortable; a famous victim is DolarToday.com, a site that tracks the black market currency exchange rate and now publishes unflattering news and opinion. I'd include a few traceroutes but I'm posting from my phone. Even pastebin.com was blocked for more than a year (haven't checked recently) because a list of URLs with leaked emails wad posted there.

Comment: Re:The best gift? (Score 1) 113

by arielCo (#48587447) Attached to: 2014 Geek Gift Guide

I hovered over a few links (including some at Amazon) and there's no referrer ID. Since he doesn't send you to his personal blog either (remember Ronald Piquepaille?), it's not even clickbait.

I agree that most of his content is too fluffy, and I usually stop reading way before the middle.

Comment: Re:I smell something ... (Score 2) 153

by arielCo (#48578805) Attached to: "Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

Whenever something sounds too good to be true, it usually isn't. I'll put some cash on this being in the Ig-Nobles in a year or two.

Since you like truisms, here's another: conventional wisdom is not at all.

Back to 'Eat less and exercise', everyone. That's probably safer, anyhow.

Depends. If you're so overweight that you risk joint damage or increased wear, or a heart attack from overexertion, a pill to give you a leg-up is a godsend.
  Plus, not everybody will lose weight just eating "less" and working out; I know because I'm insulin resistant with a bum thyroid to boot; diet and exercise are only part of the solution.

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