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Comment: Re:You gotta be kidding me... (Score 1) 167

by crazybit (#48851925) Attached to: FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss
I've been 7 months without sugar, wheat, legumes, refined oils, and all that crap. Basically a Paleo/Primal Diet. I can't be more happy, when I got some carb craving I eat a piece of yam or some cassava, both are super high in fiber and yam is filled with vitamins too, so I feel full very fast. I eat grass fed meat and lots LOTS of "paleo" veggies (and I mean HUGE salads, with one avocado a day).

The results was I not only lost 100lb (that was a seconday effect) but I feel much MUCH better, I can play with the dog for an hour, make long walks, and go outside and enjoy life. I still have more weight to lose, but it is all so easy now, sometimes I don't eat for 18 - 24 hours, just because I'm not hungry. My 20yo son is also doing the same plan, and he lost 55lb and is now 15% body fat, happy as hell with all the girls digging him.

And it was as simple as not eating "modern" food, just sticking to a good sustainable plan for a few weeks and after that everything went in "autopilot mode".

Comment: Re:You gotta be kidding me... (Score 2) 167

by crazybit (#48848583) Attached to: FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

Also don't forget that average effects is not the same as specific effects. We know that metabolism variation among individuals is pretty huge.

That's partially true, the SPEED in which you can become insulin resistance varies (that's why you see people who can eat foods filled with anti-nutrients and don't easily become leptin resistant), but the mechanisms that causes it and the way of getting rid of such resistance is the same in all humans - unless u got a rare genetic desease or a damaged hypothalamus.

Comment: You gotta be kidding me... (Score 5, Interesting) 167

by crazybit (#48848479) Attached to: FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss
Affecting a nerve to help people regulate their hunger and help them loose weight? There is already a way of doing that and it's called Leptin. Leptin is the hormone that regulates hunger by stimulating receptors in the hypothalamus. When someone suffers from leptin resistance, he will eat all day. The fix? bye bye sugars, bye bye inflammatory foods, bye bye foods with anti-nutrients.

I lost 100lb resetting my leptin cycle, I stopped eating all day and simply wasn't hungry anymore. No will power, no pills, nothing... the anxiety for food just went away.

Here is a nice article with 29 scientific references that explains exactly the importance of Leptin Cycle
And here is a nice video from Stephan Guyenet, Ph.D. explaining it too

Affecting a whole big nerve instead of changing eating habits is a really really bad idea
United Kingdom

UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the saving-gallons-of-eye-bleach dept.
mrspoonsi sends news that "Data taken from tens of millions of child abuse photos and videos will shortly be used as part of a new police system to aid investigations into suspected pedophiles across the UK." The Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) will be available to authorities starting December 11th. It's been populated with data seized in earlier investigations. The database assigns a hash to each photograph, so when a new drive full of illegal images is confiscated, it can immediately be plugged in and quickly scanned to see if there are any matches. It will also catalog GPS coordinates from Exif data.

The purpose of CAID is to eliminate the duplication of effort when investigating these photos. Often when storage drives are seized, they contain thousands or millions of images, and dozens of different police departments could end up unknowingly investigating the same victims. Law enforcement liaison officer Johann Hofmann said, "We're looking at 70, 80, up to 90% work load reduction. We're seeing investigations being reduced from months to days."

Comment: Re:Something wrong with this picture! (Score 4, Insightful) 175

by crazybit (#44313609) Attached to: Peru To Provide Free Solar Power To Its Poorest Citizens

Peru is using photovoltaics to provide small amounts of electricity without the infrastructure cost, which makes perfect sense.

That is EXACTLY why I consider this is an AWESOME idea. I have visited some of those locations, and the geography around them is extremely harsh. Many of these families live above 2500m altitude (some even above 3500m - 4000m), get their water from rivers, wells or old aqueducts (some of them made during the Inka's empire), and live mainly from farming and livestock. Giving them electricity from PV so they can use basic things, like led lights and small radios, will improve their quality of life A LOT. Bringing them electricity from the regular grid would be cost-prohibitive.

Comment: Re:Conan (Score 4, Informative) 245

by crazybit (#44003433) Attached to: Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back As the Terminator
From the article:

Schwarzenegger also told TheArnoldFans, "We start shooting in January and I'm also going to do 'King Conan'. To play that role and also to do another 'Twins' movie. I feel very proud of that. I feel very happy and I'm looking forward to doing those films."

I guess he will be doing Conan AND a sequel for "Twins".

Comment: Re:Not the way forward. (Score 1) 191

by crazybit (#34456518) Attached to: Paid Developers Power the Linux Kernel

(...) a world in which most commercial software is open source and the developers are paid for their efforts is very much in keeping with our dreams of an open source utopia.

Indeed. The most paid F/OSS developers there are, the best for everyone. If there is demand, F/OSS developers salaries will raise, which will make more people interested in working in the field. The result will be better software for everyone.

I guess we all can dream...

Earth

New Fish Species Discovered 4.5 Miles Under the Ocean 96

Posted by Soulskill
from the how-does-it-taste dept.
eldavojohn writes "The University of Aberdeen's Oceanlab (a partner in the recent census of marine life) has discovered a new snailfish. That might not sound very exciting, unless you consider that its habitat is an impressive four and a half miles below the ocean's surface (video). If my calculations are correct, that's over ten and a half thousand PSI, or about seventy-three million Pascals. The videos and pictures are a couple years old, as the team has traveled around Japan, South America and New Zealand to ascertain the biodiversity of these depths. The group hopes to eventually bring specimens to the surface. It seems the deepest parts of the ocean, once thought to be devoid of life, are actually home to some organisms. As researchers build better technology for underwater exploration, tales of yore containing unimaginable monsters seem a little more realistic than before."
Piracy

UK ISPs Profit From Coughing Up Customer Data 59

Posted by Soulskill
from the they-call-it-monetization-of-assets dept.
nk497 writes "ISPs in the UK are charging as much as £120 to hand customer data over to rightsholders looking for proof of piracy, according to the Federation Against Software Theft. While ISPs have to hand over log details for free in criminal cases, they are free to charge in civil cases — and can set the price. 'In 2006, we ran Operation Tracker in which we identified about 130 users who were sharing copies of a security program over the web,' said John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST. 'In the end we got about 100 names out of them, but that cost us £12,000, and that was on top of the investigative costs and the legal fees.'"
Education

NAMCO Takes Down Student Pac-man Project 218

Posted by Soulskill
from the chasing-ghosts dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The core of how people first learn to do stuff — programming, music, writing, etc. — is to imitate others. It's one of the best ways to learn. Apparently a bunch of students using MIT's educational Scratch programming language understand this. But not everyone else does. NAMCO Bandai sent a takedown notice to MIT because some kids had recreated Pac-man with Scratch. The NAMCO letter is pretty condescending as well, noting that it understands the educational purpose of Scratch, but 'part of their education should include concern for the intellectual property of others.'"
PC Games (Games)

Valve Apologizes For 12,000 Erroneous Anti-Cheating Bans 202

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-it-right dept.
Earlier this week, there were reports that large numbers of Modern Warfare 2 players on Steam were getting erroneously banned by Valve's Anti-Cheat software. While such claims are usually best taken with a grain of salt, the quantity and suddenness caused speculation that Valve's software wasn't operating correctly. A few days later, Valve president Gabe Newell sent out an email acknowledging that roughly 12,000 players had been inappropriately banned over the preceding two weeks. "The problem was that Steam would fail a signature check between the disk version of a DLL and a latent memory version. This was caused by a combination of conditions occurring while Steam was updating the disk image of a game." Valve reversed the bans and gave free copies of Left 4 Dead 2 to everyone who was affected.
HP

Commission Affirms NVIDIA Violated Rambus Patents 35

Posted by timothy
from the infringe-group dept.
MojoKid writes "The International Trade Commission has announced its findings in the NVIDIA/Rambus patent infringement lawsuit, and it's not the sort of ruling Team Green would've preferred. The commission found NVIDIA to be in violation of three Rambus patents. The trade panel also granted an injunction Rambus had requested, which theoretically prevents NVIDIA and the various companies attached to the lawsuit (Asus, HP, Palit, and MSI among others) from selling products that contain the infringing IP. The commission's decision this week affirms a January ruling that saw NVIDIA in violation of three Rambus patents while dismissing two additional claims of infringement Rambus made."
PC Games (Games)

BioWare's Star Wars MMO To Have Space Combat 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-in-case-they-weren't-busy-enough dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Big news for Star Wars fans looking forward to BioWare's upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG — space combat has been confirmed for the game. Players will be able to fly around the galaxy in their own personal starships, avoiding asteroid belts, landing in dangerous territory and battling other vessels. The initial news makes it sound like a cross between Mass Effect's galaxy map and a traditional space fighting game, where players will have to find 'hotspots' on the galaxy map in order to enter a particular zone."

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