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Comment: Heart Attacks & Strokes (Score 1) 252

by eric31415927 (#48442461) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

Obesity, Smoking, Exercise, Genetics, Diet

Diet is only one small part of the problem
Genetics - well you're stuck with them - your children are stuck with yours
Smoking is hard to quit for some
Exercise - well nobody like to exercise
Obesity - on the rise - due to sugar, salt, and fat in boxed foods - who cooks from scratch?

My rant is over

Comment: Deep thought (Score 1) 91

by eric31415927 (#48343259) Attached to: fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

While driving about a dozen years ago, I thought: "Wow, I'm thinking."
Then I thought: "Wow, I'm thinking the thought: "Wow, I'm thinking.""
Then I thought: "Wow, I'm thinking the thought: "Wow, I'm thinking the thought: "Wow, I'm thinking."""
Fortunately I didn't crash.
However, I couldn't get to the next level without my mind drifting elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Misleading- Good will is common accounting (Score 4, Informative) 255

There is no loophole here.
Imagine buying a truck to use in a business. The cost of the truck can be written off against earnings over a number of years instead of all at once. The accounting principle here is to spread the cost of the asset over its useful life.

Goodwill is also an asset that can be written off over a number of years. It's an intangible asset with a more ambiguous useful life. The mechanism for writing it off over 15 years instead of, say, 40 years may be questionable. Government policy to attract investment may have led to the 15-year period.

So long as Ballmer is forced to follow the government's rules and he spreads the cost over many years, I see no problem..

Comment: Forget their computer (Score 1) 334

You could pay about $100 per year to use Skype to call their telephone whenever you want.
Alternatives to Skype exist.
Calling cards are possible (I've had success buying from

You wouldn't be able to attach any photos, but they're not fun with dial up anyway.
You would have to call your parents when you are all awake, but calls are more personable than email.

"Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?" -Ronald Reagan