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Comment: Re:Aspartame got an unfair bad reputation (Score 1) 629

by iONiUM (#49561643) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Certainly no study is perfect, and you are right that there are studies that show it is unsafe too. But what I've linked are federal studies by various governments, the national cancer institute, the FDA and the EFSA. These are pretty big, well funded institutes who would actually benefit by finding it not safe and banning it - for example, Canada has government funded health care, and does not want to have to pay for all sorts of people getting sick from something, which is why they tax so much on 'bad' things and ban what they can.

So I feel pretty secure that it's safe in 'regular' amounts (don't drink like 20 diet pops a day basically). But that goes for everything.

Comment: Aspartame got an unfair bad reputation (Score 5, Informative) 629

by iONiUM (#49561159) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

There are two major reasons why people incorrectly think aspartame causes cancer:

  1. In 1975 a bad study was released saying aspartame caused brain and other cancers. This study became “legend”, and is what everyone thinks about aspartame, but it is not true. There is even an article on Wikipedia specifically about this controversy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame_controversy
  2. In 1998, a hoax was released saying aspartame caused all sorts of serious diseases, and people believed it: http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/blasp.htm. It’s also on snopes http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp

Due to the 1975 study, studies were launched and FDA officials describing aspartame as "one of the most thoroughly tested and studied food additives the agency has ever approved" and its safety as "clear cut" (http://web.archive.org/web/20071214170430/www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1999/699_sugar.html)

  1. The European Food Safety Authority concluded in its 2013 re-evaluation that aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure (http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3496.htm)
  2. As do other independent studies (http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10408440701516184)
  3. The national cancer institute has cleared aspartame as having no links to cancer (http://web.archive.org/web/20090212130028/http://cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/AspartameQandA)

There are many more scientific studies on it by national governments showing it’s safe as well:

Comment: If you actually look on the map.. (Score 3, Informative) 78

by iONiUM (#49538659) Attached to: Africa E-Waste Dump Continues Hyperbole War

It's really not that big: google earth picture of the location from sat.

The pictures make it look like it's an entire city, but really it's just a small area. Of course, they don't show you aerial views because that would stop any sort or rational opinion from forming on the subject.


Researchers Nearly Double the Size of Worker Ants 99

Posted by Soulskill
from the why-would-you-do-this dept.
sciencehabit writes: Researchers have nearly doubled the size of a handful of Florida ants by chemically modifying their DNA, rather than by changing its encoded information. The work may help explain how the insects—despite their high degree of genetic similarity—grow into the different varieties of workers needed in a colony.

Comment: Re:Canadians (Score 1) 176

by iONiUM (#49119959) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

I think your opinion is rather bias. Both job offers I had offered a signing bonus (no strings attached), as well as stock options (if I stayed there for 2 years) and of course free re-location, as well as a tour (that I did go on) of the area beforehand. If I took the job, I was more than free to quit and move back to Canada at anytime if I disliked it.

So I don't know what you mean by 'vulnerable' position. If you take a job in another country, you take that job. You can quit and return to your own country at any time.

Comment: Canadians (Score 4, Interesting) 176

by iONiUM (#49119781) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

Everyone seems to imagine those holding H1-B visas to be from poor countries who are ready to work 12 hours a day as a slave to avoid being shipped "back to the slums."

As a Canadian, I've been offered over the years 2 separate jobs in the US with the offer to do it through a H1-B visa. Many of my ex-co-workers took up this offer at one point and have since moved to the US. I have no idea if they'll ever move back.

The salary offered through both of my offers were very competitive, and I only turned them down because I disagree with a lot of the way the US is run and prefer Canada, and the extra amount offered wasn't enough to make me want to leave.

Comment: SharePoint (Score 2) 343

by iONiUM (#49075423) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

Probably people will downvote me for this, but this exactly scenario is why SharePoint exists. It's specifically to help non-technical users post, share and have version control for their office documents.

It integrates with Microsoft Office, so Word etc. simply presents a 'check out' button on the top, and asks you to 'check in' if you press the 'x' and try to leave, and you can add comments.

Don't know why this wasn't considered?

Comment: Lack of management (Score 2) 716

by iONiUM (#49030181) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

The behaviour of "Linux" (all the distributions and kernels) as a whole is exactly the same behaviour you see in companies with poor management. Everyone is working on stuff, and maybe even working hard, but all those things don't add up to the whole. There's no 1 person over-seeing it all to ensure everyone is working smart, and in the same direction.

To me, this is what is happening with Linux. Everyone has ideas, and some of those ideas are great, but when everyone can fork and create and merge without an overall management process, you end up with a bit of a mess and mass confusion for those on the "outside."

This is both the advantage (choice) and disadvantage (lack of alignment) with Linux. Should I use Gnome or KDE or Unity? Do I even know what those are as a end-user? Should I?

What I get OSX, I know what I get. When I get Windows, it's the same. Everything (mostly) from the previous version will work with this version, the interface isn't some massive surprise, etc (which is partially why Windows 8 was such a fiasco; things WEREN'T compatible and the UI was totally different).

At the end of the day, what needs to happen is exactly what most Linux devs hate the most: a large corporation with 1 vision needs to come in and create a clean, uniform experience that allows consistency and compatibility for years/decades, and reduces "choice" to a degree in order to provide consistency.

To some degree, you can argue RedHat did this a bit, especially with packages, but everyone hates on them too now..

Comment: Android too (Score 1) 120

by iONiUM (#48942107) Attached to: Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

I would also like to mention this occurs on my Nexus 5 pretty frequently: I'm at home, using the WiFi, and randomly it just stops working. It just says, for every request I put out, that they time out. The only way to "fix" it is to shut off WiFi, and then turn it back on.

This happened on my Galaxy S3 as well. All other devices in the house (Xbox, laptops with the exception of the MacBook Pro which suffers from this Yosemite issue) have no problems.

There are other issues I've had as well as this in other places with Android, but this is the most annoying one.

Comment: Anecdotal Example (Score 1) 120

by iONiUM (#48941701) Attached to: Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

I posted this in another place before, but I will post my personal experience again:

2 weeks ago, I bought a brand new Macbook Pro. During setup, I ran into a bug where the 'next' button disappeared entirely during apple ID "linking", and could not be finished. I had to force re-start the machine, and then skip that step. After setup, it became apparent that Yosemite did not ship with it (why?), so I had to upgrade. However, due to my faulty Apple ID setup the first time, it couldn't use the apple store to do it. I deleted all the iCloud users, and added a new one, but adding one doesn't make it primary (what the fuck?) so I had to delete it and re-add it a different way.

Once I had Yosemite, my WiFi stopped working altogether. You can google about this issue, it's awful. Since there's no hard network jack on the pro, I can't get to the internet at all, which means I can't get a patch even if they release it.

It's pretty terrible.

A debugged program is one for which you have not yet found the conditions that make it fail. -- Jerry Ogdin