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Comment: Re:Mr Mosley (Score 2) 154

by mr_stark (#39483645) Attached to: UK MPs Threaten New Laws If Google Won't Censor Search

Max Mosley.... his Nazi-themed orgies

That is exactly the reason why he is taking legal action. The whole Nazi themed bit was made up* by the News of the World to sell more news papers. Yet hear you are repeating it as if it were true. I'm no fan of MM - he may be a pervert but he's not a Nazi pervert.

* http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/24_07_08mosleyvnewsgroup.pdf

Page 54, section 232

Comment: BBC covering their own backs (Score 4, Interesting) 177

by mr_stark (#30046648) Attached to: Regulator Blocks BBC DRM Plans

The BBC board are not stupid, they know applying to have tax payer funded content restricted isnt going to fly. They are maneuvering to cover their backs. Despite what they say the BBC are very ratings focused. They are going head to head with ITV (the biggest independent TV station in the UK) over the Saturday night prime slot with their own reality TV/talent show for example.

They want to broadcast popular shows but dont want content restriction to be used as leverage by the content providers. Rather than saying "we wont do that b/c its not in the public interest" the BBC are aiming to say "We cant use DRM b/c its against the law."

Comment: Re:Grain lobby propagaunda (Score 1) 379

by mr_stark (#29092059) Attached to: Fatty Foods Affect Memory and Exercise Performance

>There are plenty of carbs that humans can digest without cooking

Fruit as I've already said contains sugar which is refined carbs. The dominant macro nutrient in nuts if fat (yes thats so called nasty sat fat too). By vegetables I take it you mean roots vegetables (carrots, parsnips, potatoes, etc) see my original point, the carbohydrate providing vegetables still need cooking before they can be consumed.

Yes I've heard of whole grain, Oats and the like still need to be cooked before the body can access the carbs in them - if you eat raw oats its just counts as fiber. Which is exactly my point - humans cant process any carbs other than sugar with out some form of processing. The whole business of cooking your food isnt to make it taste nice, its to break down cell walls, denature the anti-germination enzymes so that the human gut can extract usable nutrients. Cooking also denatures toxins like alkaloids that are present in potatoes for example.

>But please don't spread bullshit.

Likewise Mr AC.

Comment: Grain lobby propagaunda (Score 4, Interesting) 379

by mr_stark (#29089901) Attached to: Fatty Foods Affect Memory and Exercise Performance

I'm always amused when this kind of research comes out, talking about how fats are bad for you. Its much more complex than that. You really should be measure total calorie amount not just fat content. Too many calories is bad full stop. As other posters have mentioned the lack of energy is probably only a short term effect of switching to fat as a fuel source. I've switched over to a high fat/low carb diet (F50/P30/C20) and have no issues with lethargy or lack of concentration. I've got no problems with day to day programming tasks and haven't encountered any strength or endurance degradation in the gym.

I'm of the option that fat - esp saturated fat - is a much heather macro nutrient that carbs. The only carbs that the human digestive system can process in a raw state is sugar (think fruit), starch can be converted to sugar also but most of the other so called healthy carb sources needs processing before humans can consume them. Potatoes have to be cooked (try eating raw potatoes and see what happens), as does rice, wheat and grains have to be ground down into a powder. Fat on the other hand can be eaten straight off the animal. Humans aren't evolved to eat significant amounts of carbs.

Comment: Ununbium (Score 1) 461

by mr_stark (#28294333) Attached to: Periodic Table Gets a New, Unnamed Element

All the heavy unstable elements already have names derived from their atomic mass, so 112 would be Ununbium

Its also slap bang in the middle of the island of stability most heavy elements are too unstable to last before they decay into smaller elements. 112 Has a half life of 29 seconds, which isnt too bad considering 115 has a half life of 88ms.

Patents

Rewriting a Software Product After Quitting a Job? 604

Posted by kdawson
from the clean-room-white-coats dept.
hi_caramba_2008 writes "We are a bunch of good friends at a large software company. The product we work on is under-budgeted and over-hyped by the sales drones. The code quality sucks, and management keeps pulling in different direction. Discussing this among ourselves, we talked about leaving the company and rebuilding the code from scratch over a few months. We are not taking any code with us. We are not taking customer lists (we probably will aim at different customers anyway). The code architecture will also be different — hosted vs. stand-alone, different modules and APIs. But at the feature level, we will imitate this product. Can we be sued for IP infringement, theft, or whatever? Are workers allowed to imitate the product they were working on? We know we have to deal with the non-compete clause in our employment contracts, but in our state this clause has been very difficult to enforce. We are more concerned with other IP legal aspects."

Where Have All the Pagers Gone? 584

Posted by kdawson
from the long-time-paging dept.
oddRaisin writes "After recently sleeping through a page for work, I decided to change my paging device from my BlackBerry (which is quiet and has a pathetic vibrate mode) to an actual pager. After looking at the websites of Cingular, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, I'm left scratching my head and wondering where all the pagers went. I can't find them or any mention of them. Pagers of yore offered some great features that reflected the serious nature of being paged. They were loud. They had good vibrate modes. They continued to alert after a page until you acknowledged them. I didn't have to differentiate between a text from a friend and a page from work. Now that pagers seem to have become passé, what are other people doing to fill this niche? Are some phones better pagers than others? Are there still paging service providers out there?"
First Person Shooters (Games)

Activision On Iterating, Innovating Call Of Duty Series 66

Posted by Soulskill
from the check-out-our-flamethrower-it's-kickin-rad dept.
Activision's Noah Heller sat down with Gamasutra to discuss the refinements made in Call of Duty: World at War to keep the popular FPS franchise moving forward. He points to cosmetic things, like realistic burning and the ability to set just about everything in the environment on fire, as well as bigger gameplay improvements, such as making the AI more difficult to beat without having it "cheat." "... the main thing we tried to do is honestly make the placement just more brutal. You've always got an advantage on the enemy; you've been through the level before, you know where they're going to be, but in Veteran mode you're going to find that they're not going to cheat. You're really going to have to be going for headshots using the most effective weaponry. You're going to have to use that bolt-action rifle and aim for the head if you want to take an enemy out at a distance. It's a different sort of gameplay. We heard those concerns and we tried to address them."
Earth

Geoengineering To Cool the Earth Becoming Thinkable 419

Posted by kdawson
from the well-less-unthinkable dept.
johkir writes "As early as 1965, when Al Gore was a freshman in college, a panel of distinguished environmental scientists warned President Lyndon B. Johnson that CO2 emissions from fossil fuels might cause 'marked changes in climate' that 'could be deleterious.' Yet the scientists did not so much as mention the possibility of reducing emissions. Instead they considered one idea: 'spreading very small reflective particles' over about five million square miles of ocean, so as to bounce about 1 percent more sunlight back to space — 'a wacky geoengineering solution.' In the decades since, geoengineering ideas never died, but they did get pushed to the fringe — they were widely perceived by scientists and environmentalists alike as silly and even immoral attempts to avoid addressing the root of the problem of global warming. Three recent developments have brought them back into the mainstream." We've discussed some pretty strange ideas in the geoengineering line over the last few years.

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