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Comment: Re:I know this is going to sound crazy... (Score 1) 292

by onkelonkel (#47939553) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Wow, you are right. Life would be a black joyless void of suffering if we drank water when we were thirsty. (OK, reflex sarcasm satisfied).

We aren't talking about "now and then" we are talking about habitual daily consumption of empty calories from sweetened drinks.

Apple pie is +/- 350 calories per slice. Depends on how big the slice is of course. Add a scoop of ice cream and you are near 600 calories. An occasional piece of pie is a fine thing. A slice with every meal, day in, day out not so good.

I'm thinking of one of my co-workers who drank 2 or 3 mid-sized bottles of soda (20 oz?) during the workday plus a tall cup (32 oz?) with lunch. He was packing in about 1000 calories just in soft drinks every day. He was asked (not by me, I've learned better) why he didn't drink water. He acted all hurt and defensive, like he was being criticized for his choices, and as though his obesity was somehow his fault. He liked sugary drinks and he felt entitled to drink them. It just didn't occur to him that there was any negative consequences to his choices, or that if there were any it would be his fault.

Comment: Re:Can't you teabaggers (Score 1) 258

by onkelonkel (#47796389) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go
I think the rule used to be up to 1/8 black (Octoroon) is still black. This may not be current practice. I think almost all "black" Americans are actually mixed race. (Notwithstanding recent immigrants). Maybe it's a "self-identification" thing? Not sure why it should matter.

Comment: Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (Score 4, Insightful) 266

Too true. People believe, because they were taught to believe, from an early age by people they trust. The vast majority of Christians (insert religion of your choice here) are Christian by an accident of birth. They are Christian because they had Christian parents. Had they been born in Mumbai, to Hindu parents, they would be Hindus.

If you want a good laugh ask a Christian why they believe in God and Jesus and the Holy spirit, but not in Zeus or Odin or Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. If you get anything other than circular logic or "because" let me know.

Comment: Re:Open Source Integrated email/calendar/phones/et (Score 1) 579

by onkelonkel (#47707989) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Must be a different Lotus Notes than the one I had to use back in the 90s. That one had a an actively user-hostile interface. It actually looked for ways to break your heart and spirit and make you cry. It was forged from pure evil. Shat from the very buttocks of Satan. Well, anyhow, it wasn't very good.

Comment: Open Source Integrated email/calendar/phones/etc (Score 3, Interesting) 579

by onkelonkel (#47699491) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Work has recently added Lync to our standard MS environment. It's far from perfect, but we now have integrated everything. I do mean everything. We get IM/VOIP telephony/email/shared calendar/book rooms and meetings/desktop sharing/n-way calls/webcam video conferencing/etc, all in one package.

Is there any open source equivalent that has all these features? Because that is what MS is bringing to the fight.

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins

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