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Comment: Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 4, Insightful) 148 148

by reve_etrange (#50014071) Attached to: SCOTUS Denies Google's Request To Appeal Oracle API Case

A Fair Use exception will allow them (if they choose) to effectively exclude APIs without threatening to upturn industry expectations generally.

Unfortunately, fair use claims are judged on a case-by-case basis. Even if Google prevails on this issue, API implementation will be too risky for individual programmers or small companies to undertake.

Comment: Re:Excellent. Now how about High Fructose Corn Syr (Score 1) 851 851

by reve_etrange (#49926479) Attached to: FDA Bans Trans Fat

Care to provide a link?

Sure, the Wikipedia article provides an adequate discussion of fructose metabolism.

I kinda always thought that all sugars are metabolized by 'normalizing' them to glucose and fructose. In case of sucrose it involves hydrolysis of one weak chemical bond, that produces glucose and fructose. HFCS simply skips that step.

More or less, although it's a bit more complicated due to how sugar molecules are transported in different cell types (as discussed in the above link). However, most commercial HFCS compositions have more fructose than glucose, which can lead to excess Krebs cycle intermediates that are in turn directed to fatty acid metabolism (via acetyl-CoA).

Comment: Re:Excellent. Now how about High Fructose Corn Syr (Score 1) 851 851

by reve_etrange (#49926405) Attached to: FDA Bans Trans Fat

Everyone knows at this point that our problem isn't with fats, it's with carbs.

Unfortunately, when it comes to nutrition, "everyone" has fallen for a mixture of quackery and old wives' tales. Case in point: your conflation of simple sugars and complex carbohydrates, which ignores the excessive animal protein and extraordinary dearth of fiber currently consumed in Western diets.

Comment: Re:Anthropomorphizing (Score 1) 421 421

by reve_etrange (#49771779) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

It's an interesting topic. What are we? Are we our physical bodies? Are we the information that we've associated? Are we souls/spirits within a shell?

I think so too, but I also think that at this point there is overwhelming evidence that we are our physical bodies - our whole organism - and zero evidence for any rival proposition.

Personally, I don't feel like my physical body (fond of it though I am) is "me." If I woke up tomorrow in a different form, I would still be the core person that I am.

That's really just a guess, best. It appears highly likely that the "core person that you are" is your form. To put it another way, the statement "if I woke up a different person, I would still be the same person" is merely contradictory.

But I'm weird like that, in that my identity exists independent of it. I don't think that's the case for most people.

Again - this is hard to read as anything other than assertion, in this case motivated by feelings of apparent superiority over other people. (I don't mean to insult you at all, but to me the way that statement is written sounds like bluster).

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read.