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Comment What's the dose again? (Score 1) 403

I have some experience with alternative health measures and do not believe that ginkgo does much good for memory, either. However, this story does not prove it. Was this study funded, directly or indirectly, by some organization that has a stake in a poor outcome? Were the study participants provided the supplement (I would assume so since they took "two 120-milligram capsules of ginkgo a day". Most ginkgo biloba products are a 50:1 extract of guaranteed potency, although I suppose you could find capsules of the plain herb at Walmart or the drug store, but why did they conduct a study effectively using 50 times less of the active ingredients than is typically recommended? Looks to be the same as other "studies" conducted that use tiny amounts of the subject ingredient, such as studies on vitamin C which use 30mg per day and declare that it has no effect on X, and allows doctors to state authoritatively that vitamin C does no good for X.

Comment Re:Technology to the rescue! (Score 1) 636

I believe new fangled TVs nowadays have a special feature that keep the decibals between any certain range you prefer, or some system similar to that to keep the loud bangs down while keeping the quiet dialogue up.

I had a TV like that in years past and loved it. I even liked watching movies and being able to hear the dialogue and dimming the sound of the crashes. Listening through the tv speakers I obviously did not care about sound fidelity anyway. Then I got an HD tv and use only a receiver for sound (since the tv sound is horrible) and this pronounces the loud commercials so much that I either dvr a 20 minute delay to miss the commercials or sit there with a remote on hand to mute them when watching live tv. However, there are now even cheap receivers that will do the same modulation - google audyssey for one example - so I found what I am getting for christmas.

Comment 50 years old and a hard time writing in cursive (Score 1) 921

My wife and I were asked to write a (handwritten) character reference for someone a couple years ago. My father had provided a letter for reference that he had written, beautifully of course, in cursive. Since my wife also has excellent cursive handwriting I sat down taking my time to write as neatly as possible, and took an hour to write a page of script. I wrote many letters in my youth but had a really hard time getting the flow after 30 plus years - since engineering school over 25 years ago I have written all caps when handwriting so my writing is legible, and I had an amazingly hard time doing joined-up writing again. And had to google how to write a capital Q. And when I was done my wife asked what took my so long. When I showed her my letter she _laughed_. She had printed hers.

Comment Re:In Soviet Russia (Score 1, Troll) 600

The Soviets probably got around 90% of their technology through corporate theft and spying. It's not like they could have come up with something innovative. There at the end there was so much brain drain, or so little incentive, that some government agency was caught with stolen plans for a US washing machine.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)