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Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 468

What does cheapest generic competing product actually mean? Does this include $20 skullcandy earbuds? $2 chinese earbuds? For those who are interested in some reviews on the celebrity headphones along with measurements check out Tyll's blog here: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/celebrity-headphone-deathmatch

Comment: Re:Artificially 'age' your secret container. (Score 1) 1009

by soleblaze (#38956507) Attached to: Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password
Depending on the file system you'll be able to tell the timestamp is forged. You can do this by looking at the timestamps for files near the same inode #. Some file systems also have a second timestamp that isn't as easy to change and most people don't realize is there.

Comment: Re:Or you could just not be overweight (Score 1) 271

by soleblaze (#38656824) Attached to: Gut Bacteria Can Control Diabetes
holy wall of text batman. Reposting this.

whole grain bread generally has about the same glycemic index as white bread. (It depends on how the bread is prepared, but the standard whole grain bread you see on the shelf is within 5 points of white bread.) Generally this is ~70 for whole grain and ~73 for white bread (Compared to table sugar, which is ~65).

One of the more interesting things I see regarding regular diet books vs paleo/primal diet books is the use of scientific studies to back up their advice. I don't really see any traditional diets back up anything they say with facts. Generally it's more of a 'well, everybody knows this' mentality, which isn't science. On the other hand, if you look at books that promote the higher fat, low carb/no grain diets they end up having bibliographies 17+ pages long that cite scientific studies.

There's a lot of science that backs up the whole low carb diet. However, there's not as much money in it as processed food. To take a recent example, Michelle Obama tried to get schools to take out some of the potato and grain products and replace them with vegetables. This was blocked, mostly due to the Potato board lobbying the politicians and giving them campaign contributions in return for blocking the bill. (This is how our political system works these days.)

Comment: Re:Or you could just not be overweight (Score 2) 271

by soleblaze (#38656806) Attached to: Gut Bacteria Can Control Diabetes
whole grain bread generally has about the same glycemic index as white bread. (It depends on how the bread is prepared, but the standard whole grain bread you see on the shelf is within 5 points of white bread.) Generally this is ~70 for whole grain and ~73 for white bread (Compared to table sugar, which is ~65). Overall your blood sugar doesn't act any different if you eat white bread vs if you eat whole grain bread. Either way it still spikes about the same (certain factors affect how high) then dives. One of the more interesting things I see regarding regular diet books vs paleo/primal diet books is the use of scientific studies to back up their advice. I don't really see any traditional diets back up anything they say with facts. Generally it's more of a 'well, everybody knows this' mentality, which isn't science. On the other hand, if you look at books that promote the higher fat, low carb/no grain diets they end up having bibliographies 17+ pages long that cite scientific studies. There's a lot of science that backs up the whole low carb diet. However, there's not as much money in it as processed food. To take a recent example, Michelle Obama tried to get schools to take out some of the potato and grain products and replace them with vegetables. This was blocked, mostly due to the Potato board lobbying the politicians and giving them campaign contributions in return for blocking the bill. (This is how our political system works these days.)

Comment: Cities arresting press pass owners (Score 3, Interesting) 353

by soleblaze (#38304752) Attached to: Bloggers Not Journalists, Federal Judge Rules
I'd argue that even if you have that press badge and are considered a journalist they can still block what you have to say. The NYPD intentionally arrested 5 press badge carrying journalists when they evicted occupy wall street. The press were telling the NYPD that they have a press pass and a right to cover the story and the NYPD responded saying you don't have press freedoms here. When they tried to force the issue they were arrested. The LAPD also had a lottery limiting the amount of press members that could cover the occupyla eviction to 12.

You also hear a lot of press saying 'we're being told we can't cover this' by the police and abiding to it. The police are considering their actions to require the same selective reporting that wars do. I'm not sure if this has gone on a long time and it's the first time I've seen the press talk about it so openly, or if it's part of the militarization of the police departments that we've seen since 9/11.

Comment: Re:It's complete bullshit (Score 2) 1017

by soleblaze (#35862864) Attached to: Is Sugar Toxic?
simple carbs trigger an insulin response in the body, which sees all the extra sugar in the blood stream as a toxin. (The average sugar in the blood of an average person is less than a teaspoon.) Insulin's job is to reduce the amount of sugar in the blood stream by signaling cells to absorb and store it. Insulin does tell both fat and muscle cells to store it, however the longer this process happens the more the cells become resistant to insulin. This insulin resistance isn't uniform and so fat cells will absorb more of the sugar and convert it into fat storage. This fat storage won't be used as long as insulin levels are high in the body. If insulin levels stay high enough your body will start storing energy as fat instead of using it to run other functions. This causes you to be hungry more and feel more lethargic.

Comment: Re:It's complete bullshit (Score 1) 1017

by soleblaze (#35862778) Attached to: Is Sugar Toxic?
The laws of conversation of mass? You mean the one that deals with a completely closed system? Our bodies are not a closed systems. Our intake of energy is not fixed. Our use of energy is not fixed. Our bodies are good at regulating how much energy we use. It's this whole metabolism thing people talk about and if you eat less, your body will start decreasing certain functions in order to preserve energy that's needed for other more essential functions. Calories In - Calories Used = Stored fat is too simplistic. Both the calories in and the calories out vary every day. Plus the body isn't 100% efficient at absorbing what we put in it. Weight gain is more a matter of hormones and has less to do with calorie intake. The hormones regulate what the body does with that energy once it absorbs it. It's also possible for the body not to absorb all the energy and instead pass it off as waste.

Comment: Re:My 1337 386 skillz are still valid! (Score 1) 245

by soleblaze (#30911692) Attached to: CompTIA Reneges, Reconsiders on Lifetime Certifications
I took my A+ in 2005. Strangely enough, this still describes most of the material on the test. It's a horrible certification if you're trying to show that you're current with the technology. (Of course most employers don't know that) Of course I applied for a Linux sysadmin position somewhere and they had me take this test at a website.. This was in November, 2008... Parts of the questions asked about setting up XFree86 in ways I haven't done since 1996. In fact, one of the questions asked me how to setup a 3dfx Voodoo card. I hope if CompTIA requires you to recertify then they will update the test with relevant questions.

Comment: Re:I get headaches from listening (Score 2, Interesting) 849

by soleblaze (#30151584) Attached to: Can We Really Tell Lossless From MP3?
I also tend to get headaches from 128kbps and lower mp3s. When it's a better encode it tends not to bother me as much. This is if I'm listening with headphones or on my home stereo. If I'm in a car or other noisy environment then it doesn't affect me. Maybe it's all in my head, who knows. I also have pressure issues with my ears (probably due to ear infections as a kid). I live in Colorado now and the altitude plus caffeine makes my ears hurt really bad, especially if I put on headphones. I gave up using headphones for a few years before I figured out that I just had to stop drinking caffeine. My ears would be ringing when I got into work from the road noise.. now I'm fine with the drive.

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