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Comment: Re:Sugar only - not diet (Score 1) 422

by speederaser (#48183559) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Of course, other articles and studies are telling me that my diet pop is messing with my brain and making me crave more sweets anyway.

Oh, it's much worse than that!

A few choice quotes from the article:

"Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death."

"Aspartate and glutamate act as neurotransmitters in the brain by facilitating the transmission of information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate or glutamate in the brain kills certain neurons by allowing the influx of too much calcium into the cells. This influx triggers excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells."

"The absorption of methanol into the body is sped up considerably when free methanol is ingested. Free methanol is created from aspartame when it is heated to above 86 Fahrenheit (30 Centigrade). This would occur when aspartame-containing product is improperly stored or when it is heated (e.g. as part of a "food" product such as Jello). Methanol breaks down into formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin."

"DKP is a byproduct of aspartame metabolism. DKP has been implicated in the occurrence of brain tumors."

Then there's the phosphoric acid content in diet soda that erodes tooth enamel and promotes kidney stones.

Needless to say, I don't drink diet sodas.

Comment: Re:Translation: Let's FORCE it on them! (Score 1) 324

the EPA can't force large manufacturing firms to curb their water usage or limit how much they're allowed to pollute.

EPA action is not the only means to that goal. I work for a "large manufacturing firm" and we work hard to reduce water usage and limit energy use. It's not because the suits suddenly got the green bug, I assure you. The reason we do this is because it saves money.

Comment: Re:Nuclear Disarmament didn't cause... (Score 1) 324

Increasing or introducing taxes means prices go up.

It also means that government revenue goes up, which leaves room for lawmakers to lower other taxes to compensate.

But that's not really the point. The production, sale and use of fossil fuels imposes an external cost on everyone in form of more severe weather - longer droughts, more floods, higher food prices, etc. Raising taxes on fossil fuels merely recovers the the cost they impose on society. To do otherwise would constitute a hidden subsidy of the fossil fuel industry at the expense of everyone else.

Comment: Re:They kept it SECRET so lots can be kept secret? (Score 4, Informative) 183

by speederaser (#46795201) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

I am more curious about what the reply was to the undegrad student and how did they keep him quiet.

According to TFA the undergrad student was a she not a he. From the article:

The BBC aired a special on the Citicorp Center crisis, and one of its viewers was Diane Hartley. It turns out that she was the student in LeMessurier's story. She never spoke with LeMessurier; rather, she spoke with one of his junior staffers.

Hartley didn't know that her inquiry about how the building deals with quartering winds led to any action on LeMessurier's part. It was only after seeing the documentary that she began to learn about the impact that her undergraduate thesis had on the fate of Manhattan.

Comment: Re:Low protein extends life? (Score 1) 459

by speederaser (#46405069) Attached to: Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Tell them (your girlfriends) that the Paleo diet is the way to go - steak, bacon, fried veggies - good stuff.

The elephant in the room in the Paleo diet is no refined sugar. A real deal-breaker for most girls (and guys) - no dessert, pie, ice cream, cake, cookies, chocolates, sodas, candy, donuts, or anything else with sugar in the top 4 on the ingredient list.

Sadly, this is the one thing that makes the most difference, not just for weight loss, but in how you feel. I have much more energy since I cut out sugar. And my tastebuds have even come back - regular food tastes so much better now. I'm eating all the time, snacking on nuts and fruit constantly in between meals, and I'm gradually losing weight without a whole lot of exercise (I have a desk job).

Comment: Re:Freakin' Riders. (Score 4, Funny) 767

by speederaser (#45959891) Attached to: Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

GE 26 Watt Energy Smart CFL - 100 Watt Replacement, about $250 each -- rated at 8,000 hours

As it turns out, your $250 "GE 26 Watt Energy Smart CFL - 100 Watt Replacement" bulb is now on sale for $13.40 each:

http://www.amazon.com/Watt-Energy-Smart-CFL-Replacement/dp/B000UYF80S

If we extrapolate, by tomorrow the price should be about 4 cents each.

+ - CyanogenMod to have built in text message encryption system->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "People are now more concerned regarding their privacy after discovering about efforts made by governments to spy on their communications. The most practical solution to keep messages, emails and calls secure is to use a cryptographic encryption mechanism. However, just like the name of the method, the installation process is complex for most users. To solve this, CyanogenMod will come equipped with built in encryption system for text messages."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Double down (Score 1) 534

by speederaser (#45439755) Attached to: Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half

First, I am quite good at providing citations and references.

And you go on to provide these two links:

http://principia-scientific.org/latest-news/330-ipcc-climate-reports-then-versus-now.html
http://principia-scientific.org/latest-news/369-ipcc-sea-level-exaggeration.html

Principia-scientific is a vanity site run by Joseph E Postma, who is not a climate scientist and has never published a peer-reviewed paper on climate science. If that's the best you can do then you don't have a case.

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter anyway. (Score 3, Interesting) 172

by speederaser (#45342077) Attached to: Oil Recovery May Have Triggered Texas Tremors

They ARE exempt from the EPA clean air and clean water acts.

No, they actually aren't.

As a matter of fact, Dick Cheney and his hand-picked cronies made damn sure that they are indeed exempt.

"However, in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which arose out of Vice President Cheney's Energy Task Force, Congress amended the definition of "underground injection" under the SDWA to specifically exclude "the underground injection of fluids or propping agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities."

Comment: Re:BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA (Score 2) 387

by speederaser (#44880071) Attached to: True Size of the Shadow Banking System Revealed (Spoiler: Humongous)

Margo T. Oge, who oversaw the creation of the ethanol credit program at the E.P.A., says..."The last thing we wanted in implementing this program is to get price increases for the consumerâ.

For those who wonder what exactly Tokolosh is getting at, here are the US corn prices 2001-2012:

  1. US Calendar Year Average Corn Price Received
    for the 2001 - 2013 Calendar Year(s)
    Year Corn ( $/bushel )
    2001 1.89
    2002 2.13
    2003 2.27
    2004 2.47
    2005 1.96
    2006 2.28
    2007 3.39
    2008 4.78
    2009 3.75
    2010 3.83
    2011 6.01
    2012 6.67

Data from http://farmdoc.illinois.edu/manage/uspricehistory/USPrice.asp

Comment: Re:Yeah... (Score 1) 732

by speederaser (#44736095) Attached to: EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

You won't be ticketed for driving the speed limit, but for being in the wrong lane based on your speed. The law in most places is "slower traffic keep right", a semi official wink-wink, nod-nod to speeding.

In the US "Slower traffic keep right" laws are for safety, to prevent the passing vehicle from going through the blind spot of the vehicle being passed. History has shown that to be dangerous. That's why it's also against the law in every state to pass a vehicle on the right.

I suspect the tickets for "being in the wrong lane" you're thinking of are really tickets for failing to yield to faster traffic. Since a police car is traffic just like anybody else, if you fail to move to the right to let a police car pass they can and will ticket you.

Comment: Re:Despite all of the complaining about it... (Score 1) 627

by speederaser (#44535715) Attached to: Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

But most of all, I want apps to be designed and installed to reduce the need for privilege escalations.

That's all fine and dandy, but every time you need to change some setting in /etc/ or interract with a service, you need to be root.

Easily solved with a dedicated root terminal window. I keep mine in a particular desktop and create it every time I reboot. My current uptime is over 100 days and during that time I've only logged in as root once, but have done a lot of work as root managing raid arrays and installing packages and such. All without needing or using sudo.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350

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