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Comment: older & newer studies... (Score 1) 166

by swell (#47248881) Attached to: "Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

By the '70s, the Eskimos were already eating Twinkies like the rest of us. The important study of aboriginal diets, including Eskimos, was that of Dr. Robert Price in the early 1900s. This study was conducted when Eskimos were still consuming traditional foods. You can learn more about this at the still vibrant Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation ( ).

In addition, you may wish to read the cover story of Time magazine which says to Eat Butter. Dr. Atkins advised this over 30 years ago and 30,000,000 people benefited by following his advice. Eat fat, avoid carbohydrates- simple advice but the medical establishment still supports General Mills, Kellogg, and the Wonder Bread lookalikes.

Comment: Re:Cash and checks (Score 3, Insightful) 117

by swell (#47209199) Attached to: Credit Card Breach At P.F. Chang's

"I use credit cards for 99% of my purchases. That way I avoid the issue of dealing with change and refilling on cash. I've never been held responsible for a fraudulent charge."

  - OTOH, I use CASH for 90% of my purchases. Only one retailer (a major online company) knows my card number and they are unlikely to leak it. Similarly I have no revealing 'loyalty cards' for grocery & drug store purchases.

So my wallet is much thinner than yours and I have little fear of identity theft. I carry $200-$400 at all times. If it is stolen, I will be unhappy but not as much as if my identity is stolen.

I don't think it's anyone's business if I purchase adult diapers or pron or medicines or alcohol. Should I reveal that in return for 'rewards'? You will have to decide for yourself if you want to advertise your lifestyle in exquisite detail to worldwide data marketers.

Comment: forget digital (Score 1) 170

""I'm curious whether there are good prospects for 'time capsule encryption,' one of several ways of storing information that renders it inaccessible to anyone until certain conditions â" such as the passage of time â" are met?"

The motivation for this question is vague. It could be that the OP has information about a criminal element that she wants released if she suffers an untimely death. It could be that the OP has solved the problem of nuclear fusion but is not ready to share it yet. The motivation is so vague that there is no way to address the question coherently - let's assume it's just for releasing info at a much later time.

'Time capsule' - I attended a time capsule burial a while back. Someone will dig it up in 100 years. It contains a variety of stuff- printed text, objects & some digital material. The digital stuff will probably be indecipherable with equipment available in the year 2108. The 'time capsule' concept might still be best despite our gravitation to digital and the 'cloud'. Encryption will not be necessary.

Printed text on quality paper should be good for well over 100 years. Physical materials might be the best way to preserve the message. A physical location might be the best place. A simple timer that sets off a weak explosion that exposes the trove might be ideal. Locate the capsule thoughtfully- not in downtown London, not in Antarctica, not in the Mariana Trench. Protect the payload from the elements. The timer & explosives need to survive the time you set. You might offer hints to potentially interested parties about the locale and timing of the release of your important capsule.

But before you go to all this trouble you should ask yourself- what information do you have that might matter to people in the future? Is this just an ego stunt or something that might really benefit someone in that time?

Comment: hype (Score 1) 243

by swell (#47191041) Attached to: New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

The car is designed to ride ~5 inches above the road surface. A normal car like this might tilt 2 degrees in a curve, toward the outside of the curve, causing that part of the car to be ~4 inches from the road surface. This Mercedes could conceivably tilt 2 degrees toward the inside of the curve, causing that part of the car to be about 4 inches from the road.

The total difference between the tilt of a normal car and this Mercedes is perhaps 2 inches. Not at all like a motorcycle tilt in the same curve, in fact probably not detectable by the driver except for the cost of the extra complexity.

Comment: our greatest hopes (Score 0) 267

by swell (#47177201) Attached to: Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

"... putting our greatest dreams of exploring and understanding the Universe on hold."

You talkin' to me white boy?

It may surprise some that not everyone has high falutin' dreams about space exploration. Some people would be happy with a safe place to sleep, relief from disease, or a hot meal. Until those dreams are fulfilled for every human, space can wait.

Comment: iPad mini with Retina Display ... duh (Score 1) 321

by gig (#47145489) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

You add all those things you asked for to a Kindle and you get an iPad mini with Retina Display. How could you not know that?

There are a number of book reading apps for iPad that have the features you want. iPad even runs a Kindle app.

> think of the competition if [Apple] built [a Kindle competitor]

You are so right. Kindle hardware sells less than 1 million units per quarter, and iPads sell almost 20 million units per quarter. The Apple book reader totally blows the Kindle out of the water.

> handwriting
> great for note taking

No. No it's not. Handwriting is SLOOOOOOOOOOOOW. It's so slow that we don't have time for it anymore. You can type exponentially faster on an iPad virtual keyboard, and faster again on a tiny mechanical keyboard. Even better, use one of the iPad apps that records what is going on around you as audio and timestamps it against what you are typing as notes, so that your notes not only have your own thoughts, but an actual audio recording of what you were taking notes about.

Comment: Re:SSC? (Score 1) 262

by swell (#47060619) Attached to: The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

irritating summary

And what is the braking problem? Whatever an SSC is, it will stop by itself eventually. Or, perhaps someone wants it to stop within a particular distance; but of course speed and mass would have to be considered in addition to materials technology and heat dissipation.

Neither the summary nor the comments seem to offer a holistic picture of the problem (if there is one) or a solution. If you expect readers to follow three links to piece this together, count me out.

Comment: Re:Text editing vs. typesetting (Score 1) 522

The first thing I do when editing a book is try to get the writer to switch from Microsoft Word (or equivalent word processor) to BBEdit (or equivalent UTF-8 text editor) and teach them to write italics in markdown, and also hyperlinks if they are necessary for the project. It makes the writing easier, it makes including characters from other languages easier, it makes the editing easier, it makes sharing documents easier, it makes backing up documents easier, it makes the original manuscript have longevity so that it can be read or revised years later, and it enables the writer and editor to work on their choice of hundreds of different devices instead of one or two.

There are hundreds of iPad text editors that take all of 15 minutes to learn and be comfortable with, and which just present you with an infinite page you can write UTF-8 text into. That is what a writer should be using to write. Or something very much like it. A quiet place to capture your typing as universally-compatible UTF-8 text.

Comment: This is the same reason so many writers use iPads (Score 1) 522

An iPad with the Wi-Fi off and with a $5 writing app and your favorite Bluetooth keyboard (chosen from about 30,000 options) is a great “digital typewriter.” Many writers have moved their writing to an iPad and their Macs are just for Internet and research and so on. Just having your writing on the iPad screen 24/7, your writing app always frontmost, is a huge benefit. Being able to close the Mac and turn the world off and just write is also a huge benefit.

I like the portability of the iPad, too, but if you always write in the same room at the same desk, it doesn't matter if your digital typewriter is an old DOS machine.

For a long time now, I thought that Linux-on-the-desktop should stop trying to make yet another Mac clone and make novel devices using Linux instead. Like a digital typewrite that George R R Martin would switch to.

Comment: blinding me with science (Score 4, Insightful) 453

by swell (#46955245) Attached to: Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

- The scientific community now accepts to some degree -
- a clinical neuropsychologist and human factors specialist -

While some may prefer citations
and some may prefer credentials that include some basic science skills,
others will be happy to forge ahead with imaginative fantasies.

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1746

by gig (#46654973) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

> I am a lesbian and I still think hounding Eich for standing for Prop. 8 and threatening to boycott
> a cornerstone of the internet and internet development if he was CEO of the Mozilla foundation
> is complete and utter intolerant bullshit. I am very disappointed with people doing such things
> and disappointed he caved to such.

The thing is, the fact that you are a lesbian doesn't prevent you from being blinded by the straight supremacy that is around you all the time. It doesn't prevent you from collaborating on your own second-class citizen status. It doesn't prevent you from being an Uncle Tom for a gaggle of anti-LGBT frat boys here on Slashdot.

Lucky for me, you can't harm me because:

* I have a constitutionally-protected right to marry
* Eich does not have a constitutionally-protected right to try and stop me

It seems like somehow you missed the results of all the court cases regarding Prop 8? The courts have spoken. The issue has changed radically since 2008 when maybe one could argue that Eich didn't know that what he was doing was 100% hate, 0% politics, and 100% unconstitutional. Now, we know.

The courts looked long and hard and all they found within the “political opinion” that LGBT marriages should be banned was gay-bashing. That's all. No benefit to families of straight people, no benefit to kids, no benefit to society, no nothing inside Prop 8 except straight hate attempting to make LGBT people into second-class citizens. Prop 8 was an organization equivalent to the KKK. We knew it all along, and it was proven in court.

So now Eich and others like him have no right to be pro- Prop 8 anymore and not get shunned for it. The court cases are over. After the divorce, you can't go into your ex-wife's home and get into bed with her like the divorce court case never happened. If you lose your house in court, you can't expect to go into that house tonight and sleep there. After Prop 8 was struck down as violating the Constitution, you don't have a right to continue to support it. Prop 8 has been shown to be nothing more than an attack on the equal Constitutional rights of a minority. Prop 8 is rounding-up-Jews stuff. It's not a legitimate political debate where we argue left-right and figure out a way for the entire community to provide fire fighting services or something that benefits everybody.

I know you think you are nobly defending free speech, but you are not. You are defending a non-existent right to make threats. You are defending a non-existent right to try and promote hatred against a minority. You're defending a non-existent right take other people's Constitutional rights away. And you are declining to defend equal rights. You're declining to defend court findings that told Eich and others like him very sincerely to knock off the hatred and stop threatening LGBT people. You're defending Eich's non-existent right to ignore the courts and the Constitution and continue his attack on LGBT people to this day.

Defending free speech is more complicated than just, “he said something, therefore I defend it.” You have to actually do a little thinking and make sure you're not accidentally defending hate or defending threats or defending an unconstitutional political view. In this case, you are defending all three of those.

Eich had to leave his job as CEO because he was turning Mozilla into a Straight Hate workplace. There would have been no LGBT workers at Mozilla within 6 months. You can't announced to your workers that even though the US Supreme Court has ruled that they all have equal rights, you don't recognize that ruling, and expect the workers to say, “well, I guess the CEO's right to let a brain fart rip trumps my right to equality.” Or, “I guess the CEO's right to ignore the Supreme Court trumps our right to be protected by the Supreme Court.”

Same with a CEO who was unapologetic about his KKK donation, or his NAMBLA donation. Before the court rulings, you could maybe argue that Prop 8 is not KKK or NAMBLA, but the actual court rulings themselves make it clear that it is. Prop 8 is all hate. It was purely about victimizing a minority. You don't have a right to do that in the United States and it is appalling that you would defend it. No matter what your sexuality is.

Comment: Equality is “hard?” (Score -1, Troll) 1746

by gig (#46653647) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

> Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech.
> And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard .

What kind of bullshit is this?

You don't have to figure anything out. There were YEARS of court cases, including a decision by the US Supreme Court, that figured it out for you. They could not find anything in Prop 8 but hate. There is no benefit that came to anyone from Prop 8. There is no harm that came to anyone from equal marriage. If you didn't know it was wrong to try and outlaw your neighbor's marriage before Prop 8, then you certainly know now. If you were unsure if it was unconstitutional to outlaw your neighbor's marriage before Prop 8, you are certainly sure of it now.

Therefore there is no free speech issue. The political opinion that LGBT people should be prevented by the government from getting married has now been removed from the chess board of American politics. It was never a legitimate political opinion, and that has been very, very well proven by years and years of court cases. You can no longer threaten LGBT people and try to justify it as being part of the political process. That is over. Now your threats are just threats. Threats are not protected by free speech.

Comment: Re:Settling (Score 1) 148

by gig (#46613963) Attached to: Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

> Punishing the businesses now will just make it harder for these companies to pay proper wages going forward

Possibly the stupidest comment I've ever read on Slashdot and that is saying something.

> The best thing workers can do now is to just put this whole mess behind them, show up to work, and do their
> jobs. Our nation depends on the success of these businesses

Tell you what, from now on, take 25% of every paycheck you get, and send it to Apple and Google. If you don't do that, you are a hypocrite.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure