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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 ( http://ppnf.org/ ).

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: 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: 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: all thinkers are confused (Score 1) 114

by swell (#46413277) Attached to: Mathematicians Are Chronically Lost and Confused

Never trust the one who has the answers. The politician. The Preacher. The grammar school teacher. Seek those who have questions.

I'm a writer and inventor, I hope to come to understand things with my writing. I may draw a concept in an attempt to understand it better. I have written programs to unravel mysteries (you've seen the 'game of life'?) I try to reserve judgement when presented with an obvious 'truth' on Slashdot (as most of you do !).

Here's my email sig, feel free to share it:
"Your life is not going to be easy, and it should not be easy. It ought to be hard. It ought to be radical, it ought to be restless, it ought to lead you to places you'd rather not go." - Henri Nouwen

Comment: Atkins never promoted protein (Score 2) 459

by swell (#46405085) Attached to: Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

"opposite of what's urged by many human diet plans, including the popular Atkins Diet"

Even Atkins followers seem to forget that it's not protein but FAT that is important in their diet. He clearly advised that excess protein will cause glucose to be created in your body and counteract the purpose of the diet.

Comment: long arm of the law... (Score 1) 506

by swell (#46359939) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Quebec's irrational ide'e fixe reaches to Southern California and Mexico as well.

Many products in local stores have packaging printed in two languages- French & English. In my American city we have roughly 10,000 Spanish speakers for every French speaker. In Tijuana the imbalance is more extreme.

The language police have a long reach.

Comment: what is it ? (Score 1) 79

by swell (#45972971) Attached to: Media Player Nightingale Reaches 1.12.1; First Release Since Songbird

I followed link after link at their site - forum, wiki, blog, etc. Lots of technical stuff for developers & fans. Not a word about what it is, what it does, why I might want to have it. No contact/feedback link. It is any wonder that open software lives in a dark corner of civilization?

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