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Comment: Re:The benefit of Science (Score 1) 397

Unfortunately nutrition advice is a lot more pseudo-science that science.

Like "low fat": eating less fat should make you less fat - that much seems obvious. But there was never any scientific evidence for it, and now we found that actually low fat products tend to make you fatter. It even makes some kind of sense, if you understand how the metabolism works.

Peanuts are very much the same, I think. Yes, eating peanuts can cause an allergic reaction, but not eating peanuts can cause allergies to develop. Finding the best possible action takes time, large studies and a serious amount of statistics.

Personally I tend to ignore most of the nutrition advice out there. There is some good science out there: for example there are clearly bad substances that should be avoided, and an excess of sugar can cause all kinds of health issues. But a lot of the more sensational statements of the form "x is good for you" or "y is bad for you" are just made up.

Comment: V8 Rumble (Score 1) 823

by thsths (#48877085) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

I would be a lot sadder, but for the fact that all that V8 rumble is just the result of an unbalanced engine with a cross plane crankshaft.

Well designed engines produce a lot less noise, and they have to.

So if you want to have the sound of a bad engine without the side effects, playback seems like a logical option. And yes, pretty much everybody is messing with the sound.

Comment: Re:Not a priority (Score 1) 56

by thsths (#48828067) Attached to: Google Finally Quashes Month-Old Malvertising Campaign

> Stopping malware is not a priority for advertising companies.

> The priority is to do whatever they can to help advertisers, because advertisers give them money.

Yes, but there is a gap between the two statements. How about:

The priority is to do whatever they can to help malware (while only appearing incompetent and not actually evil), because malware spreaders are giving them money.

All I am saying that this is a very slippery slope. Google is most certainly helping to spread malware, and they are probably making money from it. And they could do more to avoid it if they wanted to...

Comment: Don't do evil (Score 4, Interesting) 56

by thsths (#48827721) Attached to: Google Finally Quashes Month-Old Malvertising Campaign

unless it is profitable.

Google standards have certainly slipped. You would expect them to prevent this at all cost, and to have a system in place that prevents it from happening. But unfortunately the very opposite is happening: unruly ads are becoming more and more common, and Google doing very little to prevent it.

Comment: Re:technical communicator (Score 1) 488

by thsths (#48510399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

> As a result, coming up with something small that shows your "value" (or often rather just a "cultural/attitude fit" with the project) is likely to work much better.

That sounds very much like initiation to a cult to me...

"You have to bring three chickens for sacrifice to join us."

Comment: About time (Score 2) 162

by thsths (#47874795) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

In Google Voice it was free to call US numbers, but only while you were in the US. From abroad, you still had to pay for US calls. Google Voice had a lot of potential, but it never quite realised it. I hope this works better .

What I would like to know if there is some "call in" feature, too? Maybe not a phone number, but a way to call and then be connected to Google Hangouts.

Comment: No surprise, but a bad idea (Score 4, Informative) 97

by thsths (#47832783) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Mushrooms used to be grown on horse manure, and I doubt they are very "selective". So this is no surprise.

However, it is well known to be a bad idea. You do not grow food for human consumption on human feces, because the risk of contamination is too high. Horse manure is ok, as is growing animal fodder on human feces.

And there are better schemes to get rid of old diapers - since they are rich in high quality cellulose that can be used after a good clean.

Comment: Re:ITT... (Score 1) 312

by thsths (#47810493) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Actually in Germany the insurance *will* cover any damages, but it may try to recover the payment from the driver. Which seems perfectly reasonable to me. Of course drivers should pick the right insurance, just like I pay a bit extra to be able to use my car for normal business travel (not transportation).

Comment: Re: microsofties here is your chance to party (Score 1) 98

by thsths (#47763757) Attached to: Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

The first part is also pragmatic. Releasing a security fix is a lot of work, not just for the developers, but also for everybody else. So you only do that if you have reasonable suspicion that the bug is a security risk. They were good reasons to believe that it is not the case here, although in the end they did not apply in every situation.

If you treat every bug as a security issue, you end up with the Google situation where only one version, the latest, is ever supported. And for libc that is not an acceptable option.

Comment: Re:Poll idea (Score 1) 106

by thsths (#47754901) Attached to: Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

I had some pre-1.0 versions, but no internet connection. The first version I really used was 1.0.8 -nli one via the university 128kBit link. Luckily that got better soon afterwards.

And later I was really excited about KDE 1.0. I think it had many good ideas and was quite nice to use, if a bit RAM hungry. Unfortunately many of those nice ideas got removed in KDE 2.0 :-(

Comment: Re:Yay! I can lose my data cheaply now! (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by thsths (#47663529) Attached to: Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

>All hardware is prone to not coming back up after the power was cut (or turned off in the case of a laptop I have), SSD is not special in this.

But OCZ SSDs were. The failure of OCZ drives doubled the industry average failure rate, that is how bad they were. Returns were in the double digit percents.

And still I hear your statement that this could happen to any company. Which is true. But OCZ ignored the problem and pretended it did not exist, instead of showing a bit of generosity towards the (rightly) disappointed customers. This I will not forget, and like me many others.

Comment: Re:I think this means (Score 1) 255

by thsths (#47626019) Attached to: TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

Consider that we are only realizing this now though, years later. Lack of information was a huge problem at the time.

Yes, but that is a well known problem. In every core meltdown, lack of information has been a serious issue. Guess why? Because the sensors melt, too. An expert may be able to guess what is going on, but it is beyond the skill of a typical operator.

Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984

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