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Comment Re:It's complete bullshit (Score 5, Insightful) 1017

Taubes claim is that obese individuals don't consume excess calories or more calories than lean individuals, but that the percentage of carb intake is higher and that the source of calories causes fat gain. His primary support for this is studies using self-reported calorie intakes, which is utterly useless since people will typically under-estimate their calorie intake by 20-60% , and combined with vastly over-estimating their energy expenditure: Taubes' theory requires that there are magic insulin fairies that come in the night and add fat mass to innocent overweight and obese individuals who accidentally had some carbs. The alternative hypothesis - that people lie to themselves and don't know how much food they actually need or what's in the stuff they're eating is much simpler, neh?

Comment It's complete bullshit (Score 2, Informative) 1017

Lusting has been extensively debunked by Alan Aragon and James Krieger, amongst others; and Gary Taubes' carb hypothesis requires that obese individuals are capable of violating the laws of thermodynamics and the laws of conservation of mass so he's just reaching for something, anything that can vaguely support his bullshit claims.

Submission + - Microsoft looses patent fight for Word

EMB Numbers writes: Microsoft infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,787,499 on "document architecture and content."

Judge upholds $200,000,000 Verdict, adds $40 million for willful infringement, $37 million in interest, and $144,060 per day until the date of final judgment. Most importantly... Judge's injunction prohibits Microsoft from selling some Microsoft Word products.


Will Microsoft change sides in the software patent battle of mutually assured destruction?

Submission + - IBM Patent Fox a Step Closer to USPTO Hen House

theodp writes: "With no notice to the public, and after the Senate was reported to have adjourned for their August recess, a U.S. Senate panel confirmed the nomination of IBM's David Kappos as the new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. At an earlier hearing, Kappos ingratiated himself by pledging to strengthen enforcement efforts to crack down on counterfeiting and piracy of goods relying on intellectual property, like computer software, music and movies. The USPTO notes that 'Kappos managed IBM's patent and trademark portfolios — protecting and licensing intellectual property worldwide.' That would include this gem for a Method of indirect specification of user preferences, to which Kappos' name is attached, that the USPTO deemed patent-worthy after IBM argued that making users specify how much their persona was similar to IBM cartoon characters — 'Freddy Funlover', 'Granny Joe', 'Lisa Lerner', 'Marty Mover', 'Ricki Rebel', 'Sam Seeker', 'Sara Scout', 'Willie Wizard' (what, no 'Goofy Grape'?) — represented a significant technological leap over Microsoft Bob's use of 'dogs, teddy bears, snails, etc.' So how will the Senate top themselves after this one? Tap IBM CEO Sam Palmisano to be the next Secretary of Labor or IRS Commissioner?"

Submission + - Judge rules against RealDVD (

mattOzan writes: "Judge Marilyn Hall Patel was unswayed by RealNetwork's defense of their product under the Fair Use Doctrine, as she declared RealDVD illegal and barred its distribution. As she said in her ruling, "So while it may well be fair use for an individual consumer to store a backup copy of a personally owned DVD on that individual's computer, a federal law has nonetheless made it illegal to manufacture or traffic in a device or tool that permits a consumer to make such copies.""

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