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Comment Re: Yes but (Score 2) 665

>locality here only has registrations up to electrical engineering

Take a look at the subjects. It's all power distribution and 3 phase stuff. The electronics I do is all around 0.8V these days.

To get a professional license to do engineering in microelectronics would require that you study heavy duty power electronics.

Comment Re:Gut flora and artificial sweeteners (Score 1) 5

This is probably the most recent, well-cited article on the topic. The authors looked at the effects of saccharin in mice, and were able to determine that there was a significant elevation in blood-glucose level for the mice that were fed saccharin instead of actual glucose over the course of nine weeks. This suggests a mechanism for previous findings that suggest artificial sweeteners cause insulin insensitivity, weight gain, type II diabetes, et cetera. The difference between the two diets went away when both groups were raised with antibiotics, strongly suggesting the underlying cause was gut microbiota. They also found evidence that the saccharin diet led to changes in gut microbiome composition:

In agreement with the experiments with antibiotics, next generation sequencing of the microbiome indicated that mice drinking saccharin had distinct compositions from controls. This distinct microbiome was characterized by enrichment of taxa belonging to the Bacteroides genus or the Clostridiales order, with under-representation of Lactobacilli and other members of the Clostridiales. Several of the bacterial taxa that changed following saccharin consumption were previously associated with type 2 diabetes in humans.

Keep in mind that everyone has different gut flora, so in general these impacts will vary from person to person, which is why the effect is inconsistent, as with obesity and type II diabetes in general. I can't say for certain that these results would directly transfer into humans, but since the bacteria are the same, it's unreasonable to assume they wouldn't. Less clear is whether this effect transfers to other sweeteners; the paper includes a table showing a number of studies pertaining to a diversity of chemicals, some of which found an effect, and some of which didn't.

Non-professionally, my advice would be to avoid artificial sweeteners, and ideally all liquid candy. Some people find that drinking normal, sugary soda produces a state of lethargy, and I'm pretty sure this is a result of the long-term exposure to sucralose. It's sort of a trap!

Comment Re:Which type of graft is best? (Score 1) 5

That's fairly straightforward; as this summary article explains, a synthetic allograph (or xenograph; the terms overlap) that maintains bone mineral density is ideal, as it means no harvesting from elsewhere on your body (eek), no risk of rejection, and good bone density. I'd say start a conversation with your dentist about hydrogel-hydroxyapatite composites and mention you're concerned about sustaining bone density long-term.

Comment Re:Your headphones are spying on you. (Score 1) 230

Some people's religious beliefs include "I should kill anyone who disagrees with me." Some people act on their beliefs.

So it's the killing you object to then, and not the beliefs. Have I got that right? Good, because I agree with you completely. Religious doctrine, the xtian bible for example, is full of dangerous ideas that no sane person would believe enough to actually act on. That doesn't mean the whole religion is bad or it's followers inherently evil. Right?

Heading into Godwin territory, It's he moral equivalent of being a nice Nazi. You appreciate a strong leader and he makes the trains run on time. These things are true, but you are promoting an organization that does great evil by being part of it. Exactly the same thing with most religions.

Christianity may have at one point in time done great evil, but I can say that I do not believe they do great evil anymore.

At best specific churches do small acts of evil from time to time, just like any human or group of humans.

Then you are both blind to the sectarian violence around the world and you have missed the point entirely.

Comment Re:Your headphones are spying on you. (Score 1) 230

Some people's religious beliefs include "I should kill anyone who disagrees with me." Some people act on their beliefs.

So it's the killing you object to then, and not the beliefs. Have I got that right? Good, because I agree with you completely. Religious doctrine, the xtian bible for example, is full of dangerous ideas that no sane person would believe enough to actually act on. That doesn't mean the whole religion is bad or it's followers inherently evil. Right?

Heading into Godwin territory, It's he moral equivalent of being a nice Nazi. You appreciate a strong leader and he makes the trains run on time. These things are true, but you are promoting an organization that does great evil by being part of it. Exactly the same thing with most religions.

Comment Re: Make America Great (Score 1) 619

Yet the people who complain are often clueless of the process. What are people's opinions on L1B for instance? Does that look better to worse to them? Or were they unaware? What about green cards? Are people aware that H1Bs, L1Bs and all the others were put in place because the green card process became too slow and bureaucratic? Why not fix the green card system so we can do away with the secondary worker visas?

My impression is that if the rules were followed concerning who meets the skills criteria and lotteries were done away with, then the perceived problems of visa abuse by companies would not exist. If they dropped all those visas and fixed the green card process then the perceived problems of worker-on-visa abuse would not exist.

The law gave the government 90 days to provide me with a green card. They took five years.

The tech industry in the US is the main tech industry in the world precisely because there is inertia and techies from around the world can move to where the industry is thus maintaining the Us as the center of tech. The effect of stopping them coming is not to improve wages here through worker shortage. It will be to cause the center of gravity of the tech industry to move to wherever techies around the world are able to move to.

 

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