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Comment Re:Environmental impacts? (Score 2, Informative) 321

Acromegaly is usually caused by a tumour in the pituitary gland.

Vitamin D deficiency is pretty common and is usually caused by lack of exposure to UV B light. No one gets enough Vitamin D from their diet except by supplementation.

Acromegaly causes diabetes

So we are left with vegetarianism possibly being responsible for iron deficiency and too much weight. Both are easily solved by a well thought out vegetarian diet.

Submission + - SPAM: 100 Nobel laureates sign letter accusing Greenpeace of "crimes against humanity"

schwit1 writes: More than 100 Nobel laureates have come together to sign a letter accusing Greenpeace of "crimes against humanity" for the environmental group's anti-scientific stand against genetically modified organisms, in particular the group's effort to stop the use of a kind of rice aimed at eradicating vitamin A deficiency, a scourge that has killed millionsin the last decade and blinded tens of millions more. The victims, according to the World Health Organization, are mostly children and pregnant mothers.

While dozens of the 107 Nobel Prize-winning signers are in fields such as physics and economics with little specific relevance to the safety of GMO foods or efforts to fight deadly global health threats, 41 of the Nobel laureates hold the distinction for their work in medicine. They represent Nobel winners from virtually every year from 1989 to 2014.

In the past, Greenpeace has blithely ignored the views of scientists, such as those convened by the National Academy of Sciences, who have repeatedly found genetically-modified food perfectly safe for humans and the environment.

Link to Original Source

Comment Re:Cute (Score 4, Informative) 634

How cute, the democratic result didn't go our way so we'll make a new referendum with skewed option balance. This surely will make our way the only way!

Well not really, the petition states:

We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.

The petition does not state how the new referendum should be phrased. What is most interesting is that this petition was started a month ago by an ex political student who supports Leave. This is not the only Leave supporter to suggest a second referendum if the vote was close. Of course now they have got the result they wanted, suddenly no more are needed. ;)

The leave side suggested many things like taking back control of our borders, sovereignty and saving money but there is no plan and no definition of what leaving the EU means. When people realise that immigration will be about the same, that things cost more and the short term financial volatility harming the UK. They may feel that the Leave campaign "promises" were a bunch of wishful thinking

Comment Rubbish of course it is the most important meal (Score 1) 300

Rubbish of course it is the most important meal of the day, you try having a meal without having breakfast.

Also it is the only meal of the day when you are likely to eat

  • -Bacon
  • -Tea & Coffee
  • -Tasty proper sausages
  • -Bubble & Squeak
  • -Toast with lashings of butter
  • -Egg
  • -Black Pudding
  • -Mushrooms
  • -Tomatoes
  • -Pint of strong ale or Guinness

Never eat baked beans with breakfast, that it is a sin. Now that is how empires are created.

Submission + - Sci-hub domain been shut down by Elsevier (torrentfreak.com)

Taco Cowboy writes: Several ‘backup’ domain names are still in play, including Sci-Hub.bz and Sci-Hub.cc

In addition to the alternative domain names users can access the site directly through the IP-address 31.184.194.81

Its TOR domain is also still working — http://scihub22266oqcxt.onion/

Authorized or not, there is definitely plenty of interest in Sci-Hub’s service. The site currently hosts more than 51 million academic papers and receives millions of visitors per month

Many visits come from countries where access to academic journals is limited, such as Iran, Russia or China. But even in countries where access is more common, many researchers visit the site, an analysis from Science magazine revealed last week

Comment Re:It's wildly unlikely we should exist (Score 1) 267

It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in.

It is thought by many cosmologists that the Universe is infinite due to theories like inflation, it is not known whether it is or not.

However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds..

Incorrect, even assuming a tiny probability like only one in 10^20 worlds have intelligent like, that results in an infinite number of worlds. The likely reason for us not seeing any evidence is that intelligent life is rare, space between stars is large and there is a maximum speed limit c which takes a stupendous amount of energy to approach.

An intelligent life form would I hope not be silly enough to create von-Neumann probes because evolution would likely mean that in cosmological time they would evolve to create a hegemonizing swarm which would be impractical to eradicate.

Comment Re:After Microsoft forced us to buy... (Score 5, Funny) 162

In the Microsoft licensing scheme you have to pay both device CAL's and user CAL's. So for each device you buy a device CAL and per user you pay for a user CAL. Server's also have to pay per processor (which is a toss-up between physical processor, core and thread depending on product and vendor or a combination of them).

I'm glad that Microsoft simplified their licensing at last.

Submission + - French internet provider denounces client 1531 times, wrongly (lemonde.fr) 1

augustm writes: The French internet company Numericable denounced one of its clients 1531 times. When the company's software was unable to find a trace after a complaint it always, incorrectly, gave the name of a single wrong client, rather than reporting an error. Numericable thus denounced a single client over 1000 times to the police over a two year period, who indicted him 7 times — including for child pornography offenses. His computers were seized on multiple occasions.

Numericable argued that they were not responsible for any errors in their tracing.

https://translate.google.com/t...

Text in French, but understandable from google translate.

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