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Comment Magnesium (Score 1) 287

Feeding four sodas a day to a 40 lbs 5 year old is like giving an adult 2 galons of soda each day. In ddition to all that sugar, it is a great deal of caffein to give a child. Caffein causes the body to lose magnesium. "Symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include agitation and anxiety, restless leg syndrome (RLS), sleep disorders, irritability, nausea and vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms, low blood pressure, confusion, muscle spasm and weakness, hyperventilation, insomnia, poor nail growth, and even seizures." Source: Magnesium | University of Maryland Medical Center University of Maryland Medical Center) Seems pretty straightforward to me. If you wanted to determine whether this was so, you could do a double blind study with coke and 7-up. If your epected symptoms appeared in the coke group and didn't arise in the 7-up group, I'd say we're talkng about caffein induced manesium defficiency. You could then give the coke group magnesium supplements and see if the symptoms decreased.

How Nintendo's Mario Got His Name 103

harrymcc writes "In 1981, tiny Nintendo of America was getting ready to release Donkey Kong. When the company's landlord, Mario Segale, demanded back rent, Nintendo staffers named the game's barrel-jumping protagonist after him. Almost thirty years later, neither Nintendo — which continues to crank out Mario games — nor Segale — now a wealthy, secretive Washington State real estate developer — like to talk about how one of video games' iconic characters got his name and Italian heritage. Technologizer's Benj Edwards has researched the story for years and provides the most detailed account to date."

Comment Concerns affect value (Score 1) 791

Remember that any concern you can have another buyer can have. This will effect the value of the apartment negatively. It is highly probable that other health-affective environmental factors may kill you before you would succumb to the radiation exposure from this apartment and exhibit any symptoms therefrom... or it might be the straw that broke the camel's back. But I guarantee you one thing: you will never be able to prove anything in a court of law that would win you damages in a law suit.

Comment Re:How this works... (Score 1) 334

This is the real reason why poor kids get doped up by doctors - the school has so many zero tolerance policies and the transgressing student's parents have a choice of having their kid kicked out of school, placed in special ed, or drugged. The alternatives, like costly theapy, which more affluent parents can avail themselves of, poor parents can't possibly afford. It's criminal.

Submission + - Coyotes kill Canadian singer while hiking

Quenyar writes: As reported on the BBC, "Two coyotes have attacked and killed a 19-year-old folk singer in a national park in eastern Canada, officials say. Taylor Mitchell, 19, a promising musician from Toronto, died in hospital after the animals pounced as she hiked alone in Cape Breton park, Nova Scotia."

Comment Misappropriated is in the eye of the beholder (Score 1) 212

"The term has been misappropriated to describe everything from legitimate crime-fighting, to surveillance cameras, to corporate e-mail and network usage monitoring." What "legitimate crime-fighting" is rather depends on what you classify as a "crime." Surveillance of whom and for what purpose? We may agree that corporate network usage monitoring of their own corporate email and network is not invasion of privacy, but when the same technology is used by the government to mine for people with subversive attitudes and opinions...

Comment Real multi-user (Score 1) 739

We got Linux (Caldera 1.0) for our home because I have children and I didn't want endless squabbles about "he did this to my stuff" With Linux, each person had their own stuff and none could trespass on the others. They could also not accidentally invade my work files. It has worked great for us for all these years. True, we have some windows computers, but they're game boxes, period. It's also really nice not to be a full-time admin in your own home. Linux essentially runs itself, compared to Windows.

Comment missing the big picture (Score 1) 740

The problem with cash for clunkers programs is that they ignore the environmental impact of making the vehicles. Compare changing cars every 3 years, each time getting a progressively more fuel efficient car, with keeping the same inefficient clunker for 12 years. The carbon footprint of extracting the materials that went into making the car, especially a hybrid, cancels out any gains you might have made from fuel economy. Then, too, are we recycling the clunkers, or are we dumping them?
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Smilin' Bob Not Smilin' Anymore 357

Consumerist reports an Associated Press release that Steve Warshak, 42, was found guilty of 93 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. His 75-year-old mother, who has cancer, was found guilty of conspiracy and other charges, and was sentenced to 2-years, but is free pending appeal. US District Judge Arthur Spiegel, in Cincinnati, OH, denied Mr. Warshak's request to remain free pending appeal, but gave him 30 days to wrap up his affairs and report to prison. Besides Enzyte, Washak's company, Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, who also distributes products to boost energy, manage weight, reduce memory loss and aid sleep, will be allowed to stay in business — but must forfeit $500 million. Among their most egregious offenses was a requirement of a Notarized statement from a doctor certifying that they had a small penis. Amazingly, remarkably few customers availed themselves of the refund offer. Unfortunately, it looks like the commercials will still be able to continue...

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