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Comment Re: Good then bad then good (Score 2) 172

And this is how total misunderstanding of nutritional science spreads.

Correlation does not equal causation and 'all major medical associations' do not disagree with me on this.
There are plenty of studies that did not find any correlation or only a very very weak one between saturated fat and heart disease. Even if a correlation is found, it still does not prove causation.

Comment Re:Good then bad then good (Score 2) 172

Everything you eat can have good and bad effects. That a new good or bad effect to some particular food may be discovered in the future does not invalidate those discovered previously.

I'm sorry, but this is the wrong explanation. The right explanation is that doing nutritional research is hard and that nutritional claims are often not well-supported.

There was never enough proof to say "Fat is bad for you", nor is there currently enough proof to say that "Saturated fat is bad for you". Besides being instantly suspect by being ridiculously simplistic, such claims are almost exclusively based on correlations or effects in high-risk groups. But people really want nutritional advice, so somebody is going to give it to them, citing some paper that suggests some effect.

Don't get me wrong: There are some things where the causal relation between it and a negative health effect is known, but in nutritional advice that generally is not the case.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 472

I just want things to run.

No shit.

Improving the tax code and improving people's attitudes towards taxes in general are not mutually exclusive. I never said or implied that society needs to run on good intentions. That is a straw man you erected.

What I did say is that the notion that the tax code is responsible for how people act or how they frame why they don't pay (certain) taxes is ridiculous and self-serving. Such a notion is equivalent with saying "Well, nowhere in the rules does it say I can't kick him in the balls, so blame the rules for me kicking him in the balls."
True as the first part may be, it is still a dick move.

Does that mean the rules need not make it clearer that kicking someone in the balls is a no go? They probably need to, but it's still a dick move.
If you believe in 'fewer regulations' however, then some amount of endowing people with the trust not to make dick moves is required. Choose your poison.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 2) 472

. But it is worth it, because we pay near zero income taxes. Oh, and here is how many Americans we employ: 0. Our sysadmin is in Shanghai, our graphic artist is in Karachi, etc. You can thank your government for that.

Yeah, no. Take responsibility for being a selfish fucking asshole instead of blaming the government.

When I first started paying income taxes I shed a tear. Not because I felt 'robbed', but because I had reached a point where I was financially stable enough to contribute to my country and to all its people. Even though it was a very modest contribution at the time, I was helping to maintain and build roads, the electricity grid and all other vital infrastructure. I was helping to prevent people down on their luck from becoming homeless or starving. I was helping those with illnesses to get medical care. In short: I was helping to build a civilization. And I was and am fucking proud of it.

Paying taxes is a virtue, not an evil to be avoided at all costs.

Comment Re: "found that 27 percent of professionals" (Score 2) 805

Your own narrow understanding of the word Asian is not representative of that of everyone, especially not those in the area of science.

The report where they got it from (see page 3):

I'm guessing you think they're classifying Indians as either white or the (even smaller than the Asian) amount represented by 'Black, Hispanic, Other'.

Comment Re:Eliminate the time delay? (Score 4, Informative) 46

"The X-ray pulsar captures X-ray signals emitted from pulsars. By mapping those signals, they can be used to determine spacecraft location in deep space, which will eliminate the hours-long delays incurred in using ground-based navigation like the Deep Space Network and European Space Tracking network." (my emphasis)

Comment Re:The UK will suffer but won't fail catastrophica (Score 1) 609

It is a global business and finance hub

.. in (large) part because it has easy access to the EU.

Many businesses are already working out plans to move operations to Amsterdam and/or Frankfurt ( ).

If the petulant children who seem to have been running the show lately on both sides of the Channel get to call the shots

Remember that the UK has always had the most special deals and exemptions in the EU, mainly attained by being obstructive. You're a fool if you think they'll get back what they now still have in terms of a deal. Forget about politicians for a moment: Even though some EU citizens are sortof sympathetic with the Brexiters, a large majority sees Brexit as betrayal (which is a source of unison among EU citizens, ironically) and believes the UK should be 'punished'. Politically, and democratically, it makes sense for the politicians of the remaining EU member states to be harsh on a Brexiting UK. Petulance don't enter into it.

Comment Re:Apple is an interface company (Score 1) 299

Apple creates superior interfaces. [...] Well. Thought. Out.

Oh, come off it. Some of the things they've produced are absolute shit or just badly ripped off. Not everything, but some of it for sure.
- The iOS notification center is and has always been a far cry from that in Android. In fact, a lot of the newer iOS features are kludgy us-too implementations.
- XCode.
- Multimonitor support in the OSX interface is crap.
- OSX's half-assed sortof fullscreen solution is simply dreadful.

Again: they have some nice stuff, but they sure as hell do not deserve the praise you're trying to hand them.

We had a user who wasn't able to uninstall our app on his iPhone last week. Turns out he was pressing on the icon like he always did, but on his new iPhone that was now a '3D touch' gesture. Apple managed to make what was already a silly, shitty way of uninstalling apps (try hitting the minute x-target of the top left icon reliably the first time) so bad that their "It just works."/"It's so intuitive"-users require support to perform it.
But luckily there are online guides on how to uninstall an app:
Well. Thought. Out.

Comment Re:Will the recently arrested NSA "leaker" be let (Score 1) 822

There's a big difference in mishandling classified information that you're allowed to read/access for some sane reason and obtaining classified information you are not allowed to access and have no legitimate use for elsewhere.

It's simply not the same thing. And hardly insightful, I might add.

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