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Comment Re:Waste of money (Score 2) 121

That's great that you eliminated processed food. Try to get your total cholesterol under 150. This page[1] mentions the Framingham Study[2], which showed that "only patients with cholesterol levels of less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) achieve the lowest coronary artery disease risk. In the first 50 years of the Framingham study, only five subjects with cholesterol levels of less than 150 mg/dl developed coronary artery disease. Rural residents in the developing areas of Asia, Africa, and Latin America typically have total-cholesterol levels of about 125-140, and they do not develop coronary artery disease."

1. Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine's page on heart disease:
2. Castelli WP. Making practical sense of clinical trial data in decreasing cardiovascular risk. Am J Cardiol. 2001;88(4A):16F-20F

Comment Waste of money (Score 3, Interesting) 121

If you want to prevent heart disease, stop eating saturted fat and cholesterol and stick with a low-fat whole-plant-based diet. This knowledge is not new; this stuff has been known for almost a hundred years now, yet we're still spending money dancing around the fact that eating animals and their byproducts leads to heart disease.


Comment Oh, you mean... (Score 1) 177

Oh, you mean the International scientific community's attempt to redefine the Kilogram? It's called the "dildo" but they are having trouble all agreeing on the proper pronunciation. So for now they're continuing to measure up against this dildo-shaped hunk of alloy that apparently gains weight over the years and every so often has to be rubbed off ceremoniously by a skilled handler with a strap of leather dipped in alcohol.

Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Video Game Storytelling: Why Minecraft Matters ( 1

tekgoblin writes: "A lot of people don’t seem to realize it, but Minecraft’s survival mode is one of the most effective emergent storytelling games ever made. No linear storyline, quests, dialog, or cut scenes. Just you, your friends, and your story, and once you’ve been playing for a few hours you certainly have one. You don’t need to worry about what you’re going to do in the game. Some people will tell you to build a metropolis while others may expect you to map out the continent. I myself play the game in a manner that matches up with the personality of a Lord of the Rings dwarf. After only a few hours everyone ends up with something in the game that they place value in. Playing with others online just enhances the experience because you all try to work together while each pursuing your own personal goals. As a result your randomly generated world that no one has seen before feels all the more alive as others are shaping it around you."
Data Storage

Submission + - Skip Data Tiers, Move Directly to All-SSD (

Lucas123 writes: Research firm Forrester this week came out with a report that suggests a storage infrastructure made up entirely of solid state drives can be superior and just as cost effective as using today's tiered architectures, where SSDs act as low-cost cache in an array filled with SATA and SAS or Fibre Channel drives. Forrester's report suggests that today's tiered storage systems are nothing more than the same arrays of old except that manufacturers have "shoehorned flash drives" into hard drive shelves, which exposes system bottlenecks and requires knowing what data to put on SSDs or deploying still-developing automated tiering tools. A few companies, however, are using in-line compression and deduplication algorithms to reduce data capacity requirements on a new class of all-SSD arrays, making their lower capacity points viable for storing all online data even in larger corporations.

Comment Roku wants your credit card info (Score 1) 367

Roku's nice and all, but they did a couple of things that really turned me off: First, they make it a mandatory to sign up an online account with them on-line in order to just use the device. Yet another account, sigh. I do not understand why I need to do this if the only thing I am using my Roku player for is streaming from my Netflix account. Next, they required collecting my credit card info as part of signing up with their online account. The credit card info gets used for purchasing content through the Roku device. But I had no intention of using it for anything besides Netflix. And there's no way to get around it, which is why I called them and forced them to give me access without any credit card info. This is ridiculous. Everyone these days seems to want the maximum information they can collect on you. I'm considering returning this device in favor of another one that's not so intrusive as to demand my credit card info right off the bat and track what I watch through yet another online account.

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