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Comment Well (Score 1) 221

Another study that points out the obvious, but I guess it's good to get more cite-able research out there. Fruit drinks deceive people with what's known as a "health halo". Fruit sounds healthful, therefore things made from fruit or that contain fruit juice must also be healthful. Fruits are indeed good for you because they contain good nutrients and most contain a lot of fiber (the latter of which helps delay the absorption of fructose that would otherwise cause a blood sugar spike). Processed fruit juices, on the other hand, are obtained by several different but substantially similar methods: The peel or rind is removed (which strips away much of the fiber), then the fruit is pulped or crushed, then all of that material is mechanically sifted out and discarded (which removes the rest of the fiber and a large amount of the nutrients). What's left is just juice, primarily sugar water. Many manufacturers will take this a step further, by boiling or evaporating away the water. What remains is mostly just fruit sugar (fructose), with scarcely even a hint of the original fruit's flavor. They then add this sugar to beverages, and then they can truthfully say the product "contains real fruit juice!"

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 428

That's a question I don't have an answer to. Apple is still plenty popular, and I don't believe they're going anywhere for quite some time. But when your focus becomes squabbling over features, pumping out the same product with a slightly bigger screen and a slightly faster processor, stagnation will eventually make consumers lose interest. Could there be some unforeseen, massively revolutionary innovation in car tech? Sure. But I wonder if the vision for true innovation died with Steve Jobs. We haven't yet seen any innovation since then...

Comment Well... (Score 1) 428

Let me preface this by saying that I believe in giving credit where credit is due, so this will not be an anti-Apple comment despite the fact that I am not an Apple fan. At all.

Apple earned such a strong position on, I believe, two fronts.

The first and foremost prong being a robust philosophy, appealing to users who like to think of themselves as independent thinkers. This was really cemented by their famous Super Bowl commercial rejecting the Orwellian drones: a marketing coup, to be sure, since Apple is and always has been rabidly anti user freedom. People who identify with this take strong pride in their allegiance to Apple. This is brand loyalty. The gadgets Apple makes really take a backseat to the "Why" that people perceive about them. Users display the logo proudly. As Simon Sinek pointed out, Apple's laptops and notebooks are the only major brand where having the lid open displays the logo right-side up to observers.

The second prong is that they have repeatedly entered industries where they did not conventionally even belong, brought novel innovation that both revolutionized those industries and, for a time, allowed the company to dominate them. Take cellphones as the prime example: before the iPhone, there were a handful of shitty flip handsets available, the capabilities and limitations entirely dictated by the phone service carriers. Smartphones did come to exist, but were a niche market almost entirely confined to business people using them as work phones, and a handful of bleeding-edge tech geeks. But when Apple (a computer company) entered the cellphone business, THEY dictated what the phones would do, and the carriers were given the option to cede control or watch the iPhone debut on a different carrier. AT&T accepted, the entire industry was flipped on its head, and now iPhones and Android devices are THE dominant devices.

As a side note, yes: Steve Jobs was famously a lunatic control-freak. But he was a visionary, and together he and Wozniak ensured that his vision stayed consistent by controlling both the hardware and the software, and he wasn't afraid to enter what are nominally considered unrelated markets. With the death of Jobs, the company remains in a strong financial position but may lack the leadership to continue to innovate.

Comment Re: resemblance (Score 3, Insightful) 161

Did anyone die? The answer to that is a resounding...maybe. There's no question that the active ingredient, DMAA (dimethylamylamine), is a fairly powerful stimulant. It also constricts blood vessels, thereby increasing blood pressure. Any stimulant with cardiovascular effects has the potential for adverse effects, including heart attack or stroke. In the most recent info I found with a cursory Google search, the FDA says it has received numerous reports of adverse effects, and at least five deaths which occurred with users of DMAA products. This is not proof of causation, but because it's a plausible mechanism it bears close scrutiny.

Comment Re:Gee, I'm really torn... (Score 1) 129

You might be misunderstanding what many of those permissions are needed for. Yes, GPS is not needed for non-navigation apps. But if a game requires any sort of internet access (even for "high scores" or some other bullshit, and certainly for serving you the ads that they thought were necessary to make the game free), it's going to request wifi access so that it can communicate when you're connected to wifi as opposed to burning often limited cell network data. If the game has any function for inviting or sharing with friends (by the way, if you do this we probably can't be friends anymore), it needs access to your contacts list.

Comment More to the point (Score 1) 256

What the hell would be the point of an orbiting colony? The expense is astronomical (er, sorry...), the logistics are mind-boggling, and the huge technological barriers to colonizing another planet are flippantly brushed away with as-yet nonexistent sci-fi solutions. There's nothing to be gained by having humans living in orbit of another planet. None of the hinted-at scientific discoveries, no miraculous breakthroughs in materials science have occurred, nothing. The great advances made in astronomy and space exploration since the moon landing have been achieved with unmanned probes: this is the future of space exploration. Sending people up there is not beneficial in relation to its extremely high cost: hell, if huge amounts of gold were as close as orbiting the earth, there's no possible way it could even be cost-effective to retrieve it.

Comment Re:You've missed the point, this is huge for priva (Score 1) 531

Vendors don't WANT to deliver advertising without tracking. Or, perhaps some vendors do, but marketers most assuredly will not allow this to happen. Tracking gives marketers an incredible amount of information, but they use that information not merely to advertise more effectively to you personally (although that is done too). By studying what works on you and what works on everybody else, and what doesn't work, they are able to dial in the broader strokes of general advertising to make it more effective on everybody. Comparisons are not possible if unidentifiable subjects cannot be distinguished between those who are influenced to buy and those who aren't. The people who actively

Comment Re:Ratios? (Score 1) 34

I jumped at the summary because my uncorrected vision is actually 20/1200. Without my glasses, everything is blurry as shit but I can distinguish large shapes. Colors blur together at the edges. I can navigate a lit room just fine, but I wouldn't feel comfortable driving: all traffic signs appear as just a blob of color. It would be a huge improvement over blindness.

Comment Re:No, wrong (Score 1) 109

RN here. There was old lady in a nursing home who had no memory of her husband having passed away several years before. Numerous times every day, she would ask when her husband would be in to see her... One inexperienced nurse explained to her that her husband was dead; she cried hysterically. A few hours later, she asked again when her husband would be in to see her. The standard answer is, "He'll be here a little later, honey".

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