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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

Cantankerous Cur Re:You gotta be kidding me... (167 comments)

That's bullshit. Obese people have pretty much the same metabolism as skinny people. It's not your "metabolism" that makes you obese, it's how much and what you eat.

No, it really is quite dependent on biology. There are numerous studies on twins that clearly show that it's governed by far more than just calories in == calories out. http://www.gatsby.ucl.ac.uk/~p... , http://www.nytimes.com/1990/05...

about two weeks ago

Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

Cantankerous Cur This reminds me of a political cartoon (786 comments)


I'm baffled. I don't understand the impetus to deny human-driven climate change other than straight up greed. The one argument I've heard recited is the lack of an accurate model. I can barely get an accurate weather forecast for a week from now and you want accuracy with something on the time scale of decades.

And at the end of the day, even if the models are inaccurate, it's not a question of whether it's happening but simply time frame. What difference does it make if they're off by a decade or two? Does that give us time to squander? Let me answer that. No. I think Vonnegut probably got it right. "We could have saved it [earth], but we were too goddamned cheap."

about two weeks ago

Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Cantankerous Cur Re:No (437 comments)

You're just jealous of my awesome rocket-car. It has pretty colors and stickers.

about three weeks ago

The Billionaires' Space Club

Cantankerous Cur Re:RAH had this in the 50's (235 comments)

Every dollar spent on space exploration has come back to us tenfold.

Whoa, wait, what? Short of attributing this to inventions necessary for space travel, I don't see how this could possibly be true. Proof please.

about three weeks ago

FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

Cantankerous Cur Re:when-all-the-astroturfing-is-accounted-for dept (81 comments)

Actually, the scary thing is the internet companies and the Koch brothers stuffed the 'ballet boxes' AND that is going to be trotted out as the will of the people (http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/12/16/one-group-dominates-the-second-round-of-net-neutrality-comments/).

about three weeks ago

Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

Cantankerous Cur Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (88 comments)

Yes, but I think the threshold of proof here is not just one bad company, but two bad companies coming together and creating a better company. I'm pretty sure the anecdotal evidence for that is scant.

about a month ago

Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

Cantankerous Cur I get copying but... (96 comments)

why copy Cisco of all people?! I mean, ridiculous boot times, incomprehensible backend, and more recently, mediocre programming.

about 1 month ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Cantankerous Cur Re:First step is to collect data. (405 comments)


Having Comcast do a reverse DNS on the static IPs should be on the to-do list

about 2 months ago

President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Cantankerous Cur Re:Bullshit (706 comments)

They already are Comcast-esque money grubbers, there is no transformation required.

I'm pretty sure the last time I called my water company, they did not ask me if I'd like to upgrade my water to 'premium plus'.

about 3 months ago

Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

Cantankerous Cur A problem of definitions (131 comments)

The main issue I'm finding here is what do they define as shift work. And dear lord, doesn't anyone else have a problem with the phrasing "antisocial shifts"?

From my perspective, what they actually measured here (or failed to measure) is the effect of having a shift that changes often. I believe that you can work 2nd or 3rd shift and experience relatively few side effects (there was a study about issues with not sleeping when it's dark out but moving on). The real problem is the constant change of sleep pattern. Changing that pattern puts more stress on the body which potentially explains the increased risk of death with daylight savings.

about 3 months ago

Real Net Neutrality Problem: 'Edge Provider' vs 'End User'

Cantankerous Cur Re:Which way are the bits going? (97 comments)

Volume-based billing absolutely makes sense. It makes no sense to the ISP to charge the same amount to a customer that uses 1000GB/month as one that uses 1GB/month.

Volume-based billing doesn't make sense. The operating costs are incredibly low whether it's 1 GB or 1000 GB (if you look at figure 20, you can clearly see high speed data is $2 -- and this is for google fiber's gigabit service -- http://www.businessinsider.com...). The true cost for bandwidth is in the infrastructure.

about 3 months ago

The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Cantankerous Cur The slippery bandwidth slope (131 comments)

John Oliver made a really good point about Netflix (especially if you look at that nice bandwidth chart with Comcast before and after the deal -- http://knowmore.washingtonpost...). Ending net neutrality will give internet providers the freedom to extort anyone and everyone who needs significant bandwidth. And there's absolutely nothing to stop them.

about 4 months ago

News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

Cantankerous Cur Not to be a grammar Nazi but... (132 comments)

'Percent' is one word. '%' would've also been an acceptable answer.

about 5 months ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Cantankerous Cur Re:Free market (257 comments)

By regulation, AC means that there's a state-sponsored oligopoly in place as well as state legislation/local politics making it difficult for start-ups. Regulation may not quite be the best word for it though.

about 5 months ago

Amazon's eBook Math

Cantankerous Cur Re:Disengenous [sic] (306 comments)

Also, the big 6 publishing houses have a massively left-leaning bias. They've spent decades now killing the sales numbers of entire genres because the authors were required to toe the line of the latest politically correct movement.

You really had to go there, huh? By the way, Ann Coulter is published by Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House.

And frankly, profit isn't partisan. Companies publish what they think will sell (with exceptions, naturally)

about 6 months ago

Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Cantankerous Cur I know it's cliche but... (234 comments)

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

about 6 months ago

Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Cantankerous Cur Or they could've done the sane thing to start (394 comments)

And make these boxes unnecessary

Given how much processing power TV have these days, they could've easily made usb drives with the encryption keys and allows the tvs to do the same job that the boxes do now. But that just wouldn't be profitable. It's nice to see what greed and lack of competition produce.

about 7 months ago

Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Cantankerous Cur Re:Government shakedown (153 comments)

Because corporations would never stoop to greasing palms or hiring their friends!

about 7 months ago


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