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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Major Blud Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

Being a Type 1 myself, these things interest me as well. The FDA has a nice write-up on it:

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/Resou...

"The manufacturing of beef insulin for human use in the U.S. was discontinued in 1998. In 2006, the manufacturing of pork insulin (Iletin II) for human use was discontinued."

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Major Blud Living Together (446 comments)

I remember hearing that couples who lived together before they got married were more likely to get divorced. That never made sense to me, but new research suggest that it's actually not true:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

FWIW, my wife and I have been married for ten years and we didn't live together before then.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Major Blud Re:Performance (283 comments)

Ditto here. I've raced both electric and nitro RC cars for about 27 years, and I choose electric hands-down.

That's not to say that each has pros and cons. Nitro cars tend to have impressive top speeds, and since they can make pit-stops to refuel, races can last as long as half an hour (I've seen some that last as much as an hour). Electrics have short range, and almost all races I've been in tend to last 5-10 minutes. I've never been in a race where pit-stops are made for battery changes, but I've seen them before and it gets pretty frantic with stops being made every 5-10 minutes. Batteries have come a long way though, with Li-Po having better range and power than the NiCad and Ni-mH we used to have back in the day.

On the other hand, nitro cars are a maintenance nightmare, and trying to start them up after the engine dies is pretty much a write-off in the middle of a race (which happens often after a rollover). The two-stroke engines have low torque, and gearing is problematic (some have automatic transmissions, like my Losi XXL-2). Electrics will jump all over a nitro car off the line every time, maintenance is pretty simple, and I don't have to "restart" the car after a rollover.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Major Blud Re:That's nothing! (276 comments)

Not to mention they gave the same prize to Arafat, but not to Gandhi.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

Major Blud Re:Chimps have rights, babies don't (385 comments)

So if the father didn't want the baby, but the woman did, he shouldn't have to pay child support, right?

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Major Blud Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

I propose a document that a person is required to have when traveling overseas that records what countries they have traveled to recently......It shouldn't be hard to make it a requirement when entering the borders of a neighboring country. We could call this document a "Passport".

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Major Blud Re:Wow (293 comments)

$100k? Try $10k.

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Major Blud Re:Harley-Davidson laid off 125 Americans. (293 comments)

Is this what you're referring too?

http://www.bizjournals.com/mil...

In all fairness, these weren't Harley employees, but worked for a contracting firm that did IT for Harley (according to the link). Harley then decided to outsource their IT to Infosys (which I don't see as a smart move regardless).

It looks like this took place two years ago.....I don't remember seeing anything about it when it happened.
http://www.jsonline.com/busine...

about two weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

Major Blud Pics (274 comments)

I've said it before and I'll say it again....Pics or it didn't happen.

Seriously.

about three weeks ago
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Major Blud Re:Bruce Perens (240 comments)

It could be worse, you could have a dozen different McKesson applications that use different platforms (some .NET/SQL Server, some Java/Oracle), don't do everything promised, are way overpriced, pathetic support, and technology that was state-of-the-art back when Clinton was president (two-tier fat apps? really!?!?)

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Major Blud Re:H1Bs have two faces. (365 comments)

"but the high end is being too greedy"

So that confirms what everyone here has been saying all along.....that it's not because of a job shortage, it's because H1B's are being used to drive down wages.

about a month ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

Major Blud Re:I thought this was long ago debunked (275 comments)

Unfortunately (er, fortunately?) the Soviets put the same laser reflectors on their unmanned rovers. Conspiracy theorist offer this as "proof" that the reflectors used during the Apollo missions were actually placed there by unmanned missions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about 1 month ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Major Blud Re:Details (294 comments)

Oh I see it now. Shame on Ars for not mentioning the initial 381 :-(

about a month ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Major Blud Re:Details (294 comments)

So this is crazy....from Ars:

"the team got seven healthy volunteers to start consuming high levels of saccharin (the FDA's recommended maximum daily dose). At the end of a week, four of them ended up with a reduced insulin response."

from cbc.ca:

"gut bacteria were analyzed from 381 non-diabetics averaging age 43"

So which one is correct? Does anybody have the data from the actual Nature publication? It's paywalled on their site.

about a month ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Major Blud Re:More details (294 comments)

That's something I wondered as well. I find this intriguing:

"Sucrazit (5% saccharin, 95% glucose), Sucralite (5% Sucralose), Sweet’n Low Gold (4% Aspartame)."

So what are the other ingredients in Sucralite and Sweet' n Low Gold?

about a month ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Major Blud Details (294 comments)

I read up on this yesterday when it was posted to ArsTechnica. I'm a type 1 diabetic so studies like this catch my interest. The interesting part is that the mice that were given artificial sweetners had higher glucose levels than those with regular sucrose diets. The theory is that the artificial sweetners are affecting the bacteria in the gut of the mice, which is affecting how glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream.

One should not though that the human trial only included 7 volunteers, which is hardly enough for a good sample. I'm interested to see the findings of a test conducted on a larger sample group.

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Major Blud Re:Of course they do (981 comments)

Really? Have you tried using systemd?

about a month ago

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Harley-Davidson unveils their first electric motorcycle

Major Blud Major Blud writes  |  about 4 months ago

Major Blud (789630) writes "Harley-Davidson unveiled their first electric motorcycle today. The bike is currently not for sale and detailed specifications are scarce, but Harley plans on taking it on a demonstration tour of the U.S. for the next year to gather customer feedback."
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Winamp purchased by Radionomy

Major Blud Major Blud writes  |  about 9 months ago

Major Blud (789630) writes "CNet is reporting that Radionomy has purchased both Winamp and Shoutcast from AOL for an undisclosed sum. Radionomy CEO Alexandre Saboundjian said in a statement. "Its role is clear in the future evolution of online media — we plan to make the player ubiquitous, developing new functionalities dedicated to desktop, mobile, car systems, connected devices, and all other platforms.""
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Chinese used GMail Backdoor as Attack Method

Major Blud Major Blud writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Major Blud (789630) writes "CNN is running an opinion piece on their front page from security technologist Bruce Schneier in which he suggest that "In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access."

His opinion piece is short on sources, and the common belief is that a flaw in IE was the main attack method. Has this come up elsewhere?"

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