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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Major Blud Re:H1Bs have two faces. (363 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.

5 days 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 a week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Major Blud Re:Of course they do (976 comments)

Really? Have you tried using systemd?

about two weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

Major Blud Re:Stop using tax dollars (348 comments)

Sure, but can we assume that the other researchers didn't receive grant money from *their* governments?

One of the points of Ig Noble is to "make people laugh, and then make them think". After thinking about some of these nominees, you can sort of think about what their research could impact. However, some seem absolutely silly, and it would seem wrong to give them federal funding at some other projects expense. Deciding which projects are grant worthy is tricky, especially when you have so many PhD's wanting to get their hand in the cookie jar.

about three weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

Major Blud Re: Stop using tax dollars (348 comments)

You bring up valid points. I'd actually love to see the report if I could find it (I'm sure it's out there somewhere). The most reliable source I can find is from the NY Times, which itself doesn't list any references either.

http://www.nytimes.com/1981/07...

I guess I chose a bad example to run with. The point I'm trying to make is that some science is worth government funding......like Fermilab for example....where as some isn't. If I were to write a grant application on deconstructing the contents of this Slashdot post, I would hope the government would turn me down.

about three weeks ago
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When Scientists Give Up

Major Blud Re: Stop using tax dollars (348 comments)

True that it's political nonsense, but can you honestly agree that a study to find out how to buy worcestershire sauce is worthy of government funding?

I'm all for government funding of basic research, but has anyone considered that maybe the lack of funding is due to closer scrutiny of funding bunk?

about three weeks ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Major Blud Translation (441 comments)

"The difference between someone who's truly great and just sort of okay is really huge"

Especially when you want to keep that person tied to the company for the duration of their visa and pay them less than someone with a non-visa.

about a month ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Major Blud Re:Please stop and think (359 comments)

Unfortunately, I think the only way to stop such corruption in Liberia would be through massive aid combined with a foreign military presence (probably a U.N. peacekeeping scenario). Such scenarios end-up lasting years with no end-game in sight, and are almost always labeled as empire-building or meddling in the country's internal affairs (like happened in Somalia). It's a nasty catch-22 that doesn't work out for anyone in the end.

I'm not saying that help shouldn't be offered in some way, but as long as such countries have illegitimate governments, I'm not sure there is going to be a non-violent solution.

about a month and a half ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Major Blud Re:November? (148 comments)

Interesting, thanks for the info. So is this a tax on service fees or products purchased over the Internet (or are there separate taxes for both)?

Is this tax earmarked for a particular item, or added to the country's general fund? Sorry I realize you may not know the answers to these questions.

about 2 months ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Major Blud Re:November? (148 comments)

Both the article and the summary state that it's already passed the House.

I'm curious, do any other countries tax Internet usage? I know the French proposed doing it to pay for their state-owned public television stations but I'm not sure how far that went.

about 2 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Major Blud H1B (300 comments)

How much you wanna bet that they continue to ask for H1B candidates after the next round of layoffs?

about 2 months ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Major Blud Re:I hate to imagine it (126 comments)

Found the article:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/10/...

"The child remained on antiretroviral drugs for approximately 18 months. Her mother then stopped administering the drugs for an unknown reason".

about 3 months ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Major Blud Re:I hate to imagine it (126 comments)

When I first read about this on CNN the other day, the article stated that the child's mother had stopped giving her the anti-viral medication she was prescribed. There was no an explanation as to why.

about 3 months ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Major Blud Re:yep, thanks for pointing that out (389 comments)

That makes sense.

Here in Louisiana I've been seeing more and more houses with solar panels on the roof. This is awesome, but at the same time I'm wondering how they are going to hold up when the next hurricane comes rollin' through. I guess it's a "wait and see" type of thing, but at the same time I'm sure it's something I could research.

about 3 months ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Major Blud Re:71 people. More from coal that year (389 comments)

Like I was saying, I'm in a agreement with you, just be careful with your numbers.

I noticed that both Chernobyl and Banqiao were designed by the Soviets. Coincidence?

about 3 months ago

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Harley-Davidson unveils their first electric motorcycle

Major Blud Major Blud writes  |  about 3 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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