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The Mathematics of Obesity

bazim2 Re:Sugar isn't that bad (655 comments)

Sucrose is a glucose and a fructose molecule joined together, which are split by an digestive enzyme. The body will metabolise the fructose part of sucrose directly into fat - it's the only way it can metabolise it. Insulin isn't involved in fructose metabolization although is, of course, used in the glucose part of the process.

more than 2 years ago

The Mathematics of Obesity

bazim2 Re:SUGAR is POISON (655 comments)

Really? The mitochondria in the body's cells can only directly process glucose into adenosine triphospate - the chemical the body uses to carry energy. The acetate is just going to be metabolised into fatty acids pretty quickly without being used by the body's cells.

more than 2 years ago

The Mathematics of Obesity

bazim2 Re:HFCS is POISON (FTFY) (655 comments)

Your body generates and enzyme called sucrase which splits the sucrose into its two halves, glucose and fructose, with high efficiency. Afterwards, your body processes the glucose and fructose in sucrose exactly the same as the glucose and fructose in HFCS.

more than 2 years ago

The Mathematics of Obesity

bazim2 Re:Fruit is the problem (655 comments)

Fruit is also full of soluble fiber. The fiber prevents the digestive system from absorbing the sugar as effectively. Our current western diets contain nowhere near enough fiber.

more than 2 years ago

Brits Rejecting Superfast Broadband

bazim2 Re:I have it (247 comments)

You do know that PlusNet are owned by BT, right?

more than 2 years ago

Software To Flatten a Photographed Book?

bazim2 Re:Anonymous Coward (172 comments)

Many zoom lenses curve the field the opposite way when zoomed all the way in. Most lenses have barrel distortion when zoomed out and pincushion distortion when zoomed in. There'll probably be somewhere between where the field is flat. A few experimental shots of a grid will quickly find this out. Here's some examples from SLR lens reviews: (there's many more on that site) Smaller compact cameras lenses often show hugely higher field distortion than decent SLR lenses.

more than 4 years ago

Why Text Messages Are Limited To 160 Characters

bazim2 Re:Maybe the UK can tax these (504 comments)

You jest but the UK used to have a mobile tax - at least for business accounts. It was introduced in 1991 by the then Conservative Chancellor of the exchequer Norman Lamont. This tax was repealed in 1999 by then Labour Chancellor (and now of course prime minister) Gordon Brown. One of his better decisions to cut taxes on an enabling technology.

more than 5 years ago

Using Linux To Make a Slow, Awful WAN Connection

bazim2 Can be used as a bridge too (110 comments)

One of the great features of netem is that it isn't restricted to being used on a router. If you bridge two network interfaces together you can essentially use netem to make a device which looks like a faulty link. This can be plugged and unplugged [or routed using a VLAN infrastructure] into anywhere in your network without reconfiguration of any IP details on the machines under test.

more than 5 years ago

Using Linux To Make a Slow, Awful WAN Connection

bazim2 Re:Maybe do a google search... (110 comments)

Unfortunately, NISTnet can only delay IP traffic, netem works at the ethernet layer and can delay everything. One of the great things about netem is that it can be set up to act as a bridge. Think of it as an ethernet cable with 100ms delay. NISTnet is great but it can't do that.

more than 5 years ago

Passport Required To Buy Mobile Phones In the UK

bazim2 Software radio (388 comments)

I wonder how the legislation will impact of software radio mobile phone clients? After all the same device that 5 minutes ago was a mobile can, at the flick of a switch, be a radio-control car controller.

more than 5 years ago


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