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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

clovis The Jeanne Calment (217 comments)

I'm going with the proven winner's diet:

olive oil, wine, and a kilo of chocolate a week, plus a laid-back attitude.

From the wiki article

Calment ascribed her longevity and relatively youthful appearance for her age to a diet rich in olive oil[4] (which she also rubbed onto her skin), as well as a diet of port wine, and ate nearly one kilogram (2.2 lb) of chocolate every week. She also credited her calmness, saying, "That's why they call me Calment."[18] Calment reportedly remained mentally intact until her very end.

Calment's remarkable health presaged her later record. At age 85 (1960), she took up fencing, and continued to ride her bicycle up until her 100th birthday. She was reportedly neither athletic nor fanatical about her health.[9] Calment lived on her own until shortly before her 110th birthday, when it was decided that she needed to be moved to a nursing home after a cooking accident (due to complications with sight) started a small fire in her house. However, Calment was still in good shape, and continued to walk until she fractured her femur during a fall at age 114 years 11 months (January 1990), which required surgery.[5][14]

Calment smoked cigarettes from the age of 21 (1896) to 117 (1992),[2][16] though according to an unspecified source, she smoked no more than two cigarettes per day towards the end of her life.[17] After her operation, Calment needed to use a wheelchair. In 1994, age 119, she weighed 45 kilograms (99 lb).

2 hours ago

Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

clovis Re:Ridiculous (349 comments)

Well, the thing is almost every other disease is communicable before symptoms appear.

And BTW, I'm not an epidemiologist, but I am a scientist. Asking the right question is 9/10 of the job.

Little knowledge is dangerous. You should know that.

So listen to the experts that tell you that ebola patients are not hazardous prior to onset of symptoms. Couple of decades of experience (with animals too) backs this up, unlike someone ideas and conjectures.

Experts? Start here.

about three weeks ago

OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

clovis Re:Stop developing 64bit (242 comments)

There is no earthly benefit to running Windows as 64bit and no one can articulate what that benefit is. Oftentimes it makes things worse as one is required to run parallel versions of things and not even Java is a one-size-fits-all across the board. The vaunted promise that 'things will run better and faster' is complete nonsense and hardware vendors as it is find it difficult or impossible to create useful distinctions in drivers or even sort out which version is a maintenance fix for what. So they killed off XP? Fine. Killing off Win7? Fine. Killed off Win8 with no clear path forward whereas 8.1 isn't an upgrade it's a replacement? Fine. And now Win9 is Win10 and once again Redmond will give us 36 dozen different sub-versions? Wonderful. But let's at least disabuse ourselves that 64bit is meaningful.

Regarding the benefits of Microsoft OS 32bit vs 64bit
These values are a huge deal for Citrix (or terminal server) admins:

Paged pool 32bit: 550 MB 64bit: 128 GB
Non-paged pool 32bit: 256 MB 64bit: 75%RAM up to 128 GB
Page Table Entry 32 bit: 250K 64 bit: 33 M
System Cache: 32bit: 860MB 64bit 1TB
Note: 32bit values are much lower with /3GB switch, but it's unusual to do that with Citrix or TS

about a month ago

US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

clovis like Alan Turing? (308 comments)

They know there are people like Alan Turing and the men and women codebreakers that performed such a valuable service in WWII
I read that although Alan was rather athletic, his personality was quite shy and it was unlikely he would thrive as an infantryman.

From wikipedia and borrowed from other places,
"Winston Churchill said that Turing made the single biggest contribution to Allied victory in the war against Nazi Germany.Turing's pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in several crucial battles. It has been estimated that Turing's work shortened the war in Europe by as many as two to four years."

Hopefully, this time around they will be treated better.
And hopefully they won't produce another Bradley/Chelsea Manning.

about a month ago

Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

clovis Re:One of President Paul's first priorities... (424 comments)

Nice words, but once he's president of course the banks will blackmail him like they've done with every other presidential candidate since John F. Kennedy...

You meant to say Woodrow Wilson.

about a month ago

Stem Cells Grown From Patient's Arm Used To Replace Retina

clovis A somewhat more informative link (56 comments)

"Age-related macular degeneration results from the breakdown of retinal epithelium, a layer of cells that support photoreceptors needed for vision. The procedure Kurimoto performed is unlikely to restore his patient's vision. However, researchers around the world will be watching closely to see whether the cells are able to check the further destruction of the retina while avoiding potential side effects, such as bringing about an immune reaction or inducing cancerous growth."

And this:

"This is a very early-stage form of clinical research, and is intended to assess the safety of this intervention; it is not expected to yield significant improvements in visual acuity or other symptoms in the patients who participate in the study."

Generally the first stage testing a new clinical technique is to make sure that it does not cause harm. That's what they're doing with this test.

about a month ago

An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

clovis need strict ordering rules (342 comments)

ice vendor: What do you want?
stoner: um ...
ice vendor: No ice for you! Next!

about a month ago

Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

clovis Re:The Actual Issue (323 comments)

That law has little to do with this situation. The act was committed while he was in the care of the school, unless it can be shown that the boy told his parents he was going to make the fake account there is nothing there for the parents to be charged with. Now on to not deleting the account, the law requires parents to prevent actions of a child under their control, the law does not require parents to compel action of a child under their control.

Not true, what you said.
The FaceBook page was not created at school.
Like 99% the point of the court case was that it was done on the home computer and maintained from there.

CTRL-C/CTRL-V from the court order:
" In his written statement, Dustin stated:
In homeroom, Melissa and I decided to make a Facebook [page] under
someone’s name and she said, “Who do we hate in this room?” I said “I
don’t know, Alex Boston?” So we made up a username and a password
for it. We went home and made the Facebook [page]. I chose Alex
Boston because she followed me around and my friends did not like her
and told her to leave me alone. I went home and made Alex Boston’s
Facebook [page]. Melissa went home to her house and pretended to be
Alex. . . . I went home and posted on Alex’s [fake] Facebook [page for]
about 4 or 5 days. Melissa went and posted on it the same time. "

about a month ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

clovis Re:credibility of article is doubtful (571 comments)

"U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers run on nuclear power, but they have large fusion reactors on board that have to be replaced on a regular cycle."

yeah, no

It appears the Reuters article has been fixed.
Here is a ctrl-C ctrl-V copy of the line in question at this 3:56 PM Wednesday:
"U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers run on nuclear power, but they have large fission reactors on board that have to be replaced on a regular cycle."

about a month ago

Accessing One's Own Metadata

clovis Re:Are unlisted numbers protected by law? (94 comments)

I have no idea so let's get that out of the way and move on to the philosophical / logical arguments rather then the legal ones.

In a case like the OP's the only thing that matters is the legal issue.

Good points you made philosophically, however ...

If you're arguing that people shouldn't expect anonymity from a product designed to provide anonymity, maybe you should think it through again.

I simply Do Not Care what their expectations are from whatever product they bought. A company's promise about a product does not carry the weight of the law, and it certainly does not compel me to support their promises. For one thing, I am not the one who bought the product. I get no benefit.

I can tell you this about the law: I am on the USA's Do Not Call list. I get several calls most days, and almost every single one of them is illegal.
Who called? I have not a clue and no way to stop them.
I know I don't have to answer ( and usually I don't), and yet it is still annoying because if nothing else there's this ringing sound in my house.

Here's an extreme example: A common experience for older people is to have a relative in the hospital and to be waiting for the outcome. Answering the phone several times a day for these scams is worse than annoying. Not answering is not an option at such a time.

I would disagree with you because I don't believe in protecting us from anything and everything as I think it takes away personal responsibility for protecting yourself.

That's a good point, and I agree. However, lines have to be drawn somewhere.

The crux to me is this: The entity making the call is approaching me (mention again they are breaking the law to do this). I did not approach them.
That, and that in itself should be enough to shed that entity's anonymity for telephone service.

I'm not afraid of being scammed, and I have no problem with the concept of personal responsibility for protecting yourself.
However, I'm not the only person on this planet.
There is an entire industry devoted to cheating seniors who have diminished mental abilities. The foundation of this industry is anonymity - there is no recourse after they got the money. There is no way to find out who they are to stop their endless calls.

Another one is the "This is Microsoft and you have a virus" call. People have children; children will answer the phone, and children
  can be coaxed into revealing anything, and there is no way to know who had called after the remote control software has been installed.
Sure I can wipe the PC and tell the kids not to trust anyone who calls. But I want justice, and I want those people put out of business.

Perhaps the entities that have a legitimate reason for anonymity can also be registered with the government's Do Not Call list and combine that with future requirements that carriers fix their technology to stop callerID spoofing and anonymous calls for non-registered entities.
No one that asks for money, credit card info, etc should be allowed anonymous calls. Companies have some rights, but their privacy rights are not the same as individual rights

If contact must be made anonymously for some reason, then they can use the postal service.

other info

about a month and a half ago

Accessing One's Own Metadata

clovis Are unlisted numbers protected by law? (94 comments)

"Telstra's one and only valid argument to date has been that identifying who calls me would be in breach of that person's privacy if they called from an unlisted number.

Are anonymous phones calls really protected by law?
I mean is there a law that specifically protects the anonymity of people calling from unlisted numbers?

After all, the person holding the unlisted number placed the call.
Do people coming into your house from the street have a legal expectation of anonymity? Does someone getting into your car have a legal expectation of anonymity?
Why would someone calling your phone have a legal expectation of anonymity?

I suspect it has more to do with corporations that robo-call wanting to hide. It's profitable for the phone companies.
When you become a senior citizen, you will begin to receive endless solicitations for medical alert bracelets, "free product" scams, health insurance and so on. I suppose everyone gets some version of this crap. None of these are allowed under the "Do Not Call" act, but the callers always have unlisted numbers and do not reveal their companies' actual names in the calls.

about a month and a half ago

Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

clovis My tinfoil hat (367 comments)

I see many posts worry about "what if the logger is still in the RTM version" and "what if they turn it back on".

Well, what is to stop Microsoft from burying a keylogger and/or root kits in any of their numerous security patches for Windows 7, 8, MS Office or whatever?
And if they has the moral turpitude to install keylogging and grab your passwords in Windows 10, why would you think they have not already done it?

about a month and a half ago
top Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

clovis Re:men and women are leaving tech (342 comments)

Check out

This article is one of the few that I've found that contains statistics about retention in various tech fields of both men and women. The differences in retention rates do vary but not by as much as is commonly portrayed in the media. In fact, based on what I'd previously read, they are surprisingly similar. Men and women may have somewhat different reasons for leaving the field, but that doesn't change the fact that roughly 40% of both sexes ultimately leave engineering.

Well, well. here we have a post that addresses the original article in a relevant way with data.
How did that slip through?

about a month and a half ago

Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

clovis Afraid of lawsuit (399 comments)

They were afraid of getting sued by Microware

about 2 months ago

Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

clovis Re:Survival (488 comments)

Also, motor/generator sets with flywheels can be good for smoothing out poor quality electricity.
It can for short periods fill in sags and prevent over voltage, and also prevents the nasty problems that harmonics and phase shifts can cause.
That may be a way relatively cheap way for people who need clean electricity to add in solar and wind for their power.
I wonder if in the future, neighborhood based solar arrays or wind towers could use M-G sets to provide decent power to the immediate area.

They do have their downsides: regular maintenance is required, and they can be quite noisy.

about 2 months ago

Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

clovis Re:Depending on local ordinances... (488 comments)

Additionally, one of the features I find annoying locally is that the energy companies are allowed to purchase power from you at the LOWEST POSSIBLE ENERGY RATE, but are in turn allowed to sell power back to you at any current rate.

You just described every single business on the planet.

Put it this way: If you owned a factory that made phones that cost you $50 to make and you sold them for $100, and a competitor opened up making the same phones and offered to sell them to you, would you pay $50, or would you pay $100 to them?

How a law that said you Must pay your competitor $100 per phone and Must buy as many as he wants whenever he feels like selling them to you regardless of whether your own inventory is over stocked at the moment? That is what you are asking for.

about 2 months ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

clovis Re:Missing in windows? (399 comments)

I can't find the bash icon in the Start menu. Anyone know where it is so I can remove it and avoid this exploit?


You seem to have asked a question about removing the Start Menu.
Upgrade to Windows 8, but do not do the Win8.1 upgrade.
Thank you for using our products in the future.

about a month ago

NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

clovis Re:I hate to be this guy... (188 comments)

Here's how the war on poverty is doing:

Thanks for the link, it has some numbers that show how relatively little NASA costs.

From the article:
  The government has spent some $22 trillion on means-tested welfare programs since the War on Poverty began (in constant 2012 dollars).
This does not include Social Security, Medicare, nor unemployment insurance.

All of NASA's spending since 1958 totals 790 billion (inflation adjusted).

This provides some data on the direct benefits of the space program:

Keep in mind that without the space program, there would be no DirectTV and we would be dependent upon Comcast.

about 2 months ago

New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

clovis Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

The link is to the word "steal", but because theft is the act or result of stealing, we should go with "steal"

to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force

See the part about "without permission or right". It's "without permission" and "the right" part (among other things) that makes taxation and theft two different things.

about 2 months ago


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