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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

cmdr_tofu Re:16 people? (249 comments)

Yeah in a 3 week study with 16 people on carefully controlled diets. The doesn't invalidate significant findings of studies like this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

2 days ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

cmdr_tofu 16 people? (249 comments)

It seems awfully unscientific to come to any kind of conclusion based on a study of 16 people over a 3 week period with engineered diets.

There is a saturated fat plateau. When you consume enough saturate fats, you cannot absorb them, but that doesn't mean it's a healthy amount to eat.

Add this to the list of misleading studies: http://nutritionfacts.org/vide...

3 days ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

cmdr_tofu Re:Owning stock (203 comments)

First we should look at the past: In the past Harvard was in fact able to influence Exxons policy, by.... guess what? divestment http://www.thecrimson.com/arti...

As to whether or not stock price affects the company. It does, the company does not sell 100% of its stock. It is used as capital (can be sold) and even awarded employees with sign-on bonuses as well.

As for what the goals of the divestment campaign are, they do not appear to be stopping oil or driving oil companies out of business. This seems to be a strawman that you have created. In the first link I posted, the goals of divestment campaign in Stanford are as follows (ftfl):
"Thus our demands of the fossil fuel companies are simple. In order to show that
they are committed to a livable future, they must
Stop seeking new fossil reserves
Stop promoting climate change denial and lobbying against climate policy
Commit to keeping 80% of theirproven reserves in the ground

As long as fossil fuel companies continue with business as usual, they must be though of as an unethical industry, recklessly pushing us toward global catastrophe." (Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment at Stanford University)

With an ever-growing population and an increasing crunch for resources, climate change is possibly the most significant threat that humanity will face. If these students want to take an approach that is legal, nonviolent and proven successful in the past to try to influence major corporations in a better direction, I say more power to them.

4 days ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

cmdr_tofu Re:Owning stock (203 comments)

At a very minimum, creating a market for the stock creates a very real demand for ownership in said stock. Divesting decreases the value of existing stocks (including those owned by the company), and buying increases the value. To argue this point is foolish.

If you want to make the point that divestment is a useless gesture, you should first acquaint yourself with the reasoning behind this nonviolent strategy for achieving political and social change:
http://www.fossilfreestanford....
http://gofossilfree.org/commit...

4 days ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

cmdr_tofu Re:Owning stock (203 comments)

Divestment is a legitimate technique of opposing that which is morally objectionable. Divestment campaigns were led against South Africa's highly-profitable aparthied businesses. Did it hurt the value of South African diamond mines? Possibly not in isolation, but as part of a series of similar campaigns aparthied has ended.

Fossil fuel industries do need to exist, but investing in big energy companies today is like investing in the mob. More drilling in high-risk areas, deregulation, and lower fuel taxes are at least in these students' perspectives, the wrong way for the planet to go, so a top educational institution on the planet which campaigns to strongly be in favor of being 100% sustainable (http://green.harvard.edu/), should not be investing in unsustainable practices.

4 days ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

cmdr_tofu Re:stupid germans (418 comments)

actually most political leaders in china have strong science backgrounds.
http://singularityhub.com/2011...

In the US, we tend to elect lawyers and then businessmen, but hopefully that will change.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Claims Chip Suppliers Will Flock To Its Mobile Tech

cmdr_tofu Re:Intel isn't going to win this one (91 comments)

I'm looking forward to trying out one of these real soon: http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mo... (intel cpu phone docking tablet)

As far as cost is concerned, it's available for $200 with no contract (carrier-locked to AT&T). Once a procedure is known for unlocking, rooting and using with Tmobile, I'll be their next customer.

about two weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

cmdr_tofu Re:Gay? (764 comments)

Wow, apparently I'm a troll for thinking it's good that Tim Cook takes a stand against discrimination.

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

cmdr_tofu Re:Gay? (764 comments)

The problem is most people who are gay can hide it for the sake of silly social stigma.

If having visibly blue eyes was a social and cultural stigma that caused parents to disown their children and it was common to cover them with brown contact lenses, then your comparison would be appropriate and I would commend you for throwing out BS social rules and living your life as an out blue eyed person.

So I say good for Tim Cook, maybe he will make it easier for others.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

cmdr_tofu Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

Don't blame me, I voted for Nader.!

about a month ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

cmdr_tofu Re:The last sentence in the summary... (232 comments)

Interesting. Your reference does seem to claim only 7%. However it does claim that animal agriculture is the most significant fraction of the 7%:

Although the scientific literature points to reduced meat consumption as an effective mitigation strategy in regards to climate change?[25, 30, 31, 38, 39], to date, agricultural production has been largely ignored in climate policy [40, 41]. A study by Wiresenius, Hedenus, and Mohlin concludes that implementing an emissions tax of ?60 per tonne CO2e ($77 per tonne CO2e in 2012 USD) on animal food products would reduce agricultural CO2e emissions in the EU by 32 million metric tons annually, which represents approximately 7% of the EU?s total, annual agricultural GHG emissions?[40]. An emissions price on the downstream consumption of GHG-intensive agricultural goods (i.e. a GHG emission tax or emissions trading scheme) is one means of implementing a CO2e construct using price signals and market forces to implement diet shifts as a climate mitigation strategy.

The UN study (which supports my claim) factors in things like methane emissions not only from cattle grazing but from anaerobic decomposition of livestock "waste pools", livestock processing and refrigerated transport. Also slash and burn of rainforests (60% of which is claimed to be for cattle). The full study is here:
http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/...

about 1 month ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

cmdr_tofu Re:The last sentence in the summary... (232 comments)

Looks obnoxious doesn't it? That's because you fucking people who are like that are fucking obnoxious. No one takes fucking responsibility for their shit in anything, this included.

well since consensus is now that animal agriculture is responsible for most greenhouse gas emissions: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11... One easy thing we can do is stop eating cows, then stop eating all animal products.

Also even though I bicycle to work, I need to convince my boss to let me work from home "to stop climate change" ;-)

about 2 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

cmdr_tofu Re:Anarchy??? (302 comments)

I think specifically they want to have a discussion, but one of the ideas proposed was to exploit the centralized nature of DNS to require people to get licenses before they could have a "website" (presumably each website would have it's own domain name so foo.com/~user1 and foo.com/~user2 would all fall under foo.com's license or something)

about 2 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

cmdr_tofu Re:Police?? (302 comments)

Despite the horror I feel at the suggestion of requiring me to "get a license" to exercise 1st amendment rights, (what is the status of free speech in england?) I think the police are in a unique position to suggest laws for consideration by legislative branch. I mean the police might get 450 request per day, "please shut down this law-breaking website". I've also heard police Seattle police chief call for marijuana legalization, and it looks like he was heard, which I think probably means Seattle police can now be used more effectively.

What would the impact of requiring a license for 1st amendment activities be? In most cities, you already need a permit to hold a demonstration, and if you held a large showing of a copyrighted film without permission, that's not 1st amendment activity. To be fair to the police there is a lot of criminal activity on the Internet. Would central control of the internet through an authority like DNS make it easier to control?

While I am in favor of having a government with laws, regulations and police, I fear that trying to let governments control the Internet would threaten online creativity and deprive us of new developments with very little effect on Internet crime (as criminals already use compromised accounts and systems to do their dirty work) I am hopeful for a more decentralized Internet in the future.

about 2 months ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

cmdr_tofu Re:Customer as Quality Control (167 comments)

In terms of laptops, it used to be my policy to stay well away from Dell. My thinkpad X61T has been going strong for o so many years, but the dell laptops from that generation were garbage: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/...

I actually found it cheaper to buy a Dell-outlet-store desktop than to build my own.

Of course that probably doesn't reflect state of affairs today. I am a little annoyed by Dell's inferior Linux offerings. If you want the best deal from Dell, you are paying a Microsoft tax :(

about 2 months ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

cmdr_tofu Re:... meanwhile in Melbourne... (250 comments)

I'm a Rubyist and have done Rails too, although my experience especially for the last two years is mostly in other areas.

Will I get a big check to move to Australia? If so, we should talk :)

about 3 months ago

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Secret anti-Linux message in FruitLoops commercial

cmdr_tofu cmdr_tofu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cmdr_tofu (826352) writes "Apparently Tux has made his way into this very strange Fruit Loops commercial as well as the concept of "sharing" and "theft". Is Microsoft the abominable snowman and Tux the secret weapon of thieves? Watch the youtube link to see a very strange commercial..."
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Unison Unified Communcations- Exchange Killer?

cmdr_tofu cmdr_tofu writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cmdr_tofu writes "Seems interesting enough to be worthwhile maybe even to Microsoft shops:
"Unison combines e-mail, telephone, instant messaging, calendars and contacts into a single system. It includes a Linux-based server, Unison Server(TM), which powers all text and voice communications for an organization, and Unison Desktop(TM), a Windows or Linux-based desktop client that gives employees all communication inside one application, including e-mail, IM, voicemail, telephony and more..."
"The first Unison sponsors are Canonical, Inc., the London-based commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu operating system, and Intermedia, the New York-based hosted business applications provider. ""

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