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Mental Illness Reduces Lifespan As Much as Smoking

kinnell Re:Nonsense. (192 comments)

it's not clear how mental disorders could be causing early deaths.

This is a positively idiotic statement.

It simply means that there is not enough scientific data to support any hypothesis conclusively, not that they have no clue whatsoever. Do you have any data to back up your hypothesis or is it just "common sense"?

about 6 months ago

Astronauts' Hearts Change Shape In Space

kinnell Re:But do they need it? (113 comments)

More to the point, I wonder if a more spherical shape isn't more efficient in micro gravity and this is what drives the change. The heart no longer has to pump blood uphill, so it would stand to reason that a shape which generates less force while using less energy would be optimum, and out bodies tend to be pretty good at finding the most energy efficient way of adapting to the environment they are in.

about 8 months ago

Friendly Fungus Protects Our Mouths From Invaders

kinnell Re:Antiseptic Mouthwash Raises Heart Attack Risk (63 comments)

You have to appreciate the irony that they find a new symbiotic fungus with clear health benefits and immediately try and use it to develop a novel way to kill fungus.

about 8 months ago

Soylent: No Food For 30 Days

kinnell Re:Calories (440 comments)

Counting calories is a very effective way to lose/gain weight. Sure you don't know *exactly* how many your body is burning, but if you don't lose or gain weight at 3000 calories, and maintain the same lifestyle, you can be sure that you will lose about a pound a week at 2500 calories, or gain a pound a week at 3500 calories/day. Sure not everybody wants to or has to do that, but it works.

When you restrict calories in, the first thing that happens is your body lowers it's energy expenditure by making you tired and lowering non-essential processes in the body. Then it will catabolise muscle, because muscle is more expensive metabolically than fat. Only then will it start to lower fat. You will get to your target weight, but you will have less muscle mass (unhealthy in itself) burning less energy and a body which thinks it's in a state of famine and will drive you to binge eat to increase fat stores whenever food is available. In short you will lose weight but will set yourself up for even more weight gain in the future, or at least a lifetime of chronic stress inducing hunger. This is why 98% of people who do calorie restriction diets fail.

1 year,10 days

WRT trans fats, the FDA should ...

kinnell Re:Outright bans are not smart (376 comments)

I am lactose intolerant you insensitive clod.

You're also trans-fat intolerant. Try coconut oil.

1 year,12 days

Ask Slashdot: Legal Advice Or Loopholes Needed For Manned Space Program

kinnell Re:fucking idiot (201 comments)

If you have the resources to put somebody in space, you can afford to pay a lawyer to answer this question....

Still, it's an interesting topic for discussion

about a year ago

TEPCO Workers Remove Wrong Pipe Get Splashed With Radioactive Water

kinnell Re:Oblig (214 comments)

What we have here as far as I can see is two incidents caused by human error in which there were no serious consequences. What's the news, that humans make mistakes? If people can make stupid mistakes in a nuclear power station and not cause any serious problems it just shows that the systems and procedures in place are well designed and managed.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?

kinnell Re:Make lots of them. (277 comments)

If you're planning for the fall and rise of civilisation, you need to prepare for the possibility of deliberate destruction.

Indeed. This is how the dark ages came about.

about a year ago

Terrible Advice From a Great Scientist

kinnell Re:He's right (276 comments)

We don't just learn maths in order to calculate. Maths trains our minds to reason.

about a year and a half ago

The Mathematics of the Lifespan of Species

kinnell Re:This is not new (158 comments)

humans have, of course, cheated death to some extent, so we're outliers, though it is worth noting that prehistoric humans had a max. lifespan of around 40 years...

No. prehistoric humans had a life expectancy of 25-40 years. Life expectancy is the mean age at death not the maximum lifespan. Given that we are genetically identical to prehistoric man, I think it's fair to say that they're maximum lifespan was somewhere between 100 and 120 years just like us.

about 2 years ago

White House Must Answer Petition To 'Build Death Star'

kinnell Re:Remove the obvious structural weaknesses (384 comments)

Childs play - I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home, they're not much bigger than two meters.

You hurt small animals for fun as a kid? You must be some kind of psychopath.

Sooo, how many meters long are the medium-sized animals on your planet? And about the large ones...

I don't think they exist

about 2 years ago

To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

kinnell Re:But that's not the real problem. (1651 comments)

The problem I have is that all the issues you raise also apply to pedestrians, yet suggest to a pro-helmet cyclist that they should wear a helmet when walking across the road and they just laugh. I have no problem with people wearing helmets, in fact I would encourage it, but I want the choice for myself.

more than 2 years ago

Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

kinnell Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

Although I wanted to punch a hole in the wall when I had to buy a Thunderbolt cable for $50 0_o, there is no reason they should be that expensive but that is Apple pricing for you.

Thunderbolt uses active cables. There is a circuit at each end of the cable which handles the physical transmission. This means the cables will always be expensive, although costs will probably come down if thunderbolt becomes mainstream and economies of scale kick in. It's also a reason why thunderbolt probably won't become mainstream.

more than 2 years ago

iPad App Offers Detailed Images of Einstein's Brain

kinnell Re:"Einstein's brain, that revolutionized physics. (66 comments)

I also find the idea that there was something unique about Einstein's brain that made him a genius. IMHO what set him apart wasn't his academic brilliance, which was nothing special going by his school performance, it was his ability to think up daft questions like "if I were riding a light beam and shone a torch in front of me, how fast would the light from the torch travel?".

more than 2 years ago

180k-Year-Old Mutation Allowed Humans To Become Vegetarians, Move Out of Africa

kinnell Re:Oh wait, I get it now... (342 comments)

Our brains are around 30% larger in relation to other primates, hence we need additional nutrients for ours to develop fully.

more than 2 years ago

180k-Year-Old Mutation Allowed Humans To Become Vegetarians, Move Out of Africa

kinnell Re:More interesting than that... (342 comments)

Nonsense. The fossil record shows that human brain sizes shrunk after the agricultural revolution. We developed large brains through eating large amounts of fat and protein from meat.

more than 2 years ago

'Social Jetlag' May Be Making You Fat

kinnell Re:This is crap. (197 comments)

Your weight is a result of calories in vs. calories out.

Nothing else.

While that's technically true, it misses the problem completely because you ignore why people eat more than they need. People eat because they are hungry. Why would someone with enough body fat to power their sedentary lifestyle for weeks still feel hungry? That's the problem, and there's a ton of evidence that it's screwed up hormonal signalling from a poor diet and lifestyle which makes people hungry when they shouldn't be. Poor sleep patterns is part of the problem, even if an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise comprises the bulk of it.

more than 2 years ago

The Pirate Bay On Track To Be Banned In the UK?

kinnell Re:Really? (309 comments)

Moreover, by providing links to infringing material, they are also helping the content owners. They could quite happily download all the torrents, identify the IP addresses of seeders, have the courts issue warrants to identify the seeders from their IP addresses and pursue copyright claims against the individuals. Of course that would be more costly, so lets break the internet so they can increase their profit margins.

more than 2 years ago

An Early Look At Mac OS X 10.8

kinnell Re:OMG! OMG! (658 comments)

If Apple paid Foxconn more do you really think the factory workers would earn more?

more than 2 years ago
top Founder Gets 14 Months

kinnell Re:meanwhile: (239 comments)

To be fair, in this case their prison sentences seem to be somewhat proportional to the money they made from the site.

Only if you think it's reasonable that copyright infringement should be a criminal act. Remember that copyright is an artificail monopoly granted to provide a profit motive, and the only harm infringement does is to profit margins. In a fair legal system, the only reasonable punishment would be a claim for monetary loss settled in a civil suit. Copyright infringement should be treated much like breach of contract, but due to lobbying and corruption, big media have managed to convince government that copyright infringement is theft, which it isn't.

more than 2 years ago


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