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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

nickco3 Re:Yeah...whatever you believe today... (459 comments)

So the mouse study doesn't show that low protein diet extends lifespan as much as a ultra-high protein diet reduces lifespan, which is not really news.

The mouse study shows that much protein is toxic *in mice*. Biologists have a saying that is relevent here: "mice lie and monkeys exaggerate". But mouse models are cheap and easy to arrange; more useful people studies are horribly expensive and far more complex.

about 8 months ago
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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

nickco3 Re:Yeah...whatever you believe today... (459 comments)

listen to your body

My body loves donuts, apple pies and and wants me to eat chocolate cake all the time.

about 8 months ago
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Lord Blair Calls for Laws To Stop 'Principled' Leaking of State Secrets

nickco3 Re: Official Secrets Act? (395 comments)

OSA only applies to government employees. What is being argued for here is an extension of that scope (to everyone).

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using a Tablet As a Sole Computing Device?

nickco3 Re:Does she type a lot? (417 comments)

Type URLs? What are you, Amish?

about 2 years ago
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BT Starts Blocking the Pirate Bay

nickco3 Re:Get involved with your local pirate party (162 comments)

Censorship is binary: you are in favour of it or you are not. You can't have "partial censorship".

Actually you can, and we do. Here's an incomplete list of exceptions to the right of free speech: slander, libel, defamation, obscenity, threatening behaviour, perjury, contempt of court, profanity, incitement to violence, noise pollution, copyright infringement, passing trade secrets, treason, espionage, conspiracy, shouting "Fire!" in a cinema, sedition, encouragement of terrorism.

more than 2 years ago
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Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

nickco3 Re:The Daily Mail? (1319 comments)

The Daily Mail was the paper that ran a pro fascist piece called "Hurrah for the Blackshirts" in the 1930s.

They are with a shadow of a doubt a tabloid.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Approves Unified Full Body Scanner Regulations

nickco3 Re:Sometimes they get it right (225 comments)

I wouldn't dream of it, old bean. That really would be a step too far.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Approves Unified Full Body Scanner Regulations

nickco3 Re:Sometimes they get it right (225 comments)

The EU has done more to spread freedom and democracy than any other organisation on Earth. It projects soft power with a single carrot, the offer of membership.

The first success was rehabilitating Germany after the War. Spain, Portugal and Greece all used to be military dictatorships. Now happy, prosperous, modern democratic states. Admittedly there's been some unrest recently in Greece, but there is zero possibility of another military coup, it will stay free and democratic no matter what. That's because of the larger structure it belongs to.

Then it rehabilitated central and eastern Europe. All the countries that were offered membership are free and democratic. Every one of them. Doesn't that strike you as odd? All the non-EU candidates (Ukraine, Russia) are not. Coincidence?

Turkey is far nicer place than it used be. The army stays out of politcs. The Kurds and other minorities are being treated reasonably. All thanks to EU negotiators banging on about human rights during 30 years of talks.

What other organisation can boast such an effective record at democratisation?

more than 2 years ago
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EU Approves Unified Full Body Scanner Regulations

nickco3 Re:Sometimes they get it right (225 comments)

Nobody gets credit for ideas they neglected to write down for being too obvious.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Approves Unified Full Body Scanner Regulations

nickco3 Re:Sometimes they get it right (225 comments)

Who gives a flying fuck where it comes from? Do you think "what would we ever do without the Arabs" whenever you write down some numbers?

Of course not. However, if someone here posted that the Arabs were doing a better job of implementing our number system than we were, I would call them out on their error.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Approves Unified Full Body Scanner Regulations

nickco3 Re:Ah the supreme irony.... (225 comments)

It's partly because, of course, the Europeans are a number of otherwise independent states so it's like a democracy on an international scale - chances are that SOMEONE will kick up a fuss about something that they disagree with and concessions will have to be made

Actually, the European Parliament has a much better record of standing up for citizens rights than the Member Governments, who are usually the villians in such arguments.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Approves Unified Full Body Scanner Regulations

nickco3 Re:Sometimes they get it right (225 comments)

I read this a lot of times, but repetition doesn't make bullshit right.
According to Wikipedia: "The Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787" and we all know the French Revolution started with the assault on the Bastille on July 14th, 1789. So how can a piece of written paper borrow ideals from a revolution that started almost 2 years later?

Both the French Revolution and the US Constitution are products of the Enlightenment Era or Age of Reason as it's also called.

The US Bill of Rights was not adopted until August 21, 1789. They were passed by amendment, remember, they didn't make it into the original document.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Approves Unified Full Body Scanner Regulations

nickco3 Re:Sometimes they get it right (225 comments)

Eh? It's the other way round I'm afraid. The french were heavily influenced by what happened in America. Check the dates!

The US Bill of Rights was not adopted until August 21, 1789. These are all amendments, remember, for some reason they didn't make it into the original document.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Approves Unified Full Body Scanner Regulations

nickco3 Re:Sometimes they get it right (225 comments)

It may shock you to learn this, but your home country's stated ideals are all European in origin.

more than 2 years ago
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Global Warming 'Confirmed' By Independent Study

nickco3 Re:Did it "confirm" it was caused by man? (967 comments)

The Economist estimates 2% of global GDP to meaningfully cut emissions. (By comparison, the recent round of bank rescues cost about 5%)

Nobody know what the cost of adjusting is, because we don't know what scale of the change will be. If the changes are less than 2 degrees, that's likely to be tolerable. ON the other hand, some of the worst case predictions are very, very bad for human civilisation.

This uncertainty is being used to encourage inaction when the opposite is true: any sensible approach to risk management would suggests taking reasonable action to avoid it.

about 3 years ago
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European Parliament All But Rejects ACTA

nickco3 Re:Whoda thunk it? (248 comments)

Who would have ever thought that European nations would ever be more concerned about liberty and due process than The united States of America?

Because those concepts are both European in origin?

more than 4 years ago
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European Parliament All But Rejects ACTA

nickco3 Re:Now just watch (248 comments)

Power in the EU is not with the parliament, but with the commission

Actually the most powerful body in the EU is the Council of Ministers, which made up of serving European government ministers and very much in the euro-driving seat in recent years.

However, the European Parliament does have the power to reject or amend international trade agreements, which ACTA would appear to be.

more than 4 years ago

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