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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

onproton Re:No, they don't cause weight gain (294 comments)

There have been numerous studies linking artificial sweeteners to both obesity and altered metabolic states, however some of the studies in question may be self-fulfilling prophesies. For example, of course individuals that consume "diet," or no-calorie products are more likely to be overweight, that is likely why they consume them. That being said, there is still significant evidence that these products can indeed cause weight gain, though there is not enough to conclude much more than, "it's worth looking into."

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

onproton Re:Study evaluated sacharin vs glucose (294 comments)

Just to clarify: " In the initial set of experiments, the scientists added saccharin (the sweetener in the pink packets of Sweet’N Low), sucralose (the yellow packets of Splenda) or aspartame (the blue packets of Equal) to the drinking water of 10-week-old mice. Other mice drank plain water or water supplemented with glucose or with ordinary table sugar. After a week, there was little change in the mice that drank water or sugar water, but the group getting artificial sweeteners developed marked intolerance to glucose."

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

onproton Re:What about Pro-Biotics, though? (294 comments)

Good point:

But might not this problem be addressed with pro-biotics?

The researchers asked that question as well, Intriguingly — “superstriking and interesting to us,” Dr. Segal said — the intestinal bacteria of the people who did experience effects were different from those who did not. This suggests that any effects of artificial sweeteners are not universal. It also suggests probiotics — medicines consisting of live bacteria — could be used to shift gut bacteria to a population that reversed the glucose intolerance.

about 3 months ago
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FCC May Raise Broadband Speed Requirements for Subsidies to ISPs

onproton Link (1 comments)

Don't know why, but link provided isn't functional. This is a working link: http://arstechnica.com/busines...

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

onproton Re:forget just informing them (50 comments)

If only there were such a thing in this industry.

about 4 months ago
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Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

onproton forget just informing them (50 comments)

These "automatic opt-ins" should be completely outlawed in every case. I can't come to terms with the notion that someone's inaction can mean that they agree - it should have to be a positive affirmation.

about 4 months ago
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Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

onproton Re:That'll teach them (50 comments)

Also, how much compensation did the affected customers receive? Even if the punishment were painful, why does FCC get all of it?

I was going to say, that doesn't really make sense. It is the customers that were harmed, they should get some sort of compensation for the breech of their privacy, shouldn't they?

about 4 months ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

onproton Re:Change your password and enable 2 factor auth.. (107 comments)

My suggestion to Namecheap (and other domain registrars or hosting companies) would be to lock them all down if possible, force all users to change the passwords from e-mail or other contact method before they can login again. We don't know what they have and we don't know what their plans are. This is a gaping security hole in the internet.

about 4 months ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

onproton Larger Implications? (107 comments)

Reports at the time were that they stole billions of passwords, so why only target the domain registrar? This could be a sign of worse things to come, how many accounts have they accessed without alerting an IDS, and what are they doing once they gain entry. By starting with the domain registrars, they could gain much more information than even their previous massive trove of user data. This is highly troubling.

about 4 months ago
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IBM Opens Up Its Watson Supercomputer To Researchers

onproton Sarcasm Detector (28 comments)

The intersection of linguistics and technology is fascinating and all, but 90% of the "natural language" data on the internet is sarcasm and/or trolls. Perhaps when the Secret Service finishes up their "sarcasm detector" they can partner up with IBM and be super villains together.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

onproton Re:What are you downloading? (355 comments)

Does it matter? In my opinion, the fact that they can't provide evidence of usage that could be independently verified is absurd.

about 4 months ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

onproton Re:admission of guilt? (207 comments)

My opinion? In short - because we as a society have completely lost touch with reality. Many either 1. don't care, 2. don't know, or 3. are complicit. The conversation is going on, but not everyone wants to get up off the couch to come to the table. It's a complex issue that requires more than 140 characters; it requires thought about consequences and compromise - I've found that not many people are really interested in thinking deeply about these things.

about 4 months ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

onproton Re: I do not know how you can laugh ... (207 comments)

So there are some that haven't been identified as US persons and floating around the database? Also how does searching for a minimized record work - ex. would it still come up in a search if you typed the name/number even if it is masked?

about 4 months ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

onproton Re: I do not know how you can laugh ... (207 comments)

Icreach user here. The records are not dossiers, but call metadata, as in this number called this other number. Or did you think there were 850 billion people on earth? Also, congress mandated NSA shared data after 9/11, and icreach was the answer.

Not sure if this is satire or not, but if you have actually used ICReach I am curious about how easy it is to get information on U.S. citizens through the databases with "minimization" etc

about 4 months ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

onproton Re:Parallel BS (207 comments)

I think the most frightening thing about parallel construction is how few shits the officers appear to give about it (from the article). "But two senior DEA officials defended the program, and said trying to "recreate" an investigative trail is not only legal but a technique that is used almost daily." or "Parallel construction is a law enforcement technique we use every day," one official said. "It's decades old, a bedrock concept." - since when is my question.

about 4 months ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

onproton Re:admission of guilt? (207 comments)

There hasn't been much of an "admission" of anything from these agencies, let alone guilt or wrongdoing. The surveillance practices currently employed, as shown by documents leaked by Edward Snowden and others, take a "collect it all" kind of approach in which they assert that they must have the proverbial haystack before they can find the needle. In fact, data on innocents is far more abundant than even the data stored on targeted individuals, and this includes many, many American citizens.

about 4 months ago

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Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

onproton onproton writes  |  about 2 months ago

onproton (3434437) writes "The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), currently being negotiated in secret, has been subject to numerous draft leaks that indicate these talks are potentially harmful to everything from public health to internet freedom. So why isn’t the public involved, and why are the terms of the agreement being debated bend closed doors? According to New Zealand's current Trade Minister, Tim Groser, full disclosure of what is being discussed would likely lead to “public debate on an ill-informed basis before the deal has been done.” Leaving one to question how revealing the full context and scope of the agreement talks would lead to an increase in misinformation rather than clarity."
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Amazon Purchases .buy Domain for $4.6 Million

onproton onproton writes  |  about 3 months ago

onproton (3434437) writes "Amazon outbid Google at the ICANN auction this week for the top-level domain .buy, to which it now has exclusive rights, paying around 4.6 million for the privilege. Google was also reportedly outbid for the .tech domain, which went for around $6.7 million. No word yet on Amazon's plans for the new domain suffix, but it's probably safe to say amazonsucks.buy will be added to Amazon's collection of reserved anti-Amazon URLs."
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

onproton onproton writes  |  about 3 months ago

onproton (3434437) writes "The journal Nature released a study today that reveals a link between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and the development of glucose intolerance, a leading risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes, citing a critical alteration of intestinal bacteria. Paradoxically, these non-caloric sweeteners, which can be up to 20,000 times sweeter than natural sugars, are often recommended to diabetes patients to control blood glucose levels. Sugar substitutes have come under additional fire lately from studies showing that eating artificially sweetened foods can lead to greater overall calorie consumption and even weight gain. While some, especially food industry officials, remain highly skeptical of such studies, more research still needs to be done to determine the actual risks these substances may pose to health."
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable by Domestic Law Enforcement

onproton onproton writes  |  about 4 months ago

onproton (3434437) writes "The Intercept reported today on classified documents revealing that the NSA has built its own "Google-like" search engine to provide over 850 billion collected records directly to law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the DEA. Reporter Ryan Gallagher explains, "The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies." The search engine, called ICREACH, allows analysts to search an array of databases, some of which contain metadata collected on innocent American citizens, for the purposes of "foreign intelligence." However, questions have been raised over its potential for abuse in what is known as "parallel construction," a process in which agencies use surveillance resources in domestic investigations, and then later cover it up by creating a different evidence trail to use in court."
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U.S. University Restricts Network Access to Social Media, Political Content

onproton onproton writes  |  about 4 months ago

onproton (3434437) writes "Northern Illinois University recently began restricting student access to webpages that contain "illegal or unethical" content which, according to University policy, includes resources used for "political activities...and the organization or participation in meetings, rallies and demonstrations." A student raised concerns after attempting to access the Wikipedia page for Westboro Baptist Church, and receiving a filter message informing him that his access of this page would likely violate the University's Acceptable Use Policy, along with a warning that "all violations would be reviewed." This has lead to questions about whether some policies that restrict student access to information are in the best interest of the primary goal of education."
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For the FBI, a Click is Probable Cause

onproton onproton writes  |  about 4 months ago

onproton (3434437) writes "Earlier this month, Wired reported on a program entitled "Operation Torpedo," in which the FBI requested a warrant to use a hacking technique known as a "drive-by download" to catch Tor users who accessed a child pornography website. The warrant, the first of its kind to be publicly approved, allowed the FBI to indiscriminately install a virus onto any computer that visited the site in question regardless of identity, circumstance, or intent of the visitor — effectively rendering the click of a mouse sufficient probable cause. This program, and others like it, have raised the concerns of privacy advocates who remark that, "attacks on speech often begin at the unsavory margins where few will raise the alarm.""
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: The Death of Clear-Text

onproton onproton writes  |  about 4 months ago

onproton (3434437) writes "Citizen Lab released new research today on a targeted exploitation technique used by state actors involving "network injection appliances" installed at ISPs. These devices can target and intercept unencrypted YouTube traffic and replace it with malicious code that gives the operator control over the system or installs a surveillance backdoor. One of the researchers writes, "many otherwise well-informed people think they have to do something wrong, or stupid, or insecure to get hacked—like clicking on the wrong attachments, or browsing malicious websites...many of these commonly held beliefs are not necessarily true." This technique is largely designed for targeted attacks, so it's likely most of us will be safe for now — but just one more reminder to use https."
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Response to Protests in Ferguson Raises Concerns About Police Militarization

onproton onproton writes  |  about 4 months ago

onproton (3434437) writes "The Intercept Reports: "The harrowing events of the last week in Ferguson, Missouri – the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Mike Brown, and the blatantly excessive and thuggish response to ensuing community protests from a police force that resembles an occupying army – have shocked the U.S. media class and millions of Americans. If anything positive can come from the Ferguson travesties, it is that the completely out-of-control orgy of domestic police militarization receives long-overdue attention and reining in.""
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BGP tremors cause major Internet outages. More to come?

onproton onproton writes  |  about 4 months ago

onproton (3434437) writes "Over the past 24 hours, you may have felt some tremors of high latency and dropped connections as you surfed the internet. Usually these tremors would be nothing to worry about — they’re usually just the standard low-level interference caused by the occasional router reboot or similar — but in this case they may be the early rumblings of a much larger networking earthquake that could cause major outages and disruptions across the global internet. You’ve heard of the IPocalypse caused by the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses — now it’s time to learn about the BGPocalypse."
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