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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

roc97007 Re: So low carb vindicated again (220 comments)

> All of these studies could have been done in 1980. I wonder if they were.

To my foggy recollection, they were. I remember seeing some convincing evidence in the late eighties that only 30% of blood cholesterol comes from fat in the diet, with the other 70% indirectly related to carb consumption. Not exactly what this study is saying, but going the right direction.

yesterday
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

roc97007 Re:More proof ... (220 comments)

... that the Firesign Theater was right.

Everything you know is wrong.

I learned that (TFA) in college biology, and it always seemed strange to me that doctors were advising the opposite of how the mechanisms actually worked.

But I'm sure that there will be another study next week that links saturated fat with erectile dysfunction, toe cancer and bleeding from the eyebrows. And around we go.

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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

roc97007 Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (167 comments)

> except this is about the kernel version and not the distribution name/version.

As I and others have pointed out, TFA is about the kernel version but the responder's comment to which I was replying was clearly about the OS version. It's one of those things that's called A Side Issue.

> If you knew anything about GNU/Linux you would have had a clue about what the article was about.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Condescending Man!. I do have a clue about what the article was about, thanks. A good part of my living comes from RHEL administration, and I'm quite aware of the difference between kernel version and OS version.

2 days ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

roc97007 Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (167 comments)

Previous comment was: "Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows..." implying software version, not kernel, which unlike what TFA was talking about, is an integer, not a decimal.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

roc97007 liability? (186 comments)

With all the past lawsuits over sudden accelerations and other safety issues blamed (correctly or incorrectly) on software bugs, why would any automobile manufacturer in their right minds allow the customer to flash their own firmware? Seems to me that this is something to which any manufacturer who wants to stay in business (and out of jail) would be violently opposed.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

roc97007 Re:I just want to... (186 comments)

I'd like my passenger to be able to program an address into the navigator without having to have the darn parking brake on. Yeah, I know, safety blah blah, but why is it less safe for a passenger to manipulate the console while I'm driving? (Assuming we aren't watching a movie or some other profoundly stupid thing.)

2 days ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

roc97007 Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (167 comments)

They actually had a good reason to skip 9. Too many third party products checked whether they were running on Windows 95 or Windows 98 by matching the string "Windows 9". It would have been the Microsoft version of the Y2K problem.

2 days ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

roc97007 Re:One critical flaw (167 comments)

I'm voting for hit DEL at the login screen to bypass.

2 days ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

roc97007 Re:Massive overhaul (167 comments)

Every version number has been bumped!

Yeah, think of how much work this was. We had to create new entries in the inventory database, and... and... everything!

2 days ago
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Google Maps Crunches Data, Tells You When To Drive On Thanksgiving

roc97007 Just don't (61 comments)

I used to drive "home" for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Had some hair-raising, painful, and very uncomfortable experiences and only realize now that I and my immediate family are lucky to be alive.

Since the mid-nineties, I've refused to travel on the holidays. We have Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house. This makes sense, because "Home" is not where your parents live (or used to live), it's where you have set roots and raised your own family.

Once a year I take a trip to see relatives, (and to have some time to myself) but it's not near any holiday.

3 days ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

roc97007 Re:About time! (125 comments)

Landlines, exclusively.

3 days ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

roc97007 Re:just kill them (125 comments)

> I am so fucking sick of people walking into my repair shop and telling me I'm wrong, they're not scammers, they didn't fall for anything, and they don't want to lose their alleged lifetime membership to unlimited support.

At that point I say "I can't do anything for you. Thanks for dropping by."

3 days ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

roc97007 Re:Good! I hope they burn. (125 comments)

Agreed. They desperately need to burn in hell.

I've been blessed by customers who contact me when they get suspicious calls or emails, and can be trained to not click on scareware popups. When a computer is infected, it's almost always because someone's kid got access to it. But I still deeply resent these scam calls. They're directly interfering with *my* livelihood!

4 days ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

roc97007 About time! (125 comments)

"Hello I am being Jim and I am with the Microsoft. I am calling you to tell you that your computer is infested with the viruses."

Alternately it's "The Internet" rather than "The Microsoft". (For some reason, you have to include the "The" both for Microsoft and viruses.)

Man, they're annoying. I'm not sure why I find them more unbearable than the usual offshore telemarketer. Perhaps because the lies are so brazen. The last time, I asked him if his mother knows he cheats people out of money for a living? He insisted no, he's trying to help me! He got really excited about it. Probably because he desperately needed this call's rupee for food that night.

Surveying friends and family (including a couple hundred facebook friends), calls at first seemed random, but in more recent months, appear to specifically be targeting people over 50. The most recent calls have asked for me by name. This leads me to believe that they're using someone's pilfered (or purchased?) address list. Has AARP had any breaches lately?

4 days ago
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Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

roc97007 Re:What? (55 comments)

My limited understanding is the reason advertisers still view Nielsen ratings is for the demographics (i.e. 18-49 male, 18-49 female...). You can't get those from DVR and streaming viewing, you need a family doing the diary work. Netflix now has profiles which may eventually help, but for now the ancient creaking machine of Nielsen still determines how a company's advertising dollar is spent.

I understand, but that very demographic, 18-49 male or female, are the group least likely to be watching in real time.

4 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

roc97007 morality a hindrance or help? (194 comments)

I'd say that on the short term morality is a hindrance. But even if your morally questionable decisions don't cause your startup to implode, would you really want to be part of the kind of company it would become?

4 days ago
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Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

roc97007 Re:What about SSL? (55 comments)

Listen to me while I get it on while watching movies.

"I don't know, it seemed like they had "The Best of Me" and Animal Planet on at the same time."

4 days ago
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Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

roc97007 What? (55 comments)

> Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

What, you mean they haven't been tracking on demand and streaming video? Then, how are they at all relevant? The TV Tray Generation, who watches TV in real time and sits through the commercials, have been dying out for some time, and as a group are all but irrelevant now.

Thinking about it, this may help to explain why network suits regularly drop promising series that go on to become streaming favorites. It's not just that they don't understand their audience, but also that they're going by statistics from an organization that also no longer understands their audience.

4 days ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

roc97007 Re:IQ of congress (158 comments)

Why debug the first draft when you have the entire nation acting as quality control?

4 days ago

Submissions

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Google Latitude leaves Google Maps, will be turned off August 9

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  about a year ago

roc97007 (608802) writes "According to Cnet (and notifications to google users) Google Latitude is no longer part of Maps and will be turned off August 9. The functionality will be incorporated into Google+. Is this a natural progression or an effort to increase participation in Plus? Will users migrate to Plus, or switch to competing platforms like Life 360?

I used to use Latitude to track my daughter's whereabouts, first as a child while on vacations, and again when she first started driving solo, and having it directly incorporated into Maps was a plus. But now that she's on her own my use case has gone away, so I'm ambivalent about this. Others might feel differently."
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Malware causes fatal plane crash

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

roc97007 (608802) writes "As if you needed another reason not to get on the plane: Malware, possibly from an infected USB stick, caused a fatal crash of Spanair flight 5022. From the article:

  Authorities investigating the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have discovered a central computer system used to monitor technical problems in the aircraft was infected with malware.

An internal report issued by the airline revealed the infected computer failed to detect three technical problems with the aircraft, which if detected, may have prevented the plane from taking off, according to reports in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais."

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Yorke says music industry on verge of collapse

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

roc97007 (608802) writes "Thom Yorke cautions up and coming musicians not to sign traditional record deals because the industry could collapse within months.

From the article: "It will be only a matter of time — months rather than years — before the music business establishment completely folds. (It will be) no great loss to the world.""

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First week on company iPhone

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

A week ago, my team received their new company iPhones. For the first few days, lots of playing, exploring, downloading of apps, taking pictures, putting funny faces on them, showing off various discoveries.

Today was the first team meeting since the iPhones were delivered. It wasn't pretty.

One team member has already traded in his for a Motorola Razr because "it will receive calls". Another says she keeps hers in Edge mode normally, so the phone will work, switching to G3 only when she needs to be on the internet. Another guy forwarded his iPhone to his private cell and uses the iPhone as a rather expensive iPod. The recently released firmware update made no noticeably difference to the reception issues. Our program manager described trying to make a call as "hello? I'd like to... damn" (redial) "Hello? I'd like... damn" (redial) "Hello? damn" (redial).

Other gripes -- Rapid battery death in GPS mode. The camera isn't as good as the one in the company-issued Blackberry. (2.0 Mp vs 3.0 Mp). No flash. No video capabilities. No MMS. Awkward file management. One person said "Once you get past the flashy interface, you realize the guts are five or six years old".

Early adopters. Don't you love 'em.

But seriously, I'm glad there are people out there who will put up with teething issues as the necessary price of being the first to have something shiny and new. I think the concept has merit, and will be glad to "drink the Kool-Aid" as the detractors put it, when the time is right. Which isn't now. My phone, is, like, my phone. First and foremost, it has to work as a phone. The rest is cake.

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Are the number of MS licenses significantly overreported?

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Yesterday I was helping move around some desktop and laptop machines at work, and noticed for the first time that every one of these units had an official Microsoft sticker with a Windows license key, the great majority of which were for Windows Home Edition, which we do not use at work. (We only use XP Professional or Windows Server.)

I asked around, and apparently all those Home Edition licenses are legitimate; they are part of the cost of the unit. The company then stages the disk with the copy of windows for which we have a corporate license.

I haven't checked yet, but I suspect the latest hardware come with a Vista Home Basic license, which is then re-imaged with corporate XP Pro. (I will check this and update as necessary.)

I'm wondering -- doesn't this effectively double the number of licenses that Microsoft can claim to have sold, at least for corporate customers?

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