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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

spads Re:ANY stress "alters the DNA" of a fetus. (154 comments)

Your points are very interesting over-all, but this seems fallacious:

Another way we are finding this is children of women who are obese and/or hyperglycemic (gestational diabetes or poor diabetes control) are more prone to obesity or type 2 diabetes themselves, independent of post-gestational life. And if their mothers happen to have a gastric bypass and lose significant weight, then have another pregnancy? The children conceived after the weight loss seem to be no more likely to have weight issues or diabetes than children of non-obese women.

Of course, children born to mothers having gastric bypass should be more prone to obesity (and diabetes), than non-obese mother (irrespective of (pre-) pregnancy behaviors), because their having got the bypass in the first place is indicative of their predisposition to obesity.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

spads "Learn how to learn." Let go any naive delusions (509 comments)

...of permanence. Perhaps such is normally willed to us by well meaning superiors (making themselves feel good in the process), but it is a serious delusion.

First, one should identify a field which generally appeals. From there, the field needs to be constantly analyzed to see what makes it work (i.e. current "skills"), but always keeping one's eyes to what new skills (or a new field, for that matter) might soon come into play. It's not about her career. It's about what needs doing in the world.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

spads I have automated maintenances in the form of ... (265 comments)

...service bounces that are happening all the time. When it occurs and/or if any other issues, I can send myself a mail. My blackberry has filters which allow an alarm to go off which can wake me during the night. That would seem to meet your needs.

about three weeks ago

Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

spads My company has one, ... (131 comments)

though it neither seems seriously pushed, nor does it divert from other, more practical modes of communication. It is mainly just there, perhaps as a pleasant, occasional distraction. My company places too high a premium on actual, focused activity to push it.

If I was tempted to experiment with a SN, it would likely be a somewhat contained one, like a CSN, because I don't believe in just "opening my (actual) self up to the world".

about a month ago

San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

spads Re:Anyone who knows street parking in San Francisc (404 comments)

Ok, then the city should implement it and maintain a queue. Then they just need to install a sensor on all the spots which only allows the correct user to plug the meter (or simply activates a sign marking as "Occupied" if cost free) when the correct cell phone is identified to be proximal to it.

about a month ago

Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

spads Re:London not good enough for you, was it? (224 comments)

Yes, though a lot it, like the behing the scenes with the tech industry monsters, was great, some of his dismissals, like this one, and the gun stuff, seemed a bit canned.

about a month and a half ago

Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

spads Re:Why are his opinions on guns or... (224 comments)

I would say you are mainly right. However important the issue might be, the question probably shouldn't have been included in the first place. Probably just /. wanting to stoke up its follower-base.

Though the topic was "ask anything", he is not an authority of any kind on that subject, though, on the other hand, perhaps he is about as much of one as anyone, and /. does encompass other issues than tech, such as politics and guns (e.g. 3-D printing of), and, certainly, regulartion and (legal/govt) controls seem to be a mainstay.

about a month and a half ago

Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

spads Re:Why are his opinions on guns or... (224 comments)

Your point is certainly arguable, but I would say that gun ownership and open source are highly related concepts in the abstract. Both fundamentally involve empowerment. I think the only arguable downside to gun ownership (which by no means outweights its advantages) is guns' unfortunate empowerment of wimps and nutcases.

about a month and a half ago

The Light Might Make You Heavy

spads Re:Or maybe, you know... (138 comments)

And a person will eat more just to try to alleviate the detriments of insomnia.

about 2 months ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

spads I don't know why /. keeps posting this tripe. (1198 comments)

And I am really not in the mood to exhaust myself (to some measureable extent) (once more) (is that the actual intent???) refuting A, B, C, and D,..., in such as this standard, packaged doggerel. Perhaps I will at least read the thing (first line or two) at some point, given some level of boredom.

All I can say, is learn to think for yourself, see what makes sense to you, do your best to comport yourself in a reasonable way, all things considered.

Heraclitus: Latent structure is master of obvious structure.

Neil Young: There's more to the picture, than meets the eye, hey-hey, my-my.

Andersen: The Emperor has no clothes!

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

spads Most importantly, you've got be strong for her, (552 comments)

And that might necessitate your chilling her out a bit. I would say that would be first. Then, you might want to try to see if she feels up to establish some basic communication methods. What someone said about a board with letters that are pointed to sounds good. First think I thought of was blinking for morse code. She needs to be able to tell you anything she might need to. Then some rest and monitoring are probably in order. What someone else said about establishing a baseline for responsiveness (e.g. via digital camera/software) might also be useful.

Hopefully, you've got good medical support, but always rely on your own judgement first and foremost. Stay chill and hang in!

about 2 months ago

Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

spads Air pressure is necessary, because... (360 comments)

it holds the water column together (so gravity can act on it), but to say that it is driven by air pressure makes no sense, because if I am not mistaken (?) air pressure should be greater at lower altitudes (no?), so that it should push it up the hose, which it presumably does to a minor extent.

about 3 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

spads The greatest, in fact, ONLY SIGNIFICANT, threat... (1633 comments)

is not the occasional shopping mall looney. It is the scum which invariably manages to gain control of any body of governance. That is what the founding fathers sought to address. It was worded vaguely in order for said body of governance to ratify it.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

spads Re:CloneZilla (423 comments)

I'm mainly concerned with java and adobe/flash updates, which I believe I should still get. I'll give it a try for a while and if I run into trouble I'll probably go to linux and possibly wait for a better, new Windows release to come out. F- 8, and 7 is halfway in the ground itself.

My main concern was using my personal desktop to connect to my work VPN, which I prefer to the company laptop. They (Fortune "mongo") screen your hardware for eligibility, but I was surprised to recently learn that they won't curtail access for XP users. As long as that persists, I'm gonna let er ride!

Btw, that's a good idea what almity said about saving an image. That way you can reinstall with all the final updates. I think this should be fairly practical (???)since I finally wised up and moved all my user data off my main drive. WE SHALL SEE!!! :)

about 4 months ago



Obesity Epidemic Another Global Warming Indicator?

spads spads writes  |  more than 5 years ago

spads writes "Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center have demonstrated that "brown" fat, also known as baby fat, can beneficially promote weight loss by generating heat from calories when body temperature drops. "The finding, reported in the April 9th issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, could pave the way for new treatments both for obesity and type 2 diabetes." "'What is of particular interest is that individuals who were overweight or obese as measured by higher Body Mass Index (BMI) were less likely to have substantial amounts of brown fat,'said Kahn.""
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