1/30/2006

The excuse of a lifetime

Filed under: — menk @ 4:19 pm

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin released a study they contend shows that obesity is a result of a virus. According to the lead researcher Leah D. Whigham; “There are lots of factors contributing to the broad epidemic, but because of the rate of increase, it is very possible that it is partially due to an infectious disease.” Given that obesity is a clear and simple math problem (Fat = Caloric Intake - Caloric Burn) I am unsure what the researchers propose the effect of the virus actually is. Perhaps the virus drives the individuals to McDonalds for repeated late night snacks and discourages exercise of any kind.

Publishing this innane research is a disservice to all ‘weight challenged’ individuals in that it encourages them to somehow feel the condition is something they cannot address themselves. Allowing them to continue to ignore the problem and clear solution and wait for a solution to come from the medical community.

The vast majority of scientists contest this crazy hypothesis. “The obesity epidemic in the U.S. can be largely explained by our inactive, over-indulgent lifestyle behaviors,” said Lona Sandon, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas.

Agreeing with Sandon is Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center Yale University School of Medicine who says, “There are far more satisfying explanations for epidemic obesity, we have more calories available per capita per day than ever before in history. And more and more of those calories are packaged in highly processed, flavor-enhanced, processed foods.”

“We live in a profoundly ‘obesigenic’ world, one that makes weight gain the path of least resistance,” Katz said. “Any contribution that adenoviruses make to epidemic obesity is certain to be little more than specks of dust compared with these ‘obesigenic’ factors.”

Eat Less. Exercise more. Nuff said.

Obesity Might Be Catching - Forbes.com

1/24/2006

Stupid is as Stupid does - Needleman

Filed under: — menk @ 1:11 pm

As my Grandama used to say, “If a man is stupid, he’s likely to stay that way”. Rafe Needleman proves this point. In the late nineties he was a proven Microsoft shill and used to constantly tell his readers how great Internet Explorer was relative to Netscape. He is even quoted on the Microsoft website specifically touting IE’s approach of integrating in the OS as some benefit to the user. “The Redmond company built its Windows browser as a set of components, making it attractively easy for other vendors to incorporate it into any of their applications that need Web capabilities. So far, Netscape hasn’t followed suit, and it’s really starting to hurt them in the browser wars.” When in point of fact this approach was known then (by anyone of reasonable technical competence) to create enormous system vulnerabilities. Microsoft Windows suffers as least secure of operating systems precisely because of this approach. Good call Rafe.

Now in the new millenium, Rafe continues to demonstrate that he has learned little in the intervening years and is still firmly attached by the lips to Bill Gates butt. Today his target for backhanded digs is Apple. He has said; “This is an awkward time for Mac buyers. If you buy an Apple iMac Core Duo today, you’ll get a machine that will be a great all-around performer—eventually. While it runs new applications (such as the iLife suite) quickly, existing applications run slowly. We won’t be able to recommend the iMac for general use until apps such as Photoshop are released for the new design.” His use of the word eventually would seem to indicate that he believes that support for the Intel dual-core architecture of the new macs could be a long time in coming. Given that Adobe has already delivered a beta version of their newest application “Lightroom” with Universal binaries how long can it be before they release the current (or next) version of Photoshop. A few months at most.

Needleman then goes on to say that given this percieved performance concern that users interested in the Mac should consider buying a Quad G5 Tower today. “For workstation-class performance today, check out the Power Mac G5 Quad, but know the architecture will soon be obsolete.” This may seem to be a pitch for Apple but in fact is innane since the Quad Tower is $2,499 before you even acquire a Monitor as opposed to the high end 20 inch iMac Core Duo at $1,699 which is at least twice as fast, and has a 20” flat panel monitor and is certainly more pleasing to the eye.

20-Inch : 2GHz Intel Core Duo iMac
Quad 2.3GHz PowerPC G5
  • 20-inch widescreen LCD with 1680x1050 resolution
  • 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo with 2MB shared L2 cache
  • 512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive
  • Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive
  • ATI Radeon X1600 graphics w/ 128MB GDDR3 memory
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Dual-core 2.3GHz PowerPC G5 processor
  • 1.15GHz frontside bus per processor
  • 1MB L2 cache per core
  • 512MB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-4200)
  • 250GB Serial ATA hard drive
  • 16x SuperDrive (double-layer)
  • Three open PCI-Express expansion slots
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 with 256MB GDDR SDRAM
$1,699.00
$2,499.00

If she had read the crap Rafe spews my Grandma would have said - “Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubts.”

1/7/2006

Pat Robertson claims god punished Sharon

Filed under: — menk @ 12:06 am

Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson says that God caused Ariel Sharon’s stroke to punish him for “dividing God’s land.” In a moronic series of remarks Robertson suggested that; “God says, This land belongs to me and you’d better leave it alone.” Is Robertson suggesting that the omnipotent being that created the earth from nothing, actually cares about human imposed boundaries on the planet?

If God wanted the borders of Israel left as they were before Gaza and parts of the west bank were turned over to the Palestinians then why did the Lord wait until after to “Smoat” Sharon? Wouldn’t a bolt of lightning from the heavens in advance of the turnover have delivered a more clear and undeniable message?

The fact that Robertson is still fogging a mirror after repeated remarks clearly demonstrating his limited mental capacity is a testiment to the fact that the Lord has better things to do than deliver object lessons. In my opinion an omnipotent power would in all likelihood, prefer to see peace in the middle east than as Robertson suggested in August of last year the US should assassinate Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez.

CNN.com - Robertson suggests God smote Sharon - Jan 5, 2006

1/6/2006

For once I agree with Bill Gates

Filed under: — menk @ 1:49 pm

All the press lately is abuzz with the looming threat to Microsoft from Google. What threat? Is the technology news so slow these days, that the media must make this stuff up just to generate page views?

Google is now obviously a major player in the Internet with new, interesting and useful applications rolling out on a regular basis. Does this make them some major foil for Gates and company? Users of google still need a platform (over 90% of which are Windows) to access Google and it’s services. Some applications might be useful while connected (Maps, Search and E-mail) but for the forseeable future certain applications need to be available while disconnected (Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentations, Project Management, etc.) to be useful at all. These are M$ bread and butter.

These days Google and Microsoft are quite complimentary in most respects and I for one do not understand the media’s overwhelming need to create a tempest in a teapot about this ‘rivalry’.

Wired News: Gates Opens CES With Scorn

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