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  1. Michael Black says:

    I was never happy eating meat, I would have stopped at 14 if I’d felt I’d had the power.

    So health never came into the equation.

    I’s been 37 years now since I last ate meat, next year it will be 2/3rds of my life.

    But then, 1979 was also the year I got my first computer, a KIM-1.


  2. Brian Tkatch says:

    Soda has sucrose or hfcs, fruits have fructose. If you’re just concerned about sugar, both are bad. If you’re going to drink a sugary drink though, the type of sugar makes a difference, at least in energy levels.

    Just something to keep in mind.

    1. Fructose doesn’t affect insulin directly but loads the liver, and over a period of time can cause fatty liver disease, which in extreme cases can be fatal. Fructose also appears to drive abdominal fat retention, which is the worst kind of fat to have, from a health perspective. So given a choice between diabetes and liver disease, I’ll choose…steak.

  3. great unknown says:

    The wine, according to their ad, is not designed to please your palate, but your pallet. Evidently, it is meant to poured onto skids, leading to the concept of skid row.

    1. Thanks for posting that. Quick summary for onlookers: A new drug that reduces bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol appears to have no effect on heart health. I’ve had my doubts about how relevant cholesterol levels are to general heart health for a long time. Inflammation appears to be the killer issue. We don’t hear nearly as much about that.

      1. TRX says:

        Back in the 1970s we were told that the arterial plaque that wound up blocking arteries was solidified cholesterol which precipitated out of the bloodstream.

        Of course, Accepted Medical Science may have changed its mind several times since then…

  4. Erbo says:

    I wonder how much of Learning Computer Architecture with the Raspberry Pi will still be applicable to the various models of Pi that have been introduced since then (Pi 2, Pi 3, Pi Zero)?

    1. There may be some, but the way the deal worked out, I wrote the chapters on foundational issues, and someone else wrote the later chapters on Pi specifics. So if the problems exist, they exist after my last chapter.

    2. David Lang says:

      I expect it all to be applicable, the differences between the different models do not prevent you from running the same software on them.

      The differences are just how fast they are, and what interfaces are built-in. The Pi Zero may be a struggle to use, but as a more practical matter, once you get a USB hub so that you can connect multiple things to it and a USB network adapter, you are up into the price range of the Pi3, so you may as well get one of them.

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