Posts Tagged ‘duh’

EU Bans Claiming Water Prevents Dehydration

20 November 2011 – 14:41 CDT

Dehydrate, from the word ‘hydro’ meaning ‘water.’ Dehydrated is a lack of water. To hydrate is to add water. Seems simple enough.

But apparently in the EU, up is down, left is right, and 2+2=5 because they have ruled that bottled water makers can no longer claim consuming their product prevents dehydration. That is correct. You are no longer allowed to state the obvious. The penalty? Two years in prison.

Prof Brian Ratcliffe, spokesman for the Nutrition Society, said dehydration was usually caused by a clinical condition and that one could remain adequately hydrated without drinking water.

Regardless of what other product (Gatorade, pop, tea, etc) or method (IV fluids) may be available, if drinking this bottle of water accomplishes that which I say it does – namely hydrating the consumer – there is no problem.

I can stay warm by lighting a fire. I can also stay warm by getting under a blanket. The fact that fire warms me does not negate the effectiveness of a blanket, or diminish the blanket’s capacity in any way. It is pure stupidity and big government gone completely out of control to order blanket makers, under penalty of law, they can’t say their product keeps you warm because a fire would accomplish the same result.

This is who the left in America wants us to be more like?

Encrypted files

28 April 2007 – 12:58 CDT

Here’s a hint: if you’re going to use the windows “encrypt” on your files, and then later try to copy them by reading the NTFS partition in linux, don’t delete the original files (or wipe the original disk) until you’ve removed the encryption — because the files won’t copy.

The NTFS driver for linux doesn’t know what to do with the encrypted files, so it just creates a zero-byte entry at the destination when copying the file. Fortunately, I didn’t wipe the disk with the originals, but the other day I almost did before I got distracted by something else. Yikes.


31 May 2006 – 18:26 CDT

Well, remember kids – taking down the physical ethernet interface with

# ifdown eth0

will also take the virtual interfaces such as eth0:1 down with it. And if you don’t have any other network enabled interfaces available – you’ve just taken your server offline 🙂