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 Lipozene is making TV commerical rounds lately.  Personally, I get annoyed with all the consumer marketing, even for legit drugs from legit companies (who then market it for a bit more than pure legit purpose).

The Lipozene commericals have all the trappings of a consumer trap.  “It’s Easy,”  “Weight Loss Breakthrough!”

I was going to start doing a background search on it, and as it turns out, someone has already done so, and has done a pretty darn good job, so here’s me giving props to James’ Blog and his very on target rant on lipozene.

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Not My Job

Sometimes a picture is just too good for words.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2006/11/classic.html

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Adam Bosworth, VP of Google recently has posted a few items on their blog regarding health care and the poor information transfer withiin the field.  I can only imagine that Health Informatics must seem truly backwards when one comes from a place like Google.

His first post is here:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/11/health-care-information-matters.html

And there is a second post, including a link to a transcript of a keynote address regarding this very issue.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/12/thoughts-on-health-care-continued.html

There are a number of obstacles to overcome, and the technical limitations are only a part of them. The bigger problem is that people working in the field are so fearful of litigation from a privacy breach, especially when it gets released to the “net.”  Some of this is because people are afraid of increased insurance rates, and many of these concerns are legitimate because information is just SO easy to duplicate a million times over once it is digitized.

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A few more videos of Warren Buffett interviews.

Personally, I find Buffett fascinating. His viewpoint on how the world works is refreshingly straightforward and down to earth.

It comes in 5 parts, the other parts you can find if you look at the “related content on the right.”

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 For those of you who don’t like to pay attention to contract law, the Windows Vista EULA may prove to be an eye-opener.

A great summary here:

http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/423 

  The terms of the Vista EULA, like the current EULA related to the “Windows Genuine Advantage,” allows Microsoft to unilaterally decide that you have breached the terms of the agreement, and they can essentially disable the software, and possibly deny you access to critical files on your computer without benefit of proof, hearing, testimony or judicial intervention. In fact, if Microsoft is wrong, and your software is, in fact, properly licensed, you probably will be forced to buy a license to another copy of the operating system from Microsoft just to be able to get access to your files, and then you can sue Microsoft for the original license fee. Even then, you wont be able to get any damages from Microsoft, and may not even be able to get the cost of the first license back.

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