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The Lounge What is on Your Mind? Will You Get the A(H1N1) Vaccine? Post 302385285 by Corona688 on Thursday 7th of January 2010 05:09:13 PM
Old 01-07-2010
Originally Posted by Neo
Homeopathic and herbal strategies are great for the prevention of diseases which do not have safe and effective vaccines.
Homeopathic and herbal aren't quite the same thing. A homeopathic preparation is intentionally diluted, often to the point where actually getting any of the molecules of what's been diluted is unlikely.

It's entirely possible for herbal treatments to be effective. Many modern drugs are duplicates or slight modifications of things discovered in the real world. But herbal treatments are only subject to the same rigor food is -- if it doesn't kill you, leach lead, or contain too many bug fragments, they're allowed to put it on the shelf whether it does anything or not.

I once saw a bottle of herbal tablets purporting to improve memory, even referencing a study... Intrigued, I looked it up -- the study was about Ginko's effects on night-vision in people with attention-deficit disorder. Buyer beware.
SNAKE(6)							 BSD Games Manual							  SNAKE(6)

snake, snscore -- display chase game SYNOPSIS
snake [-w width] [-l length] [-t] snscore DESCRIPTION
snake is a display-based game which must be played on a CRT terminal. The object of the game is to make as much money as possible without getting eaten by the snake. The -l and -w options allow you to specify the length and width of the field. By default the entire screen is used. The -t option makes the game assume you are on a slow terminal. You are represented on the screen by an I. The snake is 6 squares long and is represented by s's with an S at its head. The money is $, and an exit is #. Your score is posted in the upper left hand corner. You can move around using the same conventions as vi(1), the h, j, k, and l keys work, as do the arrow keys. Other possibilities include: sefc These keys are like hjkl but form a directed pad around the d key. HJKL These keys move you all the way in the indicated direction to the same row or column as the money. This does not let you jump away from the snake, but rather saves you from having to type a key repeatedly. The snake still gets all his turns. SEFC Likewise for the upper case versions on the left. ATPB These keys move you to the four edges of the screen. Their position on the keyboard is the mnemonic, e.g. P is at the far right of the keyboard. x This lets you quit the game at any time. p Points in a direction you might want to go. w Space warp to get out of tight squeezes, at a price. To earn money, move to the same square the money is on. A new $ will appear when you earn the current one. As you get richer, the snake gets hungrier. To leave the game, move to the exit (#). A record is kept of the personal best score of each player. Scores are only counted if you leave at the exit, getting eaten by the snake is worth nothing. As in pinball, matching the last digit of your score to the number which appears after the game is worth a bonus. To see who wastes time playing snake, run snscore. FILES
/var/games/snakerawscores database of personal bests /var/games/snake.log log of games played BUGS
When playing on a small screen, it's hard to tell when you hit the edge of the screen. The scoring function takes into account the size of the screen. A perfect function to do this equitably has not been devised. BSD
May 31, 1993 BSD

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