Tim O'Reilly shares his favorite books, running shoes, and a cure for colds

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/19/tim-oreilly-shares-his-favor.html

The link for “Unix regular expressions” is malformed.

“The New York State
attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of
selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and
demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.
The authorities said
they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal
supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and
Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not
contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills
labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers
like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases
substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.”


“More than 500 supplements have already been found to be adulterated with
pharmaceuticals or pharmaceutical analogues, including new stimulants,
novel anabolic steroids, unapproved antidepressants, banned weight-loss
medications, and untested sildenafil analogues.”


Boing Boing for the fail. Again.


My choice for a tabletop conversational interface would be something that looks like Madam Leota and talks in rhyme; “Those Phish concert tickets are almost gone–and you’ve got mail from the great beyond…” Either that or the disembodied voice of Paul Frees. All those voice impressions would be great for application modality.

The active ingredients of gan mao ling sold in the US are apparently caffeine, chlorpheniramine maleate, and acetaminophen, so I’m not surprised it seems to relieve cold symptoms.


Most of the posters here are confusing prolific publisher of technical manuals and handbooks Tim O’Reilly’s opinions on herbs, with those of boingboing.net. Mark can podcast about what he likes and if herbs and supplements come up in the conversation, that should be noted as a fact and not an advertisement.

Also because some supplements were found to be adulterated doesn’t meant that all supplements are adulterated, nor does it mean that herbs are inert (they aren’t).

Anyway General Semantics is great and Frank Herbert was into it which gives an added insight into Dune.


Wait… BoingBoing “failed” by reporting Tim O’Reilly’s favorite herbal supplements, with a link to Amazon to find Astralagus and Black Elderberry, because Target and GNC were found early last year to be selling fraudulent herbal supplements (none of which are the same as the ones listed here)?

You do know that not all herbal supplements are fake, yes? And Amazon.com is not Target?

Commenter for the fail.


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