Oh Waiter, My Water Isn’t Hydrated

EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration

Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration.

EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.

Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the UK next month.

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Hopefully after another three-year investigation they will tell us that water is not really wet.

4 thoughts on “Oh Waiter, My Water Isn’t Hydrated

  1. My word, are these folks totally illerate? The very word hydrate conotes the presence of water. To de-hydrate means to take water away.
    Are these the same people who promise to save us from global warming?

  2. The most effective measure of a gentleman’s honesty isn’t his taxes return. It is the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
    Reason and judgment include the qualities of a leader.

  3. Actually Luke, I’d disagree Zynga was one of the fielndirest and most responsive developers I contacted, they have a person who handles security issues, and they only appear in this series twice. As a contrasting example, RockYou appears three times, took more than a week to fix one of their holes, and never responded to my e-mails.But really it’s not for me to judge who’s the sloppiest. Many applications have started as small, one-person hobby ideas and turned into extremely popular apps due to Facebook’s network effect. I know developers have plenty of issues on their plates besides security, but this series demonstrates the majority of developers, whether big or small, are not doing enough to address security.Of course, the larger issue is that any oversight by a developer exposes Facebook itself to attacks on user data. This essentially means that Facebook is only secure as the least secure application a disturbing concept that I think Facebook needs to take more seriously.

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