PSA: Don’t Mix Tylenol and Caffeine

From ScienceBlog:

Acetaminophen, caffeine mix may harm liver

Consuming large amounts of caffeine while taking acetaminophen, one of the most widely used painkillers in the United States, could potentially cause liver damage, according to a preliminary laboratory study reported in the Oct. 15 print issue of ACS’ Chemical Research in Toxicology, a monthly journal. The toxic interaction could occur not only from drinking caffeinated beverages while taking the painkiller but also from using large amounts of medications that intentionally combine caffeine and acetaminophen for the treatment of migraine headaches, menstrual discomfort and other conditions, the researchers say.

BTW, in case you didn’t already know, don’t combine acetaminophen and alcohol either.

NetApp sues Sun over ZFS

The very first time I heard of ZFS, I thought it bore a remarkable similarity to NetApp’s WAFL. Sure, there were some other parts that were genuinely new and worthwhile, and some that NetApp had rightly eschewed as snake oil and bad engineering, but in their haste to take credit for solving all of the world’s problems it seemed like the folks at Sun were trying to take credit for someone else’s ideas. I wondered how they thought they could get away with that, and apparently I wasn’t the only one to wonder. Sun does a lot of cool stuff technically, but they also seem to have a corporate culture that breeds jerks, so I’d probably be rooting for NetApp even if they weren’t clearly in the right. Give ‘em hell.