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Comment: Re:Hold on a minute (Score 1) 169

by ediron2 (#48191989) Attached to: Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Well put. As long as we insist that the most viable metrics are economic, things won't improve. Quality can be shaved, paychecks can be squeezed, headcounts can be reduced, pollution can be diluted, teachers can be dissed... all introduce hidden costs.

The only great teachers I had that stuck with their crappy paychecks were second incomes into households (a working spouse), retired military (so they also had a pension), and a couple of magnificent lunatics that knew they were getting screwed but cared too much about teaching to step away. Kudos to every one of them, but like that bad 'Karma' remark by Microsoft CEO Nadella, they deserve better.

Comment: Re:inbuilt scrap capabilities (Score 2) 246

by jandrese (#48186973) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea
Again, it's the third world. The only thing they care less about than their employee's wages is the environmental damage.

Taking apart a multi thousand ton machine that has been in operation for decades will never be a clean process. You can contain the contamination with a lot of work, but it's never going to be a clean process.

Comment: Re:Not a surprise, but is it just one ingredient? (Score 1) 403

by drinkypoo (#48185603) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

No, the Atkins diet works because most people will automatically limit themselves when eating a diet high in fat and proteins,

You are willfully ignorant. The opposite has been proven repeatedly, that even when the diet is high-calorie, it still works.

whereas the sugar/fat combination we find in many (processed) foods does not nearly have the same effect

That such a diet is unhealthy has no bearing whatsoever on whether ketosis is real.

Comment: Re:Not a surprise, but is it just one ingredient? (Score 2) 403

by drinkypoo (#48184823) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

It actually doesn't get any more simple than that, but too many people think there's some kind secret or potential magic cure for weight loss. Other than liposuction,

...there is also the low-carbohydrate modified fast commonly known today as the Atkins diet, in which it is possible to eat thousands of calories of fat (difficult, but possible, I've done it ho ho ho) and still lose weight. In my case, 10lb/mo for 9mo of sitting on ass and stuffing face. I'm asthmatic and I was too fat to exercise comfortably. I went from 380 to 290 packing my maw with massive steaks the size of a plate, eggs and bacon, and mixing-bowl sized salads showered with bleu cheese dressing. My cholesterol counts, blood pressure, and heart rate? Never better.

I call being able to remain full and lose weight rapidly close enough to magic for my purposes.

Comment: Re:Not a surprise, but is it just one ingredient? (Score 1) 403

by drinkypoo (#48184811) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

So am I safe if I alternate 12 oz diet soda with 12 oz water?

Safe from the water, anyway. But diet soda may well have other health concerns, because of the crap that's in it.

Ever notice how some food additives get renamed every few years? We actually had a law protecting us from renaming of MSG and Aspartame, which had to be called those particular things, but now we don't any more and so now the former is being called "yeast extract" and the latter is being called by brand names with which people aren't familiar. This is how you know the FDA of today is evil. Labeling requirements are basically all they should even be involved with.

Comment: Re:Cumulative? How about other quantities? (Score 1) 403

by drinkypoo (#48184803) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

I spent a few years drinking 6 or more free coca-colas a day (through two employers with free soda) and wound up with an ulcer, which went away in short order when I stopped. There's many reasons not to drink sugarwater in a can. I just had an argument about this with my lady, my contention was that soda fountains were a great thing but that soda in a can is a monkey on society's back. She thought it was all bad :)

Comment: Re:Sugar only - not diet (Score 2) 403

by drinkypoo (#48184795) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Plain old sugar, as others point out, is glucose+sucrose. HFCS is ~sucrose+sucrose+glucose+other. Even if you discount the "other" as fear mongering, the different ratio of the 'oses results in different metabolic by products.

HFCS differs from regular CS by 5%. Build a bridge and get over it. HFCS is not the problem, the use of HFCS to replace vegetable oil in processed foods is the problem. It has a similar effect on final texture, believe it or not. So then they load it up with a shitload of citric acid, which also isn't good for you in excess! It's fine and even good in smaller amounts, but not in the wads necessary to kill the sweetness of the HFCS when you abuse it.

Comment: Re:Trolls poised to take over the world (Score 1) 459

by drinkypoo (#48184773) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

I find it breathtaking TFA would focus almost entirely on rape threats while largely remaining silent on the really insane aspects of this law.

It's really not surprising that someone, whipped into a froth, would make frothy decisions and statements. We do need to do something about rape culture. Handing government a club which they can use to beat people not involved in it is a move born of fear, and it will lead to abuse.

Comment: Re:It's not censorship or more government control (Score 1) 459

by drinkypoo (#48184767) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

I think a lot of people are misinterpreting the intent of this.

No, no we are not. The intent is obviously to broaden the reach of government over issues of speech. But since hate speech is already illegal, there's no need for a new law. Just apply existing laws to the internet! Done and done.

Comment: Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (Score 1) 459

by drinkypoo (#48184759) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

The day you finally finish High School and move out of your parents' basement you may find out just how wrong you are.

That may have seemed clever when you were starting out, but it was a staggeringly stupid thing to say. It must have been nice to skip high school so that you could remain so astoundingly ignorant.

Comment: People who start comments in subjects are the lowe (Score 1) 459

by drinkypoo (#48184755) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Trolls are the lowest form of life. . .

People who start comments in subjects are the lowest form of life.

. . . especially the ones behind using the internet to interfere with people's real lives

Just saying something mean is doing that. Pay attention.

Despite it's flaws, the near absolute interpretation of the constitutional right to the freedom of speech by the US Supreme Court

BAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH

Every article in the bill of rights has been superseded by law, such as the U SAP AT RIOT act or NDAA. Every single one. You have no rights. Ferguson proved we do not even have freedom of press, let alone expression or assembly.

Comment: Re:So what qualifies? (Score 1) 459

by drinkypoo (#48184751) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

How are Finnigan's comments trolling? She was expressing her (arguably ill-informed) opinion.

Aye, there's the rub. If history is any indication, this law will be abused immediately to punish other people who are not trolling. With one sweep of the pen, they are criminalizing being wrong. The law of intended consequences.

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