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Comment: Re:Predictable (Score 4, Informative) 175

He doesn't seem overweight for me.

While I feel for the family, to say that he is not overweight shows just how much society's perception of being overweight has changed.

Take a look at this picture, for instance.

And take a look at the body fat visual chart for comparison.

With the overhanging belly, he is easily 35-40% at least. While the majority of people today are fat (especially in the US), that is not healthy. If anything, until recently, 20-25% used to be average.

Above 25-30% is the fat territory, and that's when you start increasing your risk for heart attacks, diabetes, and strokes. Mr. Goldberg may have had a lot of things going for him, but he is most certainly more than a little overweight.

Assuming he's ~6 feet, I would argue that he is probably ~30-40+ lbs overweight. That is not at all healthy. I'm not arguing everyone should have abs, but there's a happy medium here. Mr. Goldberg is very clearly on the unfortunate side of the medium.

Comment: Re:*Grabs a bowl of popcorn* (Score 4, Insightful) 385

by metlin (#49501129) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

You can get a buff body with a reasonable workout regimen in less than a year, and many elements of your "looks" can easily be fixed (better hair, wearing contacts, getting teeth fixed, dressing more stylishly).

If you have game, then your dick size doesn't matter, because history is rife with examples of men with questionable looks and stunning women.

Ultimately, having good social skills is much more important than any of those things in getting laid.

Comment: Re:Embarrassed (Score 1) 220

by metlin (#49419595) Attached to: How would you rate your programming skills?

I used to be a programmer... over a decade ago. And I used to love programming in college.

But I haven't directly touched code (for a living anyway) in a long time, other than recreational coding, and that's mostly been in Python/Perl/Ruby/PHP.

I remember enough to be dangerous with SQL and with the fundamentals, and thankfully, C/C++ haven't changed much.

But while I am former programmer, I still I grok CS quite well. Algorithmically, I could write a ray tracer or optimize the cycles in a complex routine based on certain assumptions or optimize a graph or write up a crypto hash in no time.

However, what I do lack is an understanding of the various technologies and APIs that seem to keep changing. I can tell you all about data structures and compilers, but I wouldn't know how to instantiate a class in Java. But solving an IPP or DPP? That's still cakewalk.

Comment: How do you define smart? (Score 1) 227

by metlin (#49392549) Attached to: Google 'Makes People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are'

The article seems to conflate content knowledge with being smart.

I would argue that raw analytical skills are much more important than content knowledge. Being able to regurgitate information is only marginally useful, and its most important value is that you're equipped with a framework and a lens through which to examine problems.

However, absent analytical capabilities, your ability to use your knowledge and past experiences to solve problems is severely limited.

Google makes people think they are knowledgeable, which is not necessarily the same as being "smart".

Comment: Re:So lemme get this right: (Score 1) 45

by Nethead (#49320507) Attached to: Cisco SPA300/500 IP Phones Vulnerable To Remote Eavesdropping

The proper way to install your VoIP system is to run all the phones on their own VLAN that does not have Internet access. There is no reason for the phone set to have Internet access so why would you even have that on its wire? It shouldn't even have access to your desktops or servers, and vice-versa. The only thing that should be able to talk to the phones is the VoIP controller.

Comment: Re:Well, I guess I've got to watch it now. (Score 2) 356

I was going to reply but the AC in post #49205121 said all that needs said about your rant. But please allow one point: " A quarter of all male suicides in India are directly attributed to family problems." So? I'm surprised it's that low. Besides just plain mental health issues I'm guessing that family and business problems are the cause of most suicides, anywhere.

As far as "..a world they've never experienced and have little understanding of.." I've walked those halls for over two decades as employee and contractor. I've seen it with mine own eyes, and listed to the stories of coworkers.

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