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Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 284

by ArmoredDragon (#49562291) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

I go to McDonalds somewhat often, and typically I order a spicy chicken sandwich off of the dollar menu with instructions to go light on the mayo (otherwise they glob it on there) and add mustard and a slice of tomato and a small fry with no salt. (The main purpose of asking for no salt is so they make it fresh rather than from the pile that's been sitting there. The sodium content otherwise doesn't bother me.) I also get a courtesy water cup.

Total is somewhere like $2.50 and typically leaves me satisfied. The spicy chicken in particular helps with that (I've always found that spicy foods help me feel sated.) I think in all its 400 calories, which is slightly higher than the chicken salads I get from subway even more often.

I guess I'm just one of those weirdos who doesn't go calorie crazy at fast food joints, nor do I eat sugary breakfasts (usually a 250 calorie Jimmy Dean turkey sausage, cheese, and egg biscuit.) But in my defense, I work in an office type environment with little physical activity (until I get home and then do a 6 mile daily bike ride, and then dinner always has less than 1,200 calories.)

And yes, this is all a part of my ongoing weight loss plan (which is succeeding rather well and has been ongoing for a year. Whoever says you can't diet and eat fast food is dead wrong.)

Comment: Re:Won't be drinking it (Score 5, Insightful) 284

by ArmoredDragon (#49561321) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

This message brought to you by the Aspartame industry and FOX News.

This message brought to you by the Organic Food Lobby, and the Church of Homeopathic Medicine.

Seriously, Aspartame is very safe. All of the anecdotes about it killing ants and whatnot are really just shitty science (somebody was able to repeat the same result using just a puddle of water, which also kills ants.) It's a non-nutrative sweetener, which means as far as your body is concerned, it is inert. There have already been decades of investigation into aspartame, and none have linked any kind of illness to it (except of course the bunk materials spread by the Church of Homeopathic Medicine.)

Comment: Re:Won't be drinking it (Score 2) 284

by ArmoredDragon (#49561251) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

I still drink regular soda as part of my diet, but instead of once a day it's more like once a month. I can't stand diet soda, and will only occasionally have it.

But diet soda is certainly better from a nutrition standpoint. The sheer volume of sugar in regular soda I think is the reason I developed Non-Alchoholic Fatty Liver Disease, and is probably why my cholesterol/triglyceride count is so high without statin drugs. I'll be able to test that theory after another 6 months or so because I've been off of high sugar foods for about 6 months so far, and the cholesterol/triglyceride figures have already dropped even on a low dose of lovastatin.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 2, Insightful) 445

In many ways Anita Sarkeesian is asking for what she's getting. The rape/death threats are uncalled for, but she basically goes around slapping the misogyny label on everything and anything, even when there isn't, and it's just fucking annoying.

For example, she railed against Fox for canceling Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles and renewing Dollhouse, when the first is supposedly empowering females and the later isn't. I'm a huge fan of the Terminator franchise, but that show was so lame I couldn't even watch past the first episode. The writing sucked terribly, and the actors totally failed to live up to their characters from the movies, making the show a total let-down, so how does that make it misogynistic to cancel it?

Further, this whole tropes vs women thing is super exaggerated. I remember one time looking at Japanese animation and wondering why all of the characters looked white and not Asian/Japanese. When you look at the history of it, you notice that it isn't because their culture favors being white (like China currently does in many places,) because it still looked that way even during the WWII days when Japan saw themselves as a supreme race/culture and the white people were just a bunch of incompetents that they'd easily conquer in the coming years. It turns out that all human beings draw a mental picture of what the "default human" is, and for Japanese cartoons the default human *is* Asian. So when they draw a cartoon, they don't put much thought into it other than to make it look like a person. Think like how the Simpsons draws their characters as yellow, but in your mind you're thinking "white family." Anyways to the Japanese, white people have big noses, so when they draw people who are supposed to be white, you always see pronounced noses in the artwork, because it's the token "white feature." It's not racist, it's just saying: See this guy? He's white, so you know, you now have a better mental picture of what kind of character he is.

Likewise, with just about everybody in the world, the "default human" is a male. This is even true of female gamers. So when the creator of Pac-Man wanted to show that Mrs. Pac-Man was a female, what does he do? Attaches a token of Japanese girls to her, in this case, a bow. The purpose of the bow is just to say: This is a female, so now you have a better mental picture of what kind of character she is. He had no intention at all of trying to be sexist. (And this isn't even getting into the limits of what you are able to do with those low resolution sprites.)

This guy also says it pretty well:


+ - Privileged malware coming to a CPU near you?->

Submitted by ArmoredDragon
ArmoredDragon writes: For the past few years, Intel has been developing a new technology called Software Guard Extensions. The gist of it is that software can be protected from snooping or manipulation from untrusted higher privileged processes, or even from processes running outside of a VM. This sounds good in principle because it could protect your trusted software from malware, especially for cloud environments where IT security is paramount. The problem however is that it is very much a double edged sword. Malware, such as that found in a botnet, could easily hide itself from any kind of scanning software, or even a white-hat hacker trying to debug it. Or even worse, entities like the NSA could potentially issue an NSL to give themselves authority to create trusted applications that are allowed to spy on protected processes, while everybody who isn't whitelisted by Intel would be placed at a major disadvantage if they ever wanted to audit such software.
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Comment: Re:This is not good... (Score 1) 255

by ArmoredDragon (#49541787) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

Even rotting food is nutritious ... or so I am told

That depends on the food and how exactly it rotted. Normal molecular decay can yield certain nutrients in some cases that your body doesn't produce on its own, but in most cases existing nourishments are broken down. Bacterial consumption (i.e. biodegrading) typically results in a reduction in nourishment as well, depending on how (i.e. aerobic vs anaerobic, such as fermentation.)

Comment: Re:This is not good... (Score 1) 255

by ArmoredDragon (#49540455) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

Unfortunately eating right isn't as easy as not smoking.

Did I say it was?

It is easy to eat nothing but McDonalds and KFC, but that isn't eating well.

It isn't not eating well either. The mistake most people tend to make at places like these is they consume too many calories (the worst part tends to come from the beverages and oversized burgers) and not enough nourishment. One of the staple menu items at KFC for example is sweet corn on a cob, which isn't at all bad for you. The salads at McDonalds are healthy provided you don't go overboard with the saturated fats found in the dressings. Having a normal sized burger twice a week won't kill you either.

To eat right, one must search for fresh and natural foods. Trust me, it isn't as simple as "not smoking".

This is purely a religious statement as it has zero basis in empirical evidence. If you had just said "to live right, one must search for Jesus" you'd sound every bit as credible and sane.

In fact, prior to the existence of agriculture, "natural" meant whatever you could pick up off of the ground that doesn't happen to smell like ass yet, which is exactly what humans have evolved to live with. Fresh might taste better, but unless it's outright rotten, it hasn't lost its nutritional value.

Eating right means your immune system is able to fend off everyday environmental hazards. It isn't perfect, but it is better than the alternative (Starbucks n Krispie Kreame for every meal)

You could eat starbucks and krispy kreme as part of every meal so long as you included nourishment along with them, and then burned those calories off later with exercise, and it wouldn't negatively impact your immune system. The concern here is that the high quantity of sugar found in those donuts could lead to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, which can lead to cirrosis, and the sugar could also raise your triglycerides and lower your HDL cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease, while the saturated fats would raise your LDL cholesterol.

However, your immune system would be fine.

And everything I said it based on empirical evidence, not superstition and guessing like the supposition you posted above.

Comment: Re:This is not good... (Score 1) 255

by ArmoredDragon (#49538489) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

You are absolutely wrong. Eating right does prevent some cancers, because eating right reduces the risk of cancer, thus can be said to prevent.

You're wrong at the worst, and splitting hairs at the best, and here's why: In order to increase your risk of cancer to begin with, you'd have to otherwise be doing something to put yourself at higher risk to it to begin with. What you said is tantamount to saying that not smoking prevents lung cancer. It's just a silly conclusion to draw.

Comment: Re:This is not good... (Score 4, Informative) 255

by ArmoredDragon (#49536935) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

Maybe not cure cancer, but almost certainly eating right can prevent it.

Wrong. Very very incredibly wrong. Substantially more than half of all incidents of cancer are the result of random mutation. No amount of "eating right" will change that.


Honestly I'm tired of this stupid fucking "eating right means you never get sick" religion that seems to be going around (spread by some stupid celebrities like Bill Maher.) Eating wrong can cause problems (most common of which would be liver and heart disorders caused by eating too many sugars or too many electrolytes, followed by undernourishment from not consuming enough amino acid groups) but eating right isn't going to guarantee you'll never get sick.

Oh, and by the way, the actual store "Whole Foods" promotes some of these snake oil ideals:

- They sell very expensive homeopathic medicines which are proven to be worthless
- They maintain a list of banned foods that aren't harmful (glutamates, such as potassium glutamate) while including some foods that are known to kill some people (i.e. peanuts.)
- They sell a LOT of junk food that is VERY high in sugar, but claim to be a health food store.

Honestly the sooner this organic foods/whole foods religion dies, the better.

Comment: Re:Stripped down version (Score 1) 129

by ArmoredDragon (#49528817) Attached to: YouTube Going Dark On Older Devices

it does show the contempt manufacturers hold their customers in these days.

I really don't think that's what's going on here. You've got to remember that this is the iFlock generation where if the device doesn't resemble something trendy and heartsy enough for a Japanese school girl, few people will buy it. This is because most people aren't like the geek crowd found on slashdot; they basically have this mindset that if something isn't built in, then it isn't possible to do.

Let me give you an example: About six years ago I worked at Staples, and I recall having a customer come in who said he already had a network wired printer, but he wanted to buy a new wireless printer so he could print from his laptop. It just totally never occurred to him that *any* networked printer could be used via wifi because it's likely that you at least have a layer 3 connection to it. Being non-commissioned, I simply told him this and explained (for free, and briefly) how to do that and didn't sell him a printer that day. However most sales people aren't as nice as I was when I did sales, and that's especially true of Best Buy.

Anyways many customers don't simply put two and two together that smart TV functions that you pay probably a few extra hundred for are easily replaced by a single hundred roku. Because of that lack of education, customers end up coming to the store asking for TVs that also include a kitchen sink as standard. Thus even the manufacturers that might not want to do this will have to follow suit, because the majority of purchasers aren't educated.

Comment: Re:Here's a better idea (Score 1) 672

Um, rolling brown-outs? Not lately. We did have some of that early 2000's [wikipedia.org], because of a TEXAS business.

Don't confuse a blackout with a brownout.


A brownout is often unobservable to people, however computer equipment is known to fail faster if it has to endure too many. California has generally had them every few years or so, lasting different variations, with the last one happening in 2013 for about 4 hours.

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.