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Comment Re: I get my soft drink cravings (Score 1) 565

Comment Re: I get my soft drink cravings (Score 1) 565

Okay, that's an explanation I can get behind, thanks for the info. Can you tag in on the other branch of this thread and correct the misconceptions and high-school-health-class-level oversimplifications being spouted there?

Always happy to learn something new, thanks again!

Comment Re:I get my soft drink cravings (Score 1) 565

You ever think what you learn in high school might be simplified somewhat? What's the point of learning anything beyond that? How do you think red cells carry O2 and CO2? They aren't little gas canisters, they carry it as part of another molecule.

Look beyond gradeschool textbooks and learn something. Please, don't just take my word for it (or, as in this case, dismiss the information because it disagrees with the oversimplification your learned in health class), do some research for yourself and realize that my understanding isn't incorrect, yours is incomplete.

Comment Re:I get my soft drink cravings (Score 1) 565

Of course I burp, loud and proud most of the time even. That's how the dissolved CO2 escapes. The reacted CO2, on the other hand... You know, the carbonic acid... You don't just belch that out. And your body has a disposal method fornit that doesn't involve piss or shit, so it traverses the large intestine and enters the blood stream.

It doesn't matter much if you're just sitting on the couch, you'll exhale it as if nothing happened. But, if you're active at all, you'll tire or run out of breath quicker. Carbonated drinks are a real stamina killer and I avoid them for at least a few hours before any sort of strenuous activity. It took me years to realize that they were the cause of my diminishing stamina and, even after that, I still can't give them up entirely.

Comment Re:I get my soft drink cravings (Score 1) 565

Your cells process carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen into carbonic acid, which your red cells carry to your lungs, which then process it back into carbon dioxide and water vapor to be exhaled. You didn't actually think gaseous CO2 traveled through your veins, did you? You must also think gaseous oxygen flows alongside your red and whites; try injecting a bubble of it and let me know how that works out. Actually, don't, you'll most likely die from it.

Your body converts basically everything it uses to a different form depending on whether it is transporting it, using it, or storing it. Carbon dioxide is no different.

Comment Re:I get my soft drink cravings (Score 2) 565

Carbonic acid is not just another name for dissolved CO2, it is H2CO3, an actual molecular bond between H2O and CO2. Your cells deposit it into your blood and it is reacted back into CO2 and H2O (I misspoke when I said hydrogen earlier) in your lungs, to be exhaled.

Carbonic acid is an intermediate step in the transport of CO2 out of the body via respiratory gas exchange. The hydration reaction of CO2 is generally very slow in the absence of a catalyst, but red blood cells contain carbonic anhydrase, which both increases the reaction rate and dissociates a hydrogen ion (H+) from the resulting carbonic acid, leaving bicarbonate (HCO3) dissolved in the blood plasma. This catalysed reaction is reversed in the lungs, where it converts the bicarbonate back into CO2 and allows it to be expelled. This equilibration plays an important role as a buffer in mammalian blood.

Adding additional carbonic acid to your system in sufficient quantities (as in drinking only or primarily carbonated beverages) stresses your lungs they try to decompose the excess.

Don't feel bad about not knowing this, it's new information to me, too. It also explains why I run out of breath walking up 2 flights of stairs after drinking a large soda when I otherwise have excellent stamina and doctors say there is nothing wrong.

Comment Re:I get my soft drink cravings (Score 1) 565

It's still not known whether phosphoric acid ingestion actually causes any problems. It could well aid digestion, but nobody has done a credible study either way. In any case, phosphoric acid travels through your digestive tract and exits your body along with the rest of your waste.

Carbonic acid, on the other hand... Your body expels *that* in the form of CO2 and H2 before expelling the CO2 it creates through its own means, leading to acidification of the blood.

Soda may or may not be worse, but you're not doing yourself the favor you think you are.

Comment Re:Samsung != Apple (Score 1) 133

I never said they don't exist, just that I've never seen them exploited as I've seen the (supposedly fewer and less serious) vulnerabilities in iOS exploited. You sure talk a big game for someone who can't even spell a username correctly that's on the screen right in front of him. But you're right, this is a prime example of my denial that any issue exists:

I know my platform is no more or less secure than any other

Right. That's denial right there. Dumbass.

Comment Re:I get my soft drink cravings (Score 1) 565

Carbonic acid forms in carbonated water. Your body creates its own carbonic acid to transport carbon dioxide through your bloodstream and to your lungs, where it is reacted back to gaseous CO2 and Hydrogen. Adding more of that to your system probably isn't good; and that's the more immediate issue with soda consumption.

Comment Re:Samsung != Apple (Score 1) 133

You're right phase, this Bronsco guy sounds like a real douche. Care to point to the specific vulnerabilities you're referring to, along with any documented cases of them being actively exploited? No, 3rd-party browsers injecting their own ads do not count; it's easy to avoid that by not being the idiot that uses that browser, and it's certainly not a vulnerability in the platform.

I asked you to elaborate, that's precisely the opposite of sticking my head in the sand. I know my platform is no more or less secure than any other; that's why I take steps to safeguard my own security; something made more difficult on iOS (which is why my iPad is reserved for specific non-sensitive uses). If I had my head buried in the iOS garden, like you seem to, I might be a bit less secure with my iPad.

So I'll ask you again, please elaborate about all these instances of random ads popping up while browsing the web and all the credential theft that happens on Android. I keep looking for it (no, not in the sand) and I'm just not seeing it. You'd think, though, knowing about 5x as many Android users as iOS users (even accounting for overlap), I'd see at least 5x as many Android phones get pwned than iOS devices (actually more if, as you claim, Android is less secure), but it seems the reality is that iOS gets compromised more frequently outside of China (where people install sketchy shit on their Android phones just as often as they do on their iPhones; if you get to ignore China when talking about how secure iOS is, we must ignore it when discussing Android, as well).

Comment Re:Samsung != Apple (Score 1) 133

Examples, please? I've seen iPhones pwned by malicious SMS, as well. It happens to the best of us, get over yourself. What's funny about it is that even after my best friend fell victim to one of several iPhone SMS vulns, he still swears the platform is secure. He refuses to let facts cloud his argument and I don't expect you'll be any different.

Comment Re:What kind of dumbass company... (Score 1) 133

What advantage do you get by changing to a different bootloader when the one on the device will load whatever you tell it to anyway? S-ON also prevents malicious entities (or software) from modifying your bootloader (e.g. to inject malicious processes at boot time) and radios (e.g. to force connection to rogue towers), in case you're an interesting enough target for those types of attacks. For the record, S-OFF is possible on HTC models that I have seen; I had it on my M7 and my friend's M8, so I'm not sure what the problem is.

Personally, I moved from HTC to LG, then on to Nexus devices when the N6 came out. I do my research before buying and buy the least restrictive device with the highest-end specs I can find so I get the most use out of the device before it needs to be replaced. If someone else doesn't do their research and select the device that actually fits their requirements, well, that's on them.

The N6 marked the moment a Nexus device met both of my criteria, a great day for Android, IMNSHO.

Comment Re:What kind of dumbass company... (Score 1) 133

The problem is the stupid skins manufacturers are putting on top of Android to "diferentiate" themselves from the competition. Those need to be updated to work properly with whatever has changed under the hood in the new Android version. And they don't want to do it.

Not sure what you're talking about re: HTC locking down their bootloaders, they have a developer site where you enter your IMEI and get instructions for unocking your bootloader. Unless you're on AT&T or Verizon; they *require* locked bootloaders, but that's your carrier requiring it; and before you say HTC doesn't have to pander to the carriers, yes, they do if they want the carriers selling their phones. You can actually buy bootloader-unlocked phones directly from HTC, though, so it's somewhat of a moot point.

Samsung, though. Yeah. Fuck Samsung.

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