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Comment: Re:Common sense (Score 1) 491

by Graydyn Young (#49327523) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds
In every thread about fitness we always see a lot of posts like this. "Just eat well", or "Use common sense". And that's great for people that are already in OK shape. But for those who have gotten themselves into a serious situation, it's not very useful. People who need badly to lose weight, or just want to get into really excellent shape, should consider working out their total daily energy expenditure and starting some macro counting. It's difficult, but reliable.

Comment: Cowards! (Score 4, Insightful) 299

These people want to put a stop to progress because they think humans are some kind of holy ground that must not be tred upon. Does anybody ever even consider the suffering caused by NOT pursuing gene mods?

I have to suspect that the real reason they are arguing against mods is that suffering and dying of muscular distrophy, or cystic fibrosis, or any other horrible genetic condition, is "natural".

Those people out there that are willing to accept the risks inherent to genetic modification shouldn't be limited by cowards that are OK with people dying, as long as they don't get their own hands dirty.

Comment: Re:Randomness (Score 1) 367

by Graydyn Young (#49214855) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses
That sounds like something fun to try and quantify. How big of a bunch of whiners are Yik Yak users?

I'm going to go see if Yik Yak has an API that I can use. Then I'll run sentiment analysis on every post and chart it against its vote score. Then I can finally prove once and for all that everybody is an asshole (at least on one arbitrary social media site).

Comment: Re:Aren't retailers going to be upgrading anyway (Score 1) 62

But aren't most retailers going to be upgrading in the near term anyway?

Here in Canada we upgraded to chip cards a while back, before contactless was available. Now it's getting to the point here where a retailer supporting contactless is the new norm. I'd estimate that it took about a year, maybe a bit less, to go from seeing contactless occasionally, to seeing it in a majority of stores. And stores here have a lot less pressure to upgrade, since they've already had chip readers for years.

Comment: Re:Well considering that many of us have low T (Score 1) 201

by Graydyn Young (#48989275) Attached to: Testosterone Increasingly Being Used To Fight Aging In Men

I expect many people are getting diagnosed with Low T so they can get more bulked up at the gym faster.

Some men might try this, but it won't work. Like most of the endocrine system, testosterone is regulated through a feedback system. Basically, if you ingest testosterone, your blood testosterone won't go up, you'll just be reducing the amount of testosterone signalling hormone that your body produces. The only case where ingesting test will actually increase your test levels, is if you have a legitimate glandular problem.

When juice boxes use testosterone, it's a bit different. They are injecting heroic doses in order to overwhelm this system. If you tried to take that amount of test in a pill, it would be very harmful.

Comment: Re:Less creepiness (Score 1) 324

by Graydyn Young (#48875049) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?
Glass 1.0 didn't have that problem. You know how to tell when a "Glasshole" is filming you? How about the giant white blinking light on the front of the device?

Seriously, it's easier to covertly film somebody with your phone, at least you can pretend you're playing Angry Birds or something.

Comment: Re: Size (Score 1) 324

by Graydyn Young (#48874989) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Image analysis of what you're looking at.

Having your glasses analyze what you're looking at is an extremely cool concept, but not really feasible for a Glass type device. The explorer addition could record video for just a couple minutes. Battery life is a huge problem if you don't want a cord hanging out of your glasses.

For a device that sees and hears what you see and hear, you need something more like this:

And you thought Glass got you funny looks...

Comment: Horrible Dev Environment (Score 2) 243

by Graydyn Young (#48855853) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?
As a Tizen dev you get a bigger cut of sales... and it's not anywhere near worth it.

I once saw a full grown man in tears while he was trying to write a simple Tizen app.

I attended a Hackthon once where a team was trying to write a Tizen app, and at the end of the Hackathon none of them were speaking to each other.

Seriously, it's like pulling teeth. I've been an Android/IOS/Blackberry developer for more years than I care to admit, and I'd rather carve "Hello World!" into my own flesh than write it in Tizen.

Comment: Re:Totally Amazed (Score 1) 45

by Graydyn Young (#48850179) Attached to: Google Search Will Be Your Next Brain
There are a lot of public databases on those subjects, and more of them popping up all the time. There are also some amazing deep learning tools and resources that are completely open source. Check out Theano, Caffe, or CXXNet. Breaking into the world of deep learning isn't as difficult as most people think. The hardware requirements aren't even that intense anymore as long as you have a CUDA capable GPU (odds are, you do!)

So lets jump on it. No time like the present.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." -- The Wizard Of Oz