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Comment: You Kids Get Off My Lawn (Score 5, Interesting) 277

by Greyfox (#47935719) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance
I remember the original Saccharin scare in the '70's, and several of the hippy chicks in my extended family warning me and my parents off artificially sweetened "poison." Yeah, they actually said "poison." Hippy chicks are like that. Fast forward to the late '90's and the food companies start pushing the idea that "No, they're fine! Really!" As annoying as the hippy chicks are, I'm more inclined to trust them over some corporation whose entire profit-driven reason for existing is to turn me into a fat fuck. The guys who own them probably also own the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs that try to fix all the side effects of being a fat fuck, too. That's a win-win for them, right there.

Ultimately if you want to solve this problem, don't eat sugar OR artificial sweeteners. Don't put anything that could be found in a vending machine in your body. Good dietary tip right there. If everyone in the world just stopped drinking soft drinks, that'd be an enormous win for humanity's overall health. Sure, it would destroy a few of the most powerful companies on the planet in the process, but you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

Comment: Re:Wait... (Score 1) 314

by Greyfox (#47935587) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps
If I recall correctly, most of that is coming from the universal service fund. It's designed so that some farmer who's the only guy for 40-50 miles can get phone service at all. The last mile problem gets MUCH worse when that last mile is 50 miles.

It this country, we have an expectation that phone service will just work everywhere, that you can turn on your tap and get drinkable water, that you can turn on the lights and they'll always work and that you can get on the road and drive anywhere. Out west, none of those things has ever been guaranteed. I can see a future where "We the People" make it increasingly difficult to pay for the infrastructure that makes these things possible. There have been several instances in the news recently where some city or other can't (or won't) provide drinkable water to its people. In other "Advanced, industrialized" countries (like India,) daily blackouts are a thing in a lot of places. We only avoid that because we had the foresight to build our infrastructure. Once all that falls to shit (Which it's doing rapidly) it's going to be a LOT more expensive to get back to this state than it would have been if we'd just maintained it in the first place. I'm getting older and will probably die before the country REALLY starts to collapse, but you kids might want to start getting used to farm living now. It looks like that's all the previous couple of generations is going to leave you.

Comment: Shops Like That Get A Reputation (Score 1) 231

by Greyfox (#47926059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?
Shops like that end up with a reputation. They work by burning through suckers who haven't heard about them yet. Turnover rate's usually fast and pretty close to 100%, The recruiters for one of the local grind-houses are getting desperate and don't tell you who they're recruiting for until you get to the end of their pitch about the "great opportunity" they have. In the past year I've heard two separate co-workers listen through the whole thing, get to that part and say "Oh, them? No thanks, I'm not interested."

Funnily enough, contractors are usually get a better work/life balance at the grind-houses I've seen lately. The companies will abuse their salaried work base for as many free hours as they can get, but contractors put in their 40 a week and are done. You can tell when they're actually desperate to get something out the door because that's when they ask the contractors to work paid overtime.

Comment: Re:Lua[0]? (Score 1) 729

Arrays in C++ start at 0. I'm pretty sure you can set a pointer into the middle of the array in C++ and do this by indexing the pointer. I know you can do it in C -- a couple companies ago I deployed something that did that into production code, mainly to keep the design review board on their toes. They weren't, and it got deployed that way. I thought it made more sense that way anyway, so I never mentioned it. It's entirely possible it's already confused the hell out of a code maintenance guy, but hopefully he'll think it makes more sense that way too.

Comment: Re:Add milk (Score 1) 228

by Greyfox (#47870765) Attached to: DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:
I always find that adding any sort of alcohol to coffee always sounds better on paper than it works in practice. I'd rather enjoy my coffee and alcohol separately. The only time I've ever actually had it work was in adding a small amount of Jose Ceuvero Cinge (cinnamon tequila) to Vietnamese coffee. But you could get a similar effect with cinnamon syrup or... just cinnamon. I'm also pretty sure the guy at the local Vietnamese restaurant would murder me if he saw me adding tequila or cinnamon to his coffee. He seems to take it pretty seriously.

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