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Comment: Re: So low carb vindicated again (Score 1) 208

by bill_mcgonigle (#48441817) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

hey, it reduces end-of-life welfare costs by killing off the population more quickly. The "food pyramid" is good policy if you're a sociopathic bankrupt program.

I got a full blood panel before and after doing a ketosis diet for four months. All my numbers were much better, but to be succinct my total relative risk metric for coronary heart disease (1.0 is average) fell from 0.8 to 0.3. I was using a half gallon of heavy cream and several cups of coconut oil every week. Some bacon and steaks too. Plenty of nuts and cheese.

Most people see similar results. None of these blood tests are new science. All of these studies could have been done in 1980. I wonder if they were.

Comment: Re:How's this going to work (Score 4, Funny) 147

by bill_mcgonigle (#48438087) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

With 90% of their revenue coming from Google yet they just signed a 5 year deal with Yahoo how is this going to work out?

I guess we'll see, but Yahoo is probably guaranteeing at least as much revenue as Google, for the opportunity to be the default search engine.

So that gives MoFo five years to have FirefoxOS take over the smartphone market.


I'm sorry, that was wrong.

Comment: Re:In an unrelated news item... (Score 2) 299

by bill_mcgonigle (#48438053) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Population count (507 mio. vs. 319 mio.) and GDP (18.4 trio. US$ vs. 16.8 trio. US$).

Given their superior regulatory environment, why does the EU only make less than 70% per-capita of what the US makes? Especially given that many US-headquartered companies are recognizing most of their revenue in Ireland.

Comment: Re:We've been doing it for a long time (Score 1) 313

The whole global warming scare made it abundantly obvious that the current state of science (plus politics) is incapable of intelligently managing the climate, or perhaps even managing it at all, much less intelligently.

But, hey, look what Harvard Economists have done with engineering the economy! Can't we have some ivory tower academics "fixing" the planet too?

But seriously, an upper-bound projected sea level rise of 4 inches is completely unprecedented, so we should seek to thwart the productive capacity of humanity, and whatever happens, don't put one tenth of that money into ensuring clean water for every human on Earth, eliminating malaria, or building fusion reactors. Where the regulatory victory in that?!

Comment: Re:OBD2 (Score 1) 184

by bill_mcgonigle (#48435713) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

and a matching array of iOS and Android apps that will read all the engine stats off the dongle onto pretty dials on your phone or tablet.

Yet some OBD2 ports output certain data elements and other don't.

I was looking for battery voltage with Torque on my Forester, and it's a non-reported value, though other cars support it.

I'm sure somebody maintains a wiki with the matrix of models and values.

Though when he said "most hackable" I was thinking '82 F150 - no special tools required at all.

Comment: Re:innovation thwarted (Score 1) 132

by bill_mcgonigle (#48434955) Attached to: Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

They were taking OTA signals and retransmitting them across the internet for profit without paying the broadcaster a dime.

So, exactly like broadcast.

You don't see a problem with this?

Of course not - do you have a problem with broadcast? That's the very business model the broadcasters are in. Aereo was in the business of being an outsourced antenna provider - what problem could you possibly have with that?

If anything, Aereo was bringing them additional customers to watch their ads.

All this is is the broadcast corporations wanting to get in on some sort of nebulous not-yet-defined Internet business model that they think will make them even richer. A company (Aereo) is now out of business, all those jobs lost, the advancement of science and the useful arts is diminished, customers no longer have a service they value, and what - for the possibility of further enriching six multinational corporations?

The government fucks up again, news at 11. Or not, because all the news is owned by six multinational corporations.

Comment: Re: This is a good reminder for all technocrats (Score 0) 213

by bill_mcgonigle (#48426057) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

government sponsors the basic research, then they kill it, then they prevent industry from commercializing it when it would threaten extant corporate profits, especially in energy, and by extension military spending and petrodollar advantage. Google 'integral fast reactor', Branson, etc.

We've known how to make all the clean energy we need and clean up our nuclear waste problem at the same time for the past 20 years. We have a government problem, not a technical one.

Comment: Re: Nope. (Score 1) 62

by bill_mcgonigle (#48425639) Attached to: US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

Only 50k to sell my soul for having them spy on more people... including myself?

Of course not you - but the kinds of people who will submit are going to get job offers from the NRO. They are willing to make that deal, they're not bright enough to run off to industry, and they might have a glimmer of talent that cannot be cultivated in the university system. Plus, $50k isn't enough to quit and start a company, so it's a well-considered recruiting effort.

Comment: Re:That's the problem, you can't get U238 anymore. (Score 1) 493

by bill_mcgonigle (#48423787) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

There's ways to MAKE more, and improve nuclear power at the same time. But nobody wants to talk about it.

You mean like France, which has lots of nuclear power, active plutonium extraction and reprocessing capability? I don't want to get the ESA all tangled up with France or anything, but if they asked nicely...

Comment: Jefferson (Score 3, Interesting) 211

by bill_mcgonigle (#48421905) Attached to: Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

Jefferson used to complain about the long line of people at the White House who were there to see him - most of them looking for a job hand-out, but some with legitimate issues for him to deal with.

Perhaps Congress could start by dissolving the enivronment that has caused so many people to want to do antisocial things like harming a President, who is mostly supposed to be a CEO of the government, and occasionally lead a defensive war against the country.

Oh, nm, that's just crazy-talk. Might as well fill the moat with hunter-killer boats from Lockheed.

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 428

by bill_mcgonigle (#48418303) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Does it make me a crony capitalist or a welfare queen when I decide I'd rather the power go to those I can vote out of office than those I can't?

If you think voting significantly changes the government, that just makes you naive. The bureaucrats run most things and are unaccountable.

If the entire government became Libertarian today, it would take less than 10 years for corporations to take total control of governance

Do you mean they'd have private armies in the streets? Like in the US from 1776-1870, before permanent corporations were legal?

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 4, Interesting) 104

by bill_mcgonigle (#48418189) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

I already pay a small fortune in school tax. Let them find the money for it from there.

Last I checked, my local government school has a 3 meg connection because that's what Comcast gives them for free. They have a three million dollar budget but can't find $3000 a year to upgrade that to a hundred meg.

It could be that after all the teachers' salaries and benefits are paid for they don't have any money left (and considering the reams of copy paper we get home...) or it could be that high-speed internet allows remote teaching which is seen as a threat to union jobs.

I do work for one private school (area towns tuition their kids there) and they paid a lot of money to get fiber brought to their facility.

The incentives are aligned differently.

Comment: Re:its all about choice. (Score 4, Interesting) 535

by bill_mcgonigle (#48417207) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

I fail to understand the reasoning for choice as well.

I think I get this.

One example: I have a handful of shell and perl scripts that I use to manage virtual machine interdependencies at startup time - this vm needs to be listening on this port before I can think about starting this other vm, etc. and I express that in a JSON tree for configuration.

I've recently been noticing that the dependency "engine" is a bit buggy and also duplicates much of what systemd already provides (pre-dating it by some years), so I'm going to look at making it work with systemd instead and cutting out a bunch of the code. That also gets me pretty easy dependency tracking on various filesystem mounts, network status, etc., so it could be better than 'sleep 20' in some spots.

Now, if I wanted to offer that up to the community, somebody could choose to package that into Debian. Assuming my experiment works, systemd would be a hard requirement to use this particular system.

Somebody in the Debian community proposed that for this package to be accepted I would also have to [re]write another dependency engine and support that. I can't see doing that if the systemd approach works.

Does it make sense that people who don't want to run systemd (which is fine) also can't impose additional work on developers who do want to use systemd?

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