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Comment: Refutation (Score 1) 588

by Joey Vegetables (#47819069) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

The study was badly flawed and does not support the conclusion in the headline.

I take no position on whether "low-fat" or "low-carb" is more stupid. They are both stupid. The body needs adequate amounts of both, and nutrients that are only available, or absorbable, in the presence of one or the other. While there are many unanswered questions in the science of nutrition, there is overwhelming evidence that nutrient-dense diets, all else being even close to equal, are ALWAYS superior to calorie-dense diets. In other words, avoid high-fat and high-carb diets and eat as much natural food, in as close to its natural state, as possible. Avoid refined junk. Exercise. If you are of color or live someplace other than the equator, supplement with vitamin D.

Comment: Re:Keyword: Believe (Score 1) 281

by Joey Vegetables (#47785323) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet
I'll agree with you in large part. Not that it's a secret conspiracy, but rather a conspiracy hidden in plain view. Modern processed "food" is engineered to be addictive. It needs to be avoided insofar as possible. The approach I have become sold on, and am seeing good results with in my own life, is to go for a high nutrient-to-calorie ratio (also advocated by Dr. Joel Furhman and many other nutritionists). You avoid anything that is calorie-dense (sugars, most fats, and refined grains), fill your stomach with high-nutrient, low-calorie foods first (fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, etc.), and then eat reasonable portions of as much moderate-nutrient, moderate-calorie foods (UN-refined grains, starchy vegetables) as is consistent with your weight loss goals. Both bulk and calories are needed to trigger satiety, especially in people addicted to overeating, so this approach produces allows eating less, while getting more nutrients, and without feeling hungry all the time.

Comment: Re:Why speed only a little? (Score 1) 475

by Joey Vegetables (#47714197) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit
Speed matters greatly in parts of the U.S. which are fairly spread out. Even here in northeast Ohio, which is not, at 120MPH, commuting to any of the 5 or 6 major cities closest to me (Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Erie, Buffalo) would be a realistic option. At 30-40MPH, it is not.

Comment: Re:Why is everything gotta do with Israel ? (Score 0) 183

by Joey Vegetables (#47631735) Attached to: WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency
So anyone not approving of the state of Israel shelling civilians is automatically a "Hamas fanboi"? That is the classic example of the fallacy of the excluded middle. People with any sense of compassion tend to be appalled at the suffering of innocent people regardless of their ethnicity, and people with any sense of history know that neither side is exclusively to blame.

Comment: Re:Thanks for the pointless scaremongering (Score 1) 409

They believe, as I do, and as does CAMA, the missions organization I more typically support , that it does little good to heal the body and ignore the soul. CAMA is already in the affected regions, already working with the victims. We personally know some of the people who are there full-time as well as others who've been on short-term missions trips, many of them with a medical component since most people in west and central Africa do not have regular access to medical care.

Comment: Re:Vaccine is coming (Score 1) 409

That is often the case, but it really depends on the pathogen. Because most viral illnesses are self-limiting . . . the immune system clears them up if it is working properly and if the patient doesn't die first . . . vaccination even after exposure may still make sense. For instance, rabies can usually be prevented or at least made non-fatal if the shots are given shortly after exposure. Generally, a vaccine will be effective if (a) it stimulates production of sufficient antibodies in sufficient time to prevent the pathogen from overwhelming the victim; and preferably (b) if the severity of the side effects are not significantly more damaging than the disease itself, which is the problem that many people, including me, have with childhood vaccinations, which prevent old strains of very mild diseases (at least compared to, say, Ebola or smallpox), but also contain potent toxins whose effects are known to be harmful.

Comment: Re:It's gonna be funny when our cellphone Internet (Score 1) 78

by Joey Vegetables (#47248041) Attached to: EU, South Korea Collaborate On Superfast 5G Standards
Absolutely, in the U.S. where "laws" prevent competition. The results elsewhere will likely be better. Remember basic economics: in a market with enough buyers and sellers that none can exert inordinate influence on prices, those prices will tend toward the marginal cost of production. That doesn't happen here in the U.S. mainly because of regulatory capture - telecom regs are written by the telecom companies and are designed to hinder competition to the greatest extent possible.

Comment: Re:And hippies will protest it (Score 1) 396

by Joey Vegetables (#47247763) Attached to: "Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa
While starvation is uncommon in the U.S., malnutrition, especially among the poorest (which would be the working poor - they are generally worse off than people on welfare), is not. It is damned-near universal among the children of the working class, as well as the children of those with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. Almost every family in my church - and most of us are at best lower-middle-class ourselves - helps to feed other kids in our neighborhoods. We mostly have access to cars and such, which children and the poorest adults don't, and to places one can buy food that is reasonably healthful and affordable, which most people in the inner city, regardless of income, can't unless they drive. Now, there are always things to eat . . but . . NOT necessarily healthy things. Not for the inner-city poor, the vast majority of them children.

Comment: Re:Falling funding: Why fusion stays 30 years away (Score 2) 135

Your argument appears to be "we haven't solve the technical and practical challenges yet, so we never will." Progress is disappointingly slow; I'll give you that. The challenges are hard. I'll give you that too. However, given what human ingenuity has managed to accomplish just in the past 20 years, I think it is a very, very poor strategy to bet against it in the long term. Part of why we're not solving these challenges is that we're frankly not trying that hard. What we have now is still good enough for now. When that changes, when sufficiently larger players start taking fusion research seriously, I think the game will change pretty dramatically.

Comment: Re:Article doesn't go into details about quality (Score 1) 135

A lot of wisdom I do agree with. Regarding the storage problem - which I also agree to be the main bottleneck toward adoption of cleaner energy: why not use that energy at the point of production, to crack other hydrocarbons (biomass, corn husks, dirty coal, other carbon-rich waste), into liquid fuels using that energy, and store/transport these liquid fuels to the point where they will be used? I realize the process is not yet optimally efficient and not quite carbon-neutral, but it seems to me no worse and in many incremental ways better, than our current strategy of "burn whatever, just tax the crap out of it so we can bomb more brown people."

Comment: Caught one of these and felt bad . . . . (Score 1) 94

by Joey Vegetables (#47195209) Attached to: Study: Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision
I feel really bad when I trap a mouse or a rat, which I had to do a couple days ago. I prefer nonlethal traps when they work, but sometimes they don't, and on Saturday I managed to trap one in a way that badly hurt but didn't kill it. I felt really bad. I understand that they are intelligent and sentient creatures. They don't belong in our food, and the diseases they carry don't belong in our home, so I do have to deal with them from time to time. But I so much wish that non-lethal traps actually worked, that I could just catch and release them in nearby woods. Alas, most of the time, that doesn't happen. :(

Comment: Re:Speed is not the only thing. (Score 1) 57

Agreed. It's completely irrelevant to most use cases. But not all. For instance, pro audio, which is a part of what I do, still benefits greatly from increased CPU speed as well as reduced cache latency. The tools I use have not been architected to take advantage of the immense power of modern GPUs. Eventually they likely will be, but, for now, every couple years' worth of CPU improvements does make a significant difference for what I do.

Comment: Re:Used to be billed to the boss... (Score 1) 135

by Joey Vegetables (#47173569) Attached to: Free Wi-Fi Coming To Atlanta's Airport
Back in MY day, we didn't have those newfangled computer doohickeys. We had adding machines and slide rules, and we liked them. "Innernet" was where you hoped the fish would go when you went fishing with a net. "Netflix" was what you would do if a bug got on your fishing net . . you "flicks" it off. A "color TV" was a huge thing that took half your living room, and the only thing "color" about it was the color of the cabinet; the picture itself was black and white. We had 3 channels, and we liked them. Now git off my lawn!!!

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