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Comment: Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 1) 517

The science is not, in fact, that easy, for a number of reasons. Off the top of my head:
  - "Energy Out" calculations can't be made in a vacuum; the amount of energy your body burns doing any exercise (even at rest) is largely determined by your current body composition, ie. more muscle mass takes more energy to maintain
  - All calories are not utilized the same; protein, for example, is used to build/repair structures and is not burned as "fuel". Counting protein calories is essentially useless, though tracking the amount consumed can be helpful (approximately one gram per pound of lean mass per day is considered a good baseline for an adult male of average activity level)
  - Certain foods trigger certain hormonal responses in the body that can effect metabolism. Insulin is a storage hormone. Anything that triggers a strong insulin response (sugars/grains) will predispose you to storing more of your "energy in". Likewise, staying too low on the "energy in" side of the equation will make your body think it's starving which will adversely effect metabolism. There are numerous studies showing that starvation diets don't work beyond short-term.

These are just the easy ones I can come up with without doing any real research. For a great example of how you can lose a lot of body fat (not just "weight") while not counting calories in/out, see "Four Hour Body" by Tim Ferriss.

Comment: Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (Score 1) 578

by liquidsin (#46476105) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Fellow Canadian here. I'm fairly ignorant on all of the health care stuffs as I seem to have been blessed (so far) with decent health and no major accidents or injuries requiring expensive treatments. I'm a 35 y.o. male with no dependents or pre-existing conditions and a non-smoker. My health care costs show up as a $26 line item on my bi-weekly paychecks. What the fucking fuck America?

Comment: Re:"To Stop Fracking"? (Score 3, Informative) 317

by liquidsin (#46326531) Attached to: Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

Can you point out to me where in the document you link for "Haliburton Loophole" it says that that's a myth? All I see is the Energy Policy Act of 2005; Section 322 of that document indicates that ‘‘(ii) the underground injection of fluids or propping agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities.’’ are exempted from the "Underground Injection" provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Additionally the Clean Water Act was amended to clarify that "water, gas, or other material which is injected into a well to facilitate production of oil or gas..." are NOT classified as pollutants. These two things together seem to indicate that they can in fact pump whatever they'd like into wells to facilitate oil production, even if it's not labeled specifically as "The Haliburton Loophole". Am I missing something?

Comment: Re:Early Posts Win With Beta (Score 1) 299

by liquidsin (#46211565) Attached to: Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

My problem with this reply from Soulskill is that he's talking about a feature that's very core to the /. experience as the community has come to expect it. To say that it's been on the to-do list for that long and remains unimplemented is silly. And since they're redirecting users that aren't logged in to the beta, any new visitors are either going to see a site missing features and leave, or get upset at the constant change as issues are resolved. It really is closer to an alpha. Maybe calling him a liar and a fool is uncalled for but calling the website a beta when you're that far away from feature parity with your current offering is disingenuous at best.

Comment: Einstein said it best: (Score 1) 876

by Weaselmancer (#46193353) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

To paraphrase: Some things would be unwieldy to program in a GUI or other oddball paradigm that would make you happy.

Some things are difficult. Combat pilot, brain surgeon, coder. Dedicate yourself and you can excel. If not, you need to do something else, rather that complain that something that interests you is difficult.

Get dedicated. LEARN. Focus and fight. Struggle and lose. Lose again. And again. Eventually win.

It's worth it, I promise you.

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Comment: Forget? Hell. (Score 1) 457

by Weaselmancer (#46166735) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

They'll keep right on doing it, without a pause.

Reason being you have to get in front of the judge before you can get the innocent verdict. And most people aren't going to do that. The thing that makes this article noteworthy is because someone finally challenged the police on this point after decades of them doing it.

Same reason why they write traffic tickets in the first place. If absolutely everyone fought them, the court would be choked and cops full time job would be to be in court. They're counting on the average citizen's apathy to keep that from happening. And it happens to work.

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