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Comment: Reading peoples advice here making me insane. (Score 1) 635

by Buzz_Litebeer (#43179461) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

Weight loss is a function of calories, you are almost never going to be able to run off calories you eat very easily.

So eat less if you want to lose weight.

If you want to be strong, exercise several times a week.

If you exercise to lose weight, and you were gaining weight before you started exercising, your probably just going to lose your water weight initially (OMG MOM I LOST 10lbs!) then you are going to stall, because you are really just exercising off the excess (if you can even do that).

I have lost 130lbs, and kept it off for several years now, I have track everything. Anyone coming on asking for quick tips on losing weight is having a losing game already.

If you are a software dev, make a spreadsheet, and do a workup on yourself. It takes time, but you can find out what your body burns every day, and you can find out how many calories you need to eat to lose weight, and you can even track when you start getting thinner how many fewer calories you burn

Here is how I do it.

http://themobilefieldbasehealth.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-do-i-manage-weight-loss.html

If you don't want to use the self guided programmer method, and keep track of calories in calories out using a spreadsheet....

Download MyFitness Pal to track your calories and estimate your calorie needs, and do fitocracy to motivate you and read their guides on health.

Comment: This is stupid (Score 2) 469

by Buzz_Litebeer (#43153391) Attached to: Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

The market will, in fact, be the judge on these kinds of things. If people stop buying these products, and their complaint is that the lifespan issue is the reason they said "fuck off" then the game companies will change their policy, and provide games without these hooks.

If you are a gamer and MUST HAVE THE LATEST SIM CITY EVER, and U HAVE TO DOWNLOAD IT NOW!!!!!. Well, then, this is the game for you, this is the Sim City game that is available. Enjoy.

I have seen my favorite franchise get awesome, then suck again with F2P game that recently came out. (Mechwarrior). The standard model games I enjoyed (mechwarrior living legends, even the mektek mech4 free release) are all gone now.

So, I don't give MWO my money, and if enough people dislike it, then the game goes away and maybe they make another game in the old style.

If they don't then they don't.

Comment: Re:Did Amazon invent this? (Score 1) 164

by psxndc (#40194181) Attached to: Amazon Patents Electronic Gifting

What it does is make it harder for the real inventor to revoke a patent once it has been awarded.

Now I think you're just trolling. Section 6 of the AIA actually establishes a process for ANYone to challenge the validity of the patent right immediately after it is awarded and for MORE reasons than currently exist for filing a reexamination.
 

The purpose of AIA was to lower the amount of court cases contesting patents and free up the USPTO from having to handle "prior art" claims

That was just two sections of the 30+ sections in the bill, many of which have nothing to do with either of these. Please don't pretend like you know what the purpose of the bill is when you don't even know what it contains.

Comment: Re:Did Amazon invent this? (Score 2) 164

by psxndc (#40165957) Attached to: Amazon Patents Electronic Gifting

God, your comment is so misinformed I want to explode.

  1. First-to-file actually doesn't go into effect until March 2013 so you are wrong on that front.
  2. This patent was filed in 2008, well before the AIA was signed into law, so even if the first-to-file aspect of AIA had gone into effect on Sept. 16, 2011, it would be irrelevant anyway to this patent
  3. Your comment - I assume - is some form of dig that first-to-file means companies have carte blanche to file patents on obvious ideas just because somebody doesn't already have a patent on it, which seems to be a viral misunderstanding of the law here on slashdot. First-to-file itself has nothing to do with determining patentability. The AIA - if anything - made it harder to get a patent because it increased what things could be considered when determining novelty of a claim, i.e., under the old laws, some invalidating product could be on sale in another country more than a year ago and it wouldn't be considered, whereas now it will be.

FFS, please STFU until you educate yourself on what you are commenting about.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 171

by psxndc (#40082189) Attached to: Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good

Did YOU actually read the letter? The whole letter and not just the excerpt that you linked to? Here's the whole letter.

http://www.temple.edu/lawschool/dpost/mcphersonletter.html

Maybe you should do a little more digging before you grab your pitchfork.

First, even in the excerpt you cited, Jefferson acknowledges that progress can be made towards forming a general set of rules. He's not saying there shouldn't be anything such as IP (which is what you and every other knee jerk engineer seems to quote this for).

Second, he actually requests that the very letter you're excerpting not be used to misrepresent what he's saying:

"I have thus, Sir, at your request, given you the facts and ideas which occur to me on this subject. I have done it without reserve, although I have not the pleasure of knowing you personally. In thus frankly committing myself to you, I trust you will feel it as a point of honor and candor, to make no use of my letter which might bring disquietude on myself."

Long story short, you do much disservice to your point when chastising me for cherry picking points but then rely on them yourself as your sole support for your main argument.

And I'M the troll.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 171

by psxndc (#40076591) Attached to: Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good

You're supposed to be able to patent the cotton gin, but not "a process for separating cotton from seeds."

Based on what? Processes are absolutely meant to be patentable. 35 USC 101 says:

Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.

It says processes are patentable right there in the statute and has for 50+ years.

Comment: Re:Junk food is the problem (Score 1) 655

by Buzz_Litebeer (#40021165) Attached to: The Mathematics of Obesity

McDonalds is definitely cheaper per Calorie.

(I think!)

Hell, Tacobell has a 550 calories per dollar in their beef burrito. (IIRC).

That would be like 10 oz of chicken.

which is pretty calorie dense for a home processed food. Or about 7 apples, which still costs more.

SO, depends on how you determine costs. If you count everything as calories in and calories out, and want to see the costs per calorie, a lot of fast food / canned and processed food, is a much better deal for caloric volume.

If you put in the cost of personal labor, it is _FAR_ cheaper.

Imagine you were, yourself, a food industry worker making 7.50 an hour. You just got your food from your local CSA farm share, and you cooked up (time to cook 1.5 hours), you just spent 11.25 dollars of your life cooking for food that in itself was more expensive.

I spent 1 hour last night with my GF making food, we make far far more than minimum wage, and it took 2 people. So lets pretend our time is worth a dollar a minute (combined, it is worth more but this an example), that would be 60 bucks of "effort" put in.

Etc.... etc... Even if you just take our income and divide by 3 (assuming we work 8 hours a day, but spread it out over 24 hours so that even sleeping itself would "cost" money) it would still imply 20 dollars an hour to make that food.

Far more than driving through McDonalds parking lot or Taco bell and getting the same calories that way.

It all depends on how you look at this stuff.

Take a look at this:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5360768

Where a guy determines the true cost of a tomato he gardened to be 64 dollars a tomato.

Very Very expensive.

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