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Comment: Re:Common sense (Score 1) 491

by Slashdot Parent (#49349393) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Actually, this is not true.

Exercise is good for the body and all, but if you want to lose weight, you should not increase your exercise. This is because exercise will increase your appetite and you will, statistically speaking, wind up eating more in extra food than you would burn off through the increased exercise.

If you want to improve your physical fitness, then by all means exercise. But weight loss does not happen in the gym in the real world. It happens in the kitchen.

Comment: Re:It's simple. Eat less and eat less crap (Score 1) 491

by Slashdot Parent (#49349339) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

average person would be lucky to need maybe 1200-1300 calories as their TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure)

This is just not true. Not unless you're talking about the average sub-5'-tall postmenopausal woman.

As a sedentary middle aged dude, I need about 1900 calories, and will lose weight if I consume less. 1300 calories would be starvation-level for me.

Comment: Re:Or... (Score 1) 47

by Slashdot Parent (#49343907) Attached to: Dueling Home Automation Systems at SXSW (Video)

It adds some convenience and security

So I don't meant this confrontationally at all, the geek in me really wants to do some cool home automation, but what are some real life use cases where home automation does add convenience?

I mean beyond the simple stuff. I already have automated thermostats and universal remotes for my TVs. What else could I do that would make my life easier?

Comment: Re:Define "Threatened" and "Unwelcome" (Score 1) 764

The truly funny part is that women wanted absolutely nothing to do with computers until there was money to be made.

This is utterly untrue. You're just too young to remember life before the 1980s.

It used to be that professionals in computing skewed female. A lot of the early advances in computer were made by women. That trend completely reversed itself in the 80s, though. I'm not sure why, but anyway, the history is of us intruding on women's territory, not them intruding on ours! Maybe it was we who realized that there was money to be made and that is what attracted us to the field?

Comment: Re:Animal House (Score 3) 764

if this socially moronic project rockets to the top in popularity on GitHub, what have you learned about the prevailing culture?

That people want to see what all of the controversy is about?

Look, the Internet has actual pornography on it, and I'm told it is very popular. But do you have to look at it if you do not like it? No, you do not. Same goes for the DICSS project. You can go your entire programming life without actually looking at the DICSS project.

Indeed, I intend to go my entire programming life without looking at the DICSS project. I did not click the link, and I am not going to. And it's not because I'm offended by dicks or dick jokes. It's because my sense of humor has changed a bit since middle school, and I just don't see any reason to bother.

Comment: Re:Animal House (Score 1) 764

As for your frat house arms race - yeah, that's going overboard, ala my 'dick jokes all day' example. Extremism is bad, everything in moderation(including moderation).

Well, the DICSS project is definitely all dicks, all the time, so it definitely fits under the "going overboard" category. That being said, DICSS is a joke project, so anyone who isn't in the mood for phallic humor can easily avoid it. If a workplace were like that, it wouldn't be so easy to avoid.

Anyway, I'm a dude, and I don't really like office environments where everyone walks around all day with their potty mouths set to "maximum potty". It's unprofessional and is a distraction from actual work. In my mind, the best policy is for everyone to make their best effort to keep things professional and in exchange, for people who might be offended to just chill out when there is an occasional, inevitable slip-up.

Comment: Re:Boxen? WTF? (Score 1) 296

by Slashdot Parent (#49294753) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

In what fucking language. Pretty sure boxes is the pl. of box.

A long, long, long, long time ago, system administrators of the various Unix-like OS's pluralized Unix-like machines as "boxen" instead of boxes. It was just sort of a quirky, geeky thing. Now, it sounds just really fucking stupid.

Comment: Re:Experience (Score 1) 155

Cars must be inspected 3 times a year. This includes safety and cleanliness, and accessibility.

Fat lot of good that does. The dirtiest Uber I've ever been was is still 10x cleaner than the cleanest licensed taxicab I've ever been it. I guess driving a car for 18+ hours per day takes its toll.

Most of the regulations you speak of are from a bygone era. An accurate taximeter? Try GPS. Braille rate cards? The rider already has an accessible mobile device. You get the idea.

Maybe, just maybe, there is a problem with the standard taxicab experience. If taxicabs were better than Ubers, then there would be no such thing as Uber.

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