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Comment: You Kids Get Off My Lawn (Score 5, Interesting) 166

by Greyfox (#47935719) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance
I remember the original Saccharin scare in the '70's, and several of the hippy chicks in my extended family warning me and my parents off artificially sweetened "poison." Yeah, they actually said "poison." Hippy chicks are like that. Fast forward to the late '90's and the food companies start pushing the idea that "No, they're fine! Really!" As annoying as the hippy chicks are, I'm more inclined to trust them over some corporation whose entire profit-driven reason for existing is to turn me into a fat fuck. The guys who own them probably also own the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs that try to fix all the side effects of being a fat fuck, too. That's a win-win for them, right there.

Ultimately if you want to solve this problem, don't eat sugar OR artificial sweeteners. Don't put anything that could be found in a vending machine in your body. Good dietary tip right there. If everyone in the world just stopped drinking soft drinks, that'd be an enormous win for humanity's overall health. Sure, it would destroy a few of the most powerful companies on the planet in the process, but you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

Comment: Re:Wait... (Score 1) 207

by Greyfox (#47935587) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps
If I recall correctly, most of that is coming from the universal service fund. It's designed so that some farmer who's the only guy for 40-50 miles can get phone service at all. The last mile problem gets MUCH worse when that last mile is 50 miles.

It this country, we have an expectation that phone service will just work everywhere, that you can turn on your tap and get drinkable water, that you can turn on the lights and they'll always work and that you can get on the road and drive anywhere. Out west, none of those things has ever been guaranteed. I can see a future where "We the People" make it increasingly difficult to pay for the infrastructure that makes these things possible. There have been several instances in the news recently where some city or other can't (or won't) provide drinkable water to its people. In other "Advanced, industrialized" countries (like India,) daily blackouts are a thing in a lot of places. We only avoid that because we had the foresight to build our infrastructure. Once all that falls to shit (Which it's doing rapidly) it's going to be a LOT more expensive to get back to this state than it would have been if we'd just maintained it in the first place. I'm getting older and will probably die before the country REALLY starts to collapse, but you kids might want to start getting used to farm living now. It looks like that's all the previous couple of generations is going to leave you.

Comment: What is really happening here? (Score 1) 856

by Bruce Perens (#47930483) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
We are in a War on Faith, because Faith justifies anything and ISIS takes it to extremes. But in the end they are just a bigger version of Christian-dominated school boards that mess with the teaching of Evolution, or Mormon sponsors of anti-gay-marriage measures, or my Hebrew school teacher, an adult who slapped me as a 12-year-old for some unremembered offense against his faith.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 856

by Bruce Perens (#47930331) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Hm. The covenant of Noah is about two paragraphs before this part (King James Version) which is used for various justifications of slavery and discrimination against all sorts of people because they are said to bear the Curse of Ham. If folks wanted to use the Bible to justify anything ISIS says is justified by God's words in the Koran, they could easily do so.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Comment: Shops Like That Get A Reputation (Score 1) 223

by Greyfox (#47926059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?
Shops like that end up with a reputation. They work by burning through suckers who haven't heard about them yet. Turnover rate's usually fast and pretty close to 100%, The recruiters for one of the local grind-houses are getting desperate and don't tell you who they're recruiting for until you get to the end of their pitch about the "great opportunity" they have. In the past year I've heard two separate co-workers listen through the whole thing, get to that part and say "Oh, them? No thanks, I'm not interested."

Funnily enough, contractors are usually get a better work/life balance at the grind-houses I've seen lately. The companies will abuse their salaried work base for as many free hours as they can get, but contractors put in their 40 a week and are done. You can tell when they're actually desperate to get something out the door because that's when they ask the contractors to work paid overtime.

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