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Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 1) 286

by fahrbot-bot (#47920135) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

But ask any senior programmer who has dealt with one straight out of school. Very often the lack of real world experience means they're unwilling/incapable of recognizing that someone knows some things they didn't cover in school, and that their theoretical model falls on its face when confronted with other things.

A while ago we had two fresh grads hired as junior programmers. After - literally - two months, one asked when she would be promoted to a senior programmer. I replied, when you don't need senior programmer to help you with all your work.

Comment: Re:Nature (Score 5, Funny) 113

by fahrbot-bot (#47891965) Attached to: Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

And that's because hydrogen is chemically unstable and hard to store compared to sugars. Neither of those are good things for living creatures.

Exactly. Plants learned *that* lesson long before we did with the Hindenburg. (If you listen very carefully to the video, you can hear all the plants laughing at our naiveté in the background.)

Comment: Re:COBOL (Score 1) 380

by fahrbot-bot (#47864597) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

My college still teaches COBOL, requiring two semesters of it. But I'm not sure if this is because they illegitimately believe it's still useful or just because of old habit (and to keep the guy teaching it employed).

It's probably because your college still uses COBOL and wants to ensure they can still hire inexpensive grads to support them :-)

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 152

by fahrbot-bot (#47812967) Attached to: Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

Yes! Where? I want it!

Second that. I currently use Proxomitron to filter out all the unwanted (by me anyway) crap on Google's home page (instant, preview, sidebar, link redirects, etc...) and have to use "" to avoid https (so I can use my filtering proxy).

Yes, I know I can use Startpage and/or DuckDuckGo, but they're not as fast as hitting Google directly. Seriously, for simple searches, 99.9% of the time the JavaScript and crap (et al) on all these search pages (like Google and Bing) is a complete bullshit. Just my $0.02 anyway.

Comment: Re:A closed-loop feedback diet system (Score 1) 588

by fahrbot-bot (#47809949) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

I (and several others) purchased a blood sugar meter. Basically, we would check our blood sugar levels (BSL) at 1 and 2 hours after eating. We all found that some foods would take us up to 120 (the upper limit for our experiment), but some foods blasted BSL up to 200.

I did this too and noticed the same (though not above 160). I found the following helped reduce those spikes: (a) split one meal into two meals 3-hours apart (b) long walk and/or brief intense spot exercise - which, I've read, helps burn off some of the stored energy in the muscles causing them to pull fresh from the blood stream. Either case, though especially the intense spot exercise, showed about a 30 point reduction in blood sugar.

You might also be interested in this: Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system.

Comment: Re:The diet is unimportant... (Score 1) 588

by fahrbot-bot (#47809717) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Simply eat what your body needs... beyond that, exercise. That is why people are getting fat. Not because they're eating too much but because they're not doing anything.

The article / study describes how the change in diet also results in better blood chemistry (lipids, etc...) and potentially less detrimental cardiovascular impact. I recommend watching Sugar: The Bitter Truth with Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics for similar information, though more focused on refined sugar in the diet and how it's metabolized (similarly to alcohol).

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