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Comment Re:It's simple. Eat less and eat less crap (Score 1) 496 496

I think your numbers are a bit off, unless you think the average person weighs a little over 100 pounds. I'm 6'3", and weigh about 250ish. If I eat 1700 calories per day, I lose 2 pounds a week, like clockwork. If I eat ~2400 calories per day, my weight does not change, and I lead a pretty sedentary lifestyle. I sit at a desk all day, drive home, take the dog for a walk and sporadically go to the gym.

Comment Re:Way too expensive for my blood... (Score 1) 64 64

For many who play (myself included) actually putting your models on the table and rolling dice is only part of the hobby. I actually enjoy building and painting the models I own, and really appreciate the time and effort other players put into their armies. The ruleset and general community allow a fantastic amount of customization and conversion of models and kits. My sons (18 and 14) and I got to a tournament every month or so, and I really enjoy the looking around at the other armies and the things people have done with them. I don't like events where your paint score figures into your overall score, but I have no problem with a 3 color requirement for prize eligibility.

Comment Re: All about perception (Score 1) 200 200

I spent four years of my life in the USMC, and I can tell you from personal experience that there are men in our country's military that are weaker than the average woman. There was a guy in my platoon that weighed about 100 pounds, his wife was comically larger than him and would have made a better grunt.

I always got annoyed by the different standards applied to women and men in the Marines, and though anyone should be available to be assigned combat roles, as long as you meet the same criteria. When I was on active duty the PFT (Physical Fitness Test) for men was a 3 mile run (fail if over 26 minutes), 3-20 dead hang pull ups, and 40+ sit-ups. The PFT for women was a 1.5 mile run (unsure of pass criteria), a flex-arm hang (at least a minute) instead of pull ups, and sit-ups, but with a lower threshold for success.

Comment Re:Just make it fast (Score 2) 77 77

I had the same issue with my Note 3. With it deciding that 10 apps needed to be updated at the same time I was using my phone for navigation or transferring money to my spending account.

I decided to just shut off all automatic updates from the google play store, and I've been much happier since. I still get notifications when apps need updating, which is fine since I can decide to update when it makes sense for me. I wouldn't mind the auto updates if it didn't make the phone damn near unusable while it was happening.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 2) 283 283

My BMW 330xi can get 475-500 highway miles out of tank when driven conservatively. By 'conservatively' I mean that I try to keep my speed as even as possible, minimal burst acceleration, coasting down hills, etc. I can get that 475+ mile range while maintaining 80mph. I drive from Seattle to San Francisco once or twice per year to visit family. I try to arrange things so I don't have to fuel up in Oregon (I'd rather pump the gas myself), and generally can make the entire 840 mile trip with one stop in under 12 hours.

With that said, I would trade my car for a Tesla with no hesitation. I would be willing to deal with the charging stations on long trips, or even just not visit my family. They are in-laws after all.

Comment Re:Some would be well suited. (Score 1) 299 299

You do not understand this correctly. Unless things have changed since I enlisted, served my time and was honorably discharged, the USMC signs the same contracts as the other branches of the armed services. You sign up for X number of years, where X is equal to a Y active component and a Z inactive component. In my case, I spent 4 years on active duty, and 4 in the inactive ready reserve, where I could be called back to duty.

Comment Re:No thank you. (Score 1) 87 87

You don't own the books, you never did.

I'm OK with this. In my opinion, ownership of books is overrated. There are pros and cons to physical ownership just as there are pros and cons to ebooks.

I have teenaged children that read a lot, and ebooks allow them to all read the same book on their phones/tablets at the same time. I've witnessed them argue about who gets to read a new physical book first, and I'm glad to sidestep that entire argument.

With ebooks I don't have to store the book. I can't lose it or leave it on the train I take to work every day. Yes, DRM sucks, but I still prefer ebooks to physical books. I also don't have a problem "buying" movies from iTunes. I then don't have to worry about storing a DVD, or getting a new DVD if the old one gets scratched or otherwise degraded. I don't have to hunt through a DVD binder looking for the movie I want to watch.

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