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Comment: Re:I'll take a shot... (Score 1) 350

by grandpastackhouse (#42921255) Attached to: Alcoholism Vaccine Makes Alcohol Intolerable To Drinkers

When you are dieting and feel hungry, don't eat. Instead, drink water until you fill your stomach. The feeling of fullness removes (most of the) desire to eat.

This is a bad idea to do regularly, and is a classic behavior of someone with an eating disorder. Eat healthy food (e.g. vegetables) instead of a burger and fries when you feel hungry.

Comment: Re:GUI designers (Score 1) 311

by grandpastackhouse (#42265181) Attached to: LG Introduces Monitor With 21:9 Aspect Ratio
I use UltraMon for this. Some of the features have been adopted by Windows 7 natively that were implemented first in UltraMon via scripts, but specific capabilities like dividing a large desktop into smaller "sub-desktops" with shortcut keys to flip applications between these arbitrary borders and move/maximize them are very helpful, particularly in multi-monitor environments.

Comment: Re:Hell with the desert. (Score 1) 452

Doesn't LA have an hourly death toll? Iunno, I live up north in the woods. Last murder here was 1982. >.>

You mean the last *documented* murder, perhaps? In L.A. if something goes down I have a solid chance of getting away into a crowd or finding help, or someone at least finding my body. I can hear the banjos from here, boy!

Comment: Re:Hell with the desert. (Score 1) 452

Ignoring the eye-roll-inducing joke attempt and the implied racism, South Central L.A. has convenience/grocery stores all over (food/water/supplies) and hundreds of police and other public safety personnel wandering about, not to mention loads of regular people within talking or shouting distance who are happy to give directions to wayward tourists. There are much worse places to be lost.

Comment: Re:It's like searching for Arizona in Google Maps. (Score 1) 452

To spell it out even more clearly: when most people say "New York", they really mean New York City - specifically the neighborhood/borough of Manhattan - which is located in the state of New York in the country of the United States. This is like wanting directions to NYC/Manhattan* but only searching for "New York" and both you and your navigation app aren't smart enough to make the more common suggestion, and you end up driving to a point just outside of Adirondack Park upstate (i.e., near the center of the state of New York).

* Coincidentally, Google Maps will navigate you to the reservoir in the middle of central park if you search for "Manhattan", and to the Executive Office of New York City at 280 Broadway if you search for "New York," "New York City," or "NYC."

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 608

by grandpastackhouse (#42056427) Attached to: With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

There are few people more annoying than those who try to justify recreational drug use with claimed self-medication benefits. Just admit you like getting stoned. I don't kid myself that getting drunk is some serious health exercise, I just enjoy it.

In *many* cases marijuana will cause its user to become stoned, but there are a lot of people like my wife where it doesn't have that effect or it is greatly reduced. Its anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects should definitely not be discounted, especially with the lack of serious side effects compared to more traditional medications intended to treat those conditions. I'm not saying people under the influence of MJ should be allowed to drive any more than those under the influence of alcohol or any other drug, but you shouldn't be so quick to judge other peoples' situations. She and I would love nothing more than to never have to buy more of it just for her to lead a normal life.

Comment: Logo, Typing and HTML (Score 1) 632

In 4th or 5th grade (~1992) we as a class learned Logo (the turtle!). As a high school freshman I was in a typing class to learn the classical/proper techniques of typing. As a high school senior (1999) we had a "Computer Science" elective which was essentially a class for learning HTML and simple JavaScript, with some very broad strokes about networks, client/server, and how a web page shows up on your computer. That was one of the best classes I took and the reason I'm doing development today. We also had a couple of one-time sessions about how to use the computers to do research and find journals or books in the library. Nothing else was taught before college as I recall, including (surprisingly in retrospect) how to use word processing and spreadsheets.

Comment: Re:Size matters (Score 1) 432

by grandpastackhouse (#40847671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?

Oh, and keep a set of working clothes at the office just in case you have to do some work on a day you need to dress up.

This. My day could consist of meeting with a fortune 100 CEO to talk about proposals and payment terms in the morning and installing a projector in a soffit that afternoon. I keep a suit, business casual outfit and construction site clothes at work just in case I get any surprises in the morning or spill gravy on my crotch at lunch. Don't forget deodorant and a toothbrush either.

Comment: Why is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 263

by grandpastackhouse (#40723907) Attached to: Movie Review: <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em>
I don't know why I keep coming here, holy shit. MOVIE REVIEWS? And not for something like Primer which everyone may not know about, but for a superhero movie that the whole goddamn world is going to see. I have an idea, let's take it further off-topic all talk about how people got shot at a theater that was playing this movie and the merits of gun control! I guess next I'll go and comment on some YouTube videos

Comment: Re:Too late (Score 1) 244

by grandpastackhouse (#39607151) Attached to: Canadian Telcos Lobby Against Pick-and-Pay TV
Re: Disovery - every time that I flip past it in the guide, there is some car-related show on. Exotic cars going fast, classic cars being modified or sold at auction, etc ad nauseam. I give less of a fuck about cars than about ESPN. Most of the semi-interesting Discovery fare is available on Netflix anyway, or will be shortly.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 244

by grandpastackhouse (#39607095) Attached to: Canadian Telcos Lobby Against Pick-and-Pay TV
Agreed. During a promotional period I was subscribed to Starz via my cable provider, with much of the content also available on Netflix Instant before that contract ran out. Starz HD was such a compressed, blocky banded mess that at first I thought something was wrong with my cable signal. Starz via Netflix looked great.

Comment: Re:This is a pointless invention. (Score 1) 155

by grandpastackhouse (#39261887) Attached to: Kinect Grocery Cart Follows Shoppers Around the Store
http://www.freshdirect.com/ already does this in the NY area, it's only a matter of time before it expands or similar services are available in other parts of the country/world. I use them for all the standard boxed groceries and meat that I order every week, and hit the local bodega/grocery for most produce or one-off snacks. I will say that the produce from FD is usually pretty good just overpriced.

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