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Comment Re:What applications? (Score 1) 178

This feature will probably cause the display to make text display even smaller because the OS (actually only sure about this with Windows) acts like has no clue that a 17" monitor isn't that big of a display and only goes by number of pixels and doesn't offer a way to make text all that large, and all of the browsers are just as bad.

Submission + - Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980s 2

schwit1 writes: A new study finds that people today who eat and exercise the same amount as people 20 years ago are still fatter.

A study published recently in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice found that it's harder for adults today to maintain the same weight as those 20 to 30 years ago did, even at the same levels of food intake and exercise. The authors examined the dietary data of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008 and the physical activity data of 14,419 people between 1988 and 2006. They grouped the data sets together by the amount of food and activity, age, and BMI.

They found a very surprising correlation: A given person, in 2006, eating the same amount of calories, taking in the same quantities of macronutrients like protein and fat, and exercising the same amount as a person of the same age did in 1988 would have a BMI that was about 2.3 points higher. In other words, people today are about 10 percent heavier than people were in the 1980s, even if they follow the exact same diet and exercise plans.

Comment Re: O Rly? (Score 1) 109

Didn't you read quintesse's post? Apparently anything that you can't afford on a Cuban's pay which apparently really isn't all that much. Of course, exchange rate is not the same as purchasing power, but the amount of purchasing power can't be increased a whole lot more than what was stated. And even "purchasing power" doesn't tell the whole story as to what's within the realm of possibility.

Comment Re: O Rly? (Score 1) 109

The distance between various people involved in the deal has little to do with what nation is closest to Cuba. The wiring does, but that's a separate matter. Besides the United States and China did no such thing. People from various companies chartered from those countries who in turn hire people who may be from yet other countries do.

Comment Re:Bias? Or reality? (Score 1) 445

How does confronting people with problems of types they've probably never seen before avoid or counteract socioeconomic biases? Especially when socioeconomic biases affect that probability. One question on an IQ test not so long ago asked me what continent a given country was in, a problem that was even more likely to have probably never been seen before the poorer you are.

Comment Re: "Real" Names (Score 1) 129

You believe in the concept of a "real" name... How quaint. Sure there is such a thing as a legal name that you use on legal forms, and a lot of times people think that is your "real" name. But how real is it? Is it what your friends, family, acquaintances or coworkers call you? Probably not. I just put hackwrench into Bing and my slashdot page is on the first page of listings. My blog is in the first page of results in Google. That real enough for you?

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann