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Comment Re: I volunteer as tribute. (Score 3) 381

Your cravings have a LOT to do with what you eat regularly. I used to eat way too much sugar, and craved candy and sweets like crazy. I made a point of cutting excess sugar out of my diet, and after a few weeks of this, I no longer crave sugar like I used to. Things that I used to think tasted good now taste wayyyy too sweet. I've lost 30lbs since I started, and now am in the healthy range for BMI. Occasionally I eat sweets a bit more than usual, and notice the cravings return slightly, but instead of indulging it I use it to remind me to stop eating sugar.

Comment Re:Just starting now? (Score 1) 373

I could be wrong, but I'm fairly certain such sensors are not normally equipped. In theory, yes, sensors would be a useful tool to confirm actual weight and balance just before departure, but they still need to plan for expected weight. With short turn-around times weight and balance has to be planned, so that the airline knows in advance how much fuel and cargo to load, and where to load it.

Comment Re:Just starting now? (Score 5, Interesting) 373

And technically, weight and balance calculations are required before each flight.

Absolutely. Aircraft weight and balance is very important. These calculations also determine how much fuel to carry. Sometimes while in flight pilots will report unexpected fuel burn, difficulty climbing, that the plane is nose or tail heavy, and request an audit of what was loaded onto the plane (baggage/cargo). Also, if you've ever been on a plane that's relatively empty, you may notice flight attendants spreading out the passengers so that they all aren't in the front, or wherever.

Comment Re: Detail? (Score 1) 373

All aircraft have a maximum take-off weight, and it varies with weather. A plane full of "average" people, including both Samoan wrestlers/Linebackers, and petite women generally is not a problem, unless it is particularly hot, or there is a lot of cargo. But a plane loaded fully with Samoan wrestlers/Linebackers could potentially put it over take-off weight. Also there's balance to take into account. It's bad for the weight to be concentrated in either the front or the back.

Comment Re:No Surprise (Score 1) 155

For those considering it. Fargo is a caricature. Beware.

I've lived in the Minneapolis/St Paul area my entire life and have rarely ever heard anyone talk like that. Weather wise, around minneapolis (where the vast majority of the tech workers will be found) the temperature varies from a windy around -20 F in the deepest part of winter to around 100 F & high humidity in the hottest days of summer.

Comment Re:"cure for cancer" (Score 1) 204

Guess what? Not all cancers have easily identifiable markers, and even ones that do vary a lot from one cancer to another. You're not going to find a single agent (or even a set of agents) that you can use to target all of them. Therefore, no, it isn't universal.

Comment Re:Time to recompile humanity (Score 2) 62

It is confidently asserting that because you don't understand nature's ways that you are observing a suboptimal solution.

Ha! What in the world suggests to you that we're an optimal solution? Evolution only makes an organism fit enough to reproduce and rear the next generation. Things that cause problems rarely, or create health in old age are poorly selected for. If we're optimized for anything, it would be as tribal hunter-gatherers, not modern civilization. Science is not magic. I am confident that we can do better, if we choose to do so.

Comment Re:Time to recompile humanity (Score 1) 62

Me? Absolutely not. I'm a software engineer, not a biochemist. That doesn't mean that nobody can. We've mapped the genome, now the job is figuring out what everything does, including all of the interactions. Once we know that (which is a truly massive task that has only just begun), we can start looking at what we can change to make things work better. It might require changing many things at once in order to separate, for example, two biological pathways that are currently connected, where correcting an issue in one creates an issue in the other. And the result might be people that are no longer genetically compatible with unmodified humans. I'll let someone else tackle the sociological effects of that, but it's almost certainly possible to make those sort of changes once we understand our biology well enough.

Comment Re:Time to recompile humanity (Score 1) 62

Yeah, but we can do better than random modifications if we have a solid understanding of ourselves. Huge challenge though, as our biology is a huge example of spaghetti code. Right now, changing one gene can have a complex cascade of unintended consequences. Some level of interdependency is probably necessary, but it's likely that a lot of it isn't, it just ended up that way randomly. It will really be the golden age of DNA modification if we figure out enough that we can start unraveling those interdependencies and clean up our genetics.

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