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Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong. (Score 1) 153

by Concerned Onlooker (#48579521) Attached to: "Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

I don't. And since everyone is just spouting opinions I'll add mine. We've been messing with the food supply too much. We're consuming vast quantities of starch and stuff sweetened with corn syrup and who knows what else. I think we might be engineering our way into bad health.

Also, and this is not a character flaw, I don't think people are honest with themselves about how much sugary stuff they consume. I've been thin all my life (for various reasons, not the least of which is a physically active lifestyle) but I went through a period where I was hanging out with some guys who went to the vending machines every afternoon. I ended up eating a lot of candy and I put on 10+ pounds in no time. The great thing was that I realized what was going on and stopped eating any sugary stuff and the weight dropped right back off.

At work I see people who talk about wanting to lose weight and yet get ice cream every day. It's not a character flaw, but it is a choice. If it's not important to you I'm OK with that. We all have our priorities.

Comment: It's not a "replacement." (Score 3, Insightful) 377

by gfxguy (#48571529) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG
In this industry, there's no such thing as a "replacement," it's "just another competing format." None of the old formats ever dies, all we ever get is more new formats, all of which need to be supported, ultimately making everything more complicated. I'm not saying we shouldn't advance... but the belief that some new format you create will replace something instead of muddying the existing pool of formats is laughable. related xdcd. (yes, I know it's "standards" and not "formats," but the result is the same)

Comment: Re:How is that startling? (Score 1) 413

by gfxguy (#48479661) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
Right... we should have instant run off so people can actually vote for who they want without "throwing away" their votes. Since the two parties are so firmly entrenched, and the last thing they want is more competition (especially given they are both two sides of the same coin - very minor differences if you actually look at it), instant run off will never be allowed. And since neither party will ever give up power, you will NEVER see fair redistricting.

Comment: Re:How is that startling? (Score 1) 413

by gfxguy (#48479653) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Personally it seems more like a liberal media is more likely to point out when republicans do it, ultimately giving the impression that you seem to have.

The both do it wherever and whenever possible. Under current laws, they'd actually be stupid not to.

However, what I'd like to see is a computer algortihm based redistricting that is approved by all parties. The rule of thumb when you cut a cake is that the person who cuts it chooses last... that ensures they make the fairest cuts. Unfortunately you can't apply the same logic here, but you can make it so everyone has to agree... the only way they'd agree is if it were fair.

Then again, I'd like to see instant run off implemented at all levels, including choosing electors in presidential elections... and I'll never see that, either.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 130

by gfxguy (#48387437) Attached to: Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue
That may be, but I agree with the GP... what you've described is already a problem, where you need to competing services to get all of the content, despite the fact that 90% of it overlaps. Now imagine Sony content (including TV shows and several motion picture companies they own as well as libraries of content from studios like MGM, which they acquired a while back) only being available from Sony.

Comment: Re:Why are Asians always ignored in this discussio (Score 1) 459

by gfxguy (#48361149) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Are they not also a significant minority in the US? And yet somehow, they managed to vastly over-represent themselves in STEM fields. Maybe, and this may be just a wild ass guess, but maybe it's because they spent their time focusing on their homework rather than whining about diversity?

And you never stop hearing the white people whining about it! Right? Right!?!? It never stops!

Comment: Re:I judge people by their merit (Score 2, Interesting) 459

by gfxguy (#48361121) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech
I had this argument before w.r.t. affirmative action. I asked if they didn't want to be judged on the content of their character instead of the color of their skin, and was told - seriously - that quote is from Martin Luther King Jr., and he's "theirs," so I'm not allowed to use his quote in an argument. No,.. really.

Comment: Re:It must be that time of the month again... (Score 1) 459

by gfxguy (#48361085) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Yet another dumbshit article about (the lack of) diversity in the workplace brought to you by your local bleeding hearts liberals. If it's not racial, it's gender. If it's not gender, they'll cry about ethnic diversity, sexual orientation, or something else.

Why aren't more women working in IT? Why aren't more men working as registered nurses?

Why aren't more homosexuals working in IT? Why aren't more heterosexuals working in interior design?

Why aren't more people of diverse racial backgrounds working in IT? Why aren't more people of caucasian background working in fast food?

Why do ducks quack? Because they look like a duck, and sound like a duck.

Quacking liberals.

And because some idiot seems likely to come along with some crap like "so says the ac," I'll echo this using my account.

For the last time - equal opportunity does NOT mean equal outcomes. Correlation is not causation - if you can actually prove the system is biased against minorities/women/any other special interest, then do it instead of complaining the outcomes aren't what you want. If you want to prove someone isn't being paid fairly, the ONLY way to do it is show that people with equal educations, equal experience, and equal OUTPUT are not being paid equally.

Comment: Re:Uh, simple (Score 1) 246

by Concerned Onlooker (#48357317) Attached to: The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

"No politician in this universe wants to be the one who willfully signs the death certificates of highly trained, highly intelligent and skilled people."

I don't know why. They usually have no problem sending large numbers of people to their deaths. All we need to do is convince them that there are probably terrorists on Mars and it'll be a done deal.

I have a very small mind and must live with it. -- E. Dijkstra