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Comment: It doesn't need to taste like meat (Score 1) 466

by javaguy (#46874299) Attached to: Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

I haven't eaten meat in about five years, before which I did the Atkins diet on which I ate a LOT of meat. I just had enough. These days I don't like the smell or taste of meat, or of products that try to mimic meat. Tofu trying to taste like meat turns my stomach, I'd far rather they make something taste as good as it can, not like something else.

I agree that getting it to taste familiar might make it easier to convert carnivores, but having tasty high protein options that don't try to mimic flesh would be appreciated by many people.

Comment: Comment filter (Score 5, Insightful) 2219

by javaguy (#46180309) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I tried the beta this morning. There was no obvious way to show only the comments rated 4* and above. There are ways of seeing funny or insightful posts, but you don't get to control how many.

The new design seems less space efficient. More clicks are required to read stories (including this one).

No plans to change in the near future.

Comment: Sugar and gluten seem to be my keys (Score 1) 635

by javaguy (#43177351) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

Years ago I did the Atkins diet, I lost 30kg in 3-4 months. I don't consider it a great long term option these days, but it works, though perhaps not for the reason Atkins thought it did. I'm vegetarian now partly thanks to the excessive meat I ate back then. I've tried all sorts of diets, no sugar, gluten free, low GI, etc, etc, most worked to at least some degree if I stuck to it. I think the rigor is more important than the diet you choose.

A good workout might burn say 500 calories. For most people it's far easier to cut that from their diet than to exercise every day.

What helps me is:
  - Cutting down sugar 95% - this includes fruit juice, sauces, manufactured products, alcohol
  - Cutting out gluten - I don't have ceilacs, but I find if I stop eating gluten I lose weight much more easily
  - Accurately and honestly track what I eat and what I do. There are heaps of systems, myfitnesspal is the one I use
  - Moderate exercise 3-4 times per week. I live in a hilly area, 30-40 minutes walking up and down those works for me. Even something as simple as a 15 minute walk at lunch time helps.

This is working for me, slowly but surely

Piracy

+ - Returning NZ Soldier Fined Under Skynet Law->

Submitted by Dangerous_Minds
Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "The publicity for the New Zealand three strikes law (or Skynet law) isn't getting any better. Freezenet is pointing to an article on Stuff which details the latest incident revolving around the Skynet law. Apparently, a soldier was just finishing a tour in Afghanistan and returning to New Zealand. When he got back to the country, he found out he received his third and final copyright infringement strike and was to appear before the copyright tribunal. Despite the obvious circumstances, he was fined $255.97 for downloading music from Hot Chelle and Rhianna anyway. Last month, it was revealed that RIANZ spent $250,000 just to reap the reward of $616.57."
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Comment: Re:Turn off wifi (Score 3, Informative) 323

by javaguy (#42664345) Attached to: Have a Wi-Fi-Enabled Phone? Stores Are Tracking You

The permissions for the Llama app include:
  - Read calendar events plus confidential information
  - Add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners' knowledge
  - Read your contacts
  - Pair with Bluetooth devices

That seems to be excessive given the functionality of the app.

Comment: Peak usage could be the issue (Score 1) 353

by javaguy (#42332319) Attached to: ISP Data Caps Just a 'Cash Cow'

The issue is probably not interconnection and peering, it's probably provisioning for peak usage.

Take a neighborhood of 1000 houses. Ten years ago there may have been a few people download mp3s, someone downloading a movie, some people doing web and email, aggregated you probably would've gotten away with a 10Mbps connection, maybe less as the internet wasn't as widely used. These days during peak periods you could expect perhaps 100 people streaming HD Netflix to their TV, some downloading torrents, others browsing images, watching youtube videos, you have people on phones, tablets, smart TVs, devices doing updates, etc - that would probably require more like 1Gbps, 100 times more bandwidth than ten years ago.

Interconnection costs less, but you have to upgrade your huge number of expensive routers and various network equipment, upgrade your back-haul, provide local caches for youtube and netflix, etc, etc. Sure they're making increasing profits every year, but it's not like they're standing still.

Comment: Community headphone reviews website (Score 1) 448

by javaguy (#40316967) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?

http://www.headphonereviews.org/ is non commercial headphone reviews website. There are some editors reviews, but most of the reviews are by users, with reviews by experienced headphone users given more weight than reviews by new members. The site is moderated to keep the review quality high.

Disclaimer: I own and run the website, and the website covers its costs by getting affiliate revenue from amazon.

+ - Steve Jobs dead at 56->

Submitted by skirmish666
skirmish666 (1287122) writes "Apple's board of directors today released a statement confirming Mr Jobs's death:
"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/steve-jobs-dead-apple-confirms-former-ceo-loses-fight-20111006-1lag8.html#ixzz1ZxGguPVt"

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Comment: Screens and WiFi take far more power than the CPU (Score 1) 98

by javaguy (#37462904) Attached to: Nvidia's Kal-El Tegra Will Have Fifth "Companion Core"

This is a nice development, and i'm sure it'll help at least a little. I have a Tegra2 based tablet, the Asus Transformer, and according to my battery stats most of the power is used to run the screen and WiFi, rather than the CPU. More efficient screens and WiFi would make a far bigger difference than a low power core.

My battery stats are: Screen 32%, Tablet Idle 22%, Wifi 19%, Android OS 14%, everything else is below 10%.

Comment: Re:Who uses Thunderbird? (Score 1) 154

by javaguy (#36618042) Attached to: Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 5

I have a dozen IMAP email accounts for my various websites and contract roles. I need to check them regularly but keep the accounts and email separate. Thunderbird or any other email account lets me do this easily.

Forwarding email or using POP and taking email out of those accounts isn't an option.

Comment: Re:Voted supra-aurals (Score 1) 344

by javaguy (#35814252) Attached to: I prefer to listen to recorded media via ...

I think you may have that backward. Supraaural headphones sit on your ears and push them against your head, which can be uncomfortable. Circumaural headphones sit around your ears without touching them, with any pressure on your head, and are generally a lot more comfortable. Take a look at this glossary.

Sound wise I prefer circumaural, and most high end headphones are circumaural, though some Grado has some nice supraaural headphones.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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