I've dabbled, it is definitely fun for little side projects but I haven't tried to do anything major league with it - in any case, don't knock anything until you try it. For giggles try creating a large searchable data set using elasticsearch and nodejs running behind apache proxies, one hour into it when you have a working site you'll see the appeal.
All seems pretty harmless to me, they could just as easily hire human beings to stand along the highways with walkie talkies and monitor average traffic speeds, would people throw a shit fit then?
At the national level, we've gone from taking a few years to put a man on the moon to taking four years to pass an ANNUAL budget through just the senate. We've gone from "defeat the Soviet Union" to "emulate the French"
"In vain does the God of War growl, snarl, roar, and try to interrupt with bombards, trumpets, and his whole tarantantaran
- Johannes Kepler
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"You're lazy as hell and killing yourself with food."
"Agreed. However, before I do anything about it I'll need for you to prove to me scientifically that it's my fault."
Can you see the absurdity? Go for a walk sir.
A thousand eyes now filled with pain,
I'll just sit back and relax now,
As your heart disconnects from your brain.
Yes I guess I see,
They ain't doin nothin here but livin' off of you and me, well
Yes I guess I know,
There ain't no place left on this earth that you can call your own, and
Yes I hope I see
The day we all wake up and get up off our bended knees, well
Let it all just burn,
Cause they ain't the type for listenin and they sure ain't never gonna learn.
-- Devil Makes Three, Never Learn
Fat will prevent you from doing much exercise, making you tire quickly, blowing out your joints, and your respiratory and circulatory systems just can't keep up with the huge demands on a body twice the normal size.
These rationalizations don't help. Sure, a 350 lb. person deciding suddenly to start jogging 3 miles a day will likely regret it, but what about walking 200 yards a day? What about taking the stairs once in a while? Swimming? Biking? What about - gasp - not eating candy/ice cream/cup cakes/fruit loops/cookies/pancakes/cheeseburgers - ever.
"Woe is me - McDonald's is the only food I have the time and money for...I'm a victim!!"
Guess what, you can actually get healthy crap at fast food restaurants - they do carry fruits and vegetables and non-fried chicken, and it's just as cheap. Read through 100 comments on this article and you'll find 90 excuses for not having any will power and 10 people sick of the bullshit. That ratio is the epidemic, the obesity is just a symptom.
FFS, the cognitive dissonance surrounding the "obesity epidemic" is infuriating. Get off your asses!! YOU are to blame!!!