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Comment: Re:I got a butt chewing for giving my daughter hon (Score 1) 240

by laie_techie (#49131995) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

Doctors bad-mouth cow's milk because a bunch of vegan pussies with their hippie propaganda have convinced a gullible bunch of half-a-fag pediatricians that dairy is THE EVIL. All it's going to get you is a bunch of lactose-intolerant pussy kids to match their pussy parents. And the sad thing is that they're not even going to have lunch money to buy their gay soy milk because my kid is going to be beating them up and taking it from them.

Actually, your argument may be valid for human consumption of bovine milk, but there are valid reasons for infants to avoid it. Cow milk has larger protein structures which are harder for human infants to digest than human milk. Cow milk has the wrong kind of fats for human infants. Not to mention that human infants need MORE fat than what cow milk provides. When infants are introduced to cow milk (about 12 months old), it should be whole milk. Children shouldn't drink 1% or skim milk until they are 2 years old.

As for soy milk, too much soy messes with male hormones.

Comment: Re:Parents keeping kids away from peanuts? Not rea (Score 1) 240

by laie_techie (#49121905) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

Doctors are telling us to keep our children away from peanuts, eggs, and various other foods until two years of age. Then we're supposed to introduce them one at a time, with a few weeks between to monitor results & possible outbreaks. Even if no one in the family has any such allergies.

I'm sure it's not just me, almost every friend across the US with kids in our approximate age range have talked about the same things. I wonder if the people who write this stuff are paying attention...

I have a five month old son, so I've been paying attention to this kind of thing. I've noticed that doctors' recommendations change every few years. My mom's generation was told to introduce rice cereal at six weeks, but now the recommendation is to start at about 6 months. We were also told to introduce at most one new food every three days so that if an allergy is discovered it would be easier to identify the cause.

Here is an exert from a 2008 statement from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) :

Although solid foods should not be introduced before 4 to 6 months of age, there is no current convincing evidence that delaying their introduction beyond this period has a significant protective effect on the development of atopic disease regardless of whether infants are fed cow milk protein formula or human milk. This includes delaying the introduction of foods that are considered to be highly allergic, such as fish, eggs, and foods containing peanut protein.(View Report)

Most sources say to hold off until 8 months before introducing eggs and 12 months before introducing peanut butter. Of course this guideline will vary if family member is known to have allergies for a given food.

Comment: Re:I got a butt chewing for giving my daughter hon (Score 1) 240

by laie_techie (#49121769) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

Honey is different as it can cause botulism poisoning in infants. It's not an allergen, but rather often harbors an actual amount of bacteria. In adults and children, the bacteria load is not harmful as the body can easily deal with it. In infants, the body reacts differently to botulism and it can occasionally kill them.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/botulism.html

That's why you were given the butt chewing. It's a very different situation to peanuts. Peanuts would be unsafe if they were covered in the same bacteria that honey harbors.

If I had mod points, I'd vote you up. My son is five months old, cutting his first teeth, and getting his first taste of real food. The pediatricians stressed the dangers of bacteria which may be present in some batches of uncooked honey. They also say to hold off on cow's milk until a year old for different reasons.

Comment: Re:Java-Free Like NeoOffice? (Score 1) 148

by laie_techie (#48941221) Attached to: LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

I do not like having Java installed because A) It's slow.

Java was slow in the 1990s, but is now comparable with C++

B) It is a security risk just like Flash.

Applets are a security risk, but Java applications are no more (nor less) a security risk than other desktop applications

C) I have had malware attempts do pop-ups asking and recommending Java be installed, no kidding.

Does that mean you dislike oxygen because Hitler (a known bad guy) liked to breathe it, too?

I prefer a web browser with no non-HTML options even being available.

You know that Java isn't limited to your web browser, right? You can even *gasp* disable the Java plugin from within your browser and still run Java applications just fine.

Comment: Re:Still useless to Brazilian portuguese (Score 1) 122

by laie_techie (#48815383) Attached to: Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

A Brazilian like me will have to do a good effort to make sense from what you wrote if you do not know brazilian portuguese and try to use Google translate.

I spent two years in Brazil, and my wife is brasileira. I find that by speaking both English and Brazilian Portuguese I can understand most translation mix-ups between these languages. As an example, the confusion over do and make.

Comment: Re:Conform or be expelled (Score 1) 320

by laie_techie (#48765495) Attached to: HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

Actually very few areas in the US have HOAs. It's just that they are the more rich, white areas, which are more desirable. I've never lived in a place with an HOA, and only a handful of people I know live in such areas. They are often more expensive, as you are paying for the "privileged" of having someone boss you around. There must be lots of people into that. Though my current house is in an HOA area, but the HOA wasn't strong enough, so I bought the house from people who didn't sign the HOA paperwork (no idea how many owners before them didn't), so I own a non HOA house in an HOA neighborhood. Or maybe only the homes that have a plot at the local airstrip have to join the HOA.

I live in an HOA area in Utah. Our units are currently worth $200k. Our HOA fees (about $100/month) cover use of the clubhouse / swimming pool / community park, snow removal, upkeep of our front yards, and home insurance. Non-HOA homes in the area go for $300-400k.

Comment: Re:Tired of this shit (Score 1) 448

by laie_techie (#48620707) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

I agree with your sentiments, but disapprove of your use of such filthy language. I'm a White heterosexual male. I married a Brazilian of a darker complexion. I have Chinese, Filipino, Latino, and Polynesian in-laws. I have cousins who are 50% Black. Race is not an issue; culture is. I don't care about the color of your skin. I am tired of people playing the race card. People should be hired and paid based on qualifications, and in 95% cases race is not a qualification (exception for performers at cultural centers; people don't fly 2000 miles to Hawaii to see a blonde dancing the hula).

Comment: Re: It has been done. (Score 1) 448

by laie_techie (#48620583) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Here's a question for you: why is Obama "black?" Was that his choice, his family's choice, his culture's choice, your choice, all of the above or just some proclaimed fact from an all-knowing-deity?

Barak Obama is 25% Black African, 25% Arab, and 50% White. He is called Black because the 25% of his genes are the most dominant. He got 25% Black African and 25% Arab from his Kenyan father. Barak didn't choose his race nor ethnicity (but he saw that 25% Black was more advantageous than 50% White when applying for student aid).; these were chosen for him by his parents.

Comment: Re:5th Admendment? (Score 1) 446

by laie_techie (#48517221) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

Your logic is slightly flawed. An egg laid by a not-quite-chicken is still NOT a chicken egg. The embryo inside that egg was a chicken, so the chicken came first.

No, you're not reading it right. Given the constant small steps of evolution, you end up tripping over the very definition of chicken. Becuase that alomst but not quite checken is a mythical creature. What we have today, we consider chickens. What we have today is slightly different from the jungle chicken. But that would have been a chicken then. That's why he uses the N+1 argument, evolution doesn't stop. We can observe complete speciation, but not the tiny steps of detail.

Which is why the argument ends up becoming is the chicken that laid this egg the chicken, or does the egg laid become the chicken?

It may be even more tangled than that - if it's a chicken egg by virtue of the animal hatching from it is a chicken, then it only becomes a chicken egg once it's fertilized (unless it was laid by a chicken).

Comment: Re:5th Admendment? (Score 1) 446

by laie_techie (#48509271) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

And even if you specify chicken eggs, it's *still* the egg. By the process of evolution, the first chicken would have been a mutation from parents that were almost, but not quite, chickens. The almost-but-not-quite-chicken mother would have laid an egg, out of which hatched the first chicken. So the egg came first.

Your logic is slightly flawed. An egg laid by a not-quite-chicken is still NOT a chicken egg. The embryo inside that egg was a chicken, so the chicken came first.

Comment: Re: huh? (Score 1) 187

The "spirit" is bullshit. There is no brain, so there's no place for consciousness to emerge from. It's no more alive than a scab.

Religious people believe in the spirit (hence my qualification). As for no brain means no more alive than a scab, you are aware that not all independent life forms on earth have brains, right? Sponges and Trichoplax are examples of animals without a brain.

Comment: Re:This is the same community (Score 1) 581

by laie_techie (#48417909) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

This is the same community that you can still start a street fight, or at least a troll war, by asking "Which is better: emacs or vi?" I'm not sure they're ever going to get over this. But, like the above question, the world will move on and leave them behind.

But the OS works with either vi or emacs (or heaven forbid both) installed; you can only have a single init system

Comment: Re:We have one in the US, too (Score 1) 231

by laie_techie (#48413215) Attached to: The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

My objections to the ACA? It raised my premiums 200% for similar coverage. It forces everyone to have health insurance (or pay the tax penalty), meaning that insurance companies can charge what they want.

As opposed to what? The government mandating prices?

If you meant that insurance company profits peak at an unresonably high profit margin level, isn't that what the market is supposed to take care of?

If the government mandates that everyone purchase a product (such as health insurance), then there is no incentive for those selling that product not to fix prices. Such a mandate gets rid of most rules of an open market.

Comment: Re:We have one in the US, too (Score 2) 231

by laie_techie (#48410851) Attached to: The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

What is it specifically you object to about the ACA? Covering more people? You do realize the whole idea behind any health insurance is that healthy people support the unhealthy. My main objection to it is that it let the health insurance companies and their "death panels" ("actuaries" to you) live. It has only been since the 1960's that insurance companies have gotten into health insurance in a big way. And we can mark the cost rises for health care to them.

My objections to the ACA? It raised my premiums 200% for similar coverage. It forces everyone to have health insurance (or pay the tax penalty), meaning that insurance companies can charge what they want. No one knew what was in the 2000+ pages before it was passed (with the promise they could read it later).

I like that insurance companies can't deny coverage based on preexisting conditions.

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