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Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 530

by jellomizer (#49563655) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

That is the problem with Diet food anyways.
If you want to lose weight. Stop eating "Diet Food"
If you are going to indulge in something, you are better off in eating the non-Diet equivalent.
1. It will satisfy you more. You can have a piece of 300 calorie dessert and you will satisfied. Or you chow down on 4 or 5 100 calorie diet snacks.
2. Gives you energy. If you can get non-empty calories. You get more energy out of your day. So you can go out and get more active.
3. Too few calories, puts your body in starvation mode. This means it will slow your metabolism so when you do eat it will go to fat, because it won't known when you will eat again.

If you are going to have a Soda, I like real Cane sugar soda. It tastes better, and when you drink a potion you feel satisfied and you really don't want an other glass.

Diet Soda, sends your body mixed messages. So it thinks it has sugar but it doesn't so your body will try to process it. Leaving you feeling hungry.

Comment: Also it is a lot of calories, and empty ones (Score 1) 530

by Sycraft-fu (#49562409) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Soda has around 100 calories per 8 fluid ounces (varies slightly with type of soda). So you get a 32 ounce drink, that's 400 calories. That's a fair bit, even by fast food standards. Most fast food burgers are in the 800-1200 calorie range (a double quarter pounder with cheese is 740 calories for reference). So you are adding 33-50% more calories to a meal with a 32oz soda.

Well the thing is, the calories in that soda won't do much if anything to fill you up. Drink as much as you like, you still feel hungry. Not so with a hamburger. While it isn't high quality nutrition, it is still plenty of protein, fat, and carbs and your body is going to be satisfied by the consumption of it.

Thus cutting out the soda really can help. You reduce a non-trivial amount of calories and it isn't likely to make you feel less full. Ya, you are still eating fast food and it is not high quality nutrition, and it is high calorie for what you get, but it is better than just drinking sugar water which is more or less what soda is.

Weight loss and eating healthy isn't an all or nothing proposition. There is better and worse, and cutting out soda is doing better than leaving it in.

Comment: Re:First post... (Score 1) 31

by jellomizer (#49550241) Attached to: Patents Show Google Fi Was Envisioned Before the iPhone Was Released

Before the iPhone we were not primitives. They were smart phones years before the iPhone was released. The big players was Blackberry and a slew of windows mobile phones, and Palm. They had a keyboard you could browse the web you could even get apps, and watch videos. Android OS was in development. But the idea of smart phones were all centered around a full keyboard and some sort of pointing device. The key features where there. So it would make sense for Google to look for ways to improve bandwidth without the iPhone designed phone.

However after the iPhone was released it put the smart phone market in shock. It seemed that a larger screen was preferable, people picked up in using gestures quickly, and was willing to sacrifice a physical keyboard for it. This made all the other companies future plans obsolete thus giving Apple a two year lead.

But saying before the iPhone we wouldn't imagine trying to get faster mobile data is naive.

Comment: Re:Fairly easy way to protect data. (Score 1) 77

What are you a yuppie from the 1980s or something!
For most cases unless the person was being malicious these problems happen due to a failure of the whole system not just one person.
The best of us probably had made a mistake or at lest was really close to one.
Human error is part of the game. If there is a problem you can act like adults and fix it, or act like kids and try to point to the person who can point any further.

Comment: Re:Fairly easy way to protect data. (Score 2) 77

All sounds good however... For a large organization such rules become impractical. To get full security there will be so much administrative overhead of approving access to a given area for so much time and back, that if you played by the rules you wouldn't get your job done timely. So you end up with "black market" IT where people will store backups of the data in say an access or excel files, and keep them hidden from the official system. Not because they have nefarious use of them, but because they will need to get their job done, and the official secure way is too impractical.

So let's say you were tasked to figure out if it was worth it it accept American Express, as AE charges a lot for its transaction. So you may need to figure out some numbers.
%of customers with AE
Average spending with AE
Average spending in total
Standard dev of spending with AE
Standard dev of spending total

Now because someone dropped the ball you will need this data quickly.
Putting a request to get this data may take days.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 4, Insightful) 99

by jellomizer (#49540199) Attached to: Bloomberg Report Suggests Comcast & Time Warner Merger Dead

The issue with the price, is your are paying for the Service and the Infrastructure.
I much rather have two bills.
One for the infrastructure, and one for the Service.
Much like in the old dialup days. We paid for the Phone Line, then we paid for the ISP.
We may have had limited options for the infrastructure, but you could choose ISP.

The problem is that We have both bundled together.

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 5, Funny) 536

<sarcasticly>But what about all those wealthy people, having low income houses will lower their property values and they will be less rich!</sarcasticly>

Part of the problem that we have is the physical separation of the Rich and Poor.
Poor people can learn a lot from rich people. As well rich people can learn some sympathy with the poor people and realize how much of their success was actually given to them, or by blind luck.

Comment: No, he's not (Score 3, Insightful) 191

by Sycraft-fu (#49509271) Attached to: Assange Talk Spurs UK Judges To Boycott Legal Conference

The UK handled everything per the law. They received an extradition request from a country they have a treaty with regarding this. They are required by the treaty to deal with these, they can't ignore them. So they reviewed it in court, to make sure it was a valid request per the treaty and decided it was. He appealed and the case moved up the chain until the high court heard it and decided that this extradition request is legitimate under the treaty, the UK has no standing to refuse.

Up until this point, Assanage was in no trouble in the UK, he hadn't broken UK law, they were just acting based on the extradition request. However then he fled. That is now a violation of UK law. He violated the conditions of his bail. That makes him a criminal in the UK. Skipping bail doesn't make you a "political prisoner" it makes you a standard criminal.

Comment: I don't think it is crappy (Score 1) 229

I mean it is a really, really minimal legit player base it could possibly effect. You would have to be someone who plays only F2P games, and has made so few in-game purchases that you haven't even spent $5. There are just extremely few people who are like that. Further, even people like that can still play, they just can't participate in some of the other Steam features. The games are still available to them.

Comment: Particularly since you can still play games (Score 1) 229

None of the restrictions are on buying or playing games. So even if you've never spent money (I'm not clear that retail doesn't count but let's say it doesn't) you can still play all the games you've got, and buy more games to play (at which point your account becomes unlocked). So you can do with it the main purpose: Play games, including free to play ones. It isn't like they are demanding money to unlock an account.

Also in the event this really was an issue for someone, they could just buy something cheap. I mean if you've dropped $50+ on a retail game it is not that big a deal to spend another $5 if it comes to that.

Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position. -- Christopher Marlowe