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Comment: Re:Oh Canada! (Score 1) 280

by liquidsin (#47941055) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Much of Canada is already quite easily habitable, it's just that there's nothing there to draw people to it. For a simple example take a look at Alberta. Looking at 2011 numbers the population of the province is 3.6 million, with about two-thirds of that living in Calgary and Edmonton. There's a LOT of wide open land that could easily be filled up with people and their stuff. If you had ten million people and some start-up capital you could build a metropolis somewhere between Calgary and the Montana border with easy access to roads, rails, farmland, water, etc. For reference, New York City has an area about 15 sq. mi. smaller than Calgary and roughly eight times the population.

Comment: Re:Nope they are clever (Score 2) 302

by liquidsin (#47935825) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

McDonald's has NFC enabled Interac handsets in their drive-thru. I wave my wallet at a machine for coffee a couple times a day. It's really more uncommon for me to find a vendor/retailer who *doesn't* have the NFC terminals these days. Back on topic, does this mean the new iPhones won't be able to use their NFC for anything besides payments? I quite like touching the backs of two NFC enabled android phones together to send links, contacts, photos, etc.

Comment: Re:No sovereign immunity (Score 1) 534

I've never been involved in a SWAT raid but my understanding from TV and movies is that they have to identify themselves when they enter. Are they identifying themselves as police or as private security? If it's the former, can they be charged with impersonating police officers? And if it's the latter can they be charged with break and enter? I feel like the castle doctrine/"stand your ground" law would absolve you of guilt if someone busted through your door yelling "PRIVATE SECURITY CORPORATION" and you shot them in the face...

Comment: Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 1) 517

The science is not, in fact, that easy, for a number of reasons. Off the top of my head:
  - "Energy Out" calculations can't be made in a vacuum; the amount of energy your body burns doing any exercise (even at rest) is largely determined by your current body composition, ie. more muscle mass takes more energy to maintain
  - All calories are not utilized the same; protein, for example, is used to build/repair structures and is not burned as "fuel". Counting protein calories is essentially useless, though tracking the amount consumed can be helpful (approximately one gram per pound of lean mass per day is considered a good baseline for an adult male of average activity level)
  - Certain foods trigger certain hormonal responses in the body that can effect metabolism. Insulin is a storage hormone. Anything that triggers a strong insulin response (sugars/grains) will predispose you to storing more of your "energy in". Likewise, staying too low on the "energy in" side of the equation will make your body think it's starving which will adversely effect metabolism. There are numerous studies showing that starvation diets don't work beyond short-term.

These are just the easy ones I can come up with without doing any real research. For a great example of how you can lose a lot of body fat (not just "weight") while not counting calories in/out, see "Four Hour Body" by Tim Ferriss.

Comment: Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (Score 1) 578

by liquidsin (#46476105) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Fellow Canadian here. I'm fairly ignorant on all of the health care stuffs as I seem to have been blessed (so far) with decent health and no major accidents or injuries requiring expensive treatments. I'm a 35 y.o. male with no dependents or pre-existing conditions and a non-smoker. My health care costs show up as a $26 line item on my bi-weekly paychecks. What the fucking fuck America?

Comment: Re:"To Stop Fracking"? (Score 3, Informative) 317

by liquidsin (#46326531) Attached to: Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

Can you point out to me where in the document you link for "Haliburton Loophole" it says that that's a myth? All I see is the Energy Policy Act of 2005; Section 322 of that document indicates that ‘‘(ii) the underground injection of fluids or propping agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities.’’ are exempted from the "Underground Injection" provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Additionally the Clean Water Act was amended to clarify that "water, gas, or other material which is injected into a well to facilitate production of oil or gas..." are NOT classified as pollutants. These two things together seem to indicate that they can in fact pump whatever they'd like into wells to facilitate oil production, even if it's not labeled specifically as "The Haliburton Loophole". Am I missing something?

Comment: Re:Early Posts Win With Beta (Score 1) 299

by liquidsin (#46211565) Attached to: Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

My problem with this reply from Soulskill is that he's talking about a feature that's very core to the /. experience as the community has come to expect it. To say that it's been on the to-do list for that long and remains unimplemented is silly. And since they're redirecting users that aren't logged in to the beta, any new visitors are either going to see a site missing features and leave, or get upset at the constant change as issues are resolved. It really is closer to an alpha. Maybe calling him a liar and a fool is uncalled for but calling the website a beta when you're that far away from feature parity with your current offering is disingenuous at best.

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