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Comment: Re:low carb and low PUFA vs high Omega-3? (Score 1) 166

by minogully (#47240087) Attached to: "Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

In the past, I've tried to merely restrict calories and eat what the food pyramid recommends... plenty of "healthy whole grains" and limiting fats. I lost a tiny bit of weight and was miserable and hungry

I don't know why people seem surprised that when they restrict calories (more specifically, eating less than they use), they're miserable and hungry. It seems obvious to me that your body would resist a lower calorie diet by sending out the hunger feelings/pains. And being hungry usually makes people irritable, so of course you could be miserable.

I went to the gym every day but was tired and listless mosf of the time.

So there's already a low calorie diet, and you're using up extra calories on top of that (and a lot of extra calories if you're going to the gym every day). Of course you'd feel tired, you're body has to get into a lower energetic state to live off of the seemingly low calorie input/output ratio.

I have a lot of assumptions here that I could be way off on, but it seems to me that you were just over doing the amount of calorie reduction or else you were exercising too much. That or you have an untreated thyroid problem.

I also don't get why people (not you, necessarily) think that you can lose the weight super fast, when it might have taken 10/20 years to gradually put it on. We should expect it to take just as long to take off the weight. Sure, you can speed up the weight loss through various methods, but people should keep things in the perspective of how long it took to put on the weight in the first place.

Comment: Re:Sounds about right (Score 1) 593

If only 1% of the students that are hired by Google are female but Google ends up with a 50% female work force, I think there's discrimination.

Sorry, that came out poorly. What I meant was, if only 1% of the students in the educational programs that Google hires from are female but Google ends up with a 50% female workforce.

Comment: Sounds about right (Score 1) 593

I'd estimate that roughly 17% of my computer science classes in University were female and roughly 1% were black. I understand that Google doesn't ONLY hire people who studied computer science, but I think this could be a good representative sample.

What they should be doing is comparing these diversity statistics against how diverse their labour pool is. If only 1% of the students that are hired by Google are female but Google ends up with a 50% female work force, I think there's discrimination.

But really, I think society needs to do something about removing any barriers that exist that are preventing interested minorities from entering certain fields of study.

Comment: Re:A crisis? (Score 1) 784

by minogully (#46986735) Attached to: Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts
Nobody (that I know) thinks the fact that the world changing is the crisis. It's the rate at which the world is changing that is the problem. Sudden changes to the climate in the past have caused extinction events. I would call the possibility of entering another extinction event a crisis for sure.

I imagine that at least some humans would survive an extinction event, but I doubt a planet with a severely damaged ecosystem from such an event would be able to sustain the lives of 7 billion of us.

Comment: Re: Dangerous (Score 1) 490

I can't speak to your jurisdiction, but seeing as most traffic laws are identical in North America, I'll use my own. In Ontario, the drivers handbook specifically states that passing on the right is permitted in multi-lane roads. As a side point it also states to change lanes when passing a bike.

If it is generally accepted that a car can pass a bike without changing lanes because there is enough space to do so, then that means that there is also enough space for me to pass on the right without changing lanes. If cars can't pass on the left unless they change lanes, then I can't and don't pass on the right without changing lanes.

Is this technically illegal to pass within the same lane? Sure, but seeing as the status quo allows it, it must not be that big of a deal. Is this unsafe? No. Because as I mentioned, there's clearly enough room to do so. Stop getting worked up about your need to go first through an intersection when you're going to pass the cyclist like 30 seconds later anyways. And if you're really just that upset by seeing other people break traffic laws, look at yourself first. Do you ever pass a bike in the same lane? Do you always come to a COMPLETE STOP at a stop sign ? (I don't mean a rolling stop) Do you ever go above the posted speed LIMIT?

Comment: Re:enforce existing laws? (Score 1) 490

Having rode my bike in the exact same conditions you're describing, I feel I should mention that one time early on I tried pulling over to let cars pass. The shoulder was covered in large gravel. To my surprise it was an extremely unstable surface to ride on with a road bike and I almost lost my balance and had to step down. I imagine that losing your balance so close to a highway could be even more dangerous than just riding close to edge of the road with more stability.

On top of that the gravel on unpaved shoulders tends to be covered in many sharp corners. Not sharp for a car tire, but for a bike tire could cause a flat without too much effort. Imagine driving in your car, disrupting traffic, and your only option to let the other cars by is to drive on nails.

Comment: Re: Dangerous (Score 1) 490

But, if I'm in the right lane and a bike passes using the small space between me and the curb (not a designated bike lane), they're doing it illegally.

Perhaps in your jurisdiction this is illegal, but in most, as far as I can see, this is not illegal, even if it's not a designated bike lane. Think of it this way:

Ignore bikes for now, and consider a two lane road. You're in the right-hand lane approaching a line-up of cars in the left-hand lane who are waiting for someone up ahead to turn left. Do you stop in your lane so that you don't pass any of these cars on the right? No. So passing on the right is not out of the question when there are two lanes.

Now, if a car is in the right lane and approaches a bike traveling on the right-side of that lane and there is enough space in the lane most cars will pass that bike within the same lane (to the left of the bike), especially if there is no way to changes lanes to the left lane. I don't think cars are allowed to pass other cars within the same lane, even if it's a super wide lane. So that means that for the purposes of passing the bike, we must view the right-lane of the road as actually having two sub-lanes, one for cars, and one for bikes. If there are two lanes such as this, we could have the same scenario as described above except where the bike has the clear path in his/her lane.

Comment: Re:This doesn't make much sense. (Score 1) 142

by minogully (#46369563) Attached to: Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California
Sounds just like when my 3 year old is asking me questions while I'm driving. He has no idea how to STFU. Yet, nowhere is it even remotely considered illegal to have talking children in the car while you're driving.

I honestly don't know how a person driving and talking on the phone who approaches a dangerous situation can't (and doesn't apparently?) just STOP TALKING, deal with the situation, then continue the conversation when the danger has passed.

Comment: Re:They aren't being excluded (Score 2) 545

by minogully (#46157615) Attached to: Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

you (like myself) are a man, and simply will never have this problem

Men have this problem too. Look at the field of nursing.

I recall my wife telling me about the 2 guys in her nursing class. All the girls thought that they must be gay for going into nursing, because guys just don't go into nursing. And out of a class of around 200 students, there only being 2 guys was a pretty telling statistic. Once they found out that one of them was straight, they instantly all got creeped out by him, which is one hostile environment for a guy.

What's worse, is that she ended up in the field of labour and delivery. A new male nurse just started in the post partem area (where they go after the baby is born), and they all immediately thought this guy was gay too. Then they found out that he was straight and now they're all weirded out that a straight guy CHOSE to go into the unit where he helps new mothers breastfeed all day.

Now personally, I'd never WANT to go into nursing, but maybe I've just been conditioned into thinking that it's a woman's job? Probably it's just that I'd rather go into something I'm interested in.

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