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Comment Re:What's the deal... (Score 1) 262

This is mostly true, but there is some training that involves dexterity and practice. E.G. if you as ask a novice to ride fast they will sway back and forth as they push, and this wastes a decent amount of energy. It takes a fair bit of focused practice to learn to ride in a really straight line. That being said, it's true that basically the person whose body is running most like a racehorse's is likely going to win.

Comment Re:I guess it's easier... (Score 2) 425

Ask someone sometime what a balanced diet is and if they say anything about carbohydrate intake being over 10% of daily caloric intake.. laugh at them and move on. They have been duped too.

Sincere question
But the brain uses ~20% of calories, and the body will throw all nearly all available glucose at it before shifting to ketones. Doesn't that imply that a 20% carb caloric intake can be healthy, so long as it's not a lot of sugar?

Comment Re:The National Enquirer (Score 1) 171

The content of the most ancient passages of the OT is indistinguishable from the other religions of the Canaanites (elohim was the generic Canaanite word for a sort of pantheon). Abraham did not come from Ur, but likely from an area north of Palestine. The first ideas about a dichotomy between good and evil came from a Persian influence on the Hebrew religion(s). Before that Yahweh's basic message was "do as I say". The whole of the NT story is basically a crock as far as archeology is concerned, that supposed remark about Jesus in Justinian: I've heard that yarn before too, and it's not true. The story of Jesus is a hyped-up and way-overblown story about the zealots, specifically, a zealot who tried non-violent resistance. The idea of missionaries again came from a Persian religion, a later one called Mithraism. The only mention of Hell (other than as the end of life and fading from cultural memory), the only mention as an inhabited place, comes from Revelations. Many of the ideas that people associate with Christianity, are literally nowhere in the Bible, and a close reading reveals that the OT recounts a conglomerate of about 3 religions.

Comment Re: Fantastic! (Score 1) 385

This is exactly the mindset of the people who act that way. Just like how paranoid people are the most likely to lash out, sociopaths think that everyone would ruin others for their own gain, and liars think they're being lied to all of the time. Disadvantaged people who hurt others for personal gain are common criminals, and privileged and well-educated ones are CEOs.

Comment Re:Where is the ZPM option? (Score 1) 232

I know a really cool guy, who, last I saw him, was working on a machine that used a series of metal rings measured in the proportions of the golden ratio. He just needed to supply it with a power supply that gave it a lot of amps with a low frequency oscillation. It concentrated energy from the ether, and was supposed to fix all of our energy problems. The darned thing was, he's pretty smart and he knows a lot of physics. Arguing about it was a way for me to learn physics from him, and to talk about proofs. He also gave me cool old components like a huge air capacitor.
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Journal Journal: Broken, horrible, totally stable sysv-systemd

Home PC: I used repo updates to upgrade from #! (Wheezy) to #!++ (Jessie, a rebuild of the excellent crunchbang for Debian 8 . But I don't want to move away from sysVinit to systemd, due to scripts. So I installed sysvinit-core and -utils, and copied to config file to boot, and it works. I can boot in sysVinit but d-bus is not connected, although systemd daemons are running, sysV is in charge. There, purists are unhappy, systemd is unhappy, my depend

Comment Re:A responsible Atomic Age (Score 1) 366

I know that this would be ludicrously unpopular, given the (ludicrous) response to Fukashima draining into the ocean, but: you're talking about putting reactors in mountains, which is difficult and a huge construction project etc. If you're going to go to all of that trouble, wouldn't it be better to install them off-shore, under shallow water?

Comment Mathematicians do the exact same thing (Score 1) 211

In stories, we're happy to accept totally absurd giant robots, but unhappy about magical bridges that don't snap back and fall. It's the same in math. If you don't like the backdrop, then you go down a couple dimensions or switch to a simpler manifold or consider the simpler homomorphic structure that preserves the property you want. But make a conclusion about the wrong side of a quadrilateral and your colleagues might throw pencils at you. We are preserving the things that are important to achieve a correct model.

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