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Comment Re:No compelling evidence? (Score 1) 663

The fact that you don't even read what you post here is quite indicative. None of the studies on basal metabolic rate shows anything contrary to my previous statement that any time people in controlled environment reduced their calorie intake, they lost weight or to the general notion that nutrition is governed by laws of thermo dynamics on the macro level.

As I don't expect you to progress beyond ad hominems at this point, I am not going to waste any more time with your posts. But if you want to be taken seriously next time, please learn at least the basics. I highly recommend this series of lectures which are a great introduction in nutrition science for laymen like you.

Comment Re:No compelling evidence? (Score 1) 663

I don't even really want to argue with you, because I'm sensing that you're going to be one of *those* people who get irrationally butthurt when science is against you.

Well, I will be happy to see some "science", but right now there is one of us citing a rigorous study by a reputable scientific institution and another one an unverifiable personal account of something that had supposedly happened years (decades?) ago.

Comment Re:No compelling evidence? (Score 1) 663

I'm only bothering to raise this because I think a lot of people try to argue that being overweight is a simple issue of "willpower" and "not eating so much"

So why is it that in every rigorous study where people have been put under strict control and have demonstrably reduced their caloric intake, ALL of them ALWAYS lost weight? See for example this experiment conducted by the NIH where 132 men and women have had their caloric intake reduced by 25% for 2 years. All of them lost weight.

Comment Re:even stopping it won't stop it. (Score 1) 305

I've never seen a successful software project where the entire application was written overseas.

It's because you've never looked for any:

HP's OpenView has been developed in India and it continues being a pretty lucrative piece of SW for HP

The Big Game Hunter series has been developed for Activision in Slovakia for over a decade now and seems to be pretty successful in its niche

Battlestations: Pacific was developed by Eidos Hungary and again seemed to be successful with its target crowd

The super successful indie FTL game was developed in China by a team of former 2K China employees

Comment Warnings (Score 3, Insightful) 345

There is no single one thing to look for, because what you really want is EXPERIENCE with C++ programming and that encompasses a lot of things. But if you want an easy test to see if somebody has got enough experience, get some code sample that produces a lot of different warnings at compilation time and have them explain what the warnings mean and how one should get rid of them.

Submission + - Russian troops traced to Ukrainian battlefields through social media

wienerschnizzel writes: Vice News released a report on how they were able to trace a member of the regular russian army from his base near the Ukriainian border towards the battlefields in the contested territory in eastern Ukraine and back to his home in Siberia using the pictures he uploaded on his social media profile.

The methodology used is based on a report by the Atlantic Council think tank released earlier this year, that asserts that information on the movement and operations of the regular russian troops can be easily gathered from publicly available sources (such as the social media).

The russian government still denies any involvement of russian troops in the fights in Ukraine.

Comment Re:Assets valuation? (Score 1) 335

And it's not only about intellectual properties. I find that the value of a company lies in large part in the capabilities of its employees, in their productivity, in the ability to adapt to new conditions, in the efficiency of management and the expediency of making decisions and so on. None of these can be readily evaluated. But the stock market still looks for these values to a degree.

For instance, Apple's stock value fell when Steve Jobs died as the shareholders probably fellt that an important manager/designer/marketer left the company for good. But did Jobs count in the proclaimed "actual assets value" of the company in the "Q-value"? Don't think so...

The fact that the Q-Value is so close to 1 would indicate that either the companies are undervalued or that they are inefficient poorly managed monstrosities worth only their liquidation value.

Comment Not impressed (Score 2) 287

I have read the article and I don't see the connection. A 1980's IBM PC without an operating system is just a noisy and expensive room heater. A 2000's Toyota without "general purpose platform software" will still get you any place you want safely and efficiently. What kind of added value is such an automotive software platform supposed to offer?

Well, the author provides a list:

- Keeping drivers consistently and happily surprised with new services.
- Taking advantage of usage patterns to help customers become better drivers.
- Offering reasonable, consumption-based insurance and maintenance packages.
- Treating their dealerships like genius bars, not check-out counters.
- Making cars that can talk intelligently with your home and your office.

None of those sound too compelling for me and they certainly can't beat the operating system's pitch of "being able to use the friggin machine at all".

Comment Re:lol, Rand sucking up to the dorks (Score 4, Informative) 206

You are grossly misrepresenting the problem. The fact is that Schwartz was facing 13 federal felony counts in the indictment. That's nothing you can just wave off as a minor inconvenience.

Even if he had pleaded guilty and the prosecutor only sought a two year sentence overall, the sentencing would be at the discretion of the judge - the prosecutor can only recommend things. And judges have proven to a) be prone to displays of political show-offs of being "hard on crime" and b) have a poor understanding of the real severity of technology-related crimes. That means to a judge without tech understanding (which is most of them) a one year sentence pro federal felony served consecutively might seem lenient and 2-5 years pro felony might seem as a "good message to digital criminals"

Aaron Schwartz was facing a threat much more serious than you make it out to be

Comment Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

As a programmer, how would you write a function that returns a boolean value: "is this church a legitimate non-profit?"

There actually is a simple function - do the recipients of your charitable work have to pay for the charitable things you provide them? If yes, then you are not a non-profit. If your charity is providing shelter for the homeless, but they have to pay 10 bucks per night for the bunk-bed, you are not non-profit. If your mega-church is providing "healing for the sick", but they have to pay $200 to enter, you are not a non-profit. Or in the least - this part of your income should be taxed, even though independent voluntary donations should not. Thinly veiled "voluntary" donations that are actually mandatory should be dealt with as any other tax evasion practices.

Comment Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

* A large national charity with a well-paid CEO who effectively uses their resources to do amazing things: True * A large national charity with a well-paid CEO who isn't very effective, but everyone agrees means well: True? * A large national charity with a well-paid CEO who doesn't effectively uses their resources: Um...

AFAIK, non profits still have to pay employee taxes such as medicare and social security and the CEO himself is subject to income taxes, because you can't be a 'non profit person'. So the amount of pay the CEO is getting should not be an issue.

* A large national charity with a well-paid CEO who doesn't effectively uses their resources: Um...

That would mean that they are paying some third parties too much money for stuff. Such as for overpriced cleaning service. In that case though, the income of the cleaning service is taxed, so it's no issue for the tax payer - just for the people who donate to the charity that does not do enough charitable work with their money.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.