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Comment Re:All talk (Score 1) 699

Do you know the one thing you'll hear most often in those cities? "There's way too many people in this city." You hear that everyday, many times a day. You end up saying it yourself.

All that means is that the city needs substantial redesign. Green spaces on roofs, that kind of thing. Make more room for people to actually use, and make it possible for them to get out of town and go do stuff.

There's no room for green spaces on roofs, and anyways it would be too small given the number of tenants. You can't pull space out of thin air; those cities are overcrowded as it is.

Take Shanghai. How would you redesign it? It's growing by 500,000+ people every year. You're going to put those people where while you do your redesign? It's not realistic.

Comment Re:GREAT... (Score 1) 373

No. The things you're challenging like the difficulty of measuring insulin are not even controversial, you're just amazingly uninformed and smug at the same time.

Here's a FAQ from a lab:

1. Can I do an insulin test at home?
No. Although glucose levels can be monitored at home, insulin tests require specialized instruments and training are are perforemd at laboratories.

And how to prepare fot that test:

Test Preparation Needed?
You may be asked to fast for 8 hours before the blood sample is collected, but occasionally a health practitioner may do the test with, for example, a glucose tolerance test. In some cases, a health practitioner may request that you fast longer.

Take one minute to google "measure insulin at home" and you'll see for yourself.

Or just remain a smug ignorant and get your panties in a bunch when people present you with things you didn't know, it's entirely up to you.

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 699

urban sprawl will become a solution rather than a concern.

Have you seen the average American waistline? Electric cars aren't going to fix that.

Actually it has slowly started to stabilize. Children obesity has decreased over the last 10 years, it will cascade down gradually.

Now it's the Chinese who are getting on that fun ride.

Comment All talk (Score 1) 699

Cities can be highly efficient, if people both live and work there.

No. I've spent enough time in gigantic Asian cities to know that people are not meant to be crammed in tiny boxes 24x7.

Have you ever been with 25 persons in an elevator designed for 15, for a total of about 30 minutes every day? Ever had to wait 3 or 4 trains before you could get a spot to ride 20 minutes while in physical contact with strangers on 75% of the surface of your body? Have you ever been in a situation where the only place you can be on your own is when you're in your 100 sq. ft. apartment? Ever been in a situation where you can't go anywhere that doesn't involve waiting because it's too crowded? Waiting to take a piss, waiting to buy street food that you'll have no chance to eat sitting down, waiting to even get inside a laundromat where you have to wait again to get a machine.

Do you know the one thing you'll hear most often in those cities? "There's way too many people in this city." You hear that everyday, many times a day. You end up saying it yourself.

It's not fun. It's not cool. It's not trendy. It's hell. Imagine being sent to an overcrowded county jail where they pack people in close proximity because the system is bursting at the seams and you can't escape, you're elbow to elbow with other inmates all the time. That's roughly how you feel in a crowded Asian city.

So until you've experienced it for yourself, don't talk about high-density cities needing to be even more dense.

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 699

You're missing the point. You're like someone saying: "if we find the way to make people immortal, how are we going to provide them all with a retirement home."

The whole concept of high-density urban centers is a direct consequence of mass transportation issues. Buses and trains that run on a schedule are an immense waste of resources, they're too big and too slow to react to changes, so populations have clustered to minimize the side effects of poor transportation. Urban money pits such as skyscrapers (which are incredibly inefficient in terms of HVAC and pedestrian traffic) have mushroomed because of poor transportation.

There's plenty of land in North America; once gas emissions are solved, there won't be any reason to endure rush hour, world trade centers and $40/day downtown parking. You may believe that being downtown is a must and that it's where things happen, but really, look around you and see what proportion of those office buildings actually play a role in your life other than being in the way.

The path of least resistance is horizontal, not vertical.

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 699

How will solving our gas emission problems disrupt mass transit?

It will remove mass transit as an eco-friendly solution, focusing instead of efficient transportation and better use of the overall land.

Right now it's all about packing people as close to each other as possible in dense urban cores. That's a side effect of gas emissions.

Have you been to Toyko or Seoul? Seen those areas crammed with residential towers? Can you imagine raising kids in that vertical world, living in tiny space, always being squeezed against other people in elevators and trains? That's a wet dream for mass transit but for people actually living it, it's a nightmare.

Comment Re:Anecdote (Score 1) 373

I do that because I realized one reason I snacked a lot was that I got peckish late at night, before bedtime.

Snacks are one of those things that nutritionists advise ("eat 6 meals a day!") but are actually an impediment to weight loss. It's based on the misconception that eating itself is the issue from a weight perspective; rather, snacking causes a persistent flow of insulin in the body, which is the key cause of weight gain. Eating less often matters more than eating less overall; extended periods of fasting (such as night time) are the moment where weight loss can be triggered.

So I would say you're on the right track, but it's still not a valid data point because it hasn't been long enough.

Comment Re:LCD vs OLED vs MicroLED (Score 1) 136

It's cool to see how far the tech is going, but since almost everyone I see puts their thin new iPhone into a big bumper case, it does all feel pretty pointless.

Yeah I saw someone put their new Samsung S8 in a big case today. Instead of a slim phone they now have something similar to what Gordon Gekko was using to make insider trades.

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