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Comment Re:two words (Score 1) 362

You can ask him for his food diary, if you like. The contact link is on the website I linked.

In short, he had diet soda, iced tea, or water for every drink, and that was about it. He was shown eating the bun on his hamburger in many shots during the film, so I don't think he even tried ordering meals without the bun (which most fast food restaurants will do if you ask for it).

He probably did avoid the chips, but I don't know for sure. I haven't read the food diary. But as carbs go, chips and crisps are actually pretty good for you, because they have a lower glycemic index than other more processed carbs.

Comment Re:two words (Score 1) 362

You may also want to see Fat Head. It's on Netflix. He makes the argument that the reason that people gain weight is by having too much carbohydrates (which the body is exceptionally good at turning into glucose), and that we should be eating a higher fat diet. He then proves the point by eating nothing but fast food for a month and losing weight, by restricting his caloric intake, avoiding foods that tell the body to store fat (carbs), and getting a reasonable amount of exercise.

Basically the same point... carbs trigger the insulin response, which tells the fat cells to start storing fat. Even if you're getting 1000 calories less than you should be, you won't lose as much weight as expected (and may not lose weight at all) because carbs tell the body to store fat.

Comment Re:Fascinating stuff (Score 4, Informative) 498

He believes the LAPD ruined his life, because he accused his trainer of beating up a civilian while he was doing his first week mentorship, and those charges were dropped after an investigation revealed that they were false. The "ruining his life" part comes because the LAPD then dismissed him for making a false charge: they felt he was a risk to have on the force.

Regardless of whether the civilian in question was actually assaulted as he accuses, this incident kind of proves their point...

Comment Re:Racism is a cause, (Score 1) 474

The most elite, wealthy, privileged blacks are still far more likely to commit crimes than the most disadvantaged non-blacks (including downtrodden whites in Appalachia, incredibly poor Asian immigrants with no English skills, etc).

How does their likelihood of committing a crime compare against other elite, wealthy, privileged individuals?

Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 798

What service do you actually *get* for $8/mo? Does that cover the several hundred international SMS messages I send each month, or the hours I spend watching Netflix during my very long daily commute? Can you connect your laptop to it and have Internet access while sitting in the park watching the ducks in a lake? I have a very difficult time believing that you get the same level of service for $8/mo that I get for $60/mo. (and the plan I have for $60/mo in Canada would cost about $120/mo in the US)

Different market segments have different needs. I don't agree with signing a contract or letting them subsidize a phone either, but if you actually need/want a smartphone plan you don't actually save that much by buying the phone outright. The real advantage comes because you can walk at any time when a better deal comes along, not because you can save a ton of cash amortized over a few years.

Comment Re:Over a year ago, I complained to the FCC (Score 5, Informative) 798

Your phone's IMEI identifies the make/model of the phone.


You can't use a cellular network without transmitting your IMEI to the network. It's one half of the authentication circle required to actually make a cellular phone call.

Comment Re:T Mobile (Score 3, Informative) 798

This. They'll mail them internationally, as well... my parents bought one for an upcoming road trip through the US (well, driving from Ontario to Florida where they're going to catch a cruise around the carribbean, then driving back a week later), and for $10 they got a prepaid SIM with unlimited incoming texts, low rate for outgoing texts (even international), and a reasonably low per-minute data rate. They can top-off online, or by phone with a credit card, and probably at a retail POS as well.

Plans *do* exist in the states, but they don't usually advertise the good ones on their website because they'd rather you take the $2/day plan.

Comment Re:Mind boggling (Score 4, Informative) 798

It's in the service agreement, I think... smartphone = required data plan. Don't like it, don't buy a smartphone. If you want an idevice, then get an iPod. There are carriers in the US who don't act like this, or at least who won't charge that much for adding data, and it's his own damned fault for using ATT when he already had an unlocked phone he could use elsewhere. (and if it's about coverage on the ATT network, use one of the many MVNO's who use their network).

Here in Canada that wouldn't happen either... carriers will quite happily let you have a smartphone on a non-data plan, because if your device leaks and accidentally uses data they can charge you at $50/GB. ($0.05/MB is not uncommon for per-use data, and some carriers charge $1/MB for per-use data for the first few MB). But a few years ago, the big 3 did act exactly as described in TFS, before they realized that they could extract more money by not forcing you onto a data plan. (I think it says something that even though I work for one of the big 3 and get an employee discount, it's still cheaper for me to have a plan on a fight brand for one of the competitors).

Comment Re: 1.6 ghz? (Score 3, Insightful) 284

No but at the same time, A given chip with a higher clock speed WILL out perform the same chipset at a lower clockspeed.

Depends on the kinds of operations you're throwing at it. If it's simple integer math, then yes, every single time. If it's more complicated floating point math, then it'll depend on how efficiently it's implemented in the instruction set (which is why a 2.8GHz i3 will smoke a 5GHz P4 on almost every benchmark). If it's very large array math (such as most graphics computations and AI), then it'll depend on how parallel your code is and how many threads you can execute simultaneously. You can take a modern Intel chipset, and clock an i7 at the same speed as an i3: for some types of operations they'll score exactly the same on benchmarks, and for others the i7 will score about 4x better (twice the cores, and hyperthreading enabled = 4x the threads).

There's a reason that NVidia and AMD are competing on stream processors more than they are clock speed: modern graphics processing is embarrassingly parallel, and performance scales linearly with number of processors, while you see diminishing returns with clock speed.

As for gaming, and why they will have gone with a lower clock speed... very little in modern games is actually dependent on having a high clock speed. Almost everything that games do is dependent on graphics, which is a completely different problem, which leaves things like AI and object tracking, both of which benefit more from parallelization than they do an increased clock speed. They also need to worry about EnergyStar certification, and a consumer base that is increasingly aware of the power consumption of their electronic devices. Money is not infinite for their consumers, and they get better economy throwing a manycore low speed processor at it than they would throwing a high speed processor with a low core count.

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