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Comment Re:two words (Score 1) 362

I've heard those points you make and believe they're probably correct. The main problem with fructose is that it is *only* metabolized in the liver, whereas glucose can be metabolized by every cell in the body. Furthermore, fructose is metabolized very much like alcohol, but also raises bad cholesterol and does some other nasty things. The video has a very detailed and informative explanation of how glucose, fructose and alcohol are metabolized. Increased fiber helps mitigate the bad effects.

While it's long and very detailed in places, I can't recommend the video highly enough. Definitely made me (almost) completely eliminate my soda consumption - one a day two years ago, to one every couple of weeks (or fewer) now. I experimented last year and only had about five sodas the entire year.

Comment Re:Welcome to Capitalism (Score 1) 611

Because she spent her entire life saying people who accepted help from the government (or anyone) were parasites.

In the end, Ayn Rand because the kind of parasite she spent her life waging jihad against. Yet she never apologized or admitted she was wrong. She simply sponged up those Big Gubment welfare checks.

You'll probably enjoy this 2010 article The Truth About the Tea Party - commonly referred to as "Tea and Crackers" that interviews (mainly) old, white people railing against government hand-outs from their Medicare paid-for electric wheelchairs.

Comment Re:two words (Score 1) 362


Lemme guess, 2nd or 3rd ingredient listed on the label is gonna be HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)??

Ah...nothing like a little boost to the old obesity rate.

Yup. Watch this presentation Sugar: The Bitter Truth (or on the UCSF site by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology.

It's over an hour long and he explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Fructose gets metabolized in the liver like alcohol, but with some nasty hormonal and cholesterol-raising side-effects.

Comment Re:Kids (Score 1) 393

Thank you for sharing this. So many people around me are adamant that happiness in life is impossible without having a child. Perhaps they are so set on it to justify in their minds the decision they made.

You're welcome. I've heard many opinions over the years. My wife and I were an unusual couple. We met in 1985 when I was 22 and she was 41 (and twice divorced). She never could get pregnant, and certainly not when I met her, and I promised her that I was fine with that. When people asked if we had children, I usually started with a simple "no", but people would then ask "when would we", to which I would reply that we couldn't and that it was okay - really okay - then many, many people would immediately responded that we could adopt - yada, yada, yada - sigh.

My only regret was that we didn't get more time together. Sure 20 years seems like a long time, but not with the right person. The day before Thanksgiving 2005 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died seven weeks later in Jan 2006 - just like that, or so it seemed.

Remember Sue...

Comment Re:Kids (Score 2) 393

Obligatory: Family Decals

My wife and I couldn't and didn't have children, so we were the couple on the right. She died in Jan 2006, after 20.5 years together, so now I'm alone, but I don't regret one second of our life together - just the two of us. We kissed, hugged and said "I love you" every day, held hands wherever we went and did almost everything together. She even died in my arms. I still wear my wedding ring every day.

Comment Re:The theory of gravity is under review :) (Score 1) 763

And atheists are different? Big bang was the atheist answer to God for nearly a century. Now it's the expanding vacuum. Those theories don't answer the question of "is there a creator?" any better than a theology.

You're asking the wrong question. The correct question is not "is there a creator?" but, "where does the evidence lead?"

So far, the evidence doesn't lead to a creator (i.e., a god).

A more apt question would be "Does the creation/existence of the Universe and Life require God?"
There is, as yet, no definitive proof either way. Personally, I believe God is *not* required, but others believe something else. Either way, belief doesn't make it true and that's where the arguments usually start.

Comment Re:Unrealistic problem (Score 1) 232

An actual job may or may not be on the table, but if they can get what they need from you before hiring, then at the very least your bargaining position will have gotten worse. Have you dealt with situations like this in the past?

Yeah, that's not going to happen in the real world, because it would require their pre-interview screening process to be so good as to effectively select, without an interview, the people whom it would be worth their while to get free consulting from under the guise of an interview.

Well... During the interview for my second real job, where one of the interviewers was one of my former college professors, they described an NFS problem they were having and I help them come up with a workable solution, which impressed my professor's boss. The job was with a contractor as a sysadmin for the super-computing network at the NASA Langley Research Center, which included several Convex and Cray systems.

Granted, the job was real and they were hiring, but helping solve a real problem didn't hurt my interview.

Comment Re:Enough rope (Score 1) 387

I always like to think of it as being more that C leaves ropes, cliffs, pointy objects, and a few angry bears wandering around -- and it's up to the user to to look out for themselves.

If you know how to navigate it, and keep your wits about you, you'll mostly be fine. But if you're running around with your eyes closed or don't have adult supervision, you could really get hurt.

"C" - the Adventure / Zork of programming languages: "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike."

It doesn't actively come after you, but there's no safety nets either.

Right. That would be Hack :-)

Comment Re:Too bad. (Score 2) 798

Verizon is like being in an abusive relationship with someone that is a BDSM freak that does not understand safe words...

Oh they understand safe words; they just want you to say them often and loudly.

  • Verizon: Bring out the testicle clamps!
  • Customer: Oh Crap! Flugan..basja..sbiner holzeen?
  • Verizon: Do you mean Fluggaenkoecchicebolsen?

So many people misunderstand those "Can you hear me NOW?" ads ...

Comment Re:Java sucks. (Score 2) 270

Ask IBM.

Substantial portions (>80%) of Watson are written in Java.

The remainder is C++ and, of all things, Prolog.

I did LISP and Prolog programming as a college research assistant in automatic and fault-tolerant programming techniques, back in the mid '80s. Both languages are awesome. A/C responder is correct, Prolog is appropriate for Watson.

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