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Comment Re:Hardcore geeks don't make me feel comfortable (Score 1) 1127

I've started to call my friends out on this - they don't appreciate it.

Whenever I detect a nerd battle brewing, I stand between the two contestants and wave my hand down between them crying "Nerd Battle - GO!!!"

They don't appreciate it. But they also don't appreciate how dumb, arrogant, and unfriendly they sound.

Comment Re:Poor guy (Score 3, Interesting) 70

Beware of this. As an RIT alumn I can tell you that this causes a very strange social dynamic. It's kind of creepy. (OK - it is continually getting better)

One time... i witnessed a group of students walking towards GCCIS (the computing college). This group was composed of about 10 guys, and 1 female (very typical at RIT). The girl was in the back of the pack.

The first two guys reach the doors and grab the handles. They pull the doors open and stand to the side. One by one, the guys stand to the side until the single female is directly in front of the door in an aisle of 'gentlemen.' With a look of horror, she walks through.

She was BEHIND them all, but they all knew she was there and being geeks had no idea how to act. Creepy shit like this happened all the time.

Comment Re:What are his qualifications? (Score 1) 515

So you have government agencies fueled by the political profit machine of grains, corn, and drugs determining the curriculum for certified nutrition experts and dieticians. These certified dieticians can preach high carb, low fat OR high fat, low carb - whichever they want (but they are TAUGHT high carb, low fat)

And you have a guy who makes a website, explicitly says - I am not certified nor a doctor but this is what worked for me and a fuckton of other people - and he gets in trouble.

I think California has similar laws about not being able to make "food plans" for people unless you're certified... so if that is what he was doing... I guess he should be punished - but it's disheartening. I have to wonder, though - Would he get in trouble if he were spreading the ADA misinformation they preach?
If not... then he needs to be let off the hook.

Comment And so what if he WAS Certified? (Score 0) 515

If anybody ventures to his page, they'd see that he is preaching the Paleo / Primal lifestyle. I have friends that follow this diet strictly. I, myself, will occasionally do a 30-day stint of strict paleo. The rest of the time I try, try, try to be fairly processed food and gluten free. There is a whole community built around this (a lot of Crossfitters...)

The number one complaint I see is from people who love the Paleo life style and have seen many people succeed with it - from just weight loss to getting a handle on symptoms of autoimmune diseases - yet have to go through years of "misinformation" when becoming a dietician or nutritionist.

So what do they do? they go through the motions of learning about how great whole grains (and high carb) are for you only to cast the information aside and preach their own Paleo beliefs. There are many blogs regarding the same topic. I haven't really scoured his website to see how his is any different... it doesn't seem to be. Maybe he's just the only one without a disregarded nutritionist cert.

I think the real question is why do we put so much faith in the government created food pyramid and ADA? In seems more like a profit machine - keeping people sick.

Maybe this is more of a rant because i'm an avid supporter of the Paleo life style... but I find it disgusting that people are tossing around the word "fraud." Nutrition in America is broken - and this is NOT the man doing the harm.

Comment Re:Creator and Overseer of Android Responds (Score 3, Informative) 864

My principle complaint of the Android devices when I had one was that a simple OS update meant reinstalling all of my apps! Why in the world would someone allow that to be shipped?

Were you an early adopter? I did not need to do this on my HTC Incredible when moving from 2.0 to 2.2 (froyo). Of course, I did have to wait for HTC to release it.

My roommate went the other approach and installed it himself. Not sure what he ran into...

Comment Re:What Android needs... (Score 2, Interesting) 299

What's interesting is that if an Android app doesn't have permission an exception is raised, but you're taught to make sure to add the permission flag instead of catching the exception. (Which makes sense, because as it stands right now, if you don't set the flag you'll -never- get the permission). But if they had told you to catch the exceptions, applications would be ready for user-flippable permissions.

Exactly. Take Camera.open for instance. According to the javadocs...

RuntimeException if connection to the camera service fails (for example, if the camera is in use by another process).

What about a permission exception?!?!

No - instead they say - "If you want to use the camera, include this catch all crap!"
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" / >
<uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.camera" / >
<uses-feature android:name="android.hardware.camera.autofocus" / >

That's been my biggest pet peeve so far in developing. It can turn into a "add permission until it works" game for lazy developers.

Comment Re:This is why OSS is so important (Score 1) 299

If a simple card game asks for fine-grain location information or full internet access, that should be a red flag to anyone paying attention.

Unless of course the card game advertises a global high score list. I haven't gone through all the Android permissions - but I think you'd have to grant it full internet access. This is where trust comes in to play...

Comment Re:Two from around Richmond (Score 1) 416

Try growing up in Maine. I do NOT have a Maine accent (adding/dropping Rs to the ends of words) in my normal speech patterns but I have been confused on some words I've never read.

For instance-
Acadia national park...
My mom always said "Arcadier," so my Maine->English filter figured it was "Arcadia." Nope.

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