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Comment Fruits and vegetables (Score -1, Offtopic) 253

Is this another attempt to push a fruits-and-vegetables diet based on old superstition and ignorant observation? 400 years ago, nobody knew what micronutrients were; they knew if you didn't eat your fruits and vegetables, you got pellagra and scurvy--and you got pellagra by eating too much corn, too, so you needed to eat something else.

Today, somehow, people who eat diets with a lot of meat and don't overeat have few health problems. It's pretty simple: eat beef, eat chicken, eat fish, be healthy. There are a few micronutrients that are hard to get unless you're eating organ meats, certain fruits, or high-calorie shit like Hi-C fruit drinks--notably Vitamin C--but meat has a surprising amount of stuff like potassium and magnesium, so much so that you have to get into esoteric vegetables nobody eats to substantially beat the micronutrient profile of meat per calorie. There are only a few things an all-meat diet would leave you short on, and they're generally the things vegetables are actually pretty high in.

Has anyone noticed that meat-diets never produce deficiency diseases, yet someone is waiting in the wings to tell you you're doing vegan and vegetarian diets wrong because a lot of people get sick really fast on those diets? That's only counting malnutrition; things get weird when researchers do studies on constipated people and find out that a high- and moderate-fiber diet makes it worse, while a low-fiber diet improves things dramatically, and a no-fiber diet completely eliminates the issue--exactly what fiber isn't supposed to do.

So yeah, vegetarian diets are healthy--if you eat the right things, eat enough of them, eat massive amounts of them, and maybe take some supplements. Mainly-meat diets are healthy, if you don't eat too god damn much--honestly, Taco Bell and Burger King try to sell you 75% of a day's food as a so-called meal, so you're eating for two or three people by the end of the day, hence fast food making everyone fat (how did you think it happened?). They want us to go from the "you get fat if you eat too much" diet to the "you get pellagra and rickets if you don't diversify your nutrition correctly" diets (nobody gets scurvy; Vitamin C deficiency isn't a real thing anymore unless you try really, really hard).


Comment Re: So long, Linux (Score 0) 76

That's actually a pretty complex argument.

Porting the drivers and such to a microkernel architecture in full (L4, Minix, Hurd) would isolate parts of the code and require strict API adherence (and ABI, but ABI amounts to your IPC protocol). That reduces the scope of bugs, in the long run; and it minimizes short-term porting bugs. The cost is essentially a large amount of man-power.

So you have the likelihood of finding a lot of bugs, eliminating a lot of bugs in the process, and creating new bugs, all at odds with each other, and each with different short- and long-term implications (you'll create new bugs in the short-term, but fewer than e.g. porting everything to BSD; and you'll eliminate and produce fewer bugs in the long-term); along with the enormous cost of simply organizing the change (everything has to be broken down and fixed around boundaries first).

The single short- and long-term advantage of keeping the Linux kernel architecture is it's a hell of a lot less work to not rearchitect an OS kernel.

Comment Re:No Von Neuman Machines yet (Score 1) 200

Raising babies takes a tremendous amount of infrastructure. An adult human is mostly self-sufficient; babies are not. As somebody said, it really does "take a village" to raise a child.

Reality check: Children have grown up all over the planet for all of history with no infrastructure with poorer parents often raising half a dozen of them. The way we raise western 21st century kids means most parents have enough with a few, but unless they quite literally die they grow up every other way too. The "takes a village" saying is about society's influence, everybody wants to fit in with their peers and prevailing norms, even if that is at odds with your parents.

Comment Re:It already feels lower than 24% (Score 1) 445

Women are known to over-represent to PM. There was a phenomena for a while that women were shit for programming and other similar tasks, but always seemed to know everything that was going on around them--so they moved them out of their jobs and made them keep track of everyone else's jobs. When we started targeting formalized project management (PMI certifications and approaches), they only got better at it, somehow, for no reason known to me (I haven't looked too hard).

The end result is the big names in Project Management are Tres Roeder (Male, original proponent of Stakeholder Management) and Rita Mulcahy (female, dead, still considered the leader in PMI education); and many of the detailed books on project management processes and procedures are written by women. Men in project management have a large tendency to lean toward authority--they use older processes, repeat what's worked in the past (experience = authority), and bank on the understanding that they're in charge and that means something--while women seem to lean on processes and order, incorporating new ideas more-readily.

I have no idea why this happens, but it's a thing. There are flighty women who have no clue what's happening around them, and there are men who are actually serious about optimizing their approach to PM; but the general trend is women are more high-powered project managers, and men are largely sedentary and lean on processes they've used in the past coupled with the wielding of authority to demand people simply get shit done somehow.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 445

It's ridiculously-hard to become a male nurse. In many cases, there are only a handful of male nurses on a medical campus--I've seen as low as two at one school. Somehow it was decided they didn't have girlfriends; none of the girls would date them, because they spent most of their time on-campus and didn't have many prospective young men to pick from.

You can imagine the demands on time.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 4, Insightful) 445

So if there were outside factors that biologically predisposed men and women towards different career paths or interests would you accept that those might result in something other than an even distribution of employment in certain vocations?

This doesn't make sense. The differences are either innate (biological) or the result of external factors. If they're the result of external factors (i.e. not biological) then they're likely to be amenable to change. The fact that the participation of women varies hugely between cultures (for example, in India, Korea, Israel, Iran, and Lithuania, Romania, it's a lot higher) implies strongly that external factors are far more of a reason why we have so few women than anything biological.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 4, Insightful) 445

Outside factors are not an issue.

If every role model of a programmer you see until you're a teenager is male.

If computer programmer Barbie involves the girl doing some design, but the actual coding being done by boys.

If every children's TV show that includes both women and computers has the woman saying computers are hard and the man solving the problems.

If all of the clever boys at your school are encouraged into extracurricular activities involving computers, but the girls aren't.

I'm sure it would have no impact at all on you.

If you don't think that this is real, then sit down for a couple of hours this evening and watch two hours of children's TV. Count the number of male vs female lead roles. Count the number of times anyone builds anything and whether it's done by a male or female character.

Comment Re:Set up correct secondary DNS servers (Score 1) 321

Wouldn't it be subject to the same weaknesses of cryptocurrencies -- namely that an enormous amount of energy has to go into otherwise useless computation, that anyone with sufficient computing power can assert that they have the correct blockchain, and that the blockchain quickly becomes large and unwieldy?

Comment Re:What are we forgetting... (Score 1) 200

Okay, so we've got the mining robots, the auto-fuelling spaceship dock, the autonomous telephone sanitizers... I can't help feeling there's something we're forgetting... Oh! Right - people. Hang on. Why are we sending people again?

Because we're not smart enough to make a robot that could and would do what we'd do and telepresence would be hopeless with the delay. Take the stupidest person you know that can drive a car. Ask him to write the software for a self-driving car, might as well ask him to jump to the Moon. Not even many man-years of the best and brightest has managed to get their car a driver's license that millions of teenagers manage every year. If there's a real base there will be plenty that goes wrong or becomes defective and plenty to fix. If it's just to have humans in a bunker eating canned food until their return flight, then yeah there's not much point.

Comment Re:VeraCrypt designer is an authoritarian idiot (Score 2) 71

Actually, if you're using a 94-element space (26 + 26 + 10 + 32), an 8-character password is on the same magnitude as a 26-element space (all lower-case letters) at 11 characters (7.2 x 10^15 vs 3.7 x 10^15). With a 1,000-element space, 5 characters (words) are on the same magnitude (1.0 x 10^15); although the 1,000-most-common words don't include conjugations and plurals, which takes you to several thousand. You have to breach a 5,700-element space for 4 characters to be on par (1.1 x 10^15).

So all-lower-case can actually be secure as the standard four-classes, eight-character password just by adding three characters. In all of these, we're looking at 50-53 bits (1.1 x 10^15 to 9.0 x 10^15) of entropy.

Seriously, the 8-character password with complexity requirements thing should have never come about. When they went from "8 characters" to "something more secure", it should have been 11 characters.

Comment Re:So long, Linux (Score 0) 76

After Dirty COW, the self-protecting kernel people will end up porting all Linux interfaces and core functionality (e.g. iptables) to Minix services. Then they can replace the VM manager and just pass over the PTE data to the new server when there's a bug, instead of rebooting everything. Systemd will be stripped as core functionality makes more sense as a kernel service than as kernel capabilities managed by a user program.

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