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Comment Re:Where's the love and support? (Score 1) 200

Unfortunately, this product was an example of a "bad thing". Home automation has been stuck in its infancy for thirty years due to each vendor trying to create a locked-in ecosystem instead of focusing on creating better products. Progress will continue at a snails pace until interoperation is improved. If you read the article, one of his problems was trying to connect his new gadget (kettle) to his existing gadget (Amazon Echo).

Comment Re:Oh, Democracy... (Score 1) 332

There are conflicting statistics. I'm suggesting that the parent poster cherry picked a study that shows what he wanted to say, while ignoring other studies that show that red light cameras don't improve safety at all. The nonsense argument was presented as an argument that, even if the statistics were sound, perhaps it was more of a correlation than a cause-and-effect relationship.

The study cited also makes the mistake of considering the red light program as free. Taxpayers, who bear the cost in the form of tickets, would disagree that red light cameras "pay for themselves". Since a portion goes to the vendor, at best, it turns out to be a very inefficient way of paying for marginal safety. At worst, it's a cash-grab.

Comment Re:Oh, Democracy... (Score 1) 332

This makes no sense. The most dangerous red light violations are the ones where the runner is totally oblivious to the traffic light (sleeping, drunk, talking to a passenger, etc). A camera wouldn't help under those circumstances. Red light cameras only change behavior in those cases where the driver sees running as a choice - during the first few seconds or when there is obviously no one coming on the cross street. These aren't the dangerous cases.

On the other hand, red light cameras increase rear-end collisions at lights.

Comment Re:I doubt Hollywood has an age discrimination iss (Score 1) 319

She gets roles because she sells tickets. She got that rep when she was young and good looking. She isn't an example of acceptance of older actresses, she's an example of the acceptance of proven ticket sales. The fact that she happens to be a good actress is irrelevant.

Comment Re:I doubt Hollywood has an age discrimination iss (Score 1) 319

Hollywood is the place where they cast one of the 10 most beautiful people in the world for a role of a homely older person and then spend three hours in makeup every day getting her to look just right. And, they do this while there is a line of talented, average looking, age appropriate women around the block looking for work.

Personally, I don't think they do it because of age discrimination. I think they do it because there's only a handful of actresses that will guarantee ticket sales just by casting them. But, it certainly looks like age discrimination when you look at a case in isolation.

Comment Re:What I don't understand. (Score 1) 56

... or when they are involved in a plane crash. Most of the safety regulations are there to protect the emergency responders that may come to the site of an accident.

Where I used to work, we couldn't air ship some of our chemotherapy drugs. They wouldn't explode or catch fire, but if a box of them were crushed, the people who breath the air could be seriously harmed.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 184

Doesn't apply here. If anything, I had less muscle when I was injured due to the lack of activity. Before injury, I ate about 1800 calories a day and burned 1000 between the gym and my daily four mile walk at lunchtime. After the injury, I ate the same, but didn't go to the gym or walk. On the most extreme day, my FitBit recorded 181 steps. Those were probably almost all false positives from hand movement. Yesterday, I ate my 1800 calories, but did 30,000 steps. That's close to a typical day, and I probably won't lose any weight this week - not that I want to.

Muscle burns more calorie than fat. Just to stay alive. So even when you are doing nothing, a muscular body burns more calories than a fat one.

I'm probably 11% body fat and can bench press 150% of my weight, but my BMR is around 1000 calories a day.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 184

Healing takes more energy than you might think.

Yea, that's my guess

Stress too, if you were particularly stressed about it (during stress, the body can either accumulate -reserves in case it lasts-, or on the contrary dissipate energy -make available, thus leading to elimination if not needed on the short term).

Doubt it. I'm not the kind of person that suffers from stress.

Plus it was only a week, so as your weight had been stabilized for some time, your body tends to try to keep some balance, and didn't store much of the surplus (it's not a process as basic and systematic as some Slashdotters want to believe, although it sure is the most important point to weight loss, in most cases).

Your digestion efficiency might have been affected by your injury too (down to diarrhea).

And finally, some drugs you might have taken, can also affect both weight gain and weight loss.

Wasn't diarrhea, because that's water weight and would come back a few days after getting healthy. It wasn't just for a week, I didn't walk for three weeks and got off crutches after four and a half. The only drug I was on was Hydrocodone, and that was only for about five days.

I absolutely lost muscle mass, but I'm back to my pre-injury strength and five pounds are still missing. I'm thin enough that losing five pounds of lean mass isn't something I can do easily or quickly.

Comment Re:BMI != obesity (Score 1) 184

If you're fit and muscular, you don't look at your BMI result thinking "I wonder if I'm fat?". Nearly everyone who is unsure if they should lose weight and has a high BMI should lose weight. Also, there is evidence that muscular people with a high BMI may share many health problems with fat people of the same BMI. For example, carrying extra weight is correlated with shorter lifespan and increased risk of heart disease, regardless of body composition.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 2) 184

Also, with carbs, it's really easy to underestimate the calorie content. It doesn't seem right that a lean chicken patty can easily contain fewer calories than the bun you put it in.

I've found that when I look at a meal and think to myself "What can I take away that will remove a significant number of calories, but reduce my enjoyment of the meal as little as possible", I almost always come to the conclusion that taking the high-carb portion out works out best. Fats my be calorie dense, but 35 calories of butter can add a lot of flavor to a meal.

Another virtuous feedback benefit relates to salt. You can reduce your blood pressure by reducing salt - and suffer bland food, or you can reduce your blood pressure by losing weight and getting fit - and eat much tastier food. My BP went from 120/80 when I was overweight (borderline high), to 85/55 now that I am normal weight and very fit.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 3, Interesting) 184

Here's the consensus: Burn more calories than you consume and you will lose weight, and try to eat some vegetables every once in a while to ensure you get some vitamins. That's about it.

Even this is a little bullshit. I lost 100 pounds last year and I had similar experiences to yours. My weight has now been stable for about eight months. This year, I suffered an injury which changed my routine, causing me to burn about 7000 fewer calories per week than my pre-injury routine (I was completely bedridden). With my reduced calorie burn and no significant changes in intake, I lost about five pounds in a few weeks. Here I am six weeks later, and the weight loss was real and permanent. This weight loss completely baffles me and can't be explained by my mental model of weight management.

Comment Re:Applications? (Score 1) 241

The "normal" way for a company to increase their minority composition is to go out and specifically try to get minority applicants. Then, through the normal hiring process, they usually end up with more minority hires. Simple things like sending a rep to the job fair at a university with mostly black students are pretty typical ways to accomplish this. You don't even have to analyze your data - just keep "doing more" and watch the numbers go up.

Comment Re:This is a rotten assertion (Score 1) 136

A given buyer usually doesn't use the numbers to learn that a full-size truck uses less fuel than a midsize sedan, they use them to compare the vehicles they are considering buying to each other, which are almost always vehicles of the same class. The assertion is that picking the lowest window sticker MPG among a group of vehicles in the same class is no better than guessing, and I wholeheartedly agree with it.

Comment Re:South Park episode (Score 1) 195

I think that all TOS should be illegal unless they were fully negotiated by lawyers on BOTH sides - or approved by a federal agency as something that a citizen can understand and agree to without a lawyer.

The alternative I prefer is to change the law so the entire EULA is invalid if any part of it "steps over the line". Of course, the success of this strategy would depend on the quality of the definition of "step over the line".

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