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Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 3, Insightful) 258

In Switzerland, the fines go into the municipality's budget.

Problem with that is that the municipalities have started budgeting the fines and are now treating them like normal income and thus the police receives quota.

Which leads to police putting mobile cameras where they can get most money not where there might be a security issue.

It also led to police wasting a lot of time on fines rather than actually doing important things.

I like the escrow idea.

Comment Re:a real keyboard (Score 1) 158

Yeah, I'm in the same boat. A HTC Desire Z or a Communicator 9500 brought up to current tech and phablet size would be a dream come true.

The only good thing about the Blackberries is that the keyboard doubles as a touchpad. That's nifty. But portrait mode keyboard? Come on, how am I supposed to work with that?

Comment Re:Welcome to Sweden (Score 4, Insightful) 513

Even in Switzerland, employers are expected to show some flexibility not just for family emergencies but also for taking care of business. If you have to deal with banks or the government, you'll likely not be able to schedule that outside of business hours after all.

This seems to be yet another example of how questionable the US economy operates sometimes.

Comment Re:Population density (Score 1) 468

So you need to replace ALL gas driven vehicles before you get a benefit?

A lot of US landmass may be sparsely populated but if even 30% of the people living in cities and the surrounding suburbs drove electric, I think the impact on on pollution would be measurable.

Full electric doesn't make sense for everybody. However, it's nice to see that the technology is getting within reach of those for whom it does make sense.

Comment Re:Baby brain (Score 3, Insightful) 280

Once again very late to this party but as a father of 2.5 year old twins who also had a major case of ulcerative colitis right when they were born I can only totally agree with you.

I'd say the lack of sleep isn't even the major problem. You still function. However, the constant attention you pay them. Every little sound you hear. You never wind down. Your brain rests even less than your body.

And when they scream in tandem or take shifts (and I am unable to decide which is worse!), your mental walls, your ability to restrain your emotions and function is severely tested.
But worst of all? Children mirror you! Meaning you can't even distance yourself and go into zombie mode because that will really unhinge them and scream in a futile attempt to get their caregivers back instead of having zombies.

It's a very vicious cycle. The only thing that saved as was honest conversation and admitting that we were in way over our heads, our fears and yes, even the regular fantasies of repeatedly throwing the kids against the nearest wall.

Explaining raising children to childless people (and making them understand) is like explaining colors to a person born blind. It cannot be done.

We had expected the work. It didn't faze us. We had expected the dirt, broken things and such. We were unprepared for the emotional, psychological warfare going on. Some of the shit parent sgo through is what makes Amnesty criticize Guantanamo! Only we chose this for ourselves! Can you imagine the regret?

And the dichotomy.... Dude, the dichotomy kills you. While I would have gladly taken the opportunity a year ago to be transported back in time, before we had kids, not remember a thing but with the guarantee that we'd decide on not having them in the first place, I would have taken it in an instant. In contrast, had someone offered to just take them away so we could have our freedom back, I would have declined.

As strange as it sounds, that is what being parents is all about. You ask yourself why you were ever stupid enough to do this thing but just stopping isn't an option either.

One thing that has changed in a remarkable way is how I look at parents who break and do something drastic. A few months back a woman threw her kids out of a window from the tsecond or third floor. Kids survived without permanent damage.
Before I had kids, I would have condemned the behaviour to the utmost. Now I just pity the parents. They were in a war for their sanity and lost a major battle. The moment they get a chance to reflect on it, I can only imagine the guilt and pain they must feel from the realization what they have done.

A lot of people could do better as parents. However fuck me if it ain't the hardest job with the least possibility to prepare yourself for that I have ever encountered...

Comment Re:Stop using cars at all. (Score 2) 243

If I were you, I'd be careful about throwing those numbers around. Someone surely will say that the problem is that gas is too cheap.

After all, fuck the people contributing their time on this planet to the betterment of the economy, right? Let them donate half again of that time to getting there and home again.

Comment My own theory (Score 2) 256

I'm a bit late to the party and please note that this observation is based on a sample size of one, so take that with a spoonful of salt, however:

I've tried a few things to lose weight and I'm now below 90kg. I started at 116kg about 6 or 7 years ago. I first lost 23kg by changing my diet to less carbohydrates and more veggies and salad (where I previously ate none). I was out of a job at that time.

This diet was assisted by a doctor and I was forbidden from doing much sports.

After I got a job and relaxed on my diet regime, I gained another 10kg. I stayed at around 103 kg for quite a bit. Perhaps a year ago, I started chewing my food better and thus ate much less food. I lost weight to the point of weighing about 96kg.

Then came another tough time with the kids and I tried keeping spirits up with carbohydrates, so I remained at 96 for another while.

In last two or three months I went down to 88.8. Again by just eating less.

During the last three years, I had a brutal bout of ulcerative colitis and spent two weeks in the hospital with a blocked colon where I couldn't keep down any food for about ten days.

I weighed about 82 kg when I left the hospital but due to my lack of strength, just about all the weight lost was muscle mass, not fat. I was back on my normal weight a few weeks later.

Now my theory is this: Even though I never wanted to believe it, eating less calories than you actually burn during the day plain does work. There are two caveats though:

Without actually measuring your level of activity and your muscle mass it is a bit hard to define what your daily needs actually are.
And second, and much more important, if you suffer from depression and stress, you are much, much more likely to have to wage a HUGE internal battle with yourself to actually keep to your diet. And when you almost inevitably fail to adhere to your diet on an especially hard day, you're WAY more likely to think yourself a failure and eat too much the next day as well or even give up on the diet altogether.

And since you already failed, in your mind, you'll fall back on the carbohydrates to boost your mental stability again.

I believe, much like with every addiction, that this is primarily a mental issue. Which makes it all the harder to overcome. It's not easy being in a mentally stable state when your overweight contributes to your depression.

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