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Comment Re:8% (Score 1) 89

It's weird whenever a company expands, alters its technology, or merges, they have redundant employees, and so eliminate a small chunk of the workforce (I mean, 5,000 at Dell where they have 100,000 employees is only 5%), and Slashdot loses its shit and goes on about how we should all pay higher prices to keep these people in useless jobs instead of moving that money to buy other products supporting other jobs.

Twitter cuts 300 jobs in a desperate attempt to save money, with a statement of "We can't pay for this anymore" instead of "we don't need these people," and Slashdot is jumping up and down demanding to know why Twitter even has all these jobs in the first place.


Comment Re:Fruits and vegetables (Score 1) 307

People with high-meat-intake diets can, but rarely do, get deficiencies; people on vegan diets have to jump through hoops not to. That was the point: fruits and vegetables aren't the primary source of all nutrients, and aren't holding up your critically-deficient, mainly-meat diet; a cursory preponderance of evidence suggests the eggs consumed by ovolacto vegetarians are holding up their critically-deficient, mainly-vegetable diet. I've seen statistics stating between 75%-95% of vegetarians and vegans bail on the diet because of adverse health effects; and vegans themselves always have something to say about how you have to make sure you're eating the right vegan diet or else of course it will make you sick, which simply isn't a concern with modern incidental-vegetable-intake diets that get their main source of greens and yellows and reds from hamburger toppings and tacos.

As for fiber, Stopping or reducing dietary fiber intake reduces constipation and its associated symptoms.

For no fiber, reduced fiber and high fiber groups, respectively, symptoms of bloating were present in 0%, 31.3% and 100% (P

CONCLUSION: Idiopathic constipation and its associated symptoms can be effectively reduced by stopping or even lowering the intake of dietary fiber.

The medical term "idiopathic" means "we don't know why," as opposed to being caused by an observed deficiency, disease, genetic condition, stress, or anything else. It's a placeholder for "healthy adults" when the adults are experiencing a symptom making them not healthy.

The benefits of a high-fiber diet have been repeated again and again, but rarely actually researched. Don't look too closely, or you'll find out you're wrong.

Comment Re:Fruits and vegetables (Score 1) 307

Eh, truth be told, if you want to grow more cattle on less land, you need to grow alfalfa densely and feed it to them. On the other hand, alfalfa and vetch are cover crops, and we grow them on our existing farmland between uses; we do use them as feed, or as fertilizer (plowed under before reseeding).

Comment Re:resistance is futile (Score 2) 179

So you have one of the terrorists in the Bataclan attack, but there were also EU nationals in the Bataclan and Charlie Hebdo attacks.

As to the period of disruption, with several major banks saying they're pulling out of London, you're looking at the diminishment of the City, which is one of the major economic engines of Britain.

All I see here is the usual Brexit tripe which amounts to "Migration bad, Europe bad, everything will just be fine!" But if that were the case, then why were the chief Brexiteers yacking on about ECC membership during the referendum campaign, almost as if they knew damned well that Europe was Britain's most significant trading partner, and loss of open access to the Common Market would be enormously damaging.

Comment Re:resistance is futile (Score 4, Insightful) 179

How many terror attacks can you link to freedom of movement? And the Greeks want to stay in the Eurozone (which is different than the EU) and it is pretty clear Germany wants Greece to remain as well.

And if the Brits had enough of it, how come so many Brexiteers were hanging on to the hope of remaining in the ECC (which, by the way, would still mean some degree of freedom of movement).

Frankly, I think Brexit was just an episode of national pique, and I suspect if you reran the referendum now, with at least some of the ramifications becoming clear (such as Norway objecting to continued British membership in the ECC), Remain would have a solid win.

Comment Re:Not just bitcoin (Score 4, Interesting) 179

It does not have an intrinsic value that makes it worth weighting an entire currency on, and it is, in fact, rather vulnerable to price collapses itself. Both gold and silver have been witness to significant depreciation events, such as when the Chinese Empire began bleeding its silver reserves in the 18th and 19th century.

Metal-based currencies are no panacea, and are highly inflexible, and worst of all, don't do anything to stave off worst case scenarios like recessions and depressions.

Comment Re:resistance is futile (Score 4, Insightful) 179

Except Brussels itself is a construct of all the EU members, and it is the pooled sovereignty of all EU members that counts. This claim that Brussels is some sort of overlord that controls Europe demonstrates a great ignorance of what the EU is.

Beyond that, all but the most hardened Brexiteers would love to stay in the Common Market, which was why they kept talking about how Britain could still remain part of the ECC.

Comment Re:Not just bitcoin (Score 2, Interesting) 179

The fact is that metals-based currencies are far more arbitrary in valuation of a currency than a fiat currency. Why should a currency for any nation be entirely unlinked from factors like trade surpluses/deficits, GDP, interest rates and the like? What is it about gold that makes it so great for pegging a currency to? Saying "gold-backed is better" is really just picking an arbitrary element, giving it an arbitrary value, and somehow that is supposed to be a good way to value a currency?

Comment Fruits and vegetables (Score -1, Offtopic) 307

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.

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