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Comment Re:There might be light but it is not the big pict (Score 1) 164

Weight is a factor, and highly processed carbohydrates are very efficient at delivering excess calories. One has more trouble eating a pound of butter than a pound of sugar. The first thing a type two diabetic does is lose 7% of weight.

The simpler more processed a carbohydrate is, the more Gloucester it will deliver. Eating minimally processed carbohydrates with lots of fiber and good fat is key. The problem with our diet is that we eat fat with no fiber, like meat, or sugar with no fiber, like potato and no skin.

And a lot of this is genetics. I suspect this would be helpful to someone who is at risk of diabetes.

Comment Re:Never heard of it... (Score 1) 67

UF is certainly one of the oldest web comics and one of the few to support the artist. If it had not been for plagerized it still would be running.

I would also point out that the old web comic I know about is I PhD, running since 1997 with almost 2000 strips.

I guess in this post factual world, no one will care.

My opinion is that since around 2000, it has been a renesance in newspaper style cartoons as the barriers to entry are non existent and for those who got in early, quality was all that mattered. Even late comers, like XKCD do much better by some metrics than early entries and popular sites like SMBC.

Comment outside the US (Score 1, Interesting) 63

Are people actually going to risk being detained at the airport for hours or being put in jail just to attend an Apple Conference. This is not snark. I am really interested if these kind of things held in the US are still viable. I expect to see more North American international conferences held in Canada. I know that most people attending the conference will be light skinned, but still...

Comment Re: Black Mirror (Score 2) 130

And read the story reported here of the university that was attacked by its own IoT.

Also, these things take energy and our ability to control is limited. We fantasizes 50 years ago that we could have a grid of sensors to predict the weather. We fantasizes we could replace tree with machines to clean our atmosphere. There is some stuff we are just going to have to accept that nature does better and if we don't comply we will lose.

Comment Google translate plagerized? (Score 1) 136

Is the Tech Times article click bait or plagerized? It reads like it was copied, translated by machine, and pasted into somebody else's byline. Broken English quotes are fine, but at least have the pride to edit the copy by hand before publishing. Anne Baker sounds like someone who can write native English, if I can be so presumptive

Comment Re:Betas will beta? (Score 3, Interesting) 283

The sex drive in humans is a continuum. Not everyone has a life controlled by where their next orgasm is going to come from. And not everyone simply has sex only before they go to bed. Sex on the kitchen table or in the office is not an unattainable fantasy, even for a person with little sex drive.

in fact one issue we have had over the past couple decades, and perhaps even for out entire history, is that drugs are overused to promote the sex drive, even when there is no natural desire. The stages of adolescence and young adulthood n the US are so messed up that they tend to be directed and controlled by the people who have the most sex drive, even though that level of desire for sex, objectively speaking, is freakish. I have no issue with healthy sexual situations depicted in the media, but even the most liberal minded person has to admit that most of what is in the media is atypical and often does not show healthy situation. Like so many other situations, it shows a false normal that promotes drug use to achieve. We are expected to work so we take drugs. We are expected to party so we take drugs. We are expected to copulate at a moments notice, so we take drugs.

The religious freaks in the US promote a christian sharia law so we feel guilty about doing all of this so we take drugs. We feel like we have to have kids if we have sex, so we put the kids on drugs when they do not meet the expectations.

As is said anywhere, the research, not the alternative facts, do not indicate that humans evolved to work long days. In fact we see throughout civilization a desire to sedentary and not work. We see social structures that appear to prioritize a wide range of social interaction over the limited possibilities of a relationship based purely on sticking on part of human anatomy into a different part of another person's anatomy. Again, the religious freaks want to limit us to this because they are the ones that aren't capable of fully experiencing full human relationships, and they are the one's who are unhappy, and they want everyone else to be equally unhappy.

The one thing he is right about is the religious freaks in the midwest considering the relatively tame lifestyle of the geek inoffensive. This is simply because we geeks tend to not be exhibitionists, we tend to not be so insecure that we need everyone to approve of the lifestle we lead, or the need to parade trophy mates instead focusing on being with people we actually like.

Comment Re:Because people can travel? (Score 1) 290

This would require massive amounts of additional DRM to insure the software was running in the correct region. Think of DVD players, and the reason I stopped buying DVDs.

For software this would be catastrophic. For anyone who travels software that works on one country and not another will be useless.

Comment Re:As it should be... (Score 4, Insightful) 389

I certainly can see the benefit of living in a police state where everyone is hoping to get dirt on everyone else, but I also see the benefit of living in the US with it's traditional values of privacy and limited police power, where fighting crime is less of a priority than making sure the citizen is protected from having their home invaded by the cops or their stuff taken or their liberty denied without due process.

In any case, if I were a low paid tech worker, I think I would have significant incentive to fabricate evidence. $500 is a weeks pay, at least, for these guys.

Comment Re:cult of mac (Score 1) 168

The iPhone could not even reliably make phone calls. I had an iPhone, moved from my Razr. which was also a phone that did not make reliable phone calls. The iPhone did solve a problem that I had with the Razr which is effortlessly synching from my computer so I do not have to reenter data.

I wonder what issues there were with the iPod, because I never had any. I have a nomad, and paid as much for it with no memory as I did for my iPod mini. On the Nomad it took a Very Long Time, a Pournelle used to say, to fill the small card memory card I bought an additional great expense. The firewire interface on the iPod meant that I could move singficant parts of my then 20GB library very quickly.

It has to be more than gimmick. MS has been trying to do smart phones since 1996 with Windows CE and so far they have nothing. If people were just looking for gimmicks and integration, MS would have had more that 10% of the market at any one time. Blackberry, which was a good phone, fell very quickly.

One thing that Apple has done is fearlessly try new things. As a business machine, Blackberry did not have that luxury. Apple as a more creative and consumer company can throw legacy out the window, which is really what most people hate.

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