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Comment "Involuntarily" - how many "volunteered" ? (Score 1) 575

To determine the amount of overbooking, one would need to know the total amount of people who could not use their originally booked flight ...
Anyway, the reason for over-booking is understandable (and also makes sense from more than just the economic PoV), but airlines should be forced to NOT involuntarily deny transport to passengers ... that way, they could more or less auction off seats on the flight ... just make the airline increase the payment they offer until the required number of passengers agree to postpone their flight ... yes it will be more expensive for the airline, but at the moment the airline is the only one that has advantages out of the current system (apart from possibly lower fairs)

Comment Ever since my G1 ... (Score 1) 215

I've been running custom roms ever since my first Android phone (G1). As others have rightfully posted, phone makers do not provide updates for much more of the initial 1-2 years, plus most manufacturers have lots of junk on their setup that you can't get rid of otherwise. Not even going to start about the delays until updates are released.
I do understand that there is little reason for a company to support a phone that's more than a generation back, as for one, many customers seem to swap their phones every 1-2 years, and supporting the old phones for longer would a) only cost money for a quickly diminishing amount of users and b) possibly keep people from buying new phones for the new OS they have.
I typically replace a phone once the technical issues I have with it outweigh get on my nerves enough ... (like decreasing battery capacity, actual defects, etc.) I'd probably still be using my Nexus 4 if the touch screen wouldn't have a dead vertical AND horizontal area... after that, I got an "old" S5, upgraded it with Cyanogen within 10 minutes of getting it ... up to "N" now, and will probably use it until it too dies of old age ;) Not what phone manufacturers would like their customers to do :)

Comment "Diets" are the wrong thing, anyway! (Score 1) 256

The typical concept of a "diet" (as in, temporarily changing how/what/how much you eat) is the problem here ... if you eat "a" and are fat, then eat "b" for a while to lose weight, and once you do go back to eating "a", why would you expect anything else than regaining the weight? People need to stop the concept of a diet, and instead change the way and what they eat ... there are enough studies and science around food to show that meats, sugars, fat, processed foods etc are the cause for overweight and obesity, and by changing to more nutritional-value based foods not only the body loses weight, but many other civilization sicknesses are prevented or at least greatly reduced ...

Comment Hey, Apple is happy about that! (Score 1) 472

Caluclation is simple ...with their typical markup is - like - 200% (at least?), this means their profits will also double ... as the last thing Apple will do is take cuts in THEIR profits ... and the last thing most of the Apple fanboys and -girls is care about the price, as long as they have the latest iProduct, so ...

Comment Theoretically, yes ... Except ... (Score 1) 156

... the ones who could probably profit the most from the additional steps will most likely find it too tiring and will use GPS spoofing instead.
Also the study doesn't take into account the added risks to people not used to being in the actual world and moving about, which will as a result to the strange and dangerous surroundings fall prey to all those dangers present there. Like cars, bikes, air, ...

Comment Wrong approach ... (Score 3, Insightful) 251

The BBC, the new Top Gear production team, or Evans (or combination of those) made one major mistake - they attempted to copy the original Top Gear team ...
When TG US started, they also tried to set up the format identical to the UK original - and more or less failed. Until they found their own way and just stuck to the format of doing their show ...
And unless TG UK tries to actually do their own thing (albeit that might take another season or two of learning), they will fail again ...

Comment How is it ... (Score 3, Insightful) 281

... that with all Trump is known for, and who is supporting him, that he has a large following in the low-income parts of the people? The myth of "trickle down economics" has been shown to not work, as proven by the US economics, as well as world wide, with the gap between the wealth of the wealthy and that of the poor ever widening ... how can ANYBODY (apart from the very well off) vote for someone standing for the policies that Trump (and, for that matter, most of the other GOP candidates)??

Just wondering ...

Comment Re:Wrong aproach ... (Score 1) 381

To quote Fuhrman, you should eat "G-BOMBS", Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Seeds ...

As I said, the diet (or way of eating) is basically Vegan-oriented, with a focus on nutrient contents .. that means that not everything that is "vegan" is also recommended - e.g. heavily processed white rice may be vegan, but has very low nutrient levels due to being highly processed ... instead, more natural, less processed brown rice should be used instead. White potatoes might be OK, but sweet potatoes have a higher nutrient content ... and so on ... he took the approach of looking at what the human body actually needs for nutrients, and what food sources can be used to supply that ...

Comment Wrong aproach ... (Score 1) 381

I call BS on the NYT article ...

I reckon the basic problem with diets is the kind of diets ... the typical "reduce by half" diet, or counting calories etc. will not work over the long run, because they are either tedious to follow, or deprive the body of necessary nutrients along with calories.

The way out of the whole dilemma is by not reducing what you eat, but by changing your food to healthy food. And not even looking at how much of that healthy (mostly vegetables) food you eat, but rely on the relatively low calories of those food to take care of your excessive calorie intake.

Check out e.g. books by Dr. Fuhrman, like "Eat to live" or "End of dieting" ... his explanations - combined with referencing literally hundreds of studies done in the area of food and nutrition - will help most likely just about any person wanting to live healthier, and as a by-product - lose weight when followed ...

E.g., some 10 years back I decided I needed to lose weight (albeit I didn't have any noticeable health issues even though I would have been classified as slightly obese). I managed to go down something like 60 pounds within 3-4 months by reducing the amount of food - and snacks - I ate, and even managed to keep my weight down decently for several years, though over the last 3-4 year regaining my weight.

Last August, with a BMI of 31.5 (anything above 30 is classified as obese), I started going on a "diet" based on Fuhrman's books, managing to get down to 25.5 within 3 months; currently I'm down to 22.5, with a total of almost 70 pounds lost. My personal goal is reacing a BMI in the area of 21.5 and a total loss of about 75-78 pounds. By switching to about 90-95% vegetarian/vegan food, I've had not much of a problem losing the weight, without /ANY/ of the typical "dieting" problems like suffering from hunger etc. ... when hungry, I'll just eat something - like carrots, bell peppers etc. for snacks, or a nice bowl of salad ... I've never not eaten vegetables, but were pretty picky ... and the amount of meat etc. that I usually ate of course added to the calories ...

Of course, I won't be able to supply long-term results yet, but by effectively changing my general food source and type of eating, I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to keep the weight off, and iron out the occasional "rare and appropriate" (thanks to Penn Jillette for his inspiration!) event of eating "normal", unhealthy food ...

Comment If they could they'd put an expiry on their HW (Score 1) 551

If Apple could technically (and could get away with it legally), they'd probably put some sort of expiry on their hardware ... after all, what self-respecting Apple-fanboy/girl would use any of their Macs once it's older than 2 years, or any of their phones older than 1 year? Heck, how are you going to be proud of paying for the overpriced hardware Apple is selling, if you use it as long as it still works?

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