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Comment Re:Illegal labor (Score 1) 84

If picking fruit paid more and had more benefits than programming, I would have no problem picking fruit on the side.

If jobs picking fruit paid that much, the fruit would be so expensive that nearly nobody would buy it, and therefore nearly nobody would grow or sell fruit. I don't think destroying the agricultural industries of the US will be considered an acceptable solution by anyone.

Comment Absolutely not (Score 2) 363

It should be positively encouraged. I also believe offices should be furnished with beds, so we can take a nap when we want. And we should all have an additional computer with an up to date graphics card and 4K monitor that we can install Steam on.

This seems reasonable to me. What say you, fellow programmers?

Comment Re: People really need to educate themselves... (Score 1) 270

I cook all the time. Here are some off the top of my head.

I don't eat breakfast, just black coffee. If I do on weekends, it's some form of eggs/bacon/sausage.

Lunch - mixed greens salad, (arugula, kale, romaine, chard, etc), homemade dressing (5 parts olive oil, 1 part balsamic, or 6 parts olive oil, 1 part lemon juice), parmesan cheese... some turkey/ham/salami slices, cheese. 2 hard boiled eggs. (put them in water, bring to a boil, boil for 4 min, put on lid and take off heat, let sit for 10 min). Maybe some large curd cottage cheese sometimes. Dill pickles.

Had one of my favorites last night for dinner
Cook up some italian sausage. When it's done, remove the sausage and any excess grease, add some mushrooms and olive oil on med-high heat, when they are about half-cooked, throw in some garlic. After it is good and warmed up, pour in some half-n-half (or heavy cream)... let that bubble and cook, then add in a handful of raw spinach leaves and toss them a little until they start to wilt. Add in parmesan cheese to thicken some. Add the sausage back in and mix it up. Spoon onto plate. I like to serve it with some tomatoes, and zucchini (cut in half lenthwise, pour olive oil over them, salt, pepper, and parmesan and cook @ 425 until just past firm). Glass of red wine.

Other mains... omelettes/frittata/quiche (no crust) for dinner is always a fave. Seasoned and grilled chicken wings. Chicken thighs (crock pot) with green salsa, cheese, sour cream, lime, cilantro, avacodo, tomato served in a bowl. Burgers, sausage, fish, mealoaf (I use parmesan instead of breadcrumbs). Meatballs and homemade tomato sauce over zucchini sliced ribbon thin and dropped in boiling water for about 30 seconds. Tuna (can use regular mayo, or they have avocado mayo) served in romaine lettuce leaves. We order pizza - and just eat the toppings. If you go out, some places will serve burgers/sandwiches in lettuce wraps.

Sides: Kale (sauteed in olive oil and garlic, pour in chicken broth, lid, and let cook on med-low for about 15 minutes, salt/pepper), mashed sweet potatoes (not often) in butter and cream. zucchini, salad greens, carrots, peas and green beans on occasion, cauliflower, broccoli. Whatever veggies you like really, as long as they aren't really starchy.

Comment Re:People really need to educate themselves... (Score 1) 270

Nope, doesn't have diabetes, he quit drinking 15 years ago, and isn't overweight.

The biggest hurdle is the mental one, where they feel they are being deprived of something. (They ARE - bad stuff) And there really is a physical addiction too. I know people who are trying too, and they are "cutting back". I found that I had to attack it 100% for the first month, and after that it was very easy.

Comment Re:Uh huh. (Score 2) 88

Getting the actual people there (and back) is the costly part. "Stuff" doesn't require four or five levels of fail-safe. "Stuff" doesn't need to take a shit or get sick or argue about politics.

Then the solution seems pretty straightforward: send only "stuff" up there for the first few years.

Once the "stuff" has organized itself (because robots) and is looking pretty good, then send up some human beings, if you still want to. They can walk right into to their prefab moon-hotel.

Comment DLC is the key (Score 2) 137

Sorry, this is such a shitty concept it must die. Games in 80s, 90s and early 00s were released as complete final products and rarely if ever received any patches or DLCs. Now with the advent of a high speed Internet connection, even operating systems are offered as beta products (I'm looking at Windows 10). This is all done to save money on QA/QC and to increase the profits of game publishers (not, not developers) - the companies which basically do nothing, except clever often misleading marketing.

DLC is the name of the game.
My sons are pre-teen, and they play various free games. They are amazed that they are free, cause they are sooo cool. (they suck) They see these youtubers (my least favorite word) prattling on about these games, and sit and watch them play them, and talk incessantly while doing so. But those games become popular, and if you get people hooked on it, you can sell them things. Upgrades/costumes/other levels, etc. It doesn't work on my kids, because I don't let it.
This isn't a new concept, it's the razor/razor blade thing. But if they can get a subscription, then I am 100% sure there will be product tie-ins, commercials, and more things they can buy. It's like a pre-teen casino.

Not picking on pre-teens, but I think the rest of us can see right through it. I asked my son the other day if he plays any of the new versions of Minecraft, and he said "No, all the new versions are weird and aren't fun since Microsoft bought them. I just play the older versions." I honestly don't think MS can do what Netflix did, and that's have a vision. They built their userbase and then came out guns blazing by daring to create original programming. I think it was the smartest thing they could do, and they didn't do it half-assed. MS will approach this game thing with kid-gloves and it will fail. By the time they have anything worth showing, the market will have moved on.

Comment People really need to educate themselves... (Score 4, Insightful) 270

THIS is why science is important. The whole "eat less" or "eat less fat" or "exercise more" or "" needs to stop. There is actual science behind our bodies and how they work, but so many people are just looking for the quick answer. Empty your cup, forget what you know, and look at what the science tells you. That include doctors as well, they need to get back to science and rely less on what they were taught in medical school 50 years ago.

My father just had two stents put into one artery - it was 99 percent blocked and 50 percent blocked in another area. He is in his 70s, and has always been in pretty good health. I asked him to find out what his cholesterol levels were from the tests, and they were exactly what I expected - they were great. Just as they had been his whole life.

For four years now I have been following a paleo/primal diet. I have never felt better! I lost some weight and haven't even had to think about it since. That wasn't my goal, as I was about 173 at the time, I am right at 160 now, and have dipped to 155. I have learned so much about cholesterol, fat, and diet even though I thought I knew a lot before. I've read books by Mark Sisson, Gary Taubes, and some others, as well as articles/talks by Dr. Peter Attia. Attia had some really in-depth blog posts on cholesterol that were very enlightening, and his vimeo video on the limits of scientific evidence is really great. The other thing to be aware of around artery "hardening" is with oxidation. It's not really cholesterol clogging your arteries, it's is more like your arterial walls thickening, oxidizing and lesioning, and your body repairing them. So not clogging, more like spackling. :)

My diet has essentially been no calorie restrictions at all, but no grains (included corn) or grain based products (including oils, and beer), extremely low sugar, low carb, no legumes or legume products (soybean/peanuts), and high saturated fat. The only thing in my bloodwork that didn't improve drastically was my cholesterol. It is still high. However, what I've learned is that isn't a bad thing! My father has always had low cholesterol, and my mother's is high. After his near miss this year, my mother got a battery of tests too - she has no significant blockages, with her cholesterol nearing and sometimes over 300! They've tried to put her on meds, but they make her ill.

A couple of years ago I tracked what I ate for a week. Daily I was 2258 calories, 54 grams carbs (18 were sugars), and 186 grams of fat.
I have wanted to write down all of my experiences with this over the last few years. I know that this is all heresay and circumstantial, but to ME it's relevant and real. Here are some of the benefits I had:
- no nagging joint pain (less inflammation)
- skin was better (same)
- no bloating or tired feeling after eating - EVER
- no craving for sweets or that "blood sugar" high
- my teeth are better - I still brush and floss, but my semi-annual cleaning takes about 10 minutes.
- better lung capacity
    -- there is a story here that I still find hard to believe. At the time I started this, we had a swimming pool (I lived in AZ). Every year when I first got in the pool in the spring, I would attempt to swim down and back under water. I could usually do it, but sometimes not. I started this diet in November, and when it got to May/June it was time to go swimming again. I went down, and back... and wasn't even wanting for air, so I went DOWN again. So 50% better than I had ever done before. And when I came up, I wasn't gasping either. I was baffled, and still am quite frankly. I think it has to do with less inflammation, and that my body overall is just more efficient because it's fighting less and less against what grains/carbs do you our bodies.

It's really about health. I had to break my body's physical addiction to the blood sugar roller coaster. Once that was done (about 3 weeks) it's effortless, and I am healthier for it. I am in my upper 40s, and have a 32" waist. I didn't consider myself unhealthy before, but I can feel a difference and it's all better.

Comment This method never fails (Score 1) 216

Here's how to calculate a 100% accurate estimate 100% of the time, when your manager asks you to predict how long it will take to implement feature X:

1. Tell your manager you'll get the estimate for them as soon as you've done the necessary research
2. Go back to your desk
3. Write down the current time
4. Implement the feature
5. Subtract the time you wrote down in step (3) from the current time. This is your 100% accurate estimate of how long it took you to implement the feature
6. Email your manager, and let them know the estimate value. If you're feeling like it, you can also let them know that the feature is now implemented (although this may make them feel like the estimate you gave them is no longer particularly useful, so treat cautiously there)

Comment Re:Not just software. (Score 1) 216

For example, if the last time you did it, it took 3 weeks, a good prediction is that this time it's going to take 3 weeks.

Hopefully it will take less, because this time I will be able to take the code I wrote last time and just re-use it, possible with some minor modifications, rather than designing and implementing it all from scratch.

(Or if I can't do that, then either it's a new task and there wasn't actually any "last time I did it", or I did a lousy job last time of designing my code to be re-usable. Software development is mainly about automating previously manual processes so they can be repeated more quickly/easily in the future; that applies to the process of writing the software itself also)

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