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Comment You are what you eat (Score -1) 321

My old (65+) aunts and uncles... various cancers and organ issues... they eat junk food, drink sodas all day, and pitzzas. God, do they enjoy their pizzas and ... ugh... gross ... deep fried burritos (Chimichanga I think they're called).

The march towards Paleo, Mediterranean, Cave-man, whatever diets has been occurring more and more. What I call "evolution diet". For 200,000 years humans ate mostly root veggies, occasional meat, eggs, bugs, and green leafy stuff. Although humans are quite adaptable, I believe our bodies process the stuff they've become accustomed to over those 200,000 years. That makes up the bulk of my diet (except for slugs and bugs). I believe the rate of health problems stems from more people eating more "naturally", as well as far less sugar.

I'm so happy that I moved away from my relatives and have been eating self-prepared natural food (nope, I don't care if my spinach is organic or not.. but I eat a pound of spinach a week).. No, I'm not a food snob. A dozen or so times a year, I'll eat a pizza or have a Coke... whatever, but it is really an exception, and if it is at the end of a 15 - 20 mile trail run.

My aunt with her kidney problems was told by her doctor to change her eating habits or she'd eventually need a kidney transplant. For about a week she changed her diet. Then it was, "c'mon, you can cheat every now and then"... two months later it was pretty much back to her poor prepared food diet and deep fried burritos. Six months later has the kidney transplant... she still eats crap and weighs over 300 pounds.

Comment Re:I don't. C for life. (Score 2) 331

Assembly isn't needed unless you do firmware type programming, real-time applications, system programming, or other such things. Even there the knowledge of assembly language is needed in places where optimization is required. A profiler can assist you there. C language and knowing certain directives like "volatile", and compiling some source with optimization turned off, can be quite helpful with firmware efforts.

In all my 20+ years of low-level, hardware and device programming, most of my work, rather, the vast majority of my work, was C. Maybe, a small 1 or 2 percent was assembly. BUT that one or two percent NEEDED to be assembly.

Comment Milky Way was the Universe 100 years ago (Score 1) 387

People, we cannot expect the question to "42" in the blink of the eye. Less than 100 years ago our Universe was limited to the Milky Way galaxy. It wasn't until Edwin Hubble discovered that some of those little bright dots in the sky were actually other galaxies.

Science has provided many answers in the past 100 years. But to think that we can know all the answers in just a brief history of time is preposterous. There is only one Universe. That Universe may have a new definition when new discoveries are made (such as when Hubble helped redefine the Universe in 1922). We may discover that we are in a computer simulation or we may be in a simulation, but cannot discover it, the speculations are endless .. those speculations are pointless until the tools to test them become available.

The march of time and new scientific discoveries may be as big or bigger 100 years from now as 100 years ago.

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

  Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Comment My Research is nearly ready to pay off! (Score 5, Funny) 212

I have been downloadinnng p0rn and free torrennnnnt movies for almost 20 years seeking the uultimate malware detection algorithm. I may spend the rest of my life in this scientific ennnnndeavor, endlessly dowwwnload more and more p0rn and torrent movies. There's no need to thannnk me... I see it as just a thannnnkless job...

PS, sorry for the mispellinnngs... for some damn reasonn my keyboardd has stickky keys againn!!

Comment S'long Seattle (Score 1) 91

Sold my home in June.

I lived in Magnolia. In order to get to the Mountains (where I spend a lot of time now) I have to get to I-5. That means driving by Amazon and all the damn construction.

Yes, we all say it. The City isn't what it used to be.

I loved Seattle in the 80s and 90s.

Now, I live in Bend, Oregon

Comment I returned a nice new Acer Chromebook 14 (Score 4, Interesting) 138

The Acer Chromebook 14 inch is a nice $269 Chromebook, but I returned it because I could not boot off the USB.

I really liked this cheap computer: 14 inch 1080p IPS matte display. 3.5 pounds. No fan. Aluminum body, Quad core celeron (N3160) . 4GB RAM. 32GB flash. USB 3 ports. It felt and looked like a $800+ Ultrabook.

I got it to run XFCE via Crouton which was easy, but I really wanted to boot off a USB flash drive. I tried everything, and there's even an announcement on the developer screen saying "having trouble booting USB? try entering 'enable_usb_boot' ". Nothing. Endless forums and articles ended in failure.

So, the "pro" version of Chromebook should behave like a normal BIOS or EFI x86 PC. It should allow for booting via USB, and the installation of whatever I want to put on the damn machine.

BTW, if you like a Chromebook or are okay with running Linux via Crouton, this is a nice machine.

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