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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

Buzz_Litebeer Reading peoples advice here making me insane. (635 comments)

Weight loss is a function of calories, you are almost never going to be able to run off calories you eat very easily.

So eat less if you want to lose weight.

If you want to be strong, exercise several times a week.

If you exercise to lose weight, and you were gaining weight before you started exercising, your probably just going to lose your water weight initially (OMG MOM I LOST 10lbs!) then you are going to stall, because you are really just exercising off the excess (if you can even do that).

I have lost 130lbs, and kept it off for several years now, I have track everything. Anyone coming on asking for quick tips on losing weight is having a losing game already.

If you are a software dev, make a spreadsheet, and do a workup on yourself. It takes time, but you can find out what your body burns every day, and you can find out how many calories you need to eat to lose weight, and you can even track when you start getting thinner how many fewer calories you burn

Here is how I do it.


If you don't want to use the self guided programmer method, and keep track of calories in calories out using a spreadsheet....

Download MyFitness Pal to track your calories and estimate your calorie needs, and do fitocracy to motivate you and read their guides on health.

about 2 years ago

Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

Buzz_Litebeer This is stupid (469 comments)

The market will, in fact, be the judge on these kinds of things. If people stop buying these products, and their complaint is that the lifespan issue is the reason they said "fuck off" then the game companies will change their policy, and provide games without these hooks.

If you are a gamer and MUST HAVE THE LATEST SIM CITY EVER, and U HAVE TO DOWNLOAD IT NOW!!!!!. Well, then, this is the game for you, this is the Sim City game that is available. Enjoy.

I have seen my favorite franchise get awesome, then suck again with F2P game that recently came out. (Mechwarrior). The standard model games I enjoyed (mechwarrior living legends, even the mektek mech4 free release) are all gone now.

So, I don't give MWO my money, and if enough people dislike it, then the game goes away and maybe they make another game in the old style.

If they don't then they don't.

about 2 years ago

How To Sneak Into the Super Bowl With Social Engineering

Buzz_Litebeer Re:Security is only as good as its weakest link. (164 comments)

This is a really really good idea. I might actually recommend this where I work. They are super anal about security here... hmmm :)

about 2 years ago

The Mathematics of Obesity

Buzz_Litebeer Re:Junk food is the problem (655 comments)

McDonalds is definitely cheaper per Calorie.

(I think!)

Hell, Tacobell has a 550 calories per dollar in their beef burrito. (IIRC).

That would be like 10 oz of chicken.

which is pretty calorie dense for a home processed food. Or about 7 apples, which still costs more.

SO, depends on how you determine costs. If you count everything as calories in and calories out, and want to see the costs per calorie, a lot of fast food / canned and processed food, is a much better deal for caloric volume.

If you put in the cost of personal labor, it is _FAR_ cheaper.

Imagine you were, yourself, a food industry worker making 7.50 an hour. You just got your food from your local CSA farm share, and you cooked up (time to cook 1.5 hours), you just spent 11.25 dollars of your life cooking for food that in itself was more expensive.

I spent 1 hour last night with my GF making food, we make far far more than minimum wage, and it took 2 people. So lets pretend our time is worth a dollar a minute (combined, it is worth more but this an example), that would be 60 bucks of "effort" put in.

Etc.... etc... Even if you just take our income and divide by 3 (assuming we work 8 hours a day, but spread it out over 24 hours so that even sleeping itself would "cost" money) it would still imply 20 dollars an hour to make that food.

Far more than driving through McDonalds parking lot or Taco bell and getting the same calories that way.

It all depends on how you look at this stuff.

Take a look at this:


Where a guy determines the true cost of a tomato he gardened to be 64 dollars a tomato.

Very Very expensive.

more than 2 years ago

The Mathematics of Obesity

Buzz_Litebeer Re:Processed sugar is the problem (655 comments)

It is calories in calories out.

I started at 310 lbs, ate mostly taco bell, restaurants, and fast food, but i tracked my calories, and I lost 130lbs with strenuous exercise.

Now that I eat "healthy" (prepared meals, balances of nuts/veggies/pastas) the math all comes out to be the same. My weight fluctuates depending on the calories I consume, nothing more, nothing less.

If you want to see how your body actually works when it comes to weight (not necessarily HEALTH), based on thousands of people testing it via tracked exercises etc... join fitocracy and read the begginners guides to weight loss.

In the end, it is all about calories in and calories out. If you have a calorie deficit at the end of the day, you are going to lose that much fat/muscle.

Simply, easy. People just don't track these things, it doesn't matter that they are eating processed sugars etc... It only matters that they are eating more calories than they expend in a day.

I, personally, have to eat around 3500 calories a day to maintain weight, because I am active now. It doesn't matter if I eat those as healthy or unhealthy calories, as processed sugar or whole unprocessed sugar from the teat of the organic wholesome sugar fairy.

more than 2 years ago

Who Killed Videogames?

Buzz_Litebeer For the win by Cory Doctorow (401 comments)

If you ever want to read an interesting book on this subject, For The Win by Cory Doctorow.

more than 3 years ago

Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

Buzz_Litebeer Re:I think Beck has started to believe his own con (1276 comments)

Actually you are pretty ignorant on that.

The NPR main station receives its funding from member stations. The member stations receive the funding from the government.

The misconception you are using is the argument intended for idiots who don't pay attention to anything.

NPR receives funding from its _MEMBER_ stations, those MEMBER stations receive funding from the government.

The money, ergo, comes from the government. if the funding were stopped to the member stations, the member stations could not purchase the broadcast mix they wanted from the main NPR brand, and thus the entire public broadcasting structure would fail. It would mean losing many programs which are driven directly at expanding the arts, and knowledge, instead of being driven primarily based on whether or not some douche arrives to the Grammies in an egg.

more than 3 years ago

Have I Lost My Gaming Mojo?

Buzz_Litebeer Former For Money gamer here (418 comments)

I used to make money playing games on the internet, funded 3 semesters of college on it.

I lost my gaming mojo some time ago, when I was winning all of the time I was 18-20 or so, then I took a break so that I could actually pass college.

When I play now, even though I am "good" as in "very good" when I play, the gulf between me and someone who is 14 and plays every night is vast. The 14 year olds that play competitively are far better.

In pub games I can generally win handily, in say Call Of Duty style games, or Unreal style. But when it comes to competitive players, and I mean the ones who might win money, I am very slow and out of "gaming" shape.

I don't know exactly when it happened, but it was some time between the release of Call of Duty 1 and Call of Duty 2 were my "real" life started to take priority over being good at games.

About the only game I am still "awesome" in is Mechwarrior Living Legends (a mod for Crysis) and that is mostly because the game I earned most of my money in back in the day were mechwarrior gaming tourneys, and I never lost my head for the style, as it relies more on carefully thinking about what you are doing, rather than twitch skills.

In a game like COD4, being well placed and well set up gets you only so far against someone who can spin around, shoot you in the head, and move on before you have finished killing their bouncing figure moving through the map.

more than 4 years ago

Does the GOP Pay Friendly Bloggers?

Buzz_Litebeer Re:conservatives (759 comments)

You didn't watch the video.

Fox Claimed that because the mosque was funded by someone they referred to as an evil terrorist, that by association the mosque was a victory for terrorists.

Stewart pointed out, in what he said was a stupid and childish game, that Fox News is funded by the same person that they referred to as an evil terrorist, and that if you used the _SAME_ Logic fox news used to claim the mosque was funded by an evil terrorist, then Fox News is funded by an evil terrorist.

Fox, in essence, bashed themselves by claiming that they (Fox News) were funded by Evil Terrorist funders. BUT only if you applied the same logic that they used to describe the Mosque in question.

It is called Satire, seriously, The Daily Show used to come on after a program were puppets made crank phone calls.

more than 4 years ago

Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names

Buzz_Litebeer Really Hard Problems (773 comments)

The biggest thing about names, which does not seem to be addressed, is that naming in systems (at least for America) means a LOT because of the need to remove duplications from data sets.

This is a very hard problem, and in the end everything the author states is correct to a point, but he misses a larger point.

It does not matter, in the end, what naming scheme is being used, as long as you treat the parsing of the name in some non destructive generic way that is consistent.

It doesn't matter that MacLean and McLean, or Mac Lean are all structurally different, all that matters is that when you are doing your matching they all are all managed in the same way.

IE Bob Mac Lean, parses similarly to Robert Mac Lean, which parses similarly to Robert McLean.

And you can play games with how you are doing the matching by simply creating them as full names as well, and doing other aspects of data hygiene/harmonization (whatever nomenclature you want to use).

Here is a caveat that is implied. Names only matter in matching, names that do not matter in matching are for display purposes and you just use some common method of capture. The Name Prefix, First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Suffix format is always correct for this if your system has to be multi national. Multi national users of your site are going to be used to putting some consistent-ish thing in these fields, so dont worry about it.

more than 4 years ago

MechWarrior 4 Free Release Now Available

Buzz_Litebeer Re:This gives my coding some perspective... (151 comments)

I think your applying an idea of incompetence due to irrationality of the individuals who code the site.

When this is not the case, it was simply a matter of unexpected enthusiasm from the internet.

The individuals who made the mech packs and released them have an incredible coding competence, just not at the specific goal trying to be achieved here. The first "test" (the release of MTX with 3.1) actually worked out quite well.

The full "Free Release" that is being done now far exceeded that test release, and is what caused the issue.

It is a matter of not having had the opportunity to code for the specific scale involved.

Take slashdot for example, in its past it had issues scaling as well based on increased periods of demand (such as 9/11). the scale is different, certainly, but the idea is the same. Sometimes you build for one scale, and then another scale jumps right at you.

Having faced this myself when programming, say for an 11 million record database and then coding for a 200 million record database, I am quite willing to give these guys slack.

I was on the beta team for the mektek software, and it worked fine when we went through all of the tickets and hammered on it with our less than 50 people or so in the beta team.

more than 4 years ago

MechWarrior 4 Free Release Now Available

Buzz_Litebeer Re:This gives my coding some perspective... (151 comments)

I was on the beta team, and with the handful of beta testers none of this stuff came up.

That may not seem to be much of an excuse, but they had developed this for a specific volume of people and bought server space for that expected flow of individuals.

Instead it has been considerably more popular. Even some of the weird bugs about saving file paths were found months ago but had been fixed, and then re-introduced? Anyway, the feedback is being reviewed.

more than 4 years ago

First Anti-Cancer Nanoparticle Trial On Humans a Success

Buzz_Litebeer I am living in the future! (260 comments)

Seriously, every day when I realize I am living in a near future science fiction novel I become a bit happier.

I am just glad we have avoided the need for blade runners... so far.

more than 4 years ago

Supreme Court Rolls Back Corporate Campaign Spending Limits

Buzz_Litebeer Re:Right of free speech + right of association (1070 comments)

This is different.

companies own everything, if you dont get in line your fucked.

But now those companies only follow the will of their shareholders, that aint the employees.

I work at a soul crushing place, I dont agree with their corporate or political policies, i work there because they pay me better than the competition and if i wouldnt work there I could go work for someone else with the same ideals as them, or i could simply not work or get into some kind of left wing low paying job.

about 5 years ago

Supreme Court Rolls Back Corporate Campaign Spending Limits

Buzz_Litebeer Re:Right of free speech + right of association (1070 comments)

You think a Billion is a lot?

The top 100 corpos could spend 1% of their total profits and spend 6 times that on a single candidate to make sure they win.

That is what this change in law does to us, fucks you and me in the ass.

You cant just "stop" working a company because its parent company goes against you in its policies, you almost couldnt work anymore considering everyone is owned by everyone now.

about 5 years ago

Which Math For Programmers?

Buzz_Litebeer Re:The Second, If Not Both (466 comments)

I took both discrete structures and vector calculus classes.

I have used the discrete structures, graphs, algorithms far more than I ever use calculus. The only time I would have had a need to use 3d space mapped to a map (IE doing a map) there were plenty of examples for the specific task on the internet.

That isnt, in of itself, an excuse but for the rarity of the need it was useful.

I avoided video game programming because I realized that it is not a lot of "fun" it is mostly managing vectors and such, which is nice for those that want to do it, and I passed the classes required for it, but it simply was not for me.

about 5 years ago

Scientists Create Artificial Meat

Buzz_Litebeer Re:I am scared. I am intrigued. (820 comments)

meat prices will stay static but leather prices will go up to compensate.

more than 5 years ago

Why Doesn't Exercise Lead To Weight Loss?

Buzz_Litebeer Re:Hackers Diet FTW. (978 comments)

Calorie counting does work.

more than 5 years ago


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My First Journal Topic

Buzz_Litebeer Buzz_Litebeer writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Earlier tonight I was watching an episode of touched by an angel, I assume it was a repeat because I do not watch touched by an Angel. Now, not being a touched by an Angel fan I was drawn in simply by the plot of the story, which is a subject that always concerned me. The fact it was in a story whose premise is that Angels have come to the Earth to help people was ignored.

The plot revolved around a teenager that had played a video game very similar to the video game grand theft auto 3, and this video game was the "reason" that this kid went out and ran over a young women on the road. The story then degenerated into showing the game wasnt suitable for teenagers, and that it was wrong to enact violence even virtually.

But, I have come up with a different conclusion as to why teenagers, and even young adults, go out and commit such acts of violence against the world. IT has absolutely nothing to do with video games, nothing at all. It has to do with movies, and the things they can drive you to do. Now I know you are thinking "but movies dont drive people to kill, people drive people to kill" or something like that, and no I am NOT arguing that violent movies drive people to kill.

I am arguing that incredibly BAD movies drive people to kill. In fact, i had the urge to kill tonight, after watching what I consider to be an incredibly bad movie. Now, I do have a bit of back story as to why this movie nearly drove me over the edge. 3 weeks ago I went to go see The HULK, now after that movie I felt that i could have taken a 20 dollar bill, gone to the effort to have it made into individual 1 dollar bills, and then individually burned them with a zippo lighter specifically bought for the occasion and enjoyed myself more.

Now after such a feeble waste of money on a movie (i took someone thus the loss of 20 bucks) I decided this wednesday to go see another movie, perhaps bringing my faith in mankind up a notch, like emeril. Unfortunately I went to go see the move "LXG" or as some might refer to it "League of ExtraOrdinary Gentlemen", Now what this movie lacked wasnt acting, in fact the acting itself was not poorly done. What this movie was missing was "interesting creative direction," I dont know if that is a movie term, but its the best I could come up with. I watched it and was shocked and appalled at how bad the sets were, and the general plots! The movie itself could have been made in the 1890's, now I know they didnt have those moving pictures in the 1890's but if they had, this movie would have been the number 1 grossing picture of all time, sorta like the matrix in the 1990's. Sadly the movie dated itself so bad that the men didnt seem extraordinary at all, and shouldnt have been in a league altogether.

Well, after sucking up the costs of two peices of crap, what finally drove me over the edge was my utter stupidity (which i still claim was caused by watching the previous two movies) to go out with my sisters to go see a movie, all on the promise that "they would pay for their tickets and drinks." Now my momma always said (well maybe i cant rightly remember, i dindnt listen to well as a child) that you shouldnt knock it if its free. Well I did knock it, and it was free. We went to go see a movie called "How to Deal," now just to tell you, you should always research things, this tells you important facts, facts like "dont stick your hand in acid, its bad " and "you shouldnt eat dirt", well I didnt follow such good advice and I went to the movie with them.

Now, normally I wouldnt mind sitting in a room with 30 girls, but it was dark, and I couldnt see anything except the movie screen. I was also the only guy in there, and I wasnt even there with a date, I was their with my sisters. Now my sisters are all right, but I figure they are complete saps for love stories. Sadly I am not. About the only time my interests really have a focused agreement with a feminine group is with lesbians, and niether of my sisters are lesbians so we didnt have a lot of common tonight either.

Just to tell you what was so wrong with the movie "How To Deal" is everything, I watched it and I could predict the things that were going to happen. I had the entire movie plotted out into about three different plot lines, and one of them was on the money. I could not beleive that I wasted teh price of a ticket to come watch this movie, the only thing it had going for it at all was that it wasnt the worst movie I had ever seen. Not only was the plot generic, and bland, they didnt even bother to do it well.

To give you one example of the horrible state this movie was in, every 15 minutes or so some dork doing the audio actually had the boom microphone in the picture. I am completely serious, a fuzzy orange boom microphone just kept popping in and out of the picture, sorta like pacman after he divorced MS. Pacman but couldnt give her up.

The first time I saw the mike, i though perhaps I was smoking the same weed that the grandma in the movie was smoking, and that purhaps I was really tired, and possibly sick.

The second time the microphone bobbed down, i quickly tapped my sisters sholder, in a vain attempt to prove to myself that I wasnt simply seeing things through sheer boredom.

The next few times I heard someone else mention the microphone and I knew that I was ok, and serious medical attention was needed.

Now, by the end of the movie I am feeling none to happy, only to leave the theater simmering, and then to hear my sisters and some of the other female movie goers (did I mention I was the only guy) talking about how good the movie was, and wsant i sweet how things turned out.

This is when i had a near fit of violent rage, I spotted someone on the sidewalk, and felt my hand itching for a crowbar. Only then did I realize why those kids had snapped in Touched by An Angel, it wasnt because they played video games, the damn chick probably went out with one of them to a movie similar to "How To Deal" and could not pass up the opportunity to get revenge.

Thats been my ranting, Buzz OUT.

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