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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

CastrTroy Re:The diet is unimportant... (322 comments)

I think the problem is that most people lie or are overestimating how much exercise they do. The human body is a pretty remarkable machine, we are very efficient when walking and running. Our biology is designed for it. So you won't burn that many calories by going for a walk or a slow jog. I find it amazing how slow some people can jog, and still think like they are getting a good work out.

From a quick Google search, it looks like 10,000 steps a day will burn 3500 Calories A WEEK. That's only an extra 500 Calories a day. That can easily be offset by eating unhealthy throughout the day.

I'm with you about what you are saying about diet. People need to eat a reasonable amount of Calories, but they shouldn't be putting their body at a deficit, and only eating 1000 or 1500 Calories a day. But exercise is a big part, because everybody will cheat on their diet from time to time. You have to exercise to use up the extra energy. Also, exercising keeps your lungs, heart, bones and muscles healthy. Eating just the right number of Calories to keep you thin, but you won't be healthy.

6 hours ago
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PHP 5.6.0 Released

CastrTroy Re:Pseudocode (116 comments)

I don't think that

MULTIPLY X BY Y GIVING Z

is any more readable than

Z = X * Y

To anybody with sufficient knowledge of math and programming, the second is actually more readable, because it's easier to discern what the values are and where the operators are. Assuming you aren't using simple variable names, but rather more descriptive terms, look at the following.

MULTIPLY LENGTH BY WIDTH GIVING AREA

and

AREA = LENGTH * WIDTH

In the first option, everything is a word, making it hard for your eyes to pick out exactly what's going on. But in the second one, you know right away that you are dealing with AREA, LENGTH, and WIDTH. You know you are dealing with an assignment looking at the start of the statement, and it's easy to see that you are multiplying.

4 days ago
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PHP 5.6.0 Released

CastrTroy Re:Pseudocode (116 comments)

It already exists. It's called the VB.Net compiler. I swear that VB was designed to look like pseudocode. I use it at work, and actually find the readability of it quite good.

4 days ago
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PHP 5.6.0 Released

CastrTroy Re:It's powerful, but.. (116 comments)

It would be trivial to program your own function to do the same. Pseudocode shown below

function daysToEaster($aDate) {
var $nextEaster;

if(aDate <= easter_date(year($aDate))
$nextEaster = easter_date(year($aDate));
else
$nextEaster = easter_date(year($aDate) + 1);

return floor($nextEaster - $aDate/(60*60*24));
}

4 days ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

CastrTroy Re:Seems good to me. (146 comments)

Exactly. If you work in the service industry, you should be prepared to work when the people who aren't in the service industry are not working. Shops that close at 6 PM every night are at a severe disadvantage, at least when it comes to getting my business. As are shops that refuse to open before 9 AM. If you're only open the hours I'm at work, I'm not going to shop at your store.

4 days ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

CastrTroy Re:Hello, it is 2014 (113 comments)

I guess it depends on where you think the bottle neck would be and where you want to optimize. Is the bottleneck in your CPU, and you want to make sure you can use all the registers, or is the bottleneck in the amount of memory you have, causing your device to swap things out of RAM more often? Running a full desktop OS with full desktop applications on 2GB of ram is already pushing the limits on the minimum amount of RAM that most users could deal with. It may make sense to conserve memory as much as possible so you don't swap to disk, because that will greatly affect the user experience, rather than run the loaded process just a little faster because you have extra registers.

about a week ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

CastrTroy Re:Hello, it is 2014 (113 comments)

There are devices sold that have a 32 bit OS installed. For devices that will never have more than 2 GB of RAM, it makes sense to save a little bit of memory by using the 32 bit version when it is all that is needed. Granted, it won't be long before just about every device has 4GB of RAM, and we will completely lose the 32 bit build.

about a week ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

CastrTroy Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

I don't think Windows can't be sure whether or not a license has been paid for. I highly doubt there's a bit in the DVD drive firmware saying the license was paid for. If this was the case, Windows would be able to play DVDs as it has the complete functionality built in, but refuses to play discs simple because it thinks you haven't paid for a license.

about a week ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

CastrTroy Re:Backward-thinking by the DMV (506 comments)

Not only that, but an autonomous car that isn't good enough to drive itself without the person having controls probably isn't good enough to be on the road at all.

The car should either have controls for a human, and expect the human to be operating them. Or it should not have human controls and do all the driving itself. Having the car do all the driving for weeks or months on end, lulling the person into a false sense of security, and then one day expect the driver to take over the controls at some random time is just asking for problems. The driver will most likely not be paying attention to the road if they haven't had to do anything with the controls for the past 3 months. The person will either be reading, playing video games, watching a movie, sleeping, doing their makeup, or any other number of things which means they aren't watching the road, and don't have their hands on the controls ready to take over. Sure the car could enforce that you have your hands on the wheel, ready to take over. But, what's the point of paying all the extra for a self driving car if you have to basically act like you are driving it anyway.

about a week ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

CastrTroy Re:Already? (251 comments)

I'm hoping that they move to more of a Mac model where they will release more frequent updates and charge less for updates. Shelling out $100 for an operating system upgrade on a $400 computer that is 3 years old isn't something I'm likely to do. Especially when computers that old may not have compatible drivers released for the new OS version. I'll just wait until I buy a new computer. Charging $30-$40 for the upgraded version every year isn't much to keep my computer running the latest software.

about a week ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

CastrTroy Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

The problem is defining what "third-party crapware" means. Windows doesn't come with the ability to play DVDs, because of licensing costs. So some OEMs throw in a program to play DVDs because it's easier than dealing with customers who complain that they just bought a computer with a DVD drive that can't play DVDs.

If you want a machine without an OS, you are free to buy one. It's not as though MS doesn't sell copies of Windows to install on computers that you assemble yourself.

Not to mention that MS has done a lot of rectify the situation. With the last Windows 7 laptop I bough, the Product Key included was an actual Windows Product key that would work with any copy of Windows 7. It didn't need a special OEM disk that was available only from the manufacturer. This is much better than the old way where you'd end up with an OEM product key that was essentially useless, because you could only use it with a special CD you got from the OEM which would automatically install all the third party software anyway.

about a week ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

CastrTroy Re:Sweet. (77 comments)

I would think that the replacement surgery would still come with some risks. Best not to undergo a transplant just because organs are available. Although It would be interesting if how this would play into sports competitions. Get a larger/stronger heart or larger lungs inserted into your chest in order to increase your physical abilities. You can't do this now because there's no way you would get on the donor list if there wasn't something wrong with your organs to begin with. But if organs could be created on an as needed basis, there's no reason why people shouldn't be allowed to substitute better organs for their own.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

CastrTroy Re: The world we live in. (586 comments)

Thank goodness I don't live in the US. I kind of forget how nice it is to have health care available to everyone paid for by taxes. If I'm lying unconscious, I don't want anybody making decisions about whether or not I should go to the hospital based on whether they think it will cost me too much money to save my life. If I saw somebody (especially a friend) unconscious on the street, I would call an ambulance, health insurance or not. Hell, you could probably be found negligent if you didn't get the person to a hospital and something bad did happen them.

about a week ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

CastrTroy Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (149 comments)

If they don't want you parking on a residential street overnight, then they should have a no parking sign, or limit the number of consecutive hours you can park there and enforce the limit through fines. There are streets in my neighbourhood that have cars parked on them all the time because people have 2 cars but don't have room to park them on their own property. Their garage is full of stuff and they only have space for one car in the driveway. Even without people using their houses as hotels, there's still lots of people parking on the street. If the city doesn't like it, or the residents don't like it, they should get proper rules in place limit parking, not try to limit what people can do on their own property that may or may not result in cars parking exactly where they are legally allowed to park on the street.

about a week ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

CastrTroy Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (149 comments)

Who makes sure that they "limit their selection of tenants" if they are not licensed or regulated.

They are limiting their own selection of tenants by not providing a service that some of them may want. There's plenty of brick and mortar stores that don't have any parking. Why should hotels be required to have parking? If people want a hotel with parking they'll verify that it has parking before they book a room there.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

CastrTroy Re: The world we live in. (586 comments)

Why not get call the police to report the crime and ambulance to get her to a hospital? Seems odd that somebody would leave their friend to sleep in a car after suspecting that they had been drugged. Sure the perpetrators may have gotten the dosage right, and she could just sleep it off, but they could just as easily have given her too much, and put her in danger.

about a week ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

CastrTroy Re:Switching to Libreoffice? (190 comments)

Personally, I find that MS Office is much better than Libre Office or OpenOffice.org in almost every way. That being said, I use OpenOffice.org at home because it's free and I really don't need an office suite for home use more than a couple times a year. I used to use them a lot back in high school and university because I was doing a lot of school work. For professional work, as long as the price is reasonable (and I believe that for MS Office it is), than I will use the best tool for the job. Ideologies are great and all, but at the end of the day, I need to get my work done, and be able to interact with clients. If that means using closed source software, then so be it.

Also, office suite licenses are a drop in the bucket compared to all the other costs incurred by having employees. Most businesses and governments could probably save a few bucks using MS Office vs OpenOffice because that's what all their employees are used to using. I went for a week long course at a corporate training center (not for an office suite, but most courses were similarly priced), and the cost to my employer was over $2000. Just saving a single day of training would have easily paid for a copy of MS Office.

Don't get this confused with how government (and businesses too, but especially government) should publish documents for consumption by the public. Documents should be available to people in an open and easily readable format. But they can use whatever tools they want that would make them most effective at their jobs and cost a reasonable amount of money.

about a week ago
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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

CastrTroy Re:Of course they'll downplay it.. (149 comments)

Are you paying taxes on the income? Do you have adequate parking for that tenant? These are the kinds of concerns that really get to me. First, you basically have to report all income over a certain amount. I know there was a story a few years back where a bunch of people got busted for running businesses off of eBay and not paying their taxes. It doesn't matter how they run their business. That doesn't mean that people shouldn't be allowed to use eBay at all because their are some bad actors. There are businesses that are traditional brick and mortar businesses who don't pay their taxes either

Also, who cares if they have parking for the tenant. Maybe the tenant doesn't even have a car. I saw something like this on a real estate reality show a year or so back. Somebody wanted to rent out their basement to a tenant and had to get their driveway widened to allow there to be adequate room for parking or it wouldn't meet code for having a tenant. If they want to limit their selection of tenants by not having parking then that's their business. But hotels shouldn't be required to have parking for tenants, especially in a place like New York city, where nobody drives anyway.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

CastrTroy Re:That's it? (610 comments)

Not only that, but how do handle sites that didn't have ads before the system is implemented? For instance, I don't have ads on my personal websites, because it costs me almost nothing to run them and I feel that it's a more enjoyable experience for everybody involved if I just don't have ads. But if none of the sites had ads, I would probably want a piece of the money that goes to sites without ads. It's only fair.

about two weeks ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

CastrTroy Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

Personally, I don't own a car, and I know a few other people who don't own them as well. Between walking, bikes, public transit, taxis, delivery services, and rental cars, all my(and their) transportation needs are met, at a much lower TCO than owning a private car.

about two weeks ago

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Microsoft Shuts Down 'Flight Simulator' Game Stud

CastrTroy CastrTroy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CastrTroy writes "Microsoft confirmed Friday that the software giant has shuttered ACES Studios, the developer of the Flight Simulator series of games, whose latest incarnation is Flight Simulator X. The simulation is considered Microsoft's oldest product, whose original version first shipped in 1982.

However, a Microsoft spokeswoman said that while the studio has been closed, the software company remains committed to the Flight Simulator franchise, without explaining how future products can be launched without a dedicated software development team backing them."
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India Threatens to Ban BlackBerry Devices

CastrTroy CastrTroy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CastrTroy (595695) writes "As yet another reminder of how much the communications industry business model is influenced by regulators and lawmakers, India's Department of Telecom has suggested it might forbid use of the Research in Motion BlackBerry device in India unless RIM hands over its encryption keys for possible use by India's security services, reports the Economic Times."
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Good games for babies and toddlers?

CastrTroy CastrTroy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CastrTroy writes "I have a 16 month old girl, and another baby one on the way soon. I've been looking for some good keyboard bashing games for her to play. She shows a lot of interest in the computer, since we spend lots of time on the computer. I've been able to find a lot of flash games, and I have some old windows 3.1/95 software which works quite well, but most of them have the problem that my daughter eventually finds a way to escape the game and start affecting the rest of the computer. Are there any games, that block out all keys so that she can just bash the keyboard, and we don't have to keep pulling her away from the keyboard every 30 seconds while we get her back into the game. The usual culprits are the windows key, alt+tab, Windows+L, alt+F4 and many of the other key combinations that will kick her out of the game. Something free would be nice, but we're planning on having 3 kids, so I'd be willing to pay for a game if there was any that actually provided what I was looking for. I'm not so worried about her messing up the computer, but the problem is more that once you leave the game, things get a lot less interesting, and hitting all the keys stops doing interesting stuff, and she tends to get frustrated when we keep pulling her away to get back in the game."
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Wii Has Outsold XBox 360

CastrTroy CastrTroy writes  |  about 7 years ago

CastrTroy writes "According to the stats at VGChartz.com the Wii has now outsold the XBox 360. It has also sold more than double that of the PS3 which was released at the same time. Current numbers as I'm writing this show 10.57 million for the Wii, 10.51 million for XBox 360, and 4.32 million for the PS3. The Wii was only released 9 months ago, and the XBox 360 had a full year as the only new console on the market, yet it seems as though the Wii will win the popular opinion poll this generation. Good graphics or not, hardcore games or not, people are buying this thing in droves."
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