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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

Gaygirlie Re:No wild day-night temperature swings.... (157 comments)

Yep. It'd be in shadow all the time which means it would be perpetually cold. 26 to 35 Kelvin cold.

Space doesn't work like that. Without air to transfer the heat away you're basically living in an environment with really thick insulation at all times and you actually need to find ways of transferring excess heat away, not generating more of it. If you jump out of a space station or space ship without any suit it's not the cold that kills you, it's the pressure. It would actually take a long, long time for you to even reach the point of hypothermia in space, let alone anything worse.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Gaygirlie Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

and I can't swallow apple peels (my throat is fairly sure they're poisonous; they just won't go down)

Sounds familiar. Trying to eat tomato literally makes me spew nearly immediately, I can't stand potato peels, lettuce is both crunchy and soft and tangy and sticks to my mouth and also generates a similar reaction as tomato and so on. It's quite bothersome, I would genuinely like to be able to eat normal food.

Anyway, what if you run the food thru a juicer and then strain it?

That's pretty much the same thing as everyone else has offered. I guess I don't have much choice, but just eating goo doesn't sound terribly appealing. Besides, I have no idea what sorts of stuff goes well with others.

Also, a marked predilection toward sweets should always be investigated for hypothyroidism (which can cause juvenile reactions to other stimuli, too).

Oh, I don't really care that much for sweets. People generally assume that fat people eat sweets and stuff all the time, but I actually buy such stuff rather rarely. I don't really care for cakes, cookies, ice creams or stuff and just a single bag of chocolates can take a week for me to consume. It's the things I drink -- I drink too much soda -- and the fact that I eat lots and lots of just plain fatty food.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Gaygirlie Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

As for the rest of your comment, I'm really not following and beginning to suspect you must be a troll. You want processed food with homogeneous texture, but processing food in such a way to make it have a homogeneous texture "doesn't sound like much of anything worth eating."

I'm not trolling, I'm dead serious. I was specifically saying that goop isn't exciting or enjoyable in the long term. While I do like e.g. mashed potato I do add generally add chicken or chicken balls to go with it and some sauce to give it flavor and I still wouldn't want to eat it often. As for processed food; I do not know if "processed" is the most descriptive term, but I don't really know how to explain it much better. I like pizza, for example, but only with cheese and meat on it -- nothing crunchy, nothing tangy, nothing that's a lot different from the rest in terms of hardness. If the edges of the pizza are crunchy I cut them out and just eat the inner pizza because the crunchy edges feel nasty. I like chicken because most often it's got consistent structure and while I do like the taste of pig I tend to avoid it because it's got these tangy parts here and there, or the sudden splotch of fat. Bread? Not really, it's too dry.

I do also have problems with taste, but less so. I do assume I could train myself to get used to new tastes if I just tried and if only the food came in a form that I found edible. I enjoy garlic, for example, quite immensely, but only if it's in the form of paste or powdery seasoning.

The point is the problem is NOT unsolvable. Even if you only liked to eat some weird textured food that is generally only available in processed stuff, chances are you might be able to make it yourself in a more healthy way by using your own ingredients (under your control) and using only one or two chemical additives to get the special texture effects you desire (something modern chefs are experimenting with).

Oh, I don't assume it's unsolvable. I just don't know where and how to start and what's actually healthy. I mean, just look at all the replies I've gotten here: one person says this is healthy, the next says that is, the third one says both of the previous ones are bad for you and it's those instead that are the healthy foods and so on. Also, I have never ever been interested in cooking and it doesn't come to me naturally. It's easy for people to say "just learn to cook!" when it's one of those things you totally suck at -- not everyone can be good at everything. I posses quite literally zero creativity. I saw a food and nutrition therapist and asked her for help, too, but all she offered was "eat more veggies" and kept repeating that like a parrot -- not a single god damn recipe that I could actually try. Total waste of time.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Gaygirlie Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

What I meant was, you can train yourself to like healthy foods, to the point of craving them. Me, just eating one small burger from McDonald's makes me sick now.

That could be, or it could not be. I don't know. I would need to solve the food texture - issue first and I don't know how. Most what people offer me is "stuff it all in the blender and make it all the same, messy goop." -- doesn't sound like much of anything worth eating.

As for exercising, it make you feel good. It really does. It's a real buzz after an mere half hour of cycling or swimming.

Now you're trying to assert your own feelings and tastes as facts. I do not get any sort of "buzz" after excercise, I do not feel good about it, it just makes me cranky. I have tried in the past, I was once in quite good shape. I just couldn't keep it up because it was a major hassle, unpleasant and being cranky and tired was the opposite of what I wanted to feel like. All of you people who actually enjoy excercise always do the same thing where you assert that it's totally impossible not to like excercising and that everyone, EVERYONE, will feel the same as you about it.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Gaygirlie Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Because you have by your description got a food phobia.

You're jumping to conclusions. Oversensitivity of mouth and throat is one of the symptoms that some people with Asperger's and it's possible that that's the reason for my issues.

And loading up on vitamin pills is not good either.

Vitamin pills? Why do you assume I'd be using such crap?

The stuff you are eating now is tasteless featureless slop. Not opinion.. Fact.

Yes, because you know what I eat, right? Go on, make a guess. I want to see how close you get.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Gaygirlie Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

I think you missed out on the overall long term feeling you have that induces you to take the pills. Which is a permanent feeling. It also then sucks to feel dependent on said pills to feel at all well.

But that's totally irrelevant. None of that changes how the food feels. Knowing that having your fingernails torn from your fingers and then having your arm chopped off would hurt like hell doesn't mean that stubbing your toe doesn't hurt anymore, and just as well the possibility of having to take meds in the future does not change how the food feels and how the texture dictates whether I can eat it or not. It is you who is missing what I'm saying.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Gaygirlie Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Which is worse, texturally: swallowing a bunch of vegetables now or a bunch of medicine later in life for all of the cancer you got from never eating healthy?

The former. Pills are so small that you can just gulp them down with any liquid drink you have handy. I know you were trying to be cheeky, but you kind of failed at it.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Gaygirlie Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Yet those of use who exercise and eat healthy seem to lead a happier life. With so much frustration and time wasting, it's a strange thing isn't it?

Not really. It's selection bias; those who do it tend to also like doing it, so of course they'll also be happy to continue with it. Those who don't like it tend not to do it. It's like asking people who enjoy chocolate if they're happy when they're eating chocolate.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Gaygirlie Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Fresh fruits taste like shit?

Yes.

steamed veggies.

Yes.

Multigrain bread

Yes.

colby jack cheese, lettuce and tomato tastes like shit? Oats stirred with sliced banana, raisins, greek yogurt and vanilla for breakfast tastes like shit?

Yes to all of those.

You might want to take your tongue in to the dealer and have it recalibrated.

If only I could! If it was possible I'd go and do it immediately :)

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Gaygirlie Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Well, I have a problem with how food feels in my mouth and going down, the texture of it matters a lot. The more consistent, predictable, processed feel the food has the more likely I am able to eat it, but alas, healthy food tends to be rough, tangy, contain all sorts of surprises and all that and I just can't stomach it. I just don't know how to make healthy food that tastes *and* feels good.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Gaygirlie Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

I don't have diabetes, but I've been way overweight (at one point I weighed 290 pounds) and all of the blood tests I took indicated I was nowhere near being diabetic even at THAT time. Yet many other people who have a much lower BMI than I do even right now (I currently weigh 215) and are even younger than I am have type 2 diabetes.

I'm at least partially in the same boat. I'm frighteningly obese, but I haven't been even close to having any problems with blood sugar and there's no indication of me developing diabetes in any nearby future. Surprisingly, I also have very low blood cholesterol levels -- many physically fit people with healthy eating habits have several times higher levels. That just goes to show that being overweight doesn't automatically mean diabetic and greasy veins.

about two weeks ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Gaygirlie Re:This is sexist (158 comments)

The article doesn't actually talk about what this ChickTech is about. "According to that theory, girls tend to perform worse on tests after they've been told they'll do poorly." -- entirely a different matter. This isn't about addressing whether women do poorly or not, it's about addressing the whole premise of women even trying in the first place because of various efforts to dissuade them from it.

about two weeks ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Gaygirlie Re:This is sexist (158 comments)

When one of the groups is already prejudiced against and is lacking in skills and education exactly because of this behaviour, then yes, you really do need to take steps to fix this. You can get your panties in a bunch over this all you want, but that doesn't change the fact that women are, indeed, in a position where they're not being taken seriously and where they're afraid of even getting education in these matters.

about two weeks ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

Gaygirlie Re:This is sexist (158 comments)

Oh, yes, because that has worked so well in the past? There are still lots of ages-old prejudices and preconceptions, like e.g. women suck at anything technical and men who become nurses must be feminine gays and so on. These things do not change unless they're forcibly made to change and ignoring these things helps no one.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Gaygirlie Re:This is just how people are. (710 comments)

You can wind down the cpu voltage and leave the HD in a power down state.

I could, but it'd still use more than it does now. And waiting a bit for the thing to get in useable state isn't really a problem, it's not like my life depends on the few moments I have to wait to access some files. I know, I may be going overboard there a bit, but still, I just dislike the idea of leaving things running and wasting energy when I can just waste a few seconds of my life and not be wasting energy.

I also paid for a 3KW solar and now use a turbo diesel car with excellent economy. All bulbs are low wattage and when I pay for electrical usage, it is minimal. The supplier pays me 60c/KW and the electricity is solely Hydro. There are no other forms of energy available to me where I live (no gas/coal etc) but I can burn wood for heating.

I don't own an actual house of my own, I live in an apartment condo, but if I did I'd also try to get solar. Heating isn't a problem here in Finland, we use district heating extensively ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D... ) which is both cheap in the long run and it's also environmentally friendly. Installing such is expensive, but in the long run it pays itself off quickly when compared to other forms of heating.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Gaygirlie Re:This is just how people are. (710 comments)

I dunno. I am a person who does care about the whole climate change and all that and I do, actually, try not to waste electricity. I always turn off lights in any room that I'm not spending time in, I run my servers on a laptop since they generally consume a lot less energy than desktops, I use LED-lights only due to how they're also energy-efficient and last for a long time, I have a desktop serving as a file-server, but the file-server is always powered-off unless I specifically need something at that moment and so on and so forth. That is to say, I do what I do, but I try to be energy-conscious about it and save where I can.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

Gaygirlie Full-disk wipe or only current data? (91 comments)

I'm under the impression that turning on encryption works by file-by-file basis, not full-disk encryption, and as such it might still be possible to find at least some old files there if the locations haven't been overwritten by new data. If it indeed works as I have the impression of then turning encryption on is still possibly inadequate a safety method.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Gaygirlie Not really (381 comments)

I can't think of any use for a smart watch, to be quite frank. Can't dictate things to it without everyone around me hearing me, plus all the speech recognition - things I've tried handle Finnish poorly anyways. Too small a display to do anything useful with. Too small battery, would lead to endless frustration. Clock? I could just use a regular watch for that. I don't doubt that those can be totally awesome things for some people, but I just can't see myself belonging in that group.

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

Gaygirlie Re:I don't think she has a case against tor (311 comments)

I don't think she has a case against tor at all because its already been ruled ISPs cannot nor even web sites cant be held responsible for what's its users do or upload.

Tor isn't an ISP. Tor is both the network consisting of individual users and the actual software that enables the connection to the network, but it is *not* an Internet service provider, it does not enable you to connect to the Internet nor does it charge you anything.

about three weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: cheap ARM-boards not gimped by software?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Gaygirlie writes "For a while I've been ranting online and offline about the possibilities and prospects cheap, ARM-based boards like e.g. the Raspberry Pi or the Pandaboard could provide, what with giving youngsters cheap computers to learn with, simple home automation systems, cheap HTPCs or TV-connected emulation boxes, always-on video chat systems, and so on and so forth — the possibilities are nearly endless!

These systems, however, are seriously gimped by poorly-designed drivers, constant breakage of features and the generally disheartening lack of support by the SoC manufacturers. I like e.g. the hardware of the Cubieboard at only $49 as it's quite well rounded all around and provides a good selection of connectors for most tasks, but... well, the Mali-400 drivers apparently break all the god damn time (#1), and the video acceleration — features are available only via the proprietary Cedar-library — no GStreamer, no Phonon, no OpenMAX, not a single standard method is available (#2.) A good example of what this means is VLC: VLC only works from console (#3,) no GUI, and since Cedar lacks YUV420 there's no OSD, either! (#1, #2, #3 )

With the above in mind, does anyone know of any boards in the planning where the software is actually guaranteed to work properly, be supported for longer than six months, and offers access to all the capabilities the H/W possess? Also, what are your thoughts on the matter as a whole?"
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Valve officially acknowledges Steam for Linux

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "While it has been known for quite a while now that Valve is indeed working on a Linux-port of Steam they haven't actually admitted to the fact before. Well, now they have on their Steam for Linux — blog with the announcement that they're targeting Ubuntu 12.04 at first, are hard at work at optimizing their already-native port of L4D2 and will in the future try to support other distributions as well."
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Multiword passwords secure or not?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "An article over at Gizmag says: "It's a meme that's been doing the rounds on the internet in recent years: multi-word pass-phrases are as secure as long strings of gibberish but with the added benefit of being easy to remember. But research from Cambridge University suggests that this may not be the case. Pass-phrases comprised of dictionary words may not be as vulnerable as individual passwords, but they may still succumb to dictionary attacks, the research finds."

I find this to be twisting of words and general concensus; of course any password whatsoever is going to be insecure against offline attack, and using common, popular words is going to make guessing the password much easier. But is this really an issue in a world where most attacks are done online? Should general populace still be coaxed into using randomly generated passwords?"

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Quantum coherence found fueling photosynthesis

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Ars Technica has posted an interesting article about new findings regarding quantum physics and photosynthesis. Their excerpt for the article: "Physicists have found the strongest evidence yet of quantum effects fueling photosynthesis. Multiple experiments in recent years have suggested as much, but it has been hard to be sure. Quantum effects were clearly present in the light-harvesting antenna proteins of plant cells, but their precise role in processing incoming photons remained unclear."

For those unaware of what coherence and quantum coherence means I suggest reading the appropriate Wikipedia page: Coherence (generic) and Quantum coherence"

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Victory for music locker services?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Michael Robertson, the owner and founder of the MP3Tunes music locker service, has been locked in a copyright infringement case with EMI Records for a while now, especially because of the Sideloading search engine that is tacked along with the locker service. Now the case has been resolved though: EMI Records won. But lost on all the accounts that actually really matter.

Michael Robertson is a man known to not shy away from legal fights and is known to always be seeking new boundaries to push. He founded the MP3Tunes service in 2005 with mostly the money he gained from running Linspire back in the day."

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Sony after visitors on Geohot blog

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Yet another interesting twist has appeared in the Sony vs. Geohot case: judge has allowed Sony to subpoena all visitors to Geohot's blog and any related YouTube videos, no matter if they just visited the blog by a chance or actually contributed something. Also, Geohot's Twitter account was handed to Sony on a silver platter.

Read the story for more details and prepare a massive facepalm for the sheer stupidity of it all."

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