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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

be951 Re:Failure to even Attempt to process the article. (926 comments)

I have no idea.

Wait. I thought it was simple? Or maybe accurately modelling the energy balance of complex organisms is too complex to represent with three variables? Going back to something you said before:

People work hard to make it seem complicated and mysterious so that they have an excuse that they can tell themselves.

It think it is more the opposite. People (like you) try to make it seem much less complicated than it actually is so they can look down on and/or make fun of fat people.

about a year ago
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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

be951 Re:Failure to even Attempt to process the article. (926 comments)

You do understand that there's a continuum between eating more that you need and becoming fat and not eating enough and starving to death, right?

Yes. You postulated that:

Calories In > Calories Out + Calories Burned

explains the weight gain that has been observed in several species over the last several decades. In the example I cited, Calories In and Calories Burned are stable over time, but body weight is not. Thus, "Calories Out" is the only variable left in your formula and must therefore be responsible for the increasing body weight of the lab animals in question. I asked you to explain what it represents and why it has changed over time. If it's "pretty goddamned simple", it should be no problem for you to explain it.

about a year ago
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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

be951 Re:Failure to even Attempt to process the article. (926 comments)

More detail. Per the quote, calories in and calories burned are not changing, which implies that "calories out" is decreasing. What is "calories out" and why is it going down?

about a year ago
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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

be951 Re:Failure to even Attempt to process the article. (926 comments)

Excellent. Then please explain the similar rise in body weight of lab animals, given that:

"In fact, lab animals’ lives are so precisely watched and measured that the researchers can rule out accidental human influence: records show those creatures gained weight over decades without any significant change in their diet or activities."

about a year ago
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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

be951 Re:Sugar (926 comments)

How does that explain the lab animals? From TFA:

"In fact, lab animals’ lives are so precisely watched and measured that the researchers can rule out accidental human influence: records show those creatures gained weight over decades without any significant change in their diet or activities."

about a year ago
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Doctors Save Premature Baby Using Sandwich Bag

be951 Re:Fetus in a bag (246 comments)

Yes. Size and gestational age are different categories. But either could be considered a measure of "premature-ness". And pre and post 24 weeks could be considered different categories. The point was, a doctor who "had never known a baby born as prematurely as Lexi survive" hopefully is not the neonatalogist. I guess 24 weeks is still generally considered the threshold, as it was over a decade ago. But as I understand it, that threshold is being pushed more and more. So while younger preemies (who survive) are less common, almost any medical professional should be aware that 26 weeks is not a particularly "rare outlier" as far as preterm babies go.

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors Save Premature Baby Using Sandwich Bag

be951 Re:Fetus in a bag (246 comments)

These doctors need to get out more if they are unfamiliar with more premature babies surviving. Lots of 22-25 week gestation babies (that's 15-18 weeks premature) survive, with the record being 21 weeks 5 days gestation. In terms of size, the baby in the article is fairly small at 14 ounces. But the record in that category is 8.6 ounces, with a few other cases under 10, including the previous record holder.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Designers Hate Crowdsourcing

be951 Re:Another industry F/OSS has killed. (569 comments)

A powerful graphics suite does not make one a skilled graphic designer. Look at it from the other side: now you don't need to spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars on a formal education to find out if you have what it takes to be a designer.

If this continues, you will not see a single person their [sic] who has a degree above a high school diploma.

If that is true, then all it means is that training beyond a HS diploma does not add value to a designer's work.

There will always be people and/or companies that demand top quality design. So the best designers will always have work. It is the Ok to good designers who have to worry as the mass of market entrants start cranking out work that is "good enough".

about 4 years ago
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Software Describes Surveillance Footage In AI-Generated Text

be951 Re:Expectation of privacy (132 comments)

Today, a hobbyist could easily build an autonomous surveillance robot the size of a small rodent that has everything it needs to capture sound and audio and either store the resulting feed or stream it to a server somewhere. In 20 more years, how much smaller than "rodent" do you think that robot could be?

Interesting idea, although entirely irrelevant to the discussion. 20 years ago, a hobbyist could easily install hidden cameras throughout your home, office, gym locker room, wherever. The fact that the technology was available didn't make it legal then, doesn't make it legal now, and won't make it legal in the future.

It is not the technology you should be worried about, it is the erosion of rights against unlawful search (including surveillance) and seizure you need to watch out for.

more than 4 years ago
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State Senator Caught Looking At Porn On Senate Floor

be951 Re:Republican (574 comments)

Wait, who's guilty of false equivalence? Because looking back over this thread, it seems like somehow you are going from a few stats above about gays and creationism to public flogging for viewing bikini pictures at work. Personally, I don't see how you connect the dots between the two. And yes, I did check out many links from the google searches you suggested -- plenty of name-calling, but not much beyond that.

more than 4 years ago
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Considering Cheaper Pico-Projectors As Standard Equipment On Cell Phones

be951 Re:Depends on the output (146 comments)

Agreed. I think eventually, we will see phones/pocket-sized devices with a "pico" projector and one of these built in. And as storage gets smaller and chips get more powerful, we will end up with an all-in-one device that can replace laptops/netbooks as well. We already have convergence of phone, digital camera, video camera, PDA, MP3 player, GPS, etc... One of the things that makes the iPad attractive (YMMV) is the larger screen. A pico projector can provide that in a smaller device.

more than 4 years ago
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Self-Destructing Bacteria Create Better Biofuels

be951 Re:Biofuels are the future. (139 comments)

This is the big problem with corn ethanol - it is energy negative!

Probably not. I suppose you could say it is open to debate, but the consensus seems to be for positive energy output with current methods. Also perhaps worth noting is that the parent commented on biofuels in general, whereas you focused in on one particular biofuel from a source that happens to be a bad idea pretty much all the way around. I can see the rationale for using surplus corn for ethanol if you have to use it (the surplus corn). But you're probably better off storing it until pricing/supply supports using it as some form of food or feed.

Better methods are coming along, though. Cellulosic ethanol seems promising since it can use non-food feedstock, including existing agricultural waste streams or switchgrass, kudzu or other fast-growing non-commercial plants. Biodiesel from jatropha or other non-food crops are still a possibility, especially where small scale production can work, but algae and pond scum have several advantages over plant crops, and there are companies working on commercial scale implementations now. There is also biodiesel from waste vegetable oil -- either processed, or just filtered and used as-is in slightly modded diesels. And then there is thermal deploymerization of agricultural waste into diesel/fuel oil, which has been going on commercially for a few years now.

Any or all of these can fit into our existing infrastructure, so as petroleum hydrocarbons become more expensive (and/or tech improves for the alternatives), they'll start to become players in the market.

more than 4 years ago
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Vulgar Comment On Newspaper Site Costs Man His Job

be951 Re:Pussy. There, I said it. (643 comments)

That gets close, but based on Greenbaum's own explanation, there was no good faith belief of necessity "to protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our web sites". He did it: to teach the guy a lesson (it was a "teachable moment", in his words), because the poster meant to post it (he tried a second time, thus not an accident or momentary lapse of judgment), and because "it was easy". He even outlines other (better, IMO) steps he could have taken. But for the above reasons, he chose to reveal the user's info. Those reasons do not fit within the parameters set forth in the privacy policy, even as vague/loose/permissive as the policy is. "It's easier" is obviously not the same as "necessary".

I didn't read the whole TOS, but it seems they may be ok with respect to that document. But it doesn't change the fact that they violated the privacy policy.

more than 4 years ago
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Vulgar Comment On Newspaper Site Costs Man His Job

be951 Re:Pussy. There, I said it. (643 comments)

I mostly agree with you, but not this part:

The newspaper did the right thing.

Nope. Wrong. Aside from violating their own privacy policy, he (Greenbaum, the newspaper guy) went counter to the idea of anonymous commenting. If you want to be able to call someone out, don't allow anonymous posting. If an anonymous poster is being a nuisance (and one re-post probably should not qualify -- the poster could have assumed transmission error or some such) block his IP address.

more than 4 years ago
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Murderer With "Aggression Genes" Gets Reduced Sentence

be951 Re:I get your point (507 comments)

Yeah I mean, really, don't we want to do the opposite? Logically, isn't someone with an "aggression gene" probably going to be more likely to be a repeat offender?

more than 4 years ago
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FOSS Sexism Claims Met With Ire and Denial

be951 Re:Mod parent up... (1255 comments)

To quote from his original article "women's participation in FOSS development is over seventeen times lower than it is in proprietary software development." If that doesn't point to some systematic problem I don't know what does.

It does if you're comparing apples to apples. On the other hand, isn't FOSS development fundamentally different from proprietary development in many ways? I'd also like to know what "participation" means. Does it include sales? Marketing? Focus groups? project management? Certainly there are FOSS projects that have all those elements and proprietary shops that don't, but my anecdotal experience leads me to believe that those things tend to be thin for FOSS and are often well funded in companies making proprietary software.

I'm not saying there is no sexism, but the evidence offered seems rather thin -- some vague numbers and a couple of anecdotes. If this is a real problem, make a better case than that.

more than 4 years ago
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Comcast's War On Infected PCs (Or All Customers)

be951 Re:Seems fine to notify (304 comments)

It depends. It could be a good thing. Or if they use an overly broad interpretation of what might indicate virus or botnet activity, I could see it becoming a tool to shut down customers who just use a lot of bandwidth.

Plus, even if Comcast's intentions are good, it seems like a great way (for others) to phish. Think about it. Users are not used to seeing notices from comcast, but maybe they've heard about this initiative. So they get a pop-up saying "Comcast service notice. Your PC may be infected. Click here to go to our Anitvirus center". Then the user helpfully installs everything the site tells him to. How about an app that blocks the legitimate notices you're now getting from Comcast?

more than 4 years ago
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Most Mac Owners Also Own a Windows PC, But Not Vice Versa

be951 Re:Here's why (814 comments)

the problem is that Apple doesn't make CHEAP computers like $300 netbooks

Sure they do, sort of

more than 4 years ago
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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

be951 Re:Whoa.. stop! (1021 comments)

Even the books about robots are, fundamentally, about people.

Well, it depends on what you mean by people. If you mean any humans or anthropomorphized non-human characters, then sure, all stories are about people.

more than 4 years ago

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be951 be951 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

be951 (772934) writes "Democratic party leaders are seriously considering making the Florida primary 'nonbinding', meaning they could ignore the actual vote by Florida democrats and allow party leaders to decide how Florida's more than 200 delegates are divided up amoung the candidates. "I think it's much higher than 50-50 that we will make Jan. 29 a nonbinding" election, said Jon Ausman, a veteran Democratic organizer in Tallahassee and member of the Democratic National Committee.
This is in response to Florida's move to an earlier presidential preference primary."

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