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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

gosand Must be nice.... (300 comments)

to be rich and successful enough to have principles to fall back on.
It's always good to see people stand on principles, but it's just a lot harder to ignore the money on the table when you need it.

about a month ago
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Inside the Billion-Dollar Hacker Club

gosand In other news.... (58 comments)

Thousands of hacker wannabes from the 90s haven't done much of anything with their lives, and are working in boring ass jobs with normal lives.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

gosand 2015: the year of the Windows Desktop (1009 comments)

Honestly, I can imagine that people will clamor for whatever they put out, simply to get off of windows 8.
But in reality, people will likely just buy a new computer instead of upgrading the OS, and I'll be there to snatch up all those cheap windows 8 machines.
Or they will be using Android thin clients, or Firefox OS, or Google OS by then. Or I suppose more Linux flavors.

It doesn't matter much to me... at work we still have people migrating from XP to 7, so I won't have to worry about getting off of Win7 until 2018 or so.
And at home it's Linux for me, since 1998.

about 3 months ago
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Finnish Team Makes Diabetes Vaccine Breakthrough

gosand Re:Please don't rely on these comments... (202 comments)

Pretty much all starchy carbs (like potatoes) and of course anything grain-based (bread, flour, rice, etc). I'll eat sweet potatoes on occasion (boiled, then mashed up with butter, some heavy cream, salt, pepper), kale, spinach... pretty much any leafy greens are good. Fruits on occasion, I do like apples, try not to eat too many bananas, no grapes or other really sugary fruits. Berries are good. Fruit is really only an occasional thing. Eggs are a staple. Many people avoid dairy, but I like cheese. No milk, but I do use butter and heavy cream. Only good oils, like cocoinut and olive oils. Oh, and butter. Tree nuts are good (but not peanuts). No beans. Tonight I had a big cheeseburger using lettuce leaves as a bun and some pickles. I do also like dark chocolate, 70% cacao or above.

about 6 months ago
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Finnish Team Makes Diabetes Vaccine Breakthrough

gosand Please don't rely on these comments... (202 comments)

especially when your life and health is at stake. And don't necessarily listen to those that simply subscribe to "traditional wisdom" because it could very well be wrong.

Read "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes (or the work it is based on, Good Calories Bad Calories)
Watch this video by Dr Peter Attia: The limits of scientific evidence and the ethics of dietary guidelines -- 60 years of ambiguity
Read the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

I cut out grains, sugar, and most carbs from my diet a year ago and couldn't be happier or healthier now. Don't do it just as a way to lose weight, learn WHY it is healthier and part of our genetic makeup.

about 6 months ago
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Leaked Microsoft Video Parodies Chrome Ad

gosand Sure, I'll give it a shot... (243 comments)

They may not be negatively impacting you.... today.
But think about everything you've ever done online or on your phone. Ever. Now think about what that set of data will look like in 10 years.
THAT is the power that Google has. It's the power that Microsoft DREAMS about. I'm not saying that is good or bad, but the fact is we don't KNOW what they will, or can, do with that data.

But I do know that they can do incredible things. They can do incredible good. Look at something like street view on maps. Astounding. And it's only one example. Bottom line for me is, I don't understand why people willingly share all of their personal information. Facebook, Google, etc. There is no privacy anymore unless you really try. Banks track all of your transactions, go into a casino and they monitor your wins/losses to find that sweet spot where you'll keep playing. I am sure that there are many many other things they are doing that we don't know about. But we get complacent because of convenience.

I'm not paranoid, it is the reality of today, and of tomorrow. Google is not bullet-proof, and they could someday be bought by another company, who could then own all of their data. The information age is an incredible one, all of that information is power... and you and I don't own that power.

about a year ago
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Firefox 21 Arrives

gosand it gets worse.... (246 comments)

... forcing people to create extensions to get the feature back

And then proceed to break extensions with every single release. I haven't gotten some extensions to work for several updates ... fire gestures and/or all-in-one, printedit, download helper. I know they don't purposely break them, but I don't understand why they just stop working and never work again. Is it because I'm on Linux? Not to mention that it has become quite a memory hog and seems to have issues releasing memory and shutting down gracefully. I don't really like any of the alternatives as much, but have really considered dropping FF.

about a year ago
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The Dark Side of Amazon's New Pilots

gosand Amazon is like Flaming Moe's... (312 comments)

Business huh? You just lost yourself a customer
$$ cha ching .. what's that Homer?
YOU JUST LOST YOURSELF A CUSTOMER MOE!
$$ cha ching... what?.....

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Science Books For Middle School Enrichment?

gosand Arthur C Clarke, Hofstadter (maybe) (203 comments)

It's been a LONNNNG time since I was this age, so maybe these books are a bit beyond middle schoolers.

Greetings Carbon Based Bipeds by Arthur C. Clarke

The Minds I, or Godel Escher Bach by Douglas Hofsdater (these might be tough to comprehend though)

And not books, but what about issues of Scientific American? I got that magazine for a few years, and it was always very thought provoking.

about a year ago
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Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres

gosand Re:I do not blame the gaming industry... but... (1006 comments)

"I think that Jon Stewart and the Daily Show said it well when they said we have to change our attitude and culture around guns. They likened it to smoking."

Jon Stewart borrowed this mode of thinking from the current administration's justice department (the same one that ran illegal guns across the border and sold them specifically to gang members and drug dealers. Also the same justice department that would deny your right to due process by attacking you with a drone).Changing society's view of a gun to associate with everything negative isn't the answer, it's indoctrination, and it's wrong.

Video games aren't the problem. Guns aren't the problem. Violent movies are also not the problem (although they fit the same category you describe of those that "need to take responsibility for this"). The problem is that parents need to be parents to their children and teach them the difference between right and wrong. The problem is that people in the world need to view human life as precious, and learn to treat each other's lives with respect.

But part of the problem IS the parents... parents are the ones watching all those damn crime shows / movies / News / and now parents play VIDEO GAMES. You can tell your kids all day long what is right and wrong... but if you sit around and play FPS on a giant screen tv and they see you excited and having fun, they absorb that. So I agree with you.. but parents - and quite frankly our government - are part of our society. Yeah - our government needs to change too. When I say we all need to change I mean ALL. I don't know how exactly, it isn't an easy or quick thing to do. It's a slow process that got us here and it will prob be a slow one to reverse. What kills me is that everyone gets so defensive and doesn't even want to talk about changing. I don't understand what people fear so much about admitting that we all have a responsibility and spend more time trying to pinpoint what everyone ELSE can do about it. Bottom line is our legal and governmental systems can't change it, it has to come from our society in general and if overall we aren't willing to admit there is an issue, it won't change.
You miss 100% of the shots you never take.

1 year,28 days
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Video Game Industry Starting To Feel Heat On Gun Massacres

gosand I do not blame the gaming industry... but... (1006 comments)

I don't *blame* the gaming industry any more than the gun industry or the entertainment industry for these shootings.
If it wasn't an AR-15 it would have been a rifle or shotgun or something else. If there were no guns, obviously shootings wouldn't happen but violence would still exist. But that isn't the world we live in, and we make violence "easy". And before that little switch in your brain flips and you think for a second that I am saying we should ban or take away ANYTHING (guns, video games, movies) then you are 100% wrong. More laws are not the answer and are far from it.

What I think needs to change is our attitudes towards violence. OUR attitude. EVERYONE has a part to play in this, and it has to be voluntary. The NRA needs to get their heads out of their asses and realize that providing access to any type of firearm with no restrictions or checks will make it much easier for everyone to have guns - and that includes people who really shouldn't have them. (and yes, I know that determining WHO that is would be nearly impossible). But we have to try. Movies/TV/Entertainment companies (including video gaming industry) needs to understand that they DO glorify violence. We are inundated with violence, from FPS games to movies to TV shows. I don't watch any of them, but there are entire series of TV shows around horribly violent acts (CSI, etc). If you can step back for a second and look at it all holistically - it is very saddening.

I think that Jon Stewart and the Daily Show said it well when they said we have to change our attitude and culture around guns. They likened it to smoking. The message has to change, the overall general attitude towards things. Think about these trials that occur, like the Jodi Arias trial. It was a horrible murder, but let's be honest - in this country and world it happens a lot. But there are shows that are dedicated to follow the trial, to examine it, to discuss it in such desensitizing detail that it is sickening. I really don't get the whole obsession that people have with violence. It's why I quit watching the local news. Over time, I think that it really starts to alter your way of thinking about the world. If any of you have kids, especially boys, then there are nerf guns and foam swords and killing this and that, good guys vs bad guys... again, nothing new. But that can't be our only message that they see, and it is harder and harder to shield them from that. My own kids had to go through a "shooter" drill at school, and that is how they learned about the Newtown shootings. They are in K and 2nd grade!

What I would really like to see is the video gaming industry to take some kind of responsibility for this - not because they are at fault, but because it is the right thing to do. And not by slapping ratings on games, or limiting sales to minors, or anything like that. But by really taking an internal look at what they are producing and self-regulate it. They have the power to influence through what they do, and I think the message being sent is a very harmful one.

1 year,28 days
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Salt Linked To Autoimmune Diseases

gosand Re:Everything good is bad for you (308 comments)

That sounds horrible. You are starving yourself, and your body will hate it. Although it is not just about weight loss, I've lost about 13 lbs in 3 months by eating high-quality fat, meat, nuts/seed, vegetables, and cheese. Low-carb - no grains, no sugar. Here's the thing - your body doesn't need carbs in the massive quantities people eat them in. All it does is train your body to live off of glucose as a by-product of insulin production. Not to mention that the way you are eating is not how humans have been eating for 99.99% of the time we've been around. Fat is over twice as dense as an energy source, and fat does NOT make you fat. If you cut out grains, your body will operate off of fat as an energy source. Even if you skip meals, you aren't ravenously hungry because your body can process the fat in your body and use it as energy. You can't do this now, because you are dependent on carbs.

Don't kill yourself - read "Good Calories Bad Calories" or "Why We Get Fat" (a kind of layman's version of GCBC by Gary Taubes.
Then read The Primal Blueprint. It will change your life.

about a year ago
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Salt Linked To Autoimmune Diseases

gosand Re:Everything good is bad for you (308 comments)

The human body is a badly designed, self-destructing patchwork of bits that are perpetually one bad jolt away from a breakdown, so it's not surprising that they've discovered yet again, that excessive quantities of things we need to live will also kill us.

Actually I draw the opposite conclusion from this. The human body is so amazingly flexible and adaptable, that it can survive on a huge variety of diets, and can compensate for poor diets so well that it can be difficult to realize the long-term effects that these poor diets are having, given the relatively benign short-term symptoms.

Look at the history of mankind and what we ate in order to evolve to this point. As is pointed out in the documentary "in search of the perfect human diet" if you started at the goal line of a football field and if that was the "dawn of man", and walked all the way to the other goal line, the span of time that we have been eating grains and sugars in large quantities would take up the last 1/2". For 2.5 million years our ancestors were meat-eating primates. The time we have been eating grains (10-20k years ago) is but a blink of an eye. Our bodies evolved eating high-fat diets, so all this low-fat high-carb stuff is literally killing us.

about a year ago
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Salt Linked To Autoimmune Diseases

gosand Sorry... there is no nutritional value in sugar... (308 comments)

I've been doing a lot of reading on dietary topics, and it is quite amazing how many opinions about our dietary needs are based on nothing but opinion or the opinions of other people. Even the scientific results can be mis-interpreted or looked at in so many ways that you can seemingly show whatever you want from these studies.
There's a ton of stuff out there, like the book "Good Calories Bad Calories" that covers it in depth, but watch this video by Dr Peter Attia. I think it sums it up pretty well. The limits of scientific evidence and the ethics of dietary guidelines -- 60 years of ambiguity

I've been following the Primal Blueprint lifestyle for a few months, and the effects have been pretty amazing.

about a year ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

gosand quotes.... (1152 comments)

Two quotes that I try to remember, and wished that everyone else would remember as well...

Believe those who are seeking the truth ; doubt those who find it.

The second is in my signature...

about a year and a half ago
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Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

gosand Re:Obama Administration and abuse of power (652 comments)

what we do know is that the intent of his efforts were to try and improve things[...]

No, no you do not know that. He got in office on a bunch of promises and falsehoods (nothing new there) that huge numbers of highly gullible people bought wholesale. Once in office he did exactly nothing to make anything better and in fact has made things far worse.

I think "worse" is debatable... a trillion dollar / hundreds-of-thousands-lives-lost nonsense occupation of Iraq, Guantanamo (which he didn't close), and failing economy is hard to fix. Did he fix the economy? Well, not really. Do we know that he prevented another depression? No. Is this something that CAN be fixed in a couple of years? Probably not. Was it something that was created in only a couple of years? Probably not.

more importantly his policies have not directly led to the deaths of thousands of Americans and others around the world.

Ask Pakistan and other locations about near constant drone strikes before you say that. The difference between this and the former president is there, but not in the way you're thinking.

While that is not a good situation, it is a far far cry from the Iraq war. I agree with that Bush did with Afganistan. Iraq? No explanation, no reason has ever come close to justifying it. There will always likely be military actions that will be questionable. They know things we will never know, and will have to make the most difficult decisions. Look at the big picture, and who had a positive message and who tried (and succeeded) to keep us afraid with a "war on terror".

Sadly, the president can't fix the system that he's elected into, so as much as people want to complain about president A or B, the entire system is fucked, and even if someone wanted to un-fuck it there is no easy or simple way to do that.

about a year and a half ago
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Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

gosand Re:Obama Administration and abuse of power (652 comments)

Funny, in your response you didn't say what that reason was. Wikipedia is not the be-all-end-all of information, but I didn't see a reason listed there. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War. And wouldn't you think that if you are going to overthrow a country, and not even declare war, and kill thousands upon thousands of your own people - let alone many many others around the world, and spend well over a trillion dollars, that there would have to be a pretty good reason? And that everyone would know what that reason was?

I'm not going to say that we will ever know the reasons behind all of our military actions, there's lots of things that go on that we don't know or probably need to know. Those are big decisions even if one person dies. This President has to make those calls, so will the next one... and all the ones before them. Bush had to deal with 9/11, and he went after them in Afganistan. He set the course for catching Bin Laden, which ended up happening in the Obama administration. To many, that was what needed to happen.

about a year and a half ago
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Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

gosand Re:Obama Administration and abuse of power (652 comments)

I'm not saying Obama's administration hasn't done this. But let's not just tell part of the story here... from the link you provided "George W. Bush vastly-accelerated the drone strikes the final year of his presidency. A list of the high-ranking victims of the drones was provided to Pakistan in 2009.[22] Obama has broadened these attacks to include targets seeking to destabilize Pakistani civilian government and the attacks of 14 and 16 February 2009 were against training camps run by Baitullah Mehsud"

Look - military stuff happens, CIA stuff happens, etc etc. I don't think that we fully understand it all or that we are in a position to analyze these things. Obama said that he would close Guantanamo (which, he inherited). It's still open. I honestly think that the President learns things when they get in office that not too many people know. That can certainly change their atitude on things. We don't know what he knows.

HOWEVER - you have to consider the scale of the military actions they've undertaken. Do I really need to point to the wiki article that shows the Iraq war and the number of deaths? There has never even been a reasonable explanation for that one, at least not one that would authorize it. Vendettas don't count.

about a year and a half ago
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Mother Found Guilty After Protesting TSA Pat-down of Daughter

gosand Obama Administration and abuse of power (652 comments)

Obama is standing on the shoulders of giants. Funny that you say "expansion" and not creation. See, he is expanding what is already there. I'm not saying it's right, but that's fact. Our entire legal system is built on this principle.

REAL abuse of executive power is invading a soverign nation and overthrowing its government with no just cause, and in the process fabricating evidence to try and gain support for your actions. To this DAY there has never been a reasonable explanation for our invasion and occupation of Iraq. While Obama hasn't fixed the mess he inherited in our country, and may have made some things worse, what we do know is that the intent of his efforts were to try and improve things, and more importantly his policies have not directly led to the deaths of thousands of Americans and others around the world. That is where I see a massive difference between this and the former president.

about a year and a half ago
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Are We Getting Smarter? Rising IQ Scores In the Twenty-First Century

gosand Re:Simple... (421 comments)

I think we would be getting smarter because there's a greater wealth of knowledge for us to draw on.
We stand on the shoulders that have come before us. We don't have to do as much trial and error when we know some things to be fact... which means we can figure out new things.

Since a century is but a blip of time, it might be hard to really get a solid measurement on it. The real question is, 100 years ago did they ask the question about whether or not they were smarter than the people from 100 years before that? :)

about a year and a half ago

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Finger Looking Good

gosand gosand writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gosand (234100) writes "Do you look at your fingers while you type your password(s)?
- Yes, but only passwords because they're complex
- Yes, I can't touch-type
- No, my passwords are simple
- No, I'm that damn good"
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Mozilla guns for world record with Firefox 3.0

gosand gosand writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gosand (234100) writes "I first saw this over at The Register, sounds like a pretty interesting goal. Although technically they would be setting a new record, not breaking an existing one. "Mozilla is trying for a record in a new category, according to a representative of the firm. That means it doesn't have an existing mark to better. The open source browser outfit aims to secure over 1.6m downloads over 24 hours." The link provided in the article is a 404 ( http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord ). The site exists, just no info about a world record."
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My oldest T-shirt is...

gosand gosand writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gosand (234100) writes "My oldest T-shirt is ...

2-6 years old

6-10 years old

10-15 years old

> 15 years old

older than me

older than Cowboy Neal"

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How do you eat your Ramen?

gosand gosand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gosand (234100) writes "How do you enjoy your Ramen?

o per package directions, as a soup

o cooked, drained, with packet sprinkled on

o some liquid, but not a soup

o other ingredients added (veggies, meat, spices)

o uncooked (mmm, crunchy)

o other"

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How many LEDs

gosand gosand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gosand writes "How many lighted LEDs can you see right now?

none

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

21+"

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What's using your memory?

gosand gosand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gosand writes "I have a pretty old system (Duron 1.33 with 768 MB of PC-133 RAM). One of these days I'll upgrade my system and I suspect I'll get more memory. But is there a need? I have Gkrellm running, so I see my memory usage. In the past, with an uptime of 150+ days, I've had several applications running at once (Ktorrent, GIMP, OpenOffice.org, K3b, Firefox) and still the memory usage has never gotten much over the halfway mark. I did recently upgrade from Kubuntu Edgy to Feisty, and it seems to use a little more memory. So what am I missing? Why do people have multiple gigs of memory on their systems? What is your memory usage, and what uses it? Do we all have lots of memory that is just not utilized?"
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Favorite Cheese Doodle

gosand gosand writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gosand writes "What is your favorite cheese flavored snack?

Cheetos (crunchy)

Cheeots (puffed)

Cheetos (flamin hot)

Doritos

Cheddar and Sour Cream potato chips

Other brand or flavor

I'm lactose intolerant you insensitive clod"

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gosand gosand writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gosand (234100) writes "How many calories to you take in on an average day?

1000 — 1999

2000 — 2999

3000 — 3999

4000 — 4999

5000+

No clue, but about as many as I burn

No clue, but it is more than I burn"

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gosand gosand writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gosand (234100) writes "It seems that now the Boy Scouts have been encouraged to fight piracy. "Boy Scouts in the Los Angeles area will now be able to earn an activity patch for learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies and music." The curriculum was developed by the MPAA, and among other things shows scouts how many people can be harmed by piracy by visiting a movie studio. I heard this on NPR this morning, and the newscasters were actually chuckling as they read the story."

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