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Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

martas Re:Sadly,... (180 comments)

This is a complete myth invented by proponents of some surrealistic, twisted form of feminism. It has no basis in verifiable facts.

about two weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

martas Re:um... (333 comments)

Nah, won't happen. Why do you think they excluded boys from the project?

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

martas Re:Clickbait headline (436 comments)

if threats are judged from the perspective of a reasonable recipient, rather than the intent of the sender, then the "oh, everyone makes death threats online, they'd never follow through" defense fizzles away.

Uh, you mean the opposite? If you can demonstrate that there really is an internet subculture where "everyone makes death threats", then surely you have demonstrated that at least in that subculture no reasonable recipient would interpret them literally? Assuming the "threat" is made within the context of that subculture, that is. Reasonableness has to be context dependent, after all.

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

martas Re:Not about rap (436 comments)

Cool, when I get an assassin to kill your mother, I'll call on you to defend me in court.

about three weeks ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

martas Re:Calories in, calories out... (252 comments)

Interpreting "non-trivial" as anything but "hopeless" in your post voids your argument, so I decided to give you the benefit of the doubt. Sorry.

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

martas Re:boggles the mind... (523 comments)

The total mass of the object doesn't matter given that it has finite thermal conductivity. If you intend to study it with instruments which also give off heat/are near to something that gives off heat, then what matters is how that heat will affect the area immediately around the lander.

about a month ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

martas Re:Calories in, calories out... (252 comments)

If it's so hopeless to figure out how much energy you get from foods, how the hell are you going to figure out vastly more complicated things like how they affect your metabolism?

about a month ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

martas Re:Perspective (338 comments)

the US seems to be trailing the UK by a small margin.

Eh, only in some ways. The UK might have more surveillance cameras and official domestic spying, but the US has probably more unofficial domestic spying, and, from what I've heard, generally in the UK your hair don't stand on end when you're near a cop.

about a month ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

martas Re: What about a low-food diet? (252 comments)

You're claiming everyone on a keto diet is hypoglycemic? I'm pretty sure someone would have noticed that by now... It happens when first starting such a diet, but within one or two days the body adjusts and starts producing its own sugars from fat and protein.

about a month ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

martas Re:Calories in, calories out... (252 comments)

Yes, which is bad because it leads you to eat more, thus making the "calories in" part bigger. That was my point. What matters most is physiology -> psychology -> fat, not physiology -> fat, so you should optimize a diet for psychology subject to a fixed amount of calories. If you use information about physiology in order to do so then great, but you don't need to, and in fact it may at some point be counterproductive because the more mental energy you use thinking about physiology, the less you have left to enforce the calorie limit. I'm willing to bet many people who have had a long term struggle to lose weight have gone through cycles of "try to implement great idea that helps lose weight -> start slacking off on calorie restriction because there's already a dopamine release from eating/doing 'the right thing' -> don't lose weight -> get discouraged -> say fuck it and eat an entire pizza in one sitting". Not everyone, but many people.

about a month ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

martas Re:What about a low-food diet? (252 comments)

Being 100lbs overweight is an even worse idea. Obesity is so bad for health in so many ways, that I think losing weight by any means necessary, as long as it works, is overall better for you, even if in the short term it means eating a less than ideal diet.

about a month ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

martas Re:Calories in, calories out... (252 comments)

"Calories in, calories out" is given as a good first order approximation of reality for the purposes of weight loss (at least whenever I've seen it). This article isn't about weight loss, it's about health. It's obvious that being conducive to weight loss and being healthy are not synonymous. I could lose weight by eating nothing but cyanide.

Now, it's true that even for weight loss "calories in, calories out" is only an approximation, but based on the admittedly small amount of information I have it is basically the most practically useful one, and using more complex models is counterproductive. Ultimately for most people trying to lose weight the most limiting factor is psychology. If you have some really nice theory about how different nutrients (or even exercise) affect weight differently, chances are you will be tempted to slack off on the by far much more important "calories in, calories out" equation, because you have a limited amount of mental energy. All the physiological tricks mean jack shit if you're inputting too much energy into yourself. Now of course what you eat still matters a lot, but mainly because it affects your psychology differently -- for instance, I've heard many anecdotal reports that 1200 calories from carbs leaves people feeling much less satisfied than the same amount from fat and protein, which of course is going to make it harder for a person not to eat any more. In other words, a corollary to "calories in, calories out" is "find whichever source of calories makes it easiest for you to maintain the equation", but even then physiology matters only in the way that it affects psychology, and not directly because some sources of calories are metabolized differently than others.

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

martas Re:boggles the mind... (523 comments)

How does the luminance of solar radiation compare to that of the lander near itself if it were to use an RTG? Or to the heat directly conducted from the lander? Also why would the lander "mostly" radiate off into space?

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

martas Re:boggles the mind... (523 comments)

What is thermal conductivity?

about a month ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

martas Re:Is this CO-style recreational, or just medical? (588 comments)

Good question. I wonder if there's something we could do to find out. But how.... OK, petty sarcasm aside, it's recreational but somewhat limited:

Washington, D.C.'s proposal, while scaled back compared to the Oregon proposal, allows for a person over 21 years old to posses up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use and grow up to six cannabis plants in their home. It also allows people to transfer up to one ounce of marijuana to another person, but not sell it.

(from cnn.com)

about a month and a half ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

martas Re:Not just women (571 comments)

Ignoring the sexist nature of your comment for a moment

Wait, pointing out male privilege is sexist now? When did that happen?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

martas Re:Does it rape your privacy (112 comments)

Huh, who knew solving rape would be as easy as teaching women to say no when asked "may I rape you". I guess the "no means no" campaign completely missed the mark somewhere...

about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

martas Re:1..2..3 before SJW (786 comments)

You say that men who are mean to women chase them off. Then you say men who are nice to women chase them off. And I'm pretty sure you would say that men ignoring women would chase them off. SO WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU SUGGEST?

How about treating women like you treat everyone else, so that they feel like people instead of walking tits?

(And no, I'm not an SJW, I'm a fat hairy nerd.)

about 2 months ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

martas Re:Sugar only - not diet (422 comments)

You just said "Sugar hasn't been used in most sodas for years. Sugar on the other hand.".

about 2 months ago

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WHO issues Europe measles warning

martas martas writes  |  about 3 years ago

martas (1439879) writes "Are we seeing the results of the anti-vaccine movement? From the BBC: 'European countries need to act now to tackle measles outbreaks, the World Health Organization warns. The WHO report says there were over 26,000 measles cases in 36 European countries from January to October 2011. ... In England and Wales, there were just under 1,000 confirmed measles cases in that period — compared with just 374 in the whole of 2010. ... Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe, said: "The increase in measles in European countries reveals a serious challenge to achieving the regional measles elimination goal by 2015."'"
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Website age ratings 'an option'

martas martas writes  |  more than 5 years ago

martas (1439879) writes "'Film-style age ratings could be applied to websites to protect children from harmful and offensive material, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has said. ... He said some content, such as clips of beheadings, was unacceptable and new standards of decency were needed.' The only reason I think this will never happen, even in the UK, is that it seems practically impossible to implement and enforce on the Internet."
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