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My place of employment was funded a grant, and did a study to show that teens were using mobile devices more often than they did years ago (I don't remember the timeframe). I believe they got something like a 200k+ grant for this. A team of like 10 PhD psychologists to show something we already know.

Not saying psychology as a field is pointless, or anything, just that they do occasionally do some silly studies.


Therein lies the problem. On many of the questions that psychology studies, people are deeply committed to an intuitive answer.

A layperson reading any psychology experiment will either say "That's obvious! You spent how much establishing something everyone already knows?" or "No way. You must be twisting the data to make a name for yourself." Particularly when it touches hot-button issues like "to what extent are [people I don't like] in control of their own situations?"

You don't get that around physics quite so much.


You're probably oversimplifying the study considerably, but even so, even things that "everyone knows" need to be formally studied. All across science, non-intuitive results happen all the time. In psychology, it's even more common, since biology doesn't play by the relatively clean rules of materials physics.

After all, "everyone knows" that blacks are inferior and only useful as slaves (they even want to be, deep down); "everyone knows" that women are too temperamental to vote sensibly; "everyone knows" that people of that religion over there eat babies and we should destroy them before they destroy us...

For a more recent example, "everyone knows" that young people use condoms more often now, given the higher levels of sex education about pregnancy and STIs they've grown up with - yet regional studies often show significantly decreased levels of condom use. Another one is the assumption that the current crop of young'uns are fantastic with understanding computers due to growing up with them, yet this hasn't been borne out in studies. Turned out that consuming from a device doesn't mean you understand how it works any better.

Such studies are particularly important at ferretting out what's happening with people who aren't society's favourites - we all know what a man is, right? Always looking to get laid, not afraid to get physical, plays sport, drinks beer. Most men are like that, right? Not really; there's actually a huge variety of interests and desires. Studies of 'obvious!' things are just as necessary as fringe things, because sometimes the results are really quite unexpected.


"After all, "everyone knows" that blacks are inferior and only useful as slaves (they even want to be, deep down); "everyone knows" that women are too temperamental to vote sensibly; "everyone knows" that people of that religion over there eat babies and we should destroy them before they destroy us..."

This is simply not true at all these days, and I don't like that HN users would push a normal conversation into one where you imply your "opponent" is racist, sexist, or a religious bigot. Might as well have called me a Nazi or brought Hitler into the conversation.

And I don't believe you need Psychologists or a peer reviewed study to discern mobile platform usage, we have other ways to getting said metrics.


She was saying that society in general was racist back in the day when they believed that conditions such as Drapetomania.

Thanks for the downvote, if she was saying that, why did she say "Everybody Knows" rather than "Everybody Knew." No, I see a distinct verbal jab in that statement, but whatever, I'd downvote her if I could, but you in power like to keep everybody but those in the click down by downvoting even when we contribute to the conversation. Hey, I have 351 karma, why don't you get your friends over here and bring me down to nothing!

Wow, are those transponders still that big or is that an older model? We have Good2Go here in the Seattle area, and the little RFID cards are about as big as a credit card (though a bit thinner I think).

I've lived in Los Angeles/the US for 4 years now.

They just started implementing them on some freeways, like I-10 (maybe 2 years ago?). They eliminated the (free) carpool lane and put this in place.

I know city workers who brag about getting their transponders subsidised and get to ride in the cool fast lane.

EDIT: The FasTrak lanes/"ExpressLanes" are actually combined with the free carpool lanes. Sorry for the confusion.

EDIT 2: This is how it works: https://www.metroexpresslanes.net/en/about/howit.shtml

The transponder and opening an accuont (both required) still costs money.

Further info: http://media.metro.net/projects_studies/expresslanes/images/...


I have lived here for about same number of years. I just happened to finally sign up and try it. It was an interesting value proposition. Pay 5+ dollars but remove the stress of possibly being late. The $5 is high enough to make this not worth it as every day default but I am glad to have it as an option in a pinch. Seems to be working well.

They're pretty big, like the size of two credit cards side by side and 1/2" thick. It does make a beeping noise when it registers so that's probably why it's not just a card.

The new switchable pass they're making for the 405 HOT lanes is bigger and thicker. Still smaller than the one in that article, but no longer just a sticker. http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/everything-you-ever-wa...

Have you tried Lemon Eucalyptus oil? The CDC (and EPA) seem to support the claim that it is a similar strength as DEET[0].

[0] - http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r050428.htm


I paid almost that for my current router[0]. I think mine has better specs, even not being an AC (few, if none, of my devices use it anyway). Google's hub has no USB ports, no guest wifi (from what I can gather). Mine, however, has those things, though to be honest, most of the time, the printer or USB storage doesn't quite work right, though that could because I use a Mac and the driver's aren't supported as well.

[0] http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005KG44V0?psc=1&redirect=t...


It has a USB 3.0 port:

https://on.google.com/hub/#specs


Ah, my mistake then, I looked at the specs but didn't notice it for some reason.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/c_gletsUWTM-5b3oIpHD7fFXfa...

It does seem to have one USB port, though I'm not sure what it's for.


Closest that I could find was: "Talent is nurtured in solitude … A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude."

It seems more that Curcumin that isn't passed into the kidneys can pass the blood-brain barrier[0], and you can help prevent that by taking it with piperine; most formulations, at least on Amazon, have piperine in it, if it doesn't take it with some black peppercorns. It appears the only difference between most formulations and Longvida is that they pair it with coconut oil? That's what I could gather from their formulation, they don't even list piperine.

I'm skeptical of the brand in particular, not in the sense that it's bio-available, but their claim that only their brand crosses the blood-brain barrier[1][2].

[0] a lot of sites mention this in passing, but here's a study that shows 7 days of supplementation crosses the blood-brain barrier, at least in mice: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781139/

[1] http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2015/01/curcumin%E2%80%99s-abilit...

[2] http://www.petesplacenutritionalsupplementblog.com/2014/09/c...

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I love hill sprints. It's Anaerobic, but it still stresses your cardiovascular system, so it's a decent replacement. I also do jump rope in lieu of running on top of sprints/hill sprints.

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I agree, he doesn't. However, I wouldn't discount somebody as being a lifter because they are pudgy. This guy[0] (the really large one) was the first person to bench over 1000 lbs[1].

[0] - http://static1.sfd.pl/1/images2004/20040721160457.jpg

[1] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxtkUI5Wsnw

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To expand upon this, typically, people at that age have learned moderation or are teetotalers due to choice or recovery. Not a lot of binge drinking woo-boys/girls in their mid to late 30s and beyond, and the exceptions to that rule are probably faced with some societal judgement. The alcoholics (more so the ones in denial) and the one-off regular drinkers that scoff at teetotalers are probably the only judgement giving ones.

I was probably getting close to alcoholism myself and felt touchy around people that didn't drink (well, only the ones that announced it every chance they got, but then it feels like a judgement not a statement). I drank every day basically (and not ONE beer either), but when I went to moderate myself it wasn't too difficult; now I drink less than a handful of times a month.

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Weight loss is slow, but there are other benefits that might make it more palatable. I'm 5'9, currently 230, was 240+ (weighed myself after I started losing, so maybe 245), just those 10-15lbs have helped my sleep enormously. I have about 60lbs more to go until I'm at a comfortable weight, and this will take a long time (Should reach my goal by Feb '16). At my weight though, 3lbs of loss a week isn't that uncomfortable. I still eat 1500-1800kcal a day which, depending on what I eat that day, fills me up quite nicely.

I agree with your other points, but I'd say that getting a CPAP is probably a good idea, but that losing weight could make that unnecessary down the road and there are a myriad of other benefits.

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