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In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

Derek Pomery Re:Hackers Are Pampered (102 comments)

I contemplated working out the surface area of north korea, estimating amount of available plant matter.
Then maybe doing simulations on just how much a typical poverty stricken family might have access to assuming that there wasn't some thug there preventing access...

Then I realised that I really just didn't care enough.
So, fine, whatever, maybe you're right. You're operating pretty heavily on assertions though.
Rabbits have been a fine food source in places like France for a very long time though, and a good source of protein if indeed all you have is grass and twigs.

about two weeks ago
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In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

Derek Pomery Re:Hackers Are Pampered (102 comments)

I was using straw in a general sense hoping people would abstract â

Ok. Let's say any high cellulose greenery of which the natural world is full.

Last I checked, North Korea is not, in fact nothing but bare rock.

Things rabbits can eat that humans will extract little to no nutrients from:
twigs/bark
grass
leaves
thistles/weeds

Here's the thing.
North Korea actually should be able to feed itself. It is profoundly disfunctional due to its political system and therefore, well, full of wild stuff.

Rabbits can eat that. So, unless the rabbits ate the country to the ground (unlikely with hungry people around), at least there'd be *some* source of food out there that doesn't require intensive agriculture.

But, yeah, even if North Korea wasn't any good for farming, there'd still be tons of stuff for a rabbit to eat.

about two weeks ago
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In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

Derek Pomery Re:Hackers Are Pampered (102 comments)

'cept rabbits can eat stuff you can't. Straw for example.

Similar to why some areas in the world really do have to raise cattle or goats. There's nothing else that will grow there a human can eat. (then there's http://www.ted.com/talks/allan...)

about two weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Derek Pomery Re:It DOES have permission (234 comments)

Google could in fact be sending it all home without using sync (which is off) but seems a rather risky thing for them to do if caught.
Anyway, isn't just Waze doing this.

about two weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Derek Pomery Re: Split an app into multiple parts (234 comments)

could be a whitelisted set of approved ad providers, and restricted requests

about two weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Derek Pomery Re:It DOES have permission (234 comments)

Agreed. It's absurd how many apps require all these permissions to be installed.

If you want the app, you agree to that.
I still haven't upgraded Waze since their new "social" integration required a ton more privileges, mostly to phone private info. And this despite running XPrivacy - I just can't be bothered to go through the whitelisting for it, when current version works well enough. Ditto the updated Google Search app.

It'd be nice if apps had a base set of privs then expanded sets that could be allowed on install or later by request to the system/user. Also it'd be nice if the privileges were a lot more restricted, like "Use Ad Service to show you ads" instead of "Use Internet"

So, I installed a little Fisher Price Animals app for kid, and set XPrivacy to "ask" mode. On startup, XPrivacy popups popped up indicating the app wanted my Localisation, Phone Identity, Telephone (calling/numbers - probably just so the app could know when a call was coming in if a kid was playing, but still, the sort of broad category Android requires for something like that), Sensors, some Shell cpu thingy I couldn't be bothered to figure out, but that it seems to run just fine without, and, Shell lib calls for the animal sounds.
But, yeah, you allow broad categories, some inoccuous, some just 'cause they want to know how many users they have or something, and, surprise!

about three weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Derek Pomery Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

Eh. There's a hell of a lot of variety of beer nowdays. You're probably thinking of a doppelbock there.
There's a legend about monks brewing it to help get them through fasts.

But I'd certainly not recommend using that approach to pacifying babies to moms â

Usually if you keep a baby fed and changed and comfortable they are pretty calm. Teething can be rough..
Unless they have some other problem like thrush or something.

Looks like I might be wrong about the hops tho...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu...

Anyway, apparently alcohol in milk falls off at the same rate as in blood, so probably the easiest way to do it is enjoy the beer immediately after a feeding.

about 4 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Derek Pomery Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

Hey, I've been following this ever since I saw his comment, mostly due to my interest in the beer angle.
But, while you're right that fermenting is important for the digestibility of tofu, it has no impact on the phytoestrogens.

Ditto beer fermentation, the phytoestrogens in the hops make it through the process juuuust fine.

I think the large number of pseudoestrogens out there is due to the fact that estrogen is a pretty simple molecule and a hell of a lot of stuff in nature gets confused by the body as being it.

If you're pregnant, you're generally advised to avoid a bunch of these estrogen mimics.

By contrast, it can be handy in women who are breastfeeding. One of the ways to help with production is apparently drinking hoppy beer. (obviously not just before feeding the kid)

about 4 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Derek Pomery Re:What they don't tell you (588 comments)

"Now the latest and weirdest one. Soybeans. Seen how many American men have tits now? Even ones who aren't obese?"
"Our friend the phytoestrogen, brought to you by soybeans and peas."

I'm going to bet for the typical American guy that's probably more due to hops in their beer than tofu.

'course, there's various estrogen compounds in the water supply too, so, maybe that as well?

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Derek Pomery Re:Latest version (194 comments)

Yeah, that's fair. But, I really do like the addons, and most of the time, the browser features.
So, I suspect if this addon got abandoned, I'd probably just put up with australis or whatever the flavour of the day at that point had become.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Derek Pomery Re:restarting pulseaudio fixed the stuttering prob (194 comments)

Yeah, unsurprising that restarting Firefox had no effect. Stuttering seems to be pulseaudio thrashing wildly in its buffers. I've had it happen with our game too. Can also leave application windows hanging as they wait for audio closes.
It is possible that just pulseaudio -k might have been enough without the restart, even.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Derek Pomery Re:Latest version (194 comments)

Welp, then downgrade or whatever can be an option if-when that happens. For now, I'd prefer using the addon over dropping back that far.
Hell, there's always ESR to drag that window out even further if indeed the addon gets abandoned.
But given how many people (me included) are annoyed with Australis, I expect the addon will have a reasonable shelf life.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Derek Pomery Re:Latest version (194 comments)

Haven't noticed that personally. Have you tried killing off pulseaudio? I occasionally get weirdass audio problems with pulse that get fixed by that.

I guess a full on logging out and logging back in might do the trick too.

about 5 months ago
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Proton-M Rocket Carrying Russia's Most Advanced Satellite Crashes

Derek Pomery Re:More government control, that's the ticket (160 comments)

BTW, the caveats on health habits, immigrant populations, rural areas inaccessible to doctors in the US etc, France has a stillbirth rate twice that of the US. That's probably related to lack of extraordinary efforts for preemies.

about 7 months ago
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Proton-M Rocket Carrying Russia's Most Advanced Satellite Crashes

Derek Pomery Re:More government control, that's the ticket (160 comments)

Oh, BTW, those 2 are pretty much same thing.
Child mortality drives life expectancy waaaay down. Is like, countries where life expectancy is 30. Isn't like people die at 30. If you made it to 30, most of the time you'll make it to 70. Is just that so many kids die it drives down the average.

There are calculations of life expectancy excluding under 3 or somesuch, but they are hard to find, and not as comprehensive.

about 7 months ago
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Proton-M Rocket Carrying Russia's Most Advanced Satellite Crashes

Derek Pomery Re:More government control, that's the ticket (160 comments)

I've also read, although I'm too lazy to google for it, that where the US gets hit hard is infant mortality.
While part of that is immigrant population, poverty, another interesting factor is supposedly the US tries a lot harder to save preemies that would simply be considered stillborn elsewhere and not counted as infant mortality.

about 7 months ago

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