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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Jesrad Re:I'm still waiting... (156 comments)

This was recently covered by The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

When criminality problems are being made fun of in comedic talk shows, you know your government has a big denial issue.

yesterday
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Jesrad Easily done: (323 comments)

Japan never had a gun problem in the first place. Maybe the USA should indeed imitate them to solve its own gun violence issues ? It would be simple, too: just go back several centuries in time, and get heavily prejudiced against guns from the very beginning by emphasising the moral and cultural values attached to swords for a couple centuries, then go lose a world war and dismantle most of your armament producing capability under scrutiny by an occupying force.

Also, it'll help if you become an island.

2 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

Jesrad Another Missing Option (232 comments)

...is the infamous "The top N [weirdest,ugliest,funniest,coolest] $whatever". Oddee is my personal crack dealer.

3 days ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Jesrad Re:Nothing new here ... (292 comments)

An absence of correlation is a pretty strong hint for an absence of causation.

about three weeks ago
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Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

Jesrad Can't wait (71 comments)

Can't wait for nuclear-powered giant octopus submarines. Beats a laser-sporting shark anyday !

about a month ago
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My resting heart rate:

Jesrad Re:Sodium raises my heart rate and blood pressure (169 comments)

Weird. I'm on a sodium-rich and potassium-low diet, my resting heart rate is all over the place between 60 and 80, and no matter the amount of extra sodium I eat, my blood pressure never goes beyond 70-120 (it's usually around 70-110).

about a month ago
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My resting heart rate:

Jesrad Re:Do the math (169 comments)

African grey parrots in captivity can reach, and have reached, 80 years of lifespan. That should be in the vicinity of 10 billion heartbeats.

about a month ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Jesrad Re:They deserve praise (144 comments)

Very bad examples here. In both cases of pharma and music, the up-front costs are vastly inflated because of the existence of "intellectual property" laws. This is a basic mechanism: your costs adjust up by the amount of guaranteed income, in the absence of any additional marginal wealth production. Or to put it another way: actual value you produce eventually adjusts down to the amount of value you need to convince other people to pay you. The amount you do not need to convince them to pay, trades for nothing. That's why monopoly rents even exist in the first place: laziness.

about a month ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Jesrad What Microsoft could do (210 comments)

One thing Microsoft could do easily and cheaply, which would eventually end this "Calling you from Windows and you have a virus" scam, is to have a short mention about this being a scam on the front page of their website. A single sentence would suffice.

When you get called by the indian call center employee, who for most of them believe they are working for a legitimate business, mention how the caller is NOT really affiliated with Microsoft because their website say it's a scam. "See for yourself !" and hang up.

The actual pirates can probably not do the mass phone call themselves and still rack up enough money, which is why they hire call centres to do it for them, and why they also take precautions to show them some pretense of legitimacy. If the call centres stop working with them they'll go away.

about a month and a half ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Jesrad Works both ways (540 comments)

And I wonder what kind of counter-claim of damages the USA can pretend they too suffered in the loss of trade. Probably just about the same amount in total.

about a month and a half ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Jesrad Re:RT.com? (540 comments)

Please. Fascism is NOT a form of socialism. It's incompatible with marxist doctrine, through and through. Rather it's the fabled "third way" that is neither free-market nor communism. People who conflate fascism with socialism are just as wrong as those who conflate it with capitalism.

about a month and a half ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Jesrad Re:RT.com? (540 comments)

one was a free market fundamentalist: Pinochet

Repeating a lie often enough does not make it true.

Pinochet was resistant to free market, through most of 1974 his own style of handling economic problems left in the wake of Allende meant putting the army in charge of alleviating penuries through requisitions, rationning and distribution, and it was a complete failure. Chile kept printing money just like under Allende, leading to 300% inflation in 1974 and 1975.

If Pinochet was, as you put it, a "free-market fundamentalist", then explain why did oil and copper industries remain state-owned all through his regime, and why did the fishing and forestry industries remain syndicate-run (CORFO) ? Why did he keep in place many programs of subsidies ? Why did he have several failing corporations bailed out (like the Osorno bank) ? Why did his constitution of 1980 keep copper resources as irrevocably public property ? Why was the Peso pegged to the USD, chinese-style, in the early 80s (leading to a monetary crisis and recession), instead of maintaining a free-floating exchange rate like Friedman advocated in his speeches and books ?

Oh, right: that's because Pinochet was NOT a free-market advocate. He was not even right-wing either - his wife was a senator in the Radical Party, an ally of Allende's Unidad Popular, and he was a close collaborator of Allende until the coup d'état. Instead, his pragmatism at least let him put people who mostly were free-market enthusiasts in charge of some of his government's economic policies. He, himself, had no such convictions, he was just an autoritarian voluntarist. But I guess that makes for an insufficiently romantic narrative to convince you.

Sergio de Castro Spikula was one such free-market enthusiast in Pinochet's government, and he had to bitterly fight (there even was one incident with a gun) with other members, like General Gustavo Leigh, Admiral José Toribio (president of the government's economic committee), or Raul Saez (the man who was responsible for planning the economy of Chile in the Junta), in order to get the reforms done.

about a month and a half ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

Jesrad Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

In other words: Join the cult of the Fedeldar God'nment, suffer a random munching.

about a month and a half ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Jesrad Re:Unusual in a huge system ... (211 comments)

Wait. If they are unlikely to be unusual, then they are likely to be usual. Right ?

about a month and a half ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

Jesrad Re:There are a couple of updates in the article (65 comments)

Unfortunately Satoshi's wallet is worth a mega-fortune, and it's never been quite established that Satoshi destroyed the private key. All kinds of people would give a try and shake it out of him/her, for that much money.

about a month and a half ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Jesrad Re:Slow on the take (441 comments)

Committing a guy for writing a book is many things, but it ain't fascism.

You're right, of course, and I should have made clear that is not what I was saying in the first place. What I wish to convey is that the USA abide by all eight core tenets of classical fascism, as detailed by John T. Flynn, and have done so for a long time. Abuses of police power, attorney power and executive power as seen in the article (and others) are but an inevitable consequence of the first two tenets.

about 1 month ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Jesrad Re:Slow on the take (441 comments)

There is more than one way to do it.

about 1 month ago

Submissions

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Privately-funded study to test coconut oil as treatment for Alzheimer's

Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  about 3 months ago

Jesrad (716567) writes "Following the growing viral popularity of Dr Mary Newport's reported success in treating her Alzheimer's Disease-stricken husband with coconut oil, and some positive results of in-vitro tests, come news of a clinical trial of coconut oil as a potential treatment for halting and reversing symptoms of the neuron-destroying disease."
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Going from traditional DVD distribution to direct Internet sales and streaming

Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  about 7 months ago

Jesrad (716567) writes "Independant documentary producer Tom Naughton recounts how going with a traditional DVD worldwide distribution of his movie 'Fat head' almost bankrupted him, and how he turned the situation around by going with direct Internet sales from his blog and with Hulu/Netflix distribution instead. The account shows just how badly middle-men of the movie industry and Hollywood accounting can burden up independant film-makers, and how short-cutting them using the Internet can let them finally get a dime from their own work. Jump to below the photos for the edifying read."
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Leaked document details ADA's plan for internet nutrition censorship

Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jesrad (716567) writes "Using two leaked internal documents, Forbes' Micheal Ellsberg offers a deep look into the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetics Association) plans to stifle competition in the diet counsel and nutritional advice market, up to and including severe internet censorship, in a manner reminiscent of how they had previously treated Steve Cooksey of diabetes-warrior.net.

The documents outline a detailed policy of surveilling and frequent reporting of citizens who provide nutrition advice publicly, providing continued justification for licensure laws through 'continual incidents to investigate'. The wording makes it extra clear that the goal of their lobbying for restrictive licensing laws is not concern for the public's health or safety, but rather 'adding member value' in order to further and strengthen their practice's scope."

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Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jesrad (716567) writes "While looking for away to heat up and destroy cancerous cells using radiowaves, Sanibel Island resident John Kanzius was surprised to see his saltwater sample ignite and produce a big flame instead of just heating up. It seems the apparatus radiolyses water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, which can immediately recombine and burn. It's not known yet how energy-efficient the process is, but it could make hydrogen production cheap and fast."
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EULAs and the risk of corporate law-making.

Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The more I think of EULAs (End User License Agreements), the more I think they are a tool designed to take away law-making from law-makers, into the hands of copyright holders everywhere.

They make it possible for copyright holders to force insane clauses on unsuspecting customers, after all.

Are EULAs enforceable ? In countries such as Holland and Norway, they are not. They have no legal value whatsoever. In the USA, the DMCA makes it possible, provided you incorporate some "copyright protection" (ROT13 could qualify), you can enforce whatever EULA you bundle with your copyrighted work. In many other countries, the issue is not clear, and EULAs stand in a state of legal limbo. Some companies take advantage of this fuzzy situation, like Oracle, who uses EULAs to frighten their customers into not reverse-engineering their software _even though the Law explicitly grants them this right_. Would a judge be convinced ? I don't think so.

Some corporations have been abusing these EULAs to extort money from other organizations (i.e. Microsoft with schools, enforcing its nefarious "audit" right they granted to themselves in the EULA). This means it is URGENT to have law-makers everywhere clear this issue once and for all.

The two solutions (Holland/Norway solution of stating EULAs are void of any legality, and the US solution of enforcing terms of the EULA through "copyright protection devices") have their own advantages and inconvenients.

The US solution gives copyright holders the possibility to make their own laws for enforcing their EULAs' terms. The Holland/Norway one gives customers back their fair use rights and protects them from abuse and some forms of extortion.

The US solution is, IMHO, a very bad one. But the Holland/Norway solution has one major issue: the voiding of EULAs means that software editors are liable for their products. This threatens the very existence of the software industry, by making them pay for bugs and security breaches. It could sink Microsoft, it could sink Red Hat, it could sink Apple, it could send Linus Torvalds or RMS in jail or financial oblivion.

Of course I have a solution to this problem... Pass a law that makes EULAs explicitly void of any legal enforceability (like Norway Law does), and that mandates a minimal guarantee on software that consists of a full refund and/or access to the source code.

What ? Me biased in favor of Open Source ?
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Disclaimer: IANAL, but I studied national and international Intellectual Property Right with lawyers in College. If you have legal precedents concerning these issues to give me, you are Very Welcome to post them here.

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