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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

Jesrad Re:Great... (95 comments)

And we still wonder why they are keeping quiet ?

Earth must be labelled as "that planet is full of crazies, steer well clear !" throughout the entire galaxy...

5 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Jesrad Re:Classic game theory ? (613 comments)

Indeed capitalism does, globally. Such a shame western countries have been abandoning its core principles of rule of law, individual property rights and laissez-faire, for cronyism, forever-debt and militarism.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Jesrad Classic game theory ? (613 comments)

I don't think there is much to see here.

Soviet communism, and marxist communism in general, operate (wrongly) under assumptions of the economy being a zero-sum game, so it's not really a surprise it has an effect on the ethics of its 'players'. Quoting straight from the Dictionary of Revolutionary Marxism:

whatever the capitalists take from the workers in the form of open or concealed profits, the workers lose completely. And this is the very definition of a zero-sum situation.

In a zero-sum game people tend to resort to unethical strategies more often, as in the classic Prisoner's dilemma.

about a week ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Jesrad Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Careful here, a low cholesterol level is associated with high CHD risk. The ~15% of people with the lowest total cholesterol (165 mg / L IIRC) account for ~40% of the heart attack deaths, that's quite an over-representation.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Jesrad Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Oh so wrong. Healthy food is also fabulously tasty. Too bad most people have no idea what food actually is healthy and which ain't so much.

Through my college years of pizza, pasta, candy, couscous, cereal muesli and homemade fruit juices I ended up obese and prediabetic in 2007. I lost the extra weight and reversed the diabetic symptoms (fasting glycemia and Hb1ac back to normal) on zero exercise and a diet of roasted fatty duck filets (with the skin braised crispy), salmon sashimi, lamb/veal casserole, chicken massala and lots of greens bathing in molten butter.

There is a big personal investment required though: you must learn to cook.

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Jesrad Re:PPC macs were awful (236 comments)

They also made WiFi. I had it in my 1998 iMac. But I had to wait years until my PC neighbours would follow suit and stop laying cables all throughout the dorm.

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Jesrad Re:Good work NE Altruism (236 comments)

And Galapagos' turtles, too. Those were the prefered fresh meat of the whaling boats' sailors.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Jesrad Re:Too true... (424 comments)

They just wanted the name of the restaurant removed from the title because it was 2nd place on Google and was starting to be detrimental to their business.

And now the name of their restaurant is forever associated throughout the entire world with stories detailing their being outrageously litigious, arguably to the point of practicing overt censorship.

A winning move indeed. Well played, gentlemen.

about two weeks ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Jesrad Re:And the stupidest thing about it? (710 comments)

you literally can't get more than 40 hours of work out of people anyway.

Try 20.

For most of our existence as a species, 18-24 hours of work per week has been the world-wide average time spent satisfying our basic needs. All the rest was leisure, endeavours in curiosity and socializing. This observation still verifies with the few primitive tribes still around. It also verifies in our records of ancestral agricultural tribes. That's the intensity of work our bodies have attuned to over hundreds of thousands of years of recent evolution.

From my professional experience too it verifies, and I'm curious about what other people may want to report about that. People around me may log long or short hours over the days but once you substract the pauses, all the staring at the screen in a blank mind right after lunch or at the end of the work day, all the heated discussions about this hot topic or that, all the trying to figure out or motivate yourself about what you should be doing next, and concentrate on the actual, value-adding focus and thinking and doing, that's hardly more than 3 to 5 hours a week-day, typically 1-3 hours around 10 in the morning and 2-3 hours around 3 P.M. Even middle management types who try to commit, who show up first and leave last everyday, spend most of their time socializing rather than actually organising things up (basically they're downrate, modernized tribes' chiefs).

If you've got a flexible enough mind, it's a lot more efficient for you (and healthier and easier and saner and...) to wake up without an alarm clock, and not rush to the office, help yourself with organising your tasks with basic methodology, then get stuff done in those 4-5 hours. And outside of those hours relax, talk with your colleagues, allow yourself to enjoy your lunch, etc. There's litterally no point trying to force it beyond that.

Also, you'll benefit immensely from cutting the crap out of your life at home too. Stop inflicting incessant news updates, FB status updates, tweets and 24/7 information TV on yourself, your brain is NOT built for that kind of abuse. Stop thinking in terms of pain/gain balance: an hour of treadmilling is not compensating a handful of cupcakes, not in any way you can measure utility for yourself, ever ; and similarly inflicting huge stress and deadlines and job abuse on yourself so you can then indulge in a more wasteful home and car and lifestyle is NOT balanced either.

That one most precious but limited resource that you have in a basically fixed amount for life: your time... stop throwing it away so liberally. You just need to spend half as much as your income (give or take a quarter of your income, there's quite a margin) and then you can get retired in your 30s (or 40s if you're already late in the game), even on a $40-50 000/year job.

about a month ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

Jesrad Re:Well, this won't backfire! (268 comments)

I forget his name...

And that's the punchline.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Jesrad Re:Socialism is not working (710 comments)

I'm a french citizen and I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this whole debate. I wish anyone genuinely curious about this topic could live my situation for a couple years, just as I have gone and lived in other countries to see and learn. There is no way to get a useful view on this from a single vantage point.

about a month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Jesrad Re:Oh yeah it's "workaholism" (710 comments)

The only "businesses" that benefit from paltry economic growth and inadequation between the qualifications of the potential workforce on one side, and the qualificatio nrequirements of the installed industry on the other side, are the "businesses" that can compel you to "buy" their products, by law. Lots of unemployed, low-qualification adults mean an ample supply of cannon fodder for the army. Low economic growth mean low treasury bond interests which mean they get to print and spend all the money they need.

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Jesrad Re:Murder (371 comments)

The sad thing is, depriving them of citizenship doesn't deprive them of their constitutional rights anyway. It's 100% pointless chest-beating.

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Jesrad Re:Military justification (371 comments)

What about his teenage son Abdulrahman, droned-down the exact same way ? He was hiking to meet his father, whom he had not seen in two years.

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Jesrad Re: threatening our freedom (371 comments)

Ah, that good old marxist crap about eschewing "formal liberty" for "real liberty". It makes more sense to distinguish between positive and negative definitions of freedom.

You'd have to be a fool to think any one can prosper in this world, that we all make daily, without exploiting others.

Actually, you'd have to be a fool to believe that mass prosperity can ever be achieved and sustained by taking forcefully from others. Quite the other way around, and quite the opposite of your premise.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

Jesrad Re: robot infrastructure (275 comments)

Indeed, this is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for. Thank you for the links !

about a month ago
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Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

Jesrad Re:NOT. GODDA. HAPPEN. (275 comments)

We should send robots first, to set up infrastructure

I would get 100% behind a plan to come up with robots able to semi-autonomously build up infrastructure. Let's try and get this done and working on plain ol'Earth first.

about a month ago
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There's No Wind Chill On Mars

Jesrad Re:How surprising... not (110 comments)

I seem to remember the thermal conductivity of an ideal gas is directly proportional to the molar density times molar heat capacity, so this sounds very counter-intuitive...

about a month and a half ago

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

Jesrad Jesrad writes  |  about a week 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 4 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  |  about 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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