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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Swave An deBwoner Re:5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe (220 comments)

Yes, a pet peeve of mine.

With all the hype and hoopla insurance companies have been ladeling out about "wellness" and "preventive care", the fairly well established correlation between poor dental status (decay, gum disease) and heart disease goes unmentioned lest their hypocrisy be uncovered. and their profits diminished.

4 minutes ago
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US Military Aware Only Belatedly of Chinese Attacks Against Transport Contractors

Swave An deBwoner Re:Punishment Tricky (13 comments)

TRANSCOM learned of only two of the incidents.

Apparently they didn't know that they were compromised.

Hooray for privatization of government functions.

2 days ago
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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating

Swave An deBwoner Re:"Against a wall" (149 comments)

Please. I'm having a contractor come in to move my walls so that they hug this case the way they are supposed to. Trapezoidal rooms .. here I come!

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Swave An deBwoner Why So Few Fatal Bike Crashes Lead to Arrest - NYC (463 comments)

Nothing new here. In NYC criminal prosecution doesn't occur unless the driver broke two laws while hitting the pedestrian or cyclist.

http://www.wnyc.org/story/283394-killed-while-cycling-why-so-few-fatal-bike-crashes-lead-to-arrest-in-nyc/

A couple of quotes from that article, statements by one of the prosecutors in the Bronx about why these cases don't get prosecuted:


"We as a society have chosen to drive these big cars," said Joe McCormack, Assistant District Attorney for the Bronx. It's his job to prosecute traffic crimes. "And we also as a society have chosen not to criminalize every single small mistake that just has a dramatic consequence because you're driving a car," he said.

and

"There are times where the factual situation that is presented to us doesn't rise to a crime," McCormack said. "And it's important to realize that the reason it doesn't rise to a crime is that society has made that decision that it doesn't want it to be a crime."

about three weeks ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

Swave An deBwoner Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (137 comments)

Yes I'm offended by this. I'm an American, but I'm not a Yankee, thank you very much.

Mets fan?

about three weeks ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

Swave An deBwoner Re:Know how to work with this one... (183 comments)

He wrote: "so you wait the week or so until they return your deposit"

But their policy states "we reserve the right to refund at any time"

It is mathematically possible for "at any time" to be a period longer than one week, possibly much longer if they know that the customer has been royally stiffed. "Never" is a long time, but weeks, months, years -- those are possibilities that have been left open by their policy.

Perhaps you are the owner/manager of this "fine" establishment? Why not introduce yourself to the rest of the group here? Consider it free advertising.

about a month and a half ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

Swave An deBwoner Re:Know how to work with this one... (183 comments)

Uh oh, you didn't read their policy at the Wayback Machine archive:

The deposit will not be refunded until we feel that everything is 100% resolved (we reserve the right to refund at any time).

You might have to wait a looooonng time for your refund. Ha ha.

about a month and a half ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

Swave An deBwoner My Review of the Union Street Guest House (183 comments)

I had my wedding reception catered at the Union Street Guest House last Saturday.

The Union Street Guest House required me to sign an agreement stating that I would forfeit a $500 fine to them if I post a negative review of their establishment.

Rather than lose $500, let me just say that I had my wedding reception catered at the Union Street Guest House last Saturday.

about a month and a half ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

Swave An deBwoner Re:Billions of pesos? (402 comments)

You posit "killed their own soldier" and shore up that bogus claim by a Wikipedia article that specifically, in the second paragraph no less, states:

It allows commanders to take whatever action is necessary, including endangering the life of an abducted soldier, to foil the abduction. However it does not allow for a soldier to be killed in order to prevent his abduction, according to the IDF chief of staff, Benny Gantz.[1]

about a month and a half ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

Swave An deBwoner Re:Yeah, sure, youbetcha! (402 comments)

Interesting photo. I think that the original was from this Iranian website, near the bottom of the article, which makes clear that it's Iran that is fighting the war in Gaza by (Gazan civilian) proxy:

http://www.tabnak.ir/fa/news/364939/%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B1%D8%A7%DA%A9%D8%AA%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AD%D8%B2%D8%A8%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%AA%D8%A7-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87

about a month and a half ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Swave An deBwoner Re:"Secret" (390 comments)

No, apparently the name of the coctail is "ZMapp"; "ZMAb" is one of the main constituents of "ZMapp":

http://www.mappbio.com/zmapinfo.pdf

Man, what's with those big-A little-a things - they're driving me crazy!

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Swave An deBwoner Re: Nuke those terrorists (868 comments)

I am saddened to read your most recent addition to our conversation here. Where to begin? Perhaps at the point where you insinuated that Israel's plight in Gaza might lead them to chose to, well, here are your own words:

"They could just march through Gaza killing every last brownskin, and they haven't."

This pathetic bit of race-baiting has been frequently bandied about by those who hope to use the "racial" sensitivities of their intended audience to fuel their attempts at demonization of Israel in her trials with her Arab neighbors. And of course it fits well with that other slander of "apartheid". Well, what of it? How do Israelis stack up, "racially" speaking, against their neighbors? Let's go to Wikipedia because it's so easily accessible to us:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_people

DNA and genetic studies

In recent years, many genetic studies have demonstrated that, at least paternally, most of the various Jewish ethnic divisions and the Palestinians - and in some cases other Levantines - are genetically closer to each other than the Palestinians or European Jews to non-Jewish Europeans.[111]

One DNA study by Nebel found genetic evidence in support of historical records that "part, or perhaps the majority" of Muslim Palestinians descend from "local inhabitants, mainly Christians and Jews, who had converted after the Islamic conquest in the seventh century AD".[111] They also found substantial genetic overlap between Muslim Palestinians and Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, though with some significant differences that might be explainable by the geographical isolation of the Jews and by immigration of Arab tribes in the first millennium.[111]

Surprised?

Let me reiterate the first sentence so that there is no mistaking it:

In recent years, many genetic studies have demonstrated that, at least paternally, most of the various Jewish ethnic divisions and the Palestinians ... are genetically closer to each other than the Palestinians or European Jews to non-Jewish Europeans.

I'll bet you didn't know that. You saw suntans in Gaza and thought, well, you wrote what you thought, friend, but there are some pretty deep suntans in Israel also.

Alas for the hate-mongers, the genetics don't jibe with the libelous claims of "white" Israelis killing "brownskin" Palistinians.

about a month and a half ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Swave An deBwoner Re:Youtube of this same idea (182 comments)

Replying to myself just to add:

1. Instead of taping the filter onto the outflow side of the box fan, tape it onto the inflow side so that the filter protects also the fan itself from the dust in the incoming air.

2. I first used Filtrete "Elite Allergen" but then switched to the cheaper "Ultimate Allergen Blue" for better air flow. Both work well though.

about a month and a half ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Swave An deBwoner Re:Youtube of this same idea (182 comments)

Yes, same thing but he uses a fancy looking fan instead of a cheap old (in the US) box fan. He even uses a particle counter to measure the result just like the MD in your second link "from a university" (the University of Michigan) did. I'm posting the UoM link below; it contains a link to the Youtube video you posted.

"Build a do-it-yourself air purifier for about $25"

http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/sinus-hepa-0630

The difference in this case so far as I can tell is that instead of showing people how to make an air purifier for the price of a box fan and a furnace filter, he's trying to start a company to manufacture and sell the things.

I have a couple of these at home and yes, they work great.

about a month and a half ago

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iPhone and iPad users report severe motion sickness while using iOS 7

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  about a year ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "I don't know what I can say except to paste a couple of excerpts from the original article at theverge.com:

"It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car." Other forum users are reporting feelings of illness, eye pain, and dizziness as well.

Another user, nybe, writes, "I had to go home 'sick' from work because of the intense nausea due to using my iPhone with iOS 7.""

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Two Years Later, David Pogue Discovers Amazon Prime Includes "Free Movies"

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  about 2 years ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "In his "State of the Art" column, NY Times columnist David Pogue discovers that Amazon Prime members can use the service to watch some movies for free. This service was announced, when, early in the summer of 2010? The title of his column today is "Potluck for the Eyeballs: A New Streaming-Movie Service""
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NY Times goes paywall

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Swave An deBwoner writes "Today marks a significant transition for The New York Times as we introduce digital subscriptions. It’s an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Times, one that will strengthen our ability to provide high-quality journalism to readers around the world and on any platform. The change will primarily affect those who are heavy consumers of the content on our Web site and on mobile applications."
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Report Looks at How China Meddled With Internet

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "Another article on the temporary rerouting of much of the Internet through Chinese IP space, discussed here on /. yesterday:

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/16/1838223/For-18-Minutes-15-of-the-Internet-Routed-Through-China

But today's NY Times article contains a curious statement:

While sensitive data such as e-mails and commercial transactions are generally encrypted before being transmitted, the Chinese government holds a copy of an encryption master key, and there was speculation that China might have used it to break the encryption on some of the misdirected Internet traffic.

What "encryption master key" are they talking about?

TFA can be found here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/world/asia/18intel.html"

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