Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling
When are things like this going to start being used for good and bad ways? i.e. Your honor, my client is susceptible to gambling, so this should/should not be taking into account during sentencing. That is, if he is susceptible, he shouldn't be anywhere near a gambling table etc. This is the problem I see with comprehensive data. Correlations happen by coincidence all the time and humans are downright lousy at statistics, intuition and perception
As one who runs several businesses while investing in many others I can tell you that the "gambling mentality" can very much be applied to business as well
Many of the Silicon Valley upstarts do not even deserve one single penny of investments for their founders' strategy are so wrong, so narrow, and so stupid, but yet, they regularly got million-dollar injection because someone take a chance
You may think that many of the "angel investors" are seasoned investors, that whenever they "take a chance" they knew what they were doing. The reality however, is that many of those investments are based on nothing more than what TFA has pointed out, a "response to pleasure-triggering behavior"
Yes, I have had my own moments and I have invested my good money into rotten useless duds
Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right
Come and see the violence inherent in the system!
I have read the comments and most of them are the typical of "capitalism is to be blamed" kind of argument
The one inherent inequality that truly exists in the system is INITIATIVE --- in which, persons who are more prone to take proactive actions are more prone to become successful and/or to have higher possibilities in surviving any given crisis
Those who argue that capitalism is the one thing that has caused the discrepancies of wealth distribution never care about the reality - that is, if one is lazy and never takes any initiative, how can that person become wealthy in the first place?
Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?
I have been in the tech scene for decades, and having have my "tech baptism" we always have that "community" feel to what we do
That was decades ago
Now, everything changed. Tech companies today are like warring fiefdoms. Instead of focus on innovation they wasted all their resources on making their competitors suffer
Take this SIRI/Nuance -- Apple/Samsung saga for example ---
Instead of innovate - Innovate - INNOVATE what we have here are "strategizing - scheming - blocking"
Instead of innovation the tech companies are more interested in dog fights, and the one thing that I need to know is this ---
Why are they doing all these?
Is it because they no longer have the urge to innovate?
Or is it because the corporate culture (the ROI mentality) that has taken over (in almost all the big tech companies that I know) and it is killing the tech field as we know it?
This is a very unhealthy trend, very very unhealthy, and if we let them corporate guys taking over our tech industry sooner or later we will be facing the sad cold reality that one day, somebody else, maybe India or China or Russia, will become much more technologically advance than the West
Please pay a visit to India or Russia or China, if you have the chance. Over there they still have a lot of people devoting their lives on innovation, because to them, it is the right thing to do
How Tech Is Transforming Teaching In a South African Township
While there's no doubt that technology does play a part in the success of that school, MHO is that it is wrong to attribute all the success on technology alone
The fact is that school got so much attention from so many people, so much so that the inventor of the 3D printed limb, Richard van As was present at that school
Or, in other words, it was Hawthorne Effect ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... ) that has contributed to the dramatic improvement on the performances of the students of that school
Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'
So are these foreign thai places actually "bland" or is "real" thai food simply overly spiced?
While I do not know how you would define that "overly" in the "overly spiced" description of yours, real Thai food (and yes, I have been to Thailand many times on business trips) are certainly much more tasty than what you get from those "Thai Restaurants" on your main street in Europe or America
I have great doubt that the robot could do a decent job identifying a real tasty Thai food from a bad one
Sure, the bot can judge the level of spiciness / sourness / sweetness by measuring the level of glucose / acid / capsaicinoids, but that still doesn't mean it can ascertain how tasty the food is
Ebola Has Made It To the United States
Actually, BOTH !!
Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices
... when it becomes the reality
New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
I find discussion in this thread a little bit wanting as not everyone is the same
Some had an "early start" while others may be "late starter" because not everyone had their insights straight from the start
Those who had early insights can hone their mastery very early because they already had a "road path" drawn up for them (as long as they do not give up, that is), and all they need to do is to gain enough knowledge to put their insights into words, or in scientific terminology
Others may be late starters because their "insights" took quite some time to "gel"
I happened to know people from both camps. Neither camp can claim to be more smart than the other
Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation
... Too bad the iPad patron missed out ...
Indeed it is an all around too bad for the millions of _screen lookers_ everywhere --- by focusing on that little lighted panel all the time they never know how much they have been missing out
Kano Ships 18,000 Learn-To-Code Computer Kits
I actually received one of those as a Christmas present back in 1966! It actually was a good learning experience and fun for a nerdy kid
You guys were sure lucky !
I was from China, and back in the mid 1960's China was in really fucked up social turmoil, we could never ever imagine having _anything_ even approaching to what you guys got to enjoy !
The first time I encountered a computer (and I mean electronic one) I was already in my late teen, and I had to learn everything, from bit to byte, flip from flop, register, all the computer languages, everything, from scratch
That makes me wonder, though ... while you guys in the West have so many years of wonderfully crafted learning aids ahead of people like me, how come today the level of computer/technological comprehension in the West isn't that much difference from those in the other parts of the world?
You guys ought to have outpaced the rest of the world by leaps and bounds , man, given that you guys were/are blessed with so many wonderful stuffs, for so many years!
Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico
Propylene Glycol is an organic chemical product that can also be derived from Palm Oil
Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan
... then he's more than a kid with ADD ...
Of course that guy is much more than that
Here are the quotes which I copied from TFA:
Buy stocks that are being bought, and sell stocks that are being sold>
Forget the fundamentals - TUNE OUT THE NOISE
Get out of the hive mindset and bet against the crowd
And I might like to add that the techniques that the guy applied in his stock trading can be used in other fields as well --- such as, finding a niche, or starting your business, or getting yourself promoted
When the hive goes West and you are one of those going the same direction, you ain't gonna get much out of it
The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning
The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning
Many thinks erroneously that after they installed a Whole House Surge Protector everything else would be fine
That Whole House Surge Protector might be able to clamp a sudden surge from the outside, but the respond time often isn't fast enough to save the delicate electronic devices connected to the wall sockets
What you really need is a layered approach --- getting a Whole House Surge Protector to clamp a _lengthy_ surge from the outside, while still attach your delicate electronic devices to surge protectors with fast response (something like in the nano-second range) that plug into the wall sockets
Three links that might be able to assist you:
Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit
Because of protectionism cheap solar panels have been taxed until they become so much more expensive by the time they got to the consumers
A calculation I read somewhere - sorry, I lost the link - that if there was none of those stupid taxes the solar panels could have been gotten for almost _half_ of the current prices
Can you imagine the impact of consumers getting _twice_ as many solar panels installed on their roofs?
Can you imagine how much more clean power that gonna generate ... and how many more gigatons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses that didn't have to be spewed into the atmosphere because of the clean power generated by those extra solar panels?
If we truly want to save the planet earth, we must insist that all the stupid protectionism practices be stopped !!
Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right
Because there is a right way
TFA mentioned several possible scenario - spin-polarized electrons, circularly polarized light that is produced by the scattering of light in the atmosphere and in neutron stars, and so on - which should have been taking place in similar fashion all throughout the universe
Would this mean that if there are lifeforms elsewhere in the universe, would their physiology (whether or not they have DNA) be similarly affected by the polarized action of electron and/or photon around them?
Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough
... every food calorie requiring 10 calories of fossil fuel input ...
Does the above formula apply to the "bio-fuels" ?
If it does, then the whole "ethanol-fuel" and the "bio-diesel" thing are nothing but filthy lies ??
Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit
... I wonder what NASA can do with a budget of $74 million ...
... hmm .....
CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months
At least tap water --- if properly supplied --- has gone through the chlorination process
And according to WHO, chlorination kills the ebola virus
But in Africa, and in many other third world countries, especially the rural area,they take the water from the well and streams, and use it
Of course many of them do boil water before they drink it. But my point being, the water that they take from the streams / well might have been contaminated by the ebola virus, and that might become a vector for spreading the disease
Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit
I have nothing but admiration to ISRO for what they have achieved
My only problem is what you wrote:
If anything, the brain drain consists of India's best and brightest relocating to the US after having studied in the near-free subsidized taxpayer funded colleges and universities in India. They typically go to the US to do their masters and PhD and then some of them join NASA
I do have business dealing with India, and I do regularly meet my business acquaintances in India, and I know, for a fact --- that so-called brain drain has actually benefited India
How, you might ask?
Those who emigrated abroad and working in America / Europe do accumulate knowledge / experience in whatever they do there, and, --- this is very important --- when they go back home, for visit (many of them still have families back home), most of them do pay courtesy calls to their own friends working inside India, and when that happened, technology transfers happen, and that event happens very very frequently in India
Many of the "tricks of the trade" that have been picked up by the Indian industry (including ISRO) came from the courtesy call from their friends / former classmate who work abroad
Of course, what I have described above isn't limited only to India, the same thing happens in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and even in Russia and China as well
The "brain drain" in a way, do offer a "reverse channel" that enables knowledge to flow back to home countries
The Danger of Over-Reliance on the Net
When are you going to tackle the spam problem, Slashdot ?
The thread http://developers.slashdot.org/story/14/08/10/2250205/new-nsa-funded-code-rolls-all-programming-languages-into-one has been seriously spammed, and that troll that does the spamming always spam threads that are related to "NSA"
So what are you going to do with the spam problem, Slashdot ?
If you can not stop that bot from spamming you, at the very least offer us an 'un-friend' feature so that we can make a tick on the box next to that fucker, and forever and ever we won't need to see any more of his spam
Will you do that, Slashdot ?
Is it a taboo to use the full name of Obama ?
In the comment http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4728375&cid=46105237 I was commenting that the Nobel Peace Prize committee should take back the prize that they have wrongly awarded to Obama.
In the comment I used the full name of Obama, which is Barack Hussein Obama, which in fact, is the LEGAL NAME of the current POTUS.
For whatever reason, a fella "Stargoat" flamed me for using the full name of Obama and specifically accuse me of using the name of "Hussein" !
I was totally floored by the way that knee jerk threw his temper tantrum. I mean, The word "Hussein" isn't my invention, I wasn't the one who "gave" Obama that name.
It was Obama's dad who gave him that "Hussein". Not me.
Is it a taboo to use the full name of Obama ?
If it has become illegal to use Obama's full name, why don't they make an official law from now on, making it a federal offense for any "peon" to call the Emperor/ President / Dictator of the United States of America by his/her full name ?
Comparing Barack Hussein Obama to Edward Snowden
The Smartphone Kill Switch
A chill ran up my spine after I read http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/12/19/2113235/proposed-california-law-would-mandate-smartphone-kill-switch
Right now, as it is, NSA can listen to your telephone communication, can read your sms/email, can know where you are, who you regularly communicate with, can profile your behavior (when you will do what at where), but they still can't shut you off (unless they send in a "cleaner").
With the Kill Switch, they can do that.
Yes, the law as it is, is for people who report to the police that their smartphones were stolen, so that the authority can issue a "kill order" to brick that lost smartphone.
And we also know what NSA is all about - no law on the land can touch them - and with the availability of the "Kill Switch", NSA can effectively KILL THE PHONES of those who they do not like, cutting them off the communication grid, and leaving them out in the cold.
I can foresee the consequential abuses that will accompany this new "Kill Switch" law. It'll only make NSA (and all the other BIG BROTHERS) that much stronger.
When *GENOCIDE* becomes a non-issue
will show you the complete 180-degree change of direction Obama has taken on the Genocide in Sudan.
will guide you to the shameful decision by the Obama White House in refusing to display an 88-year-old rug, despite having promised so earlier, for a Smithsonian Institute project.
I, as an American Citizen, is very shameful to have Obama as my president. Although I never cast my vote for him, millions of my fellow Americans were stupid enough to elect this two-faced liar into the White house, not once, but twice.
If issues such as GENOCIDE can become a total non-issue, what kind of message the United States of America is going to give to the world, that America is a non-principled, rogue country ?
China building its 3rd space tracking station in Argentina
10 year anniversary to an official absurdity
Google has become a stranger to me
I was one of the early investors in google, naturally, when others were still using altavista or yahoo I put my homepage as google.com
Google has always have that "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, and will send visitors to random sites (from a pre-chosen, pre-approved bunch, of course, don't want to send children to porn sites) ...
That was the google I knew
Nowadays, everything change
No matter if you start with google.rw or google.com.au or plain google.com, and click on that "I'm Feeling Lucky" button you will end up in the "doodle" page
What kind of fucking crap is that ?
The U.S. Space Program
" I don't know if your listeners or people living in the U.S. understand these changes, but as I observe them from the outside, I feel that America is gradually contracting and closing itself off. It's a very strange thing." "
The person who said the above is Mr. Wu Ji, the director of China's National Space Science Center ( http://cssar.cas.cn/ ), English version @ http://english.cssar.cas.cn/ .
As an American, the above quote left a very bitter taste in my mouth.
What the fuck has gone wrong with my country ?
Do you still trust the United States of America ?
First, it was revealed that America cracked the email of the Brazilian President.
Then, it was Mexico's turn, closely followed by revelation of NSA tapping on France' telecommunication network
Now, it's Germany's chancellor which got the unwelcome tap.
Would you still trust the United States of America as your ally ?
TOR is not safe
If you think TOR (The Onion Router) is safe, if you think that you can get away from the prying eyes of the BIG BROTHER you could not be more wrong.
TOR originated from a research project of the U.S. Naval Research Lab, and currently still receive funding from the states department of the US government, the Swedish government, and others.
And there already have been several cases of the fed successfully cracking the myriad layers of TOR and some people have already been apprehended.
This link outlined how FBI has successfully cracked TOR
The following link outlined the background of TOR
A statement from Edward Snowden
One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised â" and it should be.
I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.
Edward Joseph Snowden
Monday 1st July 2013
Idealist Geeks ?
Just heard the term "Idealist Geeks" over the BBC worldservice
The guy was talking about folks like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden - digital age kids (geeks really) who are really good at the technology that spy agencies (like NSA) just can't do without
Of all the people in the world, why we Geeks have to take all the responsibilities all by ourselves ?
Is Slashdot afraid of the truth ??
The Boston bombers are MUSLIMS
Those who slammed airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York were MUSLIMS
Same with the people who bombed the Madrid train station --- MUSLIMS, --- the those who bombed the London subway --- MUSLIMS
It's the MUSLIMS who have created all these havoc onto us, but yet, if anyone dare to tell the TRUTH in Slashdot, they will be modded down ...
Why is Slashdot so afraid of the truth ?
The truth is very simple --- ISLAM IS VIOLENT
Time and time again THEY have attacked our society, from the World Trade Center to London tube to Madrid train station to Boston Marathon
I am an American, and I am VERY SICK AND TIRED of the ISLAMIC VIOLENCE
If them MUSLIMS want to live in America, they better live peacefully.
If they can't, or do not want to live peacefully with the others in America, they should move out !
We can no longer tolerate people who want to bring their RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE into our society --- if they want to kill, they can go killing their own kind in Iran, or Iraq or Saudi Arabia, or Yemen or Egypt or Turkey
Stop making troubles in America !!!
Persistent problems for open-sourced program
The idea of open-sourcing is great - that everyone gets to see the source code of the program, or even start experimenting with it, implementing ideas / features that were not yet in there.
But there are problems too ...
Case in point ---
I was like typing "pivot table" on a search engine and click away ... and before I know it I ended up on the two above links
The program is Gnumerics - an GNU implementation of spreadsheet
The wanted feature is "pivot table"
The problem is two fold --
1. No one cares enough to code
2. No one wants to include that feature in the official release of Gnumeric
And judging from the date stated, that "pivot table" had already been requested for the past few years.
100 dams to be built in Africa
Coding Android in Assemblies
Link @ http://www.eggwall.com/2011/09/android-arm-assembly-device-set-up-part.html
I just came across it, don't have time to try it out yet.
Very troubling news about what happened to Christopher Stevens before he died !!
There is a report from Middle East claiming that ambassador Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, was raped before he was killed by a bunch of Libyan gunmen.
Additional information disclosed that it was the Libyan security team which revealed the location of Mr. Christopher Stevens to the attackers
From - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57511043/assault-on-u.s-consulate-in-benghazi-leaves-4-dead-including-u.s-ambassador-j-christopher-stevens/
"Wanis al-Sharef, a Libyan Interior Ministry official in Benghazi, said the four Americans were killed when the angry mob, which gathered to protest a U.S.-made film that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad, fired guns and burned down the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
He said Stevens, 52, and other officials were moved to a second building - deemed safer - after the initial wave of protests at the consulate compound. According to al-Sharef, members of the Libyan security team seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack"
More information at http://www.inquisitr.com/330504/ambassador-stevens-was-raped-before-his-murder-reports-claim/
Very weird display
If I log in my own account, I can't find my own comment - as well as the replies to my comment
But if I log out and access slashdot as an AC, I can see my comment
Case in point -- TFA http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/09/10/0245230/how-spyware-reaches-oppressive-governments
I have a comment - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3105111&cid=41284963
It's just that when I am log in, as Taco Cowboy, comment http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3105111&cid=41284963 and all the replies beneath it are gone
But when I log out, all of them re-appear
Why is that??