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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

bondsbw Re: As a Market Lover (107 comments)

Where I live, savings accounts are generally in the category of "withdraw immediately without penalty". And, as a result, the interest rate is at or lower than inflation.

Anyway, the point is that inflation does not cause people to hoard. Even in your case, where you have an account that has a higher interest rate than inflation, inflation isn't causing you to hoard. You are hoarding in spite of inflation.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

bondsbw Re: As a Market Lover (107 comments)

I'm sorry but I don't believe you. Please provide a link to a savings account that you can immediately withdraw from without penalty that also higher interest than inflation.

about a week ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

bondsbw Re:Can you say... (263 comments)

This reminds me of a situation my wife dealt with a few years back. She was on a pain medication that was really the only one she had found that provided the relief she needed to get through the day. But it suddenly stopped being sold or prescribed one day.

That day, the FDA banned the drug. It cited a study that found that the drug was linked with something bad, I think maybe suicidal thoughts.

But then she found that the study was produced by the company that made the brand name version of the drug, which had competition by generics by that point.

Hmm.

Also, the brand name company had just created a new similar pain medication that had new patent protections. The FDA ruling effectively killed the competition of this new drug.

Hmm.

Mind you, that new drug is ineffective for my wife's pain. Also, the study was done over a very short period of time, had a weak sample size, and when you look at its bias, there's no way that study would have made it into a real medical journal. But would the FDA accept it (presumably along with a check with lots of pretty zeroes)? Absolutely.

about a week ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

bondsbw Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

Well, that's exactly what I did, dropped 500 calories per day. No noticeable results over 4 months, when generally one should expect around 1 pound/week loss.

(And I'm nowhere near the 1000 calorie limit.)

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

bondsbw Re:Cloud (241 comments)

Fair enough, YMMV.

about a week ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

bondsbw Re:Too small to be of any benefit. (179 comments)

All of that said, I am just pointing out that the chart can be correct while someone still could make out "jaggies". The idea of a "retina" resolution is a bit of a myth because of things like we have pointed out, and thus we can't take that chart at face value to know whether the result is acceptable.

about a week ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

bondsbw Re:Too small to be of any benefit. (179 comments)

I can clearly see a line of white pixels between lines of black pixels at 8ft.

This is a bad justification. To see why, try this experiment:

1) Create an image of a black background with a single 1px-width white line.
2) Set up a camera at or beyond retina distance.
3) Take a photo and see if you can see the white line in the photo.

I took this to an extreme, using a (crappy) 8 MP phone camera, from a distance 9 times retina distance (11.5" tablet at 1366x768 resolution from a distance of around 18 feet). The resulting photograph still displayed a visible line.

The line was faint and quite blurry, mind you. But I think it demonstrates my point, that things smaller than retina resolution don't suddenly become invisible. And this is particularly true when looking at something that is white on a black background.

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

bondsbw Re:Cloud (241 comments)

Most cloud providers are orders of magnitude more secure than company IT.

about a week ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

bondsbw Re:Too small to be of any benefit. (179 comments)

Not sure about your eyes, but the graphic appears to be pretty close to the values I'm getting when calculating when the resolution is better than "retina" for most people.

Of course, video compression can alter your results. And sub-pixel motion can cause moiré patterns that are quite noticeable even on retina displays.

about a week ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

bondsbw Re:The "K system" is alright (179 comments)

Well, yes, resolution is a measurement and MP is a unit for that measurement.

That's like saying a 4x increase in length corresponds with a 4x increase in meters.

about a week ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

bondsbw Re: Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

The number of times ACs are actually correct is vanishingly small next to the number of times they are just acting like trolls.

FTFY

about a week ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

bondsbw Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

I'm glad you have lost 30 lbs. since August. I started around August decreasing calorie intake and increasing exercise, reducing my daily calorie consumption by around 500 calories per day.

Have I lost weight? Not a bit. In fact, my doctor says I gained weight.

Yes, I know some of the gain could be muscle weight, but really it doesn't seem like that is the case. I don't fit clothes any better and overall just still feel the same.

So yes, I wouldn't mind having a pill if it will help people like me who actually try and get no results.

about two weeks ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

bondsbw Re:transfer the ID information to the police (207 comments)

Yes, police will verify through dispatch even if they do not have data service available. Depending on your jurisdiction they probably have different rules as to whether the officer must release the suspect. Where I live, a traffic stop is legally equivalent to an arrest and I wouldn't be surprised if the officer would make an educated decision on bringing the suspect in until at least the officer can contact dispatch.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

bondsbw Re:As a Market Lover (107 comments)

Inflation: they horde for the big interest.

Interest rates are typically less than or equal to the rate of inflation when the lender can demand that the principle be redeemed at will. This is the case for savings accounts and the like. This means that hoarding money in a savings account reduces its value over time.

about two weeks ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

bondsbw Re:transfer the ID information to the police (207 comments)

Yes, but it isn't reliable. There are plenty of locations that don't have adequate cellular data service.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

bondsbw Re:As a Market Lover (107 comments)

You have it backwards. Inflation keeps people from hoarding, not deflation.

about two weeks ago
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Photoswitch Therapy Restores Vision To Blind Lab Animals

bondsbw Re:Are you ready for a weekly needle in the eyebal (17 comments)

Perhaps, but every needle injection increases the risk of infection of the eyeball. My grandfather recently had a fake eye inserted after a single eye injection resulted in a streptococcus infection in that eye.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

bondsbw Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

If you are a US citizen, I don't think you could get out of producing a document the court ordered you to supply by airmailing it to a confederate in another country.

I could buy this analogy if the email originates in the U.S. or is destined for and accessed by a person within the U.S. But if neither circumstance applies, then like the airmail scenario the U.S. would have no reasonable jurisdiction.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

bondsbw Re:I'm sorry (415 comments)

If it's anything like Office, they'll offer both subscription and up-front purchase.

If they couple the subscription with the Office subscription at reduced price, while offering standard cloud services and perhaps even XBox Live membership, now that would be enticing.

about two weeks ago

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Identical Twins May Not Have Identical Genetics

bondsbw bondsbw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bondsbw (888959) writes "'In a scientific double-take, new research is challenging the long-held belief that identical twins have identical genetics,' according to researchers Jan P. Dumanski and Carl Bruder at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Genetics. 'Using cutting-edge technology, the researchers found genetic differences in every set of twins, according to the study published online in the American Journal of Human Genetics.' Studies of identical twins have helped scientists distinguish hereditary and environmental factors when researching human development and behavior. This discovery, using 'some of the most advanced genetic analysis equipment in the world,' may impact future studies of obesity, Parkinson's disease, asthma, and other health issues. 'Scientists have always known there were differences between identical twins. Some of the differences were so slight that only a mother could spot them, while others were profound, such as one twin developing a fatal disease while the other remained healthy. "So far it has been blamed on environmental factors," Bruder said.'"
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