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Steve Jobs Recommends Android For Fans of Porn

catxk Re:So does he own any android phones? (909 comments)

I believe porn viewers include far more people than middle-aged white Americans you insensitive clod. Take for example young Europeans, a group which ought to outnumber the middle-aged Americans a few times over.

more than 4 years ago
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Young Men Who Smoke Have Lower IQs

catxk Re:Israeli Army recruits and veterans (561 comments)

"Israeli Army recruits and veterans" What is the average IQ of those not in the army??

Following the logic in the summary, it should be higher. From the summary:

'People on the lower end of the average IQ tend to display poorer overall decision-making skills when it comes to their health,' says Weiser.

more than 4 years ago
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Young Men Who Smoke Have Lower IQs

catxk Re:I have a cunning plan.. (561 comments)

What about second hand smoke?

"Who's the more foolish: The fool, or the fool who follows him?"

more than 4 years ago
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Young Men Who Smoke Have Lower IQs

catxk Re:inhaling dangerous chemicals lowers IQ? (561 comments)

i'm shocked. cigarretes are known to constrict blood and oxygen flow. i bet people who smoke are limiting the blood and oxygen flow to their brain and this results in lower IQ results.

it's not the tobacco since a lot of smart people smoke cigars. it's the extras like uranium, polonium and hundreds of other chemicals that the tobacco companies spray on cigarretes that are really bad for you

No, you got it wrong. Smoking does not make you dumb, but dumb people start smoking. It's right there in the summary: stupid people make poor choices regarding their own health.

more than 4 years ago
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Young Men Who Smoke Have Lower IQs

catxk Re:I smoke... (561 comments)

And I find it easier to think abstractly when I do (I did quit for over a year). Smoking forces me to take a break from what I'm doing every once in a while, so I get to separate myself from it. Then I get 5 minutes or so of time to contemplate or for abstract thought. I do honestly find myself more productive when I do smoke. Now, I'm not trying to rationalize it (I hate the fact that I got started again)... Just an observation...

Yes, and in the morning, I don't wake up until I have had my cup of coffee. Funny how it wasn't so back when I didn't drink coffee...

Point: your smoking addiction lets you function normally when you smoke, but when you do not smoke, you will function worse. A non-smoker functions normally all the time.

more than 4 years ago
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Android's "Flea Market" Needs Urgent Attention

catxk Re:What (226 comments)

Given the limited time and space given a post on the internets, one hopes the reader applies a certain amount of forgiveness when trying to understand the meaning of a post.

Android is a new OS, its current success is mainly observed in the growing number of phones which runs it. The Ipad is a new product, its success is observed in the numbers of units sold before it even hit the shelves. The Iphone is an old product and its success is observed in continuous high sales, year after year, and a user base which simply adores the product. Hence it is currently meaningful to treat the Ipad and Android success stories as equal when comparing them to the Iphone. I would argue that that much was obvious when reading my original post, thanks.

more than 4 years ago
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Android's "Flea Market" Needs Urgent Attention

catxk Re:What (226 comments)

If you look at it from an Apple perspective, I guess you would think that the key to mobile OS success is a well-functioning software market. Android, apparently, does not have one. The fact that more and more phones run Android is no more a sign of success than the fact that the Ipad is sold out. Initial high sales indicates little more than successful marketing, but to ensure long-lasting success, the users also have to be satisfied after the purchase. Then again, this is from an Apple perspective. In my opinion (and I use an S60 device), the Android OS seems solid enough with or without an official marketplace.

more than 4 years ago
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Europe's Space Agency Wants To Do What NASA Can't

catxk Re:The reason this is important. (136 comments)

There is no risk of overpopulation. As health care improves and the risk of dying at young age decreases, we - as a species - tend to reduce the number of kids we produce, especially if you add increased access to birth control to the mix. This process is happening right now all over the world, and we are already at two kids per woman (or below) in most rich countries. Meanwhile in the third world, people are getting healthier at a much more rapid pace than they are getting richer, meaning that the issue of overpopulation is likely to take care of itself long before the issue of world poverty does.

The logic is proven by statistics, as shown in this graph. Load the graph and press play, and notice how all countries in the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, are experiencing reduced infant mortality and that, as infant mortality decreases, all around the world, birth rates follow. Conclusion: given enough time, population growth will stop being an issue, and this will happen not because more populous areas are more prone to disease, but because we are all getting healthier, and when we are healthy, we see no point in having more kids than two.

more than 4 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

catxk Re:Why not? (1721 comments)

Well, guess I will have to stay cool for another year, trying not to start any wars, and maybe I'll be picked next year... The world is bound to be pretty fucked up when the peace prize is awarded on negative manners, giving glory to those who have not done anything.

about 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

catxk Re:proletariat (1721 comments)

Well, if the Constitution proves to be violently outdated in certain aspects it can be changed, right? I don't think the concept of universal health care was very widespread back in 16th century.

about 5 years ago
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Microsoft: Windows 7 Upgrade Can Take Nearly a Day

catxk Re:Only Vista (706 comments)

This time, I for one am confident in Microsoft. Sureley they will find a way to make half of their crap malfunction in XP mode.

more than 5 years ago
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Has the WebOS Finally Arrived?

catxk Re:Flashing lights and the death of crap IT (227 comments)

I am not fully up to speed about this cloud computing mumbojumbo, but as far as private people and control over data is concerned, all data that is important to me is stored on Google's servers. All mail on Gmail, all scheduling on Calendar, all contacts on Gmail as well. Oh, and I always back up important office documents through Gmail. So that would be it, 100% of what is important to me is on Google.

I know I am not alone...

more than 5 years ago
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WPA Encryption Cracked In 60 Seconds

catxk Re:I'm safe. (322 comments)

As long as there is hardware around which only supports WEP (basically, every other laptop produced before 2005) it would be stupid (from a profit/marketing perspective) to sell an access point which does not support WEP.

more than 5 years ago
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Gaming On Windows 7

catxk Re:DX9 vs DX10 / 11 (554 comments)

Just a heads up: the graphic card might have something to do with performance in 3D games. Just a heads up.

more than 5 years ago
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Transformers Special Edition Chevy Camaro Unveiled

catxk Re:And they wonder why..... (299 comments)

That Communism and Capitalism is pursuing the same endgame has been stated over and over by several scholars. If so, I believe you must make a distinction between the capitalistic technicality and libertarian philosophy. Capitalism is the system in which US politics and corporations has been living in the last half-century or more. To me, it seems as this system is working towards an inevitable end, which would be the total corporate-socialist hybrid you mention, in which a one company, one government rules all.

The solution to that problem would be liberalism in the sense Adam Smith intended it. A diverse economy so large that the small companies it consists of has no possible to in any substantial way influence the larger whole. In an economy ruled by Adam Smith, company mergers would be unheard of and one bankrupt car manufacturer among the tens or hundreds in the market wouldn't even make headlines. If the US car manufacturing market as a whole would lose its advantages compared to Chinese manufacturers, the US companies would go bankrupt one by one, probably at a slow and manageable rate, causing no major distributions to society and surely, they would not gather much attention from politicians.

To me as a European, that would mean cheaper and better cars, produced in China and cheaper and better whatever the US market would start producing instead.

more than 5 years ago
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Transformers Special Edition Chevy Camaro Unveiled

catxk Re:And they wonder why..... (299 comments)

The issue is that the government allowed those companies to grow so large. I heard one tenth of all jobs in the US are connected to the three auto companies. That number is enough to scare any politician into a bailout.

Thus, the issue is not that the government steps in with rescue funds, the issue is that the government, by allowing mergers, allowed for those companies to grow so large that their survival becomes an issue of national economic stability. One can only hope that the government will take this opportunity to hack n' slash the brands out of the company (like GM is doing with Swedish SAAB at the moment) and make sure a similar situation can never arise again.

more than 5 years ago
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Artificial Brain '10 Years Away'

catxk Re:10 years? (539 comments)

AI. I want AI.

more than 5 years ago

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