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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

codeButcher Edward de Bono (70 comments)

Not much different from Edward de Bono's writings on Lateral Thinking, which of course go into somewhat more depth and systematize a method for doing the creative/lateral thinking.

about an hour ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

codeButcher Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (386 comments)

Send amputees missing their legs. Legs are dead weight in space. You can maneuver in zero G with just your arms.

Either we can send Oscar Pistorius, or we can send women - but not both.

yesterday
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

codeButcher Re:two or three Tegras? (155 comments)

No no no, it's a new processor running at PI GHz. It's the autocorrect software that messed up the punctuation.

4 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

codeButcher What could possibly go wrong? (366 comments)

While reading the article, one thought kept coming back: what if (some of) those genes coding for intelligence have some other negative effect? When you select all those highly intelligent embryos, will they grow up to all have e.g. crooked teeth, tiny penises, or autism?

5 days ago
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Mozilla Teams Up With Humble Bundle To Offer Eight Plugin-Free Games

codeButcher Democarcy (67 comments)

Now I know why politics is in the shape it is in. People think Democracy is a game.

about a week ago
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Navy Tests Unpowered Exoskeleton

codeButcher I know it's not cool to Read The Fine Article, but (79 comments)

Quoting from the article:

the exoskeleton is able to support tools of up to 36 pounds

The anodized aluminum and carbon fiber skeleton weighs 30 pounds

So let me get this straight: you design a 30 pound device to carry 36 pounds? So someone will lug around 66 extra pounds all day and will not get tired?

about a week ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

codeButcher Re:Plus ca change (323 comments)

I guess you do know that the statue honoring Liberty, which was gifted to America by the French, is hollow? The French do seem to have a fine sense of humor.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

codeButcher Re:The factors, condensed (446 comments)

5. Could also be that people with many guests actually where able to hang on to relationships with friends; you don't make 100 friends a month before your wedding, it takes time. Ergo, also being able to hang on to relationship with spouse. And have a large support network. (I suppose it differs in other cultures, but I would think that a wedding is a fairly personal thing, so you tend to avoid strangers (apart from those "have to invite" relatives).) 6. Cheap weddings could be because of above-mentioned support network. Could be an indication that one is able to solve problems ("how to get flowers with little money"). Could also be an indication of value system: superficial "show" is less important than the deeper values in marriage.

about a week ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

codeButcher Re:So... (578 comments)

But if you're made of wood, then you float in water, and are therefore a witch. Duh.

So what's one more log on the fire?

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

codeButcher Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

But I believe most animals should still have the protection of being sentient beings, much like we protect infants and retarded people.

Or, we could free the chimps and use aborted fetuses for clinical trials instead. Or perhaps remove the "unwanted tissue" from the mother without damaging it and (for instance) use a surrogate mother or some future "artificial womb" to have it mature sufficiently for research needs....

Not to start a pro-abortion/pro-life debate here, but it does point out the minefield of deciding what is human and what not, what is a person and what not, what deserves legal protection and what not.

about two weeks ago
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Nobel Prize For Medicine Awarded For "Brain GPS" Research

codeButcher Re:Ethical standards needed now. (33 comments)

Perhaps learning to express your thoughts more clearly in communication to others, will help to diminish the episodes in quantity and/or intensity where you get upset at "pedantic little faggots" for not smelling what you mean.

about two weeks ago
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How Tech Is Transforming Teaching In a South African Township

codeButcher Beware (26 comments)

the school's running costs are already half the cost of a traditional government school, and the quality of education is much, much better.

The government will never stand for this sort of nonsense. It requires people to be as dumb as possible (to continue voting them into power), while having a fraction of the population being able to be nominally employed (taxes, to pay government officials' lavish salaries and benefits), while enough remain unemployable ("long live the struggle!").

On a less sarcastic (not less serious) note: I believe that the population growth rate in SA outstrips the rate at which new schools are being built. Hence some investment firms see education (private schools and even homeschooling systems) as a viable niche market.

about three weeks ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

codeButcher Re:So many practice doing it wrong (192 comments)

This is a database administrator and developer who didn't understand that there is a difference between the number zero, the empty string, and null.

Maybe he started as a C coder and from there on it was all just computers....

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

codeButcher Re:Americans are smart. (460 comments)

I'd rather trust an elected government than corporate leaders I can do nothing about. Politicians are far from perfect, but they are one step up from capitalists, and unlike capitalists, the people have the power to kick them out every four or so years.

You assume that the politicians are under control of the electorate ("the people"), and not under control of the capitalists.

about three weeks ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

codeButcher Re:Kaffers (71 comments)

That terminology is not exactly politically correct in ZA. I believe the correct term is "Wifi internet access point".

about three weeks ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

codeButcher Re:Only cost them 25 percent of customer bills? (249 comments)

Is that "right to be forgotten" law applicable to Yelp or only Google?

Presumably it would apply to both, but only in EU.

Well, it says "One small Italian trattoria" right there in the summary. Last I checked, Italy was still part of the European Union ;-)

about a month ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

codeButcher Re:Does HFCS count? (294 comments)

Glucose is also stored in the liver as glycogen.

Right. Glycogen --> stored in liver and some in muscles (first line buffer, but limited in capacity). Lipids (fat) --> stored in fat storage cells (much less limited).

about a month ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

codeButcher Re:You Kids Get Off My Lawn (294 comments)

Don't put anything that could be found in a vending machine in your body. Good dietary tip right there.

I've read some dietary advice the other day (paraphrased): Read the label for hidden sugars. Better yet, don't eat anything that has a label.

about a month ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

codeButcher Re:Does HFCS count? (294 comments)

sugar: 50% fructose, 50% glucose HFCS: 55% fructose, 45% glucose

zomg, clearly hfcs is the reason people are getting so much fatter.

Most of the glucose one ingests goes directly to "blood sugar", where insulin (if you still have sufficient of the latter **) mops up any unused glucose, converts it to a storable molecule, and stores it in muscle or fatty tissues until needed. Fructose, on the other hand, mostly gets converted to fats in the liver, which are then stored until needed.

OK, "needed" does not only refer to exercise ONLY, but also to metabolic processes (e.g. breaking up more complex sugars/starches for digestion), thinking, etc. - it's a general cell fuel. So glucose is more readily available in the blood and thus gets used more and stored less. Fructose in the presence of glucose gets stored more than fructose alone.

Sorry, no citations, as I was hard pressed to find sufficient details (in layman's terms) on the internet to confirm this when I read it in an article. I had to track down a dietitian to confirm it - apparently it's common knowledge in that field.

** = Diabetics usually do not produce sufficient insulin, as you may know. The excess glucose in the blood damages proteins in a process called Glycosylation (layman's description, it's not that simple in reality) - including a lot of important tissues like coronary veins. HbA1c is glycosylated hemoglobin which can be easily tested via blood tests - a blood percentage HbA1c against "normal" hemoglobin above about 6.4% represents a sudden increase in risk of cardiovascular disease.

about a month ago

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