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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

popo Or maybe you're not so good at math (490 comments)

The problem is that in terms of mathematical relativity, the fighting in Gaza is not a terribly important ongoing conflict.

There are an *exponentially* larger number of ongoing casualties in Syria. Where is the outrage?

There are more ongoing casualties in Sudan, Pakistan and other non-reported conflicts as well. Where are the street protests?

Selective outrage is inherently indicative of a motivation *other* than humanitarian concern.

Great stats here: http://notquant.com/the-israel...

We must care about civilian casualties. But we must not care more about some casualties over others.

2 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

popo Re:Money (612 comments)

Exactly right. My thoughts exactly.

If one were to conduct the same study but offer $10,000 instead if $6, I am quite sure the percentage of cheaters would rise to include a significant number of those born in the relatively rich West.

about a week ago
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

popo Isn't this MORE dangerous? (88 comments)

Sorry, but the logic here escapes me. Aren't the danger of crossed-tethers exponentially greater than the danger of colliding drones?

about three weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

popo But WHY are they demolishing the room? (299 comments)

I would think the article would explain *why* the building is being demolished (which sounds like an extremely good way to cause radioactive particles to escape into the environment).

Are they building condos? What's the story?

about three weeks ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

popo But people forget what MENSA concluded (561 comments)

Folks, MENSA was a study intended to track the successes of those with high IQ's as they progressed through life.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the study revealed NO CORRELATION.

Zippo. Nada. None. Zilch.

People with high-IQ's were no more successful in career terms than people with average IQ's. (I have a high IQ, and I wish the correlation had been tighter! :D )

So at the end of the day "success" is a combination of multiple factors and IQ alone is non-determinant. So who cares about IQ anyway?

about a month ago
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Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

popo Should it even be called a "car"? (81 comments)

Cars have the capacity to turn. A rocket with wheels on it does not seem to meet even the most minimal requirements for a "car".

about a month and a half ago
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The Andromeda Galaxy Just Had a Bright Gamma Ray Event

popo Re:far enough (129 comments)

So I guess SETI won't be looking for life anywhere in the region then. Right? ... unless (as you said) it wouldn't necessarily kill us all.

about 2 months ago
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The Mifos Project Makes Software To 'Accelerate Microfinance' (Video)

popo Re:It's still debt (39 comments)

"Sorta, but not really. Debt is a type of mutual bet made by the investor/banker and the beneficiary that the value of the assets purchased by the debt will exceed the value of the money the debt reflects. And most of the time, it works out, and everybody wins!"

Buzz. Wrong. Actually, that's mostly not how it works. But it's a wonderful fantasy. To say that everybody wins, is a dangerous definition of "everybody".

The problem with debt is that pervasive use of debt actually drives up the price of assets and is disastrous for non-debtors, which in turn forces more and more people into the hands of the banks.

In literally every area of he economy where debt is employed, prices inflate and affordability is reduced.

Take education: it is government "affordability" policies and readily available debt that are responsible for soaring costs. Take housing: without debt it would be affordable.

Of course, you could say that homeowners and bankers have both benefited. (If that's your definition of "everybody"). But the availability of debt has destroyed the buying power of any party not willing to more themselves in debt. The pervasive use of debt is what drives prices to levels of unaffordability.

about 3 months ago
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The Mifos Project Makes Software To 'Accelerate Microfinance' (Video)

popo It's still debt (39 comments)

Micro finance is indeed capable of a lot of good. But it's also still debt, and still carries with if all the personal (and macroeconomic) evils of debt. Non-performing loans in microfinance are still a major issue despite the claims to the opposite. The public-relations positioning of micro finance as "help for the poor" is a bit laughable as it can just as easily be construed as opportunistic bankers eager for new markets. Does it help society overall? That's questionable. All debt appears to help on a macroeconomic level at the beginning if the credit cycle.

On a larger level, debt is still tomorrow's demand, spent today. The notion that debt will always create a "virtuous circle" of ever increasing growth and demand has been proven wrong repeatedly by the credit cycle of booms and busts. A boom creates as many victims as it does beneficiaries, as rising prices burden those who do not participate in the game of debt.

Are there positive stories of individuals who make use of micro finance to build businesses and lift themselves out of poverty? Yes. But there is also debt which enslaves and burdens. Debt is debt. It's net benefits to society are zero sum, for all but the bankers.

about 3 months ago
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The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

popo Re:US Postal Law (157 comments)

I am smoking US Law.

"Q. Am I obligated to return or pay for merchandise I never ordered?
A. No. If you receive merchandise that you didn’t order, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift."

Source: Federal Trade Commission Re: Unordered Merchandise
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/a...

about 3 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

popo Who the F gets to live without competition? (417 comments)

What these drivers are asking for is a special privilege to be a superior class of citizen: To be spared any natural competition.

And what they're doing is not protesting. It's throwing a tantrum.

about 3 months ago
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The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

popo US Postal Law (157 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you receive something addressed to you that was sent by accident, you are under no obligation to return it and it legally belongs to you. I'm pretty sure this is US Postal Law.

IANAL so anyone more familiar with this, feel free to chime in. But AFAIK the parts now legally belong to the kid.

about 3 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

popo Re:Long story short (178 comments)

Right. And the only reason that the "desktop class" A7 isn't running Flash is because it's a threat to Apple's business model.

about 2 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

popo Re:Long story short (178 comments)

Yawn... "another HTML5 is almost there" post. Technology is either here or it's vapor. .. And it's not here.

about 2 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

popo Re:Long story short (178 comments)

"Also, please elaborate on the massive HTML5 problems."

The fact that you're asking why HTML5 isn't usable for games just shows that you're really not familiar with either platform.

Please tell me you're not actually trying to make the case that HTML5 is usable for video game development.

Nature abhors a vacuum Lorizean. HTML5 sure isn't being ignored because it hasn't been hyped enough yet. As the other poster said, "show me Kingdom Rush written in HTML5 and I'll begin to think you're not a troll".

about 2 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

popo Re:Long story short (178 comments)

No Flash is not terrible at all.

Name me another valid gaming platform for casual games on the web. Do sites like Kongregate use HTML5 for their games? Java? Just no.

They use Flash because for all the talk about alternatives to Flash, it's still *** BY FAR *** the best platform their is. And there are massive problems which prevent HTML5 being a valid gaming platform.

about 2 months ago
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Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

popo Re:Useless without a surrogate (342 comments)

It's only one particular class of humans on earth that is waiting longer. The uneducated, the religious and the poor (which are often one and the same group) are actually having babies at an increasing rate, starting at a younger age.

The global effects of "waiting" on overall population are actually very small when measured against the overall metrics of global population. It's a big world out there. The effects on demographics and culture are actually profound though -- but they are opposite to the intent of those who wait: Populations are dumbing down precisely because the educated have decreased their rate of reproduction.

What is good for the individual family, may be fatal for the society.

about 3 months ago
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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

popo Re:Yay for government!!! (139 comments)

It would be foolish to think that the government "wants" this for out benefit. One thing has become abundantly clear over the past decade and that is that our government(s) want power, however illicit, and they are prepared to override personal and constitutional rights at literally every turn in order to achieve that power.

While this new power may be useful in the event of a "stolen phone" one also can't help notice that it can also be used to instantly disrupt communications between entire groups of people, for whatever reason the government should deem necessary.

about 3 months ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

popo Re:more pseudo science (869 comments)

But who is dismissing what? There has never in the history of the world been climate-stability. The causality of *all* prior changes appears to have been dismissed.

about 4 months ago

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AIDS cured? Stem-cell treatment appears effective

popo popo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

popo (107611) writes "On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure.

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient," received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing "strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved.""

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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "A mysterious hexagon has been spotted on Saturn's North Pole by NASA's Cassini orbiter. The bizarre geometric formation spans the size of two planet Earths and is stationary with clouds spinning around it. Kevin Baines of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said: "This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides. ...We've never seen anything like this on any other planet.""
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popo popo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

popo writes "From the "We all knew it would eventually come to this" department, FOX has subpoenaed YouTube for the identity of a user who posted entire episodes of "24" and "The Simpson's". It is not yet known whether YouTube has complied with the request. The "24" episodes in question actually appeared on YouTube prior to their primetime January 14 premiere on the Fox broadcast network, which spread four hourlong episodes of the hit drama over two consecutive nights. Fox became aware the episodes were on YouTube on January 8, according to the subpoena."

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