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Researchers: Alcohol Health Risks Underestimated, Marijuana Relatively Safe

radio4fan Re:title should be: "chance to overdose" (395 comments)

Using their science, I'm sure tobacco would be even "safer" than weed.

Well, no; it's right there between cocaine and ecstasy and looks to be at least 10 times 'more dangerous'.

3 days ago

Apple Launches Repair Program For Longstanding 2011 MacBook Pro GPU Problems

radio4fan Re:Mr Apple... (99 comments)

Not now he's bloody not.

I used to run an Apple dealership, and back in those days (90s) stuff like this would have been the subject of a warranty extension program right away. I don't know when the policy changed, but it has clearly changed.

They've been denying this is a manufacturing flaw since it first became obvious. I've had the motherboard replaced on mine, and it failed again within a year. I've been getting by by using gfxCardStatus to select the intel video for a couple of months while I decided what to do.

I wasn't able to claim under European consumer laws as my proof of purchase is made out to my company (it only covers individual consumers, not business purchasers).

I'm really doubtful I'm going to get another Mac, even though I've been a Mac user for over 20 years. I'll probably just go for Linux and run OSX in a VM so I can run the iOS simulator.

I also have little faith that the new motherboard is going to work for any length of time.

about a week ago

LinkedIn Restricts API Usage

radio4fan Good way to lose business... (69 comments)

Next time a client asks me to have a 'most recent post' from LinkedIn embedded on their web page (yes, this happens), I'll just be able to tell them that LinkedIn don't allow it.


“It is typical for players in the new age tech economy to start with permissive and free access to gain share and users and then progressively curtail it to monetize the audience they have gained.”

No, that's no typical at all. More typical would be to start charging for a previously free service. Cutting off access to a service which attracts people to your business is hardly a good way to "monetize the audience [you] have gained". It's more of a good way to lose business.

This is the decision of a dim-witted suit, and no doubt once LinkedIn realise it's a stupid move he'll be long gone with his performance bonus securely trousered.

about two weeks ago

Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

radio4fan Re:Always presume parallel construction (126 comments)

That's why god invented VPN gateways running on VPSs and so forth, though.

To email bomb threats?

He certainly does move in mysterious ways.

about a month ago

The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

radio4fan Re:Time for a UNION! (271 comments)

In other developed countries (France, Germany, Japan, etc) there are a lot more hoops to jump through to lay someone off, and the layoff packages are legally set to be much greater.

I don't know about Japan, but these workers rights in France and Germany were largely the work of unions.

about a month ago

Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

radio4fan Re:Muslims? (509 comments)

The same thing applies to Islam. It's just plain evil. It needs to be banned like Naziism. Just turn on your TV, and see what Islam is doing to the world today.

Or try turning off your TV and actually meet some of the 1.6 billion muslims and you'll find that you're completely wrong.

If you really think the solution to a few nutjobs is to wage existential war on 16% of the world population, you're a crazy as they are.

Insightful, my arse.

about a month and a half ago

Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

radio4fan Re:Can we make fum on Jesus and jews? (512 comments)

the Christians, The Muslims and The Jews, the current largest in France

Not really sure what this means, but for clarity, the religious demographics of France are something like:

58% Christian
31% No religion
4% Islam
1% Jewish
1% Other
4% Not stated


about a month and a half ago

In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

radio4fan Re:Failed state policies (435 comments)

1) Fidel Castro leaving the country for treatment actually happened, which is very obviously an option not available to the vast majority of Cubans, hence my quote from Animal Farm: "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."

Really, that actually happened? Or does famous izquierdista Doctor Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido just work in Cuba? That's certainly where he treated Chavez. I honestly don't know; google isn't helping.

2) They could have the best healthcare system in the World and I still wouldn't want to live there. Nor would most people who value freedom and liberty...

I completely agree with you.

about 2 months ago

In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

radio4fan Re:Failed state policies (435 comments)

So what your saying is that if we took all the illegal -- uh "undocumented" immigrants from third-world countries that Obama lets in and dump them into the socialist paradise of Cuba that America's healthcare statistics will look massively better than Cuba's.

No, that must be the voices in your head. Try increasing (or decreasing) your dosage.

Oh, and that infant mortality statistic is complete B.S. In Cuba, they just let the premature babies die and it never counts as a live birth to mess up the statistics. In the U.S. they bend over backwards to save babies but since they aren't always successful, the statistics get skewed.

OK. So they let premature babies die in Switzerland, France, Sweden etc. Right.

about 2 months ago

In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

radio4fan Re:Failed state policies (435 comments)

Here's a list of countries with even better infant mortality rates that don't control the media or oppress free speech:

So what? Non-sequitur of the thread. Bet those countries rate higher on Maseratis per head too.

Cuba sucks, but their healthcare doesn't suck as bad as it ought to and that's not "Michael Moore fapping".

about 2 months ago

In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

radio4fan Re:Failed state policies (435 comments)

There's exactly one fact that actually counts about Cuba's "universal healthcare": When Comrade Fidel gets a cold, the doctors that treat him are flown in from Spain via charter jet.

Here are some other facts that actually count:

CIA World Factbook Infant mortality rates:

Cuba: 4.76 / 1000 live births
USA: 5.2 / 1000 live births

The rest is a bunch of empty Michael Moore fapping.

CIA being a well-known source of Michael Moore types.

How about life expectancy?

Life expectancy at birth (years), UN World Population Prospects 2010:

Cuba: 78.50 (rank 37)
USA: 77.97 (rank 40)

World Health Organization has USA ranked 34 and Cuba 36, FWIW. Close in any case.

about 2 months ago

Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

radio4fan Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1051 comments)

I never put salt in my food because it contains a dangerously reactive metal and a poisonous gas.

about 2 months ago

Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

radio4fan Re:German autobahn is not an example for you guys (525 comments)

Yeah, but on the autobahn there is no speed limit.

Raising it to 80 would only bring it inline with autoroutes in France: 130km/h (80mph) and 110km/h (69mph) in rain.

The French are (statistically) terrible drivers, but the autoroutes are the places you're least likely to see accidents (in my experience anyway).

about 3 months ago

Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

radio4fan Re:Thats science for you .... (252 comments)

carbs are, traditionally, the bedrock of human consumption. Hell, we look at the start of society by farming of a carbohydrate source.

Humans appeared about 200,000 years ago, and agriculture about 12,000 years ago.

Society didn't appear with the development of agriculture; humans lived in social groups from their first appearance. Humans evolved for immediate-return foraging (like our closest relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos), not for agriculture.

about 3 months ago

Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

radio4fan Re:Eurozone... (314 comments)

Many? I thought it was only Holland and Finland.

And 1 and 2 cent coins are still legal tender in those two countries, they just don't issue them (or have prices which are not divisible by 5 cents).

about 4 months ago

Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

radio4fan Re:Hey Britons! (264 comments)

Yes, Britain should be more like the US, where there is no mass snooping of email and call data.

about 5 months ago

Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

radio4fan Re:No trends to be scared of ! (200 comments)

Phew! I can now relax, knowing that AGW is not real, and that they vast, vast majority of climatologists are just lying for some unknown reason.

And all thanks to an anonymous person on the internet who makes a bunch of assertions without citations.

about 5 months ago

New HTML Picture Element To Make Future Web Faster

radio4fan Re:Doesn't CSS Already Solve This? (161 comments)

The problem here is the separation of content and style.

Sometimes images are style (replace an H1 with an image), sometimes they're content ('Granny feeding the ducks at the park').

The first example should be in the CSS, the second in the HTML.

Putting content in the stylesheet is as bad as putting styles in the markup.

about 6 months ago

Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

radio4fan Re:Wife (75 comments)

The thing is that that's not the most effective way to learn the basics of a second or third language.

Second-language acquisition is a well-studied field, and at least some teaching in the learner's own language (or a language that they know well) is more effective than immersion.

As an example, I can quickly teach you that almost all words that end in 'tion' in English are the same in French (pronunciation differs, of course), and they are all feminine, with the notable exception of 'translation'. And now you have hundreds of French words. Similarly for Spanish, except the endings are spelt 'ción' and there are a few more exceptions. Repeat with the suffix 'able'. It's the power of language transfer.

information -> information -> información
administration -> administration -> administración
education -> éducation -> educación
masturbation -> masturbation -> masturbación

The reason language schools promote teaching solely in the target language is because it's easier for them: they can teach students with many native languages in the same class.

about 8 months ago

Torrentz.eu Domain Name Suspended

radio4fan Re:Criminal scum (226 comments)

The City of London Police are abusing their power to enforce civil matters and shut down legitimate search engines.

And what's really odd is that this domain is blocked in the UK by the big ISPs anyway. It was blocked along with a bunch of others back in October 2013.

If I try to access it on my current ISP, I get redirected here: http://assets.virginmedia.com/site-blocked.html.

So the City Police are trying to take down a domain that you can't even access directly in the UK.

about 9 months ago


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