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Comment: Re:Simple Explanation (Score 1) 236

by Evtim (#48921505) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

For the sake of speculation -- what would be humanity reaction to a message? What about a visit? I hear study after study saying we will panic and that "people are not ready". Not that reality asks if you are ready but anyway....why are we not ready? I know I am ready...even eager to meet the aliens....yet we get those statements even from famous scientist that are in my opinion ridiculous. Like Hawking's warning that they'd take our resources which is soooo funny...imagine the aliens crossing interstellar distances and spending energies that dwarf everything humanity has ever produced and then come around for our....oil!?!?! Hilarious, but these messages are out there....

My answer --> we are not ready because most people are totally ignorant about even the simplest facts about the Universe, humanity and themselves..

Comment: Re:Size (Score 1) 324

by Evtim (#48875691) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

"It's very, very difficult to get upset over things you don't know about."

Until you get hate mail [or kick in the mug] from the boyfriend of the girl you dined with.....or from her Muslim brother who will cut hers and your head off....or get fired because that was your boss's daughter....or your wife beats you because you were supposed to "work late" that evening....or how about if you were dining with a man and your family are gay haters....and about a million other possibilities

I treat cameras in the hands of tourists [plenty of them in Amsterdam] as guns --> I avoid being "shot" and it annoys me. Before the social media and Internet era it was no bother that some Japanese guy will have a pic of me riding a bike in the background while he was taking a picture of his wife. Now, with tagging and face recognition and what not....piss off, you are not taking ANY images of me...

Comment: Politics and science (Score 1) 666

by Evtim (#48872975) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

I think the politicians are not brave enough. Recognizing reality? about changing it [we were promised real change, remember?]...for how long this pesky Pie will bother can remember this infinitely long rational number anyway?! I demand that the bill "New Pie" is passed ASAP!

Reference [see post office sorting engine]:

Writers have recognized this issue since long time...Artur C. Clark, for instance, also jokes via dr. Floyd who says to the Russian scientist in 2010 "If Congress has revoked the law of gravity, I'd heard about it!"

Comment: Re:Worst idea ever. (Well, one of them). (Score 1) 168

by Evtim (#48851661) Attached to: FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

No need of big, medium or small pharma. Just cut the carbs, nothing more.

For a medical reason I am now more than 6 months on "barely any carbs diet", which is extreme [no wheat, rise or barley, no sugar, very little fruit and no alcohol] and I would not recommend it for "just" weight loss but it showed me in practice what is going on here. From 94 to 76 kg [while working out like crazy to use some of the fat before it is gone] in weeks. Flat, and I do mean flat tummy. Energy level -- unbelievable! I have the feeling I will take off sometimes, it feels so light...Ha, they say that after 40 you can't have flat tummy simply because "this is life". Yhea, right!

Points of interest: giving up refined sugar was very easy. You can shove the most delicious chocolate under my nose and I won't notice. Abstinence period in the beginning was mere days. Giving up wheat was/is not so easy. Still have cravings for pancakes, apple pies and the likes. Hopefully after the issue is solved I can have some. But I learned my "carbs lesson" for life!

Comment: Re:Neither -- And the question is stupid (Score 1) 249

by Evtim (#48792825) Attached to: Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

I always defined wisdom as "achieving maximum result with minimum effort" . Of course in the case you cite the maximum result will be achieved if you recognize the failure and act on it...

There was an interesting definition given in the [excellent] book "The user illusion". There they said that wisdom is a piece of information where a very important result is spelled out in simple usable form. Example was E=mc^2. In order to arrive at this simple relation huge amount of information was processed and then information was thrown away and replaced with simple expression. So the end user receives pure wisdom without having to go through all the information that led to this equation...

On topic:
As someone who has a diploma for teaching and is very, very interested in all aspects of education I agree here with the Buddha approach - the middle way, the balance is the key. Way too many clever kids fail because of lack of persistence [or boredom, which is a consequence of normalized curriculum] and way too many kids are misled to believe that persistence and ambition are the only requirements...

Comment: Re:blu rays are cheaper than the movie (Score 1) 400

by Evtim (#48723651) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

For Europe, turn the dollars into euros....I posted the bill some time ago but again:

- Hobbit 3 HFR/IMAX/3D you pay 16 euros for the ticket and 4-8 euros for drinks/popcorn per person. And that's assuming you use a bike to go there otherwise add a few more for parking. Thus last year that was the only movie I saw in a theater. I think the next will be SW VII [can't miss it even though I know it'd be disappointing]

These guys in the movie industry have gone too far....

Comment: Re:Hitler and the NAZIs were so stupid. (Score 4, Funny) 292

by Evtim (#48712323) Attached to: Vast Nazi Facility Uncovered In Austria; Purported A-Bomb Development Site

So you say that the joke is not true?

Merkel goes to Greece after the financial collapse. At the border:
- Name?
- Angela
- Family name?
- Merkel
- Occupation?
- Not yet!

Seriously though, I agree with you and we should have "witty" mod at /. for when the truth is spelled in a funny, witty manner. However, it seems that if you want to be the world's top financial force you also need the largest military force...just in case ;)

Comment: Re:As Russian (Score 2) 265

by Evtim (#48665875) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

It is a general trend of the Slavic peoples. There is only one way to "deal" with us --> total extermination. Either you kill us all, or you the invader, will become like us or we will just sit and take it until the invader is no more. I mean my country survived 482 years of ottoman occupation combined with systematic extermination of our culture, history and our gene pool [That's a horrific but fascinating story --> every few years they took one child from every family; refusal was punished by death; to be indoctrinated and raised as servants of the Empire. However, because they selected the brightest and best this special corp of mostly officers became so powerful that they started changing sultans and play the real politic. Turks would bribe officials so that their children would be accepted in the corp as christian kids --> it gave very good career prospects. At the end it was that corp that was the strongest opponent of the reformation of Turkey and Ataturk had to extinguish them. Anyway, it is estimated that 3-4 million children were collected from my country alone; this procedure was going on for hundreds of years].

Now, if you want to harm the Slavs the best thing to do [this is one of the biggest revelations of global politics] is.........leave us alone!! The greatest enemy of the Slavs is us. Leave Russia alone and they will keep the endless circle of extremely poor governing they have enjoyed always. But threaten us or try to conquer and subjugate us and we will stubbornly dig our heels and you will loose. As one of the fabulous modern day Russian writers [Victor Pelevin] said in one of his books "Of course there is an anti-Russian conspiracy. The problem is that all the adult population of Russia is participating in it"

Comment: Re:Stone Age diet ? he wants to live all 20 years? (Score 1) 441

by Evtim (#48658077) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Don't be fooled by the cartoonish, strong worded presentation -- this is 100% true. I went through it myself and the way to solve it is exactly that diet plus probiotics [BTW, one I am Bulgarian and very well know the difference between yogurt in the supermarket and the real deal and two, I live in Amsterdam whose mayor said refined sugar is a class A drug in his opinion]

also this

Just to mention that in my case I was advised to go to the diet by "real doctor" [not a "loony"] after being diagnosed with systemic stomach candidosis. Just one of the side-effects is that I got the physique I had when I was 17....and they say obesity is an issue number 1, well there is your solution...

Comment: Magic pills, a personal story... (Score 1) 153

by Evtim (#48579501) Attached to: "Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

What do you do if you have constant acid reflex from your stomach that burns so badly as to impinge even on your work and the most elementary daily activities?

Seven years ago I went to the doctors with this complaint. After that check or another they said I had a bad bacteria and gave me antibiotics. Did not help. OK, says the doctor then we will stop the acid production in your stomach. Start daily intake of proton inhibitor. OK, I start and sure the acid is gone.

It was a long-held believe, which turned out to be partially true, that acid in the stomach is needed for digestion. So I was worried a bit but the pain from the acid was just too much. What I did not realize at the time is that the acid is also a protection against infections. And that this pill does not fix my issue by removing the causes for the excessive acid; it simply masks the problem.

In the last 7 years I also suffered from chronic infection in the bladder and urethra by our old friend -- the candida. When I was growing up the understanding was "never get it via sex because you will have hell of time cleaning up, can take years or never go away". I though "wow, we can do stuff against syphilis but this yeast is somehow unbeatable" [my first degree is bachelor in biochemistry and biotechnology].

Only....due to medical reasons my misuss has no libido for half a decade already, so why did I became infested with the stuff provided that the attack vector of sex is not there? And why being treated by urologists at least 4 times in 2 different countries, private or not --> I tried everything, did not help? No result whatsoever.

Until one day, 5 months ago I got really pissed and though for hours until it struck me. I picked the phone and asked my GP when did I complained from the candida for the first time and when did I start taking the proton inhibitors. Yep, I started the pills a few months before the candida arrived. So I go to the GP and tell him this. He sends me to "not a real doctor" according to the insurance companies, so I'd have to pay.

Ok, I go there and the lady says "I will take you off the proton inhibitor in one week, if you follow my advice what to eat and where to buy it from". She puts me on a "paleo diet" and we take a stool test. HALF of the buggers in my intestine was candida. HALF of more than a kilo that is there!!! Starting the diet , which is simply no grain and no sugar [diary products are OK] and baying everything fresh from the farmers directly took me off the inhibitor in 3 days. That was 5 months ago.

However, the candida is not that easy to conquer so taking caprylic acid [plenty in coconut oil; but I use highly concentrated pills] and probiotic [that brings the good bugs back] seems to be the way. I am almost off the candida infection [can always feel it in the urethra so I don't need tests anymore].

Now, you tell me that "magic pills" are the answer. So, the food industry makes us ill [sugar, fat, salt] then we get a magic pill paying even more that makes more sick and then we spend enormous resources fighting an unwinable battle, whereas the only thing needed was to keep the stomach flora happy by eating real food rather than industrial food.

Not to mention the 15 kg reduction in mass that occurred in 3 weeks! and never came back. I have now the body I had when I was 17, only with more muscles cause I do sports. Not to mention that the candida is also responsible for smelly feet and treating them with a bit of coconut oil 2 times per week removes the smell altogether.

Candidosis is the lead cause of sterility in women. If you have that much of them in you all kinds of bad stuff begins to happen --> from tiredness to swell eyes to urethra infections to even death [how do you like it guys, to be half a man for so many years because some bastards want to make profit instead of cure you --> why do you think these food specialists are shunned aside by the insurance? can you empathize with me about it? can you imagine the horror and the embarrassment?]

Oh, I almost forgot --> the system punished me for curing myself. I had to pay all the research, I have to now spend a lot of time finding good food [I do not use supermarkets for anything else than salt and coffee]. The insurance does not have to pay me the inhibitor, I cured myself and increased my performance on every account, stopped pouring money in the industrial food scam and I got punished financially for it!!!!

I have long suspected that under the current socioeconomic system noone wants to cure you but to make you a permanent customer. The insurance claims they want to lower coast but they lie. They want as much turn-over because they get a share from every transaction. And if the money runs out, they just raise the premium....

Take what you will from this story but medics claim that 60% or more of the population in the developed nations has candidosis in the intestine. My "luck" was to have very sensitive stomach which gives me an early alarm. Most people live like this and they get severe issues at a later age [cancer for instance]. Also, because of the fact women give birth later, they have the risk of becoming sterile by nursing the bad bugs for a decade or more.....

This story happened in the Netherlands. Last comment --> I get mocked?!?!? by some of my colleagues for bringing my own food and refusing to eat industrial. They say I am a fundamentalist whatever and laugh when I tell them they eat poison. Well, there is no helping some people but this mindset is very indicative of the terrible brainwashing that the system does to us.


Comment: Re:sigh (Score 1) 574

by Evtim (#48512835) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

He is also responsible for a very strange statement from a few years back. That the aliens will come and rip our resources [!!!] so we should stop broadcasting and trying to find them.

Such statement is not worthy even for a teen, let alone professor in physics. Sure I don't have to elaborate for the /. crowd that an interstellar civilization capable of coming to us would have access to such amounts of energy and resources that it would make all resources on Earth lost in the noise...

Comment: Re:So it's not Skynet vs humans (Score 1) 117

by Evtim (#48457257) Attached to: How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

Here is a story with an unexpected twist:

BTW, I miss Sheckley so much....I yet have to discover another master of the short Sci-Fi story that measures to him.

Of course he did wrote one that is in line with the "what could possibly go wrong" meme:


Comment: Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (Score 1) 197

by Evtim (#48425445) Attached to: Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?


Free market basic principle of supply and demand applied to humans --> result is human life and labor are the cheapest commodity on the planet. Period. After this realization the system is exposed as inhuman, therefore unable to ensure the survival of the species.

Some will say that life is expensive. It costs a lot of money because we artificially increased the price by imposing penalties to those who waste human life [like being killed on the job because the company cut corners on safety]. I repeat: artificially!!! The system then tries everything [by basically buying the authorities] to avoid this imposed restrictions to the free market.

Why do we have to play whack a mole with all the rich and powerful rather than just scrape the system and replace it with something that actually works while ensuring long term survival and progress?

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.