Things like inflation and deflation are not bad things. They are frequently a symptom of bad things, tho.
One could argue that not being able to increase (or decrease) the money supply is a bad (limiting) thing, but on the same token clearly being able to increase (or decrease) the money supply can (and so frequently does) also lead to bad things.
The current massive inflation (don't believe the "official" CPI numbers) is a symptom of bad monetary policy, a policy that is used to continue the perpetuation of largest ponzi scheme the world has ever seen: The United States Public Debt. Both the FED and government even admit that its a ponzi scheme every time the debt-ceiling issue comes up ("If we cant borrow more money then we will default on our debt.") The baby boomer generations government lived so far outside of its means that the debt is now unpayable, and no its not a rich vs poor issue. Its a big government and the resulting excessive influences issue (that of course benefits the have's over the have-nots -- thats how big government works.)
This is why bitcoin is attractive to so many people, but the fundamental problem with bitcoin remains that while the setup certainly prevents printing arbitrary amounts of currency, its still itself a completely arbitrary thing. We are free to choose to use it (to the extent that its legal) but we are also free to choose to not use it. As for myself.. let me know when I can pay my taxes with it.
The free market is crap at funding expensive scientific research and when it does manage to do so it locks the results up in patents and copyrights and trademarks
I can't tell if you're being ironic or you truly don't realize that patents, copyright, and trademarks are government monopolies anathema to a free market.
inbreeding drastically increases the probability of recessive genes becoming expressed
Not just that, but copy errors, but the thing is that while the relative increase is drastic (> 5x) the absolute occurrence is still small enough (~ 1/20) that enough people "get over" the taboo and the results aren't terrible.
Anecdotally, I know that the renters across the street had a kid with "those problems" but I also don't know who the people are that I meet everyday who don't have them.
Anyway, the Neanderthals probably got by OK, if not ideally this way. Well enough to merge back into the mainline lineage anyway.
Yep, and they used to call this out. I've even got an iSight with a manual lens cover iris ring. Something[body] convinced Apple to stop protecting its users' privacy. I'd put a buck down on Bull Run and spin the wheel.
Heard this one before. On Slashdot, even. Yes, you can do it. No, you don't want to. Remember when LCDs came with a few dead pixels? There used to be a market for DRAM with bad bits for phone answering machines and buffers in low-end CD players. That's essentially over.
Working around bad bits in storage devices is common; just about everything has error correction now. For applications where error correction is feasible, this works. Outside that area, there's some gain in cost and power consumption in exchange for a big gain in headaches.
Bitcoin has a legitimate purpose; a truly portable store of value
As a store of value, Bitcoin has trouble holding its value for a week. Some days, hours. This limits its usefulness for transactions.
But it's an interesting lesson to see an authoritarian authorship system like that end up irrelevant and forgotten, because this is the sort of road current copyright maximalists would love to lead us down.
I know. Most of the Xanadu people were libertarians of the "markets are the solution to everything" persuasion. The World Wide Web might have turned out that way. There was a previous generation of paid online information businesses - Minitel, Nexis, Lexis, etc. - where you did pay for almost everything you looked at. Xanadu was supposed to be a better implementation of that model.
I am curious how they intend on dealing with all the "lost" bitcoin if they only ever intend on "making" 21 million btc. If the feds just decided to up and delete the drive, how will anyone know?
Ted's "Project Xanadu" was a very early vision of a large semantic hypertext network, very much like the modern web in some ways. But it never quite solidified into something that could take off on its own power.
It got implemented. Autodesk funded an implementation. I knew the people who did that job. It just wasn't very useful. It was a centralized storage and revision control scheme for text only (No pictures; Nelson was very text-oriented) tied to a micropayments system. You paid to read a document, and payments were parcelled out to everybody who'd contributed to the document.
The fundamental problem was that it assumed that most text documents were worth orders of magnitude than they are now. Pricing was intended to be comparable to what overpriced academic journals charge for online access today. Another part of the problem was that Nelson had very strong ideas about how it should be implemented, but didn't know much about database technology.
To be fair, starting 12 years ago, two cities in the northeast of the U.S. have had some pretty heinous mass-destructions.
Were those called in? The MO is completely different, unless you're only trying to justify the fear, not the reaction.
Unless you upgrade. This is actually one of the things that has prevented me from upgrading to a newer Roku box.
Somebody claimed that it was Google that dropped the ban hammer on Roku, it wasn't Roku's desire. Does the new app show ads (supposedly the bone of contention)?
This study was done on people with "no nutritional deficiencies". Yet vitamins are intended as supplements for people with nutritional deficiencies. As such, this study doesn't really show what it appears to be showing.
Vitamin deficiency diseases are generally third-world diseases. The population of the U.S. has very little vitamin deficiency. It's not as if doctors see scurvey or rickets when they go out into the community.
When Americans do have vitamin deficiency, it's usually because of a disease, hereditary or acquired. For example, alcoholics get vitamin B deficiency.
The New England Journal of Medicine had a case of rickets a few years ago, and the patient was a mentally retarded child who ate a diet entirely of Pop-Tarts.
Here's another one http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMicm1205540 -- from the Ukraine. "In addition to a diet poor in vitamin D and calcium, the patient had a history of biliary dyskinesia, which may have contributed to poor absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamin D."
Here's another one http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMcp1113996 Autoimmune gastritis (pernicious anemia) is the most common cause of severe [vitamin B12] deficiency.
One major cause of vitamin deficiency is people on fad diets. The macrobiotic diet was one of the worst for that. Sometimes people couldn't follow the macrobiotic diet themselves, but they had an infant that they kept on a "strict" macrobiotic diet (by feeding them not much more than brown rice), and in a few cases the child died.
There are some stupid articles, like this one http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21310306 that simply measured vitamin D blood levels, without consideration of whether they actually had clinical disease that made any difference to the patient's health. (It's like finding an elevated PSA or a lung spot that will never develop into cancer.) If you don't know how to read a journal article, you might misinterpret this to mean that there was a lot of vitamin D deficiency. But I can't find any studies that show clinical vitamin deficiency in Americans without specific diseases, since America was industrialized during WWII.
Here's an article by people who do understand the complexity of the problem http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMcp1009570 and here's what they say:
Randomized, controlled trials of vitamin D supplementation have addressed its effects on skeletal outcomes, but most of these trials involved supplementation with both vitamin D and calcium, making it impossible to separate out the effects attributable specifically to vitamin D.
I just spent half an hour trying to find an article in a peer-reviewed journal that describes vitamin deficiency in a population in the U.S. where the deficiency isn't the result of a serious disease, and I can't find one.
The only time Americans need vitamin supplements is when they're diagnosed with a specific disease that causes a specific deficiency. In that case, they should get treated with vitamins under the supervision of an MD. You have to find out the cause of the deficiency and treat it. Otherwise you could die. This isn't the kind of thing you can self-treat with Google searches.
There is ample evidence that cyclophosphamide can cure cancer
You, sir, are AN IDIOT.
Cyclophosphamide doesn't CURE anything, period.
Not true. Cyclophosphamide is used (as part of a treatment protocol) for acute lymphocytic leukemia. Childhood ALL has cure rates of ~ 95%. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_lymphocytic_leukemia#Treatment
And here was I thinking that people on slashdot would know that (to date) the only thing that 'cures' you of cancer (and, I might add, a variety of other spectacularly nasty diseases) is death.
Not true. There are curable cancers. There was a small number of them, and the number is growing. The calculation of the cure rate depends on how you define cancer, early-stage cancer, and pre-cancer. But among the major cancers, early stage colon cancer is curable.
The usual definition of "cure" for cancer is that it will not return in your lifetime. If you're 75 years old, and the cancer won't come back for 20 years, and you die of something else, most people define that as cure. If you're male, you probably have prostate cancer, and that probably won't kill you either in your lifetime.
What is it about the Internet that makes people say, "You're an IDIOT!" when they hear something they don't agree with? Even when the person you're calling an idiot knows more about the subject than you do?
Everybody is digging the music, but no one is dancing.
That's usually a "DJ trying to be too cool" problem.
There are automated DJ programs, but so far, no one seems to have one that takes in video of the dance floor, tracks how many people are dancing, and adjusts the playlist accordingly. I thought of doing that 20 years ago, but now it would be both feasible and cost-effective. (Optional feature: also connects to the bar cash register system to optimize for revenue.)