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Comment: Re:Ha! (Score 1) 127

by aBaldrich (#49093947) Attached to: Fedcoin Rising?
>You don't understand how real people behave. It's a very rare oddball who keeps money under the mattress or buries it in the backyard.

I live in Argentina. We have 40% annual inflation and the vast majority of the upper and middle class buys US dollars in the black market and holds them under the mattress.

Also, there are two ways to study human behavior: one is through science and experimentation. The other is through the opinion of philosophers, magicians, prophets and alchemists. This second approach was used by almost all economists, even those against the State like the Austrian School. Actual scientific experimentation is a very new innovation in Economics and it's still developing a theory. (Search: "behavioral economics")

+ - Netflix now available in Cuba->

Submitted by aBaldrich
aBaldrich writes: Streaming video service Netflix will be available to Cuban customers starting today, at the $7.99 U.S. per month rate that it offers in the U.S., the company announced today. It’ll still require an international payment method for now, as well as Internet access (which still isn’t ubiquitous in the U.S.), but it’s an early start that Netflix says it wanted to offer in order to have it available as Cuban Internet access expands, and debit and credit cards become more available to Cuban citizens.
Until now, Cubans have had little access to this kind of American entertainment. The U.S. government maintains a floating balloon tethered to an island in the Florida Keys that broadcasts the pro-democracy TV Marti network. The Cuban government constantly jams the signal.
Cuba has great filmmakers and a robust arts culture, and one day we hope to be able to bring their work to our global audience,” Reed Hastings, the company’s co-founder and chief executive officer, said in the statement.

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Comment: Re:Extreme climate event: Hell freezes over (Score 1) 341

by aBaldrich (#48711807) Attached to: Pope Francis To Issue Encyclical On Global Warming
In Argentina a técnico is a person who went to a specialized highschool and was mostly taught technical with lots of hands-on practice. They study one extra year (total 13 years of schooling instead of 12) and can work in industry right away.

16-year-olds learining calculus, not easy.

Comment: Re:So What? (Score 2) 669

by aBaldrich (#48259681) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right
Saint Theophilus, bishop of Anthioch between the years 169 and 183, wrote that the book of Genesis includes several images and symbols that were difficult to understand by people outside christianity, and he strongly disadvised the text to be read in public or to new joiners so that they would not be confused.

Comment: Re:Only YEC denies it (Score 5, Informative) 669

by aBaldrich (#48259501) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right
The summary is wrong as usual. Francis did not say that these two theories are Truth. Nobody claims that a falsifable theory is The Truth, nor that it is "right". The Pope only said that they are not in contradiction with the common christian faith. Nothing less... and nothing more.

Comment: My personal data was leaked by Coursera (Score 3, Interesting) 31

Back on Jul 17 an email arrived to my gmail inbox. Subject: "Earn an LL.M. in the United States in Less Than A Year". Sent by UF Levin College of Law, they spammed me and lots of courserans about a program "designed exclusively for graduates of law schools outside of the United States and from the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico who want to enhance their understanding of the laws and legal language and culture of the United States of America."
The distribution list did not ask for permission or confirmation. The design errors didn't stay there: anyone could reply to the list and have the messages forwarded. In less then two hours, 47 angry students from around the world complained and asked each other to send an email to Coursera. Which I did. I only got an automated reply, and never heard back from them.

from: Jesse *, Jr.
reply-to: "Jesse *, Jr."
date: 17 July 2014 15:20

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