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Comment: Re:Correlation is not Causation (Score 1) 324

by jabuzz (#49384603) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

When a seven year old child in response to the question "What do you want to be when you grow up", answers in all seriousness and without a hit of shame or wrongdoing "a burglar" you will understand that the child is unlikely to make good life choices. I would add that even if you attain great wealth breaking out of the destructive lifestyle formed when growing up is very hard. This is a famous alumni of the primary school in question.

In short if your upbringing does not equip you to make good choices you have little chance of actually making the good choices if life presents them.

Comment: Re:Correlation is not Causation (Score 2) 324

by jabuzz (#49378007) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

It is more likely to be down to the input from the parents, or in the case of poverty lack of input. The basics are that poor parents are on average less well educated and don't have either the inclination or knowledge to give their children quality input especially in early years.

The is also a growing problem with the children of wealthy/educated parents who are too busy with their jobs to give their children the quality input they need to thrive.

Diet has very little or nothing to do with it. Any sensible early years teacher could tell you this in an instance. If you arrive at school knowing your letters, being able to count to 10, recognizing your name when written down, being able to hold a pencil properly etc. you have a massive head start in life and this can NEVER EVER be closed by anything the state can do in the educational system.

The reality is that the children of wealthier and/or better educated parents are more likely to turn up on their first day at school being able to do all those things. The cost of getting your child to be able to do these things is minimal and "poverty" in the western world is not a barrier to achieving it either.

Even when we get to school the attitude that the parents hold to the value of an education and behaviour of their children has a huge impact on the how well a child will perform throughout their school career.

Poverty is a symptom of low educational achievement on average and it breads low educational achievement on average. How you break the circle is difficult to know, but throwing money on diet and/or the educational system won't work and does not work.

Comment: Re:First principle - who pays? (Score 2) 137

I would also point out that selling the content in other territories around the world has been an importance source of revenue for the BBC for many decades. Without it the license fee would have to be much higher to support the content that is produced.

In effect the license fee payers in the United Kingdom only pay for part of the production of a program. As such giving the program away for free to those that did not contribute to it does in fact hurt.

Comment: Re:Amazing post (Score 2) 496

by jabuzz (#49328275) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

Show me the obese Tour de France cyclist? These guys consume around 10,000 calories a day. The only and I repeat ONLY way these guys are not obese is because they are exercising. Sure this is an extreme example but the point is that even at 10,000 calories a day sufficient exercise will burn it all off, and myths about exercise and weight loss are proved false.

The exercising does nothing for weight loss is an excuse for lazy obese people not to exercise.

Comment: Re:Move more, eat less (Score 1) 496

by jabuzz (#49328185) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

For those in the UK,

Basically confirmed what I always thought, 99.99% of obese people eat too much. Worse than that when asked to keep an accurate food diary of everything they eat, they don't. Diary typically says 2000 calories, they are actually eating 5000+ calories. The other people eat the same as me and are not over weight is total nonsense.

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by jabuzz (#49300477) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Or you could live in a civilized country where 12 hour working days are prohibited in law. Besides which here in the UK polling stations on a general election are open from 07:00 to 22:00 that is a full 15 hours, and if that is still not enough you can register for a postal vote. There is genuinely very very few excuses to not vote.

Comment: Re:Bottom line (Score 1) 320

by jabuzz (#49299659) Attached to: Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB

You could add back in the day when the web was taking off Postgres did not do SQL. If you wanted SQL your choice was mSQL which has all sorts of licensing issues, or MySQL which was GPL but had issues with ACID and transactions. It was not until sometime later that QUEL was replaced with SQL.

It was that gap, when Postgres didn't do SQL that allowed MySQL to take off.

Comment: Re:Poor first sentence (Score 1) 132

by jabuzz (#49282055) Attached to: Researchers Find Same RSA Encryption Key Used 28,000 Times

If you buy quality locks there are many orders of magnitude than 28,000 combinations. There are plenty of quality lock systems on the market with over a billion different key combinations.

The big think at the moment depending whether the thieves in your area have court on is lock snapping. If you have europrofile or similar locks and they are not quality anti-snap, anyone can be in in under 20 seconds.

Comment: Re:Gonna be like the ipod (Score 1) 87

by jabuzz (#49281843) Attached to: Apple Reportedly Working On an Online TV Service

Maybe in the USA, but in the UK I suspect that Apple are effective locked out as the main TV channels (BBC, ITV, Ch4) all provide very good streaming services. Hell for £10 you can get a NowTV box (a cut down Roku LT) which gives you all those catch up channels, plus a very wide selection of paid for content.

Oh and the big driver in the UK for these things is sport specifically football (aka soccer) and between them Sky and BT have the Premiership all locked up for years to come. Oh and Sky of course are owned by 21st Century Fox so have guaranteed access to a large catalogue of movies.

It's like Apple Pay, not going to work outside north America.

Comment: Re:I'll never give up incandescents. EVER. (Score 1) 328

by jabuzz (#49248365) Attached to: New Crop of LED Filament Bulbs Look Almost Exactly Like Incandescents

You are assuming that gas was burned in a power station. Maybe my electric came from a nuclear power station, a hydro electric power station, a wind turbine, ... you get the picture now? Now add in the much higher energy cost of manufacture of either a CF or LED bulb and the picture gets even more complicated.

The basics are that in northern latitudes with long cold nights in winter and centrally heated houses with thermostatic control whether energy efficient bulbs actually save energy is in fact debatable, because the inefficiency of the traditional filament bulb is heat, which is in fact for the most part in northern latitudes is actually useful.

Comment: Re:I've read them all (Score 1) 299

by jabuzz (#49242283) Attached to: Sir Terry Pratchett Succumbs To "the Embuggerance," Aged 66

He was and I have read all his Discworld novels. However I remain somewhat ambivalent since I noticed his abuse of copyright law to gain what I view as an illegal extension to his copyright terms.

What you ask, well some time ago and before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's he started making all his books "co-authored" with his wife. So instead of the 70 year clock starting to tick today, it could easily be another 20 years before Lyn dies.

Comment: Re:Sanctions (Score 1) 155

by jabuzz (#49117731) Attached to: NSA, GHCQ Implicated In SIM Encryption Hack

Wrong, the EU courts don't have jurisdiction over this in the case of the U.K. Even worse the EU courts have insufficient evidence to even bring a case. All they have is a document that allegedly claims this which at best case scenario was stolen by someone now on the run. Good luck bringing a case on that evidence. So the EU courts simply can't fine the UK or the USA because without further evidence all we have is a circumstantial claim.

Further any attempt to take money from the USA government by taking from US based companies would be illegal under international law, and is simply not going to happen.

Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.