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Comment: Re:What Paul Graham doesn't get... (Score 1) 494

by jedidiah (#48677789) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

The only problem with your slander is that many of us that abhor the notion of creating an inferior underclass have no problem with the idea of importing equals and we often quite vocally say so.

Perpetrating the current immigation regime for importing tech talent is mainly advocated by those that seek to take advantage of the weak. They want an exploitable labor pool that they have leverage over. Corporations want people they can easily abuse.

Comment: Re:Entire study is retarded. It's FOOD, not activi (Score 1) 110

by hazem (#48673179) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

That was my thought too. I have trouble imagining that ancestral farming methods were any less strenuous and "bone-buliding" than even persistence hunting.

I've been reading a lot these days about correlations between the rise of agriculture (and the resulting high consumption of grains and carbohydrates) and worsened dental and overall health as well as shorter stature in humans.

I know that even with my own n=1 change in diet (from a "standard western diet" to a low-carb/high-fat) over the last year, my health, according to current "standard" markers" like BMI, A1C, fasting glucose, HDL/Triglyceride ratios, etc. has improved dramatically. The funny thing is, after this change in my diet, I'm just more energetic - I've never in my life had such a desire to just get out and be more active.

It's strange to me, but in the US, the focus in health is so strongly oriented towards keeping the heart healthy. But if you think about it, the heart is a fairly simple organ, being a pump. We can easily transplant it and even make artificial ones. I've come to the conclusion that the focus in health should be on the liver - and that what keeps the liver healthy will keep the rest of me healthy. And liver health is most easily managed by what you put in your mouth.

Comment: Re:Is that it? (Score 4, Insightful) 439

by jedidiah (#48654929) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

You are confused. His goal is not to improve humanity by creating cures for all of the things that will kill him before he turns age 120. His goal is to give a big "f*ck you" to the society that will create all of those cures for him.

He intends to benefit from society without contributing to it.

Comment: Re:Dementia will get'm long before 120 (Score 1) 439

by jedidiah (#48654763) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

> He's 47. He's got more than two decades before those are likely to affect him.

That's just a guess. He could be caught off guard by something manifesting before the "designated time". There probably isn't even enough suitable diagnostic procedures to screen for all of the possibilities.

Just because something usually hits after people are 65 doesn't mean that it will necessarily only hit YOU after you're 65. Those are just averages and people fall outside those averages.

On a certain level we are all unique snowflakes. We are all one-off forks of a massively complex biological code base. We don't understand that entire code base yet.

Comment: Re:Another paleo-wanker... (Score 3, Insightful) 439

by jedidiah (#48654677) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Ultimately, you can't be a slave to any ideology or fad. You have to actually have some self knowledge. You need to observe yourself and adjust accordingly.

We are not factory stamped duplicates. We are each a very complicated machine each a fork of some very complex bio-mechanical software. The idea that we are not all the same should be obvious to anyone on this site.

The idea that some of us thrive on habits that would be bad for others should be not terribly controversial.

You just have to be methodical and make the observations and sort yourself out and not blindly follow anything else.

Comment: Re:Slashdot sociopaths... (Score 2) 185

by jedidiah (#48654093) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

What suffering? If it's a modern zoo then they were doing everything they could to make this animal feel as comfortable as possible. The lack of gawkers might be a bit of an improvement. However, the do-gooders really only traded one guilded cage for another one.

The creature in question has no real legal rights or self-determination in either case.

This creature has just had one master traded for another. Beyond the sensationalist headline, this situation is really indistinguishable from a sales transaction.

This ape is still being treated as someone's property. Except it's now some class of person. Great precedent there.

Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 3, Informative) 185

by jedidiah (#48654057) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

She's still just an inmate. She's still being held against her will and being treated as a sub-human. The conditions might not even be that much better.

That all boils down to how primitive zoos are in Brazil.

Even if she were due some "big fat settlement" in a manner similar to a wrongfully convicted criminal, she still is in no position to manage it. Trying to pretend that she's a person really doesn't change this.

She has had no say in this process.

Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 5, Insightful) 185

by jedidiah (#48653931) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

This leads to an obvious followup question...

If this ape is a person then who is responsible for his care and feeding? Normally, an adult person is responsible for their own care and feeding including any required payment.

Will he be on the dole? Will he manage his own money? Will he do his own grocery shopping and cooking? Will he have a lease? Does he know he's supposed to use the toilet? Can he use the toilet? Can he manage putting on his own diapers if not?

Is this ape going to get a job? Or will it still remain effectively a sub-human in a different type of cage?

It looks like not much really changed here...

Comment: Re:false summary is false (Score 3, Insightful) 35

by jedidiah (#48652231) Attached to: Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App

No. The real kicker is the Apple fanboys calling Education an "obscure niche" as soon as someone else gives them a bit of competition.

Even if you take the revised numbers provided by Apple partisans at face value, it still doesn't bode well for Apple. They are seeing stiff competition from a surprise "Dark Horse" product that no one would have ever expected capable of this.

They can try and spin things as much as they like but it won't really change the reality of the situation.

Education has long been thought of as an Apple stronghold which is why anyone cares about this.

Comment: Re:Dish Customer Here (Score 1) 272

by jedidiah (#48648203) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

The real retards here are the poople that will flee a cable service just because they stand up to an upstream content provider.

This is not about the bill going down. This is about the bill going up. Fox wants your cable bill to go up and Dish is fighting that.

Like any sane business, they don't want their costs going up. Unfortunately, they are dealing with monopoly products that have a single supplier.

It's high time that ALL cable providers itemized prices so that when channel X raises the bill, it is obvious that channel X is the greedy bastard that made your bill go up. No more hiding behind the reseller.

Comment: Re:The day the music and freedom died. (Score 4, Informative) 153

by jedidiah (#48641393) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Mickey Mouse is a trademark.

That's a different kettle of fish. That's the problem with everything getting thrown together as "intellectual property". It muddles together things with very different requirements and considerations.

Abuses and backlash will be inappriately applied.

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