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Comment Re:More government control, that's the ticket (Score 1) 160

Oh, BTW, those 2 are pretty much same thing.
Child mortality drives life expectancy waaaay down. Is like, countries where life expectancy is 30. Isn't like people die at 30. If you made it to 30, most of the time you'll make it to 70. Is just that so many kids die it drives down the average.

There are calculations of life expectancy excluding under 3 or somesuch, but they are hard to find, and not as comprehensive.

Comment Re:More government control, that's the ticket (Score 2) 160

I've also read, although I'm too lazy to google for it, that where the US gets hit hard is infant mortality.
While part of that is immigrant population, poverty, another interesting factor is supposedly the US tries a lot harder to save preemies that would simply be considered stillborn elsewhere and not counted as infant mortality.

Comment Re:So this is what happens when Brendan Eich leave (Score 1) 361

Oh, and BTW, I find that https://addons.mozilla.org/en-...
works pretty darn well if you want to watch YouTube in Firefox without plugins.

You might have to fiddle with the addon pref "YouTube video loading method" and possibly hit the http://youtube.com/html5/ opt-in page first, but it usually just works.

Comment Re:So this is what happens when Brendan Eich leave (Score 3, Insightful) 361


Well, here you are standing on principles. :)

You wanted to watch Youtube vids, so you run Google Chrome, which has even more liberal implementation of this DRM.

You didn't boycott Youtube.

So, this is why Firefox is implementing it. They no longer have the leverage. Google Chrome is bundled with Flash, with Adobe Acrobat, with Oracle Java. It is pushed on every google website people interact with - Search, Plus, Docs, Youtube, Translate. There's the google app store, ChromeOS, Android...

I doubt Brendan would have held out against this either. Firefox' choice is to accede to its users, or become even more marginalised.

I'm glad they are using their limited remaining leverage to try and at least ensure user privacy and security and offer something that is cross-platform, with an open source auditable wrapper and actually works under Linux.

Comment Re:Frequent hurricanes? (Score 1) 627

You'll get such things in any old red noise, which plenty of aspects of climate are.
I'm asking you what the cycle is... what is the length of time for example that you're claiming, and what do you think might be triggering it.

There *is* a sharp spike in ACE, and it might be related to, oh, who knows. Maybe the unusual strength of the solar cycle the past couple of cycles. Or maybe, oh, PDO or something.

But those aren't even necessarily cyclical. We don't know why the sun goes into depressions from time to time, and it might be simply chaotic.

The graph I was looking at, was really short. I'm curious how you could reliably extract any kind of cycle from just looking at it. So I wanted to know what your justification was.

Comment Re:Eggs are good for us (Score 1) 269


Lustig in his "Sugar, the Bitter Truth" youtube video claims the whole fat-is-evil thing started out based on a flawed study (one that failed to separate variables, and shaped an anti-fat public policy.

Food without fat tastes like cardboard, so Lustig says producers responded by cranking up the sugar. I'm sure the subsidising of corn and sugar didn't help. And certainly they are cheaper. But now they could argue their food was healthier "low fat" instead of having the bad mojo of it being made of cheaper lower quality ingredients.

Comment Re:Astrology (Score 1) 326

The most sympathetic skeptical take on it would probably be: http://m8y.org/astrology.txt
"The rules just kind of got there. They don't make any kind of sense except in terms of themselves. But when you start to exercise those rules, all sorts of processes start to happen and you start to find out all sorts of stuff about people. In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all the difference it would make. It's just a way of thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin to emerge. The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It's like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of paper above it that's now been taken away and hidden. The graphite's not important. It's just the means of revealing their indentations. So you see, astrology's nothing to do with astronomy. It's just to do with people thinking about people."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... illusion you are probably seeing.

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