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Comment Re:And the practical reason for this is?... (Score 1) 118

I'm a physician too. I tell my patients the consequences of continuing with their obesity, of not taking their medication, of eating improperly for their disease. That's our job. Whether they do it or not is up to them, I don't consider myself a "failure" if they choose to ignore me. I also know that a lot of colleagues go overboard. I remember a 78 year old man with antecedents of a parietal lobe stroke on his non dominant side, at least 2 previous myocardial infarctions, and prostate cancer. This gentleman was told to completely avoid red meat, alcohol, etc. I told him he could do whatever he wanted. He's 78 for god's sake, I don't expect him to make it another 10 years with his cancer anyway, even if his cardiovascular disease doesn't get him first. I told him "listen, it's true that alcohol and red meat is not good for your disease, but I don't think I should "punish" you for the few years you have left and make you miserable. If you were 30 I would insist a lot more. Enjoying life and not worrying about what you are eating might shorten your time here a bit, but the damage is already done in your case. Relax. Enjoy the life you have left. Spend time with your family.". Well he keeps coming back, anyway, so he didn't suddenly die with his first steak :) Some doctors forget about the patient part of treating patients.

Comment Re:Why the doctor? (Score 1) 118

No, the world needs portion control, regular meals and snacks of healthy foods, and a complete avoidance of restaurants (who compete with each other to serve you the biggest portion to make you come back) and fast food chains. And more exercise. Unfortunately daily habits leave very little room or interest in those things.

Comment Re: Why the doctor? (Score 1) 118

That is absolutely not the point of being a doctor - I certainly don't "guilt trip" my patients. I am a provider of information. I give them the information they need to make informed decisions about their health. What they choose to do is up to them, it really doesn't affect me one way or the other. Making your patients feel shame belongs to the old paternalistic model of medicine. That model is dead and buried, and has been for a long time. I'd hate to think there are colleagues who take joy in making someone feel bad about themselves. Maybe it's a cultural thing and that's how it is in the orient.

Comment Oracle claims the defendants are distrib new versi (Score 5, Informative) 154

If I'm reading that right, Oracle clams that:
Oracle provides updated software versions for a yearly fee.
Defendants are unlawfully distributing the updated versions to people who haven't paid the fee.

If I'm reading that right, Oracle is being slightly non-generous by having annual payments to get updates. That's understandable, though, it costs them money to keep making new updates.

I see nothing in TFA about Oracle objecting to services the defendants provide, just and objection to them distributing new updates that haven't been paid for. So the headline is a load of bull, right?

Comment Re:That may be true, but the judge couldn't delay (Score 1) 107

Not biased, merely pointing out that your conclusion "there is documentation so he existed" is not necessarily true. It's not about bias it's about critical thinking. Jesus said he would come back before the next generation was over - well he's a little late, see. The logical conclusion, instead of making crap up to justify the existence of a magical being, is to assume that people made up the magical stuff.

Submission + - Mozilla To Share Your Interests With Websites (

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla, the non-profit behind Firefox, is proposing a change to how browsers share your information with other websites. The organization wants your browser to be able to tell websites the sort of things you’re into, allowing those sites to serve up personalized content tailored just for you. Justin Scott of Mozilla explains how users can find relevant content easier by trading their personal information for a better experience.

Comment So... eddies in the space-time continuum? (Score 3, Informative) 54

"Eddies," said Ford, "in the space-time continuum."

"Ah," nodded Arthur, "is he? Is he?" He pushed his hands into the pocket of his dressing gown and looked knowledgeably into the distance.

"What?" said Ford.

"Er, who," said Arthur, "is Eddy, then, exactly?"

Ford looked angrily at him. "Will you listen?" he snapped.

"I have been listening," said Arthur, "but I'm not sure it's helped."

Ford grasped him by the lapels of his dressing gown and spoke to him as slowly and distinctly and patiently as if he were somebody from a telephone company accounts department. "There seem ..." he said, "to be some pools ..." he said, "of instability ..." he said, "in the fabric ..." he said ...

Arthur looked foolishly at the cloth of his dressing gown where Ford was holding it. Ford swept on before Arthur could turn the foolish look into a foolish remark.

"... in the fabric of space-time," he said.

"Ah, that," said Arthur.

"Yes, that," confirmed Ford.

They stood there alone on a hill on prehistoric Earth and stared each other resolutely in the face.

"And it's done what?" said Arthur.

"It," said Ford, "has developed pools of instability."

"Has it?" said Arthur, his eyes not wavering for a moment.

"It has," said Ford with a similar degree of ocular immobility.

"Good," said Arthur.

"See?" said Ford.

"No," said Arthur.

There was a quiet pause.

"The difficulty with this conversation," said Arthur after a sort of pondering look had crawled slowly across his face like a mountaineer negotiating a tricky outcrop, "is that it's very different from most of the ones I've had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees. They weren't like this. Except perhaps some of the ones I've had with elms which sometimes get a bit bogged down."

"Arthur," said Ford.

"Hello? Yes?" said Arthur.

"Just believe everything I tell you, and it will all be very, very simple."

"Ah, well I'm not sure I believe that."

They sat down and composed their thoughts.

Ford got out his Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matic. It was making vague humming noises and a tiny light on it was flickering faintly.

"Flat battery?" said Arthur.

"No," said Ford, "there is a moving disturbance in the fabric of space+ time, an eddy, a pool of instability, and it's somewhere in our vicinity."


Ford moved the device in a slow lightly bobbing semi-circle. Suddenly the light flashed.

"There!" said Ford, shooting out his arm. "There, behind that sofa!"

Arthur looked. Much to his surprise, there was a velvet paisley covered Chesterfield sofa in the field in front of them. He boggled intelligently at it. Shrewd questions sprang into his mind.

"Why," he said, "is there a sofa in that field?"

"I told you!" shouted Ford, leaping to his feet. "Eddies in the space-time continuum!"

"And this is his sofa, is it?" asked Arthur, struggling to his feet and, he hoped, though not very optimistically, to his senses.

(from /Life, The Universe and Everything/ by Douglas if you didn't know)

Comment I know nothing, talk shit anyway. ftfy (Score 1, Offtopic) 128

> I have idea what the decoding capability is like ...
> it could possibly be very limited

Okay, you know nothing about it. I'm with you so far.

> misleading ... useless paper weight for everything but netflicks and youtube. This is just google pushing verticle integration.

And you go ahead and call it crap, and accuse them of false advertising (fraud).

Let me guess - you vote democrat.

Submission + - US cloud companies see immediately decline in business thanks to NSA Prism (

Billly Gates writes: Well here comes the economic cost for the Snowden leaks. EU companies immediately cancel up to 10% of their current contracts over security concerns with the NSA spying on their data and 56% of EU companies plan to re-examine or be less likely to choose an American cloud based provider as a result. Likely they will chose a Canadian, European, or Chinese cloud company instead in their future projects. Since the politicians do not care about the US privacy will business losses invigorate an re-examination instead?

Comment Re:Time to send out the papers... (Score 2) 339

It doesn't take into account that the US ending slavery was nearly unprecedented world-wide.

Er... if you compare US to other countries with similar historical background and level of economic development, then it was actually rather lagging behind. Go here and find the entry for US, then scroll down and see who abolished it after that date (it's easier, because that list is much shorter than the one before it). Basically, by the time US did it, Europe has already had it abolished everywhere except for Ottoman Empire, and in most of its colonies. Most other states that were formed from European colonies that declared independence also abolished it by that time.

Comment Re:Please quit saying "the US" (Score 1) 650

On international arena, states are actors, and their governments are the ones representing them, not the people.

So saying that "Americans want ..." or "Americans did ..." may be inaccurate here, but saying "US wants ..." or "US did ..." is perfectly accurate. That you Americans are not in charge of the country that claims you as citizens is unfortunate, but not really relevant for those outside of it. In any case, this is something that only Americans themselves can fix.

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