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Comment Re:For how long? (Score 1) 43

The X1 Platform isn't a Comcast Product.
It's a Platform Service being used by cable companies in several countries. (Shaw Cable, Canada being the largest to announce)
By integrating Netflix, they just make their Cable Platform more enticing for other Cable companies to use.
And I'm sure Shaw Cable has a wish-lish of features they want on the platform.

Submission + - Neuroscience Explains Why You Can't Lose Weight on a Diet

HughPickens.com writes: According to a new study, the chance of an obese person attaining normal body weight is 1 in 210 for men and 1 in 124 for women, increasing to 1 in 1,290 for men and 1 in 677 for women with severe obesity, suggesting that current weight management programs focused on dieting and exercise are not effective in tackling obesity. Now Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt writes in the NY Times that in the long run dieting is rarely effective, doesn’t reliably improve health and does more harm than good and according to Aamodt, the root of the problem is not willpower but neuroscience. Metabolic suppression is one of several powerful tools that the brain uses to keep the body within a certain weight range, called the set point. The range, which varies from person to person, is determined by genes and life experience. When dieters’ weight drops below it, they not only burn fewer calories but also produce more hunger-inducing hormones and find eating more rewarding. If someone starts at 120 pounds and drops to 80, her brain rightfully declares a starvation state of emergency, using every method available to get that weight back up to normal. This coordinated brain response is a major reason that dieters find weight loss so hard to achieve and maintain. According to Aamodt dieting can actually lead to weight gain because dieting is stressful. Calorie restriction produces stress hormones, which act on fat cells to increase the amount of abdominal fat. Such fat is associated with medical problems like diabetes and heart disease, regardless of overall weight.

If dieting doesn’t work, what should we do instead? Aamodt recommends mindful eating — paying attention to signals of hunger and fullness, without judgment, to relearn how to eat only as much as the brain’s weight-regulation system commands. In mindful eating, eating slowly and genuinely relishing each bite could be the remedy for a fast-paced for our dieting obsession in which an endless parade of new diets never seems to slow a stampede toward obesity. "I finally gave up dieting six years ago, and I’m much happier," concludes Aamodt. "I redirected the energy I used to spend on dieting to establishing daily habits of exercise and meditation. I also enjoy food more while worrying about it less, now that it no longer comes with a side order of shame."

Comment Relocate the Company. (Score 2) 417

They should really just relocate their head-office to another country in which they already operate.
And take any developers that want to live overseas someplace.

I say have them set up a development centre in THailand, or the Philippines, and then with the influx of Apple Money, the developers, and their families will be living like wealthy estate owners, complete with house-workers, at a fraction of their current Bay Area living expenses.

They would lose the American Tax loophole, which exists because most countries charge taxes based on where management is located, to avoid what the US does: charges taxes based on region incorporated.

Thus, new tech boom begins in Asia, Massive gentrification, and infrastructure improvements paid for by private companies.

It'd be a Republican's dream.

And as a side-effect, would create a new middle class in the area due to the sudden creation of service economies; and raise wealth due to the influx of US$ (or whatever currency they would use to pay employees)

I would relocate if they gave me the option to (and keep my CA salary)

Comment Re:So, the NSA & FBI can crack the iPhone . . (Score 1) 273

I would personally take a job in the Philippines and continue to take my California Salary. Live like a king, fraction of the cost of living, and better quality of life with the given income level.
It wouldn't be hard to convince most of the single, male, developers to relocate overseas.

Comment Memory (Score 1) 908

BlueFox: I've been reading through your comments, and you've got a lot of really intriguing/fascinating views on the human brain, memory, and learning, which has caught my interest.

Is there any means to contact you more directly to have a conversation? I was wanting to gleam more insight into your mind, and your mental processes -- in the hopes to be able to improve my own, or at least to give inspiration on how to improve my own modes of thinking.

Comment Re:Netflix doesn't care (Score 1) 172

>> Netflix ... seems to actively avoid including shows already licensed to local television networks.

Probably because, the local provider has full broadcasting rights to the content in the country, which usually include internet streaming. (those are being split out in newer contracts)

Comment Re:Netflix doesn't care (Score 1) 172

Not quite correct.

You can call your CC company up and set your billing address to anything you want, in any country.
I've done this hundreds of times over the past 15 years. More so in Canada, just set my billing address to a non-existent US address. (CC has paperless billing)

Or, when I needed something from iTunes, I set my US Capital One card billing address to one in the UK. Capital One has this to an art, in that you can set your Card Replacement Mailing address separate from your Billing Address -- just for this reason. So I keep my card address in US, and the Billing address in the EU.

For US Credit Card Validation, For Zip Code: Strip non-numeric characters, and 0-pad.
So, for the billing address 123 Fake St, Leeds, LS11 7EJ
You can enter the address: 123 Fake St; Leeds; NY, 11700
- And it passes ZIP validatio and US Processor Validation (nearly all explictly state they cannot validate non-US billing addresses, and will always succeed.
- Using NY, just satifies website logic in case they are trying to be "smart" and applying the state's zipcode range;
- Entering the correct Address and City will trigger a successful validation if they are in the few systems (I've never actually seen one in the US that does) that validate non-US billing addreses.

They used to provide this information for Canadians renting cars to the US, so they can figure out what ZipCode to enter on Gas Station Pumps.
( Zip = 2C3 R4L; enter 23400 )

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