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Comment Re:Some backroom chatter is necessary for democrac (Score 2) 304

The bill only requires that ==public== meetings be video-taped.
So, they are simply ensuring that the public can access the meetings in a manner other than driving up to Sacramento and sitting in.
Or to rely on the increasingly non-existant local news reporter who sits in and summarizes the actual actions that occur in these public meetings.

Comment Re:any proxy sales soar (Score 1) 271

Then change your billing address to out of state. It doesn't even have to be a real address.
That's the joy of electronic statements.
And the CC companies don't care.
You can change your billing address out of country if you want. Don't have to live there.
"Why?" "Making a purchase that needs to match billing address.", though most don't even ask that; just "temporary or permanent?"

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 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.

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