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Comment One in a long list... (Score 1) 49

There's a long list of activities that have been shown to slow or mask cognitive decline in the elderly, e.g. reading, being bilingual, learning a second/foreign language, and physical exercise but most of all, social engagement. There have been a number of studies that have shown remarkable improvements in not only cognitive function but also quality of life in retirement homes where they've enacted programmes where small children visit. The residents talk to the children, read them stories, and various other activities. Also beats crappy day-care where the carers barely have enough time to feed and change the children in their care, let alone engage with them socially and play with them.

Comment Re: Walmart mentality (Score 1) 205

In case you haven't noticed, this isn't a new thing by any stretch;

I didn't say it was. Since the USA and many other countries have managed to clamber their way out of feudalism to the benefit of most of their citizens, it seems such a shame to simply impose it on other countries so that a tiny minority can make a fast buck and tear our achievements asunder in the process.

Comment Re: Walmart mentality (Score 1) 205

"The bottom" is moving production to countries with regimes that either don't have or don't enforce basic human rights or have any kind of effective worker protections. People in those regimes have no choice but to work long hours in dangerous conditions under constant threat of violence and dismissal. Is that what you want to compete with? How about people working under those conditions starting to undercut your job?

Comment Re:THIS JUST IN! (Score 1) 293

It would seem that the alternative view to conservatism among the IT giants (Google, FB, Twitter, etc.) isn't liberalism but neoliberalism of the free market kind: Silicon Valley was founded mostly by Ayn Rand enthusiasts. Even the "liberal" Jimmy Wales is a self-proclaimed Objectivist and graduate of Chicago School economics (think Milton Friedman who himself was a young protégé of Ayn Rand). The liberal media collapsed in the USA a while back and only exists in a few non-profit, independent, small-scale outlets. But yes, we need all voices and views represented in a democracy.

Comment Re:Quit it already! (Score 1) 470

AFAIK, the glyphosate patent expired in 2000, not 1994. With "Roundup ready" GMO crops, they've effectively temporarily re-patented glyphosate because you need Roundup resistant GMO plants to survive the extreme quantities of glyphosate that are now necessary to kill naturally evolving Roundup resistant weeds. It's a race against evolution that Monsanto isn't winning.

If you'd like to know more about Monsanto's evil deeds, you don't have to look very hard. If you want to call reputable investigative journalists and research scientists conspiracy theorists, you can carry on watching Fox News.

Comment Double-plus-good :))) (Score 1) 120

This is double-plus-good news! I'm sure that the algorithm performs wonderfully for all people under all conditions and never misunderstands the communicative intentions of the email writers when it's blatantly obvious to the recipient and other human readers. Computers can definitely understand pragmatic human communication.

Comment European Union? (Score 1) 249

The European Union and its member states have been aggressively pursuing free and open source options in their govt. IT procurement. A number of agencies govt. agencies in several countries have already replaced 100,000's of desktop OS's with various flavours of Ubuntu. This may account for at least some of that increase.

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